Fonds 10-070 - Sumach Press fonds

Sumach Press' Women's Issues Publishing Program flyer Trans/forming feminisms Femminism, law, inclusion Wild fire: art as activism A recognition of being: reconstructing native womanhood When grownups play at war

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Sumach Press fonds

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CA ON0034 10-070

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  • 1982-2010 (Creation)

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18.17 meters of textual records
124 prints
105 photographs
33 slides

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In 2000, several members of Second Story Feminist Press branched off to create their own publishing organization, Sumach Press. Publishing rights for select titles were also transferred to the new company, which was owned and operated by Beth McAuley, Lois Pike, and Liz Martin, in Toronto, Ontario.

Sumach Press was integral to Canada’s small feminist press scene, publishing a wide array of works written by and about women and that reached both national and international readerships. Titles explored diverse subjects such as health, history, politics, and sexuality. Sumach Press’ works encompassed literary fiction, mystery novels, cookbooks, and scholarly publications.

Its Women’s Issues Publishing Program featured feminist titles that promoted a more humane and equitable society, exploring issues of race, gender, and class. Sumach Press’ literacy fiction works reached both adult and young adult readers. In 2009, Sumach Press was acquired by Canadian Scholars' Press Inc. /Women’s Press.

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The Sumach Press fonds reflects the editorial processes and everyday operational activities of a small feminist press in Canada. The fonds follows the trajectories of various feminist manuscripts from the submission to post-production stages. The fonds includes original manuscripts, edited copies, and extensive correspondence relating to stages of the publication process. The fonds also includes the administrative records documenting press staff meetings and outreach activities.

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