Fales Library and Special Collections logo

Guide to the Becca Albee Riot Grrrl Papers
ca. 1992-1996
 MSS.273

Fales Library and Special Collections
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2596
fales.library@nyu.edu


Fales Library and Special Collections

Collection processed by Rosemary K. J. Davis, 2010.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 08, 2019
Description is in English.

 Updated by Kelly Haydon to state some audiovisual materials have been digitized and are accessible to patrons  , May 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Albee, Becca
Title: Becca Albee Riot Grrrl Collection
Dates: ca. 1992-1996
Abstract: Becca Albee is a musician, writer, and visual artist who was active in the early days of the Riot Grrrl movement in Olympia, Washington. This collection is comprised of materials--including original lyric sheets and artwork, posters, photos, and fan mail--pertaining to Ms. Albee's involvement with the bands Excuse 17 and Heartless Martin, as well as a small number of personal papers, ephemera and objects.
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS.273

Return to Top »


Biographical Note

Becca Albee was involved in the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 1990's in Olympia, Washington. She was a participant in many early Riot Grrrl meetings, collaborated on Riot Grrrl zines, and was a member of two important bands of the time, Excuse 17 and Heartless Martin. These bands, along with others like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile, contributed to the feminist, activist, DIY culture that was evolving in Olympia at the time.

Founded in 1993, Excuse 17 was comprised of Becca Albee, Carrie Brownstein, and CJ Phillips. The band released two full-length albums: Excuse 17 (1994, Chainsaw Records) and Some Friends Are Dangerous (1995, Kill Rock Stars). They also released a split 7" with Lync on Candy-Ass Records. Also in 1993, Becca Albee teamed up with Corin Tucker to form a one-off collaboration called Heartless Martin, releasing a cassette on Chainsaw Records.

Albee graduated from the Evergreen State College in 1995. She earned her MFA at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she studied with Tammy Rae Carland and Robert Blanchon. Currently, Albee is an Assistant Professor of Art teaching photography in the Art Department and Electronic Design and Multimedia Program at The City College of New York, CUNY. She lives in Brooklyn and is an active visual artist.

Sources:

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

All Music Guide

Chainsaw Records

Kill Rock Stars

Return to Top »


Scope and Content

The Becca Albee Riot Grrrl Collection contains materials that document Albee's involvement in the Riot Grrrl-inspired bands Excuse 17 and Heartless Martin. Also included are personal papers and objects related to Albee's visual art and writing. The bulk of the materials are from 1993-1995.

The collection is divided into four series:

Series I: Music: This series is comprised of materials directly related to Becca Albee's musical career including original lyric sheets, fan mail, gig posters, album artwork, and photography.

  • Subseries A: Excuse 17
    Subseries B: Heartless Martin

Series II: Personal: This series contains documentation of Becca Albee's personal work not related to bands including visual art, Riot Grrrl zines, and a series of notepads with messages from Becca and her friends.

  • Subseries A: Visual Art
    Subseries B: Zines
    Subseries C: Miscellaneous Papers and Objects

Series III: Media: This series has visual and audio recordings of work by Excuse 17, Lync, Heavens to Betsy as well as film footage taken by Becca Albee.

  • Subseries A: Access Copies (currently no access copies exist for this collection)
    Subseries B: Originals

Oversize Series I: Includes materials too large to be stored in a records carton or photo binder.

  • Subseries A: Excuse 17

Arrangement

Materials are arranged primarily by topic, much as they were received. The collection was processed at the folder level and loose items were given preservation attention as needed.

See the Scope and Content Notes for more specific details about each series.

Return to Top »


Access Points

Subject Names

  • Corin, Tucker
  • C.J., Phillips
  • Carrie, Brownstein

Document Type

  • Videocassettes.
  • Lyric sheets.
  • Audiocassettes.
  • Photographs.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Correspondence.

Subject Topics

  • Musicians -- 1990-2000
  • Photographers -- United States.
  • Rock music -- United States -- 1991-2000
  • Feminism and art.
  • Zines.
  • Riot grrrl movement.

Subject Uniform Title(s)

  • Excuse 17 (Musical group)

Return to Top »


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy for materials in this collection, created by Becca Albee, were not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Becca Albee: Riot Grrrl Papers; MSS 273; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Related Materials

Tammy Rae Carland Riot Grrrl Papers (unprocessed)
Robert Blanchon Papers and Collection

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The digital access copies in the collection were created by the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact nyuspecialcollections@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Return to Top »


Container List

Series I: Music

Subseries A: Excuse 17

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Original Artwork and Photos
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Posters and Flyers
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Administrative and Press Releases
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Letters
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Set Lists and Lyrics
undated

Subseries B: Heartless Martin

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Artwork and Documentation
undated

Return to Top »


Series II: Personal

Subseries A: Visual Art

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Photos, Press Releases, and Compact
undated

Subseries B: Zines

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Riot Grrrl zines

Abstract

What is Riot Grrrl Anyway? [Olympia] [no. 4]

This mini-zine compiles a number of writers' thinking on what riot grrrl means, and emphasizes personal relationships to the movement and reasons for joining or identifying with it. Descriptions are made in relation to sexual abuse in families and relationships, the general oppressiveness of fathers and men, the power of female collectivization, female criticism of riot grrrl, and the domination of men in society and punk. Anecdotes of riot grrrl meeting experiences are abundant. Contains an excerpt from Riot Grrrl D.C. zine on the freeform nature of riot grrrl, as well as a list of names and addresses of fellow riot grrrl publications.

Riot Grrrl: Huh? [Olympia]

This zine begins with an essay concerning the reductive impact of negative views and perceived exclusion as responses to collective action, especially as this relates to riot grrrl. A critique piece and collage on male-imposed standards of beauty follows. An extended excerpt from Peace and Freedom on the interlocking aspects of male, white, and straight privilege and the importance of its perpetrators recognizing this oppression is included. Anti-police rhetoric and the desire for self-policing and social control follows in a subsequent piece. Later pieces question male dominance and the impairment of pro-choice goals in the Rock for Choice organization, anti-union attitudes in local workplaces, and tensions created through physical aggression at live music shows.

undated

Subseries C: Miscellaneous Papers and Objects

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Door Notepads [1 of 2] NO DUPLICATION

General

No duplication of the door notepads is allowed

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Door Notepads [2 of 2] NO DUPLICATION

General

No duplication of the door notepads is allowed

Box: 1 Folder : 11 Resume, Rent Receipts, and To-Do List
1992-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Papers and Items from bowling bag
undated
Box: 4 Object : ID: 273.2.0001 Blue and white bowling bag
undated

Return to Top »


Series III: Media

Subseries A: Access Copies

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Digitized Access Files File : 273.0001 She was Horrid

Scope and Contents

A short film directed by Becca Albee and Sarah Kennedy, music by Carrie Brownstein.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: MP4, Duration: 10 min., Source: 273.001 [16mm film]

Conditions Governing Access

Patrons are not allowed to photograph the film while viewing in the reading room.

1994
Box: Digitized Access Files File : 273.0003 Excuse 17 Live

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: MP4, Duration: 15 min., Source: 273.0003 [VHS]

Additional Label Information

[Excuse 17--8-5-94--CBGB] [Bikini Kill--10-31-94--CBGB] [Nilla--12-1-94--UnderAcme] [Tryke--Softies]

[Nilla-2494 Loft Ave. Baldwin, NY]

1994
Box: Digitized Access Files File : 273.0004 E17 Practice

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: MP4, Duration: 31 min., Source: 273.0004 [1/8" audiocassette]

undated
Box: Digitized Access Files File : 273.0009 Excuse 17 LIVE at (under) Spa Studio

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: MP4, Duration: 27 min, Source: 273.0009 [1/8" audiocassette]

1995-05-22

Subseries B: Originals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Film: 273.001 ["She Was Horrid"] [Release Print] [360'] [B/W Print]

Scope and Contents

A short film directed by Becca Albee and Sarah Kennedy, music by Carrie Brownstein.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Format: 16mm film, Black and White, 24 fps, Duration: 10 min.

Conditions Governing Access

Currently available. See Subseries A: Access Copies

1994
Box: 2 Disc : ID: 273.0002 Excuse 17/Lync Split 7" Youth on Fire

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

7" vinyl sound disc with paper sleeve and original artwork

1994
Box: 2 Cassette : ID: 273.0003 Excuse 17 Live

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Format: VHS, Duration: 15 min.

Additional Label Information

[Excuse 17--8-5-94--CBGB] [Bikini Kill--10-31-94--CBGB] [Nilla--12-1-94--UnderAcme] [Tryke--Softies]

[Nilla-2494 Loft Ave. Baldwin, NY]

1994
Box: 2 Cassette : ID: 273.0004 E17 Practice

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

Format: 1/8" audiocassette, Duration: 31 min.

undated
Box: 2 Cassette : ID: 273.0005 Excuse Seventeen 1/95 1st Mix

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

100 minute audio cassette in case.

1995
Box: 2 Cassette : ID: 273.0006 Excuse Seventeen 1/95 Second Mix

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

60 minute audio cassette in case.

1995
Box: 2 Cassette : ID: 273.0007 Excuse Seventeen demo

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

Audio cassette in case with original artwork & inserts.

1993
Box: 2 Cassette : ID: 273.0008 Lync & Heavens to Betsy on the Radio/Color Outside the Lines

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

90 minute audio cassette in case.

undated
Box: 2 Cassette : ID: 273.0009 Excuse 17 LIVE at (under) Spa Studio 5/22/95

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

60 minute audio cassette in case with insert.

1995
Box: 2 Cassette : ID: 273.0010 Excuse Seventeen Live at Yoyo a Gogo

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

Audio cassette in case.

undated
Box: 2 Cassette : ID: 273.0011 active agent equals anything

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

Audio cassette in case with original artwork.

undated

Return to Top »


Oversize Series I: Music

Subseries A: Excuse 17

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Original Artwork and Photos
1993, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Posters and Flyers
1994, undated

Return to Top »


Return to Top »