Naiad Press records, 1964-2000

Naiad Press


approximately 23 cubic ft.
Files from the operation of Naiad Press, Tallahassee, Florida, including author correspondence, files on books and videos, publicity files that provide a comprehensive record of any mention of Naiad Press or its authors and books in both mainstream and non-mainstream publications, a set of letters sent to customers and supporters, files on a controversy over the book "Lesbian Nuns," several movie scripts, drafts of books, and unpublished manuscripts, including the manuscript for the unpublished lesbian novel "The Mills of God," by Ethel T. Woverton written about 1920. Includes extensive files on author Katherine V. Forrest.
Also, Barbara's correspondence with good friend, author Jane Rule, dating 1964-1978, and James Sears' 1995 interview with Grier. And Florida license plates "NAIAD 1," "NAIAD 2," and "NAIAD 3."..
Starting in Missouri in 1973, moving to Tallahassee, Florida in 1980, and closing in June 2003, Naiad Press was the longest running lesbian publisher in the United States. Barbara Grier, Donna McBride, Anyda Marchant, and Muriel Inez Crawford founded the press. Grier and McBride stayed at the helm until the press closed. The press published romantic lesbian novels, lesbian detective fiction, J.R. Robert's bibliography of black lesbian writing, BLACK LESBIANS, and Pat Califia's lesbian sex manual SAPPHISTRY, as well as reprinting lesbian classics and translating into English the French poetry of Renee Vivien. Naiad also distributed and produced videos.
Cataloged separately are 961 published items, including Naiad's complete 550 titles and every subsequent edition or item generated via rights and permissions, including a box of Celestial Seasonings tea carrying a Jane Rule quotation; and a complete set of Naiad's videos.
Collecting program: Human Sexuality Collection.
Closed through her lifetime.
Naiad Press Records, #7692. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Box list and online guide in production.

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