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Grier Periodical Collection and Diana Press Records

  • Author(s): Dean, Courtney
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Over the course of the winter quarter i had the opportunity to work with two different collections from the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives. the first collection I processed was the Barbara Grier Periodical Collection. Barbara Grier (1933-2011) was a lesbian-feminist activist, writer, and publisher. She is perhaps best known for her work with the Ladder, the monthly magazine published by the daughters of Bilitis, the first national lesbian organization in the United States. Writing under the pseudonyms Gene Damon, Vern Niven, and Lennox Strong, Grier began contributing copy to the Ladder in 1957, and continued until 1968 when she assumed the role of editor, and then publisher, in 1970. in 1973, Grier co-founded Naiad Books, which later became Naiad Press, the preeminent lesbian book publisher that opened up lesbian writing to the world.

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