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Guide to the Ayun Halliday Papers, 1990-2015

Summary

Ayun Halliday is an American writer and actress. Her works center primarily on the areas of motherhood, travel, and women's social issues. The Ayun Halliday Papers contain her writings including books, plays, and the zine East Village Inky; as well as correspondence and ephemera related to her publications; zines by others and artwork.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11289
Title
Ayun Halliday papers
Date
1990-2015
Creator
Halliday, Ayun
Extent
11 Linear Feet, 18 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Content Description

The Ayun Halliday Papers are arranged into the following nine series: Correspondence, Grants and Awards, Workshops and speaking engagements, Writings-Books, Writings-Plays, Writings-Zines, Writings-Other Publications, Mail Art Publications (by others), and Zines by Others.

The first seven of these series comprise Halliday's personal writings and works including books, plays, artwork and the zine East Village Inky. The collection also includes correspondence and ephemera related to her publications, as well as items associated with workshops and speaking engagements given by Halliday about underground press publications, female travel, autobiographical writing and other topics.

The final two series represent more than 200 zines and works Halliday collected from others artists obtained primarily through trade with other creators. These publications span a wide range of subjects intended for both adults and children including feminism, motherhood, child rearing, New York City, zines, art, music, travel, food and cooking, body image and consciousness, sexual education, and more.

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Arrangement

The first three series (Correspondence, Grants and Awards and Workshops and Speaking Engagements) are arranged chronologically by year.

All subsequent series including writings and works by both Halliday and others are arranged alphabetically by title.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1998-2000
Box 1
Correspondence, 2001
Box 1-2
Correspondence, 2002
Box 3-4
Correspondence, 2003
Box 4-5
Correspondence, 2004-2006
Box 5
Correspondence, 2010-2013
Box 6
Correspondence, bookstores and distributors
Box 6
Center for Book Arts application, 2009
Box 6
New York Foundation for the Arts application, 1999
Box 6
Firecracker Alternative Book Award, 2002
Box 6
Utne Independent Press Award nomination, 2005
Box 6
Wales Literary Agency
Box 6
Welcome Hill Studios
Box 6
Zine Culture Syllabus, 2003
Box 6
Third Grade Zine Workshop
Box 6
Unsavvy Traveller
Box 6
A Woman Alone
Box 6
Western Carolina Literary Festival
Box 6
Zine Workshop Handouts
Box 6

4. Writings

2 boxes
The Big Rumpus manuscript (3 folders)
Box 7
The Big Rumpus manuscript (3 folders)
Box 7
Dirty Sugar Cookies
Box 7
Job Hopper, uncorrected proof
Box 7
Neonatal Sweet Potato
Box 7
Neonatal Sweet Potato, artwork
Box 7
No Touch Monkey, uncorrected proof
Box 8
Peanut, advanced reader's copy
Box 8
Zinesters Guide to NYC, artwork
Box 8
Bagel
Box 8
Big Goddess Powwow; Them Bones
Box 8
Edenweed, 1987
Box 8
Fawnbook postcard
Box 8
Janis Joplin's Kosmic Kousin
Box 8
East Village Inky drawing slides
Box 9
East Village Inky, Issues 10-11, 13, 16-19
Box 9
East Village Inky, Issues 20-27, 29
Box 9
East Village Inky, Issues 30-39
Box 9
East Village Inky, Issues 40-48, 55
Box 9
East Village Inky Bingo Game
Box 9
East Village Inky Bingo Game
Box 9
Mix It Up Funky with India's Birthday Coloring Book, 2001
Box 9
Reviews and articles
Box 9
East Village Inky, 340 sq ft apartment issue
Box 9
East Village Inky: Back issues synopsis and subject index
Box 9
Scavenger zine
Box 10
Bathtub Fortune Cookie Fan zine
Box 10
Massage Therapy zine
Box 10
Nature Coloring Book
Box 10
Zine-related audio CDs
Box 10
Zine-related buttons
Box 10
My Life in Zines
Box 10
Rag magazine
Box 10
Hip Mama
Box 10
Mama Calendar, 2005-2014
Box 10
Mail art related materials
Box 10
Action Resource Guide (ARG) Cata-zine, by Ashley Parker Owens
Box 10
AIDS International Mail Art
Box 10
Eraser Carvers Quarterly
Box 10
FACE (Femail Art Network)
Box 10
Global Mail
Box 10
Going Postal
Box 10
Lime Green News
Box 10
Netshaker
Box 10
Red Letter Day
Box 10

6. Zines by Others

8 boxes
L'abecedaire de Chat/The ABC of CAt
Box 11
2013 ABQ Zine Games: Zine Trivia Challenge
Box 11
A to Z in the Monstrous Manual
Box 11
Aleister Crowley Fan Club Newsletter
Box 11
All on Black
Box 11
Ambivalence
Box 11
Amusing Yourself to Death
Box 11
Amusing Yourself to Death
Box 11
Animal Feelings
Box 11
Annus Horribilis
Box 11
Anywhere I Lay My Head
Box 11
Atlas of Childhood
Box 11
Aubrey's Lego Club
Box 11
The Avocado
Box 11
Bar Scrawl
Box 11
A Beautiful Final Tribute
Box 11
Big Pinch World
Box 11
Biji
Box 11
Bind/Mend/Discard- Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection
Box 11
Birdsong
Box 11
Book of Sick
Box 11
Border Lands
Box 11
The Borough is My Library
Box 11
Brainscan
Box 11
Brooklyn
Box 11
Burn Collector
Box 11
Butterfly and Mantis
Box 11
Caboose
Box 12
Carl's Large Story
Box 12
Catbird
Box 12
Chicago Zine Fest 2012
Box 12
Childlike Empress
Box 12
Chin Music
Box 12
Chinese Sweatshop
Box 12
CLWN WR 45
Box 12
Crappy Comics
Box 12
D.V.
Box 12
DADAzine
Box 12
Damp Laundry
Box 12
Death Adventure
Box 12
Destination DIY
Box 12
Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators
Box 12
DIY Zine Libraries
Box 12
Don't Change
Box 12
The Drawing Stick
Box 12
Dust Bunnie
Box 12
Dust Dances in Sunlight
Box 12
Egg Egg
Box 12
Escape from Cybrokryptia
Box 12
Extranjero
Box 12
Fact Sheet Five
Box 12
Faerie
Box 12
Feminist Collections- NWSA Zine, 2004
Box 13
Fig. 1 Human Body
Box 13
flickr'd out
Box 13
From Oranges to the Big Apple
Box 13
Freaks, Geeks, and Pipsqueaks
Box 13
Frooty Booty
Box 13
The Future Generation
Box 13
Fvck the Media
Box 13
Geraniums and Bacon
Box 13
Getting There
Box 13
Glossolalia
Box 13
God Save the Zine
Box 13
Good Morning You
Box 13
The Great White Honkey Visits South Korea
Box 13
Guide to Being Alone
Box 13
Guide to Dating Gangsters
Box 13
Hag Rag
Box 13
Haiku a Day
Box 13
Hip Mama
Box 13
Hogwarts Camp FAQ
Box 13
Homezine
Box 13
Homos in Herstory
Box 13
Hot Dinner Special
Box 13
An Hour From Now
Box 13
How 2 Zine
Box 13
I am bureaucrat
Box 13
I Dreamed I Was Assertive
Box 13
Illuminated Cold
Box 13
I'm Johnny and I Don't Give a Fuck
Box 14
I'm Not Here to Be Young: The CBGB Adventures
Box 14
Itchy Tits
Box 14
It's All in the Cards
Box 14
It's Captain Elvis' Coloring and Activity Book
Box 14
It's Time to Make a Zine
Box 14
"Jam" Sketchbook
Box 14
Jargon
Box 14
Jen(ny) Ambular
Box 14
Jesus Loves Me
Box 14
Juitchy
Box 14
Junk Drawer
Box 14
Jutchy Yaya
Box 14
The Ken Chronicles
Box 14
The King, the Jester, the Princess, the Dragon, and Jay-Z
Box 14
Late Night Thinking
Box 14
The Legend of Brunhild
Box 14
Leeking Ink
Box 14
Lessons in Taxidermy
Box 14
Let Gluten Freedom Ring
Box 14
Life Story
Box 14
Limited Delivery Area
Box 14
A Little Book of Haiku
Box 14
Los Angeles Zine Fest
Box 14
Low Hug
Box 14
Lower East Side Librarian
Box 14
Lucky
Box 14
Luna in Tuna
Box 14
Mama Gathering 2003
Box 15
Mechanism Exploded
Box 15
Minder
Box 15
Modicum
Box 15
Moment's Notice
Box 15
The Murky Realm
Box 15
My Little Friend
Box 15
The Nasty Oh-Dear
Box 15
ND
Box 15
Not A.True Story
Box 15
Notes and Bolts: A Compendium of Music, Food and Art
Box 15
The Obsesser
Box 15
Once Upon a Photobooth
Box 15
One Story
Box 15
The Oubliette
Box 15
Pander Zine Distro Catalogue
Box 15
Papercutter
Box 15
Pennamite
Box 15
The Pen-sill-vain-ya Lottaree
Box 15
Pep G!rlz
Box 15
The Perfect Mix Tape Segue
Box 15
Picaflor
Box 15
Pieces: Short Works by Shanyna Marchese
Box 15
Pink Tea
Box 15
Placenta
Box 15
Poisonous Plants in the Garden
Box 15
The Poor Little Princess
Box 15
Power Candy
Box 15
Public Streets, Corporate Power
Box 15
Pushing Pencils Comic Zine
Box 15
Rabid Rabbit
Box 16
Rag Hag
Box 16
Rigor Mortis
Box 16
Riverside Art Scene
Box 16
Rochester Teen Set
Box 16
Rock On! A Pocket Guide to Some Rockin' Venues of NYC's Past...
Box 16
Roots and Wings
Box 16
Runner Runner
Box 16
Scribble Faster
Box 16
Scribbles and Scratches
Box 16
Seaglass
Box 16
Secondhand Emotion
Box 16
Shards of Glass in Your Eye
Box 16
Shojo Beat
Box 16
Sketchbooks-Mostly Travel
Box 16
Silkscreen
Box 16
Simple Routines
Box 16
Slave to the Needles
Box 16
Slug & Lettuce
Box 16
Small Science Collective Zines
Box 16
So Tough
Box 16
Some Like it Hot Cookbook
Box 16
Spaz
Box 16
The Story of {Open}
Box 17
Stretch Mark
Box 17
Super City
Box 17
Syndicate Product
Box 17
The SysTris Reader
Box 17
Tales to Behold
Box 17
Tazewell's Favorite Eccentric
Box 17
My Teenage Robot Life
Box 17
Tenacious: Art and Writings from Women in Prison
Box 17
Thanks Mom
Box 17
That Olde, Weird America
Box 17
There is No Such Thing As
Box 17
Thinger Dingers
Box 17
Time Enough At Last
Box 17
Time's Up!
Box 17
Tonight and Every Night
Box 17
The Transmitter
Box 17
Trickhips
Box 17
Trigger
Box 17
True Fiction
Box 17
True Tales of the World's Worst Teaching Assistants
Box 17
Twilight Reflections on an Ethically Raised Life
Box 17
Usual Tapes
Box 17
Vietnamania
Box 17
Wag
Box 17
A Wave Has Hit Again
Box 17
We'll Never Have Paris
Box 17
The Wet Firecracker
Box 17
What is this?
Box 17
What's the Word?
Box 18
White Elephants
Box 18
Whoosh: the Zine for Whale Lovers
Box 18
Winona Ryder/Rydehair
Box 18
Women Got Me Drinking
Box 18
Work is Where the Heart Is
Box 18
Worries: Ridiculous Crap the Makes Me Anxious
Box 18
Wow, Can I eat it all?
Box 18
Writerman
Box 18
Writing and Loss
Box 18
Wronka Bros.
Box 18
Xerography Debt
Box 18
Xtra Tuf 6.75: Report from Uyak Bay (Audio Zine)
Box 18
You Can Work Any Hundred Hours a Week You Want (in your underwear)!! A History of Micropublishing
Box 18
You Can't Shut Up: Finding a Voice in Women's Zines
Box 18
Your Name Here
Box 18
Zine Libs
Box 18
Zineorama Periodicals and Books
Box 18
Zine World
Box 18
Zombie Cat
Box 18
Zuzu and the Baby Catcher
Box 18
 

Historical Note

Ayun Halliday is a writer and actress born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She studied at the Park Tudor School and received her degree in Theater Performance from Northwestern University. She is an avid traveler who began writing plays for her experimental theater group in Chicago, the Neo-Futurists, in 1988. It was there that she met her husband, Greg Kotis, a playwright best known for the musical Urinetown.

In addition to her travel writing, she is best known as the author and illustrator of the zine East Village Inky, a publication that she named after her home in New York City's East Village and her first daughter India (nicknamed "Inky"). The zine is autobiographical, and her family features prominently in many of the issues. The success of this zine led to a contract with Bust magazine writing for the Mother Superior Column on parenting in 2007.

Halliday's other published writing includes a young adult graphic novel, a children's book, a collection of short stories and a cookbook illustrated with non-food related images. She is also the proprietor of the popular food blog Dirty Sugar Cookies.

Halliday currently lives with her husband in Brooklyn.


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Provenance

The Ayun Halliday papers were received as a gift by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed and described by Valerie Szwaya, 2016