Thursday, January 7, 2010

NYU Libraries Acquire The Kathleen Hanna Papers for Their New "Riot Grrrl Collection"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Pictured is part of an internal announcement (nowhere online, alas) from NYU's library system, announcing that noted feminist sweepstakes winner Kathleen Hanna, in a charitable mood, has bequeathed her papers—'zines, presumably correspondence and material pertaining to her career in Bikini Kill, among other things—to NYU's Fales Library, the branch of the library system holding a number of special collections. The Kathleen Hanna Papers seem to be the first major acquisition for the library's brand new Riot Grrrrl Collection.

There's been, of course, an exponential increase in the academic study of recent pop-cultural phenomenon; like the press release says, intimidatingly hip grad students interested in researching "feminism, punk activism, queer theory, music history," et cetera, will find much to fascinate them here.

NYU's library, in general, has been for a number of reasons a natural destination for material pertaining to NY-centric alternative cultures of the last few decades. Notably, Up Is Up But So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, Brandon Stosuy's marvelous, compendious anthology of the East Village's D.I.Y. lit scene, was put out by NYU Press, and drew heavily from—was in fact largely inspired by—materials archived at Fales's "Downtown Collection," as Stosuy discusses at length in this great interview.

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