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COLLECTION Identifier: 2008-M50; T-439

Records of Persephone Press, 1974-1983

Records of Persephone Press, an independent publishing company specializing in lesbian and feminist literature.


  • 1974-1983

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 Persephone Press is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


11.09 linear feet ((8 cartons, 1 folio+ box, 1 oversize box) plus 1 folio photograph folder)

Collection includes correspondence and other office files; publication lists; articles, reviews, promotional material; financial records; correspondence, flyers, etc., from the 1976 Through the Looking Glass Conference; tee-shirts; audiotapes; slides; etc.

Unprocessed records may contain documents with dates earlier or later than those noted in this record. Records are left as received from donor.


Persephone Press was founded in 1976 in Watertown, Massachusetts, by a lesbian-feminist collective called Pomegranate Productions. Its first publication, The Feminist Tarot, helped subsidize the first National Women's Spirituality Conference, Through the Looking Glass, held in Boston in April 1976. The goal of Persephone Press was to produce innovative material to foster lesbian sensibility and to effect social change by building a successful publishing company and communications network. Two of its three founders, Gloria Z. Greenfield and Pat McGloin, served as financial administrator and director of marketing respectively. Persephone Press was sold to Beacon Press in 1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2008-M50

The records of Persephone Press were given to the Schlesinger Library by Gloria Z. Greenfield and Patricia McGloin Waitt in March 2008.

Processing Information

Container list: April 2008

By: Anne Engelhart
Link to catalog
Persephone Press. Records of Persephone Press, 1974-1983: A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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