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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.

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Meredith Tax papers, 1956-2016 125 Linear Feet — 213 boxes

Meredith Tax is a feminist writer and organizer who has been active since the 1960s. This large collection of her papers includes many files of records documenting her activism in feminism and her role in founding feminist organizations; drafts and manuscripts of her writings, music, and art; personal and professional correspondence; research materials; and subject files. Organizations well represented include Bread and Roses; Women's WORLD; CARASA (Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse); PEN American Center Women's Committee; and the International PEN Women's Writers Committee, as well as many other materials on other organizations. There are also 89 audio cassettes and a few VHS tapes and optical media containing Tax's research interviews as well as interviews with Tax. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University.

The Meredith Tax papers include materials from the activist organizations she was involved with, as well as drafts and manuscripts of her written work, some personal correspondence, teaching materials, and audio/visual materials.

The largest group of materials at over 130 boxes documents Tax's long career as an activist, beginning with her involvement in Boston's Bread and Roses, a socialist-feminist collective through her continued work with Women's WORLD, a global free speech network Tax cofounded in 1994 to fight gender-based censorship. Other organizations Tax was involved in are also well documented in the collection, including CARASA (Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse); PEN American Center Women's Committee; and International PEN Women's Writers Committee. Smaller amounts of material come from Tax's work with the October League, Chicago Women's Liberation Union, National Writers' Union, and the West Side Community School, as well as other organizations. These materials include committee and board materials, events files, conferences, and many files of organizational notes and records.

Tax's work as a writer, including books, both fiction and nonfiction, articles, essays, and speeches as well as songs, is represented in the Writings, Speeches, and Songs series. The Correspondence series includes both personal and professional correspondence. The Subject Files were created by Tax for research related to her activism and her writing.

Finally, there are 89 audiocassettes, 53 of which contain Tax's research interviews and 36 of which contain interviews with Tax, readings by Tax and board meetings. Other interviews are on several VHS videocassettes and optical discs.

Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University.