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Guide to the Asian Pacific Islander Lesbian Collection, 1980-2001
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Asian Pacific Islander Lesbian Collection,
    Date (bulk): 1980-2001
    Collection number: MS 40
    Creator: Kim, Alison
    Extent: 31 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection includes books, periodicals, newsletters and photographs relating to lesbianism and women's issues in Asia, women's communities and other issues important to the Asian Pacific Island Queer Women (APIQW).
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to these papers.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Asian Pacific Islander Lesbian Collection, MS 40, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Alison Kim.


    Alison Kim, a Chinese-Korean lesbian, graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Women's Studies/Art in 1989. While at the University, Alison started her Pacific/Asian Lesbians Collection and won second place in the library's Book Collection Contest. In 1987, she edited an anthology of Asian/Pacific Islander lesbians writings, entitled Between the Lines, which included an early version of her bibliography. In the same year, with President's Undergraduate Fellowship, she traveled across the United States gathering Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian newsletters, writings and other memorabilia. Alison now resides in San Francisco and is, in her words, "a double Virgo, proud mama, and always a UC Slug".

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains books, newsletters, periodicals and photographs relating to Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian culture, issues and communities.
    A more detailed listing of the materials in the collection can be found in the Asian/Pacific Islander Lesbian Collection and Bibliography, (HQ75.6.A78K56 2001) in Special Collections.
    Please note: The original folder/box numbering in the Asian/Pacific Islander Lesbian Collection and Bibliography has been changed as of April 2003. This finding aid reflects the correct folder/box numbering.


    This collection is arranged in donor order.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Kim, A. (Alison)
    Lesbian's Writings
    Lesbians--Islands of the Pacific
    Asian American women--California

    Separated Material

    Asian/Pacific Islander Lesbian Collection and Bibliography, (HQ75.6.A78K56 2001) located in Special Collections.