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Spinsters Books and Webbery, Inc. records

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 704

Overview

Spinsters Books and Webbery, Inc. was a non-profit women and children's bookstore and women's center collectively operated by lesbians in downtown Lawrence, Kansas during the 1980s. They also published a lesbian and feminist newsletter entitled Monthly Cycle. This collection includes this publication as well as a collection of women's newsletters from around the country, newspaper clippings, volunteer log books, correspondence and business records.

Dates

  • 1970 - 1994

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of Spinsters Books and Webbery

Spinsters Books and Webbery, Inc. was a non-profit women and children's bookstore and women's center collectively operated by lesbians in downtown Lawrence, Kansas during the 1980s. For a few years, they published a lesbian and feminist newsletter entitled Monthly Cycle.

The collective sold books for women by women, women's music, crafts, buttons, and other related merchandise. They also offered a free lending library, though men were not permitted access. The bookstore hosted dances, a lesbian tea hour, speakers, classes, and other events that fulfilled the "webbery" aspects of the collective. The women of Spinsters, including members and volunteers, worked closely with Women's Transitional Care Services and women in prison.

Extent

23.25 Linear Feet (24 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Physical Location

RH MS 704

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RH MS 1058

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RH MS 1196

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RH MS R156

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RH MS Q173

Physical Location

RH MS R290

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Spinster Books and Webbery, 1990-1991; Lisa McGraw, 1993; Roberta Woods, 2006; Maggie Cloud, 2020.

Related Materials

Women's Coalition, RG 67/21, part of the Student Organizations record group, University Archives, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Processing Information

Throughout this finding aid to aid consistency in searching, "women" is substituted for a number of alternative spellings (womyn, wimin, womon, etc.).

Title
Guide to the Spinsters Books Collection
Subtitle
Spinsters Books and Webbery, Inc. records
Author
Finding aid prepared by rlf, 2006; revised by skt, 2010; reivsed by mmm, 2017.
Date
2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/2150170668
Preferred citation
Spinsters Books and Webbery records, Kansas Collection, RH MS 704, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

Contact:
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