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LGBT poetry, prose, music, and photography chapbooks

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Held at: John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center [Contact Us]1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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LGBT poetry and other forms of writing and creative expression from the 1960s onwards has been shaped by a number of social forces. The rise of the gay liberation and lesbian feminist movements play an important role in the amount and kind of material that is produced during the early years of this time period. Likewise, those movements owe a great deal to the civil rights, antiwar and women's liberation movements which preceded and grew alongside them. Rejection of authority and the promise of "coming out" are central themes in much of the LGBT writing of this time. The material also explores new and more prominent conceptions of class, race, and gender. Changes in the technology of printing and means of distribution also affect the writing and reception of those in the gay liberation, lesbian feminist, and subsequent LGBT rights movements. Independent journals, magazines, and newspapers, along with small independent and radical presses, gay and lesbian/feminist bookstores, and cooperative structures of organization flower during this period. Changes in society's acceptance of LGBT people as well as the advent of the AIDS epidemic lead, a growing acknowledgement of gender variance, and the mainstream commercialization of the works of LGBT writers and other creators are factors which influence poetry and other creative expression as well.

This collection is made up of LGBT-related poetry, prose, music, and photography chapboooks produced from the 1960s through the current day, most from the 1970s and 1980s. The majority of the materials are in the poetic genre, but literature including short stories and plays are included, as well as books of lyrics and musical notation, and books of photography, especially those which include creative texts alongside the graphics material. Not included in the collection are non-fiction or educational pamphlets, comic books, coloring books, or 'zines. For the most part, periodical publications, including serial poetry journals and anthologies, are not included. These may be found within the Archives' periodicals collection by journal title. Most of the items in this collection were produced by small presses including some collectives, and some of the works are self-published. Books by a single author are included side by side with those with multiple contributors and one or more editors. Many of the writers and presses are from the Philadelphia area, but other centers of LGBT life in the United States are represented as well. Some titles exist in more than one copy. They are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the author, editor, or if neither of these is known, by the title of the work. There is one final file at the end which includes clippings, transcriptions, and manuscript copies of LGBT poetry primarily from the 1970s and 1980s.

Gifts of mostly unknown origin, and transfers from the Center's library.

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John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center
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Collection Inventory

Adler, Shelley, Francine Baskin, and Suzanne Weisberg, eds. The Woman Poet: An Anthology (Philadelphia, PA: Christian Association University of Pennsylvania, the Hillel Association University of Pennsylvania, the Women's Arts Center of Philadelphia), 1973.
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Alta, Burn This and Memorize Yourself: Poems for Women (Washington, NJ: Time Change Press), 1971.
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Alta, Letters to Women (Berkeley, CA: Shameless Hussy Press), 1979.
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Auden, W. H., The Platonic Blow (New York, NY: Fuck You Press), 1965.
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Austin, Madeline, Eight Years Old (N.p.: n.p.), undated.
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Avicolli, Tommi, Boy Dreams (Philadelphia, PA: Tommi Avicolli), 1983.
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Avicolli, Tommi, Magic Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Philadelphia, PA: An Androgyne Collective Publication), 1976.
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Boyd, Malcolm, ed., Mouth to Mouth: A Collection (Los Angeles, CA: The Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center), 1981.
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Brass, Perry, Sex-Charge (Ridgefield, CT: Belhue Press), 1991.
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Brigantine, Meg, Amethyst Goose: Lesbian Chants and Rhymes of Yore (N.p.: Meg Brigantine), 1979.
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Brown, Rita Mae, Songs to a Handsome Woman (Baltimore, MD: Diana Press), 1973.
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Brown, Rita Mae, The Hand That Cradles the Rock (Baltimore, MD: Diana Press), 1971.
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Brownworth, Victoria, ed., Thirteen by Seven: Short Stories (Bala Cynwyd, PA: Stamina Enterprises), 1987.
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Byrd, Stephanie, 25 Years of Malcontent (Boston, MA: Good Gay Poets Press), 1976.
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Byrd, Stephanie, A Distant Footstep on the Plain (N.p.: Stephanie Byrd), 1981.
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CAConrad, Frank (Philadelphia, PA: Mooncalf Press), 2003.
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CAConrad, The Leo Journals (Philadelphia, PA: Mooncalf Press), 2001.
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Chavez, Humberto, Billy Ehret, and Anthony Holbrook, Images & Words: Artists Respond To AIDS (Philadelphia, PA: Omega Press), 1990.
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Chester, Laura, ed., Deep Down: The New Sensual Writing by Women (Boston, MA: Faber and Faber), 1987.
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Christian, Meg, I Know You Know: A Songbook and Scrapbook of the Album (Los Angeles, CA: Olivia Records), 1975.
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Clark, Ron, and Sam Bobrick, Norman, Is That You? A Comedy in Two Acts (New York, NY: Samuel French), 1970.
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Congdon, Kirby, Fantoccini: A Little Book of Memories (Los Angeles, CA: Little Caesar Press), 1981.
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Cooney, Ellen, The Silver Rose (San Francisco, CA: Duir Press), 1979.
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Cooper, Dennis, The Missing Men (N.p.: Am Here Books/Immediate Editions), 1981.
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Cooper, Dennis, Tiger Beat (Los Angeles, CA: Little Caesar Press), 1978.
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Cornell, Michiyo, Lesbian Lyrics (N.p.: Michiyo Cornell), 1981.
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Cory, James M., Crossing the Street in the Rain (Philadelphia, PA: Gypsy Press), 1982.
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Cory, Jim, The Redheads: Poems (Philadelphia, PA: Insight to Riot Press), 1997.
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Crew, Louie, Sunspots (Detroit, MI: Lotus Press), 1976.
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Daily, Susan, and Claire Owen, An Angel's Wing, the Landscape's Calligraphy (Philadelphia, PA: Turtle Island Press), 1983.
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Demming, Barbara, Two Essays: On Anger / New Men New Women; Some Thoughts on Nonviolence (Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers), 1982.
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Dyak, Miriam, Dying (Lebanon, NH: New Victoria Publishers), 1978.
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Ecumenical Women's Centers, Because We Are One People: Songs for Worship (Chicago, IL: Ecumenical Women's Centers), 1974.
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Farinella, Salvatore, ed., Night Blooming: About Allyn Amundson (Boston, MA: The Good Gay Poets), 1976.
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Farinella, Salvatore, Hunger: First Poems, Special Road Apple Review (Oshkosh, WI: Road Runner Press), 1972.
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Fisher, David, Requiem for Huertebise: Homage to Jean Cocteau (South San Francisco, CA: Manroot Books), 1974.
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Fisher, David, The Book of Madness (San Francisco, CA: Gallimaufry), 1975.
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Flynt, Robert, Chris Packard, and David Deitler, Blind Trust: Guides for the Uninfected (Philadelphia, PA: Temple Gallery, Temple University), 1994.
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Foster, Jeannette, and Valerie Taylor, Two Women; photographs by Eunice Militante (Chicago, IL: Womanpress), 1976.
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Freewoman, Joan Elizabeth, Phoenix Poems (N.p.: Joan Bauer), 1977.
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Gildow, Elsa, Makings for Meditation: A Collection of Parapoems, Reverant & Irreverant (Mill Valley, CA: Druid Heights Books), 1973.
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Ginsberg, Allen, Iron Horse (San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books), 1974.
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Goldberg, Jeff, ed., Carry-Out and The Poetry of Performance: An Interview with Patti Smith by Victor Bockris (Philadelphia, PA: at 3705 Powelton Ave.), 1972.
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Goldberg, Jeff, ed., Contact 3 (Philadelphia, PA: Red Room Books), 1972.
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Golden, Alvia, Acts of Love, A Crimson Edge Chapbook (Goshen, CT: Chicory Blue Press), 1995.
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Goodman, Alexander, The Gay Psychedelic Sex Book: Collages and Limericks (Washington, DC: Guild Press), 1967.
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Grahn, Judy, A Woman Is Talking to Death (Oakland, CA: The Women's Press Collective), 1974.
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Grahn, Judy, Edward the Dyke and Other Poems (Oakland, CA: The Women's Press Collective), 1971.
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Griffin, Susan, Dear Sky (San Lorenzo, CA: Shameless Hussy Press), 1973.
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Griffin, Susan, The Sink: Six Short Stories (San Lorenzo, CA: Shameless Hussy Press), 1974.
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Hemschemeyer, Judith, I Remember the Room Was Filled with Light (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press), 1973.
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Hopkins, Kenneth, The Dead Slave and Other Poems of Martial: Some Versions from Book XV of Marcus Valerius Martialis (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada: Catalyst), 1977.
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Hunter, Rebecca, Susan Edwards, and D. Martha Powerful, III., Thunder from the Earth (Chicago: The Lavender Press), 1973.
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Hemphill, Essex, Earth Life (Washington, DC: Be Bop Books), 1985.
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Ihrig, Dick, I'm Flexible (N.p., Phyllis Schnell and Steve Grout), undated.
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Inman, Will, Voice of the Beech Oracle: A Shaman Song (South San Francisco, CA: Manroot Books), 1977.
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Jonas, Stephen, Two for Jack Spicer (South San Francisco, CA: Manroot Books), 1974.
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Jones, Leroi, The Baptism and The Toilet, Evergreen Playscript (New York, NY: Guild Press), 1966.
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Jones, Randy, P+P: Pictures + Poems (Columbus, OH: Randy Jones), 2017.
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Jones, Sonya, Flannel Morning: Love Songs for Dr. V; A Dramatic Monologue (Atlanta, GA: The Vanity Press), 1977.
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Keith, Jeff, Loving Fruits: Poems (Philadelphia, PA: Jeff Keith), 1979.
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Kelly, Dennis, Chicken: Poems (San Francisco, CA: Gay Sunshine Press), 1979.
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Kepner, Jim, Picket Lines: Early (Mostly) Verse (Hollywood, CA: International Gay & Lesbian Archives), 1990.
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Kerewsky, Shoshana, and Frederick Evans, Bistort, Lord of the Oysters (Swarthmore, PA: Lockweed Press), 1982.
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Kerr, Barbara T., Priscilla Lynch, and Cheryl B. Witt, The First Three Years: An Anthology of the Women's Writer's Center, Inc. (Cazenovia, NY: The Women's Writer's Center), 1978.
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Kisner, Arlene, ed., Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly: The Lives and Writings of Notorious Victoria Woodhull and Her Sister Tennessee Claflin (Washington, NJ: Times Change Press), 1972.
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Kuras, Pat M., The Pinball Player (Boston, MA: Boston Gay Review), 1982.
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Lally, Lee, These Days (Baltimore, MD: Diana Press), 1972.
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Lane, Erskine, trans., In Praise of Boys: Moorish Poems from Al-Andalus (San Francisco, CA: Gay Sunshine Press), 1975.
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LaRue, Bunny, Bunny LaRue's Jackie & Judy Journal (Dorchester, MA: Manifest Destiny Books), 1975.
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Lauritsen, John, Poems & Translations: English Translations and Poems in the Original German by Stefan George, Bertolt Brecht, Friedrich Hölderlin (New York, NY: Come! Unity Press), 1975.
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Lennox, Timothy J., California Weekend and Other Poems (N.p.: Timothy J. Lennox), 1975.
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Lipschutz, Barbara, Contractions, Contemporary Women Poet Series (Pittsburgh, PA: Know, Inc.), 1975.
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Lynch, Lee, Hanukah at a Bar (N.p.: Variant Press), 1986.
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Manthorne, Jackie, Sudden Death: A Harriet Hubbley Mystery (Charlottestown, Prince Edward Island, Canada: Gynergy Press), 1997.
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Mariah, Paul, Letter to Robert Duncan While Bending the Bow (South San Francisco, CA: Manroot Books), 1974.
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Mariah, Paul, Personae Non Gratae (San Lorenzo, CA: Shameless Hussy Press, in association with Manroot), 1976.
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Mariah, Paul, The Spoon Ring (South San Francisco, CA: Manroot Books), 1974.
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Matson, Clive, Equal in Desire (South San Francisco, CA: Manroot Press), 1983.
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McAnally, Mary, The Absence of the Father, and The Dance of the Zygotes: Poems (Minneapolis, MN: Shadow Press), 1982.
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McDaniel, Judith, Metamorphosis and Other Poems of Recovery (Brooklyn, NY: Long Haul Press), 1986.
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McNeill, Wayne, and Cyndra MacDowall, Shells (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada: Catalyst Magazine), 1972.
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Meyers, Charlie J., Administrative Trash 1 (N.p: N.p.), circa 2018.
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Migliaccio, Tomaso, Lift Every Voice, "Freedom!" Articles, Stories, Essays, Poems (Trenton, NJ: Tomaso Migliaccio), 2001.
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Montgomery, J.P., Words (Philadelphia, PA: Joanne P. Montgomery), 1982.
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Moore, Honor, ed., Write Poems Women: An Anthology (New York, NY: Write Poems Women Workshop), 1976.
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Muenier, David, A Matter of Choice: Fiction (Houston, TX: N.p), undated.
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Navaretta, Cynthia, ed., Voices of Women: 3 Critics on 3 Poets on 3 Heroines (New York, NY: Midmarch Associates), 1980.
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Ohio Gay Pride, Four-Letter Love Songs and Other Poems (Ohio: Ohio Gay Pride), 1973.
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Ola-Archiwum, Furia Pierwsza: Literackie feministyczne czasopismo lesbijskie (Warsaw, Poland: Ola-Archiwum), 1997.
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Ortner-Zimmerman, Toni, Connections no. 5 (New York, NY: The Print Center), 1977.
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Pan and Alisha, Lib Rap (N.p.: N.p.), undated.
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Parker, Pat, Child of Myself (San Lorenzo, CA: Shameless Hussy Press), undated.
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Ramstetter, Victoria, Antares (Cincinnati, OH: Moonshadow Femile), 1979.
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Riel, Steven, How to Dream (Amherst, MA: Amherst Artists & Writers Press), 1992.
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Rivers, Chris Harrison, Amazon Meditations (Guffey, CO: Amazon Moon Productions), 1990.
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Robinson, Martina Dianne, (Para)transit Park Poems (Belchertown, MA: Mariposa Press), 2007.
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Robinson, Martina Dianne, Before & After (N.p.: Martina Robinson), undated.
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Robinson, Martina Dianne, Set on Freedom, vols. I-VI (Belchertown, MA: Mariposa Press), 2007.
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Robinson, Martina Dianne, The September Poems (N.p.: Martina Robinson), undated.
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Running Water Rounds, Third Camas Swale Occasional Pamphlert (N.p.: N.p.), 1978.
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Ruth, Barbara, From the Belly of the Beast (Ware, MA: The Four Zoas Press), 1977.
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Saxe, Susan, Talk Among the Womenfolk (Milwaukee, WI: Common Women Press), 1976.
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Scott, Claudia, In This Morning (Chicago, IL: Tree Frog Press), 1979.
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Scott, Claudia, Lesbian Writer: Collected Works of Claudia Scott, ed. By Frances Hanckel and Susan Windle (N.p.: The Naiad Press), 1981.
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Scott, Claudia, Portrait (Chicago, IL: Lavender Press), 1974.
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Shelley, Martha, Crossing the DMZ (Oakland, CA: The Women's Press Collective), 1974.
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Shurin, Aaron, The Night Sun (San Francisco, CA: Gay Sunshine Press), 1976.
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Sirius, Jean, Lesbian Love Poems (And Aid to the Inarticulate) (Brooklyn, NY: Sirius Books), 1981.
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Smith, Donny, ed. and trans., Dwan 33, Dwan presents Fabián O. Iriarte's Doble Sentido (Swarthmore, PA: Dwan), 2002.
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Smith, Donny, ed., Dwan 21 (Swarthmore, PA: Donny Smith), 1997.
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Smith, Donny, ed., Dwan 27 (Swarthmore, PA: Donny Smith), 2000.
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Smith, Donny, ed., Dwan 29 (Swarthmore, PA: Donny Smith), 2000.
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Smith, Donny, ed., Swan 22 (Swarthmore, PA: Donny Smith), 1997.
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Smith, Donny, ed., Swan 26 (Swarthmore, PA: Donny Smith), 1999.
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Smith, Donny, ed., Swan, or Dwan 17 (Swarthmore, PA: Donny Smith), 1996.
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Stanford, Adrian, Black and Queer (Boston, MA: The Good Gay Press), 1977.
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Strahan, Jerry E., Managing Ignatius: The Lunacy of Lucky Dogs and Life in the Quarter, Advanced uncorrected proof (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press), 1998.
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Sugden, Rick, ed., Homex: A Series of Documents (Baltimore, MD: Homex), undated.
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Task Force on Gay Liberation, American Library Association (Social Responsibilities Roundtable), Fun with Our Gay Friends (N.p.: Task Force on Gay Liberation), 1973.
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Tatum, Emily, No Blue Ribbons for Races Won Before Dawn (N.p.: Brindle Claire & Company), 1980.
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Todasco, Ruth, ed., An Intelligent Woman's Guide to Dirty Words, vol. 1, The Feminist English Dictionary (Chicago, IL: Loop Center YWCA), 1973.
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Traupman, Bob, Rivers of Light: A Series of Monographs, I. An Arrow to the Sun (Orlando, FL: Sonrise Communications), 1981.
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Veasey, Jack, Handful of Hair (New York, NY: Grim Reaper Books), 1975.
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Vicky, Sleeping Beauty: A Lesbian Fairy Tale, rev. ed. (N.p.: Sojourner Truth Press), 1971.
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Villanueva, Alma, Mother May I? (Pittsburgh, PA: Motheroot Publications), 1978.
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Ward, Stanley, Vergil's Lovers (Philadelphia, PA: Quincunx), 1982.
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We Are All Lesbians: A Poetry Anthology (New York, NY: Violet Press), 1973.
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Weber, Coco, ed., So's Your Old Lady , no. 5 (Chicago, IL: Lavender Woman), undated.
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Weber, Ruedi, Damned Positive: Gay Men and Living with AIDS: A Photo Project (Basel, Switzerland: Ruedi Weber), 1996.
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Whitmore, George, Getting Gay in New York (New York, NY: Free Milk Fund Press), 1976.
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Winant, Fran, Looking at Women (New York, NY: Violet Press), 1971.
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Windle, Susan, Molehills & Mountains (Philadelphia, PA: Susan Windle), 1979.
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Woman To Woman: A Book of Poems and Drawings by Women (Oakland, CA: Women's Press Collective), undated.
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Worley, Gwen, Land's End (Maplewood, NJ: The Four Oceans Press), 1976.
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Writings About Ourselves (N.p.: N.p.), undated.
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Young, Ian, Double Exposure (Trumansburg, NY: The Crossing Press), 1970.
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Miscellaneous clippings, transcripts, and manuscripts.
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