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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1090; T-495; Phon-65

Records of the Yeastie Girlz, 1987-1997


Scrapbook, photographs, manuscript lyrics, posters, clippings, t-shirt, phonograph record, and audiocassette tape documenting the all-female punk band the Yeastie Girlz.


  • 1987-1997


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Yeastie Girlz as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.17 linear feet ((1 file box, 1 folio box) plus 1 oversize folder, 5 photograph folders, 1 object, 1 audiocassette, 1 phonograph record)

The records of the Yeastie Girlz includes a scrapbook containing flyers, photographs, letters from record stores and fans, fanzines, photographs, drawings, and other materials; manuscript lyrics; posters; photographs of the Yeastie Girlz; articles about the Yeastie Girlz; a t-shirt; a phonograph record and an audiocassette tape. Also included are approximately 480 photographs by Cammie Toloui documenting the Gilman Street space shortly after it was founded and includes bands, individual performers, and meetings of Gilman Street members. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.


The Yeastie Girlz was founded in Berkeley, California, in 1987 as an all-female punk band and spoken-word group that emphasized raunchy and often humorous critiques of sexism, celebrations of women's experience, and demystification of female sexuality. Arising out of the Gilman Street Project, an incubator of independent bands, the group's members were Cammie Toloui, Joyce Jimenez, and Jane Guskin. Kate Rosenberger and Wendy O. Matik were later members. The band toured in California and Europe, and continued to perform into the late 1990s. Cammie Toloui became a documentary photographer whose work was recognized by the New York Times Award for Excellence in Photojournalism and the Guy Robinson Memorial Photojournalism Scholarship.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2013-M229

The records of the Yeastie Girlz were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Gerard Koskovich.

Processing Information

Processed: June 2022

By: Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Yeastie Girlz (Musical group). Records of the Yeastie Girlz, 1987-1997: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, the Sybil Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library, and the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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