University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Storyletters Records, 1991-2000



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Storyletters.
Title: Storyletters Records
Dates: 1991-2000
Creator Abstract: Storyletters is an international publication of women’s writing founded, edited, and produced by Dr. Katharine "Kittu" Riddle. Riddle began the publication in 1993 to provide a place for women to contribute and share their stories. Issues of Storyletters contain poetry, correspondence, and true stories written and contributed by women from around the world.
Content Abstract: The records consist of a brief history, issues of Storyletters, correspondence, and publications. Collectively, the records document the lives and experiences of women from diverse cultures through their own writing. The collection also provides insight into readers' opinions and views on the publication.
Identification: MS 40
Extent: 1.6 linear feet (about 1,200 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

Storyletters is an international publication of women's writing founded, edited, and produced by Dr. Katharine "Kittu" Riddle. Riddle began the publication in 1993 to provide a place for women to contribute and share their stories. Issues of Storyletters contain poetry, correspondence, and true stories written and contributed by women from around the world.

It was intended that Storyletters would facilitate the reading, retelling, and sharing of women’s stories, and foster appreciation of commonalties and diversities among women. Storyletters was published two to three times a year and sent to hundreds of readers in several countries including Australia, Brazil, China, Guatemala, India, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. In an effort to reach the widest possible audience without charging subscription fees, Riddle urged readers to share Storyletters with friends, family, and organizations. The publication was funded with donations from its readers and was a project of the Doté Foundation, a non-profit organization in San Antonio. The final issue of the newsletter was issued in October 2000.

Riddle's own background and stories are rich with experiences from abroad. Riddle grew up in India and later worked in 17 countries to improve the health of women and their children through church-sponsored food and education projects. Riddle earned a Ph.D. in Nutrition Education and taught at colleges, universities, and nursing schools in India and China during her career. In recognition of her accomplishments, Riddle was listed in the 1993-1994 edition of Who's Who of American Women.


Scope and Content Note

The records consist of a brief history, issues of Storyletters, correspondence, publications and office files. Collectively, the records document the lives and experiences of women from diverse cultures through their own writing. The collection also provides insight into readers’ opinions, views on the publication, and the manner in which Katharine Riddle managed the materials and writers featured in each issue.

Storyletters is divided into five series. History provides a brief, but clear history of Storyletters and a short autobiography of its founder, Dr. Katharine "Kittu" Riddle. The series is valuable in understanding the beginnings and purpose of the publication. The Storyletters series contains almost a complete run of the issues of the publication, spanning from its first issue in 1993 through its final issue in October 2000. The Correspondence series strongly documents the various ways in which readers first encountered Storyletters, their initial reactions to the publication, and ways in which they offered to contribute to the publication. In addition, writers of the correspondence often offer personal information about themselves and their particular interests. However, since the majority of correspondence is incoming, few responses from the editor exist in this collection. The Publications series consists of newsletters, journals, and magazines of women's writing and advocacy groups from around the world.


 

Arrangement

The papers are arranged as follows:
History
Storyletters
Correspondence
Publications
Office Files

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish from Storyletters Records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.


Index Terms

Organizations
Storyletters (Organization).
Topics
Women--Social networks--Periodicals.
Women--Texas--San Antonio.
Local Subjects
Literary/Literature
Publishing, Press, Printing
Women's Groups

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Storyletters Records, 1991-2000, MS 40, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

All the materials in this collection were donated by Kathatine Riddle in 1997, 1998, 1999 (Acc. #s 1997-006, 1998-015, 1999-013, 1999-036).

Processing Information

Processed by Toni Jeske, Processing Archivist, February 2001. Materials added to the records by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, Archivist, July 2004.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

History

Contains a brief history of Storyletters including its origin, purpose, and audience. Also contains a brief autobiography of the founder, Katharine "Kittu" Riddle.
This series is arranged by type of material.
Box Folder
1 1 History, 1996



 

Storyletters

Contains nineteen issues of the publication: Spring 1993, Fall 1993, Spring 1994, Summer 1994, Fall 1994, Spring 1995, Fall 1995, Winter 1996, Spring 1996, Fall 1996, and Winter 1997, Fall 1998, October 1999, February 2000.
This series is arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 2 Storyletters, 1993-2000



 

Correspondence

Correspondence spans Storyletters' existence, and mainly consists of incoming correspondence. Correspondents respond from a variety of countries and include contributors as well as friends. Of particular note is correspondence from 2000 in which many readers express sadness at the publication's ending.
This series is arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 3 1991-1994
4 1994-1998
4 1998-2000



 

Publications

Contains national and international publications from women's writing organizations and advocacy groups. Titles include Zimbabwe Women Writers,Shadows and Light magazine (San Antonio), People's Rights (Egypt) and The Circle (Ontario).
This series is arranged alphabetically by title of publication.
Box Folder
1 6-7 Assorted, 1993-2000
Box Folder
2 1 Asian Women, 1993
2 The Circle (Ontario), 1994-2000
3 Forum News (Asia Pacific), 1998
4 Gender Research Project Bulletin (South Africa), 1998
5 Hoja del Pueg, 1997-2000
6 Jornal da Rede (Brazil), 1995-1998
7 Manushi (India), 1992, 1995
8 News & Views (Johannesburg), 1998-2000
9 People's Rights (Egypt), 1996-1998
10 Shadows and Light (San Antonio), 1994-1995
11 Tierra Viva, 1995, 1997
12 Women (Sudan), 1992, 1993, 1998
13 Zimbabwe Women Writers, 1993-2000



 

Office Files

This series is arranged into three subseries: Issue Files, Licensing Agreements and General files. The Issue Files and Licensing Agreements are arranged both chronologically and numerically by Issue. General files are arranged by subject.
Box Folder
3 Issue Files
The Issue Files contain correspondence with contributors to the publications, newspaper and magazine clippings, and copies of the stories that appeared in Storyletters.
1 Letter 6, Spring 1995
2 Letter 7, Fall 1995
3 Letter 8, Winter 1996
4 Letter 9, Spring 1996
5 Letter 10, Fall 1996
6 Letter 11, Winter 1997
7 Letter 12, Spring 1997
8 Letter 13, Fall 1997
9 Letter 14, Spring 1998
10 Letter 15, Fall 1998
11 Letter 16, February 1999
12 Letter 17, June 1999
13 Letter 18, October 1999
14 Letter 19, February 1999
15 Red Roses Tributes, 1996-1997 and undated
Box Folder
4 Licensing Agreements
The licensing agreements include agreements made between Katharine Riddle and authors determining how stories could be used in Storyletters.
1 Letter 1, Spring 1993
2 Letter 2, Fall 1993
3 Letter 3, Spring 1994
4 Letter 4, Summer 1994
5 Letter 5, Fall 1994
6 Letter 6, Spring 1995
7 Letter 7, Fall 1995
8 Letter 8, Winter 1996
9 Letter 9, Spring 1996
10 Letter 10, Fall 1996
11 Letter 11, Winter 1997
12 Letter 12, Spring 1997
13 Letter 13, Fall 1997
14 Letter 14, Spring 1998
15 Letter 17, June 1999
16 Blank forms, undated
General
The General files reflect how Riddle kept files for legal organizations, women's studies programs, mailing lists, grant funding and other essential office documents.
17 Storyletters Mailing Lists, 1987, 1989, 1993, undated
18 Mailing Lists (A Wind), undated
19 Grant Writing, 1993, undated
20 Feminists For A Compassionate Society Grant Application, 1993-1996 and undated
21 Contributing Authors – Correspondence, 1993-1994
22 Licensing Agreement Correspondence, 1993-1997
23 General Correspondence, 1993-1994
24 Association of Women In Development – Correspondence, 1993
25 Legal Organizations – Correspondence, 1993
26 Women's Studies – Correspondence, 1995, undated
27 Assorted Correspondence and Printer Materials, 1993-1996, undated
28 Participation Refusals, 1993-1997
29 Permissions Form Letter, 1993 and undated