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Robinson, Sharonah. Papers of Sharonah Robinson, 1956-1985: A Finding Aid

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

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 85-M289
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Sharonah Robinson
Title: Papers of Sharonah Robinson, 1956-1985
Date(s): 1956-1985
Quantity: .42 linear feet (l file box) plus electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, newsletters, drafts, etc., of Sharonah Robinson, feminist and fat activist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 85-M289
These papers were collected and given to the Schlesinger Library by Sharonah Robinson in December 1985.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: October 1986
By: Adelaide M. Kennedy

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sharonah Robinson 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. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Sharonah Robinson Papers, 1956-1985; item description, dates. 85-M289, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Sharonah Robinson is a poet, writer, and fat activist. In 1976, Vivian Mayer and Sharonah Robinson, formerly known as Sharon bas Hannah, tried to have published a collection of essays reflecting the views of fat women, some of them lesbians, who were seeking recognition as a group. After several unsuccessful attempts, which are documented in the collection, Shadow on a Tightrope: Writings by Fat Women on Fat Oppression was published by Aunt Lute Book Company in l983. The book is an anthology of personal essays and poetry representing the first ten years of the fat women's liberation movement.


This collection consists of drafts of Shadow on a Tightrope, correspondence with publishers, newsletters, and background material on fat activists. Robinson's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX).

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Additional Index Terms

American literature--20th century
Body image
Electronic records
Manuscripts (for publication)
Obesity--Political aspects
Obesity--Social aspects
Poets, American--20th century
Web sites
Women poets, American--20th century
Fat Activists Together
Fat Liberation Front
Mayer, Vivian