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Guide to the Charis Books and More and Charis Circle records, 1974-2008

Abstract

Charis Books and More, founded in 1974 in Atlanta, Ga., is the oldest feminist bookstore in the Southeast, and Charis Circle is a non-profit organization founded in July 1996 that furthers the mission of the bookstore by offering free educational and cultural events and programs to the community.

Collection documents the day-to-day operation, programs, and mission of Charis Books and More and Charis Circle, and the interrelated nature of these two organizations. The financial records include those for Charis Books and More and Charis Circle. The ephemera include bookstore flyers and announcements, t-shirts, banners, framed posters, and book bags. There are also board minutes, log books, instructions, and reports for the bookstore, records for community programs (Sister Girls and Young Writers); poetry workshop materials for "Leaving Home, Becoming Home" ; 2,500 photographs; and a DVD. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Creator
Charis Books and More
Title
Charis Books and More and Charis Circle records, 1974-2008 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
31.5 Linear Feet, 23,625 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection documents the day-to-day operation, programs, and mission of Charis Books and More and Charis Circle, and the interrelated nature of these two organizations. The financial records include those for Charis Books and More (1983-2001) and Charis Circle (1996-2003). The ephemera (1976-2004) include bookstore flyers and announcements, t-shirts, banners, framed posters, and book bags. There are also board minutes (1983-1988 and 1997-1998); log books (1984-2001); instructions and reports for the bookstore; records for community programs (Sister Girls and Gaia Girls, 1999-2000); poetry workshop materials for "Leaving Home, Becoming Home" ; 2,500 photographs and a DVD. There are also materials prepared for and at an event held at the Rare Book Room, 2005 Apr. 12: 10 file folders, approximately 12 items, including introductory materials and materials prepared by participants at the event. There are also administrative files and financial records, 1996-2005; clippings, 2004-2006; promotional material, 2004-2006; store log notebooks, 2003-2005; approximately 30 mounted photographs; correspondence, 2005-2006; zines; t-shirts. Also includes oversized material consisting of 17 posters; 1 collage mounted on wooden board; 3 posters with 30 mounted photographs; 10 laminated signs; 1 painted wooden sign. There are also administrative and programming materials for both Charis Books and More and the Charis Circle organization, many of which were created by Linda Bryant, a founding owner. Also includes newsletters, newspaper clippings, some posters, and a fabric banner. There are also two oversized foam-core posters from the Girls Speak Out/SisterGirls group based at Charis Books and More. There are also program fliers and planning materials for Charis Books and More as well as Charis Circle; also contains information about the Charis Board and its members, store log books and correspondence, some ephemera from the store's programming, news coverage, and fliers from other community events. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research; however, material related to sale of Charis Corporation is restricted for 30 years.

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Contents of the Collection

Consists of materials that document the founding of Charis Books and More, Charis Circle, and the management of both organizations.

Arranged in original order as received.

Bylaws, 1979-1986 (2 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence, 1997-2003
Box 1
Merchandising, 2000
Box 1
Speeches, 2002-2006
Box 1
Feminist Bookstore News, 1995-2000
Box 1
Feminist Bookstore Strategic Planning Conference, 1994
Box 1
Feminist Bookstore Network, 1994-1997
Box 1
Professional literature, 1994-1995
Box 1
Professional development, 1994-2002
Box 1
Staff meetings, 1993-2002 (2 folders)
Box 1
Store management, 2002 and undated
Box 1
American Bookseller's Association, 2002
Box 1
Charis Circle Board meeting minutes, 2003-2004
Box 2
Meeting minutes and bylaws, 2001-2006
Box 2
Sale of Charis Corporation
Box 2
Personnel matters, undated
Box 2
Board meeting minutes, 2004-2007 (2 folders)
Box 2
Administrative and planning materials, 2006-2008
Box 2
Meeting notes, undated
Box 3
Correspondence, 1984-2006 (3 folders)
Box 3
Archives decision, 2003-2004
Box 3
Merchandising, 1984-2003
Box 3
Charis Circle Annual Report, 2003
Box 3
Charis Circle Board Meetings, 1997-2002
Box 3
Awards, 1997-2002
Box 3
Charis Circle Board Meetings, 1995-2003 (5 folders)
Box 4
Charis Circle bylaws, mission statement, undated
Box 4
Charis Circle mailing list, 1996
Box 4
Charis Circle strategic planning, 2000
Box 4
Board of directors meeting and notes, 2002-2005 (2 folders)
Box 5
Board of directors retreat, 2003
Box 5
Board of directors retreat, 2005
Box 5
Board of directors background materials, 2002
Box 5
Board member information and events, 2000-2002
Box 5
Strategic plan, 1983
Box 5
Strategic plan and Search conference, 2000-2001
Box 5
Strategic plan, 2005
Box 5
Related organizations, 2003-2005
Box 5
Charis Circle newsletters, 2000-2007
Box 5
Charis Circle information, 2007
Box 5
Board member profiles, 2003
Box 5

Contains the financial records for both Charis Books and More and Charis Circle. It includes budgets, ledger sheets, insurance information and financial statements.

Arranged in original order as received.

Financial information, 1989-1993
Box 6
Insurance information, 1993-1994 (2 folders)
Box 6
Ledger sheets, 1987-1991
Box 6
Financial information, 1987-1991
Box 6
Financial information, 1989-1993
Box 6
Financial statements, 1993-1997
Box 6
Invoices, 1998-1999
Box 7
Budgets, taxes, business licenses, 1994-2001
Box 7
Grant applications, 1995-2000
Box 7
Insurance, 1984-1990
Box 7
Property maintenance, 1993
Box 7
Financial information, 1995-1998
Box 7
Ledger sheets, 1997-1999
Box 7
Financial information, 1999
Box 7
Ledger sheets, 1997
Box 8
Ledger sheets, 1998-1999 (4 folders)
Box 8
Book orders, 1998-1999
Box 8
Financial information, 1997-1998
Box 8
Bank statements, 1997
Box 8
Financial information, 1997
Box 8
Charis Circle receipts, 2000
Box 8
Charis Circle bills and deposits, 2000
Box 8
Charis Circle financial information, 1997
Box 8
Charis Circle financial statements, 1997-1998
Box 8
Financial information, 1995-2001
Box 9
Property appraisals, 1997-2001
Box 9
Tax information, 1993-1999
Box 9
Bank statements, invoices, 1998 (2 folders)
Box 9
Bank statements, invoices, 1999
Box 9
Financial information, 1977-1996
Box 9
Accounts payable ledger, 1993-1994
Box 9
Proposed sales agreement, 2005
Box 10
Financial information, 2001-2002
Box 10
Financial information, 2007
Box 10
Budget, 2002-2005
Box 10
Financial statements, 1991-1995 (2 folders)
Box 10
Financial information, 2000-2002
Box 10
Net worth report, 1997
Box 10
Ledger sheets, 1994-1998
Box 11
Ledger sheets, 1995-1998
Box 12
Financial management seminar, 2003
Box 13
Non-profit salary information, undated
Box 13
Fund raising, 1996-1999
Box 13
Fund raising, 2005
Box 13
Development, 1995-1998
Box 13
Charis Circle fund raising 1995-2005
Box 13
Benefit auction, 1993
Box 13
Benefit auction, 1994
Box 13
Auction bids, undated
Box 13
Fund raising event, 2003
Box 13
Fund raising displays, undated
Box 13

These materials consist of store log books, calendars and other records documenting the daily operations of Charis Books and More.

Log books, 1984-1998
Box 14
Log books, 1998-2001
Box 15
Log books, 2001-2003
Box 16
Store calendars, 1999-2002 (4 folders)
Box 16
Register instructions, 1987 and undated
Box 16
Log books, 2003-2005
Box 17

These materials consist of clippings of Charis in the news, Charis print advertisements, Charis Circle newsletters, catalogs, store publicity, and files of promotional materials from vendors.

Arranged in original order as received.

Store publicity, 1996-2002
Box 18
Original art for publicity, undated
Box 18
Book reviews, undated
Box 18
Catalogs and fliers, 1988
Box 18
Book lists and catalogs, undated
Box 18
Author publicity material, 2002 and undated (2 folders)
Box 18
Creative Loafing advertising rates, undated
Box 18
Promotional materials, 2001-2007 (2 folders)
Box 19
Clippings, 1983-2006
Box 19
Clippings, 2005-2007 (3 folders)
Box 19
Clippings, 2008-2009
Box 19
Web site development, 2004
Box 19
Outreach opportunities, 2003-2004
Box 19
Book lists, 2004
Box 19
Publicity, 2005
Box 20
Book merchandising, 2005-2006
Box 20
Charis Circle newsletters, 2005-2007
Box 20
Magazine articles on Charis, 2006-2007
Box 20
Print advertisements, 2005
Box 20
Email publicity printouts, 2007
Box 20
Book lists, 1995-2005
Box 20
Publicity and press releases, 2005-2007
Box 20
Newspaper clippings, 2002
Box 20
Publicity, 1997-2002 (contains audio CD)
Box 21
Charis Circle newsletters, 1996-2000
Box 21
Store publicity, 1988-2004
Box 21
Clippings, 1979-1994
Box 21
Charis Circle brochure and fact sheets, 2002
Box 21
Feminist bookstore catalogs, 1993-1994
Box 21
Press releases, publicity, 1993-1996
Box 21
Bookstore and programming publicity, 1997-2000 (2 folders)
Box 21
Vendor files, 1988-1994
Box 22-23

Materials generated by community events produced by Charis Books and More and Charis Circle include fliers, press releases and author/artist information.

Arranged in original order as received.

Charis birthday party fliers, 1976-1978
Box 24
Events, 1989-1990
Box 24
Rhythm Fest, 1991
Box 24
Author and musician promotional materials, 1991-1993
Box 24
Events, 1991-1999
Box 24
25th anniversary celebration, 1999
Box 24
Events, 2000-2002
Box 24
Word Weavers program, undated
Box 24
Programming development, 1992-2002
Box 24
Program flyers, 1988-2003
Box 25
Event flyers, 1992-2001
Box 25
Event flyers, 1986-1991
Box 25
Program information, 1996-2004
Box 25
Program development materials, 1996-2000
Box 25
Events, 1984
Box 26
Program development and artist publicity, 2001-2002
Box 26
Programs, 2001
Box 26
Programming development, 2002
Box 26
Ongoing programs, 2003
Box 26
Programs, 2004
Box 26
30th birthday celebration, 2004
Box 26
Display materials, undated
Box 26
Program planning materials, 2003-2005 (3 folders)
Box 26
Events, 2001
Box 27
Community events and flyers, 2004-2008
Box 27
Event DVDs, 2007: Anne Lamott, Audre Lorde and Midwifery presentation
Box 27
Events, 2005 (2 folders)
Box 27
Programming, 2002-2005
Box 28
Sister Girls and Gaia Girls programming, 1999-2000
Box 28
Sister Girls, 2003-2005
Box 28
Young Writer's Groups publicity displays, undated
Box 28
High School Women Writers Group, 1999
Box 28
Sister Girls 'zines, 2002-2003
Box 29
Programming, 1988-1999
Box 29
High School Women Writers, 1998-2005 (4 folders), includes CD, Leaving Home, Becoming Home
Box 29
Gaia Collective and 30th anniversary celebration, 2004
Box 30
SisterGirls, 2001-2006 (5 folders)
Box 30
SisterGirls Zines, undated
Box 30
SisterGirls Zines and feedback, 2003
Box 30
SisterGirls Camp, 2003
Box 30
Mentoring programs, 1999 and undated
Box 30
SisterGirls journals, undated
Box 30
SisterGirls, undated
Box 31
Girls Speak Out/SisterGirls, 1997-2001
Box 31
SisterGirls, 2001-2002 (2 folders)
Box 31
Blackness for Sale, 2004?
Box 31
Woman to woman violence, undated
Box 31
Women in Print movement, 1997-1998
Box 31
Related community programming, 2004-2005
Box 31
Community programming, 2002-2004
Box 32
Community programming, 2002-2009 (2 folders)
Box 32
Community events and flyers, 2005
Box 32
Leading Younger Women, 2005
Box 32
Georgia Shares, 2002-2004
Box 32
Pride, 2002
Box 32
Atlanta LGBT activism, 2005-2006
Box 32
Sallie Bingham Center event, Leaving Home, Becoming Home, 2005
Box 33
Charis T-shirts and tote bags, undated
Box 34
Calendars, large format clippings, posters and graphic materials, 2004-2006
Box 35
Businesswomen of the Year plaque, 1990, and framed Atlanta Pride print, 1996
Box 36
Gender Talk event print, undated The Dinner Party Store print, undated, Be Present Inc. framed print, undated and The Charis Private Collection: Inspiring Images of Women Loving Women album, undated
Box 37
Meeting notes, undated, Charis banner, undated, event posters, 2007-2008, mounted photographs, undated
Box 38
Two oversized foam core posters from the SisterGirls program, undated
Box 39
Charis Books/Charis Circle flag, undated
Box 40
Wood-backed collage, undated
Box 47
Wood-backed promotional material, undated
Box 48
Posters and other promotional materials, undated
Box 49
Miscellaneous
Oversize Folder 1

Photographs document special events at Charis Books, including anniversary celebrations, and programming sponsored by Charis Circle. They include photos of Dorothy Allison, Gloria Anzaldua, Byllie Avery, Alison Bechdel, Charlotte Bunch, Phyllis Chesler, Kate Clinton, Alix Dobkin, Leslie Feinberg, Kay Hagan, bell hooks, Brenda Porter, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Amy Ray, Francine Reed, Emily Sailers, Gloria Steinem, and Alice Walker.

Photos are arranged in loose chronological order, and in loose alphabetical order where dates are not provided. (Boxes 45-46)

"Charis at 20" event featuring Alice Walker, 1994
Box 41
25th anniversary event, 1999
Box 41
Charis events, 1981-1982
Box 41
Charis 10th birthday and building renovations, 1984
Box 41
None
Box 42
1970s
Box 42
1980, 1983-1989, and undated
Box 42
1983-1992 and undated
Box 42
Staff/Window Display Photos, 1983-2002, and undated
Box 42
Events, 1984-2002 and undated (7 folders)
Box 42
Events, Pauline Clance 1986?
Box 42
1987, 1999 and undated
Box 43
1988 (includes negatives)
Box 43
Tina Ansa, 1989
Box 43
1989-1997 and undated
Box 43
Sandra's Going Away Party, 1990s
Box 43
1990-2002, and undated (3 folders)
Box 43
Negatives-SWMCF
Box 43
Duplicates, 1991-1993, 2001, and undated
Box 43
Alice Walker, Variety Play House, 1992
Box 43
Events, 1993-2002 and undated
Box 43
1997-2002
Box 44
1998
Box 44
Urban Nirvana, May 1998
Box 44
Events, Phyllis Chesler at Charis Books, May 15, 1998
Box 44
1998-2002
Box 44
1999 (2 folders)
Box 44
2000
Box 44
Children's Program with Brenda Porter, 2000
Box 44
First Celebration of Women in Music and Art, 2001 (includes negatives)
Box 44
Negatives-Sister Girls Camp, 2001
Box 44
Stories, Pearl, Labyrinth, 2001
Box 44
Writing Retreat, 2001
Box 44
Sister Girls, 2001-2002
Box 44
Events, 2001-2002
Box 44
2002 (2 folders)
Box 44
ALCI Award, 2002 (includes negatives)
Box 44
Charis Birthday, 2002
Box 44
Charis Concert, 2002
Box 44
Gaia Retreat, 2002
Box 44
Stories with Ulster and Others, 2002 (includes negatives)
Box 44
Young Writers, 2002 (includes negatives)
Box 44
Linda's Staff Party, July 2002
Box 44
Staff Events, 2002-2003 and undated
Box 44
Events, 2002-2004 and undated (2 folders)
Box 44
Children's Story Hour, Women's Sex Series, CeCe Caita, Shonia Brown, 2003
Box 45
Events, 2003 and undated (2 folders)
Box 45
Charis Circle Board Staff Retreat and Charis Books/Circle in Pride Parade, 2003
Box 45
High Tea and Conversation with Beverly Guy Sheftall and Johnette Cole, March 2003
Box 45
Alice Walker, April 27, 2004
Box 45
Events, 2004
Box 45
2004-2007
Box 45
Dorothy Allison Tea negatives, undated
Box 45
Author and Musician Promotional Photos, undated (2 folders)
Box 45
Alison Bechdel, undated
Box 45
Black and White Events, undated
Box 45
Charis Move (Old Store), undated
Box 45
Events-Alix Dobkin and Dorothy Allison, undated
Box 45
Events, undated (4 folders)
Box 46
Negatives-Gaia Girls, undated
Box 46
Events-bell hooks, undated (2 folders)
Box 46
Events-John Lewis, undated
Box 46
Undated (5 folders)
Box 46
Negatives, undated
Box 46
Sister Girls and In-Store, undated
Box 46
Barbara Smith, undated
Box 46
Events-from Talking Bones, undated
Box 46

Historical Note

Charis Books and More, founded in 1974 in Atlanta, Ga., is the oldest feminist bookstore in the Southeast. Charis Circle is a non-profit organization founded in July 1996 that furthers the mission of the bookstore by offering free educational and cultural events and programs to the community.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charis Books, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Charis Books and More - Charis Circle Records were received by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library as a purchase from 2005-2008, and as a gift in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan E. Lewis, November 2010

Encoded by Meghan Lyon and Megan E. Lewis, November 2010

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.