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Collection Number: 04453

Collection Title: Lollipop Power, Inc., Records, 1970-1986

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Size 8.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2500 items)
Abstract Lollipop Power was a non-profit corporation formed by a group of women to publish non-sexist children's books. The corporation operated from 1970 to 1986 in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, N.C. Correspondence with authors and others, subject files, clippings, volumes, financial records, meeting records, distribution ledgers, photographs, and other material relating to Lollipop Power, Inc. Other material includes copies of various editions of books published by Lollipop Power and audio tapes of interviews relating to the publication of non-sexist children's books.
Creator Lollipop Power, Inc.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Lollipop Power, Inc., Records #4453, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Lollipop Power, Inc., of Carrboro, N.C., in June 1986.
Gift of Susan Ballinger of Chapel Hill in October 1992.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Lollipop Power evolved in the late 1960s from a women's consciousness-raising forum in the Carrboro-Chapel Hill-Durham, North Carolina area. Dedicated to publishing non-sexist children's literature, the collective published Jenny's Secret Place, its first book, in October 1970. The author, Sara Evans Boyle, was an original member of the group of about ten women that founded Lollipop Power.

Following the success of its early books, the organization continued to hold weekly business meetings and yearly gatherings of the board of directors. The corporation received loans and gifts and, in 1972, it acquired tax-exempt status and hired a salaried employee. Operating from 304 West Weaver Street in Carrboro, Lollipop Power published six books between 1973 and 1975.

The collective's efforts attracted attention, with members giving speeches and lectures to feminist and student groups and granting television interviews. Reviews tended to be favorable. Domestic sales were successful and some of the books were marketed overseas.

After the first six years, the membership became less active. From 1976 to 1982, the group published six more books, but sales never matched the numbers sold in the early years. Advertising was still placed in feminist magazines, but there was a shift to marketing in bookstores and through distributors like Gryphon House and WIND.

In June 1986, Lollipop Power ceased its operations. The Carolina Wren Press of Durham, another non-profit publisher, assumed control of the remaining stock and prepared to reissue Lollipop Power's more popular works.

[Source: Everett, Merrikay, A History of Lollipop Power, Incorporated: Small Press With A Vision (April 1984), unpublished masters paper, School of Library Science, UNC-CH.]

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This material has been roughly arranged into categories as outlined below. Most of it remains in the labelled folders in which it was received at the Southern Historical Collection.

Correspondence, meeting notes, and other files of Susan Ballinger, long-time member of the Lollipop Power collective. Some of the material may duplicate material already on file.

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Contents list

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Box 1

Correspondence, 1970-1986. About 650 items relating chiefly to the members of the corporation, the authors and illustrators of works published by the organization, educational societies, other publishers, and educators. In addition to correspondence, this box includes layouts for stationery, press releases, and flyers. #04453, Series: "Lollipop Power, Inc., Records, 1970-1986." Box 1

Box 2

Meeting Minutes, Forms, and Record Sheets, 1970-1986. About 650 items pertaining to accounting for funds, mailing regulations, meeting minutes from 1970 to 1986, banking transactions, copyright laws, and the Reading Is Fundamental program. There is also material concerning applications for loans, grants, Library of Congress catalog numbers, and International Standard book numbers. Within these files are a few letters that relate to these applications and their respective agencies. #04453, Series: "Lollipop Power, Inc., Records, 1970-1986." Box 2

Box 3

Correspondence, Tax Statements, and Reviews, 1970-1986. About 650 items including employees' income tax records, correspondence with other publishers and prospective authors, and book reviews from numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. #04453, Series: "Lollipop Power, Inc., Records, 1970-1986." Box 3

Box 4

Ledgers, 1971-1985. Thirteen volumes containing ledger sheets of orders, addresses of customers, and discounts granted. #04453, Series: "Lollipop Power, Inc., Records, 1970-1986." Box 4

Box 5

Correspondence, Flyers, and Advertisements, 1971-1985. About 650 items, including correspondence with authors and related businesses, printed advertisements from suppliers, supply reports, flyers, and mock-ups of publications of Lollipop Power. The advertisements are from providers of such services as typesetting and printing equipment. #04453, Series: "Lollipop Power, Inc., Records, 1970-1986." Box 5

Box 6

Published Books. Thirty-seven different editions of nineteen books issued by Lollipop Power. These books include paperback, hardback, and library editions. #04453, Series: "Lollipop Power, Inc., Records, 1970-1986." Box 6

Pictures. Twenty-eight photographs of members of Lollipop Power. (P-4453/1-28) #04453, Series: "Lollipop Power, Inc., Records, 1970-1986." Box 6

Audio Tapes. Three cassette tapes: an interview with Patti Paddock (T-4453/1); an interview with Ellen Fried (T-4453/2); and "Small Alternative Press Publishing for Children" (1981, Madison, Wisconsin) (T-4453/3). #04453, Series: "Lollipop Power, Inc., Records, 1970-1986." Box 6

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Filed in Box 5

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Processing Information

Processed by: Benjamin H. Trask, February 1987

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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