Carolyn Gage papers
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
- 1977 - 2014
- Gage, Carolyn (Person)
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.
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: http://carolyngage.weebly.com/
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. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.
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.
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.
Starting in September 2022, Smith College Special Collections will be renumbering many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes will be made in this collection: Accession 2015-S-0045, Boxes 1-14 renumbered as Boxes 26-39
- Appointment books
- Computer media
- Court cases
- DVD-Video discs
- Electronic records
- Feminism and theater
- Financial records
- Gage, Carolyn
- Legal files
- Lesbian activists
- Lesbian and queer women
- Lesbian community
- Lesbianism -- United States -- 20th century
- Sheet music
- Theater -- United States -- 20th century
- Women authors
- Women in the theater
- 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
- 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
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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