Guide to the Papers of Kayann Short

Prepared and revised by Victoria Lopez-Terrill
Colorado State University Archives and Special Collections
Copyright 2017 Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 by Clarissa J. Trapp, 2014.
Creator: Short, Kayann
Title: Papers of Kayann Short
Dates: 1969-2019
Bulk Dates: 1990-1995
Quantity: 2 linear feet (1 record carton, 1 document case)
Identification: UKAS
Abstract: Kayann Short (b. 1959) is an alumna of Colorado State University who graduated with a degree in literature and women's studies in 1981. As a student, Short participated in the Feminist Group, a student organization that challenged sexism on campus. Following her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., Short became a professor concentrating on women's literature at the University of Colorado Boulder, retiring in 2011. The collection concentrates on feminist issues and feminist presses and includes published articles and book reviews written by Short, publishers' press releases of upcoming titles, newsletters, and Short's manuscript of Out into the World: Feminist Presses and Feminist Politics, including accompanying research and permissions.
Contact Information: Archives and Special Collections
Morgan Library
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1019 USA
Phone: 970-491-1844
Fax: 970-491-1195
Email: library_dl_specialcollections@mail.colostate.edu
URL: https://lib.colostate.edu/archives
Restrictions on Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Colorado State University Libraries online catalog. Researchers seeking materials about related subjects, persons, organizations, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Subjects:
  • Feminist literature.
  • Feminist literature -- Publishing.
Persons:
  • Short, Kayann.
Kayann Short (b. March 26, 1959) is an alumna of Colorado State University (CSU) who graduated with a degree in literature and women's studies in 1981. During her undergraduate career at CSU, Short was a member of the Feminist Group, a student organization that challenged sexism on campus. The organization's accomplishments included shutting down a residence hall Playboy Club, establishing a Women's Film Festival and newsletter, and organizing the community's first Take Back the Night march, a rally decrying violence against women.
Short continued her education, earning her master's degree in English at Colorado State University in 1991 and Ph.D. in English at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994. In 2009, Short was awarded Colorado State University's Karen Wedge Women's Studies Alumna Award, and in 2013, she was selected to present the Boyer Scholarship lecture for CSU's Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research. Her talk, "Feminism Pressed, Practiced, and Preserved," discussed the evolution of the second-wave feminist press movement, its ties to CSU activism in the 1970s, and the Friedman Feminist Press Collection.
Kayann Short became a senior instructor of the Farrand Academic Program in 1994 at the University of Colorado Boulder, concentrating on women's literature. She retired in 2011. Short was awarded the Boulder Faculty Assembly Service Award and the University of Colorado Civic Engagement Award for Service Learning for her innovative student service learning projects.
Short is currently a writer, farmer, teacher, and activist at Stonebridge Farm, an organic community-supported farm in the Rocky Mountain foothills. She teaches lifewriting and directs memoir and digital storytelling projects with community elders, adult literacy students, and non-profit organizations. Her writing has appeared in Pilgrimage Magazine, Women's Review of Books, The Bloomsbury Review, Edible Front Range, and Colorado Gardener. She is the author of A Bushel's Worth: An Ecobiography, a memoir of reunion with her grandmother's farming past and a call to action for farmland preservation today. Short is also the contributor of three books in the Colorado State University Archives and Special Collection Friedman Feminist Press Collection, Sexual Artifice: Persons, Images, Politics, coauthored with Ann Kibbey and Abouali Farmanfarmaian; a chapter, "Global Feminism and Activism in a Women's Studies Practicum" in Teaching Feminist Activism: Strategies from the Field, edited by Nancy A. Naples and Karen Bojar; and a chapter, "Too Disconnected/Too Bound Up: The Paradox of Identity in Merce Rodoreda's The Time of the Doves" in International Women's Writing: New Landscapes of Identity, edited by Anne E. Brown and Marjanne A. Gooze.
In 2011, Short established "The Friedman Feminist Press Literature Collection" at CSU's Archives and Special Collections department in memory of her college friend, June Friedman, a 1981 CSU agronomy graduate. The collection, with works also donated by the campus' Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Ally Center, provides original sources in feminist/lesbian literature and second-wave feminism. The Friedman Feminist Press Collection is the largest collection of books in the Rocky Mountain West published by feminist presses of the 1970s and 1980s, including the Women's Press Collective, Shameless Hussy Press, Diana Press, Daughters, Inc., Naiad Press, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Spinsters Ink, The Feminist Press, Seal Press, and Firebrand Press. Short has established an annual student essay award for undergraduate and graduate essays that make substantial use of the collection.
The Papers of Kayann Short consists of documents dated 1969 to 2019, with the bulk falling from 1990 to 1995. The collection, concentrating on feminist issues and presses, includes published articles and book reviews by Short, articles related to feminism, publishers' press releases of upcoming titles, newsletters, and Kayann Short's manuscript of Out into the World: Feminist Presses and Feminist Politics, including accompanying research and permissions. Kayann Short's 1994 Ph.D. dissertation, "Publishing Feminism in the Feminist Press Movement, 1960-1994," is also included.
Short's masters thesis, "Too disconnected/too bound up" : the paradox of identity in Merce Rodoreda's The Time of the Doves, is not part of the collection but is available online. VIEW
Most of the collection was received in folders with headings, but there was no defined order. Some articles were separate and not in folders. Original folder headings were retained and the remaining articles were grouped together in an unlabeled category.
The collection consists of 3 series in 1 record carton and 1 document case:
Preferred Citation

Papers of Kayann Short, Archives and Special Collections, Colorado State University.

Acquisition

The Papers of Kayann Short was donated by Kayann Short in 2012 following her donation of the Friedman Feminist Press Collection. Additional materials were donated in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

Processing

Processing was completed in January 2014 and later in 2017. Materials were re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Paper clips and rubber bands were removed when necessary and replaced with archival clips. Photographs were housed in acid-free photo sleeves. Folder names were transcribed and folders were organized by series.

Related Collections

The Friedman Feminist Press Collection is related due to its subject area and donor. The Records of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Ally Center is related in context with the subject and the feminist press collection.

Online Materials

Some materials have been scanned and are available through the Colorado State University Libraries website. In the electronic version of this document, direct links appear in context.

Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed.

Series 1: Manuscripts and publications, 1969-2019 and undated (0.75 linear feet)

This series consists of Kayann Short's curriculum vitae, photocopies and originals of her dissertation, articles, and book reviews as well as related research material. Short's curriculum vitae appears first, followed by her dissertation, articles, book reviews, and manuscripts in chronological order with a folder of photographs and a folder of photograph permissions following. Not all of Short's articles are included in the collection. Related research material is arranged alphabetically at the end. One flash drive of the files for her manuscript, Out into the World: Feminist Presses and Feminist Politics, follows the text copy of the manuscript. A seven-minute movie produced and narrated by Short about June Friedman's murder is also on the flash drive.
Box Folder
1 1 [Kayann Short curriculum vitae]. 2014.
1 2 [Class paper, interview with Dr. A.R. Chamberlain]. 1978.
1 3 [Class paper]. 1980.
1 4-7 Publishing Feminism in the Feminist Press Movement, 1969-1994 (Draft). 1994. ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT
1 8 Bitter Harvest: A Talk with Helena Maria Viramontes. 1996.
1 9 Do-it-Yourself Feminism - The Cook and the Carpenter. 1996.
1 10 "Why Shop? Week": Shopping, Service-Learning and Student Activism. 1999.
1 11 Take My Word: Autobiographical Innovations of Ethnic American Working Women [review]. 2000.
1 12-16 Out into the World: Feminist Presses and Feminist Politics. 2001.
1 17 Global Feminism and Activism in a Women's Studies Practicum. 2002.
1 18 Women, Compulsion, Modernity: A Moment of American Naturalism [review]. 2004.
1 19 Feminism Pressed, Practiced, and Preserved: CSU Boyer Lecture. 2013 October 24.
1 49 When it Was Lost. 2017.
2 15 Bones Beneath Bark: the Ecological Kinship of Trees and Humans. 2018.
2 16 Swallowtail Summer: Generations of Ecology in the Art and Science of Maria Sibylla Merian. 2019.
2 17 Coming Through the Coulee. 2019.
1 48 Food for Bears. undated.
1 50 What Goes Down. undated.
1 20 Coming to the Table: The Differential Politics of This Bridge Called my Back. undated.
1 21 Letter to the editor: Billboard sends bad message. undated.
1 22 Sylvia Talks Back. undated.
1 23 Out into the World photo permissions. 2000.
1 24 [Out into the World photographs]. 1976, 2000, undated.
25 [Flash drive]. 2001, undated.
1 26 Chapter 1 - Why Feminist Publishing [research material]. 1974-1995, undated.
1 27-28 Chpt. 3. [research material]. 1973-1994, undated.
1 29 Intro/Conclusion. 1992-2000, undated.
1 30 Reprint notes. 1994-1995.
1 31 1970 handout. undated.
1 32 70's history for handout. 1969-1970, 1975.


Series 2: Articles, 1971-1995 and undated (0.75 linear feet)

This series consists of articles that are in original order. The articles vary in subject. Items related to Kayann Short's undergraduate the Feminist Group activity consist principally of the Colorado State University's Rocky Mountain Collegian articles and the group's newsletter, "The Feminist Perspective." Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
1 33 Articles. 1979-1999, undated.
1 34 CSU Feminist Group Archive - Articles and Pamphlets. 1979-1981, undated. VIEW
1 35 CSU Feminist Group Archive - The Feminist Perspective [newsletter]. 1979-1981. VIEW
1 36 Feminist business. 1973, 1976.
1 37 Fem[inist] journals. undated.
1 38 Lesbian history archives. 1990-1995, undated.
1 39 [Miscellaneous newspapers]. 1987, 1993.
1 40 Separatist Debates. 1976-1984, undated.
1 41-46 [Unlabeled articles]. 1971, 1979, 1983-1993, undated.
1 47 White privilege, etc. 1988, 1993, 1995, undated.


Series 3: Presses, 1974-2002 and undated (0.5 linear feet)

This series consists of material primarily related to a number of feminist presses. Press catalogs and flyers from feminist presses are present as well as academic and popular articles regarding the presses, summaries of publications, interviews with the authors, and emails. Articles regarding feminist issues also appear in these folders. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
2 1 Bookmarks. 2002.
2 2 Feminist Bookstore News. 1976-1997, undated.
2 3 Int[ernational] book fair. 1984-1994, undated.
2 4 International presses. 1988-1993, undated.
2 5 Judith's Room. 1991-1994.
2 6 Kitchen Table. 1980-1998, undated.
2 7 Lunaria. 1992.
2 8 Lunarian. 1992-1994.
2 9 [Miscellaneous flyers and catalogs]. 1991-1993, undated.
2 10 Press history. 1974-2000, undated.
2 11 Presses - general. 1975-1993, undated.
2 12 Seal Press. undated.
2 13 Female book reviewers. undated.
2 14 Wolverine Farm Publishing. 2014.