Guide To Women Writers’ Archives

A Guide to Women Writers’ Archives

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Maya Angelou: Archives: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY.

Margaret Atwood: Archives: University of Toronto Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Jane Austen: Archives: The British Library, London, United Kingdom.

Henrietta Bensussen:  Archives: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, University of Southern California Libraries, Los Angeles, CA.

Cristina Biaggi.  Archives: Presently in the process of being transferred to the Lesbian Archives, Brooklyn, NY, and Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Apply to for access.

Janine Canan. Archives: University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections, Iowa City IA

Kim Chernin. Archives: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, MA.

Carol P. Christ.  Archives: Smith College, Northampton MA.

Germaine Greer. Archives: University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia.

Dianna Henning. Archives: University of California, Davis, Special Collections, Davis, CA.

Patricia Highsmith. Archives:  Swiss Literary Archives, Swiss National Library, Bern, Switzerland,

Maxine Hong Kingston: Archives: Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA .

Joyce Jenkins: Archives: Poetry Flash Archives, Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. (Jenkins, a poet, has edited Poetry Flash since 1978.)

Judy Juanita: Archives: John Hope Franklin Center for the Study of African and African-American Literature, Duke University, Durham, NC.

Shirley Kaufman: Archives: Western History Archives, Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

Doris Lessing: Archives: Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

Mary Mackey. Archives: Mary Mackey Papers, Sophia Smith Special Collections Library, Smith College, Northampton MA. Mary Mackey Collection of Rare Editions of Small Press Poetry (1964 to 2016), Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College, Northampton MA.

Anna Pauline Murray. Archives: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, MA.

Holly Near. Archives: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, MA.

Anais Nin. Archives: Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

Joyce Carol Oates. Archives: Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse, NY

Marge Piercy: Archives: Special Collections Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Judith Plaskow. Archives: Smith College, Northampton, MA.

Marilyn Reynolds. Archives: Ted Hipple Collection of Young Adult Literature, University of South Florida, Tampa

Adrienne Rich. Archives: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, MA

Mary Shelley: Archives: The Abinger Collection, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Starhawk. Archives:  Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.

Fay Abraams Stender. Archives: Women’s History Research Library and Center, Berkeley, CA.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore:  Archives: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco CA.

Marie Tulip. Archives: State Library of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

Alice Walker: Archives: Emory Manuscript Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Susun Weed. Archives: Lloyd Library in Cincinnati , OH.

Laura X: Archives: Lara X’s Women’s Herstory Library Archives are on microfilm available at 400 libraries in 14 countries.

Archives That Contain Work By More Than One Author

Sacramento Poetry Center Archives: Housed in the California State University Special Collections Library, California State University, Sacramento, CA. Contains papers of numerous poets from many different ethnic backgrounds including Mary Zeppa, Ann Menebroker, Rhony Bhopla, Nancy Aide Gonzalez, and V.S. Chochezi.


(This page is a work in progress. If your papers are permanently archived somewhere, please contact me and tell me the location.)