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Womynspace Records

Identifier: 2007-013

The Womynspace Records is housed in 1 box and consists of 3 series: Organizational Information, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and Disarmament Movement. This collection documents organizational meetings, events, and goals. Additionally, these records include material from the 1970s and 1980s collected by the organization regarding Pro- and Anti- ERA sentiments, ERA ratification deadline extension, Senate Hearings, and the Disarmament Movement.


  • 1973-1990


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Open for research.

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0.50 linear feet

Historical Information

Womynspace, Inc was a non-profit organization designed by and for women. Founded in 1985, it was formed and directed by a collective of women including Deborah Bell, Marie Breeding, Anita Davidson, Lynda Jones, Nancy Meier, Mary Helen Merzbacher, Ann Rushing, Ruth Sathre, Margo Shelton, Glena Stephenson, and Rebecca Tallman. The organization operated under four basic tenets regarding the purpose of its existence. First and foremost, it sought to provide a gathering and healing place for women only. It provided space for artists and relief to women who were exploited as consumers. Lastly, it strived to add dimension to the "womyn's" community. The organization worked to establish an alternative living space in a communal setting; a coffeehouse that would provide artistic and gathering space; a shop and gallery space where "womyn" wares would be displayed and sold; a meeting and workshop space; and a forum for disseminating information throughout the womyn's community. Additionally, the organization held woman-only dances and produced a number of concerts with women artists. Operated by consensus, the organization provided a safe, chemically-free environment for women with a feminist perspective.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Margarette "Margo" Shelton, September 16, 2006

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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