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Lesbian feminist writer and magazine publisher, resident of Durham (Durham Co.), N.C.; co-founder of SINISTER WISDOM, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal. The Catherine Nicholson papers contain materials dating from 1897 to 2005, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1974 to 2005. Materials in the collection primarily document Nicholson's directing and theatre related activities, her work on Sinister Wisdom, and her membership in the group Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC). The collection comprises correspondence; personal and professional writings and supporting materials; photographic materials; publicity about theatre and of plays directed by Nicholson; audio recordings; and ephemera. Included are play scripts written by Catherine Nicholson and other playwrights, and scripts with directorial annotations by Nicholson.

The Catherine Nicholson papers contain materials dating from 1897 to 2005, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1974 to 2005. Materials in the collection primarily document Nicholson's directing and theatre related activities, her work on Sinister Wisdom, and her membership in the group Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC). The collection comprises correspondence with family and friends; personal and professional writings; poetry; notes; clippings; photographic materials, including black and white and color photographs, color slides, and a cabinet card; audio cassettes; vinyl records; press kits and playbills; reviews about theatre and of plays directed by Nicholson; and ephemera. Included are play scripts written by Catherine Nicholson and other playwrights, and scripts with directorial annotations by Nicholson. The collection contains correspondence, artwork, journals, and receipts related to the publishing of Sinister Wisdom. In addition, the collection houses Nicholson's collection of audiocassettes and long-playing vinyl records, with the majority of albums related to women's music; many of these were published by Olivia Records. Printed materials have been removed and added to the Women and LGBT Rights Periodicals Collection. Use copies of audio recordings will need to be created before items can be accessed by researchers. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Addition (2010-0068) (28 items, .1 lin. ft.; dated 1984-1985 and undated) comprises letters and cards addressed to Harriet Ellenberger, primarily from Susan Thompson.

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Lesbian feminist choral group established in the Durham-Raleigh-Chapel Hill area (N.C.) in 1983. The Common Woman Chorus records contain material dating from 1985 to 2010. The records primarily comprise sheet music, concert programs, publicity, correspondence, and administrative records. Although the records contain mostly print material, they also include some color photographs, audiocassettes, videos, electronic word documents, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

The Common Woman Chorus records contain material dating from 1985 to 2015 relating to the group's musical and fund-raising activities. The records primarily comprise sheet music, concert programs, publicity, correspondence, and administrative records. Although the records contain mostly print material, a few color photographs, audiocassettes, videos, electronic word documents, t-shirts, and sweathirts are also included. Use copies of original audiovisual recordings will need to be created before items can be accessed by researchers. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

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Mandy Carter papers, 1970-2013 166.5 Linear Feet — 124875 Items

Mandy Carter is a self-described "southern out black lesbian social justice activist." Since 1968 she has been involved in peace, social, racial and LGBT organizing at the local, state, regional, and national levels. She has been based in Durham, N.C., since 1982. The Mandy Carter Papers span the dates 1970 to 2013 and include files related to her work as a grassroots organizer and multi-issue social justice activist.

The Mandy Carter Papers span the dates 1970 to 2013 and include files related to her work as a grassroots organizer and multi-issue social justice activist, with particular emphasis on peace activism, women's music and culture, and African American and LGBT issues.

The collection is arranged into the following series: Organizations and Major Projects, Gigs and Events, Administrative Files, and Subject Files. The Organizations and Projects Series (130 boxes) includes files from organizations and projects with which Carter was closely involved. The series is divided into subseries according to organization or project: Bread & Roses, War Resisters League, Ladyslipper, Inc., National Lesbian Conference, Association of Women's Music and Culture Conference, North Carolina Senate Vote '90, Real Women Productions, Rhythm Fest, Human Rights Campaign, North Carolina Mobilization '96, Democratic National Committee, National Black Lesbian & Gay Leadership Forum (including Equal Partners in Faith), Ad Hoc Committee for an Open Process, Floridians Representing Equity and Equality, Florida Vote/Equal Voice, Freedom to Marry Project, Southerners on New Ground, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change Conference, National Black Justice Coalition, and Other Organizations and Projects. The Gigs and Events Series (107 boxes) includes a day-by-day account of Carter's work as a multi-issue activist through files documenting her speaking engagements and attendance at conferences, rallies, marches, retreats, meetings, and other types of gatherings. The bulk of the Administrative Files Series (23 boxes) includes communications and mixed materials from affinity groups, and the Subject Files Series (4 boxes) includes a small set of files related to issues relevant to Carter's activism.

There is significant overlap across series, with Carter often filing materials related to different organizations or projects together, especially those she was involved with around the same time.

Collection was acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.