Michigan Womyn's Music Festival records
Scope and Contents
Festival programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia.
Dates of Materials
- Creation: 1977 - 2015
- Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (Organization)
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, Lisa A. Vogel has assigned the copyright in the works of the Michigan Womyn's Festival records to Smith College; however, 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 instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Michigan Womyn's Festival records, 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.
First held in 1976 in Oceana County, Michigan, the Michigan Womyn's Musical Festival (also known as MichFest or MWMF) was entirely staffed, built, attended, and run by women. Lisa Vogel, then nineteen, along with her sister Kristie, and friend Mary Kindig set out in 1976 to organize a women-only musical and camping event similar to those happening in other parts of the country. Every August, for forty consecutive festivals, thousands of women would travel from around the country to spend several days in what so many would describe as the safest and freest environment women, especially lesbians, have ever experienced. The last few years of the MWMF were marred by controversy over the barring by organizers of trans women; some in the LBGTQ community protested the exclusion.
0.833 linear feet (1 container)
Language of Materials
First held in 1976 in Oceana County, Michigan, the Michigan Womyn's Musical Festival (also known as MichFest or MWMF) was entirely staffed, built, attended, and run by women. The collection contains festival programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia.
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Lisa A. Vogel on 4/20/2016.
Periodic accruals may be added to the collection.
- Finding aid to the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival records
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
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- 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2019-04-05: Added 1 accession and updated finding aid.
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