Collection Scope and Content
University of California, Santa Cruz
Title: HerBooks Feminist Press Archive
Identifier/Call Number: MS.037
6.75 Linear Feet
5 cartons, 2 flats
Date (inclusive): 1984-2002
Abstract: This collection includes
correspondence, business records, manuscripts, and ephemera on the subjects HerBooks has
Physical Location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice
is required for access to the papers.
Language of Material:
Collection is open for research.
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HerBooks Feminist Press Archive, MS 37, Special Collections, University Library, University
of California, Santa Cruz.
Gift of Irene Reti.
HerBooks Feminist Press was founded in Santa Cruz, California in 1984 by Irene Reti, a poet
and creative nonfiction writer. The emphasis of the press has been on publishing anthologies
of creative writing, poetry, and other works by lesbians.
HerBooks is known for its groundbreaking collections, such as The Lesbian in Front of the
Classroom: writings by Lesbian Teachers (1988) and Childless by Choice: A Feminist
Anthology, both of which were the first anthologies published in the United States on these
topics. Irene Reti's Remember the Fire: Lesbian Sadomasochism in a Post Nazi-Holocaust World
(1986) and Unleashing Feminism: Critiquing Lesbian Sadomasochism in the Gay Nineties (1993)
were outspoken critiques of s/m and pornography which put the press on the forefront of
radical feminist inquiry.
HerBooks is also known for publishing innovative books about lesbian culture, such as Cats
(and their Dykes) and Garden Variety Dykes: Lesbian Traditions in Gardening. Another
strength of the press is Jewish feminism.
HerBooks published Bubbe Meisehs by Shayneh Maidelehs: an anthology of poetry by Jewish
Granddaughters about our Grandmothers, A Transported Life: Memories of Kindertransport, the
Oral History of Thea Feliks Eden, and The Keeper of Memory: A Memoir.
HerBooks also distributed the first anthology of Pacific/Asian Lesbian writing, Between
the Lines (Dancing Bird Press, 1987). In 1994 HerBooks published The Second Coming of Joan
of Arc and Other Plays by Carolyn Gage, a finalist for the Lambda Book Award.
Collection Scope and Content
The HerBooks Feminist Press Archive contains the general history of HerBooks, and materials
related to the publication, promotion, and distribution. There are also materials on the
Childless-by-Choice movement; lesbian feminism in the 1980's and 1990's; and materials on
Holocaust studies, including on Lesbian Daughters of Holocaust Survivors and the
Kindertransport program (which rescued Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria and
Germany and brought them to England during 1938-1939); antipornography activism and theory;
and the Women In Print Movement. The archive also contains writings by Irene Reti, including
The Keeper of Memory (published by HerBooks in 2001), as well as
work by other Santa Cruz women writers.
Processed by Irene Reti and UCSC OAC Unit.
- Asian/Pacific Islander Lesbian Collection, MS 40
- Papier-Mache Press Archive, MS 27
- Shameless Hussy Press Archive, MS 92
Irene Reti and HerBooks Feminist Press by the Regional History Project,
University Library, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2001.
Sandra Martz: Papier-Mache Press and the Gentle Art of Consciousness
, by the Regional History Project, University Library, University of
California at Santa Cruz, 2001.
Alta and the History of Shameless Hussy Press, 1969-1989 by the Regional
History Project, University Library, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2001.
Lesbian Words: A Santa Cruz Anthology, edited by Irene Reti and Sue
Lesbian Words II: Photographs and Writing, edited by Irene Reti, Sue
McCabe, and Terese Armstrong (1985).
To Live with the Weeds, Poetry by D.A. Clarke (1985).
The World Between Women: An Anthology, edited by Irene Reti, Sarah-Hope
Parmeter and Abby Bogomolny (Bee) (1986).
Prepositions, poetry by Linda Hooper (1986). Distributed by
Nauseous in Paradise, poetry by Abby Bee (Bogomolny) (1986).
Distributed by HerBooks.
Remember the Fire: Lesbian Sadomasochism in a Post-Nazi Holocaust
, an essay by Irene Reti (1986).
Past, Present, and Future Passions: poetry by Barbara Ruth. Distributed
by HerBooks (1986).
The Lesbian in Front of the Classroom: Writings by Lesbian Teachers,
edited by Irene Reti and Sarah-Hope Parmeter (1988).
Love Me Like You Mean It, poetry by Lesléa Newman (1987).
Between the Lines: An Anthology of Pacific/Asian Lesbians of Santa Cruz,
, edited by Alison Kim, Christy Chung and A.K. Lemeshewsky, distributed
by HerBooks (Dancing Bird Press, 1987).
Love, Politics and "Rescue" in Lesbian Relationships, an essay by Diana
Lizards/Los Padres, short stories by Bettianne Shoney Sien
Messages: Music for Lesbians by D.A. Clarke (1988).
Bubbe Meisehs by Shayneh Maidelehs: An Anthology of Poetry by Jewish
Granddaughters about our Grandmothers
, edited by Lesléa Newman (1989).
Cats (and their Dykes): An Anthology, edited by Irene Reti and
Bettianne Shoney Sien (1991).
Sweet Dark Places: Poetry by Lesléa Newman (1991).
Childless by Choice: A Feminist Anthology, edited by Irene Reti
Unleashing Feminism: Critiquing Lesbian Sadomasochism in the Gay
, an anthology edited by Irene Reti (1993).
The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and other plays, by Carolyn Gage
Garden Variety Dykes: Lesbian Traditions in Gardening, edited by Irene
Reti and Valerie Chase (1994).
A Transported Life: Memories of Kindertransport, the Oral History of Thea
, edited by Irene Reti and Valerie Chase (1995).
The Keeper of Memory: A Memoir, by Irene Reti (2001).
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Authors, American -- California -- Santa Cruz County