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Earth's Daughters Collection

Identifier: PCMS-0057

Scope and Contents

The Earth's Daughters Collection, 1969-2015, contains editorial, production, and business records of the magazine. The bulk of the issues series include submissions with some production material relating to each issue of the magazine, beginning with issue 3 and spanning through issue 84, with some issues missing. There is a file of general submissions which correspond to various issues unidentified by theme.

The correspondence and submission series includes alphabetized correspondence and submissions with the bulk submitted to Earth's Daughters editors between 1971 and 1989, email correspondence between editors, general and unidentified correspondence, requests for withdrawals and changes, letters of kudos, and a nut file.

The business and financial records series includes business documents, submission records, subscription records, distribution lists, financial documents, grant applications, meeting minutes and agendas, publicity, business documents, arts, and ephemera.

The September 10, 2015 Accrual series includes materials which were donated that date. The bulk of the material includes submissions relating to issues 85, 86, and 87 of the magazine. Additionally, correspondence and some business and financial materials are included.


  • 1969-2015


Language of Materials


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Terms of Access and Use

Earth's Daughters Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

Beginning its publication in 1971, Earth's Daughters is the oldest continuously published feminist arts journal in the country. Its mission is to publish work that focuses on the experience and creative expression of women. The magazine was founded in Buffalo, New York by three editors, Judith Kerman, Lillian Robinson, and Elaine Rollwagen. The founding editors ran the magazine until 1975. Following the publication of Issue #5/6, the editors held a meeting of local women in the arts to determine the new leadership of the magazine. Judith Kerman suggested that the women present at the meeting run the magazine as a collective, an editorial format that the magazine still utilizes in 2015.


19 Linear Feet (39 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 3 index card boxes)


Earth's Daughters Collection, 1969-2015, contains materials related to the production of the magazine. The bulk of the material is submissions by poets. Other material includes correspondence, editorial business, financial records, grant applications, distribution records, production material, submission records, subscription records, art and ephemera.


The collection has been arranged into five series as follows: I. Issues II. Correspondence and Submissions III. Business and Financial Records IV. 2015 Accruals V. 2016 Accruals

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Earth's Daughters Collection was donated in various accruals by editors from 1994-2015.

Accruals and Additions

Further accruals are expected.

Separated Materials

The following material has been removed and integrated into the Poetry Collection: Broomstick Vol.VIII. No. 5 and Telewoman April-May 1985.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sarah Akers.


Finding Aid for the Earth's Daughters Collection PCMS-0057
Finding Aid prepared by Sarah Akers.
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Local Best Practices
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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