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Guide to the Kay Leigh Hagan Papers, 1955-2012

Summary

Kay Leigh Hagan is a writer, teacher, and feminist. Much of her early career focused on raising women's consciousness by teaching how to recognize various forms of internalized oppression in private classes she called "Feminars". In addition to her writing and teaching, this collection documents Hagan's many public speaking appearances and workshops, including those at womyn's music festivals (1988-2000). Her published works include Fugitive Information: Essays from a Feminist Hothead (1993), Internal Affairs: A Journal Keeping Workbook for Self-Intimacy (1990), Prayers to the Moon: Exercises in Self-Reflection (1991), and Vow: The Way of the Milagro (2003) with photographer Richard Downing. She was also the editor of Women Respond to the Men's Movement: A Feminist Collection (1992), and co-author of A Peculiar Alchemy (2007), a centennial history of the School for Advanced Research, with Nancy Owen Lewis. She has been active in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was affiliated with Forrest Avenue Consortium (later Nexus Contemporary Art Center) and Charis Books & More; and Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she worked with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the School for Advanced Research, among other organizations.

Collection Details

Title
Kay Leigh Hagan papers
Date
1955-2012
Creator
Hagan, Kay Leigh
Extent
27 Linear Feet, 21,375 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

Collection consists of art objects, artists' books, video recordings, audio recordings, research files, drafts of published works, writings, journals and correspondence, materials documenting Hagan's political activism and private teaching, materials documenting her work with the School for Advanced Research, and graphic materials.

Collection was acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

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Hagan's journals and correspondence are closed to research until 2043 or the death of the donor, whichever is later.

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[Identification of item], Kay Leigh Hagan Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Art Objects and A/V Material, 1978-2005

2 boxes

A/V materials, art work photographs need further processing before use by researchers.

Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact Research Services before coming to use this collection.

Relay Relay Shun Ships. Inscribed by Janie Geiser, ca. 1984: Box diorama, comment on the hazards of conventional couple relationships ; i.e., to avoid the treacherous waters of mind-deadening cruise control of coupling, one should “relay relay” (communicate) and “shun ships” (avoid the cruise liner mentality). The two people on the tightrope are being mindful of this observation.
Box 1
Rune Box by Linda Finnell. Contents: Solstice Ornament by Janie Geiser with photo of Hagan incorporated in design, and some of her hair inside the envelope; deerskin pouch with painted bone by Deborah Brink; Roller Skate Fairy quilt fragment (hand with wristwatch) by Linda Finnell, and Red Diorama of Woman Spinning by Janie Geiser.
Box 1
Black Cigar Box, interior painting-collage by Janie Geiser. Contents: Lace heart and box by Linda Finnell, Oath of the Bitches from Hell by Deborah Brink (inspired by Fugitive Information essay "Bitches from Hell", Blue Dog by Janie Geiser, small warrior woman figuring, beaded bracelet.
Box 1
Basket filled with political buttons
Box 1
Artist book by Janie Geiser, 1978
Box 1
Plastic box with Michigan Womyn's Music Festival worker patches and lapel pin from 5th International Feminist Book Fair
Box 1
Half and whole egg ceramic hanging ritual objects by Suzanne Bellamy
Box 1
Painted antler bone by Deborah Brink
Box 1
Various photographs
Box 2
Karen Klue images
Box 2
Hothead Express photo album bound by Linda Finnell
Box 2
Feminist Hullabaloo by Sonia Johnson, Santa Fe, ca. 2005
Box 2
Women Respond to the Men's Movement, Hagan appearance on Phil Donahue Show, ca. 1993 (video)
Box 2
An Inner Voice, Linda Finnell (video)
Box 2
Ask Kay, by C. June Bryant, 1986 (video)
Box 2
Creating a Personal Culture, with Hagan, by Joan E. Biren, Rhythm Fest, 1990 (video)
Box 2
Hotchkiss Lecture, Hagan and Michael Kimmell, 1994 (DVD)
Box 2
Illinois Wesleyan College, Hagan and Michael Kimmell (DVD)
Box 2
Journal Workshop with Hagan, Dallas TX, early 1980s (video)
Box 2
Keynote address by Hagan Celebration '95, New Orleans, Lesbian and Gay Conference (DVD)
Box 2
"A Woman's Place", TV interview with Hagan, Atlanta
Box 2

2. Journals and Correspondence, 1970-2012

5 boxes
Conditions Governing Access note

RESTRICTED: All Hagan's journals and correspondence are closed to research.

Journals
Box 3-4
Correspondence
Box 6-7,9
Publication materials, including manuscript drafts and correspondence, and research files for the books Internal Affairs (including letterpress poems), Prayers to the Moon, Fugitive Information, Little Deaths with Janie Geiser, Vow: The Way of the Milagro with Richard Downing, (box of milagros included in book), and A Peculiar Alchemy: A Centennial History of SAR, 1907-2007. Copies of some published books have been removed for separate cataloging and can be found using the online catalog.
Box 5
"Glass Dream" puppet performance script, Janie Geiser
Box 8
Ortiz Center, University of New Mexico, inaugural report
Box 8
Various copy writing projects
Box 8
"box" with Paul Vogt
Box 8
Linda Finnell catalog, SMU, for her posthumous exhibit, Sometimes My Hand Has a Mind of Its Own, personal essay
Box 8
"Self-Seeing" artist book with photos, Hagan's text, bound by Linda Finnell
Box 8
"The Need To Know", non-fiction in progress re: nuclear power
Box 8
Los Alamos National Lab, site-wide environmental impact statement, 9 issues of employee newsletter written and produced by Hagan
Box 8
Daimon, full set of poetry quarterly produced by Atlanta Poetry Collective, of which Hagan was a member
Box 8
"Synaps", artist book bound by Hagan
Box 8
Poetry, late 1960s-2011
Box 11
Illustrated draft versions of unpublished manuscript "Internal Affairs", an illustrated "biomythography", early 1980s
Box 11
Fugitive Information pamphlet series. Early versions of essays later published as monograph. Subscribers were invited to comment on draft forms of essays. Hagan met with subscribers at her engagements around the country.
Box 15
Outline of A Peculiar Alchemy
Box 15
Index card file of writing ideas
Box 18
Mary Daly
Box 10
Louise Bourgeois
Box 10
Voltairine de Cleyre
Box 10
Harriet Gill
Box 10
Mary Coon Walters
Box 10
Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant
Box 10
Diane Fowlkes interview, for research on feminisms, 1984
Box 10
Forces of Nature
Box 10
Handmaid's Tale redux
Box 10
Kathleen Carlin
Box 10
Long range planning
Box 10
Promisekeepers
Box 10
Branks, chastity belt
Box 10
Jenna Weston, women's symbol language
Box 10
Anglo blues readings
Box 10
Male violence
Box 10
Men, misc.
Box 10
Feminism and men
Box 10
Feminism, misc.
Box 10
Consulting session, July 2002
Box 10
First gift guide designed by Hagan
Box 10
Minutes, 1982
Box 10
Dinner Party annex file, 1982-1984
Box 10
Long-range planning and development, 1981
Box 10
Forrest Avenue Consortium (later Nexus Contemporary Art Center and Press)
Box 10
White Women's Group
Box 10
Teaching files
Box 12
Training on diversity, anti-sexism, etc.
Box 12
Public speaking
Box 12
Feminar women's study groups
Box 13
Journal keeping workshops
Box 13
Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, 1987-2000
Box 14
Radical Thought Conference for Women, Cleveland OH, 1987
Box 14
Pagoda meditation/facilitation
Box 14
Sonia Johnson mediation account
Box 14
Other gigs
Box 14
School for Advanced Research files, 1998-2012
Box 15
Tewa water project
Box 15
Personal history, including photos, degrees, high school yearbook, baby book, 1955 Bible, Tara Kelton, siblings and parents
Box 16
Obama for America and Organizing for America, 2008-2012, materials collected as volunteer organizer
Box 17
Publicity photos
Box 17
Janie Geiser postcards
Box 17
Inscribed Pearl Cleage novel
Box 17
Mary Daly's Gyn/Ecology, rebound by Linda Finnell
Box 17
Y2K notebook, prep, and training
Box 17
Who We Are, Outland-produced lesbian ethics question deck
Box 17
"Nazi Designers of Death" NOVA documentary
Box 17
"The Invisible War" (depleted uranium documentary)
Box 17

5. Recordings, 1979-1987

1 box, All recordings are on both audiocassettes and CDs.
Conditions Governing Access note

Original audiocassettes are closed to use. Use of these materials requires production of use copies. Please contact Research Services before coming to use this collection.

"Waiting for a Wave" with Shay Youngblood, Charis Books, 1987
Box 17
"Hello/Ciao" with Terrill Soules, Catbird Gallery, Atlanta, 1979
Box 17
"Ticket to Paris" with Shay Youngblood, Charis Books
Box 17
Websters Reading (writing group), Charis Books, 1987
Box 17
"The 5 Types of Men", Atlanta, hosted by Zaron Burnett, 1988
Box 17
Interview by Linda Finnell using the Imago questionnaire
Box 17
Power, Consciousness and Radical Acts, Sallie Tatnall, Jeanette Silvera
Box 17
Lindy Comy on women's health and cancer
Box 17
Football and Feminism, Julia Penelope
Box 17
Report to Atlanta community on the conference, Charis Books, 1987
Box 17
Janie Geiser drawings
Box 19
Richard Downing photographs
Box 19
Linda Finnell drawings, photographs, slides
Box 19
Earliest show posters from Forrest Avenue Consortium/3rd Floor Gallery, later Nexus Contemporary Art Center (Moving Parts, Captured Light, Magic Show)
Box 19
Kay Hagan photo at Southern Women's Music Festival
Box 19
Original cover art for Internal Affairs, first edition and Harper & Row edition
Box 19
 

Historical Note

Kay Leigh Hagan was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina, in 1949. She grew up there until attending the University of Georgia in Athens, where she earned her B. A. in journalism in 1971 and met Jack Leigh, a photographer from Savannah. They were married from 1972-75. In Atlanta, Georgia, she became active in the alternative arts movement in 1977 as co-director of Forrest Avenue Consortium, and the women's movement in 1980 as a partner at Charis Books & More. She taught private classes and workshops across the country for women on keeping journals and identifying internalized oppression, then wrote and published several books. She was active in the independent press and feminist bookstore movements, self-publishing two books later reissued by mainstream publisher HarperCollins. She lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 1992-2013, then moved to Washington, DC, and married Pamela D. Coleman.

Separated Material

Separated Material

Some of Hagan's published works have been removed for separate cataloging.

Related Material

Related Archival Materials note

Other materials related to Charis Books and More in Atlanta can be found in the Charis Books and More and Charis Circle Records

Other materials related to Julia Penelope can be found in the Julia Penelope Papers.


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Provenance

The Kay Leigh Hagan Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan Lewis, October 2013

Encoded by Megan Lewis, February 2014

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2013-0163