The Kelsey St. Press records including correspondence, manuscripts, corrected proofs, reviews, minutes, agendas, flyers, photographs,
catalogues, artwork, financial information and audio-visual materials.
Kelsey St. Press was founded in 1974 by Rena Rosenwasser and Patricia Dienstfrey with the mission to address the historical
marginalization of women writers by small press and mainstream publishers. Their editorial policy foregrounded women’s creativity
and experiences, and sought to encourage cultural diversity. In addition, they placed an emphasis on publishing books by previously
unpublished writers, and collaborative works between poets and visual artists. Many of their early works were produced as
letterpress editions. Among the writers published by the press are Rosemarie Waldrop, Laura Mullen, Barbara Guest, Nellie
Wong, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Anne Dunn, Cecilia Vicuña and others. In 1999, they established the Frances Jaffer Book Award
as a means of providing continued support to emerging poets.
15 cartons, 4 oversize boxes, and 3 oversize folders (24.25 linear feet)
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