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Lesbian Calendar records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00335

Scope and Contents

The Lesbian Calendar collection is 4.5 linear feet and dates from 1912 to the 1990s, with the bulk of the material concentrated between 1985 and 1994. Divided into three series, this collection contains the records and newsletters of LOGS and The Calendar as well as the personal subject files of Marie Patten, Pamela Kimmell, and local printer and activist, Willow Lamont. Types of material include newsletters, submissions, correspondence, periodicals, flyers, programs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. Throughout this collection, the original arrangement and labeling of files, if it existed, has been left intact in order to reflect the organizational methods and categories used by their creators.

Dates of Materials

  • 1912-1994
  • Majority of material found within 1985-1990

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use with the following restrictions on access: Researchers must sign Access Agreement form to protect the privacy of individuals named in unpublished records.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the records of The Lesbian Calendar. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Biographical / Historical

The Lesbian Calendar, founded in 1987, has its origins in Lesbians of Greater Springfield (LOGS), an organization and publication founded in Springfield, MA by Marie Louise Francoise (formerly Marie Patten) in 1985. After only one year in print, Francoise discontinued LOGS. In 1987, she relocated to Northampton, MA, a town later dubbed "Lesbianville, USA" by a 20/20 news report. There she joined with Pamela Kimmell to launch a new publication, The Calendar, later that year. Although there was editorial continuity between the two publications, there are significant differences between them. The LOGS newsletter was several pages in length and included a calendar of events, poems, short articles, and political viewpoints that often revolved around themes such as parenting and "wimmin of color." LOGS also functioned as an organization that hoped to provide area "womyn" with "alternatives to the limited social resources available" in Springfield. After its first year of existence LOGS, both the newsletter and the organization, disbanded as a result of internal personal and political divisions. Perhaps to avoid the pitfalls of divisive differences of opinion, The Calendar had a policy not to print literary or political submissions from its inception. Originally, a one page fold-out monthly calendar of lesbian and women's events, advertisements, and announcements, The Calendar quickly grew into a more lengthy newsletter that included detailed descriptions of events, classified ads, and for a brief period in 1987-88, letters to and from the community. In 1994, it adopted a new name, The Lesbian Calendar (TLC). TLC Productions publishes the newsletter and sponsors many area events. The organizers co-founded the Northampton Area Lesbian and Gay Business Guild. Patten left TLC in the early 1990s but as of 1999, Kimmell remained the editor.

Extent

6.938 linear feet (15 containers)

Abstract

Lesbian business and publication. Originally a one page fold-out monthly calendar of lesbian and women's events, The Calendar quickly grew into a more lengthy newsletter. The collection includes the administrative records from its inception; some records of LOGS (Lesbians of Greater Springfield); and subject files. The latter include memorabilia, posters, catalogs, and artwork that document the local lesbian community, as well as the national and international gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender movement, and feminism.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series:

  1. I. Lesbians of Greater Springfield
  2. II. The Calendar
  3. III. Subject Files
  4. Oversize Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Pamela Kimmell donated The Lesbian Calendar records to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1994. The materials in this collection have three sources of origin. Marie Louise Francoise gave the records pertaining to LOGS to Kimmell. Willow Lamont also gave her collection of material related to the local lesbian community and lesbians in general to Kimmell before she left the country. Kimmell's own collection of material is also represented in the SUBJECT FILES. The files have become intermingled, making it impossible to determine original ownership of particular items.

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions to collection are expected

Related Material

Issues of the Lesbian Calendar are in the Periodicals Collection, Sophia Smith Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Jack Slowriver, 2001.

Title
Lesbian Calendar records
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Jack Slowriver
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss40 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:18-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063