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Guide to the Minnie Bruce Pratt Papers, 1870s-2005, bulk 1975-2005

Abstract

Minnie Bruce Pratt was born in Selma, Alabama in 1946 and raised in nearby Centreville. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a doctorate in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An award-winning poet, Pratt has published collections of both poetry and essays. Pratt began teaching and grass roots organizing in North Carolina in the 1970s, and has continued her work as a professor and activist through 2008, the time of this writing. Pratt frequently makes speaking appearances at conferences and universities across the United States. Pratt has two sons, Ransom Weaver and Ben Weaver, from her marriage (1966-1975). As of 2008, Pratt resides with longtime partner, transgender activist and author Leslie Feinberg.

The collection dates primarily between 1975 and 2005 and focuses on women's studies, sexual and gender identity, sexuality, and Pratt's fight against racism, sexism, imperialism and other forms of intolerance. A Writing Series comprises drafts, proofs, and galleys related to Pratt's major works through 2003, as well as materials related to shorter pieces by Pratt, reviews, print interviews, materials related to Pratt's editorial work, and personal journals. The series also contains materials pertaining to the outside funding from grants and speaking appearances that Pratt obtained to support herself as a writer. Major works represented are Pratt's poetry and essay collections The Sound of One Fork, We Say We Love Each Other, Crime Against Nature, Rebellion: Essays 1980-1991, S/HE, Walking Back Up Depot Street, and The Dirt She Ate. Other series in the collection are Correspondence; Family, consisting of early correspondence, mementos, photographs, and genealogical information; Activism, files of newspaper clippings, fliers, and correspondence related to Pratt's grass roots organizing; Teaching, Financial, Photographs, Audiovisual Material, Printed Material, and Ephemera. Notable correspondents include Mumia Abu-Jamal, Dorothy Allison, Judith Arcana, Elly Bulkin, Chrystos, Holly Hughes, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Mab Segrest.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Pratt, Minnie Bruce
Title
Minnie Bruce Pratt papers 1870s-2005, bulk 1975-2005
Language of Material
English
Extent
94.0 Linear Feet, 70,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Minnie Bruce Pratt Papers contain materials dating from the 1870s to 2005, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1975 and 2005. Materials in the collection document Pratt's work as a teacher, poet, writer, and activist. Specifically, the collection focuses on women's studies, sexual and gender identity, sexuality, and Pratt's fight against racism, sexism, imperialism and other forms of intolerance. The collection is organized into ten series: Writing, Correspondence, Family, Activism, Teaching, Financial, Photographs, Audiovisual Material, Printed Material, and Ephemera.

The Writing Series comprises drafts, proofs, and galleys related to Pratt's major works through 2003, as well as materials related to shorter pieces by Pratt, reviews, print interviews, materials related to Pratt's editorial work, and personal journals. The series also contains materials pertaining to the outside funding from grants and speaking appearances that Pratt obtained to support herself as a writer. Subseries include: Journals, The Sound of One Fork, We Say We Love Each Other, Crime Against Nature, Rebellion: Essays 1980-1991, S/HE, Walking Back Up Depot Street, The Dirt She Ate, Feminary, Workers World, Other Writings, Grant Applications, Interviews, Gigs, and Manuscripts by Others.

The Correspondence Series contains correspondence Pratt sent and received after 1966, the year of her marriage. Subseries include: Personal Correspondence, Literary Correspondence, and General Correspondence. Notable correspondents include Dorothy Allison, Judith Arcana, Elly Bulkin, Chrystos, Holly Hughes, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Mab Segrest.

The Family Series contains materials related to Pratt's childhood and relatives, including legal and business papers, genealogical information, correspondence, mementos, and photographs. The bulk of the material dates to the twentieth century, but a few documents and several photographs date to the nineteenth century. Subseries include Brown-Carr Family, Pratt Family, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Ransom Weaver and Ben Weaver, and Leslie Feinberg.

The Activism Series documents Pratt's work as an activist supporting diversity and fighting intolerance. The series comprises newspaper clippings, fliers, correspondence, and logisitical arrangements pertaining to Pratt's organizing, conference attendances, and personal research. Subseries include: Anti-Ku Klux Klan, Fayetteville, National Endowment for the Arts, and Other Issues.

The Teaching Series documents Pratt's work as an educator at various universities, primarily The Union Institute and Hamilton College. The series comprises course syllabi, materials to supplement teaching, seminar evaluations, contracts, general faculty documents, catalogs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. The series contains correspondence from Mumia Abu-Jamal during his application process to The Union Institute for graduate studies.

The Financial Series consists of tax returns for the years 1981 to 2004 as well as detailed narratives carefully documenting deductions taken by Pratt related to her writing and teaching career.

The Photographs Series contains photographs documenting events and individuals in Minnie Bruce Pratt's life, with descriptions provided by the donor.

The Audiovisual Material Series contains miscellaneous audiovisual material pertaining to Pratt's speaking engagements, interests, and personal life. The series includes speeches and readings given at gigs, interviews, audio correspondence, programs related to lesbian issues, and instructional materials. Materials are organized into subseries depending on format and include Audio Cassettes, Compact Discs, and Videos. Use copies will need to be created before items can be accessed by researchers. Additionally, interviews are restricted unless permission from the interviewee is obtained.

The Printed Material Series contains periodicals, booklets, printed essays, and chapbooks arranged alphabetically by title. Subjects represented include poetry, women's studies, feminism, lesbianism, and the Ku Klux Klan. A number of periodicals were removed from this collection and added to the Women's and LGBT Movements Periodicals Collection. Minnie Bruce Pratt's personal library comprising several hundred books including her own work and anthologies containing her work have been cataloged separately.

The Ephemera Series comprises miscellaneous items collected by Pratt and chiefly contains t-shirts, buttons, and posters related to Pratt's activism, the conferences and demonstrations she attended, and Feminary. Posters also document Pratt's book relases, speaking appearances, seminars, and courses. Additional items include candlesticks given to Pratt upon her marriage to Marvin Weaver, a birthday coffee mug from Leslie Feinberg, pens with printed logos, a stamp, and a vibrator and pair of handcuffs given to Pratt by students from Iowa.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Personal journals dated September, 1991 and beyond are closed, as are all materials related to Leslie Feinberg, unless written permission from the donor is obtained. Additionally, audio interviews are restricted unless permission from the interviewee is obtained.With those exceptions, the collection is open for research.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

The Writing Series comprises drafts, proofs, and galleys related to Pratt's major works through 2003, as well as materials related to shorter pieces by Pratt, reviews, print interviews, materials related to Pratt's editorial work, and personal journals. The series also contains materials pertaining to the outside funding from grants and speaking appearances that Pratt obtained to support herself as a writer. The subseries are arranged chronologically, starting with Pratt's journals, followed by her major works, and then Feminary, Workers World, Other Writings, Grant Applications, Interviews, Gigs, and Manuscripts by Others. The first subseries, Journals, contains journals filled with Pratt's daily thoughts and activities. Major works represented in the Writing Series are Pratt's poetry and essay collections The Sound of One Fork, We Say We Love Each Other, Crime Against Nature, Rebellion: Essays 1980-1991, S/HE, Walking Back Up Depot Street, and The Dirt She Ate. The Feminary and Workers World subseries document Pratt's editorial work as well as writing. Other Writings includes miscellaneous works not related to Pratt's major books. Grant Applications documents Pratt's attempts to gain funding to support herself as a writer. The Interviews subseries contains print interviews by other individuals about Pratt. The Gigs subseries pertains to Pratt's speaking and conference appearances. Manuscripts by Others comprises writings by other individuals that were sent to Pratt for her perusal or commentary. Pratt's original folder titles were retained.

Pratt chronicled her daily thoughts and activities in journals, which are chronologically arranged within the subseries.

1960 June-1963 November (3 folders)
Box 1
1966 January-1975 December (4 folders)
Box 2
1976 January-1978 May (6 folders)
Box 3
1978 May-1980 February (4 folders)
Box 4
1980 March-1981 October (6 folders)
Box 5
1981 October-1983 September (6 folders)
Box 6
1983 September-1986 December (6 folders)
Box 7
1986 December-1990 August (6 folders)
Box 8
1990 August-1992 November (4 folders)
Box 9
1992 November-1999 December (9 folders)
Box 10
2000 January-2005 December (5 folders)
Box 11

Pratt self-published her first book of poetry, The Sound of One Fork, in 1981 and sold the book during her reading tour of the United States. Materials in this subseries include correspondence and drafts. The correspondence mainly consists of book orders and reviews, and is arranged chronologically. Drafts of poems are arranged alphabetically.

Correspondence, 1981-1990 (4 folders)
Box 12
But Cato Said
Box 12
Canaba
Box 12
Cleaning Day
Box 12
Dentata
Box 12
Elbows
Box 12
IWY
Box 12
(Izola)
Box 12
Love Poem to an Ex-husband
Box 12
My Cousin Anne
Box 12
My Mother Loves Women
Box 12
Occoneechee Mountain
Box 12
Ora: At the Carter Wedding
Box 12
Rape
Box 12
Romance
Box 12
Sound of One Fork
Box 12
Southern Gothic
Box 12
The Segregated Heart
Box 12
Windows
Box 12
Rejected poems
Box 13

First published in 1985, We Say We Love Each Other collects a series of what Pratt terms "poetic maps" as she searches for artistic and lesbian space in a difficult world. Waulking Song and the Maps poems contain some draft portions of later Walking Back Up Depot Street poems. The subseries contains correspondence, drafts, and proofs arranged chronologically. Correspondence pertains to reviews, publicity, and the book's publishers, both original publisher Spinsters Ink/Aunt Lute Press and Firebrand Books, who reissued the book in 1992.

Correspondence, 1984-1992 (2 folders)
Box 13
Waulking song
Box 13
Maps 1
Box 13
Maps 2
Box 13
Maps 2A
Box 13
Maps 3
Box 13
Untitled
Box 13
Maps 4
Box 13
Waulking #1, 1980
Box 14
Gorgons, 1980-1984 (2 folders)
Box 14
Maps 2, 1981-1984 (folders 1-7 of 9)
Box 14
Maps 2, 1981-1984 (folders 8-9 of 9)
Box 15
Maps 3, 1982-1983 (2 folders)
Box 15
Final drafts, 1981 July-1985 April (2 folders)
Box 15
Poem drafts, 1983-1984
Box 15
Poem drafts, 1988 February-December (folder 1 of 5)
Box 15
Poem drafts, 1988 February-December (folders 2-5 of 5)
Box 16
Reading Maps: Three proofs, undated (2 folders)
Box 16

Crime Against Nature collects poetry Pratt wrote about her experiences as a feminist, lesbian mother who lost custody of her children due to her sexual identity. The Academy of American Poets honored the book as the 1989 Lamont Poetry Selection and the American Library Association awarded Crime Against Nature the Gay/Lesbian Book Award in 1991. The subseries comprises drafts, proofs, and manuscripts and is arranged chronologically.

Drafts, 1988 July-August
Box 16
First set of corrections, 1988 September
Box 16
Comments and first draft corrections, 1988 November
Box 16
Manuscript as sent to Nancy Bereano, 1988 November
Box 16
Last manuscript changes, 1989 November
Box 16
Comments on 1988 September draft, 1989 March
Box 16
Final galley proofs, corrected, 1989 December
Box 16

In Rebellion, Pratt connects the personal and the political in a series of autobiographical essays that detail her route to activism. Materials in the subseries are arranged chronologically, and include drafts, proofs, correspondence, and grant information.

I Am Born: Excerpts from a Journal, 1975
Box 17
Letter to Chrysalis, 1979 December
Box 17
White Women and White Terror: Taking Down the Walls, 1983
Box 17
Who Am I If Not My Father's Daughter, 1983 August-October
Box 17
Identity: Skin Blood Heart galley proofs with corrections, 1984
Box 17
LIPS Herstory Project, Civil Disobedience at the Supreme Court, 1987 (2 folders)
Box 17
I Plead Guilty to Being a Lesbian, edited drafts, 1987 October (2 folders)
Box 17
The Friends of My Secret Self: A Southern Lesbian Look at Class and Race, 1988 May-1990 June
Box 17
My Mother's Question, copyedited drafts and published article, 1988
Box 17
Books in the Closet, in the Attic, Boxes, Secrets, 1989
Box 17
Money and the Shape of Things, 1989
Box 18
National Endowment for the Arts, writing grants, 1989-1991
Box 18
Rebellion and notes, 1990 January-March
Box 18
My Dark Saying, 1991 (2 folders)
Box 18
Reader mail, 1991
Box 18
The Maps in My Bible, Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends, Spring 1991 (3 folders)
Box 18
Poetry in Time of War, 1991 July-August (2 folders)
Box 18
Rebellion, edited proof, undated
Box 19
Rebellion, unedited proof, undated (3 folders)
Box 19
Rebellion, edited proof, undated (3 folders)
Box 19
Rebellion, edited drafts of essays, undated (3 folders)
Box 19

Pratt explores beyond the boundaries of sex, gender, and sexuality in S/HE, first published in 1995. The book was a finalist for both the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award and the Firecracker Award in Non-Fiction. The subseries is composed primarily of drafts, but also includes notes and information on the book's publicity. Pratt's original folder titles were retained and files are arranged alphabetically.

Butch/femme, undated
Box 20
Draft, 1994 December (3 folders)
Box 20
Essay, 1993-1994
Box 20
Galleys, undated (2 folders)
Box 20
Galleys, 1995 February
Box 20
Gender notes, 1993-1994
Box 20
Publication party, 1995
Box 21
Publicity, 1995
Box 21
Reprint, 2002-2004 (2 folders)
Box 21
Revised draft, undated (4 folders)
Box 21
Rights, 2001-2002
Box 22
Section One: Early years
Box 22
Section Two: Early lesbian
Box 22
Section Three: Meeting me
Box 22
Section Four: Sex/fucking
Box 22
Section Five: Femme
Box 22
Section Six: Transgender/family/culture
Box 22
Section Seven: Ending
Box 22

Pratt's fourth collection of poetry tells the story of Beatrice, a Southern woman who seeks to uncover the truth obscured by the myths of the segregated South. The subseries primarily contains drafts and proofs arranged chronologically.

Second Sight, 1979-1998 July
Box 22
Walking Back Up Depot Street/Red String, 1980 October-1997 December
Box 22
Con Artist, 1980 December 20
Box 22
Closed Universe, 1980 November-1982 November
Box 22
The Blue Cup, 1980 November-1994
Box 22
Central Prison, 1981
Box 22
What the Cat Knew, 1981 March-1994
Box 22
Cat's Eye, 1981 March 11
Box 23
Creatures, 1981 April
Box 23
Walking Back Up Depot Street, miscellaneous critiques, 1981-1982
Box 23
Bust of Martha Mitchell to Be Unveiled, 1981-1983
Box 23
Walking Back Up Depot Street, Elly Bulkin's critiques, 1981-1983
Box 23
Walking Back Up Depot Street, early drafts, 1981-1983
Box 23
Shades, 1981 September-1997 December 22
Box 23
Stars, 1982 September
Box 23
Strange Flesh, 1982 February-1983 March (2 folders)
Box 23
The White Star, 1982-1997 March
Box 23
Painting Her Fingernails Red, 1982 February-1997 September
Box 23
Monthly Reminder, 1982
Box 23
The Art of Change, 1982 July
Box 23
Nothing But Her Voice, 1982 September
Box 23
Swingblade, 1982 September-1997 March
Box 23
Vacant Lots/The Possum Eats Out of the Graveyard, 1982 October-1983 March
Box 24
Button, 1982 October-1997 December
Box 24
Blue Moon, 1983 February
Box 24
Walking Back Up Depot Street, Elizabeth Knowlton critique, 1983 February
Box 24
Occultation of Venus in the Moon, 1988 June-1997 January
Box 24
The Subway Entrance, 1988 August-1997 December
Box 24
The Road to Selma, 1988 November-1997 March (2 folders)
Box 24
Eating Clay, 1989 March-1997 December
Box 24
Erotica, 1989 August-1990 January
Box 24
The Other Side, 1992
Box 24
At Deep Midnight, 1992 September-1994 March
Box 24
On the Silver Coast, 1992 October-1997 December
Box 24
Walking Back Up Depot Street, Adrienne Rich's critiques, 1993-1994
Box 24
The Ferry, 1993 January-1996
Box 24
Bust of Martha Mitchell to Be Unveiled, 1993-1998
Box 24
Walking Back Up Depot Street, Judith Arcana's critiques, 1993-1998
Box 25
Bone Day, 1994 January-1997 September
Box 25
A Cold That Is Not the Opposite of Life, 1996 December
Box 25
Central Prison/Pokeweed, 1996 December-1998
Box 25
The A and P, 1994 May-1997 March
Box 25
Trash, 1996 February-1997 March
Box 25
Strange Flesh, 1996 December-1997 March
Box 25
Nightmare About a Black Man/The Possum Eats Out of the Graveyard, 1997
Box 25
The Petrified Woman/The Tattooed Man, 1997 January-February
Box 25
Snake Eyes, 1997 February-August
Box 25
The Great Migration, 1997 June
Box 25
Fighting Fire, 1997 April-September
Box 25
A Shrine/A Garden in the City, 1997 June
Box 25
The Value of Use, 1997 September-December
Box 25
Walking Back Up Depot Street, draft, 1997 December
Box 25
Red String, 1997 December 5
Box 25
The Remnant Shop, 1997 December 22 (folder 1 of 2)
Box 25
The Remnant Shop, 1997 December 22 (folder 2 of 2)
Box 26
The Gate, 1998 July
Box 26
Walking Back Up Depot Street, Bino's critiques, 1998 July
Box 26
Walking Back Up Depot Street revisions, 1998 July 22-29
Box 26
Walking Back Up Depot Street revisions and editing, 1998 July 26-29
Box 26
Walking Back Up Depot Street draft, 1998 August 12
Box 26
Walking Back Up Depot Street production, 1998 September-1999 April
Box 26
Walking Back Up Depot Street revisions, 1998 October 26
Box 26
Walking Back Up Depot Street page proofs, 1998 November-December
Box 26
Walking Back Up Depot Street first proofs, 1998 December
Box 26
Announcements for reading and book party, New York, NY, 1999 April 10
Box 26
Walking Back Up Depot Street, hardcover, 1999
Box 26
Walking Back Up Depot Street, paperback, 1999
Box 27
City of Emptiness, undated
Box 27
Church, undated
Box 27
Death Row, undated
Box 27
Painting Her Fingernails Red, undated
Box 27
Pokeweed by the Fence, undated
Box 27
Snowed In, undated
Box 27
The Suicide and the Garden, undated
Box 27
Summer/Cup of Her Body, undated
Box 27
Taking Back the Night, undated
Box 27
Book cover
Oversize Box 1

The Dirt She Ate compiles poetry from Pratt's four previous books of poems and adds thirteen new poems, providing an overview of her career as a poet through 2003. The subseries also contains Pratt's 2003 chapbook, The Money Machine. Materials in the subseries include drafts, notes, and correspondence. Files are arranged chronologically.

A Woman on Foot, commented draft, 2001 July 23

Alternate title for The Dirt She Ate.

Box 27
Poem selections for The Dirt She Ate with comments, 2001 July 26
Box 27
Correspondence with selected editors, 2001 July-August
Box 27
I Am the Only Danger, commented poem selections and notes, 2001 July-August

Alternate title for The Dirt She Ate.

Box 27
The Dirt She Ate, edited draft, 2001 October 11
Box 27
The Dirt She Ate, edited draft under other possible titles and notes, 2001 October 12
Box 27
Correspondence regarding book cover and photographs of Pratt, 2002 May-August
Box 28
The Dirt She Ate: Selected and New Poems, edited draft, 2002 July 29
Box 28
Correspondence, 2002-2003
Box 28
The Dirt She Ate, edited proof, 2003
Box 28
The Dirt She Ate, paperback, 2003
Box 28
The Money Machine: Selected Poems, Belladonna #46, 2003 Spring

Only two silver Belladonna chapbooks exist, one located here and the other retained by Pratt.

Box 28
Poem selections, undated (3 folders)
Box 28
Book cover
Oversize Box 1

Feminary was an editorial collective based in Durham, North Carolina that self-published a local feminist newsletter. Pratt was actively involved in Feminary from 1978 to 1983, by which point the newsletter had developed into a quarterly journal. In addition to feminism, the collective focused on anti-racism, anti-imperialism, and lesbianism. Pratt also had early involvement in Feminary from 1972-1973 during its original newsletter form. The subseries contains correspondence, submissions, a run of Feminary newsletters and journals, and The Newsletter. Correspondence and submissions are arranged chronologically, followed by runs of the two titles, each arranged chronologically. The Newsletter was not published by the Feminary collective, but was a similarly self-published newsletter created by the group Triangle Area Lesbian Feminists (of Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, NC). Pratt maintained her collection of The Newsletter with her Feminary materials, and this connection was retained in the subseries.

Submissions, correspondence, and minutes, 1978-1980 (3 folders)
Box 29
Correspondence, 1979-1984 (2 folders)
Box 29
Taping for the blind, 1979
Box 29
Black women poets/writers, 1980-1981
Box 29
Submissions, 1982-1984
Box 29
Notes on newsletter, 1973-1978
Box 30
Feminary, volume 4-15, 1973 February 12-1985 (6 folders)

Also titled Feminist Newsletter (1973-1974) and A Feminary (1975).

Box 30
The Newsletter, volume 1-7, 1981 October 1-1988 August (7 folders)
Box 31
The Newsletter, other volumes, 1988
Box 31
Poster
Oversize Box 1

By 2008, Pratt wrote a multitude of articles for Workers World newspaper as a contributing editor. The newspaper is published by Workers World Party, a communist party founded in 1959 that is active in the struggle for the rights of oppressed people. The subseries is arranged chronologically and contains article drafts, printed articles, and research clippings.

Articles, 1994-1998
Box 32
Articles, 2001-2002 (3 folders)
Box 32
Articles, 2003 (2 folders)
Box 32
Articles, 2004 (folder 1 of 5)
Box 32
Articles, 2004 (folders 2-5 of 5)
Box 33
Articles, 2005 (folders 1-2 of 4)
Box 33
Articles, 2005 (folders 3-4 of 4)
Box 34

The Other Writings subseries comprises miscellaneous writings not associated with books covered in other subseries, journals, gigs, and editorial work. The subseries includes drafts, articles, speeches, poems, essays, as well as material related to her work on the board of Feminist Studies. Materials are organized chronologically.

Miscellaneous prose drafts, 1975-1977
Box 34
Published poems, 1977-1981
Box 34
Encyclopedia of American Women Writers, 1978-1979
Box 34
Read to Write review, 1979 September-October
Box 34
Chi Omega Article, 1979
Box 34
Astarte's Huge Laboratory: Some Thoughts on Mothers, Daughters, and Amazons in the South,Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference, 1979-1980
Box 34
At the Big Star, 1980
Box 34
Yours in Struggle, 1980 October-1983 December
Box 34
Women's Pentagon Action, 1981-1983
Box 34
Hats/Veils, 1982
Box 34
Women writers: Rita Mae Brown, Margaret Mitchell, Charlotte Bronte, Maureen Brady, Nadine Gordimer, Michelle Cliff, 1982-1988
Box 34
Poems for friends, 1983-1987
Box 34
Poems for Joan, 1985 December-1988 February
Box 34
Bridges advisory board, 1989-1998
Box 34
On Accepting the Lamont Award for Poetry, As a Lesbian at the Guggenheim, 1989 May 16 (2 folders)
Box 35
The Buried Yes, The Feminist Memoir Project, 1994-1998
Box 35
Dorothy Allison, The Progressive, 1995 July
Box 35
Yours in Struggle reprint, 2000-2004 (2 folders)
Box 35
Photographs of New York by Leslie Feinberg, 2004 Autumn
Box 35
Feminist Studies Board correspondence, 2005 (2 folders)
Box 35
Feminist Studies Board submissions, 2005 (folder 1 of 2)
Box 35
Feminist Studies Board submissions, 2005 (folder 2 of 2)
Box 36
The Forbidden poems, undated
Box 36
Introduction to Joan's book, drafts, and galley proofs, undated
Box 36
Love for the World and We Are In It: Adrienne Rich's Work of Repair, undated
Box 36
Miscellaneous notes, undated (2 folders)
Box 36
Speech, feminist utopias, undated
Box 36

Pratt frequently applied for grants to support herself financially as a writer. The Grant Applications subseries includes grant and fellowship applications arranged chronologically.

Miscellaneous, 1980-2002
Box 36
Fund for Southern Communities application for Night Heron Press, 1982-1983
Box 36
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, 1984, 1999
Box 36
Guggenheim, 1991-2003
Box 36
D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 1992-1993
Box 36
Puffin Foundation, 1993-2001
Box 36
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 1999-2003
Box 36
National Endowment for the Arts, 2000-2002
Box 37
Writer's Voice residency, 2001
Box 37

The Interviews subseries comprises drafts and print interviews written by other individuals about Pratt. The subseries is arranged chronologically.

Miscellaneous print interviews, 1983-2002 (4 folders)
Box 37
Laura Benkov, 1993-1994
Box 37
In Conversation, On Our Backs, 1995 March
Box 37
Elly Bulkin, 1999
Box 37

The Gigs subseries contains materials related to Pratt's speaking and conference appearances. The chronologically arranged materials primarily consist of negotiations and correspondence pertaining to Pratt's appearances, as well as program materials and speech drafts. Pratt's frequent speaking appearances allowed her to support herself financially as a writer, and also to publicize her work through readings.

PR, 1976-1983
Box 37
Womanwrites, 1979
Box 38
National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), 1980
Box 38
Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1980-1981
Box 38
Southern Lesbian Poets Workshop, 1981 January 4
Box 38
Pagoda conference, 1981
Box 38
Women in Print, 1981
Box 38
Poetry readings, 1982
Box 38
Womanwrites, 1982
Box 38
Midwest, 1982 Spring
Box 38
Midwest, 1982-1985
Box 38
Common Differences, 1983
Box 38
Conferences/workshops, 1983
Box 38
Southern Lesbian Conference, 1983-1984
Box 38
South, 1983 Fall (2 folders)
Box 38
Northeast, 1983
Box 39
Readings, 1983-1992
Box 39
East coast, 1984
Box 39
West Virginia/Kentucky/Ohio, 1984
Box 39
Conferences, 1984
Box 39
PR, 1984-1993 (3 folders)
Box 39
Conferences, 1985
Box 39
South East, 1986 Spring
Box 39
Conferences/workshops, 1986
Box 40
Community Writers' Project, 1986-1992
Box 40
Conferences/workshops, 1987
Box 40
Ninth Annual Southeastern Lesbian Writers' Conference, 1987 May 28-31
Box 40
Ithaca, Oberlin, Penn, Oswego, 1988
Box 40
New York, 1988
Box 40
Conferences/workshops, 1988-1989
Box 40
Northeast and southeast, 1989
Box 40
Boston, Binghamton, 1990
Box 40
OutWrite, San Francisco and Los Angeles, 1990
Box 40
Northwest (including Gay Games), 1990 (2 folders)
Box 40
East coast, 1990-1991 Spring
Box 40
Midwest, 1990-1991
Box 41
Northeast, 1991 Fall
Box 41
Readings, 1991-1996
Box 41
1992 (3 folders)
Box 41
Astraea, 1993
Box 41
Poets-Writers, Inc. competition (judge), 1993
Box 41
1993-1994 (folder 1 of 2)
Box 41
1993-1994 (folder 2 of 2)
Box 42
South, 1993-1995
Box 42
OutWrite, 1993, 1995
Box 42
PR, 1993-1997 (2 folders)
Box 42
Camp Trans, 1994-1995
Box 42
New York, New Jersey, 1994-1996
Box 42
California, 1994-1995 (2 folders)
Box 42
Poetry Society of America (judge), 1994-1997
Box 42
Virginia, North Carolina, 1995
Box 42
Midwest, 1995
Box 43
Baltimore/D.C./Philadelphia, 1995
Box 43
Midwest, 1995-1996
Box 43
OutWrite, 1996
Box 43
Goethe Institut, Chicago, 1996
Box 43
Spring and Fall, 1996 (3 folders)
Box 43
Guild Complex, Chicago, 1997
Box 43
Germany, 1997
Box 43
University of Pennsylvania, 1997
Box 44
Queer Student Leadership Summit, Eastern Michigan University, 1997
Box 44
Midwest, 1997
Box 44
1997
Box 44
Readings, 1997-2005
Box 44
1998
Box 44
OutWrite, 1999
Box 44
West Coast, 1999
Box 44
Northwest, 1999
Box 44
1999
Box 44
Web page, 1999
Box 45
New York/Northeast, 1999-2000 (2 folders)
Box 45
Italy, 1999-2001
Box 45
West Coast, 2000 (2 folders)
Box 45
Atlanta, 2000
Box 45
Texas, 2000
Box 45
Taiwan, 2000-2004 (folder 1 of 3)
Box 45
Taiwan, 2000-2004 (folders 2-3 of 3)
Box 46
2001 (2 folders)
Box 46
Spring 2002-Fall 2003 (4 folders)
Box 46
Provincetown, 2003
Box 46
Wisconsin, 2003 (2 folders)
Box 47
Women's Fight Back Network, 2003 March 22
Box 47
St. Louis, 2003
Box 47
Rose Gladney lecture, 2004
Box 47
Cornell, 2004
Box 47
Oshkosh, 2004
Box 47
Italy, 2004 (2 folders)
Box 47
2004 (folder 1 of 3)
Box 47
2004 (folders 2-3 of 3)
Box 48
Femme Conference, Seattle, 2005 (2 folders)
Box 48
Syracuse, 2005
Box 48
The Scholar and the Feminist, New York, 2005
Box 48
Minnesota, 2005
Box 48
2005 (folder 1 of 4)
Box 48
2005 (folders 2-4 of 4)
Box 49

The subseries contains writings by individuals other then Pratt that were sent to her for her perusal or commentary, or because the work discusses Pratt's work, including a late draft of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina with Pratt's remarks. The subseries comprises a variety of writings, including drafts of books, poems, short stories, essays, and literature reveiws. Materials are organized alphabetically by the last name of the sender or author.

Allison, Dorothy, Bastard Out of Carolina, revised draft, 1991 August (4 folders)
Box 49
Anderson, Kelly, Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, interview transcript, 2005 March 16-17 (2 folders)
Box 49
Arcana, Judith, What If Your Mother, draft copy, undated
Box 49
ASTRAEA National Lesbian Action Foundation, Lesbian Writers Fund Awards, manuscript submissions, 1992
Box 50
Caldwell, Jaye Rogers, Social Darwinism and the Economics of Colonialism, literature review, 2004 Winter
Box 50
Cruikshank, M. L. (sender), short stories by various writers, 1978-1979
Box 50
Deming, Barbara, Travail excerpts, interviews, and obituary, 1985
Box 50
Gardner, Amanda, Project Demonstrating Excellence, Temporary Spaces: Reflections on Dislocation, Writing, and Community, 2005 April (2 folders)
Box 50
Hecht, Joshua, Sexual Identity, Sex Acts, and the Plasticity of Truth, thesis conclusion, 2000
Box 50
Hyatt, Martin, A Scarecrow's Bible, proofs, 2005
Box 50
Kaier, Anne, If I Unbind, 2005 June
Box 50
Mackler, Susan van Haften, The Women's Liberation Movement and It's Publications: An Exploratory Study of Two Movement Publications, The Feminist Newsletter and Ms., 1974 August
Box 50
Mills, Laurel, I Sing Back, 1997
Box 50
Miscellaneous, 1990-1998 and undated
Box 50
Rich, Adrienne, Dead Power, Living Power: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics, undated (2 folders)
Box 50
Zipter, Yvonne, The Patience of Metal
Box 50

The Correspondence Series contains correspondence Pratt sent and received after 1966, the year of her marriage. Correspondence dated 1966 and prior is located in the Family Series. The Series comprises three subseries: Personal Correspondence, Literary Correspondence, and General Correspondence.

The subseries contains letters, notes, and emails pertaining to Pratt's personal life. Major correspondents appear first, arranged alphabetically by last name. Other miscellaneous correspondence follows, arranged chronologically. Written communication dated 1966 and prior appears in the Family Series. Notable correspondents include Dorothy Allison, Judith Arcana, Elly Bulkin, Chrystos, Holly Hughes, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Mab Segrest.

Addison, Lois Anne, 1986-1991
Box 51
Allison, Dorothy, 1992, 1995
Box 51
Arcana, Judith, 1990-2005 (6 folders)
Box 51
Biren, Joan, 1981-1988 (folder 1 of 5)
Box 51
Biren, Joan, 1981-1988 (folders 2-5 of 5)
Box 52
Biren, Joan, 1992-1993
Box 52
Bulkin, Elly, 1980-2005 (folders 1-3 of 6)
Box 52
Bulkin, Elly, 1980-2005 (folder 4-6 of 6)
Box 53
Choi, Don Mee, 2003-2005
Box 53
Chrystos, 1993-2003
Box 53
Cousins, 1992-2005 (3 folders)
Box 53
Deming, Barbara, 1981-1984
Box 54
Derricotte, Toi, 1999-2001
Box 54
Ebersole, Lucinda, 1992-1998
Box 54
Frye, Marilyn, 1992-1993 (3 folders)
Box 54
Gladney, Rose and Marcia Winter, 1988-1998
Box 54
Grant, Jaime, 1996-2000
Box 54
Grimsley, Jim, 1996-2000
Box 54
Hacker, Marilyn 2004
Box 54
Harris, Bertha, 1999-2000
Box 54
Harrison, Anne (cousin), 2001-2005
Box 54
Hiestrand, Bev (Beverly), 2001-2005 (folder 1 of 2)
Box 54
Hiestrand, Bev (Beverly), 2001-2005 (folder 2 of 2)
Box 55
Hughes, Holly, 1996-2005 (4 folders)
Box 55
Klepfisz, Irena, 1993, 1995
Box 55
Knowlton, Elizabeth, 1979-1994
Box 55
Larkin, Joan, 1993-2001
Box 55
Levitsky, Rachel, 2000-2002
Box 55
Lorde, Audre, 1987-1990
Box 55
Mama, 1981-2001
Box 55
Mama and aunts, 1988, 1992-2005
Box 55
Mayr, Shellah, 1979-1982
Box 56
Mays, Ramina, 1983, 2001-2002
Box 56
McCann, Richard, 1997-2001
Box 56
McCullough, Bobby (Robert), 2000-2005
Box 56
McDaniel, Judith, 1983-1985, 1993-1998
Box 56
McDaniel, Judith and Maureen Brady, 1980-1992
Box 56
Meigs, Mary, 1980s
Box 56
Minnich, Elizabeth, 2002-2005
Box 56
Mohanty, Chandra and Margo Okazawa-Rey, 2002-2005
Box 56
Mosbacher, Dee (Diane) and Nanette Gartrell (folders 1-3 of 4)
Box 56
Mosbacher, Dee (Diane) and Nanette Gartrell (folder 4 of 4)
Box 57
Pratt family, 1988-1989
Box 57
Pratt, Minnie Williams, 1980-1982
Box 57
Randall, Margaret, 1985-1990, 1998-2002
Box 57
Realuyo, Bino 1996-2000
Box 57
Rich, Adrienne, 1981-1996 (2 folders)
Box 57
Segrest, Mab, 1982-2000 (2 folders)
Box 57
Simon (grandson), undated
Box 57
South, Cris, 1978-1979, 1982-1986 (folder 1 of 5)
Box 57
South, Cris, 1978-1979, 1982-1986 (folders 2-5 of 5)
Box 58
Vance, Diane, 1990
Box 58
Vinson, Darlene, 1982-1984
Box 58
Walter, Starling, 1986-1988
Box 58
Woodbury, Vera family, 1992-1993
Box 58
1967
Box 59
1968 (2 folders)
Box 59
1969 (3 folders)
Box 59
1970
Box 59
1971 (2 folders)
Box 59
1972
Box 59
1973
Box 59
1974
Box 59
1975
Box 60
1976
Box 60
1977
Box 60
1978 (2 folders)
Box 60
1979 (4 folders)
Box 60
1980 (2 folders)
Box 61
1981 (2 folders)
Box 61
1982
Box 61
1983
Box 61
1984 (2 folders)
Box 61
1985 (2 folders)
Box 62
1986 (3 folders)
Box 62
1986-1988 (2 folders)
Box 62
1987 (2 folders)
Box 62
1988 (2 folders)
Box 63
1989 (3 folders)
Box 63
1989-1992 (2 folders)
Box 63
1990 (2 folders)
Box 63
1991 (2 folders)
Box 63
1992
Box 64
1993 (3 folders)
Box 64
1994 (2 folders)
Box 64
1995 (2 folders)
Box 64
1996 (3 folders)
Box 65
1997
Box 65
1998 (3 folders)
Box 65
1999 (folders 1-2 of 3)
Box 65
1999 (folder 3 of 3)
Box 66
2000 (3 folders)
Box 66
2001 (2 folders)
Box 66
2002
Box 66
Fall 2002-Spring 2003
Box 66
2003 (2 folders)
Box 67
2004 (2 folders)
Box 67
2005 (2 folders)
Box 67

The chronologically arranged subseries comprises book orders, communication with publishers, public relations, reviews, and other correspondence associated with Pratt's published writings.

1970-1980 (2 folders)
Box 68
Poetry, 1978
Box 68
1981-1985 (2 folders)
Box 68
1986-1990 (folder 1 of 2)
Box 68
1986-1990 (folder 1-2 of 2)
Box 69
1991-1995 (2 folders)
Box 69
1996-1998
Box 69
This is What Lesbian Looks Like, 1998-1999
Box 69
1999 (folders 1-2 of 4)
Box 69
1999 (folders 3-4 of 4)
Box 70
2000 (2 folders)
Box 70
2001
Box 70
2002-2003 (folder 1 of 2)
Box 70
2002-2003 (folder 2 of 2)
Box 71
Temple, 2002-2004
Box 71
2004-2005
Box 71

Arranged chronologically, the subseries includes correspondence with acquaintances or individuals lacking a personal relationship with Pratt. Correspondence consists primarily of requests for recommendations, contacts, or appearances.

1983
Box 71
1984
Box 71
1985
Box 71
1986-1988
Box 71
1992
Box 71
1993-1995 (folder 1 of 2)
Box 71
1993-1995 (folder 2 of 2)
Box 72
1996
Box 72
1997 (3 folders)
Box 72
1998
Box 72
1999 (2 folders)
Box 72
2000 (folder 1 of 3)
Box 72
2000 (folders 2-3 of 3)
Box 73
2001 (3 folders)
Box 73
2002 (2 folders)
Box 73
2003 (folder 1 of 4)
Box 73
2003 (folders 2-4 of 4)
Box 74
2004 (2 folders)
Box 74
2005 (2 folders)
Box 74

The Family Series contains materials related to Pratt's childhood and relatives, including legal and business papers, genealogical information, land grants and deeds, correspondence, mementos, and photographs. The bulk of the material dates to the twentieth century, but a few documents and several photographs date to the nineteenth century. Correspondence written after 1966, the year of Pratt's marriage, is located in the Correspondence Series. The Family Series comprises five subseries: Brown-Carr Family, Pratt Family, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Ransom Weaver and Ben Weaver, and Leslie Feinberg. The Brown-Carr Family subseries contains materials related to Pratt's maternal relatives. The Pratt Family subseries chiefly pertains to Pratt's mother, Virginia Brown Pratt, but contains some material related to Pratt family relatives. The Minnie Bruce Pratt subseries contains materials related to Pratt's childhood, including correspondence and mementos. Items in the Ransom Weaver and Ben Weaver subseries are primarily photographs and programs and magazines from Ransom's rowing events. All Leslie Feinberg materials are closed.

The subseries comprises legal papers, mementos, ledgers, land grants and deeds, clippings, writings, and photographs pertaining to Pratt's maternal relatives, the Browns and Carrs. Materials are arranged alphabetically by individual relatives and then by subject.

Brown, Janie Carr papers, 1942-1958
Box 75
Brown, Ora Gilder papers, 1944, 1964-1978, 1993-2005
Box 75
Brown, Ora Gilder, writings by Minnie Bruce Pratt about Brown, 2005
Box 75
Brown, Ora Gilder photographs, ca. 1870s-1900, 1920s, 1938, 1976, 1981, 2001-2005(3 folders)
Box 75
Carr, James Ozborn, The Carr Family of Duplin County, 1920
Box 75
Carr, Robert papers, 1920, 1930s, 1946, 1950s, 1970s
Box 75
Carr, Robert photographs, ca. 1900s-1920s, 1944, 1962
Box 75
Martin, Ruth Brown, 1928, 1957, 1979, 1993
Box 75
Miscellaneous family papers, 1897, 1901, 1938, and undated
Box 75
Brown Country Store ledger, Episcopal Cemetery, 1964, 1986-1992
Box 75
Pushmataha Methodist Church guest books, 1971-1978 and undated (2 folders)
Box 75
Pushmataha Methodist Church records (photocopies), ca.1870-1883
Box 75
Tilghman, Christopher Carr, Gilder/Brown family history
Box 76
Photographs, ca.1870s-2000s (folders 1-7 of 13)
Box 76
Photographs, ca.1870s-2000s (folders 8-13 of 13)
Box 77
Pushmataha, Alabama photograph album, 1900s-1910s
Scrapbook 1
Martin, Ruth Brown photograph album, 1979
Scrapbook 2
Pushmataha, Alabama photograph album, 1970s-1980s
Scrapbook 3

Primarily composed of materials related to or retained by Pratt's mother, Virginia Brown Pratt, the subseries includes legal and financial papers, correspondence, mementos, genealogical materials, and photographs. Materials are organized alphabetically by subject and offer information about Virginia Pratt's childhood, marriage to W. Luther Pratt, work, and relatives. The subseries includes letters exchanged by Pratt's parents from 1939 to 1940 during their courtship, letters from Marvin Weaver to Pratt's mother regarding his 1975 divorce from Pratt, and the 1981 letter in which Pratt came out to her mother as a lesbian.

Bibb County Department of Pensions and Security, employment, 1955-1974
Box 78
Bibb County High School, 1914-1916, 1937, 1941, 1948
Box 78
The Bibonia, 1937-1938 (2 folders)
Box 78
Bridal guest book, 1936
Box 78
Correspondence, 1933-1967 (6 folders)
Box 78
Correspondence, 1968-1998 (8 folders)
Box 79
Correspondence, 1999-2004 (4 folders)
Box 80
Correspondence and other materials, undated
Box 80
Education, 1919-1924, 1933-1942, 1958, 1978, 1986
Box 81
Family documents
Box 81
Financial papers/ledger book, 1952-1968
Box 81
Golden 50s, University of Alabama reunion book, 1992
Box 81
Photographs, 1920s-1940s, 1980s-2000s (3 folders)
Box 81
Business and property papers, 1945, 1948-1955, 1972
Box 81
Family history papers, 1898, 1966-1973
Box 82
Geneaology, 1993, 1998
Box 82
Marsh, Lethean papers, 1986-2004 and undated (4 folders)
Box 82
Overton, Maude Brown papers, 1911-1917, 1929
Box 82
Photographs, ca.1880s-1940s
Box 82
Pratt, Judge W. L., 1895, 1900, 1951, and undated
Box 82
Clippings, 1921, 1947, 1958, and undated
Box 83
Land grants, deeds, quit claims, 1890s-1910s and undated
Box 83
Photographs (3 folders)
Box 83
School scrapbook and photograph album, 1920s; 1927-1928 (2 scrapbooks)
Scrapbook 4
Photographs
Oversize Box 1

The Minnie Bruce Pratt subseries contains materials from Pratt's childhood up to her marriage to Marvin Weaver in 1966, including correspondence, journals, early poems, mementos, and scrapbooks. Pratt had several international pen pals as a child; other correspondence is from family members and from Minnie Bruce to her parents as a college student. The subseries contains Pratt's earliest poems, written at Camp Cotaquilla in 1960, and the handwritten letter draft she composed to German pen pal Horst Werner defending segregation. Arrangement is chronological.

Childhood photographs
Box 84
Correspondence, 1951-1959
Box 84
Elementary school, 1953-1956 and undated (3 folders)
Box 84
School photographs
Box 84
Church, 1956-1964
Box 84
Junior high school, 1960-1961 and undated
Box 84
Camp Cotaquilla, 1960
Box 85
Correspondence, 1960
Box 85
High school, 1961-1964
Box 85
Slides, Homecoming, deep sea fishing, Montana, The Great Snow, Easter, home scenes, 1961-1962
Box 85
Correspondence, 1961
Box 85
Auburn University pre-college English course, 1962-1963
Box 85
Correspondence, 1962-1964
Box 85
Slides, Beauty Walk, Schultz Creek, USA High School Band Tour, high school graduation, 1963-1964
Box 85
Correspondence, 1963 (4 folders)
Box 85
Correspondence and other materials, undated [pre-1964]
Box 85
College, 1964-1968 (folder 1 of 3)
Box 85
College, 1964-1968 (folders 2-3 of 3)
Box 86
Correspondence, 1964 (3 folders)
Box 86
Journal, 1964
Box 86
Journal inserts, 1964 (folder 1 of 2)
Box 86
Journal inserts, 1964 (folder 2 of 2)
Box 87
Poetry, 1965 and undated
Box 87
Correspondence, 1965 (5 folders)

Includes a run of letters from former suitor John Potts.

Box 87
Blue Ridge, 1966
Box 87
Correspondence, 1966 (folder 1 of 4)
Box 87
Correspondence, 1966 (folders 2-4 of 4)
Box 88
Marriage, 1966
Box 88
Photographs from marriage and other events
Box 88
Correspondence, undated (folders 1-4 of 5)
Box 88
Correspondence, undated (folder 5 of 5)
Box 89
Baby book, 1946-1949
Scrapbook 5
Picture album, 1946-1966
Scrapbook 6
Band scrapbook, 1958-1959
Scrapbook 7
Chi Omega scrapbook, ca.1964-1966
Scrapbook 8
Chi Omega scrapbook, ca.1964-1966
Scrapbook 9
University of Alabama scrapbook, 1965-1966
Scrapbook 10
1966 calendar
Oversize Box 1

Items in the Ransom Weaver and Ben Weaver subseries are primarily photographs, as well as programs and magazines from Ransom's rowing events.

Ransom Weaver papers, 1968, 1974, 1984-1985, 1990, 2003, and undated
Box 89
Photographs, 1968-1978 and undated
Box 89
Photographs of Ransom, 1990s, 2003
Box 89
Photographs of Ben, 1990-2004
Box 89
Rowing magazine featuring Ransom
Oversize Box 1

This subseries is CLOSED.

Leslie Feinberg material
Box 135-137

The Activism Series documents Pratt's work as an activist supporting diversity and fighting intolerance. The series comprises newspaper clippings, fliers, correspondence, and logisitical arrangements pertaining to Pratt's organizing, conference participation, and personal research. The Activism Series contains four subseries that appear in alphabetical order: Anti-Ku Klux Klan, Fayetteville, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Other Issues. The Anti-Ku Klux Klan subseries contains materials related to Pratt's research about the Klan as an anti-racist activist. The Fayetteville subseries comprises materials pertaining to Pratt's early grass roots organizing efforts in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The National Endowment for the Arts subseries documents the public debate that occurred after Senator Jesse Helms referred to Pratt's work as pornography and attempted to revoke her NEA grant. The Other Issues subseries spans Pratt's years as an activist and reflects her interest in a variety of issues. Pratt's original folder titles were retained.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pratt researched the Ku Klux Klan due to her desire to fight intolerance. The subseries chiefly comprises newspaper clippings that document Klan activity, but also includes the readings, KKK propaganda, and anti-racist newsletters that Pratt read to learn about the Klan. Materials are organized alphabetically by subject, with files on geographic KKK activity located at the beginning of the subseries.

Alabama Klan clippings, 1979-1981
Box 90
California Klan clippings, 1980-1982
Box 90
Connecticut Klan clippings, 1980-1982
Box 90
D.C. and suburbs Klan clippings, 1980-1982
Box 90
Florida and Georgia Klan clippings, 1980-1984
Box 90
Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas Klan clippings, 1980-1983
Box 90
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont Klan clippings, 1979-1982
Box 90
North Carolina Klan clippings, 1980-1983
Box 90
Tennessee and Kentucky Klan clippings, 1979-1982
Box 90
Texas Klan clippings, 1980-1982
Box 90
United States Klan violence, 1980s
Box 90
International Klan clippings, 1980-1981
Box 90
Anti-Klan contacts and correspondence, 1980-1981
Box 90
Anti-semitism and KKK, 1980-1982
Box 90
Armageddon, 1983-1984
Box 90
Change of heart victory stories, 1980-1981
Box 90
Chivalry/protection and and the KKK, 1984
Box 90
Class/KKK, 1980-1982
Box 90
Clippings and reports, 1980s (folder 1 of 2)
Box 90
Clippings and reports, 1980s (folder 2 of 2)
Box 91
Gays and KKK, 1977-1983
Box 91
General history, 1979-1982
Box 91
General tactics, 1980s (2 folders)
Box 91
Greensboro clippings, 1979-1984
Box 91
Jesse Jackson, anti-Semitism, 1984
Box 91
Land and the KKK, 1980-1983
Box 91
Morals, bad women, and the KKK, 1980-1981
Box 91
Name-calling/KKK, 1980-1981
Box 91
Paramilitary/KKK violence, 1979-1981
Box 92
Police and the KKK, 1983
Box 92
Southern Struggle, 1980 January-1981 May
Box 92
TUFF (Those United to Fight Facism) newsletters, 1980
Box 92
Women against KKK, general, 1980-1982
Box 92
Women attacked by the Klan, 1980-1981
Box 92
Women in the Klan, 1979-1981
Box 92

After completing graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pratt moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina to accept her first teaching position, at Fayetteville State University. Pratt became active in grass roots organizing, particularly focusing on women's issues. The subseries includes organizational minutes and notes, subject files, clippings, and correspondence related to Pratt's work in the community. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council on the Status of Women, 1975-1976
Box 92
Cumberland County Council on the Status of Women, 1975-1979 (3 folders)
Box 92
Cumberland County Council on the Status of Women Day Care Task Force, 1976
Box 92
Dave's Radio case, 1977 February
Box 93
Domestic violence, 1976-1978 (2 folders)
Box 93
Education, Title XI, affirmative action, 1972-1977
Box 93
Fayetteville State University Continuing Education/Women, 1977
Box 93
Joann Little/correctional facilities, 1975-1976, 1987
Box 93
Military women, 1976-1977
Box 93
NOW (National Organization for Women) Battered Women Seminar, 1976-1977
Box 93
NOW Battered Women, One of These Days...POW! skit, 1977-1982
Box 93
NOW, Fayetteville/Cumberland County, general, 1977-1980, 1992-1993 (folders 1-2 of 3)
Box 93
NOW, Fayetteville/Cumberland County, general, 1977-1980, 1992-1993 (folder 3 of 3)
Box 94
NOW newsletter, Fayetteville/Cumberland County, 1975-1982
Box 94
NOW, North Carolina state conferences, 1977
Box 94
Rape crisis line, 1976-1977
Box 94
Rape seminar, 1976 June 5
Box 94
Tae Kwan-Do, 1976-1977
Box 94

After Pratt received a NEA grant in 1990, Senator Jesse Helms referred to her work as pornography during a well-publicized speech on the Senate floor. Collectively Pratt and the other targeted poets, Chrystos and Audre Lorde, issued a statement that discussed the importance of diversity and art. The subseries begins with the poets' statement, followed by other materials organized alphabetically by subject. The subseries comprises primarily newspaper clippings, but also includes correspondence, court transcripts, and newsletters from each side of the debate. The subseries documents Helms' attempts to remove NEA funding from targeted artists. Although first created by Pratt in 1990, the subseries contains legal precedents to censorship cases that date back to the mid-1980s.

An Open Letter from Three Lesbian Writers on Censorship, 1990 July
Box 94
Clippings, 1990-1992 (folders 1-4 of 10)
Box 94
Clippings, 1990-1992 (folders 5-10 of 10)
Box 95
Correspondence, 1990-1992
Box 96
Crime, PR and reviews, undated
Box 96
Gay Community News, 1990 September-1990 November
Box 96
Handbook, undated
Box 96
Journal of the American Family Association, 1990 September-1991 January
Box 96
Legal hearings, 1985-1990
Box 96

The Other Issues subseries documents the protests, marches, conferences, and festivals Pratt attended in her work as an activist. The subseries also demonstrates the topics she researched to facilitate her activism. Arranged alphabetically by subject, the subseries contains newspaper clippings, fliers, schedules, logistics for events, and correspondence.

Abortion/terrorism, 1984-1985
Box 96
Anti-pornography clippings, 1981-1985
Box 96
Anti-semitism, 1981-1987
Box 96
Anti-semitism/women, 1981-1983
Box 96
Arab women, United States, 1983-1984
Box 96
Asian-American, 1981-1987
Box 96
Assimilation, 1983-1987
Box 96
The Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance, 1982 August 19-22
Box 96
Christian myth, general, 1983-1985
Box 96
Cincinnati riots, 2001
Box 96
Civil Disobedience, 1979-1987
Box 96
Cross-cultural communication, 1980s
Box 97
Economy and women, 1975-1977
Box 97
Eighth Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, 1983 August
Box 97
Fliers, miscellaneous activism, 1980s and undated
Box 97
Immigration and Naturalization Service and gays, 1990
Box 97
International Lesbian and Gay Association, 1991
Box 97
International Women's Year, 1976-1977
Box 97
Jewish culture/women, 1982-1991
Box 97
LAW (Ladies Against Women), 1984
Box 97
Latinas, 1982-1984
Box 97
Lesbianism and feminism, 1979-1985
Box 97
Lesbian rights and sexuality, 1975-1977
Box 97
LIPS, 1983-1987
Box 98
LIPS press packet, Memorial Day action, 1984 May 30
Box 98
Look to the Women for Courage: Stories from the Seneca Encampment slide show, 1983 (2 folders)

Use copies will need to be created before items can be accessed by researchers.

Box 98
Madre, 1984-1985
Box 98
March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, 1987 October 11 (3 folders)
Box 98
Matthew Shepard clippings, 1998-1999
Box 98
Matthew Shepard, correspondence regarding attack, 1998
Box 98
Mautner (Mary-Helen) Benefit, 1993 March
Box 99
Moral Majority, 1983-1987
Box 99
Motherhood, 1978-1991
Box 99
Mumia Abu-Jabal, 1995, 1998-2000 (2 folders)
Box 99
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force training, 1995
Box 99
NOW conference, 1975
Box 99
National People's Campaign, Caravans for Justice, 1995 September 15-October 2
Box 99
National People's Campaign March, 1995 May 6
Box 99
Native American women, 1980-1986
Box 99
North Carolina Humanities Committee, 1977
Box 99
Not In Our Name, 1984
Box 99
Peace for Cuba Rally, 1994 February 12
Box 99
PVN (The People's Video Network), 1996-1997
Box 99
Protests, anti-capitalism, Quebec 2001 April
Box 99
Protests, IMF, World Economic Forum, Bush, Washington, D.C., 2001-2002
Box 99
Protests, Workers World demonstrations, 2001-2005
Box 100
Protests, World Economic Forum/Globalization, Washington D.C. and New York, 2001-2002
Box 100
Protests, World Trade Organization, Seattle, 1995
Box 100
Race and rape, 1980-1984
Box 100
Race/sex, 1980-1984
Box 100
Racism, general, 1983-1987
Box 100
Racism, white women against, 1981-1987
Box 100
Racism, women against, 1980s
Box 100
Racism in Women's Movement, 1980s
Box 100
Rainbow Flags for Mumia, 1999 (2 folders)
Box 100
Rape, general, 1981-1984
Box 101
Reagan, Central America, 1983-1986
Box 101
Resistance, general, 1980s
Box 101
Resistance, lesbians against intolerance, 1980-1984
Box 101
Sexuality, 1987-1989
Box 101
South Africa apartheid, 1983-1990
Box 101
Southeastern Gay Conference, 1977-1978
Box 101
Sweet Honey in the Rock, 1978
Box 101
Technology, Science, the Environment, 1980s
Box 101
Wilmington Ten, 1977 April
Box 101
Women of color, 1980s
Box 101
Women and discrimination, 1986-1989
Box 101
Women's Equality/Suffrage Day, 1976 August 26
Box 101
Women and higher education, 1984-1990
Box 101
Women's studies, feminist, 1976-1979
Box 101
Women's studies, Modern Language Association, 1973-1978
Box 101
Women's studies, National Women's Studies Association, 1976-1981
Box 102
Women's studies, National Women's Studies Association workshops, 1975-1984
Box 102
Women's studies, North Carolina, 1978-1981
Box 102
Women's studies, Southeastern Women's Studies Association, 1979-1981 (2 folders)
Box 102
Workfare, 2001-2002
Box 102
Zionism/Palestinian, 1980s
Box 102

Pratt began her career as a professor of women's studies in the late 1970s. The Teaching Series documents Pratt's work as an educator at various universities, primarily The Union Institute and Hamilton College. The chronologically arranged series comprises course syllabi, materials to supplement teaching, seminar evaluations, contracts, general faculty documents, catalogs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Pratt kept an extensive series of files related to courses she taught on international women's studies. This series of files is arranged alphabetically by geographic location. The series also contains correspondence from Mumia Abu-Jamal during his application process to The Union Institute for graduate studies. Pratt's original folder titles were retained.

Southern Women's Equity Project, 1978-1980
Box 103
Black Women in America (course), 1979 Spring (2 folders)
Box 103
Black women's studies sources, 1979-1982 (3 folders)
Box 103
Lesbian studies sources, 1979-1993 (folder 1 of 4)
Box 103
Lesbian studies sources, 1979-1993 (folders 2-4 of 4)
Box 104
Fayetteville State University, Woman's World radio reports, 1980
Box 104
Shaw University, 1980-1981
Box 104
Cazenovia College, 1982 November 1-5
Box 104

Associated with Pratt's courses at the University of Maryland and George Washington University.

International readings, 1985-1986
Box 104
Africa, 1985-1988
Box 104
Africa, South Africa, 1981-1987
Box 104
Arab/East Mediterranean, 1982-1985
Box 104
Argentina, 1984-1986
Box 104
Asia miscellaneous, 1984
Box 105
Canada, 1985-1988
Box 105
Caribbean, 1986-1987
Box 105
Central America, 1985-1987
Box 105
Chile, 1985-1986
Box 105
China, 1983-1987
Box 105
Cuba, 1984 and undated
Box 105
Egypt, 1985
Box 105
England, 1982-1984
Box 105
France, 1982-1984
Box 105
Germany/Austria, 1982, 1987
Box 105
Guatemala, 1986-1987
Box 105
India, 1982-1987
Box 105
Iran, 1987
Box 105
Israel, 1984-1987
Box 105
Japan, 1984-1989
Box 105
Latin America/Spain, 1983-1987
Box 105
Mexico, 1986
Box 105
New Zealand/Australia, 1985-1986
Box 105
Nicaragua, 1984-1986
Box 105
Pakistan, 1984-1986
Box 105
Philippines, 1983-1988
Box 105
Letters of interest, 1984-1985
Box 106
University of Maryland, Women, Art, and Culture (course), 1984-1985
Box 106
George Washington University, 1984-1988
Box 106
George Washington University, Women, Literature, and the Arts (course), 1985 September 5-December 5
Box 106
Vermont College, Adult Degree Program, 1985 September 13-22
Box 106
University of Maryland, 1985-1993
Box 106
George Washington University, Women, Literature, and the Arts (course), 1986, 1988 (2 folders)
Box 106
Correspondence, 1988-1993
Box 106
Women's studies, general, 1980s
Box 106
Women's Needs seminar, 1989-1991
Box 106
Contracts, 1990-2004
Box 106
Entrance colloquium, general, 1992-2000
Box 107
The Worker and Her Writing seminar, 1993
Box 107
Hamilton College, job application, 1993-1994
Box 107
Racism Committee, 1993-1995
Box 107
Gender seminar, 1994
Box 107
Entrance colloquium, 1994 December 2-11
Box 107
Entrance colloquium, 1995 December 8-17
Box 107
Writing In-Between seminar, 1996 May-June
Box 107
Change-of-status, 1996-1997
Box 107
Diversity, 1997-2000
Box 107
Problems, 1997-2001
Box 107
Projects, 1997-2002
Box 108
Self-evalutation, 1997-2004
Box 108
Writing In-Between seminar, 1998 September 23-27
Box 108
Faculty development, 1998-1999
Box 108
Faculty research, 1998-2001
Box 108
President letter, 1999
Box 108
Faculty development, 1999-2000
Box 108
Miscellaneous, 1999-2001
Box 108
Ethics, 1999-2003
Box 108
Learning, 1990s
Box 108
Entrance colloquium, racism, 2000 October 20-29
Box 108
Mumia Abu-Jabal application, 2000-2004
Box 108
Narratives of Power: Place, Race, and Gender in Cincinnati seminar, 2001 August 30-September 3 (6 folders)

Includes materials used for seminar development dating back to 1999.

Box 109
Writing In-Between seminar, 2002 June 21-25
Box 109
Contract, 2002-2003
Box 109
Housing, 2002-2003
Box 109
Lecture series, 2002-2003
Box 110
Meetings, 2002-2003
Box 110
Office, 2002-2003
Box 110
Hamilton organizing and miscellaneous, 2002-2003 (2 folders)
Box 110
Upstate New York organizing, 2002-2003 (folders 1-3 of 7)
Box 110
Upstate New York organizing, 2002-2003 (folders 4-7 of 7)
Box 111
The Union Institute, correspondence, 2002-2003
Box 111
Chandra Mohanty book launch, 2003 April 7
Box 111
Feminist Perspective on Class in the United States (course), 2003 Spring
Box 111
Writing In-Between seminar, 2003 October 22-26
Box 111
Faculty Appointments and Status Committee, 2004
Box 111
Lay-offs, 2004
Box 111
National Writers' Union workshops, 2004 (2 folders)
Box 112
Job hunt, 2004 January-2005 June (3 folders)
Box 112
The Union Institute correspondence, 2005
Box 112
National Writers' Union workshop correspondence, 2005
Box 112
Syracuse University, 2005
Box 112

Material in this series consists of tax returns for the years 1981 to 2004 as well as detailed narratives carefully documenting deductions taken by Pratt related to her writing and teaching career. Files are arranged chronologically.

Taxes, 1981-2004 (4 folders)
Box 113

Items in this series document events and individuals in Minnie Bruce Pratt's life. Descriptions are provided by Pratt, and arrangement is chronological.

Chi Omega pledge class, 1966
Box 114
Early 1970s
Box 114
1972-1973
Box 114
1974-1976
Box 114
Thanksgiving, 1977
Box 114
1977-1978
Box 114
Oak Island, 1979
Box 114
1979
Box 114
1980
Box 114
Cris South, 1980s
Box 114
1981
Box 114
Raleigh, NC, 1981 August-September
Box 114
1982
Box 114
Feminary, 1982
Box 114
Durham, 1982
Box 114
1983
Box 114
1984
Box 114
Jacksonville, 1984 May
Box 114
Madison, 1984 July
Box 114
1985
Box 114
1986
Box 114
LIPS New York, 1986
Box 114
Ransom's high school graduation, 1986
Box 114
1987
Box 114
1988
Box 114
1989
Box 114
1990
Box 114
Washington, D.C. gay pride parade, 1990
Box 114
Seattle, 1990 August
Box 114
1991
Box 114
1992
Box 114
San Francisco, 1992 August
Box 114
1993
Box 114
Vieques, Puerto Rico, 1993 January
Box 114
Spring 1993
Box 114
Women's cultural celebration, April 1993
Box 114
1993 May
Box 114
Selma, 1993 July
Box 114
1993 August
Box 114
1994
Box 114
The Names Project, 1994 August
Box 114
Tijuana, 1994
Box 114
Camp Trans, 1994
Box 114
1994 April
Box 114
The Union Institute seminar: Gender Bending, 1994 May
Box 114
Lambda Literary Awards/ABA convention, 1994 May-June
Box 114
Summer 1994
Box 115
1994 September
Box 115
The Union Institute commencement, with Carolyn Logan, 1994 October
Box 115
1995
Box 115
Interview by German film crew, 1995 October
Box 115
Boston, 1995 March
Box 115
1995 May
Box 115
New York City and Bradford College (Mass.), 1995 May
Box 115
1995 September-October
Box 115
Connecticut River, 1995 October
Box 115
Richmond, 1995 November
Box 115
Northampton Pride, 1995
Box 115
1995 December-1996 January
Box 115
1996
Box 115
The Union Institute seminar, 1996 June
Box 115
Rowing finals Olympics, 1996
Box 115
Buffalo, New York, 1996
Box 115
Winston-Salem Pride, 1996
Box 115
1997
Box 115
Chaco Canyon, Spring 1997
Box 115
Boston Pride, 1997 June
Box 115
1997 June
Box 115
Germany, 1997 July
Box 115
Cuba, Summer 1997
Box 115
1997 December
Box 115
1997-1999
Box 115
1998
Box 115
Germany, Spring 1998
Box 115
1999
Box 115
West Side YMCA, New York City, 1999 May
Box 115
Ben and Katie's new house, 1999 June
Box 115
Birth of Simon Bruce Kent, 1999 July
Box 115
Simon Bruce Kent, 6 months, 1999 December
Box 115
Solstice, 1999
Box 115
2000
Box 115
West Side YMCA, New York City, Spring 2000
Box 115
Spring 2000
Box 115
Ben and Simon, Fall 2000
Box 115
147 Chestnut St., 2000 December
Box 115
2000s
Box 115
2000-2001
Box 116
Joan Clingan certification meeting, 2001 January
Box 116
Barry and Rowan, 2001 June
Box 116
Alabama, 2002 July
Box 116
Hamilton College/apartment, 2002-2003
Box 116
2002-2003
Box 116
2004-2005
Box 116
undated
Box 116
Oversize photographs
Oversize Box 1

The series contains miscellaneous audiovisual material pertaining to Pratt's speaking engagements, interests, and personal life. The series includes speeches and readings given at gigs, interviews, audio correspondence, programs related to lesbian issues, and instructional materials. Materials are organized into subseries depending on format and include Audio Cassettes, Compact Discs, and Videos.

RESTRICTED: Interviews are restricted unless permission from the interviewee is obtained.

The subseries comprises speeches, visits to radio programs, lectures, and audio correspondence between Pratt and Joan E. Biren. Additionally, Pratt conducted audio interviews of her grandmother and aunt regarding family secrets, and of friends regarding their experiences coming out as gay, lesbian, or transgender. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject, and Pratt's readings and appearances are arranged chronologically under the heading Pratt, Minnie Bruce. Original label titles were retained, but naming conventions were imposed to keep related materials associated physically. Use copies will need to be created before items can be accessed by researchers.

Allison, Dorothy interview, 1995 March 4
Box 117
Biren, Joan E., NEA Workshop, 1990 August
Box 117
Boyce, Virginia, 1997 March
Box 117
David Duke: An Investigative Report
Box 117
Et Cetera
Box 117
Feinberg, Leslie, Stone Butch Blues, Sophie's Parlor, 1993 January 24
Box 117
Femme/Butch Radio Broadcast
Box 117
Four Women Creating Themselves
Box 117
Grandma, 1975 January 18
Box 117
Groddy 9-Toes and Ben Solo
Box 117
The Lannan-just buffalo Writers at Work Series, 1996
Box 117
MAE IV Lesson 3
Box 117
North Carolina Women's Conference, Greensboro, 1981 October 10
Box 117
Out and About: Gay and Lesbian Writing
Box 117
OUT Write Conference, Keynote address by Allen Ginsberg and Judy Grahn
Box 117
Joan E. Biren and Minnie Bruce Pratt, 1981 September 2-1982 January 15 (8 audio cassettes)
Box 117
Amazon Bookstore, Minneapolis, 1982 April 21
Box 117
Athens, Ohio, 1982 April 27
Box 117
Spinsters Ink, New York, 1983 March 26
Box 117
New Words, Boston, 1983 March 31
Box 117
A Woman's Story, Deb Morris interview, WPFW/D.C., aired 1983 September 6
Box 117
Sophie's Parlor, Deb Morris interview, Pacifica/D.C., 1983 October
Box 117
Anti-racism, STWS, 1983 December 4 (2 audio cassettes)
Box 117
Family Secrets lectures, WMST 250, 1984 September 27
Box 117
Resistance in Everyday Life: Minnie Bruce Pratt, WBAI, 1984 May
Box 117
The Poet and the Poem, WPFW/D.C., 1990 May 13
Box 117
Correspondence, Leslie Feinberg and Minnie Bruce Pratt, September 1992-May 1996 (3 audio cassettes)

Removed to Leslie Box 3.

Box 118
OutWrite Writer's Conference, Public conversation, Minnie Bruce Pratt and Leslie Feinberg, 1993
Box 118
Vignettes on crossing gender boundaries, Cornell University, 1994 April 21 (2 audio cassettes)
Box 118
New Writing Series, UCSD, 1995
Box 118
OutWrite, Poetry and Tradition and Opening Plenary Session, 1996 (2 audio cassettes)
Box 118
Interview with Minnie Bruce Pratt and Beth Harrison, Prado, 1997 March 29
Box 118
Columbia College, 1997 October 18
Box 118
OutWrite, To Make Revolution Irresistible: Writing, Poetry, and Politics, 1999 February 26-28
Box 118
OUT FM, 1999 April 18
Box 118
Infolink, Walking Back Up Depot Street, 1999 May 12
Box 118
Gender talk, 1999 August 23
Box 118
Room of One's Own, Madison, Wisconsin, 2003 November 20 (2 audio cassettes)
Box 118
Interview, 2005 April 1
Box 118
Anti-klan march, undated
Box 118
Fresh Air with Terry Gross, WHYY, undated
Box 118
Plenary III: Closing Address, undated
Box 118
Pratt, Minnie Bruce, Tape 1 and 2, undated
Box 118
President Ford's Message to Congress, 1974 August 12 (2 audio cassettes)
Box 118
President Nixon's Resignation, 1974 August 8 (4 audio cassettes)
Box 118
Sheila, undated
Box 118
Shirley on Louisiana, 1981
Box 118
South, Cris
Box 118

The subseries comprises miscellaneous compact discs, including music, learning tools, and discs related to Pratt's writing. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by title. Use copies will need to be created before items can be accessed by researchers.

Consuela Lee, Piano Voices
Box 119
Hip Hop Mix, 2003 April
Box 119
Interactive Glossary for Materials Science and Engineering
Box 119
Introduction to Academic Writing
Box 119
The Laramie Project
Box 119
Minnie Bruce Pratt, Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, Sophia Smith Collection (ten CDs)
Box 119
Nedra
Box 119
Ransom Weaver Demo Reel (2 CDs)
Box 119
Triumph of the Human Spirit
Box 119
Women's Voices Radio on WAER Syracuse 88.3 FM
Box 119
Yikes McGee
Box 119

Arranged alphabetically by title, the Videos subseries primarily contains recordings of Pratt's speaking gigs and programs related to lesbian issues. Use copies will need to be created before items can be accessed by researchers.

1990 National Lesbian's Music Festival, Minnie Bruce Pratt
Box 120
All God's Children
Box 120
Closets are Health Hazards
Box 120
Creating Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection
Box 120
Dyke TV Show
Box 120
Elian Demo, 2000 January 11
Box 120
From What to When is (not) Violence: Judith Lombardi
Box 120
In the Life Season Premiere
Box 120
Lesbian Physicians on Practice, Patients and Power
Box 120
Leslie Feinberg and Minnie Bruce Pratt at Emory, 1994 October 7
Box 120
Making Revolution Irresistible: The Artist's Role in Social Change, Barnard College, 2000
Box 121
MBP and LF in Florida, 1993 July
Box 121
Minnie Bruce Pratt and Cheryl Clarke: Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 1997 June 23
Box 121
Minnie Bruce Pratt Poetry Reading, 1986 March
Box 121
Minnie Bruce Pratt S/HE, 1995 October
Box 121
Minnie Bruce Pratt, Simpson College, 1999 April 9
Box 121
Out for a change: Addressing homophobia in women's sports
Box 121
Outlaw
Box 121
Patricia M. Fabiano, Ph.D., The First Thursday Girl's Club: A Narrative Study of Health and Social Support in a Working-Class Community, 2000 October 14
Box 121
Pratt WALK lunch, 1995 April
Box 121
Peace for Cuba at Symphony Pace
Box 121
Radical Harmonies: The Story of Women's Music
Box 121
Radical Harmonies: Woodstock meets Women's Liberation in a film
Box 121
Straight from the Heart
Box 121
The Wise Ones, Part I
Box 121

The Printed Material series contains periodicals, booklets, printed essays, and chapbooks arranged alphabetically by title. Subjects represented include poetry, women's studies, feminism, lesbianism, and the Ku Klux Klan. Many items include contributions by Pratt or directly relate to her work or projects with which she was involved. A number of periodicals were removed from this collection and added to the Women's and LGBT Movements Periodicals Collection.

The Adventures of BK in Exile, vol.1, no.2, 1999 Spring
Box 122
The American Poetry Review, vol.33, no.6, 2004 November-December
Box 122
The American Voice, no.14, 17, 18, 36, 1989-1995 (4 folders)
Box 122
Anchor in the Beet Field, 1999
Box 122
The Appalachian Anthology, vol.2 and 3, 2003-2004 (2 folders)
Box 122
Art and Letters: Journal of Contemporary Culture, 2004 Autumn
Box 122
Auntie Bellum: A Southern Journal for Women, vol.2, no.1 and 2, 1978 Fall
Box 122
Bad Girls, 1997
Box 122
Beginning Ballroom Dance, 1995
Box 122
The Black Woman's Role in the Community of Slaves
Box 122
Bloom, vol.1, no.1, 2004 Winter
Box 122
Bombay Gin, 1997
Box 122
Boston Piano, 2003
Box 122
Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends, vol.2, no.1, 1991 Spring
Box 122
Cartographies of Error, 1999
Box 122
A Case for Equity, 1971
Box 123
Cat's Eye, no.1 and 2, 1980 Fall-1980 Winter
Box 123
Changing Always, 1981 October
Box 123
Chicago Review, vol.47, no.2, 2001 Summer
Box 123
Clit Rocket, no.2 and 3, 2004 (2 folders)
Box 123
Coal City Review, no.17, 2002 January
Box 123
Conditions: Eight, 1982
Box 123
Corrections, vol.1, no. 1, 2001 Fall
Box 123
Danielle's Femmetopia, no.1 and 6, 2002 April-September
Box 123
Emerald Pillows, vol.1, no.1-vol.3, no.3, 2003 March-2005 June (2 folders)
Box 123
Emma, 2003 September/October
Box 123
Equal Rights for Women: A Call to Action, 1973
Box 123
Ethnicity and Politics, 1979
Box 123
Female Liberation as the Basis for Social Revolution, 1970 February
Box 123
Flannel Morning (Love Songs for Dr. V), 1977
Box 123
A Framework for Locally Planned Responses to Instances of Racial and Religious Animosity, 1982
Box 123
Gargoyle, no.41, 1998
Box 123
The Gay and Lesbian Review, vol.11, no.2, 2004 March-April
Box 123
A Growing Crisis: Disadvantaged Women and Their Children
Box 124
IKON, no.4, 1985 Summer/Winter
Box 124
July Caprice, 1990
Box 124
Lambda Book Report: A Contemporary Review of Gay and Lesbian Literature, vol.2, no.3, 1990 February-March
Box 124
Literature is Freedom, 2003
Box 124
Lynching and Rape: An Exchange of Views, 1977
Box 124
Lynx Eye, vol.11, no.1 and 2, 2004 (2 folders)
Box 124
Ms., 1984 January
Box 124
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Women of Color Task Force and Caucus, 1981
Box 124
The Network, vol.13, 16, 20, 1996-2003 (3 folders)
Box 124
New England Review and Bread Loaf Quarterly, 1983 Summer (2 folders)
Box 124
New England Review, 1995 Spring
Box 124
North Carolina Literary Review, 1999
Box 125
NWSA Journal, vol.16, no.2, 2004 Summer
Box 125
Ploughshares, 1996 Spring, 2002 Spring (2 folders)
Box 125
The Political Economy of Women's Liberation, 1969
Box 125
The Politics of Housework
Box 125
Prairie Schooner, 1998, 2004 (2 folders)
Box 125
River Styx: Sweet Dreams and Bad Sex, 1998
Box 125
A Scarecrow's Bible, 2002
Box 125
Seneca Review, vol.31, no.1, 2001
Box 125
Seven Years Later: Women's Studies Programs in 1976, 1977
Box 125
She: Women's Guide to UNC, 1977 September
Box 125
Sinister Wisdom: Lesbian Mothers and Grandmothers, 2005 Autumn
Box 125
Siren, 2003
Box 125
Smartish Pace, no.5, 2001 October
Box 126
Socialism, Anarchism, and Feminism
Box 126
Sojourner Truth Organization: Fighting the Klan, 1981 April
Box 126
The Songs of Hiroshima, 1980
Box 126
Southern Exposure, vol.9, no.2, 1981 Summer
Box 126
The Spoon River Poetry Review, vol.28, no.2, 2003 Summer/Fall
Box 126
Tri-Quarterly, 1997 Fall
Box 126
The Ultimate Dare, 1975
Box 126
Violence, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Struggle for Equity, 1981
Box 126
What is the Revolutionary Potential of Women's Liberation?, 1969
Box 126
The William and Mary Review, vol.40, 2002
Box 126
Wisconsin Review, vol.39, no.1, 2004 Fall
Box 126
Woman of Power: A Magazine of Feminism, Spirituality, and Politics, no.7, 1987 Summer
Box 126
Women, 1974
Box 126
Women Workers: The Forgotten Third of the Working Class
Box 126
Women's Liberation and Imperialism
Box 126
Women's Servitude Under Law, 1971
Box 126
Women's Studies Newsletter, vol.6, no.3, 1978
Box 126
Working Women for Freedom, 1976
Box 126
Working Women and Their Organizations-150 Years of Struggle, 1974
Box 126

The Ephemera series comprises miscellaneous items collected by Pratt and chiefly contains t-shirts, buttons, and posters related to Pratt's activism, the conferences and demonstrations she attended, and Feminary. Posters also document Pratt's book relases, speaking appearances, seminars, and courses. The series contains the outfit Pratt wore to the ceremony celebrating the designation of Crime Against Nature as the 1989 Lamont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets. Additional items include candlesticks given to Pratt upon her marriage to Marvin Weaver, a birthday coffee mug from Leslie Feinberg, pens with printed logos, a stamp, and a vibrator and pair of handcuffs given to Pratt by students from Iowa.

T-shirts
Box 127
T-shirts
Box 128
Buttons and miscellaneous ephemera
Box 129
Miscellaneous ephemera
Box 130
Banner
Box 131
Rolled posters
Box 132
Rolled posters
Box 133
Flat posters

Includes poster for Stone Butch Blues release personalized for Pratt by Leslie Feinberg.

Box 134

Historical Note

Minnie Bruce Pratt was born in Selma, Alabama in 1946 and raised in nearby Centreville. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a doctorate in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An award-winning poet, Pratt has published collections of both poetry and essays. Pratt began teaching and grass roots organizing in North Carolina in the 1970s, and has continued her work as a professor and activist through 2008, the time of this writing. Pratt frequently makes speaking appearances at conferences and universities across the United States. Pratt has two sons, Ransom Weaver and Ben Weaver, from her marriage (1966-1975). As of 2008, Pratt resides with longtime partner, transgender activist and author Leslie Feinberg. Some of Pratt's major writing and organizing accomplishments appear in the Chronology List below.

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1977Founded WomanWrites: A Southeastern Lesbian Writers Conference.
1978Became member of Feminary editorial collective.
1981Published The Sound of One Fork.
1984Founded LIPS, a lesbian action group that organized political demonstrations on a variety of issues.
1985Published We Say We Love Each Other.
1988Published Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism with Elly Bulkin and Barbara Smith.
1989Published Crime Against Nature.
1989Crime Against Nature chosen as The Academy of American Poets' Lamont Poetry Selection.
1990Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry, National Endowment for the Arts; Crime Against Nature nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
1991Published Rebellion: Essays 1980-1991; Received American Library Association's Gay/Lesbian Book Award for Crime Against Nature.
1995Published S/HE.
1999Published Walking Back Up Depot Street; Co-founded Rainbow Flags for Mumia campaign, a national lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender campaign to free Mumia Abu-Jabal.
2003Published The Dirt She Ate and The Money Machine: Selected Poems.
2004Received Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry for The Dirt She Ate.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Minnie Bruce Pratt Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Minnie Bruce Pratt Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2006 and 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Jodi Berkowitz, Lindsay Matson, Amy McDonald, Aisha Peay, and Melody Rowell, October 2008

Encoded by Lindsay Matson, November 2008

Accessions 2006-0122 and 2007-0010 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.