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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3253

Californians Against Censorship Together (CAL-ACT) records


Records of the Berkeley (Calif.) organization Californians Against Censorship Together (CAL-ACT) and its founders.


  • circa 1984-2001


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


25 linear feet (25 boxes)

Collection consists primarily of correspondence, including junk mail, and printed material, created and collected by CAL-ACT and its founders, with a small number of financial files. Files primarily concern censorship in the context of sex workers. Also represented are documents concerning relevant legislation and concerning related organizations, most located in the Bay Area.

Where "correspondence" is noted, it usually includes junk mail, that is, advertisements and reminders from organizations. Where printed material or newspapers and newsletters are noted, they may include small newspapers, magazines, or zines.

Biographical / Historical

Californians Against Censorship Together (CAL-ACT) was a grassroots anti-censorship organization based in Berkeley (Calif.) and founded by Roberta (Bobby) Lilly, then a partner of American pornography actress and sex-positive feminist, Nina Hartley. CAL-ACT was formed in July 1986 partly in response to the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography (usually referred to as the Meese Report).


Collection material is arranged in order as received.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019M-32. Purchased, 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2018.

Californians Against Censorship Together (CAL-ACT) records (MS Am 3253): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2018 December 3
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Repository Details

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