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Moon Journal Press records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00764

Scope and Contents

The Moon Journal Records consist of the periodicals and poetry, short story, and creative nonfiction chapbooks published by Moon Journal Press, plus a small amount of "herstorical" material, ephemera, and photographs dating from 1995 to 2015.

Dates of Materials

  • 1995-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1995-2009


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Jude Rittenhouse owns copyright to materials created by her until her death, after which copyright will be transferred to Smith College. Copyrights to materials created by all other authors are retained by those authors. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1992, Prairie Moon Feminist Books and Women Friendly Space in Arlington Heights, Illinois, hosted two monthly readings: a poetry reading and an all-genre reading. Both were open to the public. In order to share the work presented there with a wider audience, founding co-editors Mary Ber and Jude Rittenhouse created a publication in 1995. This literary magazine was first called Prairie Moon ReadOut! (the name of the monthly all-genre readings) and soon renamed Moon Journal. The journal continued in publication for thirteen years with much help from the growing community of writers. Moon Journal Press was established in 2000 and published poetry, short story, and creative nonfiction chapbooks before ceasing operation in 2009.


1.104 linear feet (3 containers)


Moon Journal, formerly Prarie Moon ReadOut!, grew out of monthly poetry readings at the Prarie Moon Feminist Books and Women Friendly Space in Arlington Heights, Illinois. This collection is comprised of periodicals and chapbooks published by Moon Journal Press, as well as "herstorical" material, ephemera, and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Moon Journal founding co-editor Jude Rittenhouse donated the Records to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Chloe Line, 2016.

Moon Journal Press records
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:23-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063