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
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
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.
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.
Container list: April 2008
By: Anne Engelhart
Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual
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.
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.
- Carton 1. Incoming correspondence (bound photocopies), 1976 - June 1982; scrapbook
- Carton 2. Incoming correspondence (bound photocopies), July 1982-1983; outgoing correspondence
(bound photocopies), 1976 - Aug. 1981
- Carton 3. Outgoing correspondence (bound photocopies), Sept. 1981-1983; incoming correspondence
- Carton 4. Incoming correspondence (originals), L-Z; publication history; articles re: Persephone
Press; Persephone Press promotional material (includes reviews, interviews, etc.),
- Carton 5. Promotional material: readings, conferences, reviews, etc.; contracts, copyright registrations,
ISBN forms; Snow litigation files
- Carton 6. Snow litigation files; purchase of PP by Beacon Press, 1983; meeting notes, 1979-1982;
special reports, 1979-1983; in-house memorandum, 1979-1982; articles of incorporation
and other legal files; tax and financial records; embosser
- Carton 7. Pomegranate Productions events, including Through the Looking Glass, 1976; photographs;
- Carton 8. Audiovisual material.
- Olivia interview with Gloria Z. Greenfield, Los Angeles, California, July 14, 1977.
- Holly Near/Amy Horowitz with Gloria Z. Greenfield, Los Angeles, California, July 15,
- Amy Horowitz/Gloria Z. Greenfield, July 19, 1977. Audiocassette.
- Maxine Feldman with Gloria Z. Greenfield, Boston, Massachusetts, November 6, 1977.
- Alix Dobkin/Liza Cowan with Gloria Z. Greenfield, September 10, 1978, Watertown, Massachusetts.
- Alice Bloch, Cambridge, October 18, 1981.
- Irena Kleptisz with Gloria Z. Greenfield, November 20, 1982. Audiocassette.
- Irena Kleptisz introduced by Adrienne Rich, November 21, 1982. Audiocassette.
- Pat Parker, Cherrie Moraga, Jan Clausen, Michelle Cliff, Judy Grahn. Audiocassette.
- M.F. Hershman, Adrienne Rich, Paula Gunn Allen. Audiocassette.
- Barbara Smith, Elly Bulkin, Joan Larkin, Audre Lorde, Robin Becker. Audiocassette.
- Tel Aviv Women's Center. 2 Audiocassettes.
- 1 reel-to-reel audiotape: Robin Morgan's poetry reading, Rochester, New York, 1974.
- 2 reel-to-reel audiotapes: Matriarch (WBUR, Boston, Massachusetts, 3/8/1976).
- Arise: script, 1 reel-to-reel audiotape, 3 slide carousels (c.325 slides)
- Folio + Box 9. Persephone Press ledger, 1979-1983
- Oversize Box 10. Promotional boards for PP publications
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Feminism and literature--United States
Feminist literature--United States
Lesbianism in literature
Lesbians' writings, American
Publishers and publishing--United States
Small presses--United States
Women-owned business enterprises--Massachusetts--Watertown
Women in the book industries and trade--United States
Women publishers--United States
Greenfield, Gloria Z.