Sister Speak Records, 1998-2013 *JMU Papers*

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Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Sister Speak Records, 1998-2013

Collection No.: UA 0015
Creator: Sister Speak

Extent: 2 boxes; .66 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Sister Speak Records include administrative files from 1998-2013 related to Sister Speak, a feminist literary journal and organization at James Madison University.


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Sister Speak Records, UA 0015, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: Records were transferred to Special Collections by Dr. Mary Thompson in 2014 and 2016.
Processing Information:Original folder titles were retained; materials housed within zip-up binders were removed and foldered in archival containers.

Bio/Historical Note:

Sister Speak: A Feminist Literary Journal is published twice a year at James Madison University. The first issue was printed in the Fall semester of 1998, and it originated from English 467 - Feminist Literary Theory, taught by Dr. Suzanne Bost, who served as the first advisor to Sister Speak. The first issue consisted of a photocopied collection of students’ favorite response papers from this class. Originally titled Sister, Speak, with a comma to indicate a command, later editors dropped the comma in the title. The publication aims to embrace equality between genders, and the goal of Sister Speak is be an amalgam of information that educates about issues related to Feminism. To this end, the publication includes works that focus on women and/or gender and that question or challenge oppressive gender roles. Dr. Mary Thompson currently serves as advisor.

Scope and Content:

The Sister Speak Records, 1998-2013, consist of .66 cubic feet. of material, and document the administrative functions of the publication and organization. Types of materials found within the Sister Speak Records include fliers for informational meetings as well as calls for submissions to the publication. Drafts of magazines consist of clippings from magazines and cut paper glued to single pages, bound into one document with glue. Other materials include zines produced by the JMU Feminist Collective, correspondence, and miscellaneous items including but not limited to one button and unaffiliated feminist publications.

On receipt in Special Collections, the arrangement of the majority of the materials consisted of folders labeled by year. The original order of the materials was maintained, and the collection is arranged chronologically. Documents and other items contained within a large binder were removed from the binder and re-housed in folders, interfiled within the collection.


The collection is arranged chronologically in one series.

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1998-2013.

Separated Material: Published (non-proof) magazine issues of Sister Speak were removed from collection and cataloged separately as a periodical in Special Collections:


Folder Title Box : Folder
Sister Speak Origins, 1998-2003, undated 1:1
Misc. Zines, 2001-2005, undated 1:2-3
Sister Speak Fall 2004, 2004, undated 1:4
Sister Speak Spring 2005, 2004-2005, undated 1:5
Sister Speak Publication Proof Spring 2005, 2005 1:6
Sister Speak Fall 2005, 2005, undated 1:7
Sister Speak Spring 2006, 2006, undated 1:8
Sister Speak Fall 2006 [contains media], 2006, undated 1:9
Sister Speak Spring 2007, 2007, undated 1:10
Sister Speak Fall 2007, 2007 1:11
Sister Speak Publication Proof Spring 2008, 2008 1:12
Sister Speak Fall 2008, 2008 1:13
Sister Speak Spring 2009, 2009-2010, undated 1:14
Sister Speak 2010, 2010, undated 1:15
Sister Speak Publication Proof, ca. 2010 2:1
Sister Speak Spring 2011, 2011, undated 2:2
Sister Speak Spring 2011 Publication Proof, 2011 2:3
Sister Speak Fall 2011, 2011-2012, undated 2:4
Sister Speak Spring 2012 Publication Proof, 2012 2:5
Sister Speak Spring 2013, 2013, undated 2:6

Compiled by: Asha Azariah-Kribbs and Kate Morris, October 2016