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The Riot Grrrl Collection

The Riot Grrrl Collection is an attempt to document the evolution of the Riot Grrrl movement, particularly in the years between 1989 and 1996. Because Riot Grrrl was (and is) both a political and a cultural movement, its output was diverse, including writing, music, performance, film, activism, photography, video, and original art, as well as documentation of activism and performance. This research collection will provide primary resources for scholars who are interested in feminism, punk activism, queer theory, gender theory, DIY culture, and music history.


The primary area of collecting is the personal papers of those involved in the creation of early Riot Grrrl zines, music, and activism. This includes (but is not limited to) correspondence, artwork, journals and notebooks, audio or video recordings, photographs, clippings, and flyers, as well as any source materials relating to the creation of artworks, writings, fanzines, bands, performances or events.

The Fales Riot Grrrl Collection is not just a zine collection, although zines and other non-unique items will be collected to augment research. The collection's primary mandate is to collect unique materials that provide documentation of the creative process of individuals and the chronology of the movement overall.

Appointments are necessary for all researchers who wish to consult archival and manuscript materials. To schedule an appointment, please email Fales at fales.library@nyu.edu or call 212-998-2596. Please allow 48 hours advance notice when making appointments.

Riot Grrrl Collections:

Tammy Rae Carland Papers

Milly Itzhak Collection

Molly Neuman Collection

Outpunk Archive



Images: Outpunk # 1, Outpunk Archive; Bikini Kill set list, Molly Neuman Riot Grrrl Papers; Bikini Kill #2, Kathleen Hanna Papers