The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) just announced the publication of their first article. The article, entitled, “A Genealogy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, 1974-2014” by Rachel F. Corbman is available for download on the main JCAS website: http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol1/iss1/1/. Molly Dotson served as editor for this submission and Marlyn Miller was copy editor.
This paper traces the collection development of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a community based repository founded in 1974. I argue that the collection grew organically as a reflection of a dialogue between an evolving cohort of volunteer archivists and a community of donors. Primarily focusing on the first five years, this paper pinpoints key early decisions made by volunteer archivists. Specifically, I examine the Archives’ early collecting priorities and the introduction of the special collections in 1978. These decisions, I argue, laid the foundation for the Lesbian Herstory Archives and continue to shape it today, forty years later.
Corbman, Rachel F. (2014) "A Genealogy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, 1974-2014," Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 1, Article 1. Available at: http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol1/iss1/1