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Women's Music Archives collection, 1962-2005
96.25 linear feet (81 boxes)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00552

Abstract:
The Women's Music Archives Collection consists of bibliographies, biographical sketches, clippings, correspondence, flyers, newsletters, photographs, posters, publicity materials, songbooks, sound recordings, videotapes, and memorabilia. The bulk of the collection dates from 1975 to 1995 and consists of live and studio-produced recordings by women musicians and of women's music festivals, retreats, and conferences. There is also a significant amount of papers documenting the work of individual women musicians, women's music groups and choruses; and the production, distribution, concert booking, and publicity infrastructure for women's music recordings, concerts, festivals, and retreats. Included are extensive records of the North East Women's Music Retreat, a 1980s-90s regional festival, and a substantial set of files from Olivia Records, 1973-94.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

With the exception of the audiovisual items, the materials are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Original live recordings are closed to research. In some cases, in-house use copies have been made. Researchers interested in access to live recordings for which there is no use copy should contact the Sophia Smith Collection to discuss options. With the exception of reformatting for in-house research use, permission from all artists is required before any live tape recordings may be duplicated.

Commercially produced recordings are available for in-house research use provided the Sophia Smith Collection has the equipment necessary to play them. Due to copyright restraints, commercially available recordings may not be reproduced. Many of these materials are available for purchase or download via the Worldwide Web.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright is owned by the individual artists or record companies. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection

Biographical / Historical

During a summer 1975 visit to Maine, friends introduced Lucia "Kim" Kimber and Kathy Lewis to recordings made by Meg Christian, Alix Dobkin, and The Deadly Nightshade. "We were instantly hooked," wrote Kimber in 1985. Two months later, Kimber and Lewis attended the First Boston Women's Music Festival with a small tape deck on which they recorded the two-day long festival held at Harvard University. "That was a mind boggling experience, not only for the music, but it was the first time that I had ever been in an auditorium with 500 women in one spot…. It was the first time that we ever heard music that was aimed particularly at women's issues, and it was composed by women and performed by women." (Lucia Kimber oral history with Amanda Izzo, 2009) Enthralled with the experience, Kimber and Lewis began attending and recording (with the artists' permission) every women's music concert they could get to. They also began collecting studio recordings, books, catalogs, clippings, flyers, posters, programs, memorabilia, newsletters, and other materials related to women's music, including information on artists, production companies, festivals, and the women's music and comedy concert circuit.

Lewis and Kimber first met Ruth Dworin at the 4th National Women's Music Festival in Champaign-Urbana in 1977. Dworin was also making recordings of festival concerts and owned a women's music production company in Toronto called Womanly Way Productions. After meeting at several more events, the three women decided to establish a formal entity to collect and preserve women's music materials. In the fall of 1978 they created the Women's Music Archives as a non-profit organization based at Kimber's home in Fairfield, Connecticut.

According to the WMA's 1980 Catalog, "The primary function of the Women's Music Archives is to collect and preserve, for herstorical listening and research purposes, all types of materials related to women's music." The bulk of the collection focused on "woman-identified, woman-made music, primarily, though not exclusively feminist and lesbian in orientation" that "evolved as a definite entity" beginning in the early 1970s. As the collection grew, Kimber, Lewis, and Dworin added earlier recordings by women "that spoke to the issues which were of vital concern and interest to women." Their Archives was conceived as a means to preserve part of the flourishing and self-affirming lesbian-feminist culture of the day.

In a 1980 article about the Archives for Sojourner, Kimber wrote:

Women derive strength and comfort from many various sources such as feminist literature, women's support groups, communal living situations, and women's art forms such as painting, sculpture, photography, and music…. It is certain…that women's music provides a kind of strength, support and inspiration which is found nowhere else and most certainly is not found in popular music which bombards us constantly over the airways today.

In addition to the Women's Music Archives, Kimber also participated in the "scene" through deep involvement in the North East Women's Musical Retreat (NEWMR), an organization which produced regional outdoor music festivals on Labor Day weekend from 1981 to 2000.

Eager for the Archives to be preserved beyond the lives of its founders, the WMA Directors decided to place it in the Sophia Smith Collection in 2004.

Scope and Contents

The Women's Music Archives consists of circa 75 linear feet of materials collected and recorded in order to document "woman-identified, woman-made music, primarily, though not exclusively feminist and lesbian in orientation" that "evolved as a definite entity" from the early 1970s. Materials include bibliographies, biographical sketches, clippings, correspondence, flyers, newsletters, photographs, posters, publicity materials, songbooks, sound recordings, videotapes, and memorabilia.

The bulk of the collection dates from 1975 to 1995 and consists of live and studio-produced sound recordings by women musicians and of women's music festivals, retreats, and conferences. The collection also contains significant paper files documenting the work of individual women musicians; women's music groups and choruses; and the production, distribution, concert booking, and publicity infrastructure for women's music recordings, concerts, festivals, and retreats.

Major topics found throughout these files include the women's music movement, women in music more broadly, and differences and diversity within the feminist and lesbian-feminist movement since the 1970s. Though the impetus for founding the collection was "women's music" as it evolved in the early 1970s, there is also material on women in mainstream popular, classical, folk, jazz, blues, punk, and riot grrrl music, as well as stand-up comedy.

The Festivals, Retreats, and Conferences Series documents the thriving women's music, art, theater, and stand-up comedy "scene" (1974-2000), through advertising, newspaper clippings, and packets given out at the festivals. Also included are correspondence with festival organizers, credentials, and release forms for recording live performances for the Women's Music Archives. Especially extensive files on the North East Women's Music Retreat, a 1980s-90s regional festival for which Kim Kimber was a coordinator, reveal the dedication required to plan and produce these complex events. Through the minutes, memoranda, and correspondence, one can also see the ongoing debates and discord surrounding issues such as meaningful inclusion of disabled women, mothers, and women of color; and how to preserve women-only space -- i.e. policies which dictate who can be on the land during the retreat, ranging from male grounds keepers and other personnel to mothers of boy children. The audiovisual materials include extensive live recordings of festivals, concerts, and retreats.

The Artists Series contains press packages, clippings, and photographs. They document well-known artists such as Margie Adam, Meg Christian, Holly Near, Teresa Trull, and Cris Williamson, as well as numerous lesser-known artists. Most of the minor artists' files mainly consist of applications submitted to the North East Women's Music Retreat and accompanying promotional material. There are many stand-up comedians in these files as well.

The Organizations Series contains correspondence, fliers, brochures, and catalogs produced by business organizations and production companies, as well as other non-profit groups focused on women's music. Included is a substantial set of files from Olivia Records composed of correspondence from artists looking to record with Olivia, promotional materials from 1973 through 1994, information for distributors, and clippings, among other items. Of particular interest are the newsletters and correspondence regarding Sandy Stone, a transwoman who worked for Olivia, and some materials regarding Olivia's 1979 change in organizational structure. Other companies with more substantial files include Redwood Records, Goldenrod, Horizon, and Ladyslipper.

The Audiovisual Material Series primarily consists of compact discs, audiocassettes, and LPs. Many of these are live concert and festival recordings, a portion of which have been reformatted to compact disc and are available for research. Please contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

The Reference Materials Series includes bibliographies and research guides, special issues of newsletters and periodicals, pamphlets, directories, and transcripts of interviews with Meg Christian, Holly Near, Susan Freundlich, Margie Adam, Rosemary Schonfeld, and Janna Runnals.

This collection is organized into nine series:

  1. HISTORICAL MATERIALS
  2. ARTIST FILES
  3. FESTIVALS, RETREATS, AND CONFERENCES
  4. ORGANIZATIONS
  5. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS
  6. SONGBOOKS AND SCORES
  7. REFERENCE MATERIALS
  8. ARTIFACTS AND MEMORABILIA
  9. OVERSIZE MATERIALS

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

With the exception of the audiovisual items, the materials are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Original live recordings are closed to research. In some cases, in-house use copies have been made. Researchers interested in access to live recordings for which there is no use copy should contact the Sophia Smith Collection to discuss options. With the exception of reformatting for in-house research use, permission from all artists is required before any live tape recordings may be duplicated.

Commercially produced recordings are available for in-house research use provided the Sophia Smith Collection has the equipment necessary to play them. Due to copyright restraints, commercially available recordings may not be reproduced. Many of these materials are available for purchase or download via the Worldwide Web.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright is owned by the individual artists or record companies. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Women's Music Archives Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00552, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some original audio recordings have been transferred to digital format for in-house research use.

History of the Collection

Lucia B. "Kim" Kimber donated the Women's Music Archives Collection to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2004. Further materials were donated by Holly Near in 2007, Jane Arvanites in 2015, and Kathy Lewis in 2018.

Accruals:

This collection is comprised of the following accessions, some of which may not have accession records. Accession numbers: 2006-S-0057, 2007-S-0023, 2007-S-0037, 2015-S-0027, 2018-S-0042. Accessions were received on the following dates: 2006-08-09, 2007-04-09, 2007-05-18, 2015-04-02, and 2018-07-12.

Processing Information

Processed by Alyssa Pluss, Anna Eisen, and Maida Goodwin, 2009


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
Processing of the Records of the Women's Music Archives was made possible by the generous support of Lucia B. Kimber and the Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender
Contents List
SERIES I. HISTORICAL MATERIALS
1974-2001 undated


This series includes general historical information about the Women's Music Archives, newspaper clippings about the women's music movement, and a 2009 oral history interview with Lucia B. "Kim" Kimber.

General
1980-85

Box 1
Oral history interview with Lucia "Kim" Kimber by Amanda Izzo
24 Feb 2009

Box 1
Correspondence



General
1979-90 undated

Box 1
Re: Olivia audition tapes
1983

Box 1
Clippings



General
1974-2001 undated

Box 1
Jazz and blues
1979-2003

Box 1
Punk and riot grrrl
1995-2004

Box 1
SERIES II. ARTIST FILES
1964-2006 undated


This series contains biographical and publicity files including newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, fliers, concert programs, and press releases, for individual women, groups, choruses, and choirs, circa 1981-96. The files are arranged alphabetically. See SERIES V. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS for recordings by these artists.

320 East Ripa
undated

Box 1
4D YKES
2002 undated

Box 1
A


Box 1
Abod, Susan
1982-95 undated

Box 1
Abrams, Ann
1985-91 undated

Box 1
Absalom, Ria
undated

Box 1
Adam, Margie
1982-2005 undated

Box 1
Alder, D.J. (Deb)
1982-84 undated

Box 1
Alder, Lindsay
1985 undated

Box 1
Alexander and Noelle
1981-84 undated

Box 1
Alive!
1981-83 undated

Box 1
Allen, Lillian
1983-88 undated

Box 1
Allen, Linda
1983-89 undated

Box 1
Allison, Sparkie
1981-87 undated

Box 1
Alpert, Rache
1987-89 undated

Box 1
Altazor
1988-92 undated

Box 1
Amethyst
1987-88 undated

Box 1
Amethyst County
1989 undated

Box 1
Anderson, Jamie
1989-2001 undated

Box 1
Anderson, Laura
undated

Box 1
Anna Crusis Choir
1981-1989 undated

Box 1
Another Octave/Conn Women's Chorus
1990-2006

Box 1
Ars Pro Femina
undated

Box 1
Atabex
1984-1989 undated

Box 1
Avedis, Sirani
1980 undated

Box 1
Avery, Gwen
1979 undated

Box 1
B


Box 1
Baba Yaga
undated

Box 1
Bachelorettes
1981 undated

Box 1
Bagby, Rachel
1989 undated

Box 1
Bagwell and Winslow
1987 undated

Box 1
Baker, Brenda
1987-91 undated

Box 1
Bales, Ginny
1979-82 undated

Box 1
Barber, Kitty
1987 undated

Box 1
Barrett, Ruth
1991 undated

Box 1
Barton, Barb
1990-97 undated

Box 1
Barton, Carrie
1981 1985 undated

Box 1
Bascombe, Lorretta (and Spirit)
1984-85 undated

Box 1
Be Be K'Roche
1976-77 1988

Box 1
Ben, Lisa
1982-2002 undated

Box 1
Berezan, Jennifer
1988-92

Box 1
Berkeley Women's Music Collective
1979 undated

Box 1
Berkson, Laura
1988-91 undated

Box 1
Birtha, Becky
1989 undated

Box 1
Bishop, Heather
1987-89 undated

Box 1
Bitch and Animal
1999-2002

Box 1
Blazing Saxes
1982-83 undated

Box 2
Bond, Narissa
1995-97 undated

Box 2
Bonnet, Alicia Leonilda "Bubbles"
1988 undated

Box 2
Booth, Pat
1980-86 undated

Box 2
Bozena, Carol
1985-86 undated

Box 2
Bottomley, Judith and Jennifer (Twin Tide)
undated

Box 2
Bougainvillea
1981-85 undated

Box 2
Bowly, Laura
1997 undated

Box 2
Boyd, Marcie
1982-88 undated

Box 2
Boyle, Linda
undated

Box 2
Byham, Sue Marra
1995

Box 2
Brandy, Carolyn
undated

Box 2
Bratty, Beverly
1987-89

Box 2
Bread and Roses
1984-85 undated

Box 2
Brico, Antonia
undated

Box 2
Brodsky, Marla B.B.
1983-89 undated

Box 2
Brooks, Nancy
1982 2002 undated

Box 2
Burris, Carole Anne
1987-90

Box 2
C


Box 2
Callahan, Slique
1985-90 undated

Box 2
Campbell, Sarah Elizabeth
1991-92 undated

Box 2
Candace & Camille
1988-91 undated

Box 2
Cantilena Wind Quartet
1984 undated

Box 2
Caputi, Anne
1981-84

Box 2
Carmitchell, Bobbi
1987 undated

Box 2
Carpenter, Beverly
1981-88 undated

Box 2
Carter, Betty
1981 1986

Box 2
Carter, Judy
1992-93 undated

Box 2
Casselberry and Dupree
1984-96 undated

Box 2
Cassella, Maggie
undated

Box 2
Cazden, Joanna
1984 1994 undated

Box 2
Chamberlain, Anne
1991

Box 2
Chandler, Teresa
1989-90 undated

Box 2
Chapman, Tracy
1985-89 undated

Box 2
Cheney, Joyce
1985 undated

Box 2
Cherish the Ladies
1985-87 undated

Box 2
Cherry Cokes, The
undated

Box 2
Chevere
1985 undated

Box 2
Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band
2002

Box 2
Christian, Meg
1977-95 undated

Box 2
Clark, Barbara
1979

Box 2
Clemmens, Ginni
1980 1998 undated

Box 2
Clinton, Kate
1981-2001 undated

Box 2
Collier, Linda
1989 undated

Box 2
Collins, Mitzie
undated

Box 2
Concerted Effort
undated

Box 2
Conn, Marjorie
1999 undated

Box 2
Cook, Cathy
1984 undated

Box 2
Cooney, Christine
1985 undated

Box 2
Cotton, Elizabeth
1987 undated

Box 2
Cotto, Rayda
1983 undated

Box 2
Cowboy Girl
1992-95

Box 2
Crowsfeet Dance Collective
1985-89 undated

Box 2
CT and
April 1982 undated

Box 2
Cullum, Linda
1983-88 undated

Box 2
Culver, Casse
1972-82 undated

Box 2
Curtis, Catie
1989-96 undated

Box 2
Curtis, Pamela
1984-85 undated

Box 2
Cygnus
1990 undated

Box 2
Cytron, Sara
1988-93 undated

Box 2
D


Box 2
D'Amato, Catherine
1980-86 undated

Box 2
Dance Brigade
1986-89 undated

Box 2
Dashu, Max
1989

Box 2
Davidson, Dianne
1987-94

Box 2
Davies, Diana
1982 undated

Box 2
Davis, Hunter
1983-89 undated

Box 2
Day, Nancy
1984 1987 undated

Box 2
D.C. Area Feminist Chorus


Box 2
Dee, Cristi
1989-90 undated

Box 2
Del Ray and the Blues Gators
1990 undated

Box 2
DeLaria, Lea
1990-93 undated

Box 2
Dembska, Anna
1984 undated

Box 2
Demi/Monde
1986-87 undated

Box 2
Denver Women's Chorus
1988-97

Box 2
Destiny
1990-97 undated

Box 3
Deuce
1980-87 undated

Box 3
Devon, Cruz
1983 undated

Box 3
Dickens, Hazel
1981

Box 3
Different Touch
1989 undated

Box 3
Difranco, Ani
1994-98

Box 3
Di Micele, Alice
1988-1992 undated

Box 3
Dinerman, Annie
1973-99

Box 3
disappear fear
1988-2005

Box 3
Dixon, Fostina
1984-85 undated

Box 3
Dobkin, Alix
1979-2005 undated

Box 3
Dos Fallopia
1991 undated

Box 3
Drach, Tracy
1991-93 undated

Box 3
Duffus, Anne
1985 undated

Box 3
Dufresne, Dusti
1992 undated

Box 3
Dunn, Barb
1982-83 undated

Box 3
[The Fabulous] Dyketones
1981-84 undated

Box 3
E


Box 3
Edell, Therese
1978-91 undated

Box 3
Einhorn, Lena
1987 1992 undated

Box 3
Elliot, [Gwen] GEe
undated

Box 3
Ends and Means Committee
1981-82 undated

Box 3
Ester, Barbara
1990 1993 undated

Box 3
Etheridge, Melissa
1989-95 undated

Box 3
Etzler, Carole
1983-88 undated

Box 3
Exit 154
1989-91 undated

Box 3
F


Box 3
Farrell, Alison
1979-85 undated

Box 3
Fasteau, Zususan Kali
1974-89 undated

Box 3
Feld, Janet
1988-89 undated

Box 3
Feldheim, Michele
1984 undated

Box 3
Feldman, Maxine
1974-95 undated

Box 3
Ferguson, Robin
1985-89 undated

Box 3
Ferron
1981-96 undated

Box 3
Field, Robin
1989 undated

Box 3
Fier, Debbie
1980-89 undated

Box 3
Fink and Marxer
1982-89

Box 3
Fink, Sue
1978-96 undated

Box 3
First Strike Theater Co.
undated

Box 3
Fjell, Judy
1981-89

Box 3
Flower, Robin
1978-91 undated

Box 3
Focal Point
1987-88 undated

Box 3
Ford, Eileen
1984 undated

Box 3
Fóta, Jamie
1993-97 undated

Box 3
Fox, Mimi
1981 undated

Box 3
Free, Jill
1981 undated

Box 3
Free River
1985 undated

Box 3
Freeway Fusion
1987 undated

Box 3
Freundlich, Susan
1979-85 undated

Box 3
Friedman, Judi
1984-91 undated

Box 3
Friesen, Cate
1988-90 undated

Box 3
Fure, Tret
1985-2002 undated

Box 3
G


Box 3
Gal (Janice Perry)
1981-93 undated

Box 3
Galey and Gonzales
1989

Box 3
Gardner, Kay
1974-2002 undated

Box 3
Garthwaite, Terry
1979-82 undated

Box 4
Gates, Purly
1982-93 undated

Box 4
Gemini, Mary
1983-89 undated

Box 4
Genfan, Vicki
1986 undated

Box 4
Gerendasy, Carrie
1985-88 undated

Box 4
German, Miriam
1989 undated

Box 4
Gilbert, Ronnie
1981-88 undated

Box 4
The Girlillas
1982-90 undated

Box 4
Girls in the Nose
1988-96 undated

Box 4
Glastonbury
1988-89 undated

Box 4
Glenn-Copeland, Beverly
undated

Box 4
Goddess Gospel
1989-91 undated

Box 4
Goldspinner (Wattles, J.)
1984 undated

Box 4
Gomez, Marga
1981-98 undated

Box 4
Good for a Girl
1988 undated

Box 4
Goodman, Eve
1989 undated

Box 4
Gorman-Jacobs, Judy
1985 undated

Box 4
Gowdey, Rosi
1984-85 undated

Box 4
Grace and Goddess Unlimited
1985-86 undated

Box 4
Graetz, Susan
1981-85 undated

Box 4
Grant, Monica
1988-92 undated

Box 4
Gray, Lisa
1991 undated

Box 4
Gribi, Gerri
1984-85 undated

Box 4
The Guest Stars
1984 undated

Box 4
Gygax, Lisa Lynn
1988 undated

Box 4
Gyra
1992 undated

Box 4
H


Box 4
Hamilton, Karen
1985

Box 4
Handleman, Randie
undated

Box 4
Haney, Lynn
1987 undated

Box 4
Hannan, Kathleen
1990-92 undated

Box 4
Haresuite
1985 undated

Box 4
Harris, Hillary
1986-87 undated

Box 4
Harrison, Joy Eden
undated

Box 4
Hawkins and DeLear
1984-86 undated

Box 4
The Heretics
1989-91 undated

Box 4
The Heroines
1987-90 undated

Box 4
Herrick, Susan
1986-96 undated

Box 4
Higbie, Barbara
1980-85 undated

Box 4
Hill, Nancy
1986-90 undated

Box 4
Hines, Ellen
1991 undated

Box 4
Hirsch, Dorothy
1989-97 undated

Box 4
Hirschhorn, Linda
1982-90 undated

Box 4
Hoffman, Nan
1983-85 undated

Box 4
The Holy War
1983-85 undated

Box 4
Hollander, Anita
1981-82 undated

Box 4
Holtz, Teddy and Leaf Miller
1983 undated

Box 4
Homi, Julie
1979-92 undated

Box 4
Hooke, Helen
1981-99

Box 4
Humphries, Pat
1987-90 undated

Box 4
Hunt, Janis
1989-90 undated

Box 4
I


Box 4
Ian, Janis
1980-2006

Box 4
Iris
1987-88 undated

Box 4
Ishantova, Davida
1981-82 undated

Box 4
Izquierda
1977-80 undated

Box 4
J


Box 4
Jade and Sarsaparilla
undated

Box 4
Jan and Ilse
1993-94 undated

Box 4
Jane Doe Band
1982-83 undated

Box 4
Jasmine
1982-87 undated

Box 4
Javanaise
1982 undated

Box 4
Jones, Diana
1996-97 undated

Box 4
Joy, Susan
undated

Box 4
Justice, Jennifer
1985 undated

Box 4
Justina and Joyce
1989-95 undated

Box 4
Jyosna (Jordan)
1985-93 undated

Box 4
K


Box 4
Kaldor, Connie
1982-86 undated

Box 4
Karen Beth
1977-88 undated

Box 4
Kay, Hillary
1986-90 undated

Box 4
Kelly, Julia
1989-90

Box 4
Keniston, Susan
1985-89 undated

Box 4
Kid Sister
1987-88 undated

Box 4
Koch, Lisa
1990-91 undated

Box 4
Kolb, Elaine
1980-87 undated

Box 4
Korantemaa, Nana
1990 undated

Box 4
Krietlow, Marienne
1984-89 undated

Box 4
Kron, Lisa
1989-91 undated

Box 4
Kruisbrink, Annette
1996-98 undated

Box 4
L


Box 4
Labrys
1983-88 undated

Box 4
Laduvane
1981-82 undated

Box 4
Lady Be Good
1989 undated

Box 5
Lamerduc, Anique
1993-94 undated

Box 5
lang, k.d.
1993 undated

Box 5
Langille, Suzanne
1985-86 undated

Box 5
Larkin, Patty
1980-95 undated

Box 5
Lavner, Lynn
1982 undated

Box 5
Lems, Kristin
1976-85 undated

Box 5
Les Amies Louisianaises
undated

Box 5
Levoy, Debbie
1987-92 undated

Box 5
Lewis, Zoe
1989-98 undated

Box 5
Libana
1980-2006 undated

Box 5
Lifeline
1983-90 undated

Box 5
Lilah
1988-89 undated

Box 5
Lindsay, Diane
1982-97 undated

Box 5
Lippett, Betsy
1980-90 undated

Box 5
Lorraine and Charlotte
1984 undated

Box 5
Loulan, JoAnn
1987-88 undated

Box 5
Love, Laura
1990-97 undated

Box 5
Lovie Sizzle (Jackie Haywood)
1987-89 undated

Box 5
Lucha
1975 undated

Box 5
Lyons, Abbe
1981 undated

Box 5
M


Box 5
Manning, Cyd
1990 undated

Box 5
McCalla, Dierdre
1982-2002 undated

Box 5
McCall, Tulis
1980 undated

Box 5
McClure, Kit
1986-2002 undated

Box 5
McIlwaine, Ellen
1980-83 undated

Box 5
McLaren, Libby
1988-89 undated

Box 5
MacDonald, Betty
1982-96

Box 5
MacDonald, Carol
1985-86 undated

Box 5
Mackay, Karen
1982-84 undated

Box 5
Mama Quilla II
1980-81 undated

Box 5
Marathon
1984-87 undated

Box 5
Marie, Gayle
1982-84 undated

Box 5
Marriechild and Goodman
1984-88 undated

Box 5
Marilyn T.
1990-91 undated

Box 5
Marley, Rita
1982 undated

Box 5
Marmaluk, Daria
1979 1990 undated

Box 5
Masa
1992-97 undated

Box 5
Mathis, Nick
1987-90

Box 5
Mayhew-Franks Quintet
1986-91 undated

Box 5
Mermaids in the Basement
1992 undated

Box 5
Midsummer Revels
1982-83

Box 5
Miller, Mev
1981-88 undated

Box 5
Millington
June 1979-97 undated

Box 5
Ming, Lee Pui
1991-92 undated

Box 5
Mischief Mime
1983-85 undated

Box 5
Mitchell, Joni
1981-2000

Box 5
Moaks, Linda
1984-89 undated

Box 5
The Modern Fabrics
undated

Box 5
Molina, Jesse (Jesse X)
1989 undated

Box 5
Monk, Meredith
1988 undated

Box 5
Monsur, Melanie
1987-90 undated

Box 5
Montclair Women's Big Band
1996-2000 undated

Box 5
Morgan and Phelan
undated

Box 5
Morgan, Hillary
1981 undated

Box 5
Morgana
1980-93

Box 5
Morris, Bonnie
1994-99 undated

Box 5
Morton, Jaime
1989 undated

Box 5
Motherlode
1983-85 undated

Box 5
Mrs. Fun
1987-93 undated

Box 5
Mullaney, Beth
1990-91 undated

Box 5
MUSE (Cincinnati's Women's Choir)
1991-2005 undated

Box 5
Musica Femina
1983-87 undated

Box 5
N


Box 5
Near, Holly



1977-82

Box 5
1983-2005 undated

Box 6
New Haven Night Angels
1977

Box 6
New Haven Women's Chorus
1980

Box 6
Nichols and Potts
1990 undated

Box 6
Noelle, Lori
1985-87 undated

Box 6
No Regrets
1985-86 undated

Box 6
Nolan, Dianne Marie
1990-91 undated

Box 6
Nolan, Faith
1988-96 undated

Box 6
Nuchow, Leslie
1990-91 undated

Box 6
Nuru Dafina
1988-94 undated

Box 6
O


Box 6
Oakenstar, Jess Hawk
1990-92 undated

Box 6
O'Donnell, Maureen
1984-85 undated

Box 6
O'Hara and Laffey
1981 undated

Box 6
On Second Thought
1988 undated

Box 6
OVA
1980-88 undated

Box 6
Ozer / Moore / Herrold
1983-86 undated

Box 6
P


Box 6
Pappas, Steph
1984-89 undated

Box 6
Pat Graney Company, The
1985-92 undated

Box 6
Pelham, Ruth
1981-87 undated

Box 6
Petronella
1995-97 undated

Box 6
Pierson, Suzanne
1971-83

Box 6
Pontopiddan, Lisa
1989-90 undated

Box 6
Ponzio, Diane
1979-87 undated

Box 6
Povinelli, Sharon
1989-90

Box 6
Powell, Linda
1979 undated

Box 6
Powers, Doshie
1990-92 undated

Box 6
Preeshl, Artemis
1987-91 undated

Box 6
Presents of Mind
1991 undated

Box 6
Psalms Music Ministry
1986 undated

Box 6
Puckett and Person
undated

Box 6
R


Box 6
Ragsdale, Georgia
1992-94 undated

Box 6
Random Order
1992-93 undated

Box 6
Reagan, Judy
1980 undated

Box 6
Reagan, Bernice Johnson
1979-88 undated

Box 6
Reagon, Toshi
1984-94 undated

Box 6
RJ Nome / Rebecca Jane
1989-90 undated

Box 6
Reed, Ann
1981-91 undated

Box 6
Reynolds, Malvina
1964-2000 undated

Box 6
Reynolds, Valerie
1987-93 undated

Box 6
Rhiannon
1986-97 undated

Box 6
Rhines, Marie
1976-85 undated

Box 7
Rhode Island Feminist Chorus
1985-89 undated

Box 7
Righteous Mothers, The
1985-92 undated

Box 7
Ripley, Karen
1988-89 undated

Box 7
Roadknight, Margret
1984-85 undated

Box 7
Robbins, Jaime
1987-88 undated

Box 7
Roberts, Carol
1981-83 undated

Box 7
Robinson, Henrietta
1986-88 undated

Box 7
The Roches
1979-97 undated

Box 7
Roderick, Libby
1990-98 undated

Box 7
Romantic Bones
undated

Box 7
Rose, Betsy
1980-88 undated

Box 7
Rose, Betsy and Cathy
Winter 1979-86 undated

Box 7
Rude Girls
1986-88 undated

Box 7
Ruggles, Molly
1985 undated

Box 7
Ryder, Sue
1986-88 undated

Box 7
S


Box 7
Salko, Keishya
1987 undated

Box 7
San and Sabine
1987 undated

Box 7
Sapphire
1985-90 undated

Box 7
Sara Laughs
1987-88 undated

Box 7
Savage, Maggie and Jude Fogelquist
1977-79 undated

Box 7
Savell, Susan
1978-85 undated

Box 7
Sawagi Taiko
1994-96

Box 7
Schwendinger, Leni
1980

Box 7
Scott, Nancy
2002 undated

Box 7
Seale, Anne
1991 undated

Box 7
Sellers, Maria
1989

Box 7
Shaffer, Tanya
1988-89 undated

Box 7
Shanbaum, Suzanne
1981

Box 7
Shari and the Shy-Type
1985 undated

Box 7
Shaw, Vickie
undated

Box 7
She
1986-87 undated

Box 7
She Is
1991-97 undated

Box 7
Shear, Linda
1976 undated

Box 7
Sheets, Linda
1986-88 undated

Box 7
Sherwood, Sherli
undated

Box 7
Shih, Patricia
1994-2000 undated

Box 7
Shocked, Michelle
1988

Box 7
Shute, Sherry
1994-97 undated

Box 7
Silver, Elaine
1979-89 undated

Box 7
Silvermoon, Flash
1987-90 undated

Box 7
Simmons, Woody
1981-89 undated

Box 7
Siren
1985 undated

Box 7
Sisson, Pam
1985-86 undated

Box 7
Sister
1982 undated

Box 7
Sloan, Judy
1980-91 undated

Box 7
Slotoroff, Cyd
1980-2004 undated

Box 7
Small, Judy
1984-86 undated

Box 7
Software
1985 undated

Box 7
Soloway, Faith
1997 undated

Box 7
Sorrels, Rosalie
undated

Box 7
Souza, Susan
1997 undated

Box 7
Spiderwoman Theater Company
undated

Box 7
Spitz, Debbie
1986-89 undated

Box 7
Squeeze Louise
1983 undated

Box 7
Stato, Joanne
1989 undated

Box 7
Stonewall Chorale
1980 undated

Box 7
Strangers in Paradise
undated

Box 7
Street People and Herson
1984-86 undated

Box 7
Sudhalter, Carol
1985-86 undated

Box 7
Suede
1984-2004 undated

Box 7
Suhir
1991-95 undated

Box 7
Sweet Honey in the Rock
1977-94 undated

Box 7
Syli
1984-91 undated

Box 7
T


Box 7
Taylor, Marcia
1983-88 undated

Box 7
Tendre
1989 undated

Box 7
Theresa, Latetta
1982 undated

Box 7
Thomas, J.T.
1979-80 undated

Box 7
Thompson, Clarice
1989-97

Box 7
Thompson, Jill
1985 undated

Box 7
Thurston, Chris and Georgia Humphrey
1982

Box 7
Tillery, Linda
1977-95 undated

Box 7
Tilles, Nurit
1980-95 undated

Box 7
Tofa'ah
1983-84 undated

Box 7
Tomeo, Marilyn
1975-91 undated

Box 7
Tomlin, Lily
1986 undated

Box 7
Topping, Dana
1980 undated

Box 7
Torf, Adrienne
1981-99 undated

Box 7
Townsend, Elaine
1983-89 undated

Box 7
Tracy, Kathleen
1992 undated

Box 7
Tremblay, Lucie Blue
1986-2005 undated

Box 7
Triantafillou, Katherine
1982-83 undated

Box 7
Troia and Grier
undated

Box 7
Trull, Teresa
1977-92 undated

Box 7
Tucker, Nancy
1982-2002 undated

Box 7
Two Nice Girls
1988-91 undated

Box 7
Tyler, Edwina Lee
1979-85 undated

Box 7
Tyler, Robin
1979-97 undated

Box 7
Tyson, Willie
1974-81 undated

Box 7
U


Box 7
Urban Bush Women
1997 undated

Box 7
V


Box 7
Vance, Danitra
1984-94 undated

Box 7
Venus Envy
1990-92 undated

Box 7
Vogl, Nancy
1980-87 undated

Box 7
W


Box 7
Wade, Marion
1983 1989 undated

Box 7
Wallflower Order
1980-85 undated

Box 7
Warnick, Leah
1984 undated

Box 7
Washington Sisters
1985-88 undated

Box 7
Watch Out!
undated

Box 7
Waters, Chocolate
1983-84 undated

Box 7
Watkins, Mary
1977-86 undated

Box 7
Weaver, Kay
1984-88 undated

Box 8
Weinbaum, Batya
1988 undated

Box 8
Weis, Sam
1991 undated

Box 8
Wells, Jess
1987 undated

Box 8
Welter, Paula Joy
1995-97 undated

Box 8
Wenz, Annie
1992-93 undated

Box 8
Wernimont, Tita
1984-85 undated

Box 8
Wes (Lori Wesoly)
1988-92 undated

Box 8
Westenhoefer, Suzanne
1991-95 undated

Box 8
Wetzel, Katharine
1980-83 undated

Box 8
Wetzler, Laura
1980-83 undated

Box 8
Wheeler, Erica
1983-99 undated

Box 8
Wheeler and Carol
1988-92 undated

Box 8
Wilansky, Laura
undated

Box 8
Williams, Karen
1991-99 undated

Box 8
Williams, Trish
1977-99 undated

Box 8
Williamson, Cris
1980-2004 undated

Box 8
Willis, Julia
1981-96 undated

Box 8
Wimindance
1989 undated

Box 8
Wind and Wood
undated

Box 8
Winslow, Jane
1987-91 undated

Box 8
Winstead, Lizz
1989-93 undated

Box 8
Winter, Cathy
1980-92 undated

Box 9
Wolf, Julie
undated

Box 9
Women's Philharmonic, The
1993-95 undated

Box 9
Womonsong (Madison, WI Women's Chorus)
1986 undated

Box 9
Wood, Laura
1989-90 undated

Box 9
Wright, Debra
1997 undated

Box 9
The Wyrd Sisters
1992-93 undated

Box 9
Yagottawanna
1992-95 undated

Box 9
Yer Girlfriend
undated

Box 9
York, Beth
1983-91 undated

Box 9
Z


Box 9
Zicari, Leah
1987-91 undated

Box 9
SERIES III. FESTIVALS, RETREATS, CONFERENCES



National Women's Music Festival: programs and general files
1974-2004

Box 10
North East Women's Music Retreat (NEWMR)



Accessibility: guidelines
1980 1990

Box 10
Ads: press releases and media reviews
1982-99

Box 10
Artist care
1987-89

Box 10
Board of Directors : minutes and correspondence
1986-90 1991-2001

Box 10
Budgets
1981-84 1985-88 1990-97

Box 10
Bylaws
1988-99

Box 10
Community Model: minutes and correspondence
1988-91

Box 10
Coordinators/Crew Chief information
1988

Box 10
Crafts information
1987-91

Box 10
Day Stage: budgets and information
1981-89

Box 11
Emma G's Canteen: coordinator information
1988

Box 11
Equipment/Inventory
1983 1985

Box 11
Feedback on Festival
1981-99 undated

Box 11
ID badges and vouchers
1988

Box 11
Interpreter information
1979-84

Box 11
Legal documents and correspondence
1982-98

Box 11
NEWMR I
1981

Box 11
Policies
undated

Box 11
Performers



Audition guidelines and rejection letters
1983-97

Box 11
Information packets and contracts
1988-97

Box 11
Planning Committee



Minutes and memos
1981-2000

Box 11
Job Descriptions
undated

Box 11
Programs and brochures
1981-99


Publicity/Printing
1988-93


Site



General
1984 1987-88 1990-92

Box 11
Site and lawsuit documents
1991

Box 11
Site Search



Clippings re camps


Box 11
Notes


Box 11
Real estate information


Box 11
Site check lists


Box 11
Site sketches/maps


Box 11
Videos
1988

Box 11
Waterfront: coordinators and Lists
1985-86

Box 11
Workers



Lists
1990

Box 11
Applications and information


Box 11
Contracts


Box 11
Newsletters
1984-90

Box 11
Salary information
1984-85

Box 11
Miscellaneous events


Box 11
Amazon Autumn Conference
1986

Box 12
Beguines, Celebration of the
1976

Box 12
Boston Showcase for Women in the Arts
1982

Box 12
Boston Women's Music Festival
1975 1977

Box 12
Boston Women's Music Weekend
1975

Box 12
Campfest
1984-99

Box 12
East Coast Lesbians' Festival
1981 1989-94

Box 12
Folktree Festival
1986

Box 12
Gulf Coast Women's Festival
1991-93

Box 12
Independent Women Record Distributors' Conference
1979

Box 12
International Women's Music Festival
1986

Box 12
Long Island Women's Music Festival
1978-79

Box 12
Miscellaneous Events



Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
1976-2004

Box 12
Miscellaneous festivals and newsletters
1978-99

Box 12
National Congress on Women in Music
1981

Box 12
National Women's Choral Festival and Sistersingers' Network
1985-2001

Box 12
New England Women's Symphony
1979-93 undated

Box 12
Northampton Lesbian Festival
1992-95

Box 12
Rhythmfest
1990-96

Box 12
Sisterfire
1982-88

Box 12
West Coast Women's Music and Cultural Festival
1981-93

Box 12
Women's Independent Label Distributors' Conference (W.I.L.D.)
1979-81

Box 12
Women's jazz festivals
1980-1986 1995

Box 12
SERIES IV. ORGANIZATIONS



Miscellaneous
undated

Box 13
Amber Moon Productions
1981-84 undated

Box 13
Association of Women's Music and Culture (AWMAC)
1987-98 undated

Box 13
Beachfront Bookings
undated

Box 13
Bella Via Productions
1983

Box 13
Bloodroot Restaurant/Bookstore
1977

Box 13
Boston Women's Music Collective
1976-77

Box 13
Composers Recordings, Inc (CRI)
1980-94

Box 13
Eastern Region Producers' Network
1980-83 undated

Box 13
Fallen Woman Productions
1980-82 undated

Box 13
Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) Choruses
1988-99

Box 13
Goldenrod Distribution



Agreements
undated

Box 13
Catalogs
1983-2004

Box 13
Greenwood Press: book catalogues
1979-81

Box 13
Greyfeather
undated

Box 13
Horizon Distribution
1987

Box 13
Hot Wire: Journal of Women's Music and Culture
1987-89

Box 13
Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA)
1991-93 undated

Box 13
International Congress on Women in Music
1982-88 undated

Box 13
Kate and Company
1993 undated

Box 13
Ladyslipper Music



General
1978-86 undated

Box 13
Catalogs



1980-91

Box 13
1992-98

Box 14
Fall 1998-2005

Box 15
Leonarda Records
1979-85 1992 undated

Box 15
Macaroon Productions
1975-80 undated

Box 15
Manhattan Muse Records
undated

Box 15
Midwest Women's Music Distributors
1984

Box 15
Mountain Moving Coffeehouse
1987-2005

Box 15
National Women's History Project
1990

Box 15
New Song Library
1983-89 undated

Box 15
Nexus Records
1985

Box 15
Olivia Records



Correspondence
1976-83 undated

Box 15
Correspondence regarding Sandy Stone and separatism
1977-79

Box 15
Distribution agreements


Box 15
Information for distributors


Box 15
Letter regarding change in structure
1979

Box 15
Media
1978-88 undated

Box 15
Newsletters, #1-34
1975-79

Box 15
Publicity and catalogues
1973-94 undated

Box 15
Oven Productions
1991-93 undated

Box 15
Panopticon Library
1989

Box 15
People Meet, Inc.
1984

Box 15
Pleiades Records
1982-84 undated

Box 15
Putumayo World Music
undated

Box 15
Radical Rose Recordings
1983-84 undated

Box 15
Redwood Records: brochures, catalogs, and programs
1978-2001 undated

Box 15
Roadwork/Sisterfire
1980-87 undated

Box 15
Robin Tyler Productions
1990-93

Box 15
Rosetta Records
1981-94 undated

Box 15
Sampler Records
1988 undated

Box 15
Shanachie
undated

Box 15
Sing Out!
1994 undated

Box 15
Sister Singers Network
1988-2001

Box 15
Sound companies and technicians
1980-87

Box 15
Spivey Records
undated

Box 15
Stash Records
undated

Box 15
Studio Red Top
1984-88 undated

Box 15
Taping equipment and supplies
1978-90 undated

Box 15
Tape Recording Manual (National Braille Association)


Box 15
Troubadora/Troubadisc
1980-81 undated

Box 15
Variations
1983 undated

Box 15
Vivace Records: catalogs
1995 undated

Box 15
Wise Women Enterprises
undated

Box 15
Women on Stage
1981

Box 15
The Women's Music Calendar
1980-81

Box 15
Women's Music for Everyone
1981-84 undated

Box 15
Women Musicians' Cooperative of Washington
undated

Box 15
Women's Revolutions per Minute (WRPM)
1985-90

Box 15
Womanly Way Productions
1979-83 undated

Box 15
SERIES V. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS



Women's Music Archives collection
1972-2005


General

[This series is unprocessed. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information]

Subseries I. Festivals, Retreats, and Conferences: audition tapes



Subseries II. Festivals, Retreats, and Conferences: live recordings



Subseries III. Record Companies: demo tapes



Subseries IV. 45rpm records



Subseries V. LP vinyl albums



Subseries VI. Commercial compact discs: popular, folk, rock



Subseries VII. Commercial compact discs: classical



Subseries VIII. Commercial audiocassettes



Subseries IX. Videotapes



Subseries X. Reel-to-reel tapes



SERIES VI. SONGBOOKS AND SCORES



Women's Music Archives collection
1972-2005


General

[This series is unprocessed. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information]

SERIES VII. REFERENCE MATERIALS



Women's Music Archives collection
1972-2005


General

[This series is unprocessed. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information]

SERIES VIII. ARTIFACTS AND MEMORABILIA



Women's Music Archives collection
1972-2005


General

[This series is unprocessed. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information]

SERIES IX. OVERSIZE MATERIALS



National Women's Music Festival: 20th anniversary display
Jun 1994


SERIES III. FESTIVALS, RETREATS, AND CONFERENCES
1974-2004
3 linear feet

In addition to detailed general files and program brochures of the National Women's Music Festival (NWMF) and North East Women's Music Retreat (NEWMR), this section includes newspaper clippings, fliers, brochures, and concert packets from numerous women's music festivals, circa 1976-2001. The bulk of the materials consist of records of NEWMR. See SERIES V. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS for recordings of festival performances.

SERIES IV. ORGANIZATIONS
1974-2005
2 linear feet

This series is comprised of correspondence, fliers, brochures, and catalogs of business organizations and production companies, as well as other non-profit groups focused on women's music, circa 1974-2005. The files are arranged alphabetically. Audition tapes submitted to Olivia Records are in SERIES V. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS.

SERIES V. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS
1960s-2000s


Restrictions on access:

This series is unprocessed and many of the materials must be reformatted before they can be used. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

Audiovisual materials include live concert and festival recordings, commercial sound recordings, commercial video recordings, tapes of NEWMR planning meetings, audition tapes submitted to Olivia Records and to NEWMR, and a few tapes of the radio program "Face the Music." The materials are in various formats including reel-to-reel audiotape, audiocassette, LP, 45 rpm, CD, videocassette, and DVD.

SERIES VI. SONGBOOKS AND SCORES
ca.1970s-1990s


Restrictions on access:

This series is unprocessed. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

This series contains songbooks, song sheets, and scores by women musicians or groups, circa 1970s-90s

SERIES VII. REFERENCE MATERIALS



Restrictions on access:

This series is unprocessed. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

Reference files include women's music publications, periodicals,and directories.

SERIES VIII. ARTIFACTS AND MEMORABILIA



Restrictions on access:

This series is unprocessed. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

This series contains a sampling of memorabilia from women's music concerts and festivals, such as t-shirts, hats, stickers, buttons, and other artifacts.

SERIES IX. OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Restrictions on access:

This series is unprocessed. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.


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Subjects
  • Arvanites, Jane
  • Arvanites, Jane
  • Arvanites, Jane
  • Dworin, Ruth
  • Feminist music -- Performances
  • Feminist spirituality -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Kimber, Lucia C.
  • Kimber, Lucia C.
  • Lesbian feminism -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Lesbian musicians
  • Lesbians -- Songs and music
  • Lewis, Kathy
  • Lewis, Kathy
  • Lewis, Kathy
  • Music -- Collectors and collecting
  • Musicians -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Near, Holly
  • Near, Holly
  • Near, Holly
  • Olivia Records, Inc.
  • Singers -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Women -- Songs and music
  • Women composers -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Women musicians -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Women singers
  • Women's Music Archives
  • Women's music -- History -- Sources
  • Women's music -- Performances
  • Women's music festivals

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes
  • Bibliographies
  • Biographical sketches
  • CD-Roms
  • Computer media
  • DVD video discs
  • Fliers
  • Phonograph records
  • Posters
  • Songbooks
  • Sound recordings
  • Videotapes
  • clippings
  • correspondence


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