Spinsters Books and Webbery, Inc. records
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.
- 1970 - 1994
- Spinsters Books and Webbery, Inc. (Organization)
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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.
23.25 Linear Feet (24 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)
RH MS 704
RH MS 1058
RH MS 1196
RH MS R156
RH MS Q173
RH MS R290
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Spinster Books and Webbery, 1990-1991; Lisa McGraw, 1993; Roberta Woods, 2006; Maggie Cloud, 2020.
Throughout this finding aid to aid consistency in searching, "women" is substituted for a number of alternative spellings (womyn, wimin, womon, etc.).
- Guide to the Spinsters Books Collection
- Spinsters Books and Webbery, Inc. records
- Finding aid prepared by rlf, 2006; revised by skt, 2010; reivsed by mmm, 2017.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Spinsters Books and Webbery records, Kansas Collection, RH MS 704, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas