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Lesbian Calendar Records, 1912-1994 (Bulk: 1985-1990)
13 boxes ( 5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 335

Abstract:
Lesbian business and publication. Originally a one page fold-out monthly calendar of lesbian and women's events, The Calendar quickly grew into a more lengthy newsletter. The collection includes the administrative records from its inception; some records of LOGS (Lesbians of Greater Springfield); and subject files. The latter include memorabilia, posters, catalogs, and artwork that document the local lesbian community, as well as the national and international gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender movement, and feminism.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection, although researchers must sign an "Access Agreement Form" before viewing unpublished materials.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the records of The Lesbian Calendar. Copyright to materials created by others 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. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

The Lesbian Calendar, founded in 1987, has its origins in Lesbians of Greater Springfield (LOGS), an organization and publication founded in Springfield, MA by Marie Louise Francoise (formerly Marie Patten) in 1985. After only one year in print, Francoise discontinued LOGS. In 1987, she relocated to Northampton, MA, a town later dubbed "Lesbianville, USA" by a 20/20 news report. There she joined with Pamela Kimmell to launch a new publication, The Calendar, later that year. Although there was editorial continuity between the two publications, there are significant differences between them. The LOGS newsletter was several pages in length and included a calendar of events, poems, short articles, and political viewpoints that often revolved around themes such as parenting and "wimmin of color." LOGS also functioned as an organization that hoped to provide area "womyn" with "alternatives to the limited social resources available" in Springfield. After its first year of existence LOGS, both the newsletter and the organization, disbanded as a result of internal personal and political divisions. Perhaps to avoid the pitfalls of divisive differences of opinion, The Calendar had a policy not to print literary or political submissions from its inception. Originally, a one page fold-out monthly calendar of lesbian and women's events, advertisements, and announcements, The Calendar quickly grew into a more lengthy newsletter that included detailed descriptions of events, classified ads, and for a brief period in 1987-88, letters to and from the community. In 1994, it adopted a new name, The Lesbian Calendar (TLC). TLC Productions publishes the newsletter and sponsors many area events. The organizers co-founded the Northampton Area Lesbian and Gay Business Guild. Patten left TLC in the early 1990s but as of 1999, Kimmell remained the editor.

The Calendar's masthead, August 1987

The Calendar's masthead, August 1987

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lesbian Calendar collection is 4.5 linear feet and dates from 1912 to the 1990s, with the bulk of the material concentrated between 1985 and 1994. Divided into three series, this collection contains the records and newsletters of LOGS and The Calendar as well as the personal subject files of Marie Patten, Pamela Kimmell, and local printer and activist, Willow Lamont. Types of material include newsletters, submissions, correspondence, periodicals, flyers, programs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. Throughout this collection, the original arrangement and labeling of files, if it existed, has been left intact in order to reflect the organizational methods and categories used by their creators.


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, although researchers must sign an "Access Agreement Form" before viewing unpublished materials.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the records of The Lesbian Calendar. Copyright to materials created by others 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. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

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

The Lesbian Calendar Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

History of the Collection

Pamela Kimmell donated The Lesbian Calendar records to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1994. The materials in this collection have three sources of origin. Marie Louise Francoise gave the records pertaining to LOGS to Kimmell. Willow Lamont also gave her collection of material related to the local lesbian community and lesbians in general to Kimmell before she left the country. Kimmell's own collection of material is also represented in the SUBJECT FILES. The files have become intermingled, making it impossible to determine original ownership of particular items.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected

Processing Information

Processed by Jack Slowriver, 2001.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
(1973, 1985-86)
.5 linear feet.

The LOGS series contains records of Administration and a complete set of issues, including material for a 1986 newsletter that was never published. Minutes, correspondence, publicity, and submissions to the newsletter reflect the internal structure of LOGS and the ways in which some members of the community responded to the publication. Creative work, including the drawings of Patten's daughter, Aimee Marie Patten, are also part of the administrative files. Marie Patten was also known to write poetry and it is likely that some of the poetry contained in the submissions file was written by her. Much of the correspondence documents LOGS' effort to build its community library and to defray the cost of that endeavor by trading subscriptions with lesbian newsletters from other localities. Newsletters from Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and other areas in Massachusetts can be found in SERIES III. SUBJECT FILES. Controversy erupted in March 1986 when the New Alexandria Lesbian Library (NALL), located in Northampton, accused LOGS of censoring events and discussions related to sado-masochism. Although this issue was not mentioned specifically, the LOGS collective voted to dissolve the organization, and hence discontinue the newsletter in August 1986 because of internal differences and lack of adequate financial support.

(1987-93)
2 linear feet.

The records of The Calendar are also divided into two subseries, Administration and Issues. The administrative files are comprised of correspondence, fundraising records, personal ad submissions, and the miscellaneous material of editor Pamela Kimmell. The Calendar newsletters in this collection date from the first issue in May 1987 to December 1989 and are arranged chronologically. With the exception of the personal ads, the advertisements, announcements, graphics, and other materials collected for the monthly publication are filed together, reflecting their original arrangement. There is very little material pertaining to the organizational structure or struggles of the newsletter, but the "Celebration of our Lesbian Sexuality" fundraising event is an exception. Organized, in part, by Kimmell and Patten, some people alleged that the event excluded sado-masochism from its range of topics. Another controversy revolved around The Calendar's lesbian separatist policy to only publish events and advertise businesses that were self-identified as lesbian. The policy sparked a heated debate over the role of the newsletter in the community that is evidenced in the summer and fall issues of 1988. Unlike LOGS, The Calendar was able to weather both controversy and financial peril and continues to be published as The Lesbian Calendar (TLC). Beginning in 1994 and continuing to 2000, a complete run of TLC is included in the periodical collection housed at the Sophia Smith Collection.

(1912-94)
2.5 linear feet.

The subject files are the largest component of this collection and are arranged alphabetically. Containing publicity, articles, newspaper clippings, correspondence, programs, publications, resource material, and catalogs from a variety of business, organizations, locations, and time periods, the subject files are quite diverse. In addition to the more contemporary documents, there are several publications dating from the first decades of the twentieth century. Women of All Nations, an international ethnographic survey of women published in ten parts in 1912, is perhaps the most interesting example of this material. The bulk of the material pertains to women in the United States and emphasizes feminism, "herstory", local and national lesbian culture, sexuality, women's music festivals and retreats, and activism. The range of material offers insight into the ways in which "women's spaces" are established and maintained, the construction of a local community history, and the broader changes in feminist and queer identity politics over time.

Contents List
SERIES I. LESBIANS OF GREATER SPRINGFIELD (LOGS)
(1973, 1985-86)


Administration



Advertising: correspondence and financial records,
1985-86

Box 1: folder 1
Committee meetings: minutes and notes,
1985-86

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence,
1973, 1985-86

Box 1: folder 3
Public relations: notes and publicity,
1985

Box 1: folder 4
Submissions



Correspondence and articles,
1985-86, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Poems,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Subscription lists,
1985-86

Box 1: folder 7
Aimee Marie Patten's (daughter) artwork,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Miscellaneous,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Issues



"The Log" newsletter,
Jun 1985-May 1986

Box 1: folder 10-21
Materials for unpublished issue,
1986

Box 1: folder 22
SERIES II. THE CALENDAR
(1987-93)


Administration



Correspondence,
1987-88, 1993, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1-2
Fundraising



Celebration of our Lesbian Sexuality: correspondence, flyers, lists, and notes,
1988

Box 2: folder 3
Midsummer Night Dinner/Dance: flyers and newsletters,
1988

Box 2: folder 4
Personal ads,
1988-90

Box 2: folder 5
Pamela Kimmell, editor: miscellaneous material,
1993, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Issues



Note:

[See also Sophia Smith Collection Periodicals]

May-September 1987

Box 2: folder 7-11
October 1987-May 1988

Box 3: folder 1-8
June-December 1988

Box 4: folder 1-7
January-June 1989

Box 5: folder 1-6
July, October-December 1989

Box 6: folder 1-4
SERIES III. SUBJECT FILES
(1912-94)


Anti-nuclear activism: articles, flyers, and reports,
1980, 1993, n.d.

Box 7: folder 1
Calendars,
1982-90

Box 7: folder 2
Daughters of Bilitis: calendar of events and correspondence,
1993

Box 7: folder 3
Domestic Abuse Awareness Project: correspondence, newspaper articles, and publicity (includes Living With the Enemy by Donna Ferrato),
1993

Box 7: folder 4
Erotica: articles, catalogs, flyers, newspaper clipping, and miscellaneous,
1975, 1986, 1992-93, n.d.

Box 7: folder 5
Fat liberation: brochures, newsletter, and newspaper clippings,
1981, 1992-93, n.d.

Box 7: folder 6
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR): correspondence,
circa 1992

Box 7: folder 7
Feminism



Activities: brochures, bumper stickers, correspondence, and flyers,
1985-87, n.d.

Box 7: folder 8
Articles,
1970, 1992-93, n.d.

Box 7: folder 9
Merchandise: brochures, catalogs, and order forms,
1972-94, n.d.

Box 7: folder 10
Nationalism: news articles,
1992-93

Box 7: folder 11
Publications/presses: catalogs and publicity,
1973-93, n.d.

Box 8: folder 1
Festivals and conferences



Michigan Womyn's Music Festival: correspondence, directory, and program,
1987, 1991, n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
National Lesbian Conference: brochures, business cards, contact information, flyers, and program,
1991

Box 8: folder 3
New England Women's Music Retreat: correspondence, directory, programs, and publicity,
1987-93, n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
Sisterfire: correspondence, program, and publicity,
1987

Box 8: folder 5
Miscellaneous events: programs and publicity,
1984-94, n.d.

Box 8: folder 6
F.L.O.W.E.R. Foundation: correspondence, flyers, and grant application,
1 1984-86, n.d.

Box 8: folder 7
Fundraising: correspondence and guide,
1993

Box 8: folder 8
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD): Annual Report,
1992

Box 8: folder 9
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender culture



Authors/books: catalogs, newspaper clippings and publicity,
1988-93, n.d.

Box 8: folder 10
Coming out: articles and newspaper clippings,
1976,1993, n.d.

Box 8: folder 11
Gay Manifesto,
circa 1970s

Box 9: folder 1
Merchandise: catalog,
1993

Box 9: folder 2
Relationships: articles,
n.d.

Box 9: folder 3
Pride marches: guide and publicity,
1993-94

Box 9: folder 4
Politics: brochures, flyers, and newspaper clippings,
1993, n.d.

Box 9: folder 5
Miscellaneous publicity,
n.d.

Box 9: folder 6
Help Open Women's Land (HOWL): flyers and newsletter,
1986, n.d.

Box 9: folder 7
HIV/AIDS: brochures, correspondence, and newspaper clippings,
1987-88, 1993

Box 9: folder 8
Homophobia: cartoons, articles, and newspaper clippings,
1986-93

Box 9: folder 9
King, Billie Jean: news article,
1981

Box 9: folder 10
Lesbian Avengers: flyers and newspaper clippings,
1993-94

Box 9: folder 11
Lesbian Herstory Archives: brochures, flyers, and newsletters,
1986-92, n.d.

Box 9: folder 12
Lesbians



Artists: newspaper clippings and publicity,
1986-90, n.d.

Box 9: folder 13
Businesses: business cards, catalogs, and publicity,
1986-88, n.d.

Box 9: folder 14-15
Cartoon(ist)s: drawings and newspaper clippings,
1993-94, n.d.

Box 9: folder 16
International: programs and reports,
1986

Box 9: folder 17
Jewish: newspaper clippings,
1989, 1992

Box 9: folder 18
Media coverage: newspaper clippings,
1992-93, n.d.

Box 9: folder 19
Parenting: article and newspaper clippings,
1989-94, n.d.

Box 9: folder 20
Resources: correspondence and flyers,
n.d.

Box 9: folder 21
Travel: brochures and flyers,
n.d.

Box 9: folder 22
Miscellaneous: flyers,
1994, n.d.

Box 9: folder 23
March(es) on Washington: newspaper clippings and publicity,
1987, 1993

Box 10: folder 1
National Herstorical Archives: brochures, correspondence, flyers, and programs,
1981-88, n.d.

Box 10: folder 2
New age: list and newspaper clipping,
1982, n.d.

Box 10: folder 3
New Alexandria Lesbian Library: correspondence, guidelines, flyers, lists, and notes
1977-88, n.d.

Box 10: folder 4
Newsletters



Craftwimmin's Mutual Aid Society,
1987-88

Box 10: folder 5
Harrisburg Area Women's News (HAWN),
1986-87

Box 10: folder 6
The Newsletter (New Haven),
1982, 1992, n.d.

Box 10: folder 7
Now Times,
1983-87

Box 10: folder 8
Separatists Eroding Patriarchy (SEPS),
1987-88

Box 10: folder 9
Women in Hartford,
1985-87

Box 10: folder 10
Words of Women,
1985-86

Box 10: folder 11
Miscellaneous publications,
1980-94, n.d.

Box 10: folder 12
Miscellaneous subscription renewals and advertisements: correspondence, and publicity,
1986-87, n.d.

Box 10: folder 13
Periodicals



Deneuve,
1994

Box 11: folder 1
Diversity: The Lesbian Rag,
1988

Box 11: folder 2
Hikane: The Capable Womon,
1993

Box 11: folder 3
Invert,
1992

Box 11: folder 4
Women Artist News,
1981

Box 11: folder 5
Teen Voices,
1993

Box 11: folder 6
Up from Under,
n.d.

Box 11: folder 7
Out and About: flyer and news article,
1992, n.d.

Box 11: folder 8
Pioneer Valley (Western Mass.)



Community news: newspaper clippings,
1989-92, n.d.

Box 11: folder 9
Events: flyers,
1985-87, 1993, n.d.

Box 11: folder 10-11
"Herstory of the Valley Women's Movement": updated chronology,
1978-84

Box 11: folder 12
Lesbian Art Show: correspondence and program,
1987

Box 11: folder 13
Lesbian Home Show: correspondence, directories, flyers, lists, newspaper clippings, and notes,
1987-93

Box 11: folder 14
Northampton: brochures, flyers, newsletter, and newspaper clippings,
1992-93, n.d.

Box 11: folder 15
Northampton Lesbian Festival: newspaper clippings, programs, and publicity,
1991-94

Box 11: folder 16
Pride marches: flyers, newspaper clippings, and programs,
1987-94

Box 11: folder 17
Sadism/masochism



General: resource material,
1979, 1986-88, n.d.

Box 11: folder 18
Organizations



Bound and Determined: minutes and newsletters,
1987-88, n.d.

Box 11: folder 19
National Leather Association: Living in Leather conference materials,
1988

Box 11: folder 20
Shelix: correspondence, minutes, and resources,
1986-88

Box 11: folder 21
Sex: news articles,
1993

Box 11: folder 22
Steinem, Gloria: newspaper clippings,
1993

Box 11: folder 23
Stonewall, 25th Anniversary: correspondence, events, and publicity,
1994

Box 11: folder 24
WomanEarth Feminist Peace Institute: correspondence,
1987

Box 11: folder 25
Women



Centers: resource material,
1979

Box 12: folder 1
Clothing: catalogs and flyers,
1984-88, n.d.

Box 12: folder 2
Health: flyers, newsletter, and newspaper clippings,
1987, 1994

Box 12: folder 3
History: brochures, correspondence, and newspaper clippings,
1992, n.d.

Box 12: folder 4
Music



Catalogs,
1974-94

Box 12: folder 5
Labrys: correspondence and publicity,
circa 1986

Box 12: folder 6
Marla B.B.: audiotape and publicity,
1993

Box 12: folder 7
Miscellaneous: flyers and programs,
circa 1980-93, n.d.

Box 12: folder 8
Theatre: flyers, newspaper clippings and programs,
1986-93, n.d.

Box 12: folder 9
Women of All Nations, parts
1-10, 1912

Box 12: folder 10-19
Miscellaneous printed material,
1915-1993

Box 13: folder 1-4
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Daily Hampshire Gazette,
1926

Box 13a: folder 1
Color prints of women,
n.d.

Box 13a: folder 2
Event posters,
1985-94, n.d.

Box 13a: folder 3
Photographs of unidentified concert,
n.d.

Box 13a: folder 4
Miscellaneous posters and printed material,
1975-94, n.d.

Box 13a: folder 5
Club 616 Move-a-thon poster,
1987

Flat File, drawer 6:
Drawing of a woman,
n.d.

Flat File, drawer 6:

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Subjects
  • Bisexuality-United States-History--20th century
  • Feminism-United States-History-20th century
  • Gays--United States--History--20th century
  • Lesbian Calendar
  • Lesbianism--United States--History--20th century
  • Lesbians of Greater Springfield (Mass.)--History--Sources
  • Lesbians--Massachusetts--History--20th century--Sources


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