Margaret Cruikshank


Margaret Cruikshank Papers, 1971-1986

A longtime lesbian activist and distinguished academic, Margaret Cruikshank (b. 1940) began her work in the 1970s at a time when lesbian studies barely existed and was one of the few lesbian academics in the U.S. to identify herself professionally as a lesbian. Her work has centered on raising awareness of lesbians within the academic profession and addressing the exclusion of lesbian literature and criticism from traditional canons and women’s studies.

The Margaret Cruikshank Papers consist of drafts, background/research notes, correspondence and publicity materials for three published works edited by Cruikshank: Lesbian Path (1980, 1985), a collection of autobiographical writings; Lesbian Studies (1982), a women’s history and lesbian studies text and New Lesbian Writing (1984), a lesbian literature anthology.

The Cruikshank papers also consist of background/research files for women’s studies and lesbian studies courses taught by Cruikshank and related correspondence and publicity materials. Personal correspondence is also included in the collection.

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Repository:  This collection is physically located at UCLA Library, Department of Special Collection.

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