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Guide to the Internationalist Books and Community Center Records, 1960-2011

Summary

The Internationalist Books and Community Center Records include materials documenting the organization and operation of the organization, particularly through its Board of Directors; lists of members and volunteers who staffed or supported the bookstore; advertisements and flyers, often handmade, created by store staff for events, sales, and other activities; Internationalist newsletters and drafts; zines and other printed materials collected and distributed by the bookstore; clippings and media coverage about Bob Sheldon and the organization; and other miscellaneous materials. Many of the materials documenting the activities of the Board of Directors were created and collected by Kelly Wooten, a Board member in the early 2000s.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10170
Title
Internationalist Books and Community Center records
Date
1960-2011
Creator
Internationalist Book Store (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Extent
4.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Internationalist Books and Community Center Records include materials documenting the organization and operation of the organization, particularly through its Board of Directors; lists of members and volunteers who staffed or supported the bookstore; advertisements and flyers, often handmade, created by store staff for events, sales, and other activities; Internationalist newsletters and drafts; zines and other printed materials collected and distributed by the bookstore; clippings and media coverage about Bob Sheldon and the organization; and other miscellaneous materials. Many of the materials documenting the activities of the Board of Directors were created and collected by Kelly Wooten, a Board member in the early 2000s.

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Collection is restricted. 2 files of member and volunteer lists are closed to researchers for 25 years (until 2039) except by permission of the current manager of the Internationalist Bookstore.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Internationalist Books and Community Center Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Zine Library Binders, A-N, 1960s-2000s
(14 folders)

Zines, printed materials, and other bound volumes collected and distributed by the Internationalist Bookstore. The Zine Library at the Internationalist Bookstore included zines, serials, and monographs. These materials arrived at Rubenstein in binders, arranged alphabetically by title. That arrangement has been maintained in the archival collection. Topics covered by the Zine Library include anarchy, revolutionaries, communism, sexuality and gender, women's rights, poverty, race relations, African American history, and civil rights.

Box 1
Zine Library Binders, O-Z, 1960s-2000s
(10 folders)
Box 2
The Realist, 1960-1970
(6 folders)

An incomplete run of The Realist magazine, published by the Realist Association. Issues included are 20, 27, 29, 32, 47, 48, 50, 55, 58, 61-67A, 70-72, 74-86B.

Box 2
Press coverage and clippings, 1990s-2000s

Clippings about Bob Sheldon's death and the events and activities of the Internationalist Bookstore.

Box 2
Media Archive Binder, 1978-2006
(3 folders)

Articles and clippings about Bob Sheldon and the Internationalist Bookstore.

Box 2
Flyers and Advertisements Binder: General Advertisements, undated
Box 3
Flyers and Advertisements Binder: Volunteer Advertisements, undated
Box 3
Flyers and Advertisements Binder: Event Advertisements, undated
Box 3
Oversize Flyers and Advertisements: Event Advertisements
Oversize-box 60
Newsletters: Article drafts, undated

Article excerpts and drafts for the Internationalist newsletter.

Box 3
Newsletters: Copies and proofs, 1992-2002
Box 3
Newsletters: Incomplete set, 1991-2006

Incomplete set of published Internationalist newsletters.

Box 3
By-laws and guidelines, 1996-2000

Includes Internationalist Books and Community Center by-laws and a draft of personnel guidelines.

Box 3
Non-profit corporation status documentation, 2000
Box 3
Board of Directors meetings, 1999-2005

Meeting agendas, minutes, notes, and correspondence between Board members including documentation on Internationalist Bookstore finances, cash flow, management, and other topics. Notes kept by Kelly Wooten, Board of Directors co-chair and member.

Box 3
Board of Directors retreats, 2002-2006
(3 folders)

Files kept by Kelly Wooten when planning and attending Board of Directors retreats in 2002, 2003, and 2006.

Box 3
Board of Directors: Strategic Planning, 2001-2005
(3 folders)

Notes, research, and drafts from the Internationalist Books strategic planning sessions, held in 2002 and again in 2004-2005.

Box 3
Store Environment Committee, 2002
Box 3
Inventory Committee, 2004
Box 3
Marketing/Outreach/Publicity Committees, 2002
Box 3
Direct mailings, undated

Includes both drafts and examples of fundraising letters.

Box 3
Bookstore resource lists, undated

Pamphlets used by the bookstore with lists of notable children's or young adult books.

Box 3
Bob Sheldon Award nominations, 2004-2005

Nominations and awards committee work for the Bob Sheldon Award in 2004 and 2005.

Box 3
Carrboro Book Fairs, 2005-2006
Box 3
Event recaps, 2011

Event recaps kept by a store employee discussing attendance and participation at various events.

Box 3
Membership database, undated

Drafts from the creation of the membership database.

Box 3
Member meetings, 2002-2005

Includes advertisements, correspondence, agendas, and meeting minutes from the Internationalist's annual member meetings.

Box 3
Volunteer surveys, 2002-2006

Completed surveys and compiled survey results from Internationalist volunteers discussing their experiences in working at the bookstore.

Box 3
Volunteer photographs, 2004 and undated

A set of Polaroid photographs of bookstore volunteers.

Box 3
Volunteer meetings, 2001-2006

Includes advertisements, correspondence, agendas, and meeting minutes from the Internationalist's recruitment, training, and use of community volunteers.

Box 3
Membership lists, 2005

This folder is closed to researchers for 25 years (until 2039), except with permission of the current Internationalist Books manager.

Box 3
Volunteer lists, 2000-2004

This folder is closed to researchers for 25 years (until 2039), except with permission from the current Internationalist Books manager.

Box 3
 

Historical Note

Internationalist Books and Community Center was founded by Bob Sheldon in 1981. Sheldon was a former UNC nurse who moved to Chapel Hill from Colorado in the 1970s. He was a community activist who vocally opposed the Gulf War. Sheldon was murdered in the store in 1991; the case remains unsolved, but many believe it was politically motivated.

Internationalist Books serves as a community space for discussion and dissemination of information about revolutionary and activist movements around the world, as well as alternative politics, economics, history, and lifestyles. The store began as a reading room on Henderson Street, in Chapel Hill, and later operated as an independent bookstore and community gathering place on Rosemary Street and Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. In 2000, Internationlist Books and Community Center achieved non-profit status, and began offering memberships. In 2014, the organization moved again to Lloyd Street in Carrboro.

Related Material

The Rubenstein Library also holds the Bob Sheldon Papers, documenting his life and writings.


Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.

Provenance

The Internationalist Books and Community Center Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in May 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by: Meghan Lyon, August 2014.

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014-0121