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Clothespin Fever Press records
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Description
Photographs, event records, financial records, bankruptcy records, published books, catalogs, periodicals, postcards, clippings, correspondence, contracts, ephemera, book reviews, flyers, conference records, distribution records, and other administrative records of Clothespin Fever Press (CFP), 1981-2012. CFP was established in 1986 to publish "books that reflected the lesbian viewpoint, had literary and artistic merit and were written by a lesbian."
Background
Clothespin Fever Press (CFP) was established in 1986 by Carolyn Weathers and Jenny Wrenn. Located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CFP's founders sought to address the vacuum left by mainstream publishers who seldom published works by out lesbian authors. "Weathers and Wrenn believed that lesbians were a genuine minority population group which mainstream presses never really understood. Therefore Clothespin Fever Press was interested in publishing books that reflected the lesbian viewpoint, had literary and artistic merit and were written by a lesbian." The company was run solely by Weathers and Wrenn, and Gail Suber and Ayofemi Stowe-Folayan volunteered editing services. Among CFP's accomplishments, the book In a Different Light: An Anthology of Lesbian Writers (edited by Carolyn Weathers and Jenny Wrenn) was one of the finalists for the 1990 Gay and Lesbian Task Force of the American Library Association's Gay/Lesbian Book Award; and the book Loss of the Ground-Note: Women Writing about the Loss of Their Mothers (edited by Helen Vozenilek) received the 1993 Susan Koppelman Honorable Mention Award from the Women's Caucus of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association. CFP eventually moved to San Diego, California, where it later ended operations in 1996.
Extent
2.7 Linear Feet 3 boxes.
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.