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COLLECTION Identifier: 85-M289

Papers of Sharonah Robinson, 1956-1985


Correspondence, newsletters, drafts, etc., of Sharonah Robinson, feminist and fat activist.


  • Creation: 1956-1985


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sharonah Robinson 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.


.42 linear feet ((1 file box) plus 1 archived web site)

This collection consists of drafts of Shadow on a Tightrope, correspondence with publishers, newsletters, and background material on fat activists. Robinson's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX).


Sharonah Robinson is a poet, writer, visual artist, and fat activist. In 1976, Vivian Mayer and Sharonah Robinson, formerly known as Sharon bas Hannah, tried to have published a collection of essays reflecting the views of fat women, some of them lesbians, who were seeking recognition as a group. After several unsuccessful attempts, which are documented in the collection, Shadow on a Tightrope: Writings by Fat Women on Fat Oppression was published by Aunt Lute Book Company in l983. The book is an anthology of personal essays and poetry representing the first ten years of the fat women's liberation movement.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 85-M289

These papers were collected and given to the Schlesinger Library by Sharonah Robinson in December 1985.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: October 1986

By: Adelaide M. Kennedy

Robinson, Sharonah. Papers of Sharonah Robinson, 1956-1985: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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