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Voices Breaking Boundaries Records

Identifier: 2014-015

This collection contains materials from Voices Breaking Boundaries’ (VBB) history and administration, planning documents, event materials, press clippings and audio-visual materials.

In addition to paper records, this collection also contains digital archival material. Digital archival materials can be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room by advance request. Because not all of these materials are processed, these materials may require up to two weeks to access. Some files may be restricted and not available for access at all. Contact the curator for more information.


  • 1999-2016


Language of Materials

English, French, Spanish;Castilian

Conditions Governing Use

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Conditions Governing Use

Open for research.


18.0 linear feet

Historical Information

Voices Breaking Boundaries is a grassroots non-profit arts organization founded in 2000 by writer and artist Sehba Sarwar along with four other women – Marcela Descalzi, Jacsun Shah, Donna Perkins and Christine Choi. Initially the collective hosted readings at a Houston bookstore, but evolved into a dynamic, multi-disciplinary organization. Voices Breaking Boundaries art productions aim to examine issues connected to education, race, women’s right, demography and more from a global perspective.

Major productions include; La Voz Feminina, held each International Women’s Day, the Living Room art series, Words for Peace, East End Live Art and more. Voices Breaking Boundaries participated in the Houston Art Car Parade in 2010, and since 2013 have been producing publications of VBB artists and writers work.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sehba Sarwar on November 14, 2014. Additional materials acquired on September 24, 2015. Digital files were transffered on multiple occassions 2014-2016.

Related Materials

Voices Breaking Boundaries Past Events Webpage

Processing Information

Original collection (7 linear feet) was processed by Julia Taylor in 2015-2016. Additions were processed and a final finding aid was produced by Emily Brooks later in 2016.

Guide to the Voices Breaking Boundaries Records
Julia Taylor and Emily Brooks
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA