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The Ladder Periodical Collection
MSS.2012.07.05  
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The Ladder Periodical Collection Bulk, 1965-1966 1963-1966

Language of Material: English

Physical Description

One box

Scope and Content of Collection

The Ladder Periodical Collection consists of magazine issues from the The Ladder—A Lesbian Review dating between the years 1963-1966. The Ladder was first nationally distributed magazine created by lesbians for lesbian in the United States and ran from 1956-1972. In 1956, the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) launched The Ladder as a means to attract new members and to provide a lesbian voice in the larger male-dominated homophile (love of same) community. DOB co-founder Phyliss Lyon served as the editor from 1956-1960; Lyon’s life-long partner, Del Martin served from 1960-1963; Barbara Gittings served from 1963-1966; Helen Sandoz served from 1966-1968; and Barbara Grier served from 1968-1972.
The Ladder became an important communication forum for lesbians across the country, providing a venue for DOB to appeal to the community for financial support and volunteers, while providing the readership with reports on national homophile conventions, and provided updates on local DOB chapter activities. The magazine content typically consisted of reports, reviews, anecdotes, and book reviews concerning the sensitive content of the public and private lives of all homosexuals, but with a specific focus on lesbians.

Arrangement

This single series collection is arranged chronologically by month/date: Series I: The Ladder Periodical Collection, 1963-1966.
 

Folder 1A, The Ladder, November 1957, February 1962

 

Folder 1B, The Ladder, May- June 1963

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 2, The Ladder, May 1964

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 3, The Ladder, December 1964

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 4, The Ladder, January 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 5, The Ladder, February/March 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 6, The Ladder, May 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 7, The Ladder, June 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 8, The Ladder, July/August 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 9, The Ladder, September 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 10, The Ladder, November 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 11, The Ladder, December 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 12, The Ladder, February 1966

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 13, The Ladder, April 1966

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 14, The Ladder, May 1966

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 15, The Ladder, June 1966

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 16, The Ladder, July 1966

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 17, The Ladder, December-January, 1969-1970

Physical Description: 1.0 folder