Collection F-272 - The Pedestal newspaper collection

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The Pedestal newspaper collection

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  • Records in electronic form (digitized)

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CA SFU F-272

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  • 2018 (Collection)
    Archives and Records Management Department
  • 2017 (Reproduction)
    University of British Columbia Library
  • 1969-1975 (Publication)
    Vancouver Women's Caucus

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1.22 GB of textual records (pdf) : digitized copies

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Custodial history

The collection was compiled by staff of SFU Archives and Records Management Department and digitized from issues of the newspaper that exist as parts of other fonds and collections [i.e. F-111, Women's Bookstore collection, F-126, Maggie Benston fonds, F-134, Press Gang Printers fonds, F-162, Frances Wasserlein fonds, F-165, Women's movement collection (Candace Parker collector) and F-166, Women's movement collection (Anne Roberts collector)].

Issues of The Pedestal were digitized by UBC Library Digital Initiatives in 2017 and the resulting digital files given to SFU Archives.

Scope and content

Collection consists of digital copies of a complete run of The Pedestal, a feminist periodical published by the Vancouver Women's Caucus and edited by the Pedestal collective. The periodical referred to itself as a women's liberation newspaper and later as a lesbian-feminist newspaper; it published non-fiction, personal stories, poetry, reviews, letters to the editor, news of the women's movement, informational resources, a dream page and a calendar of events. It was distributed to individual subscribers, women's groups and sold by members at demonstrations and political events, and was available at bookstores and other locations around Vancouver. The Pedestal engaged in debates with members and readers over homosexuality, socialism and relationships with men, and addressed political issues such as abortion, childcare, education, anti-imperialism and patriarchy.

Contributors include Liz Briemberg, Colette Connor, Deb Dubelko, Susan Dubrofsky, Pat Feindel, Barb Finlayson, Eileen Hausfather, Pat Hoffer, Nym Hughes, Beth Jankola, Sylvia Lindstrom, Judi Morton, Jean Rands, Anne Roberts, Diane Schrenk, Sharon Stevenson, Marcy Toms and Dodie Weppler.

Volume VI, Numbers 3 and 4 were published under the title Women Can.

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Items are arranged in order of publication year and volume number.

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  • English

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    Paper and digital copies are available.

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    Items are open with no restrictions.

    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    Records include materials that are protected by copyright, and copyright belongs to third parties (not SFU). Researchers may download copies for purposes of private study, research, or other use permitted under fair dealing as set out in the Canada Copyright Act. Use of copies for any other purpose requires the copyright owner's permission.

    Consult the Reference Archivist for more information relating to determination of copyright ownership, term of protection and how to contact copyright owners for permissions.

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    No further accruals are expected.

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    Finding aid prepared and digitized items uploaded by Shyla Seller, January 2018.

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    • English

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      The Pedestal at Vancouver Women's Caucus website:

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