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Carolyn Gage papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00710

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, contracts, plays (multiple drafts), production notes, books, and legal papers. The collection also includes digital materials, including research, images and illustrations for Gage's projects, advertising, play programs, a desktop backup, business files, writings, and correspondence.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1977 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Gage has retained copyright in her works donated to Smith College. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Gage, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Carolyn Gage is a lesbian feminist playwright who also acts and directs and sees her art as activism. In the mid-1980s, she earned a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts, Emphasis in Directing at Portland State University, Portland, OR. Author of nine books on lesbian theater and of 65 plays/musicals/one-woman shows, most of which focus on non-traditional roles for women and/or are shedding light on famous lesbians who have previously been ignored or obscured in history, Gage has won numerous awards over the years and continues to tour internationally. For more information, see:


43.042 linear feet (39 containers)

1.675 Gigabytes (digital files)

Language of Materials



The collection contains the professional papers and writings of Carolyn Gage, a lesbian feminist playwright who also acts and directs and treats her art as activism.


This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Other Finding Aids

One or more content listings to individual accessions in this collection are available for download. Links can be found in the description of the individual accessions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Carolyn Gage in 2015 and 2016.

Processing Information

The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created. Some computer media were unable to be copied.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 2015-S-0045, Boxes 1-14 renumbered as Boxes 26-39



Finding aid to the Carolyn Gage papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-15: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2020-04-07: Description added for born-digital content.
  • 2020-05-05: Added accession 15S-45

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063