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Finding Aid to the Kelsey St. Press records, 1974-2006 (bulk 1990-2003)
BANC MSS 99/319 c  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Kelsey St. Press records
    Date (inclusive): 1974-2006
    Date (bulk): 1990-2003
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 99/319 c
    Creator: Kelsey St. Press
    Extent: 15 cartons, 4 oversize boxes, and 3 oversize folders (24.25 linear feet)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Kelsey St. Press records including correspondence, manuscripts, corrected proofs, reviews, minutes, agendas, flyers, photographs, catalogues, artwork, financial information and audio-visual materials.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Kelsey St. Press records, BANC MSS 99/319 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Kelsey St. Press
    Women printers--California--Berkeley
    Berkeley (Calif.)

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Kelsey St. Press records were purchased in 1999 and 2006.


    No additions are expected.

    Processing/Project Information

    Processed by Mario H. Ramirez in 2012.

    Biography/Organization History

    Kelsey St. Press was founded in 1974 by Rena Rosenwasser and Patricia Dienstfrey with the mission to address the historical marginalization of women writers by small press and mainstream publishers. Their editorial policy foregrounded women’s creativity and experiences, and sought to encourage cultural diversity. In addition, they placed an emphasis on publishing books by previously unpublished writers, and collaborative works between poets and visual artists. Many of their early works were produced as letterpress editions. Among the writers published by the press are Rosemarie Waldrop, Laura Mullen, Barbara Guest, Nellie Wong, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Anne Dunn, Cecilia Vicuña and others. In 1999, they established the Frances Jaffer Book Award as a means of providing continued support to emerging poets.

    Scope and Content Note

    The records of the Kelsey St. Press lend insight into the administrative workings and publishing history of this important, women-centered, small Bay Area press. They contain correspondence, manuscripts, corrected proofs, reviews, minutes, agendas, flyers, photographs, catalogues, artwork, financial information and audio-visual materials. Highlights include documentation of collaborative projects with photographer Carrie Mae Weems, filmmaker and scholar Trinh T. Minh-ha and artist Kiki Smith.
    The collection spans the years 1974 to 2006, with the bulk concentrating on the years 1990 to 2003. It is divided into three series: I. Production Files, II. Administrative Records and III. Correspondence.