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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Title: Corbett OToole papers
    Date (inclusive): 1950-2020
    Identifier/Call Number: SFH 635
    Creator: O'Toole, Corbett Joan, 1951-
    Physical Description: 4 boxes (3.4 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    Abstract: Contains manuscripts, books, conference materials, articles and some photographs documenting OToole's work on disability rights.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored on site.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Corbett OToole Papers, (SFH 635), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Donated by Katherine Joan Corbett on Oct. 30, 2020.

    Separated Materials

    The following books were removed to the library's catalog: The Body is Not an Apology, by Sona Renee Taylor, Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2018]; Once Upon an Accommodation, A Book About Learning Disabilities, by Nina G., Lexington, KY: [Create Space], 2013; and OToole's Fading Scars, my queer disability history, Fort Worth, TX: Autonomous Press, [2015].

    Biographical Note

    Corbett Joan OToole is an elder in disability communities, writer, publisher at Reclamation Press, public speaker and artist. She has focused on issues of importance to disabled women and queers for over forty years. The author of Fading Scars, my queer disability history, OToole has also contributed numerous articles. OToole established the National Disabled Women's Education Equity Project in Berkeley, CA in 1980, and has organized conferences around the world for people with disabilities. OToole has several aliases including Katherine Joan Corbett, Joan Marie Corbett, and Corbett O'Toole. Born and raised in Medford, MA, OToole received her education at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA before moving to Berkeley, CA where she became immersed and influential in disability rights.

    Scope and Contents

    Contains manuscripts, books, conference materials, articles and some photographs documenting OToole's work on disability rights and health, especially regarding queer women with disabilities. Materials include those authored by OToole as well as by others. OToole's subject titles were maintained and utilized. Selected book titles are noted under the subject entries. Both the first and second editions of OToole's Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History, are in the collection. Also includes OToole's oral history, Corbett O'Toole, Advocate for Disabled Women's Rights and Health Issues, published by the Regents of the University of California in 2000. Also of note is an undated manuscript by Alison Kafer, Accessible Futures? Disability, Feminist and Queer Theory, and Progressive Politics, which is related to Kafer's book, Feminist, Queer, Crip, [2013].


    Arranged alphabetically using creator's subject organization. Within subjects, organized chronologically.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Tami J. Suzuki in 2021.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    O'Toole, Corbett Joan, 1951-
    Gays with disabilities.
    Lesbians -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
    People with disabilities.
    Women with disabilities.