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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 937; T-449; CD-99

Papers of Carla DeSantis, 1985-2014


Papers of founder, publisher, and editor of ROCKRGRL Magazine (1994-2005), Carla DeSantis.


  • 1985-2014

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 papers created by Carla DeSantis 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. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


2.63 linear feet ((3 file boxes, 1 folio+ box) plus 1 folio folder, 1 supersize folder, 25 audiotapes, 2 CDs, electronic records)

Collection includes posters, programs, promotional material, and administrative materials relating to the 2000 and 2005 ROCKRGRL Music Conferences; mock ups and administrative materials relating to the publication of ROCKRGRL Magazine; clippings about DeSantis and ROCKRGRL; photographs of women musicians from Bitch: The Women's Rock Mag With Bite; audiocassette tapes of interviews by DeSantis with women musicians; and ROCKRGRL Discoveries compilation CDs. DeSantis's web sites were captured as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the sites are available through this finding aid.


Founder, publisher, and editor of ROCKRGRL Magazine (1994-2005), Carla DeSantis is a musician and music industry veteran who is an advocate for women in rock music. She also produced two ROCKRGRL music conferences in Seattle in 2000 and 2005, and writes and lectures regularly about gender disparity in rock.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2008-M219, 2009-M102

The papers of Carla DeSantis were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Carla DeSantis in December 2008 and May 2009.

Processing Information

Processed: March 2018

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.

General processing procedures in place at the Library include the following:  books (when not heavily annotated) by and about the collection’s creator and on subjects which fall within the Library’s collecting area are removed and cataloged separately with information about their provenance; other books and serials are not retained.  Other material not normally retained include:  clippings that are not by or about the collection’s creator; research files; financial documents such as checkbooks, cancelled checks, bank statements, etc. (when there is financial documentation at a higher level); invoices, receipts, orders, airline tickets, etc.; and envelopes (when they do not contain additional information).

When samples of weeded documents are retained, it is indicated in the finding aid.

DeSantis, Carla, 1966- . Papers of Carla DeSantis, 1985-2014: 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 Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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