Ref NoDM2123/1/Archive Boxes 43
TitleHalf the Sky papers
Description‘Half the Sky’, Proof Copy and Correspondence; WLM tape/slides 73/4; Helen Taylor; Women in Literature film/tape
These materials were probably all donated by Helen Taylor
Brown cardboard box containing ‘Women in literature’, 2 audio cassettes, 4 film strips in canisters, and notes on the publication which was produced in 1976 by Educational Audio Visual Inc., Pleasantville, New York. This edition previously belonged to Bristol Polytechnic Libraries
Also contains an audio cassette labelled ‘Helen Taylor on Women in Media Conference’, BBC Bristol, 2 July 1974 (Digital scan available, Dec 2010)

Black Box File labelled ‘Tape/slide 1973/74, Bristol WLM [Women’s Liberation Movement]
Contains EMITape 100, double play, reel size 7ins:18cm ‘Bristol Women’s Liberation Group: Brenda Simson, Helen Taylor September 1974’ (Digital scan available, Dec 2010)
Colour slides : yellow and white box contains 25 slides showing women meeting, talking, laying wreath for those who have died of illegal abortion at a cenotaph (probably Bristol), art work, market stalls, with children in home environment, shopping centre (probably Bristol), some slides stamped January 1973 [photographed by Jamie Carstairs Dec 2010]
Colour slides: white box contains 13 slides (labelled Bristol WL Tape/Slide) , showing domestic environment with children, woman in office (with Sistershow poster on wall), woman sitting on bed with women’s liberation posters on wall, some slides stamped January 1973 (the two boxes overlap, and I suspect have become muddled) [photographed by Jamie Carstairs Dec 2010]
4 pages of notes, possibly commentary for Tape/Slide

Black Box File labelled Half the Sky: Bristol Women’s Studies Group, proof copy, reviews etc.
Contains a typescript copy of the Text, [n.d. c. 1978/1979]. Also Half the sky: an introduction to Women’s Studies, edited by the Bristol Women’s Studies Group. A collection of over 200 extracts spanning more than three centuries of writing on women’s place in society – with linking passages, suggestions for running courses and comprehensive bibliography. Virago, London, August 1979, advance copy

Black Box File labelled Half the Sky: Bristol Women’s Studies Correspondence and bank statements etc.
Includes royalty statements with Virago, reviews in the press, banking papers, and correspondence arranging publication of book and discussing it, 1977-1983
Also a file relating to a reprint of Half the Sky, 1986

‘Half the sky: Chinese women in London’, flier for a study day at the Museum of London, 8 February 1997
Stuck into the lid of the box is a greetings card with a Chinese painting of people and tractors looking at a notice board. Inside reads ‘From the Chinese Shop in Ambleside, Cumbria! With a stamp from the Feminist Archive, Orchard Leigh House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. A post it note in Jane Hargreaves hand reads ‘Half the Sky card, Don’t know its provenance (Not from Helen T.)but it should be here!
Extent1 bankers box
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