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Guide to the Sarah G. Jacobson Papers MSS.157

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Collection processed by Shelley M. Lightburn, 2005-2006. 2008 Accretion processed and finding aid updates by Rhyannon Rodriguez, 2009.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 15, 2019
Description is in English

 Updated to include materials integrated from accession number 2018.079 by Kate Fisher.  , June 2018

Scope and Contents

The Sarah G. Jacobson Papers include production materials from her independent film projects, freelance writing, activism work, teaching and commercial work. Material types include film production materials, writing, clippings, audio-cassettes, video recordings, films, flyers, fanzines and artifacts. The bulk of the collection relates to Jacobson's professional career, primarily the production of her films Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore and  I Was A Teenage Serial Killer. However, the collection also contains material related to a number of Jacobson's smaller film projects such as  The Adventures of Sweet Miss: The Disco Years,  Sleaze, a music video for the british punk band, Fluffy, and a documentary film about the making of Lou Alder's feature,  Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.

In addition to film projects, the collection contains clippings, audio recordings and notes relating to Jacobson's work with VH1, Oxygen Media, and 50/50 Women Filmmaker's Summit (now called Jacobson's freelance writing dates back to at least 1992 when she started writing for independent fanzines and underground film and music publications such as Filth and  Film Threat. Jacobson also wrote for more commercial publications such as  Sassy and  YM

Sarah Jacobson collected a variety of films on tape, news clippings, and fanzines from others that are organized according to artist/ filmmaker or subject. Many of the subjects represented in this portion of the collection relate to Jacobson's professional and personal social circle. Some materials come from filmakers Jacobson was in contact with or inspired by such as Tamra Davis, Allison Anders and her mentor and teacher George Kuchar. Other collection materials include clippings about 1990s pop-culture phenomena, such as the musical bands Hole and Nirvana and television personalities Roseanne and Shannen Doherty.

The 2008 accretion consists of a larger group of material related to the original accession, specifically items related to Jacobson's professional contributions to film and journalism. In addition, this accretion includes a new series consisting of items related to Jacobson's student life, including classwork and notebooks ranging from her elementary to collegiate education.

The 2018 accretion contains personal notebooks from 1987 to 2004 as well as her published work on modern film and photography from mulitiple Sundance Film Festivals and the production of Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore.


The Sarah G. Jacobson Papers are arranged chronologically by project. In some cases materials are arranged alphabetically. Every attempt was made to preserve the original order of the material. The collection is organized into eleven main series, followed by oversize materials and materials from the 2008 accretion.

The 2018 accretion has not been arranged by an archivist. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

  1. Series I: I Was a Teenage Serial Killer
  2. Series II: Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore
  3. Series III: The Stains Documentary
  4. Series IV: Professional Projects
  5. Series V: Miscellaneous Media Originals
  6. Series VI: Other Authors
  7. Series VII: Printed Material
  8. Series VIII: Teaching Materials
  9. Series IX: Nostalgia, Neat Things
  10. Series X: Miscellaneous
  11. Series XI: Media Access Copies
  12. Oversize - Series I.B: I Was a Teenage Serial Killer - Production Materials
  13. Oversize - Series II.A: Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore - Production Materials
  14. Oversize - Series II.B: Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore - Distribution and Public Relations
  15. Oversize - Series IV.D: Professional Projects - Hardcorn
  16. Oversize - Series IX: Nostalgia, Neat Things
  17. Oversize - Series X: Miscellaneous
  18. Accretion 2008 - Series I: I Was a Teenage Serial Killer
  19. Accretion 2008 - Series II: Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore
  20. Accretion 2008 - Series III: The Stains Documentary
  21. Accretion 2008 - Series IV: Professional Projects
  22. Accretion 2008 - Series V: Miscellaneous Media Originals
  23. Accretion 2008 - Series VII: Printed Material
  24. Accretion 2008 - Series VIII: Teaching Materials
  25. Accretion 2008 - Series X: Miscellaneous
  26. Accretion 2008 - Series XII: Student Materials
  27. Accretion 2008 - Oversize - Series IV: Professional Projects
  28. Accretion 2008 - Oversize - Series X: Miscellaneous
  29. Accretion 2008 - Oversize - Series XII: Student Materials
  30. Accretion 2018 - Series XIII.