University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Lucy E. Duncan and Jill Zimmerman Lesbian and Feminist T-Shirt Collection, 1977-1998



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Duncan, Lucy E., and Zimmerman, Jill
Title: Lucy E. Duncan and Jill Zimmerman Lesbian and Feminist T-Shirt Collection
Dates: 1977-1998
Creator Abstract: Lucy E. Duncan and Jill Zimmerman met at Texas Woman's University around 1975. After leaving the university in 1979, they settled in San Antonio, Texas and began careers as professional librarians. Duncan and Zimmerman were very involved with the local women's community and were part of the WomanSpace Collective.
Content Abstract: The collection consists of 22 lesbian and feminist t-shirts and one cap.
Identification: MS 488
Extent: 2 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language: English
Repository University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Sketch

Lucy E. Duncan and Jill Zimmerman met at Texas Woman's University around 1975 and soon became inseparable. After completing their studies in 1979, they settled in San Antonio, Texas and began careers as professional librarians. Duncan and Zimmerman were founding members of Las Mujeres Women's Bookstore where they spent many hours staffing the store and selling bookstore items at several San Antonio Pride festivals. Duncan and Zimmerman were involved in organizations that fought for women's and gay rights. They participated in the planning of several Texas Lesbian Conferences and both were part of the WomanSpace Collective. As professional librarians, Duncan and Zimmerman were members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table of the Texas Library Association and the American Library Association.

Lucy Elizabeth Duncan was born in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Holy Name Elementary School, Roger's Junior High School, and San Antonio College. Duncan earned her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Library Science from Texas Woman's University. Her first professional position was at Incarnate Word College. From there, Duncan began a career of 26 years at St. Philip's College Library, retiring as the first full Professor in the library's history. She was also honored with Professor Emeritus status. While at St. Philip's, Duncan was a founding member of the Diversity Committee and was Co-chair of the Women's History Committee for 15 years.

Jill Zimmerman was born in Houston, Texas. She attended Foster and Cynthia Ann Parker Elementary schools, Johnson Jr. High, and Westbury High School. Zimmerman earned her Bacherlor's degree from Texas Woman's University and a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1991, Zimmerman began working at St. Phillip's College and by 1993, she was hired as tenure track, achivieving the rank of Associate Professor. She continues to be involved in library organizations and serves on several committees at St. Philip's College.

Lucy E. Duncan and Jill Zimmerman were married in 2015.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 22 lesbian and feminist t-shirts and one cap. Lesbian t-shirts chronicle the March on Washington during the 1990s, the Texas Lesbian Conference in the 1990s, and Docu Dyke Preserves of Austin Texas, just to mention a few. Graphics on the feminist textiles convey expressions of feminist identity: Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society, Las Mujeres Women's Bookstore in San Antonio, TX., the Incredible Shrinking Woman's Right to Choose, WomanSpace women's collective, and a lavender shirt depicting Woman Power. T-shirts and other memorabilia were purchased at marches, conferences, and women's bookstores.

T-shirts and textiles in the collection have been photographed and digital images are availabe at Wearing Gay History


Organization of Collection

Lesbian T-shirts
Feminist T-shirts

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.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.


Index Terms

Persons
Duncan, Lucy E.
Zimmerman, Jill M.
Organizations
Las Mujeres Women's Bookstore
Docu Dyke
Texas Lesbian Conference
Subjects
Lesbian Activists.
Lesbians--Texas--San Antonio.
Lesbians--Texas--Societies.
March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation (1993: Washington, D.C.).
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Dallas (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
T-shirts.
Local Subjects
Activism/Activists
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources
Women
Women's Groups

Related Material

Texas Lesbian Council Records, 1986-2004, University of Texas at San Antonio Special Collections.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lucy E. Davis and Jill Zimmerman Lesbian and Feminist T-shirt Collection, MS 488, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lucy E. Duncan and Jill Zimmerman in June 2017 (Acc 2017-032).

Processing Information

Collection was processed in July 2017 by Melissa Gohlke, Assistant Archivist.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Lesbian T-shirts1991-1998 and undated>

Box
1 Out is In: San Antonio Celebrates Pride Month, 1991
Texas Lesbian Conference, 1992-1998
March on Washington (t-shirt and cap), 1993
Box
2 Docu Dyke Preserves, undated
4 Out of 5 Cats Prefer Lesbians, undated
Olivia member, undated



Feminist T-shirts 1977-1998 and undated

Box
2 Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society, 1977
Woman Power, circa 1970
Las Mujeres Women's bookstore, San Antonio, Texas, circa 1980
WomanSpace, circa 1985
March on Austin, 1991
UTSA Center for the Study of Women and Gender, 1998
The Incredible Shrinking Woman's Right to Choose, undated