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Guide to the Frances Duncan Riot Grrrl Collection MSS.453

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 16, 2020
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Weatherly Stephan to document missing boxes  , March 2020

Descriptive Summary

Creator - dnr: Duncan, Frances
Title: Frances Duncan Riot Grrrl Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1992-1998
Abstract: Frances Duncan grew up in the New York area. While in high school, she was an avid fan of the Riot Grrrl music scene, especially the band Sleater-Kinney, and performed in her own band, Tryke. In the late 1990s, she received her undergraduate degree in writing from Sarah Lawrence College while designing websites for Riot Grrrl bands from the Pacific Northwest in her spare time. This collection features items created and collected by Duncan in her teens and early twenties documenting her involvement in the Riot Grrrl movement. Materials include diaries, day planners, notebooks, zines, photographs, art originals, and cassette tapes, as well as artifacts and memorabilia. The collection also includes a metal lunchbox covered in stickers and containing handcuffs and a nightgown. Bands prominently featured in the collection include Sleater-Kinney, Nilla, Marmalade, Versus and Vitapup.
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet in two record cartons
Language: Materials in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.453

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Biographical / Historical

Frances Duncan grew up in the New York area. While in high school, she was an avid fan of the Riot Grrrl music scene, especially the band Sleater-Kinney, and performed in her own band, Tryke. In the late 1990s, she received her undergraduate degree in writing from Sarah Lawrence College while designing websites for Riot Grrrl bands from the Pacific Northwest in her spare time. Today, she lives in Portland, Oregon and works as an independent web editor.

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Scope and Contents

This collection features items created and collected by artist and web designer Frances (Fran) Duncan in her teens and early twenties documenting her involvement in the Riot Grrrl movement. Materials include diaries, day planners, notebooks, zines, photographs, art originals, and cassette tapes, as well as artifacts and memorabilia. The collection also includes a metal lunchbox covered in stickers and containing handcuffs and a nightgown. Bands prominently featured in the collection include Sleater-Kinney, Nilla, Marmalade, Versus and Vitapup.

Arrangement

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

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Access Points

Subject Organizations

  • Sleater-Kinney (Musical group)

Subject Topics

  • Feminist music
  • Punk culture.
  • Teenage girls.
  • Riot grrrl movement.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Boxes 1 and 2 of this collection are missing as of September 2018, and are therefore not available to researchers.

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); Frances Duncan Riot Grrrl Collection; MSS 453; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Frances Duncan in April of 2016. The accession number associated with this collection is 2016.019.

Processing Information

At the time of accessioning, materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes, maintaining the original order that the materials were in. Original folder or envelope titles given by the donor were retained. Small items such as stickers were rehoused in small envelopes but kept in their original order within larger folders or envelopes. Items in the lunchbox were not rehoused.

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