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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitlePapers of Sue O'Sullivan
Ref No7SUL
Box Fetch NoBox TH355-Box TH359, Box TH530-Box TH543; Box OS90; PC4.2
Extent25 A boxes & 1 folder (uncatalogued); 1 banner (catalogued)
Admin Biographical HistorySue O'Sullivan (1941-) was born in the United States in 1941 and originally trained as a dancer. She was briefly married c.1964 as Sue Cowley [O' Sullivan was not her maiden name, but was taken from 'O'Sullivan Street, New York']. She visited Britain several times in the 1960s and moved permanently to London in 1967. In the late 1960s O'Sullivan became involved in the early Women's Liberation Movement and wrote extensively for feminist publications. At this time she also became interested in the issue of women's health and subsequently qualified as a health educator. From 1979-1984 she was a member of the Spare Rib collective with responsibility for editing the publication. She returned to the magazine two years later to take responsibility for the health page. At the same time as her work with Spare Rib, O'Sullivan was also active in other areas of publishing, and was particularly involved with the socialist-feminist journal Red Rag. In 1984 she also became a member of the Feminist Review collective and from 1986 worked with Sheba Feminist Publishers. However, she became increasingly active in women's health-related issues from this point, including taking part in a health and social service tour of Cuba in the early 1980s. Following this she worked as a leading health educator in the AIDS field while also running courses on breaking into publishing for new writers. In 1997 these interests were brought together when she won the New Venture publishing award for setting up the International Community of Women's newsletter for women living with HIV and AIDS. Her own publications include 'Women's Health: A Spare Rib Reader' (1987); 'Out the Other Side: Contemporary Lesbian Writing', 1988 (co-edited with C. McEwan); 'Positively Women: Living with Aids', 1992 (co-edited with Kate Thomson); 'Lesbians Talk (Safer) Sex', 1992 (with Pratibhna Parmar); and the autobiographical anthology, 'I used to be nice' (1996). In the late 1990s she moved to Australia. In 2007 Making Trouble Life & Politics by Lynne Segal noted that Sue O'Sullivan was involved with International Community of Women Living With HIV/AIDS and had moved to London.
DescriptionThe archive consists of notes and papers relating to her 'Health Study Tour' to Cuba in 1981; notes, drafts, correspondence and internal administrative papers relating to the production of Spare Rib magazine, 1980s-1990s (including with reference to particularly controversial topics such as anti-semitism, zionism and racism); papers relating to Sheba Feminist Publishers, 1980s; papers relating to the Camden Women's Action Group, including minutes of meetings, 1970s; papers relating to the history of the Women's Liberation Movement, 1970s-1980s; further working papers, correspondence, periodicals, publications, pamphlets and other resource material relating to 'Spare Rib', women's health issues; women in prison - especially re her work in Holloway Prison (1970-1987).
Related Record7SUL/O/01
Access StatusUncatalogued - please contact us for further information
Access ConditionsThis collection is uncatalogued and is not currently available for consultation, but access status is under review; please contact us for further information. In addition item reference 7SUL/1.1 part 2 of 2 is CLOSED TO RESEARCHERS until 2083
Copyright TypeCopyright is held by the depositor
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