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Feminist and LGBT Publications

Identifier: MC 2022

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of printed materials, such as newspapers, bulletins, journals, books, pamphlets, and zines. The publications document personal, local, national, and international women’s perspectives on topics such as women’s rights, women’s health, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights and issues, and current events. The majority of these materials were accumulated, maintained, and/or published by the Fayetteville Women’s Library, and additional related publications have been added as received from other donors.


  • 1969-2011


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Organizational History

The Fayetteville Women’s Library, a member-run volunteer organization, was founded by Diana Woodall and Beverly “Guthrie” Braunlich in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1982. Known as the Women’s Library, the organization was created to serve as a resource for educating women on women’s health and later expanded to support gender and women’s studies courses at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The Women’s Library loaned books, musical recordings, and local and national periodicals; sponsored events such as book and poetry readings, craft fairs, and live music; and served as a resource for women, including feminists and lesbians.

In 1992 the Women’s Library became an incorporated nonprofit organization. The library operated out of various rental spaces in Fayetteville, including 401 Watson Street, 632 West Dickson Street, and 17 North Block Street. The library’s holdings expanded from an initial inheritance of 300 items from the Mari Spehar Health Education Project, to approximately 4,000 books, journals, and other library material. In 2000, the Women’s Library ceased operation and donated the bulk of its collection to the University of Arkansas Library, Special Collections Department.


11 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged into series by donor, in order of receipt. Series I, Fayetteville Women's Library Materials, is arranged alphabetically and in chronological order.

Acquisition Information

The Fayetteville Women's Library Collection (MC 1180) was donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, in April 1994, by Diana Woodall of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Feminist and LGBT Publications were separated from the Fayetteville Women's Library to form a discrete collection in 2015. In July 2016, Melissa Strong of Fayetteville, Arkansas, donated 38 issues of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, which were incorporated into the collection. Additional feminist and LGBT publications will be added to this collection as they are received.

Processing Information

Processed by Cali Rios; completed April 2015.

Updated by Katrina Windon; completed December 2016.

Feminist and LGBT Publications
Cali Rios
April 2015
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444