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Collection #101

Fish Papers

Date:1982 - 1999
Size:0.75 feet


Contributed to the archive by Fish in 2007.

Use Restrictions

Do not publish drawings without owner’s consent.

Scope and Content

This collection is made up mostly of journals and erotic drawings. The journals cover Fish’s adolescence at a private girls’ school in Westmount, Quebec, and Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, in the early 1980s, the early 1990s in San Francisco (what Fish describes as her “early leatherdyke days”), her involvement in the radical sex-and-politics zine Brat Attack, the 1992 Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, a 1994 leather convention in New York City, and 1994 New York Gay Pride and Stonewall Anniversary. The large majority of the drawings are black pen on paper, with a few in graphite or colored pencil. They range from 9″ x 3″ to 12″ x 15″ and are sorted by size. Drawings include comics and artwork for and issues of Brat Attack, illustrations for sex how-to books, contributions to other magazines, and sketches. Most of the artwork’s content is lesbian S&M and leather erotica, though there are some straight and gay male images. Also with the collection is a high school yearbook. This collection would be of great interest to a person researching lesbian erotic artwork, lesbian S&M and leather, or zines from the 1990s.

History or Bio

Fish grew up in Quebec, Canada and moved to San Francisco in the late 80s. She published a lesbian S&M zine, Brat Attack, in the 90s and illustrated eight feminist sex education books before branching into more interactive and collaborative artwork including tattooing.

Folder List

Box 1

1. Journal March to June 1982
2. Journal June to March 1983
3. Journal January to March 1984
4. Journal July to December 1991
5. Journal June to December 1992
6. Journal December 1993 to September 1994
7. Zines
8. Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School Yearbook 1982-1983
9. Drawings up to 9″ x 12″
10. Drawings up to 9″ x 12″
11. Drawings up to 12″ x 15″ (Oversize removed to box 26, folder 11)
12. Drawings up to 12″ x 15″ (Oversize removed to box 26, folder 12)
13. Drawings up to 12″ x 15″ (Oversize removed to box 26, folder 13)
14. Personal photographs.
15. Brat Attack, issues #1-4.