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This month, three collections are featured on the OCLC website: Mount Vernon Publications, the Daily Planet Digital Collection, and the Women's Liberation Print Culture Digital Collection.
The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
This collection combines all printed formats published by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (MVLA), including books, booklets, brochures, information sheets, event announcements, bylaws, and handbooks or guidebooks. The annual reports and the minutes of the MVLA Council provide background and information on the yearly activities and business of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. The material includes a wide date range, 1854 to the present.
Cowles Library, Drake University
In April 1979, Drake University alumni Larry Vint, Peter Lewis, and Jon Bowermaster put out the first of 120 issues of the free, alternative newspaper originally known as The Daily Planet. Later called The Planet, this paper tackled national and local news as well as arts and entertainment. Whether they were discussing farm policy, or the worst pop song ever produced, the Planet staff put out an interesting and entertaining paper that had a true Des Moines voice. The Planet was published from 1979 to1982.
This collection contains manifestos, speeches, essays, and other materials documenting various aspects of the Women’s Movement in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Women's Liberation Movement refers to a series of campaigns for reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, and equal pay. Feminist print culture, such as the examples provided in the collection, supported and sustained the Women’s Movement and connect it to other movements for social justice.
The original version of this digital collection was produced in 1997 by then Duke Women’s Studies Archivist, Ginny Daley along with then Duke professor Anne Valk to support assignments in her class on the Social History of American Women. Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon also contributed to material selection in conjunction with publication of their book, Dear Sisters: Dispatches From The Women's Liberation Movement (Basic Books, 2001).
The newly launched collection includes image scans of all documents and is full-text searchable. Photographs, flyers, planning documents, and responses to the 1968 and 1969 Miss America pageant protests, which launched Women's Liberation in the public consciousness, have been added to the collection.