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Barbara Price papers

Identifier: MSS 793

Scope and Contents

The Barbara Price papers consist of approximately 55 linear feet of material dating from 1961 to 2015. The collection consists of personal and professional materials, including correspondence, legal research materials, concert and events production materials, artists press kits, ephemera, photographs, and audio-visual media. The collection includes the individual archives for Women in Production, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, and Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club.

Audio-visal media will be available in the MSU Libraries Reading Room upon request.


  • Creation: 1961 - 2015

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and available for research in the MSU Libraries Special Collections' reading room. For preservation and security purposes, researchers are limited to accessing one folder at a time.

Audio-visual materials are only available in the MSU Libraries Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 5 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Born in 1943 in Lafayette, Indiana, Barbara ("Boo") Kay Price received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College in 1965. From 1965 to 1967, she worked as a Research Assistant for U.S. Senator Birch Evans Bayh, Jr. In 1967, she also worked as a researcher for the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders.

Price received a Juris Doctor from the UC Davis in 1976, that same year she was accepted to the State Bar of California. From 1976-1986 she practiced family law in San Francisco, while producing and promoting women’s music events.

In 1974, while studying law at University of California, Davis, Price produced her first concert, featuring Margie Adam, Vicki Randle, and Cris Williamson.

In 1975 she began representing, booking, promoting, and producing concerts for Margie Adam, together they co-founded Pleiades Records. Price also opened her own production company, Women in Production. Among the many events she produced include the San Diego Women’s Music Festival (1975), Women on Wheels Tour (1976), Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (1976-1994), National Women’s Conference in Houston (1977), National Women’s Political Caucus tour with Margie Adam (1980-1981), New England Women’s Music Retreat (1981), Margie Adam and Sweet Honey In The Rock (1982), and East Bay Pride.

In 1996, Price opens the Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club, a venue for private parties, receptions, workshops, and cultural events. Price was also active in many professional and political organizations including Women and the Law, National Organization for Women, National Women’s Political Caucus, and the National Lesbian Feminist Organization.


55 Linear Feet

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The collection is arranged in 11 series:

1. Biographical Materials

2. Correspondence

3. Legal Practice Records

4. Conferences

5. Professional Organizations

6. Women in Production

7. Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival

8. Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club

9. Ephemera and Artifacts

10. Printed Materials

11. Media

The collection is primarily arranged in chronological or alphabetical order depending on the series, with a few exceptions left as found to contextualize materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Andres Garcia-Price in 2021.

Separated Materials

The following materials have been separated from the collection:

A simple matter of justice : 1993 March on Washington for lesbian, gay, and bi equal rights and liberation : program guide. A copy can be found in our catalog.

Harvard women's law journal vol 1 no. 1 (Spring 1978). A copy can be found in our catalog.

Hot Wire: a journal of women's music and culture. A copy can be found in our catalog.

Lesbian tide - May/June 1978, May/June 1979, July August 1979. A copy can be found in our catalog.

Michigan Bar Journal, vol. 63 no 6, 1984-06. A copy can be found in our catalog.

Newsweek, 1977-11-28. A copy can be found in our catalog.

The Spirit of Houston : the First National Women's Conference : an official report to the President, the Congress and the people of the United States, 1977. A copy can be found in our catalog.

Win: peace and freedom through nonviolent action, 1982-03-15. A copy can be found in our catalog.

Women and the law the unfinished revolution. A copy can be found in our catalog.


Sources consulted in the creation of this finding aid include:

"Barbara Price’s Remarkable Life and Work." San Francisco Bay Times (San Francisco, CA). May 14, 2015.

Diamond, Lucy. "Behind the scenes: Sandy Ramsey and Barbara "Boo" Price." Hot Wire 2, no. 3 (1986): 54-55.

Processing Information

Eli Landaverde processed this collection in 2023.

Barbara Price papers
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Eli Landaverde
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA