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Guide to the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance Archives, ca. 1972-1994

Collection Overview

When ALFA disbanded in 1994, the archival collections and the bulk of the periodicals collection were transferred to Duke's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The book collection and the remaining periodicals stayed in Atlanta, with books relating to feminist theory going to Emory University and the rest to a community library. The ALFA Archives and Periodicals Collections that have been transferred to Duke are an incredibly rich source of information about feminist and lesbian activism and communities, especially in the Southeast, from the early 1970s to the present.

The ALFA Archives includes the organizational records of ALFA as well as other southern radical women's groups such as Lucina's Music/Orchid Productions; Radio Free Georgia (WRFG) women's programming; the womonwrites conference for lesbian writers and publishers; the Southern Women's Music festival; the Atlanta Socialist-Feminist Women's Union; and Dykes for the Second American Revolution (DAR II). The extensive subject files, which are a part of ALFA's archives, document scores of other feminist, lesbian, and activist organizations and events as well as provide information on a broad range of feminist and lesbian issues. Of particular note are ALFA's "Theory/Analysis (Women)" files, as well as their collection of publications by KNOW, Inc., in the "Publishers" subseries; using these primary materials, researchers can get a good sense of the issues that gave rise to the women's liberation movement and to ALFA in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The ALFA Periodicals Collection contains literally hundreds of grassroots newsletters and journals, many of which are now ephemeral and not in any library. This extensive library of feminist, lesbian and gay, and activist periodicals is more fully described in a separate guide.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) Archives ca. 1972-1994
Creator
Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance.
Extent
24 Linear Feet, 18,000 Items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Administrative Information

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Copyright interests in the ALFA Archives have not been transferred to Duke university and therefore remain with the original creators of the materials.

Contents of the Collection

Contains material pertaining to the daily workings of ALFA, including events ALFA sponsored or participated in and the publicity for these events; information about individual members; fundraising for the organization; committees within the organization; meetings; correspondence; information about the Southern Feminist Library and Archives; and Atalanta, ALFA's newsletter.

File Lists for Library Files
Box 1
Foremothers
Box 1

[press clippings on individual members]

Elizabeth (Betty) Irwin Burdette, 1919-1988
Box 1
Vicki Gabriner, 1942-
Box 1
Pamela Jo Martin, 1945-1989
Box 1
Activities

[announcements of progressive events, sent to ALFA; correspondence from ALFA re: fundraising projects; newsletters, benefit announcements, press releases (no chronological order)]

Box 1
Activity flyers
Box 1
Great SE Lesbian Conference
Box 1
Take Back our Rights [12/15/91]
Box 1
ALFA Cat Show [see also photographs in Box 19]
Box 1
Potluck Dinner Discussion, 1/85: "Is ALFA a feminist organization?"

[audio cassette & revised "Statement of Being" resulting from discussion]

Box 1
Raffle ticket originals
Box 1
Book collection and review assignments
Box 1
Contact dykes

[handouts for women new in area - includes maps of Atlanta, transport and lodging information; information about locales of interest to gays, lesbians and feminists; and the "Directory of Contact Dykes"]

Box 1
Reference info
Box 1
Sources/Application Forms
Box 1
Fundraising
Box 1
Herstory of ALFA [includes ALFA lesbian timeline]
Box 1
Telephone logs - incoming calls 1974-1989
Box 1
Incorporation: An initial study for the ALFA to determine the feasibility of incorporation as a non-profit
Box 1
Originals of forms
Box 1
Post Office
Box 1
Printing
Box 1
Questionnaires sent to ALFA from other organizations
Box 1
Returned mail
Box 1
ALFA Resource List for Volunteers
Box 1
1973 ALFA Survey

[sent to members and/or affiliates in order to"establish stronger direction for ALFA, to reach a broader range of women."]

Box 1
Phone tree
Box 1
10th birthday bash [see also Box 19 and oversize folders for photographs]
Box 1
Other ALFA Birthday Celebrations
Box 1
ALFA Lesbian Timeline
Box 1
Misc.
Box 2
Boogiewimmin (social committee)
(1 folder, which also contains 1 red divided notebook)
Box 2
Finance
Box 2
Fund for Southern Communities
Box 2
House
Box 2
House key
Box 2
House renovations
Box 2
Speaker's Bureau
Box 2
Speaker's Bureau Packet
Box 2
Library Directory Listings of ALFA
Box 2
Library Mail Answered and Waiting for Reply
Box 2
Library Newsletter
Box 2
Library Reading List
Box 2
Media Resource Addresses
Box 2
Media How-to's
Box 2
Bird's Coverage of ALFA and Lesbian Activities

[The Great Speckled Bird is/was a weekly publication of the Atlanta Cooperative News Project] Mostly clippings; a couple of complete issues

Box 2
Media Correspondence: Radio, TV Stations

[letters from ALFA, most protesting depictions of lesbians and gays in film and TV]

Box 2
ALFA ( Journal/Constitution )

[includes originals and copies of correspondence from ALFA, to the 2 Atlanta papers, protesting the lack of coverage of ALFA events and gay/lesbian issues in particular; and correspondence to ALFA, from the two papers, in response to ALFA: March 6 1973-7/9/73]

Box 2
New Member Packet

[includes house and key rules, description of ALFA library and archive, list of committees]

Box 2
"Old" New Member Packet
Box 2
Originals for Prospective Member Packet
Box 2
Member Letter and New Member Packets
Box 2
Membership Lists
Box 2
Membership Forms
Box 2
Pledge Forms, Blank
Box 2
1990
Box 2
1988
Box 2
1977/8-1985
(8 folders)
Box 2
Newsletter ( Atalanta )
Box 2
Artwork
Box 2
Return to Artist
Box 2
Checklist
Box 2
Covers
Box 2
Leftover Stuff
Box 2
Production
Box 2
Outreach coordinator (See also "Staff Person/Intern" folders)
Box 2
Antioch Intern correspondence
Box 2
Antioch Intern

[lists duties, includes job summary sheets and evaluations of ALFA by several interns, and the notebook of intern Barbara McCann, 4-10/1981]

Box 2
Staff Person 82-3

[details duties of outreach coordinator (see also Box 2, "Outreach Coordinator" folder)]

Box 2
"Staff Program to DateDecember 6, 1981"

[lists accomplishments to date/planning for different committees, e.g., Speaker's bureau, Jewish Cultural Workshop, New Members workshop]

Box 2
1970s
Box 3
1973-1994

Each year or years subdivided into 2 categories: 1) Correspondence from individuals 2) Correspondence from groups

[NOTE: There is also a file containing the letters of an individual named "Rosemary Curb" in the "Individual" section of1986.]

Box 3
Indexing Project Subseries
(5 folders)
Box 4

Periodicals/Subscriptions Subseries

(3 folders, 1 notebook)
Subscription correspondence from ALFA
Box 4
Exchange agreements
Box 4
Exchange requests
Box 4
Inventory
(1 red spiral notebook)
Box 4
Board of Directors
Box 5
Correspondence to SFLA re: fundraising
Box 5
Fundraising
Box 5
Grant submitted to the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights
Box 5
House
Box 5
Legal Documents (bylaws and incorporation)
Box 5
Newsletter
Box 5
Posters
Box 5
Statement of Purpose
Box 5
Stationery
Box 5
Atlanta Subseries (ALFA Newsletter), 1973-1994
(22 folders)
Box 6
Mail Check-In Logs Subseries, 7/2/74 - 8/10/91
(15 volumes)
Box 7
1972-
Box 7
1982-
Box 7
1990-

[including last report/newsletter explaining ALFA's closure]

Box 7

Files in this series fall roughly into two categories: 1) material sent to ALFA by women's, lesbian and gay organizations, including information about the organizations themselves or about events each sponsored; and 2) papers, newspaper and journal clippings, etc. on issues affecting women, lesbians and gays.

Africana Women's Center
Box 8
Aid to Imprisoned Mothers
Box 8
Amazons Softball
Box 8
Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus
Box 8
Atlanta Lesbian Agenda Conference (1/90) [See also "National Lesbian Conference" files, Box 9]
Box 8
Atlanta Women's Art Collective, Inc.
Box 8
Atlanta Women's Coffeehouse and Granny May Productions
Box 8
Atlanta Women's Liberation Group
Box 8
Task Force on Battered Women
Box 8
Feminist Women's Health Center
Box 8
GERA (Georgians for the Equal Rights Amendment)
Box 8
HEART (Health, Education and Art) Women's Center of Atlanta
Box 8
Karuna Atlanta Women's Counseling Collective
Box 8
LEAP (Lesbians for Empowerment, Action and Politics)
Box 8
Lucina's Music [see also Box 24]
Box 8
Matrix Music
Box 8
National Black Women's Health Project [headquartered in Atlanta]
Box 8
Connections [Lesbian Task Force of NOW Atlanta]
Box 8
Atlanta Nine to Five
Box 8
Orchid Productions [see also Boxes 23-24]
Box 8
Red Dyke Theater
Box 8
Sisters
Box 8
SE Lesbian Network
Box 8
SE Women's Studies Association
Box 8
Spelman: Women's Research and Resource Center
Box 8
Womansong Theater
Box 8
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
Box 8
Women of Wisdom (WOW)
Box 8
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom [See also "International Women's Groups", Box 9]
Box 8
Women's Studies Association, Atlanta
Box 8
YWCA Atlanta
Box 8
Atlanta Lesbian Bars
Box 8
Atlanta Lesbian Events
Box 8
Atlanta Lesbian Theater Groups
Box 8
Atlanta Lesbian Readings
Box 8
Atlanta Lesbian Women's Writers
Box 8
Atlanta Women's Activities
Box 8
Atlanta Women's Groups
Box 8
Atlanta Women's Theater
Box 8
Georgia Lesbians
Box 8
Georgia Women's Groups, Misc.
Box 8
Southeast Women's Activities
Box 8
Southeast Women's Events
Box 8
Southeast Women's Groups
Box 8
Abortion/Reproductive Rights
Box 8
ERA [See also "GERA" file under Local Women's Groups]
Box 8
Women's Spirituality and Creativity
Box 8
Women in Higher Education
Box 8
Women in History
Box 8
Rape
Box 8
Self-Defense
Box 8
Peace Movement
Box 8
Women and Work
Box 8
Little 5 PointsGroups and Activities
Box 8
Labor, Union struggles
Box 8
Civil Rights, Anti-Klan

[includes 1982 Special Report, "The Ku Klux Klan: A History of Racism and Violence," pub. by the Southern Poverty Law Center; and "A Non-Violent Action Manual," William Moyer, New Society Press, 1977 ]

Box 8
Police Brutality (black community)
Box 8
Anti-nuke and Georgia Power
Box 8
Third World Countries' Struggles (South America)

[NOTE: This file pertains only to Atlantans' efforts on behalf of third world countries - see also "Third World Women's Groups" files below.]

Box 8
Prisons
Box 8
Political Parties (Socialist, Communist)
Box 8
Nixon and Ford
Box 8
Local non-gay and non-women eventsmisc.
Box 8
Eastern Women's Groups
Box 9
Eastern Women's Events and Activities
Box 9
Lesbian Feminist Liberation (NYC)
Box 9
Eastern Lesbian Groups and Events
Box 9
Midwest Women's Groups
Box 9
Midwest Women's Events and Activities
Box 9
Midwest Lesbian Groups and Events
Box 9
West Women's Groups and Events
Box 9
West Women's Activities and Events
Box 9
West Lesbian groups and Events
Box 9
Evangelical Women's Caucus

[includes manifesto, booklist]

Box 9
Directories, Lists, Etc. of Women's Groups in the US
Box 9
International Women's Day 1992
Box 9
Mormons for ERA
Box 9
National Black Women's Health Project [see "Local Women's Groups"]
Box 9
National Conference on Socialist-Feminism, Antioch College, 1975
Box 9
National Lesbian Conference (pre-1991)
Box 9
First National Lesbian Conference, 24-28 April 1991

[includes press clippings, program, handouts from ind. panels, including that of Queer Nation/NY, history of conference]

Box 9
National Lesbian Feminist Organization
Box 9
National Lesbian Happenings
Box 9
NOW [see also NOW Atlanta]
Box 9
National Women's Conferences
Box 9
National Women's Events
Box 9
National Women's Groups (Other)

[includes "An Analysis of Sacaris, Inc.," by the August 7th Survival Community a radical offshoot of Sacaris, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT; "Womanhood in America, 1776-1976," a publication of the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council]

Box 9
National Women and Govt. Lobbies
Box 9
National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC)
Box 9
NWPC Conference, 6/29/85, Atlanta

[includes material about the dance that ALFA & WOW co-sponsored]

Box 9
Women's Motorcycle Foundation
Box 9
Women Against Pornography
Box 9
Canada Women's movements
Box 9
Europe
Box 9
ILIS (International Lesbian Information Service)

[includes info on the 3rd ILIS conference in Lichtaart, Belgium, 12/30/81-1/3/82; 5th conf. in Paris, 4/1-4/83; 8th conf. in Geneva, 3/28-31/86]

Box 9
Women in Other Countries
Box 9
Atlanta Groups, Activities, etc.
Box 9
In US
Box 9
National Black Women's Health Project [see "Local Women's Groups"]
Box 9
In Other Countries
Box 9
Black Women and Women's Movement
Box 10
Black Lesbians

[2 folders; includes biographical fact sheet about Pat Parker; photocopies of photographs of black lesbians, with handwritten information about each; and a photocopy of Black Lesbians: An Annotated Bibliography (74 pp)]

Box 10
Third World Women and "Justice"
Box 10
Dessie X. Woods

[an African-American woman convicted on 2/12/76 of manslaughter and robbery and sentenced to 22 years in prison for the fatal shooting of Ronnie Horne, an armed white rapist. File contains info about case and defense fund (See also "Third World Women and Justice")]

Box 10
Film and Video Information
Box 10
Lesbian/Gay Film Catalogs
Box 10
Third World Film Catalogs
Box 10
Other Film Catalogs - Non-Gay, Non-Women
Box 10
Women's Film Catalogs
Box 10
Feminist Theater, Arts, Etc.
Box 10
Straight Archives/Gay Subgroups
Box 10
American Library Association Gay Task Force [see also Box 16, under "Gay Groups (Regional and National)"]
Box 10
Archives - Lesbian and Gay
Box 10
Lesbian Herstory Archives
Box 10
Third World Women's Archives
Box 10
Women's History Research Center
Box 10
Atlanta Ad Hoc Committee for the Preservation of Atlanta's Lesbian and Gay History
Box 10
National Council for Research on Women
Box 10
Women's Libraries and Collections
Box 10
Women's Tours and Trips
Box 10
Women's Yellow Pages - Massachusetts
Box 10
Cultural Resorts (Gay and Lesbian)
Box 10
Cultural Resorts (Lesbian): Pagoda
Box 10
Granting Sources [see also Box 1]
Box 10
Grant Writing
Box 10
Photography
Box 11
Tips in Dealing with the Media
Box 11
NGTF (National Gay Task Force) Media

[Press Releases; see also Box 16, under "Gay Groups (Regional and National)"]

Box 11
Radio and Cable TV: Women and Gay
Box 11
Misc. Journal/Constitution articles concerning women
Box 11
Atlanta Journal/Constitution Coverage - General
Box 11
Women and The Media - Advertising
Box 11
Women's Forums, Dialogues, and Speeches
Box 11
Black Women's Bibliographies and Reading Lists
Box 11
Book Reviews, Movies Reviews, TV
Box 11
Children's Literature
Box 11
Lesbian/Gay Bibliographies and Reading Lists
Box 11
Other Bibliographies [progressive movements]
Box 11
Poetry
Box 11
Sexuality Bibliographies
Box 11
Women Bibliographies and Reading Lists
Box 11
Women and Writers
Box 11
Authors
Box 11
Gay and Lesbian, Homosexuality - catalogs, etc.
Box 11
Lesbian/Feminist Catalogs
Box 11
Diana Press
Box 11
The Feminist Press
Box 11
KNOW, Inc.

[A feminist publishing collective founded in 1969 by members of the Pittsburgh, PA chapter of NOW, KNOW, Inc. published and distributed reprints of feminist articles; books relating to women's work, women's studies and women's liberation; and their newsletter, Know News. NOTE: Book titles published by KNOW, Inc. have been individually catalogued; check the on-line catalog.]

Box 12
Know News, 1973-1976
Box 12
Misc Flyers

(includes a list of women's rights organizations, presses, newsletters, and special publications)

Box 12
Catalogs and Price Lists
Box 12
Reprinted articles and papers.

Over 100 items, includes classics such as Pat Mainardi's "The Politics of Housework," Jo Freeman's "Origins of the Women's Liberation Movement," Kathi Roche's "The Secretary: Capitalism's House Nigger," Anne Koedt's "The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm," and "Woman-Identified Woman," by the Radicalesbians

Box 12
Naiad Press
Box 12
Non-Women/Gay-specific
Box 12
Women's and Gay Bookstores
Box 12
Merchandise Subseries

(Catalogs for feminist and/or lesbian/gay posters, buttons, T-Shirts, jewelry, calendars)

Box 12
Music Catalogs, Misc.
Box 12
Lady Slipper Catalogs
Box 12
Olivia Records
Box 12
Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
Box 12
Misc. Music Festivals
Box 12
Music References
Box 12
Music and Songs
Box 12
Southern Women's Music and Comedy Festival [see also Box 29]
Box 12
Early Women's liberation and "The Movement"
Box 13
Women's Liberation Movement

[donated by Donna J. Brogan (then Donna Brogan Ruhl), older sister of Linda L. Brogan ( 1944-1983 ), both early feminists in Chapel Hill/Durham Women's Liberation Movement, ca. 1968-1974 ]

Box 13
Analysis of the Women's Movement
Box 13
Women's Movement - Theory and Origins
Box 13
Radical Feminism - Movement
Box 13
Bisexuality
Box 13
Biology
Box 13
Feminism and Class
Box 13
Feminism and Marxism
Box 13
Imperialism
Box 13
Consumerism and Women
Box 13
Socialist Feminism
Box 13
Lesbianism and Art: Theory
Box 13
Lesbian Battering
Box 13
Lesbian Herstory
Box 13
Lesbianism - Our Ideology - Development
Box 13
Matriarchy
Box 13
Political Strategies
Box 13
Lesbian Mothers and Other Gay Parents
Box 13
Lesbian Separatism
Box 13
Lesbian Women's Studies
Box 13
African-American Women
Box 13
Abortion
Box 13
Anti-Semitism
Box 13
Women and Adolescence/Menarche

"Lesson I Bleed: Female Rites of Passage in Adrienne Kennedy's Plays." Paper by Rosemary Curb, Eng. Dept, Rollins College

Box 13
Women and the Arts
Box 13
Chemical Dependencies
Box 13
Childbirth
Box 13
Children
Box 14
Consciousness-Raising (women)
Box 14
Contraception
Box 14
Cooperatives
Box 14
Disabled Women
Box 14
Ecology and Women

(including Anti-Nuke, The Rape of the Land)

Box 14
Education and Women
Box 14
Empowerment

"Women's Empowerment: A Conceptual Framework for Feminist Therapy." Dissertation by Susan Elizabeth Barrett, 1980.

Box 14
Fat and Women
Box 14
The Nuclear Family and Women
Box 14
F.B.I./Grand Jury Abuse
Box 14
Government Studies on Women
Box 14
Health Care
Box 14
Lesbian Health Concerns
Box 14
Women's History (Herstory)
Box 14
Jewish Women
Box 14
Mental Health
Box 14
Mental Health: A Radical Feminist Model of Psychological Disability
Box 14
International Women's Day
Box 14
Women's Pre-History and Mythology
Box 14
Law (includes People's College Law)
Box 14
Women and the Land (women's land trusts)
Box 14
Women and the Military
Box 14
Older Women
Box 14
Women and the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Box 14
Peace Movement, Women and
Box 14
Women in Prison, Women and the Legal System, Women and Police
Box 14
Women in Politics and Law
Box 14
Women and Pornography
Box 14
Rape Task Force
Box 14
Racism
Box 15
Rape and Violence to Women
Box 15
Religion, Women and
Box 15
Rural Women
Box 15
Self-Defense
Box 15
Self-Exam
Box 15
Sexism and Women's Oppression
Box 15
(Hetero)Sexuality and Love
Box 15
Spirituality and Women (see also Religion)
Box 15
Sterilization
Box 15
Venereal Disease
Box 15
Women and Sports
Box 15
Women and Studies (Academe)
Box 15
Women's Studies
Box 15
Women and Welfare
Box 15
Women and Work
Box 15
Women and Work: Women's Businesses
Box 15
Women at Work: Sex Discrimination
Box 15
Work: US. Women's Bureau, Labor
Box 15
Work: Pro-ERA
Box 15
Work: Anti-ERA
Box 15
AID Atlanta
Box 15
Atlanta Gay Center/Atlanta Gay Coalition
Box 15
Atlanta Pride Celebrations (LGT - Lesbian/Gay/Transperson) [See also Box 20]
Box 15
Atlanta Men's Center
Box 15
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
Box 15
Bet Haverim: A Synagogue for the Lesbian and Gay Community
Box 15
Black and White Men Together
Box 15
Directories of Gay Organizations
Box 15
First Tuesday (Atlanta)
Box 15
Fourth Tuesday
Box 15
Gay Liberation Front - Atlanta
Box 15
Gay Nurse's Union/Alliance
Box 15
Integrity
Box 15
Lesbian/Gay Police Advisory Committee
Box 15
Metropolitan Atlanta Council of Gay and Lesbian Organizations
Box 15
Metropolitan Community Church - Atlanta and Others
Box 15
Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns
Box 15
Miscellaneous Gay Organizations and Events in Atlanta
Box 15
South Carolina Gay/Lesbian Pride Movement
Box 16
Southeastern Arts, Media and Education Project (SAME)
Box 16
Southeastern Gay Coalition (later called The Southeast Conference for Lesbians and Gay Men)
Box 16
Southeast Lesbian/Gay Health Conference
Box 16
Misc. Southeast Gay Groups
Box 16
National Gay Groups
Box 16
American Library AssociationGay and Lesbian Task Force [see also Box 10, under "Archives and Collections"]
Box 16
Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Conference, 1991
Box 16
Directories of Gay Organizations
Box 16
LAMBDA
Box 16
National Conference of Black Gays and Lesbians
Box 16
National Gay Task Force (News about) [press releases - see also Box 11, under "Media"]
Box 16
National Organization for Changing Men
Box 16
March on Washington, 1993
Box 16
March on Washington, 1987
Box 16
March on Washington, 1979 [see also Box 21]
Box 16
Queer Nation
Box 16
International Gay Groups Subseries
Box 16
Gays and Academics/Higher Education
Box 16
AIDS
Box 16
Coming Out and Parents
Box 16
Discrimination Against and Oppression of Gays, Incidents of
Box 16
Discrimination, Gay: Support Statements Against
Box 16
Gay Domestic Violence
Box 16
General Education about Homosexuals
Box 16
Gays and Primary/Secondary Education
Box 16
Effeminists
Box 16
Gays and Health Care
Box 16
Gay Holocaust
Box 16
International Lesbian/Gay Freedom Day, 1984
Box 16
Gays and Justice/Legal
Box 16
Gays and Legislation, Current Pro and Anti
Box 16
Gay Liberation, Ideology, Relationship to the Left
Box 16
Gay Lifestyle
Box 16
Gays and Mainstream Media
Box 16
Men's Liberation
Box 16
Gays and Mental Health
Box 16
Gays in the Military
Box 16
Gays and the Police
Box 16
Gays in Prison
Box 16
Gays and Political Office
Box 16
Gays and Religion (Morality)
Box 16
Gays and Sports
Box 16
Third World Gay Liberation
Box 16
Transsexuality and Transvestites
Box 16
New World Communications
Box 16

Consists of non-print materials gathered by ALFA members, including T-shirts, buttons, photos, banners, etc. See oversize materials for posters.

T-shirts Subseries

Atlanta Organizations and Events (including ALFA, wommonwrites, Charis Bookstore, Atlanta Pride marches 1979-1986)

Box 17
T-shirts Subseries

National Organizations and Events

Box 18
"Gay and Straight, Black and White, We Won't Be Silenced in Our Fight," Atlanta Women's Union
Box 18
"No Nukes, Stop Rape," Atlanta Women's Union
Box 18
"Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance"
Box 18
"The American Dream"

[silhouette of black woman and a long quotation from "A Historical and Critical Essay for Black Women in the Cities," by Pat Robinson, June 1969]

Box 18
VIDEO: 1987 March on Washington various news coverage
Box 18
DVD: ALFA-10 1972-1982; Public Access/People TV; Original VHS June 1982(?); DVD copy June 2004.
Box 18
Buttons Subseries
Box 19
ALFA houses and members
Box 19
ALFA Cat Show
Box 19
women's festivals
Box 19
ALFA Scrapbooks
(2)
Box 19
ARMBAND: pink triangle on lavender cloth
Box 19
BUMPER STICKER: "Sisterhood Feels Good"
Box 19
LABEL: "This Insults Women"
Box 19

ALFA member Margo George, who maintained an extensive collection of subject files, donated all or part of her personal files to the archives.

Africa
Box 20
Aging
Box 20
ALFA
Box 20
ALFA Outreach
Box 20
Battered Women
Box 20
Boogie Women
Box 20
Briggs Initiative (Proposition #6, California)
Box 20
Capital Punishment
Box 20
COGE (Committee on Gay Education) Emory
Box 20
Cuba
Box 20
Cuba Festival Committee 1978 - Atlanta
Box 20
Cuba Festival Committee 1978 - Reprint article in Atalanta
Box 20
DAR II (Dykes for the Second American Revolution) and Early Women's Union [see also Box 22.]
Box 20
Ecology
Box 20
Economics
Box 20
Electoral Politics
Box 20
El Salvador
Box 20
ERA
Box 20
Fat Liberation
Box 20
Fundraising
Box 20
Gay Groups
Box 20
Gay and Lesbian Struggles
Box 20
International Women's Day
Box 20
Iran
Box 20
Cathy Karrass's File [Margo George's lover]
Box 20
Klan
Box 20
Latin America
Box 20
Lavender Anniversary - Gay Pride 1979
Box 20
Left
Box 20
LGT Pride 1982 (Lesbian/Gay/Transperson)
Box 20
LGT Pride 1981
Box 20
LGT Pride 1981 - Media
Box 20
LGT Pride 1981 - Mark McIntire
Box 20
LGT Pride 1981 - Reorganization Proposal
Box 20
LGT Pride 1980
Box 20
LGT Pride 1980 - Calendars
Box 20
LGT Pride 1980 - Press Packet
Box 20
LGT Pride 1980 - Proclamation
Box 20
LGT Pride 1980 - Publicity
Box 20
Lesbian Network
Box 20
National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, 1979 (Local)
Box 21
National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights 1979 (Nat'l)
Box 21
Military
Box 21
Military-Industrial
Box 21
New American Movement (NAM)
Box 21
New Right
Box 21
Nuclear
Box 21
Pornography
Box 21
PrisonWomen
Box 21
Publicity
Box 21
Rape
Box 21
Reagan
Box 21
Reproduction
Box 21
ResourcesOrganizing
Box 21
Speaker's Workshop
Box 21
Socialist Feminism
Box 21
South
Box 21
Susan Saxe
Box 21
Third World Groups
Box 21
Underdevelopment
Box 21
Wicca
Box 21
Women's Groups (NOW, etc.)
Box 21
Women - International
Box 21
Women - Miscellaneous
Box 21
Women - Non-Traditional Jobs
Box 21
Women's Union (Atlanta)
Box 21
Women's Union - Action Sheets
Box 21
WRFG Radio Station
Box 21

The SFLA acquired the archives of other lesbian and feminist groups in the Southeast, six of which are partially represented here.

Atlanta Center for Feminist Studies Subseries

[ 2 ALFA members, Sally Gordon and Elizabeth Knowlton, belonged to the Center. This file contains Gordon's ACFS files from 1984-1986, including minutes and correspondence.]

Box 22
Red cloth notebook w/hand-painted cover, AWU plus ankh symbol: contains flyers for Atlanta Women's Union events
Box 22
Green binder w/minutes of meetings, 1/24/78-7/7/81
Box 22
Black Women and Racism
Box 22
Equal Opportunity and the Law
Box 22
ERA
Box 22
Employment of Women
Box 22
Herstory
Box 22
Miscellaneous
Box 22
Poor Women
Box 22
Reviews
Box 22
Sexism and Children/Marriage and Divorce
Box 22
Sexism and Men
Box 22
Women and Business/Finance
Box 22
Women and Performing Arts
Box 22
Women and Politics
Box 22
Women and Religion
Box 22
Women and Sports
Box 22
Women's Bodies/Health
Box 22
Women and Other Countries
Box 22
Women in Prison
Box 22
Women in Science and Education
Box 22
Women's Movement
Box 22
Stationery and Envelopes w/ASFU logo
Box 22
Correspondence, Ongoing
Box 22
Correspondence, Filed
Box 22
International Women's Day
Box 22
Old Notes, Info
Box 22
Song Sheets
Box 22
1-page description of AWU and its purpose
Box 22
The Atlanta Women's Directory, 1st ed., 1979
Box 22
file containing copies of letter announcing dissolution of ASFU, August 1981
Box 22
file containing literature, i.e., broadsides announcing events, films for rental; play scripts; various articles on socialism
Box 22
Loose journals and publications
Box 22
ADA For Your Information (Americans for Democratic Action): April 1982:2; June 1982:3
Box 22
Blazing Star, May 1979,
2 copies
Box 22
Breakthrough: Political Journal of Prairie Fire Organizing Committee V.2 No. 2, Fall 1978
Box 22
Citizen's Voice: Citizen's Party Newsletter, 1:2, March 1982
Box 22
Council on Battered Women Newsletter Supplement, Spring 1981
Box 22
Democratic Left, 10:3, March 1982
Box 22
Dialogue, 1:9, April 1982[New Orleans]
Box 22
Fair Measure: Newsletter of Southerners for Economic Justice, 6:1, Fall 1983
Box 22
Fight the Right, No. 1, May 1981
(2 copies)
Box 22
The Freedom Socialist: Voice of Revolutionary Feminism 8:1, Fall 1982
Box 22
Haiti Alert! Friend of Haitian Refugees #2, March 1982
Box 22
In These Times, 6:12, Feb. 10-16, 1982
Box 22
Issues in Radical Therapy and Cooperative Power, Winter 1979, #28
Box 22
NACLA's Latin America and Empire Report, 9:6, September 1975
Box 22
Liberated Guardian: A National Liberated Publication 2:10, March 1972
Box 22
Moving On: Monthly Magazine of The New American Movement, Nov. 1977
Box 22
The People's Crusader 41:13, 20, July 1979
(2 copies)
Box 22
The Prison Newsletter: The Committee for Prisoner Assistance, V. 3, Jan-Feb. 1974
Box 22
The Progressive: 44:12, Dec. 1980; and 45:5, May 1981
Box 22
Seven Days: 2:7, May 5, 1978; and 2:12, August 1978
Box 22
The Southern Libertarian Messenger, 7:12, April 1979
Box 22
Tricontinental: A Publication of the Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of -Africa, Asia, and Latin America North American Edition, No. 2
Box 22
Union W.A.G.E.: Union Women's Alliance to Gain Equality. No. 43, Nov-Dec 1977?
Box 22
URPE Newsletter of the Union for Radical Political Economics, 11:5, Sept/Oct. 1979
Box 22
White Lightning no. 27, May 1974
Box 22
Workers World: 18:25, June 1976
Box 22

(26, arranged alphabetically by publisher)

The Christic Institute: Nicaragua: A Look at the Reality 1985
Box 22
The Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars, Cornell University, May 1970: Twelve Questions on Vietnam
Box 22
Foreign Languages Press, The People's Republic of China: Peking, 1972: New Women in New China
Box 22
Girón: First Great Defeat of Imperialism in America
Box 22
International Socialists publication: The American Working Class in Transition, Kim Moody
Box 22
Merit Publishers, The Marxist Theory of the State, Ernest Mandel, 1969
Box 22
The Political Perspective
(2 copies)
Box 22
Women Organizing: A Socialist-Feminist Bulletin, No. 3
Box 22
Working Papers on Socialism and Feminism
(3 copies)
Box 22
Cuba and Imperialism: The PreRevolutionary Background by Edward Boorstein
Box 22
Cuba's Workers, Worker's Cuba, by Maurice Zeitlin, 1969
Box 22
Fanshen' Re-Examined in the light of the Cultural Revolution, William Hinton, 1969
Box 22
Gold Flower's Story, Jack Belden
Box 22
Hospitals in China, Joshua Horn
Box 22
Marx and the Proletariat, Paul Sweezy, 1967
Box 22
Where is America Going? Ernest Mandel, 1969
Box 22
Resources for Community Change: Gonna Rise Again! Economic Organizing for Hard Times, 1976
(3 copies)
Box 22
School of Labor and Industrial Relations and The Libraries, Michigan State University: Women in American Labor History, 1825-1935: An Annotated Bibliography by Martha Jane Soltow, Carolyn Forché, and Murray Massre
Box 22
A Bill of Rights for Working People: Peter Camejo for President, Willie Mae Reid for VP
Box 22
The Fight for Black Equality: Vote Socialist Workers: Peter Camejo for President, Willie Mae Reid for VP
Box 22
URPE: Union for Radical Political Economics: Reading Lists in Radical Political Economics, V. 3, Winter 1977
Box 22
Dykes for the Second American Revolution (DAR II) Subseries

Includes "Lesbian Feminist Declaration of 1976," 1 volume minutes (11/10/74-2/27/77?), and minutes from two meetings of the Lesbian Community Workshop. Also see Box 20.

Box 22

Local business booked and produced women's music and entertainment in Atlanta area.

Margie Adam
Box 23
Advertising Information
Box 23
Linda Allen
Box 23
Alive
Box 23
Amber Moon Productions, Inc.
Box 23
Berkeley Women's Music Collective
Box 23
Birds of a Feather
Box 23
Joan E. Biren (JEB)
Box 23
Black Lesbian Organizations and Issues of Concern
Box 23
The Blatant Image
Box 23
Nancy Brooks
Box 23
Budgets
Box 23
Jodi Cahn
Box 23
Catalogs
Box 23
Charis Brooks and More, Inc.
Box 23
Chocolate Waters
Box 23
Meg Christian
Box 23
Ginni Clemmens
Box 23
Kate Clinton
Box 23
Coffee Houses
Box 23
Tee Corinne
Box 23
Cultural Affairs, Dept. of, City of Atlanta
Box 23
Dancers/Dance Companies
Box 23
Nancy Day
Box 23
The Dinner Party - Judy Chicago
Box 23
Directions/Maps/Hall Layouts
Box 23
Directories
Box 23
Alix Dobkin
Box 23
East Coast Regional Producers Network
Box 23
ECA/ACES (Educational Center for the Arts)
Box 23
Therese Edell
Box 23
The Ends of Means Committee
Box 23
The Fabulous Scallion Sisters
Box 23
Fallen Woman Productions
Box 23
Fallopian Tubes
Box 23
Fan Mail
Box 23
Femme Films, Inc.
Box 23
Fonda Feingold
Box 23
Maxine Feldman
Box 23
Ferron
Box 23
Debbie Fier
Box 23
Film and Video (Serious Business Company)
Box 23
Cathy Fink
Box 23
Flyer LayoutsOriginal Photo Ready Copy
Box 23
Robin Flower
Box 23
Fulton County Arts Council
Box 23
Fundraising
Box 23
Kay Gardner
Box 23
Gayle Marie
Box 23
Mary Gemini
Box 23
Georgia Council for the Arts and Humanities
Box 23
Goethe Institute (Atlanta-German Cultural Center)
Box 23
Hall Rentals
Box 23
Barbara Hammer/Goddess Films
Box 23
Harsuite
Box 23
Hearing Impaired Organizations and Issues of Concern
Box 23
Barbara Higbie
Box 23
Hotel Accommodations
Box 23
Margaret Hults
Box 23
Incorporation
Box 23
Izquierda Ensemble
Box 23
Laurie James
Box 23
Jasmine
Box 23
Jewish Lesbian Organizations and Issues of Concern
Box 23
Layout and Printing Info
Box 23
Lesbian/Gay/Transperson Pride Committee (Atlanta)
Box 23
Lights and Sound
Box 23
Diane Lindsay
Box 23
Lucina's Music - Dissolution of
Box 23
Ruth Mackenzie
Box 23
Karen Mackay
Box 23
Matrix Music
Box 23
Magnolia Productions
Box 23
Mailing List Literature
Box 23
Medusa Music
Box 23
June Millington
Box 23
Miscellaneous Performers
Box 23
Mischief
Box 23
Charlie Murphy
Box 23
Sharon Murphy
Box 23
Music Festivals
Box 23
Amina Claudine Myers
Box 23
Naiad Press
Box 23
National Women's Mailing List
Box 23
Holly Near
Box 23
New Woman Press
Box 23
Nexus, Inc.
Box 23
NightRainbow
Box 23
NOW
Box 23
Olivia Records
Box 23
Organizations, Current Newsletters, Etc.
Box 23
Other Voices Theater
Box 23
Michelle Parkerson
Box 23
People's Art Action
Box 23
Janice Perry (aka " Gal")
Box 23
Sue Petersen
Box 23
Pici
Box 23
Production Companies/Notes
Box 23
Publicity/Public Relations
Box 23
Forms - Printed/Xeroxed Extras
Box 23
Judy Reagan
Box 23
Ann Reed
Box 23
Reel World String Band
Box 23
Revenue, Georgia Department of
Box 24
Roadwork, Inc.
Box 24
Beth Scalet
Box 24
Judith Schwarz
Box 24
Suzanne P. Shanbaum
Box 24
Linda Shear
Box 24
Woody Simmons
Box 24
Judy Sloan
Box 24
Jan Smith
Box 24
Phoebe Snow
Box 24
Southern Women in the Performing Arts
Box 24
Special Audiences, Inc.
Box 24
Support Staff
Box 24
Sidney Spinster
Box 24
Stationery Design (Layouts, Etc.)
Box 24
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Box 24
Theatrical Performers
Box 24
Tickets (Layouts, Voucher Forms, Order Forms, Etc.)
Box 24
Linda Tillery
Box 24
Adrienne Torf
Box 24
Lily Tomlin
Box 24
TortoiseShell Productions, Inc.
Box 24
Teresa Trull
Box 24
Robin Tyler
Box 24
US Postal Service
Box 24
Views From Ten Percent
Box 24
Nancy Vogl
Box 24
Dede Vogt
Box 24
Mary Watkins
Box 24
Cris Williamson
Box 24
J. Wattles (aka "Jay Goldspinner")
Box 24
Posters and Photos: Alfa Specific
Folder 1
Posters: Original Art, Georgia Human Rights Campaign Fund
Folder 2
Posters and Photos
Folder 3
Posters and Photos: Alfa Specific
Folder 4
Posters: Original Art (Miscellaneous)
Folder 5
Posters: Lucinas Music and Orchid Productions
Folder 6
Posters: Women's Movement (Atlantic Area)
Folder 7

Historical Note

The Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) was founded in 1972 by a group of radical lesbians, many socialist and all feminist, who broke away from Atlanta's Women's Liberation Center and the Gay Liberation movement because they felt that neither had adequately addressed issues of concern to women as lesbians and lesbians as women. ALFA initially worked to fill a social void for and to offer a political voice to Atlanta lesbians, publicizing its efforts through a self-produced monthly newsletter, the Atalanta. Over the years, as the political and cultural climate changed and lesbians created new avenues through which to pursue their interests, ALFA struggled to find a clear and unique sense of purpose; this historically telling struggle is well-documented by ALFA itself, in minutes and mailings to its membership. In spite of its eventual decision to disband, ALFA remains known as one of the oldest lesbian feminist organizations in the United States, and a pioneer in the fight for lesbian, gay, and women's rights.

One of the activities of ALFA--deeply concerned from the outset with the preservation of lesbian "herstory"--was to build and maintain the Southern Feminist Library and Archives (SFLA). The library and archives, which provided a material link between ALFA and other progressive movements and organizations throughout the world, included the archival records of ALFA and several other southern feminist groups; a massive collection of feminist, lesbian, and activist periodicals; and a circulating library of feminist and gay and lesbian books. ALFA disbanded in 1994 after over 20 years of Southern feminist activism.

Subject Headings

Provenance

The Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) Archives were purchased and transferred to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by: Diane McKay, Archival Assistant, and Ginny Daley, Women's Studies Archivist

Completed July 1995

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.