2008-M50; T-439

Persephone Press. Records of Persephone Press, 1974-1983: A Container List

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 2008-M50; T-439
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Persephone Press
Title: Records of Persephone Press, 1974-1983
Date(s): 1974-1983
Quantity: 11.09 linear feet (8 cartons, 1 folio+ box, 1 oversize box) plus 1 folio photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Records of Persephone Press, an independent publishing company specializing in lesbian and feminist literature.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2008-M50
The records of Persephone Press were given to the Schlesinger Library by Gloria Z. Greenfield and Patricia McGloin Waitt in March 2008.

Processing Information:

Container list: April 2008
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by Persephone Press is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Persephone Press Records, 1974-1983; item description, dates. 2008-M50, box #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Persephone Press was founded in 1976 in Watertown, Massachusetts, by a lesbian-feminist collective called Pomegranate Productions. Its first publication, The Feminist Tarot, helped subsidize the first National Women's Spirituality Conference, Through the Looking Glass, held in Boston in April 1976. The goal of Persephone Press was to produce innovative material to foster lesbian sensibility and to effect social change by building a successful publishing company and communications network. Two of its three founders, Gloria Z. Greenfield and Pat McGloin, served as financial administrator and director of marketing respectively. Persephone Press was sold to Beacon Press in 1983.


Collection includes correspondence and other office files; publication lists; articles, reviews, promotional material; financial records; correspondence, flyers, etc., from the 1976 Through the Looking Glass Conference; tee-shirts; audiotapes; slides; etc.
Unprocessed records may contain documents with dates earlier or later than those noted in this record. Records are left as received from donor.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Color slides
Feminism and literature--United States
Feminist literature--United States
Feminist spirituality--Massachusetts
Feminists--United States
Lesbianism in literature
Lesbians--United States
Lesbians' writings, American
Publishers and publishing--United States
Small presses--United States
Women--Social networks
Women-owned business enterprises--Massachusetts--Watertown
Women in the book industries and trade--United States
Women publishers--United States
Greenfield, Gloria Z.
McGloin, Pat
Pomegranate Press