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Records of the Bloodroot Collective Donated to Yale University Library

The records of the Bloodroot Collective, an important feminist work collective formed in Connecticut in 1977, have been donated to the Yale University Library's Department of Manuscripts and Archives by collective members Selma Miriam and Noel Furie. Miriam and Furie have also donated their personal papers to the Library.

The Bloodroot Collective grew out of a women's cooperative exchange hosted by Miriam in her Westport, Connecticut, home in the mid-1970s. The collective opened Bloodroot, a vegetarian restaurant and feminist bookstore, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in March 1977. In the 1970s and 1980s the restaurant was a hub for feminists and lesbians and hosted many performers and writers including Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Mary Daly, Kay Gardner, Chrystos, and Dorothy Allison. In 1980 the Collective organized a feminist press, Sanguinaria, to publish The Political Palate, one of the first cookbooks to advocate seasonal recipes and cuisine. Today, Bloodroot is an iconic bookstore, vegetarian restaurant, and feminist space.

The records include correspondence, writings, and creative works by collective members and other feminist thinkers; oral histories of Selma and Noel; photographs by Noel documenting Bloodroot activities; and legal, financial, and promotional records and ephemera of the bookstore and restaurant.

The Bloodroot Collective records are part of a growing collection of primary source material in Manuscripts and Archives documenting gender and sexuality at the local, national, and international levels. For more information about the records, contact Mary Caldera at (203) 432-8019 or mary.caldera@yale.edu. A description of the records is also available at http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1955. For more information on Manuscripts and Archives at the Yale University Library, visit http://www.library.yale.edu/mssa/.