Finding aid to the Jean Swallow Papers, 1961-1996

Finding aid prepared by Tim Wilson
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
(415) 557-4400

Title: Jean Swallow Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1961-1996
Date (bulk): 1968-1994
Collection Identifier: GLC 50
Creator: Swallow, Jean
Physical Description: 5 cartons, 1 oversized box (5.0 cubic feet)
Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4567
Abstract: The collection contains drafts, background research, and publicity materials for the books, poems and stories written by Jean Swallow. She also amassed material on Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups that assist people in recovery from substance abuse.
Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

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. The San Francisco Public Library owns copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jean Swallow Papers (GLC 50), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.


The Jean Swallow Papers were donated to the San Francisco Public Library in 1998 by Betsy Walker and Marian Michener.

Biographical note

Jean Swallow was born on September 8, 1953. She was a lesbian writer and editor. Her work included newspaper editing for the Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer, poetry, novels, essays, and grant-writing. Her anthology Out From Under was published in 1983 and was the first book by and about lesbians in recovery from substance abuse. In 1986 her novel Leave a Light on for Me was published; it was reissued in 1991. She continued to write shorter pieces, poems and stories, which she collected in How (Some of) It Works.
The success of Out from Under led to a follow-up volume published as The Next Step in 1993. Both volumes were welcome additions to the literature of lesbians in recovery. Swallow died of an apparent suicide on January 16, 1995 in Seattle, Washington. At the time of her death Swallow had been clean and sober for 14 years.
In 1995 Swallow had just finished a draft of a book of interviews with photographs by Geoff Manasse; the draft was published under the title Making Love Visible: In Celebration of Gay and Lesbian Families. The book A Woman Determined was published in 1998.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the written work of Jean Swallow and materials that she collected as background research on various subjects. There is correspondence with authors and publishers, drafts of books, poems, stories, and talks, and copies of published pieces. The collection includes drafts of Making Love Visible co-authored by Geoff Manasse. Swallow also amassed material on Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups that assist people in recovery from substance abuse.


The collection is arranged in six series: Series 1. Correspondence; Series 2. Writings by Jean Swallow; Series 3. Talks and Workshops; Series 4. Subject Files; Series 5. Photographs; and Series 6. Publications and Scrapbooks. Series 2 is subdivided in four subseries: Series 2a. Poems, stories and interviews; Series 2b. Book Reviews; Series 2c. Books; and Series 2d. Grants.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Manasse, Geoff
Swallow, Jean--Archives
Alcoholics--Rehabilitation--United States
Feminist fiction--United States
Gays--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century.
Gays--United States--Interviews
Lesbian authors--United States--Archives
Lesbian poetry--United States
Lesbians--Drug use--United States
Lesbians--United States
Recovering addicts' writings--United States
Recovering alcoholics' writings--United States
Substance abuse--United States


Series 1 Correspondence, 1979-1994

Physical Description: 13.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This series contains personal and professional correspondence including letters to and from publishers and other writers. Some letters concern writings by Swallow which she seeks to publish, and in other letters she is following through with a publisher. In some instances, Swallow is corresponding with the publisher about promotional activities. One folder contains "Fan Mail."


Arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 1

About Publications, 1979-1982

Box 1, Folder 2

Submitted Articles. Correspondence, 1979-1982

General note

Includes Adrienne Rich/Spinsters Ink, Peg Cruikshank.
Box 1, Folder 3

Mab Segrest Feminary Correspondence, 1981-1982

Box 1, Folder 4

Caroline Overman / Tee A. Corinne Correspondence, 1981-1984

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1982-1994

General note

Correspondents include: Lesléa Newman, Z Budapest, Karla Jay, 2 printed poems by Paula Gunn Allen, Judith Barrington, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Christian McEwen, Katherine V. Forrest, Susanna J. Sturgis, Irene Zahava, Pilar Alba, Judy Grahn.
Box 1, Folder 6

Fan Mail, 1983-1993

Box 1, Folder 7

Freelance Business End: Bills, etc., 1983-1994

Box 1, Folder 8

Editing--Freelance--Fiction [Val Valuch], 1984

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence with publishers, promotional activities, etc., 1986-1990

General note

Includes Spinsters Ink, Aunt Lute.
Box 1, Folder 10

Agent/Editor Correspondence, 1987-1991

Box 1, Folder 11

Alyson Publications, 1991-1994

Box 1, Folder 12

Freelance: Capable Productions [Laura V. Holmes], 1992

Box 1, Folder 13

Business Correspondence, 1994


Series 2 Writings by Jean Swallow, 1968-1996


Series 2a Poems, Stories, Interviews and College Papers, 1968-1994

Physical Description: 63.0 folders (2.0 cubic feet)

Scope and Contents

This series contains the earliest of Swallow's work, poems and stories from 1968 into the early 1970s. There are also interviews with other writers notably Judy Grahn. Some of the poems are quite personal and are reflective of her emotional state at the time. The Millionaire of Time is a literary triptych formed by three full-length novels in parallel time; there is also a sequence of narrative poems called A Kiss to Break the Spell.


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box 1, Folder 14

"The Back From Poems," undated

General note

Includes "Albion," "Cumberland," "Simple Little Poem," "Tuesday Night."
Box 1, Folder 15

"Cognate," undated

Box 1, Folder 16

College Papers and LSAT forms, 1974, 1979-1980

General note

Includes "The Isolated: a study of Faulknerian outcasts," 1974.
Box 1, Folder 17

"Coming Home," "Love Poems, including poems I never sent you," 1983-1985

General note

Correspondence with Lonnie Barbach, Sherry Thomas.
Box 1, Folder 18

[Computer disks] March 1993, undated

General note

3 disks labeled: "Jean's Poetry"; "Jean Swallow: Millionaire of Time; A Cure for Bitterness"; and "Jean's Stories: A & I; AAKYNOT; goal; grmedit; grmetal; Leaves; Legacy; Lescon; magi; ngrmprop; pals; resprop; stain; friends."
Box 1, Folder 19

"The Courting of Emmie," undated

General note

Folder originally titled "The First Few Weeks." 2 edited drafts.
Box 1, Folder 20

"Dreamwork," undated

Box 1, Folder 21

"Dreamwork," "Only by True Telling Will the World Turn Around: an Interview with Judy Grahn," letter from Swallow to Plexus regarding Grahn interview, "Revenge and Fantasy: feminist fiction and out future," "Personal statement," "Always and Forever," "Day Four" 1987 with outline of possible new book, followed by character descriptions of Lois, Billie, Ken, Loretta, Jimmy, Bob and Fay/Fae, Bobbi and Renaldo, Dan, Process of Hosiery Knitting Mills, "Dreams: reflections on the various misspellings in a few virginal annuals." 1987

Box 1, Folder 22

"Family and Friends," undated

Box 1, Folder 23

"Friends," undated

Box 1, Folder 24

"Hundreds of Thousands Celebrate Gay Pride," 1981

Box 1, Folder 25

Ideas for stories, 1989-1991

Box 1, Folder 26

"If I Say This, I Can Forget It," and "If I Say This, She Won't Love Me," 1984

Box 1, Folder 27

In Progress Writing. "Letter in Reply," undated

Box 1, Folder 28

Interviews--Working Drafts, 1984-1985

General note

Judy Grahn, Calyx.
Box 1, Folder 29

Interviews, 1984-1985

General note

People interviewed are: Barbara Macdonald, Cynthia Rich, Judy Grahn ["Only by True Telling Will the World Turn Around"], Joann Loulan ["Lesbian Sex" also titled "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"].
Box 1, Folder 30

"A Kiss to Break the Spell: the Transformation of Enchantment: Poems by Jean Swallow," 1992

Box 1, Folder 31

"The Letters Home: New Haven and Carolina, 1975-1978" drafts, 1975-1978

Box 1, Folder 32

"Living in Sin" drafts and notes, 1977-1980, undated

Box 1, Folder 33

"Love Poems, Including Letters I Never Sent You," [1981?], undated

Box 1, Folder 34

Love Poetry Anthology Project, 1992

General note

Includes poems: "Arrival at Santos," "To My Inconsolable Sister," "The Night We Listened to Copeland," "Epicenter," "For a Woman From Home."
Box 1, Folders 35-36

Lucky drafts, 1992

Box 1, Folder 37

March [on Washington] Story in progress, 1993

General note

Letter to Tina Brown, editor, The New Yorker, 1993; also titled "I Have a Life, Thank You, Mr. Buchanan. Please Find Your Own." Includes drafts of March On Washington story with suggested changes from Swallow's peers.
Box 1, Folder 38

Menus to Mark our Days, 1993

Box 1, Folder 39

Menus to Mark our Days. Submissions, 1993

General note

Includes card and photo of Swallow/Walker domestic partnership ceremony.
Box 1, Folder 40

"The Millionaire of Time" drafts, 1990

Box 1, Folder 41

"The Millionaire of Time," 1st year drafts, undated

Box 1, Folder 42

“The Millionaire of Time,” “The World at Springtime,” “Lucky,” "The Language of Angels" plot outlines, 1990-1992

Box 1, Folder 43

"The Millionaire of Time" and "A Cure for Bitterness," drafts and correspondence, 1993-1994

Box 2, Folder 1

"The Millionaire of Time," volume 2: "The Language of Angels (MOT2). Notes, plot outlines and research," 1994

Box 2, Folder 2

"The Millionaire of Time," volume 3: "The World At Springtime" and "To Be Loved Alone" drafts, undated

Box 2, Folder 3

New poems, 1986-1988, 1991

General note

Letter from Catherine [?] dated January 28, 1987, poems include her red ink editorial comments. Poems include: "The Medusa Head," "Hot House Tulips," "Every Day, Another Door (This is what it is like)," "Star Dancer," "Upon Moving into a New House, or, Taking Charge of My Life," "On Our Second Anniversary," "The January Anniversary."
Box 2, Folder 4

New Poems, undated

General note

"Cognate," "Saturn's Return," "Invitation/Invocation," "Song for Diane."
Box 2, Folder 5

"No, Virginia, We're Not All in Recovery," undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Notes and drafts, 1992-1993

General note

"Because People Do Die," "Praying for Dreams," "Hunger," "When We Live Together," "Five Weeks Later," "The Return: Sleeping Alone in the Boathouse."
Box 2, Folder 7

"Notes from Mecca," 1980-1981

Box 2, Folder 8

Notes on work with PGA / Novel Analyses. Includes: "The Girl Who Believed in Love," and "Shirley," 1984, undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Novel notes, etc., 1971-1972

Box 2, Folder 10

"Old Stories," undated


Poems and writing,

Box 2, Folder 11


Box 2, Folder 12


Box 2, Folder 13


Box 2, Folder 14


Box 6, Oversize-folder 1

The Eagle [East Mecklenburg High School] issues

Box 2, Folder 15


Box 2, Folder 16

[Poems], 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 17

Poems in progress, 1986, undated

General note

Includes: "On the Value of Movies," "Autumn, 1986," "Albion," "January: Three Years Later," "Cannibals," "D'Accord."
Box 2, Folder 18

Poetry Changes, 1992-1994

Box 2, Folder 19

Poetry Originals: "And What About Hunger? Poems, 1992-1993" and "Uncollected Poems," 1992-1993, undated

Box 2, Folder 20

"Price of Saying Hello" (drafts and notes), 1973-1974

General note

Includes correspondence with Amelia Smith and Cheree.
Box 2, Folder 21

Recovery: the Story of an ACA [Adult Child of Alcoholics], undated

General note

[Edited drafts]. "An adaptation from 'Snailtracks,' a novel-in-progress."
Box 2, Folder 22

Rough drafts (not currently working on), 1978-1979

Box 2, Folder 23

"Sky Color Drafts" [poems], 1971-1975

General note

Includes handwritten will dated June 28, 1973.
Box 2, Folder 24

Snailtracks draft, October 15-30

Box 2, Folder 25

Snailtracks draft, October 9-10, December 18

Box 2, Folder 26

"The Star Poems," 1979, undated

General note

Includes: "Complications," "Upon Being asked Why I Am on a Diet," "Star Poem #6," "On and On."
Box 2, Folder 27

Stories in Progress: "Return of the Magi," "Heroes," "Legacy," "Stained with Love" "New Dreams," "The Rules," 1988, undated

Box 2, Folder 28

"Talk to Me: Lesbian Lives and Works" [book proposal], 1984

Box 2, Folder 29

"Time Passes On: a Present for Mercedes," 1984

General note

Correspondence with Common Lives/Lesbian Lives.
Box 2, Folder 30

"Toto, I Have a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore." Correspondence with Lesbian Contradiction, 1983

Box 2, Folder 31

"What is Calistoga?" undated

Box 2, Folder 32

"Winter Poems," 1982-1983, undated

General note

Includes "Tuesday Night," "Cannibals," "Cognate," "Saturn's Return," "D'Accord."
Box 2, Folder 33

Women Writers' Coincidence, 1981

General note

Includes poem "Evidence" by Jonel Larson.

Series 2b Book Reviews, 1981-1993

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This series contains book and literature reviews written by Swallow and sometimes co-written by Swallow and others. The drafts and final published copy appear in this series. The literature reviews are a survey of published writings in a particular subject area.


Arranged chronologically.
Box 2, Folder 34

Book reviews written with Diane Spaugh: Mother, Daughter, Sister, Lover by Jan Clausen, and The Black and White of It by Ann Allen Shockley, 1981

Box 2, Folder 35

Book reviews, 1983-1985

Box 2, Folder 36

"Revenge and Fantasy: feminist fiction and our future," 1984-1985

Box 2, Folder 37

Literature reviews and interview notes [miscellanea], 1993


Series 2c Books, 1982-1996

Physical Description: 40.0 folders (1.5 cubic feet)

Scope and Contents

This series contains drafts, final copy and publicity material for books and book-length manuscripts written by Swallow. Research notes and publisher's correspondence relating to specific books also appears in this series. Out from Under, Leave a Light on for Me, The Next Step and Making Love Visible (with Geoffrey Manasse) are some of the works in this series. There is also a significant amount of research material for "Not That Far From There to Here," which was inspired by the Green River murders in the Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon area in the 1980s and 1990s.


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box 2, Folder 38

Contracts: Publisher and Author (and correspondence), 1983-1994


It's Not So Far From There To Here [Green River Murders]

Box 2, Folders 39-40, Box 3, Folders 1-2

Green River Murders, et al. Piece titled "Not So Far From Here to There," "Femicide." Background research and drafts for a piece on serial murders and the women who were victims. Folders #1-4, 1983-1993

Box 3, Folder 3

Green River Murders, et al. Folder #5. Rutgers Application, includes correspondence with Adrienne Rich, Ruth Gundle, and Diana Russell. Early proposal titled "Bad Girls," 1986

Box 3, Folder 4

Green River Murders, et al. Folder #6 Women's Coalition to Stop the Green River Murders, 1985-1986

Box 3, Folder 5

Green River Murders, et al. Folder #7 Maps, expenses, ideas, leads, telephone numbers, etc.; Prostitution, adolescent prostitution, 1983-1986

Box 3, Folder 6

Green River Murders, et al. Folder #8 Gay/Lesbian adolescents; About Cities: Seattle; Portland-Oakland-Los Angeles; Published sources, indexes, etc.; ML King Peace bus; Redhead murders, 1985-1986

Box 3, Folder 7

Green River Murders, et al. Folder #9 Magazine queries, 1985-1989

Box 3, Folder 8

"Not So Far From There to Here" mainstream version, 1984, 1986

Box 3, Folder 9

"Not So Far From There to Here" [Green River murders, women's story], 1986

Box 3, Folder 10

Notes on Green Rivers Murders proposal for Doubleday and Rutgers, undated

Box 3, Folder 11

Throwaways, Serial Murders, Violence, Juvenile Prostitution, Teen Suicide, 1987-1993


Leave A Light On For Me

Box 3, Folder 12

Book cover, undated

Box 3, Folder 13

Notes and old drafts, 1985

Box 3, Folder 14

Notes for 2nd draft, 1985

Box 3, Folder 15

Publicity, 1987

Box 3, Folder 16

Reviews, 1986-1987


Making Love Visible

Box 3, Folder 17

Blank Participant Forms, undated

Box 3, Folder 18

Book reviews collected by Marian Michener, 1995-1996

Box 3, Folder 19

Correspondence, 1994-1995

Box 3, Folder 20

Correspondence, reviews, press coverage, notes, 1994-1995

Box 3, Folder 21

Couples book, undated

Box 3, Folder 22

Crossing Press, 1994-1995

Box 3, Folder 23

Draft, 1995

Box 3, Folder 24

Grant Applications and Publisher Queries, 1994

Box 3, Folder 25

Sisters, WSW & JES [Wendy], 1994


The Next Step

Box 3, Folder 26

Contracts [Swallow as editor], 1994

Box 3, Folder 27

Contributor Correspondence, 1993-1995


Dunlap, Mary

Box 3, Folder 28

Out From Under 2 [The Next Step] Correspondence, 1993

Box 3, Folder 29

Out From Under 2 [The Next Step] Correspondence [form letters], 1993

Box 4, Folder 1

Out From Under volume 2 [The Next Step] Flyers, 1992-1993

Box 4, Folder 2

Out From Under. In progress. Page proofs, undated

Box 4, Folder 3

Publicity. Press clippings, correspondence regarding book and readings, flyers, book cover, 1994

Box 4, Folder 4

The Next Step. Tour. Flyers for readings, 1994


Out From Under

Box 4, Folder 5

Notebook, 1982-1984

Box 4, Folder 6

Publicity. Flyers, author photo by Tee Corinne, 1983-1984

Box 4, Folder 7

Reviews, 1984-1988

Box 4, Folder 8

"What Will Not Break: Women in Recovery from Substance Abuse" Doubleday Correspondence, 1983-1984


Series 2d Grants, 1981-1989

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This series contains drafts and final copy for grants written by Swallow. Some are grants that she wrote on behalf of others and a few sought grant money for her own projects. Correspondence with foundations and grant applicants appears in this series.


Arranged chronologically.
Box 4, Folder 9

Grant Writing: Information and Work, 1981-1982

General note

"Women and Militarism Project" proposal by Dannia Southerland.
Box 4, Folder 10

Virian Booze working drafts, 1983

Box 4, Folder 11

Horizon Grant guidelines/Golden Gate Business Association, 1988-1989


Series 3 Talks and Workshops, 1982-1993

Physical Description: 6.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This series contains invitations to speak at workshops and conferences, and the drafts and final speeches delivered. Correspondence and background materials on the event are included in this series. There is also information on how to speak publicly. "The Politics of Hope" address includes breathing marks and other notations on the way to present the speech.


Arranged chronologically.
Box 4, Folder 12

Public Readings Information, 1982, 1985, 1993

Box 4, Folder 13

"Coming Out Whole: a conference on addiction and health within the lesbian community" (Ann Arbor, MI: 1986). "The Politics of Hope" keynote address, includes "reading" copy with markings on breaths/pauses, 1985-1986

General note

Includes correspondence with Nancy Blum, and post-conference evaluations.
Box 4, Folder 14

How It Works manuscript, 1986-1992

General note

Includes "Our Big Dreams," "The Politics of Hope" [keynote address delivered at the conference "Coming Out Whole" at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1986], Kate Dunn correspondence.
Box 4, Folder 15

Mohonk Conference. 5th Lesbian Physician Conference, [notes for talk], 1988

Box 4, Folder 16

Speaking/Teaching Invitations, 1988, 1993

Box 4, Folder 17

Ohio Presentation, 1990


Series 4 Subject Files, 1961-1995

Physical Description: 28.0 folders, 3.0 oversized folders

Scope and Contents

This series contains material on a variety of subjects that interested Swallow. Many of the topics relate to writing and writers' organizations, lesbians, and recovery from substance abuse. There is material on the Women in Print conference which Swallow assisted with, and on the craft of writing and character study. Swallow's curriculum vitae, obituary, and "Historic Moments in Career" are also filed in this series.


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box 4, Folder 18

About Writing. Notes from workshops and clippings, 1984-1994

Box 4, Folder 19

Al-Anon Literature with notes. Alcoholics Anonymous, 1990-1991

Box 4, Folder 20

Alcoholism / ACA [Adult Children of Alcoholics] information with notes, 1992

Box 4, Folder 21

Anti-Racism Meeting notes; Cuban Women Meeting notes, undated

General note

Small clothbound book with a few pages of notes at the very end. The majority of the pages are blank.
Box 4, Folder 22

Character Class, 1984

Box 4, Folder 23

Character Class readings, [1984?]

Box 4, Folder 24

Clippings, 1993, undated

General note

Subjects include Shanti, AIDS, and the Lyon-Martin Clinic director's resignation.
Box 4, Folder 25

C.V. [curriculum vitae], 1986, 1994

Box 4, Folder 26

Duality class with Carolyn Foster. [Notes and poems], 1990

Box 4, Folder 27

East Mecklenburg High School (North Carolina). Diploma, and 20th Reunion Directory, 1971, 1991

Box 4, Folder 28

Education and certificates, 1974-1980

General note

Includes Swallow's announcement of her graduation from the University of North Carolina, and certificates from: Fidelity Union Life, H & R Block for tax preparation, Upjohn Company for the Chemical Operators Training Program. Also includes acceptance letter from Golden Gate University Law School.
Box 4, Folder 29

Egyptian drawing, undated

Box 4, Folder 30

Flyer soliciting submissions for "An Anthology about Anti-Racism Work being done by White Feminists in U.S.", 1982

Box 4, Folder 31, Box 6, Oversize-folder 3

Gardening Information. Clippings, one page of notes, 1988-1994

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
Box 4, Folder 32

Historic Moments in Career, 1986-1993

Box 4, Folder 33

Lesbian Novels. Photocopy of Ann Bannon's article "Secrets of the Gay Novel" printed in One, July 1961

Box 4, Folder 34

Ms. Article "Stalking the Wild Jill Johnston" by Susan Braudy, "In Fallow Fields, Where We Wait" by Vaughn Carpenter, 1976

Box 4, Folder 35

National Writers Union, 1989

Box 4, Folder 36

Notebook (small clothbound book with a few pages of notes in the beginning and a few pieces of ephemera), 1990

Box 4, Folder 37

Obituaries of Jean Swallow [collected by Marian Michener], 1995

Box 4, Folder 38

Our Common Welfare Conference, Al-Anon, ACA, AA conference, Berkeley, 1991

Box 4, Folder 39, Box 6, Oversize-folder 4

Roanoke Research, 1991-1993

Box 4, Folder 40

Romances--clippings, 1985

Box 4, Folder 41

Spinsters Ink public relations committee, 1985

Box 6, Oversize-folder 2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Diploma. BA in Journalism, 1974

Box 4, Folder 42

Women in Print, May 1984-1985

General note

Includes notes and minutes from planning meetings for the Women in Print workshop, notes taken at various sessions, and draft comments regarding Barbara Grier, Naiad Press, the book Lesbian Nuns, and the publication of the book's excerpts in Forum.
Box 5, Folder 1

Women's Recovery Network, 1990-1993

Box 5, Folder 2

Writers Retreats, 1991

Box 5, Folder 3

Writing Journal. Notes on Craft and Other Studies, July 10, 1985-

Box 5, Folder 4

Series 5 Photographs, 1991, 1994

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Scope and Contents

This series contains publicity photographs of Swallow taken by Irene Young in the early 1990s. There are some page proofs of multiple photographs in addition to single images.

Series 6 Publications and Scrapbooks, 1970-1995

Physical Description: 14.0 folders, 4.0 oversized folders

Scope and Contents

This series contains published material written by Swallow. In most cases, her poems, short stories or articles are printed in newspapers or anthologies. There are two folders of early newspaper articles by Swallow; one of the folders is oversized. Two yearbooks are also included in this series.


Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 5, Folder 5

Afterglow: more stories of lesbian desire. Karen Barber, editor. (Boston: Lace Publications/Alyson), 1993

General note

Includes Swallow's story "What is the Goal and How Will We Know When We Get There?"
Box 5, Folder 6

Bitches, Witches & Dykes, volume 1, issues 1-4, August 1980-November 1981

General note

Auckland, New Zealand women's liberation newspaper. Includes letter to Swallow from Pilar Alba?
Box 5, Folder 7

Common Lives, Lesbian Lives: a lesbian feminist quarterly, number 3, Spring 1982

General note

Swallow's story "Dreamwork" is printed on p. 65-74.
Box 5, Folder 8

Common Lives, Lesbian Lives: a lesbian feminist quarterly, number 4, Summer 1982

General note

Swallow's story "What is Calistoga?" is printed on p. 38-49.
Box 5, Folder 9

Common Lives, Lesbian Lives: a lesbian feminist quarterly, number 7, Spring 1983

General note

Swallow's story "Poetry and Limas" is printed on p. 14-15.
Box 5, Folder 10

Dyke Life: from growing up to growing old, a celebration of the lesbian experience. Edited by Karla Jay. (New York: Basic Books), 1995

General note

Includes Swallow's piece "Bridge."
Box 5, Folder 11

East Wind, volume 21 (1971). East Mecklenburg High School (Charlotte, NC) Yearbook 1971

Box 5, Folder 12

Feminary, volume 13, Fall 1984

General note

Includes two pieces by Swallow. Swallow is a member of the collective. [2 copies]
Box 6, Oversize-folder 5

Lesbian Contradiction: a journal of Irreverent Feminism, issue #3, Summer 1983

General note

Swallow's story "Toto, I Have Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore" is printed on p. 1-4.
Box 6, Oversize-folder 6

The Lesbian Insider/Insighter/Inciter, number 6, February 1982

General note

Swallow's poem "Saturn's Return" is printed on p. 11.
Box 5, Folder 13, Box 6, Oversize-folder 7, Box 5, Folder 13

Scrapbook of published articles written by Swallow and announcements of talks by Swallow, 1970-1985

Box 6

Scrapbook: "Vignettes: Notes from our Second Decade" by George C. Brown and Jean E. Swallow, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photographs and poems, Summer 1973

Box 5, Folder 14

Win Peace & Freedom through Nonviolent Action. Issue on queer bashing, August 15, 1981

Box 5, Folder 15

Womanspirit, (number 33, volume 9), Fall Equinox 1982

General note

Swallow's poem dedicated to Sherry Emery and Sam Thomas appears on p. 28: "I burned the rape card tonight."
Box 5, Folder 16

Women, volume 7 (1), 1980

General note

"Survival with and without Men." Swallow's poem "Upon Being Asked Why I am on a Diet" is printed on p. 11.
Box 5, Folder 17

"Women and Aging: an anthology" Calyx: a journal of art and literature by women, vol. 9 (2 & 3), Winter 1986

General note

Includes Jean Swallow's piece: "Both Feet in Life: interviews with Barbara Macdonald and Cynthia Rich."
Box 5, Folder 18

Yackety Yack, volume 84 [Yearbook for the University of North Carolina], 1974