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Women: A Journal of Liberation Records, 1968-1983
14 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 319

Abstract:
Feminist journal, Feminist collective. This collection consists of correspondence, minutes, research materials, mailing lists, financial records, reader mail, surveys, catalogs, films, legal documents, and most of the printed issues published by the journal. Topics include collectivism, feminism, and journalism.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the Records. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by individuals other than the members of the Collective may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

Women: A Journal of Liberation was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1968 by Dee Ann Mims, Donna Keck, Vicki Pollard, and Carmen Arbona in order to provide a national forum for opinions and expression vital to the growing women's liberation movement. Managed by a collective, the journal published its first issue in the fall of 1969. Each issue of the journal focused on a different theme and consisted of invited contributions including articles, news reports, creative writings, and artwork. Some of the earliest contributors to Women were Alix Shulman, Elsa Gidlow, Tillie Olsen, Rita Mae Brown, and Audre Lorde. Originally the collective published the journal five times a year, but quickly reduced the number of issues contained in each volume to four, and then three, in order to meet deadlines more efficiently and to ensure each issue was given the attention it deserved. The intensity of the greater Women's Movement throughout the United States enabled the Collective to attract a large number of subscribers, but by the late 1970s the number of readers decreased rapidly. As a result, due to financial difficulties the journal folded in 1983.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Women: A Journal of Liberation Records consists of material dating from 1968 to 1983 primarily of documents pertaining to the administrative and editorial side of the publication. Types of material include correspondence, publications, articles, research material for publications, minutes, newsletters, notes, and financial material.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the Records. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by individuals other than the members of the Collective may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Women: A Journal of Liberation Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Martha Campbell, a representative of the Women: A Journal of Liberation Collective, donated the Records in 1985 after the dissolution of the Collective.

Processing Information

Processed by Jesse Kline, April 2013.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/

Language
English

Series Descriptions
(1968-83, n.d.)
.8 linear ft.

This series includes documents ranging from the incorporation of the collective and the organization's bylaws to legal records stemming from a law suit with Park Lane Press and a collection of meeting minutes from weekly Executive Board meetings. This series also contains records connected to the Collective's multiple attempts to become a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, reprint requests to and from the Collective, various copyright papers, various surveys taken by members of the collective as well as by readers in 1979-80, a few of the resignation letters that came towards the end of the Collective's existence, and articles and press releases concerning the FBI probes into Women: A Journal of Liberation and numerous other "radical" publications during the 1970s.

(1971-83, n.d.)
.8 linear ft.

This series contains a bounty of material relating to the finances of the collective, including payroll taxes and checkbooks, royalty statements from microfilm, miscellaneous receipts and statements for bills paid throughout the 1970s, and fundraising efforts.

(1970-83, n.d.)
.8 linear ft.

This series includes various contact information and mailing lists of numerous national and international publishers and distributors, bulk mailing permits and documentation of "problems" the Collective was having with bulk mailing, and records of distribution with various bookstores or other businesses through correspondence.

(1972-80, n.d.)
.2 linear ft.

This series contains a mixture of articles that mention and focus on Women, newspaper clippings throughout the years displaying Women's advertising techniques and format, original layouts for such advertisements, and indexes/catalogs that cite Women or contained an advertisement for it. There are also documents related to advertising rates.

(1969-83, n.d.)
4.4 linear ft.

This series contains a wide range of letters to Women from readers, fellow publishers, people the Collective deemed "noteworthy," and everyone in between. While the bulk of the correspondence is from readers requesting more information or a subscription to the collective in the early 1970s, some wrote to contribute artwork or poetry in the hope of being published within Women's pages. Many readers wrote to the Collective to praise its work and provide personal stories for future issues.

(1975-82, n.d.)
.2 linear ft.

This series is a wide-ranging collection of pamphlets and other printed materials from Feminist organizations, publishing houses, and filmmakers the Collective kept on file as reference tools for publication stories or events.

(1969-82, n.d.)
1 linear ft.

This series consists of Women: A Journal of Liberation issues the Collective published between 1969 and 1983, ranging from themed issues on "Inherent Nature or Cultural Conditioning?" to the final issue on "Class and Money." After Volume 4, the Collective made the decision to no long publish four issues within a volume, instead only publishing three issues per volume for the remainder to its career. Note: Missing from the Series are the following issues: Volume 1 issue 4, Volume 3 Issue 4, Volume 5 issue 1, Volume 7 issues 1 and 3. The Collective was in contact with University Microfilms to produce microfilm copies of Women that were then purchased by a number of libraries.

Contents List
SERIES I. HISTORY AND ADMINISTRATION



Incorporation papers
1968-70

Box 1: folder 1
Insurance policy documents
1970s

Box 1: folder 2
By-laws and amendment proposals
Winter 1978

Box 1: folder 3
Non-profit information
1975

Box 1: folder 4
IRS tax exempt attempt
1977

Box 1: folder 5
Correspondence



L. Paige Marvel
1975-77

Box 1: folder 6
IRS and WJL's accountant
1975-76

Box 1: folder 7
Legal documents re: WJL v. Park Lane Press law suit
1970-76

Box 1: folder 8
Office procedures and forms
1980-81

Box 1: folder 9
Phone lists s
n.d., 1970-80

Box 1: folder 10
Master forms
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Minutes



Meetings
1980-81

Box 1: folder 12
Last year of collective
1982-83

Box 1: folder 13
Dissolution of collective
1983

Box 1: folder 14
Library of Congress photo duplication service order forms
1978

Box 1: folder 15
Copyright



General
1978-82

Box 1: folder 16
Transfers of copyright
1976-78

Box 1: folder 17
FBI probe: articles and documents
1978-80

Box 1: folder 18
Surveys
n.d., 1979-80

Box 1: folder 19
Project Adoption and Mothering Project applications
1981

Box 1: folder 20
Photos, memorabilia, and misc. internal correspondence
1976-81

Box 1: folder 21
Reprints



Reprint forms
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Permissions WJL requested from various publications
1977-79

Box 2
Requests to WJL
1969-80

Box 3-4
Requests pending
1971-83

Box 5
Refused and cancelled
1970-80

Box 6
Granted - No Payment
1970-81

Box 7
Granted - Paid
1970-83

Box 8
SERIES II. FINANCES [See also Oversize Materials at the end of collection]



Expense and cash receipts
1976-83

Box 3: folder 1
Bank statements
1974-77

Box 2-3
Bank deposits
1976

Box 4
Misc. bills paid
1976-78

Box 5-6
Bills/banking
1982-83

Box 4: folder 1-2
Taxes



Information
1975-77

Box 4: folder 3
Returns
1972

Box 4: folder 4
Payroll taxes
1975

Box 5
Deductibles
1982-83

Box 6
IRS communication
1982-1983

Box 7
Loan agreements
1975-78

Box 8
Microfilm
1971-83

Box 9
Fundraising
1981, n.d.

Box 10
SERIES III. DISTRIBUTION



Building distribution


Box 5: folder 1
Mailing lists



Correspondence
1972-82

Box 5: folder 2-3
Materials sent from other publishers
n.d.

Box 5: folder 4-5
Women's Growth Center
1978

Box 5: folder 6
Bookstore outreach
n.d.

Box 5: folder 7-8
Bulk mailing permits and mailing problems
1982-83

Box 6: folder 1
Distribution-related correspondence
1977-81

Box 6: folder 2-4
Accounts receivable
1982

Box 6: folder 5
Eastern News records
n.d.

Box 6: folder 6
Majority News records
n.d.

Box 6: folder 7
"Work in Progress" lists of regional distributors, outreach, etc.
1970-82

Box 6: folder 8
SERIES IV. ADVERTISING



General
1972-80

Box 7: folder 1
Rates
1972-80, n.d.

Box 7: folder 2
Indexes, catalogs, and newspaper articles which mention WJL
1972-77

Box 7: folder 3
SERIES V. CORRESPONDENCE



Subscriptions


Box 8: folder 1
From other magazines


Box 8: folder 2
"Love Letters from Readers"


Box 8: folder 3
Contributions
1969-78

Box 8: folder 4
"Noteworthy,"
1976-77

Box 8: folder 5
Miscellaneous


Box 8: folder 6
From individuals
1969-83

Box 8: folder 7-22
SERIES VI. RESOURCE FILES



Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers (COSMEP) newsletters
1979-82

Box 9: folder 1
Feminist organizations, B-W


Box 9: folder 2
Publishing house pamphlets, A-W


Box 9: folder 3-4
Film resources, C-W


Box 5-8
The Grand Jury Project
1975-76

Box 9
Lesbian Community Center volunteer switchboard materials
circa 1979

Box 10
SERIES VII. WJL ISSUES AND PUBLICATIONS



Volume 1
1969-70

Box 10: folder 1-3
Volume 2
1970-72

Box 10: folder 4-7
Volume 3, issue 1
1972

Box 10: folder 8
Volume 3, issues 2 and 3
1972

Box 11: folder 1-2
Volume 4
1974-76

Box 11: folder 3-6
Volume 5, issues 2 and 3
1977

Box 11: folder 7-8
Volume 6
1978-79

Box 11: folder 9-11
Volume 7, issue 2
1980

Box 11: folder 12
Volume 8
1981-83

Box 12: folder 1-3
Other publications
1980-82

Box 12: folder 4
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



1 Checkbook 8
1/1/77-12/29/78

Box 13
"CASH" booklet with documentation of Loans and A/P
1975-76


Checkbook #7
[1/2/76-12/15/76]


Checkbook #6
2/10/75-12/30/75


Payroll Registers
1972-75


Miscellaneous Account Information



Layout for Vol. 8, issue 3 in Oversize box (*Fragile)


Box 14

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Subjects
  • Collectivism -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Feminism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Feminists -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Journalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Lesbian feminism -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women's studies -- History -- 20th century
  • Women authors, American -- 20th century
  • Women journalists -- United States
  • Women poets, American -- 20th century
  • Women publishers -- United States


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