A Guide to the Lucy E. Duncan and Jill Zimmerman Lesbian and Feminist T-Shirt Collection, 1977-1998
Lucy E. Duncan and Jill Zimmerman met at Texas Woman's University around 1975 and soon became inseparable. After completing their studies in 1979, they settled in San Antonio, Texas and began careers as professional librarians. Duncan and Zimmerman were founding members of Las Mujeres Women's Bookstore where they spent many hours staffing the store and selling bookstore items at several San Antonio Pride festivals. Duncan and Zimmerman were involved in organizations that fought for women's and gay rights. They participated in the planning of several Texas Lesbian Conferences and both were part of the WomanSpace Collective. As professional librarians, Duncan and Zimmerman were members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table of the Texas Library Association and the American Library Association.
Lucy Elizabeth Duncan was born in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Holy Name Elementary School, Roger's Junior High School, and San Antonio College. Duncan earned her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Library Science from Texas Woman's University. Her first professional position was at Incarnate Word College. From there, Duncan began a career of 26 years at St. Philip's College Library, retiring as the first full Professor in the library's history. She was also honored with Professor Emeritus status. While at St. Philip's, Duncan was a founding member of the Diversity Committee and was Co-chair of the Women's History Committee for 15 years.
Jill Zimmerman was born in Houston, Texas. She attended Foster and Cynthia Ann Parker Elementary schools, Johnson Jr. High, and Westbury High School. Zimmerman earned her Bacherlor's degree from Texas Woman's University and a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1991, Zimmerman began working at St. Phillip's College and by 1993, she was hired as tenure track, achivieving the rank of Associate Professor. She continues to be involved in library organizations and serves on several committees at St. Philip's College.
Lucy E. Duncan and Jill Zimmerman were married in 2015.
The collection consists of 22 lesbian and feminist t-shirts and one cap. Lesbian t-shirts chronicle the March on Washington during the 1990s, the Texas Lesbian Conference in the 1990s, and Docu Dyke Preserves of Austin Texas, just to mention a few. Graphics on the feminist textiles convey expressions of feminist identity: Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society, Las Mujeres Women's Bookstore in San Antonio, TX., the Incredible Shrinking Woman's Right to Choose, WomanSpace women's collective, and a lavender shirt depicting Woman Power. T-shirts and other memorabilia were purchased at marches, conferences, and women's bookstores.
T-shirts and textiles in the collection have been photographed and digital images are availabe at Wearing Gay History
This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.
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[Identification of item], Lucy E. Davis and Jill Zimmerman Lesbian and Feminist T-shirt Collection, MS 488, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
Donated by Lucy E. Duncan and Jill Zimmerman in June 2017 (Acc 2017-032).
Collection was processed in July 2017 by Melissa Gohlke, Assistant Archivist.
Detailed Description of the Collection