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Guide to the Johanna Fateman Riot Grrrl Papers
1991-2006
 MSS.258


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Collection processed by M. Camille Lannan

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fateman, Johanna, 1974-
Title: Johanna Fateman Riot Grrrl Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1991-2006
Abstract: Johanna Fateman is a writer, musician, record producer, and business owner who was a member of the bands Le Tigre and MEN. She created zines and played in multiple bands as part of punk feminist scene in the 1990s, and after graduating from the School of Visual Art with a BFA in painting began working as a studio assistant to artists and a curatorial assistant in galleries and art spaces. In addition to writing, performing, and producing music, Fateman also writes critically, with her work featured in publications like The New York Times and  The Observer. This collection consists of materials created and collected by Fateman documenting her involvement in the punk and riot grrrl scenes, including correspondence, ephemera, zines (including both masters created by and zines collected by Fateman), publicity material, photographs, video recordings, and stage outfits from Le Tigre and MEN.
Quantity: 7 Linear Feet in 2 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box, 1 record carton, 3 oversize flat boxes, 1 flat box, 1 card box, 1 custom box, and 1 flat-file folder.
Language: Majority of materials are in English, with some publications in Chinese.
Call Phrase: MSS.258

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Biographical Note

Johanna Fateman was born in 1974 and was brought up in Berkeley, California by parents Richard and Martha Fateman. She was close friends with Miranda July (née Grossinger) in high school, which she left after her junior year at age 17 to attend Reed College in Portland, Oregon for two years. During these years and a subsequent year after leaving college in Portland, Fateman and July collaborated on the writing and publication of six issues of a zine called Snarla, a feminist art project informed by and distributed through underground punk networks -- given to women at punk shows at 924 Gilman in Berkeley as well in Portland and in Santa Cruz, California where July lived for several years. It was also available directly from the two of them via mailorder for one dollar bill, and eventually from a few record stores and from Riot Grrrl Press. While attending Reed College Fateman met video artist Sadie Benning at a screening of her work at the Portland Art Museum.

At a Bikini Kill show at the X-Ray Cafe in Portland, Fateman gave singer Kathleen Hanna a copy of issue #1 (Snarla In Love). They became close friends and Hanna moved into Fateman's house, a punk feminist communal house called The Curse. They started a short-lived band called The Troublemakers with Molly McMahon (Molly Sixteen).

In 1994 Fateman moved to New York City to go to art school. Molly Sixteen killed herself in 1995. Fateman made the zine The Opposite, Part I in the summer of 1996. It was not formally distributed outside of New York City; it was given to friends and it was sold at See Hear on St Marks Place and Printed Matter. Later that year she produced  My Need to Speak on the Subject of Jackson Pollock, and  Artaud-Mania! which were only given to friends, teachers, and other art students.

After graduating from the School of Visual Art with an BFA in painting, Johanna worked as a studio assistant for artists Mary Heilmann and Billy Sullivan, and from 1998-1999 was the curatorial assistant at alternative art venue Thread Waxing Space. Also in the late 90s Fateman, Hanna, and Benning started the band Le Tigre and recorded their self-titled debut album. Benning quit the band in 2000 and JD Samson joined. Le Tigre had several more releases, toured internationally, and broke up in 2005. A film about Le Tigre's touring and performances from 2004-2005 was released on DVD in 2011.

Fateman has co-owned Seagull Salon in the West Village since 2006. She continues to write critically as well as write and produce music.

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Scope and Content note

This collection consists of materials created and collected by Fateman documenting her involvement in the punk and riot grrrl scenes, including correspondence, ephemera, zines (including both masters created by and zines collected by Fateman), publicity material, photographs, video recordings, and stage outfits from Le Tigre and MEN.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into nine series, with folders and media in Series I through IV arranged alphabetically within the individual series.

Series I. Works by Johanna Fateman

Series II. Zines and Ephemera

Series III. Correspondence

Series IV. Media

Oversize Series I

Oversize Series II

Accretion 2011: Subseries I: Works by Johanna Fateman

Accretion 2011: Subseries II: Zines and Ephemera

Accretion 2015

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Benning, Sadie
  • Samson, J. D.
  • Hanna, Kathleen, 1968-
  • July, Miranda

Document Type

  • Feminist punk electronic music.
  • Costume.
  • Correspondence.
  • Fanzines.
  • Little magazines.
  • Magazines (Periodicals)

Subject Topics

  • Electronic music.
  • Punk culture.
  • Riot grrrl movement.
  • Feminism and art.
  • Feminism

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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 (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was 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); Johanna Fateman Riot Grrrl Collection; MSS 258; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Johanna Fateman in 2010, with additions to the collection in 2011 and 2015. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 2011.258 and 2016.002.

Processing Information

Oversize Series I and II contain large items and items previously housed in smaller folders. Items removed from other folders share the same name as their smaller counterparts. In early 2016, the 2015 addition to this collection was accessioned and moved into archival housing. In keeping with previous arrangement and description decisions, these materials were added to the collection as a separate series.

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Container List

Series I: Works by Johanna Fateman

Scope and Content

This series consists of zines and materials created by Johanna Fateman in the mid-1990s. Some folders include construction elements for zines, such as flats.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Artaud-Mania (Flat)
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 It Grosses Her Out - Flat and Copies
October 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Love vs. Light, Live Version
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 My Need to Speak on the Subject of Jackson Pollock

General

One item removed and placed in oversize

December 1996; Various
Box: 1 Folder : 5 The Opposite, Part I Flat Copy and Covers
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Snarla

General

One item removed and placed in oversize

1993; Various

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Series II: Zines and Ephemera

Scope and Content

This series includes punk, feminist, and riot grrrl zines and magazines created by Johanna Fateman and others.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Address Book
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Alien, Number Eleven
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Andy Warhol's Video & Television, Whitney Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Catalog
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Angst Comics
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Antechamber, Issue #1
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Axilas
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Butt, Number Four
Summer 2002
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Crass Mail
1993; January 20, 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Desperate Times, #8
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Double Bill
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Doublle Bill, No. 3
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Double Bill, The Final Issue
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Erase Errata Tour Diary, Europe
2002
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Face, #9
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Fag School, #2
2006
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Funeral
February 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist, #19
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 25 I (Heart) Amy Carter, #5
Summer 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Jailhouse Turn Out
June 15, 1996
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Kutt, Number Two
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Kutt, Number Three
Winter 2003
Box: 1 Folder : 29 La Rousse, Part 1
February 4, 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Le Tigre Stickers
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Lost I.D.
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Lately, with Correspondence
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Molly Zuckerman Zine
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Mucho Coolan'!
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Mud Flap, #1
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Mud Flap, #2
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 37 The New Yorker, Miranda July
September 18, 2006
Box: 1 Folder : 38 No More Miss Les, The Ten Points
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 39 The Official Kathleen Hanna Newsletter
February 16, 1996
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Plunger, #3
December 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Pocho Magazine, Issue 7
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Pocho Magazine, Number 8
1997
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Pocho Magazine, Number 9
1998
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Polemia, Pre-Copy
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Practice More Failure, Issue No. 3

General

One item removed and placed in oversize

July 2004
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Prone to Fall, Number Four
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Riot Grrrl Press
Fall/Winter 1997
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Riot Grrrl Press, Catalogue
Early 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Riot Grrrl Flyer
April 14, 1993
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Scum Manifesto by Valerie Solanas
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 51 Soda Tragedys Do-It-Yourself Crookbook
August 20, 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 52 Starfucker, #3
September 1999
Box: 1 Folder : 53 Tales of Blarg, Issue Six
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 54 Tobis' Veil, #2
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 55 Topical Treatments, Premiere Issue
Summer 1997
Box: 1 Folder : 56 Topical Treatments, Issue Two
Winter/Spring 1997-1998
Box: 1 Folder : 57 Trouble Makers Flyer
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 58 Untitled Zine 1
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 59 Untitled Zine 2
January 15, 1998
Box: 1 Folder : 60 Welcome to the Valley, Number 5
Undated

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Series III: Correspondence

Scope and Content

This series includes correspondence regarding Fateman's zines.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 61 Fanzine Correspondence
1996-1998
Box: 1 Folder : 62 Hate Mail
1994; February 7, 1997
Box: 1 Folder : 63 Jones, G.B.
November 13, 2002
Box: 1 Folder : 64 Kathleen [Hanna]
1994-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 65 Smith, Jen
February 27, 1997
Box: 1 Folder : 66 Vail, Tobi
March 15, 1997

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Series IV: Media

Scope and Content

This series contains 5 VHS tapes and 1 audio cassette.

Subseries A: Access Copies

Conditions Governing Access

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers.

Subseries B: Originals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Media : ID:258.0001 Side A: Girl Gangs Must Rule All Towns Side B: Josie
Undated
Box: 2 Media : ID:258.0002 Benning, Sadie - Video Works, Volume Three
1995,1998
Box: 2 Media : ID:258.0003 Hardy, K8: 3 Videos Made by K8 Hardy
Undated
Box: 2 Media : ID:258.0004 Knuckle Down
Undated
Box: 2 Media : ID:258.0005 Spit Myself Out
Undated
Box: 2 Media : ID:258.0006 Swallow
1995

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Oversize Series I

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1a Do Something, Asshole

General

Removed from the folder containing "Snarla" in Series I

Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 1b My Need to Speak on the Subject of Jackson Pollock

General

Removed from folder of the same name in Series I

Undated

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Oversize Series II

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: 6 Right Bikini Kill Shirt
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Hot Tub
September 16-October 24, 1998
Folder: 5 Right Practice More Failure, Issue No. 3 Poster

General

Removed from "Practice More Failure, Issue No. 3" folder in Series I

July 2004
Box: 3 Folder : 4 "Sexuality Harassment" by Halley, Janet
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Take Fright Poster
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Julie Ruin Lyrics

General

Removed from Kathleen Hanna correspondence, Box 1, folder 64

undated

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Accretion 2011: Subseries I: Works by Johanna Fateman, 1996, Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Artuad Mania [Paste-Up Master]
1996
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Opposite-Realted Material/Orginal Artwork/Photo Material
1996, Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Unpublished Zine Parts/Love Vs. Light [Original Artwork]
Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 4 3-D Freak Volcano-Artist Statement/Original Artwork
Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 5 My Need To Speak On The Subject Of Jackson Pollock [Flats/Photographs/Slides]
Undated

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Accretion 2011: Subseries II: Zines and Ephemera, 1995, Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Molly Ann McMahon aka Molly 16
Box: 4 Folder : 7 It's Not Your Turn Yet [Shaun Cottle]
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Riot Grrrl Ephemera
Undated

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Accretion 2015

Scope and Content

This series consists of photographs, publications, and artifacts created or collected by Johanna Fateman documenting her involvement in the bands Le Tigre and MEN, as well as the larger punk and riot grrrl scenes. Materials include band t-shirts, performance props, stage outfits, photographs from Le Tigre tours in the early 2000s, and clippings from music magazines featuring or reviewing Le Tigre.

Arrangement

The materials in this series have not been arranged by an archivist; materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Miscellaneous Snarla Correspondence
1992-1995
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Miscellaneous Riot Grrrl Related Photos
1993-2000
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Tracy and the Plastics
circa 2000-2006
Box: 5 Folder : 4 2000 Tour
2000
Box: 5 Folder : 5 T-Shirt Designs
circa 1998-2004
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Press Materials
1999-2000
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Email Interviews
2000
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (MWMF) Protests
2001-2002
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Swim With the Dolphins
2001-2003
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Some Fan Mail
circa 1998-2006
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Sadie
circa 2002
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Miscellaneous Le Tigre Photos
circa 1998-2006
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Drawings for The Opposite: Part I
1996
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Sampler Charts
circa 1998-2006
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Press for Jennifer
2000-2001
Box: 5 Folder : 16 International Originals
2001-2005
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Domestic Originals
2000-2001
Box: 5 Folder : 18 JD's Lesbian Calendar
2003
Box: 5 Folder : 19 ANP Quarterly
2006
Box: 5 Folder : 20-21 (Mixed Materials [31142054898179]) Media Coverage of Le Tigre
2000-2004
Box: 6 Folder : 1-4 (Mixed Materials [31142054898187])
Box: 7 Tour Photographs
circa 2001-2002
Box: 8
Box: 9 Phone Stage Prop Created by JD Samson
circa 2002
Box: 10 Band T-Shirts and Outfits
circa 1998-2004
Box: 11 Stage Outfits
circa 1998-2006

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