Administrative business records of Women's Revolutions Per Minute 1974-2011 [predominantly 1977-2005]; and a collection of the music sold by the company 1977-2005, comprising 1565 vinyl records, audio cassettes, and CDs of music performed, composed, and produced by women artists.
The Women's Revolutions Per Minute archive is divided into the following series:
Corporate Management Records 1979-2003 [WRPM/1]. Administrative business records relating to the corporate management of Women's Revolutions Per Minute. The series is divided into 5 sub-series: Statuary and Legal Records 1979-2001 [WRPM/1/1]; Business Planning Records 1978-2003 [WRPM/1/1]; Handover Records 1979-2003 [WRPM/1/3]; Insurance Records 1980-2002 [WRPM/1/4]; and Employee Records 1983-1993 [WRPM/1/5]. [14 files + 2 items]
Financial Records 1978-2007 [WRPM/2]. Administrative business records relating to the financial management of Women's Revolutions Per Minute. The series is divided into 4 sub-series: Company Accounts 1980-2006 [WRPM/2/1]; Tax Records c 1981-2001 [WRPM/2/2]; Grant Applications 1978-2001 [WRPM/2/3]; and Financial Correspondence 1980-2007 [WRPM/2/4]. [10 files + 22 items].
Business Correspondence: General 1978-2007 [WRPM/3]. General business correspondence relating to commercial operations of Women's Revolutions Per Minute and general enquiries received by the company. The files comprise: business correspondence received from suppliers and customers and during the early years of the distribution network under co-founders Nicolle Freni and Tierl Thompson; general research enquires and miscellaneous correspondence received by WRPM under owner Caroline Hutton; and general business correspondence sent/received by potential artists and other individuals under the ownership of Hilary Friend. [5 files].
Procurement Correspondence 1977-2004 [WRPM/4]. Business correspondence between Women's Revolutions Per Minute and various suppliers (record companies, music distributors, and music artists) relating to the procurement of music for distribution by the company [WRPM/4]. The correspondence files frequently include related business and financial records associated with procurement transactions, such as sales invoices and payment receipts; and/or promotional material about the artists. The series is divided into 2 sub-series. Procurement Correspondence: Record Companies and Music distributors 1977-1996, comprising 35 files arranged alphabetically by organisation name[WRPM/4/1}; and Procurement Correspondence: Artists 1978-2004, comprising 85 files arranged alphabetically by artist name [WRPM/4/2]. [120 files].
Sales Correspondence 1979-2005 [WRPM/5]. Business correspondence between Women's Revolutions Per Minute (WRPM) and wholesale and direct sale customers, relating to the sale of music by the company. The correspondence includes (among others): circular mailings to customers and correspondence with retail outlets, women's groups, libraries, and mail order customers. [9 files].
Sales Catalogues: Women's Revolutions Per Minute 1978-2003 [WRPM/6]. Music sales catalogues produced by Women's Revolutions Per Minute 1978-2003, along with associated catalogue update sheets. [57 items].
Marketing and Promotion Records 1976-2003 [WRPM/7]. Promotional material, administrative business records, correspondence, and press cuttings relating to the marketing of Women's Revolutions Per Minute and the promotion of artists sold by the company (including in the press). The series is divided into 3 sub-series: Publicity Materials: Women's Revolutions Per Minute 1979-2002 [WRPM/7/1]; Correspondence with the Press 1977-1995 [WRPM/7/2]; and Press cuttings 1976-2003 [WRPM/7/3].[26 files].
Events Records 1978-2011 [WRPM/8] Administrative business records, correspondence, and promotional material relating to events attended by Women's Revolutions Per Minute to sell music records and merchandise. The series is divided into 4 sub-series: General Events 1978-2011 [WRPM/8/1]; Festival 1978-2003 [WRPM/8/2]; Concerts and Tours 1979-1997 [WRPM/8/3]; Conferences, Symposiums, and Book weeks 1984-2002 [WRPM/8/4]. [50 files].
Affiliation Records 1980-1999 [WRPM/9]. Administrative business records and correspondence relating to feminist music organisations to which Women's Revolutions Per Minute was affiliated. The files cover affiliations to the women's music distribution networks WILD [Women's Independent Label Distributors] and Euro-WILD; and the national membership organization Women In Music; as well as a file relating to a visit by WRPM owner, Caroline Hutton, to Borstplaat a Dutch women's music distributor and fellow Euro-WILD member. [4 files].
Artist Promotional Files c 1977-2011 [WRPM/10]. Promotional material for women music artists collected by Women's Revolutions Per Minute, predominantly (although not exclusively) relating to artists which were distributed by the company. The files include material such as press releases, promotional artist overviews, biographies, publicity flyers, posters, publicity photographs, song lyrics, record sleeves, and copies of press reviews about artists. Files cover individual women musical artists and all-women bands artists from the UK, USA, Europe, and elsewhere. Artists include (among others) figures from the US women's music movement, including Margie Adam,, Meg Christian, Alix Dobkin, Therese Edell, Kay Gardner, Woody Simmons, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Linda Tillery, Teresa Trull, Mary Watkins, and Cris Williamson; as well as UK-based artists such as Frankie Armstrong, The Fabulous Dirt Sisters, The Guest Stars, Hi-Jinx, Jam Today, The Mistakes, Ova, and The Siren Theatre Company. [173 files].
Posters 1974-1997 [WRPM/11] Publicity posters for Women's Revolutions Per Minute and posters collected by WRPM relating to women musical artists, women's music concerts, women's music festivals; and educational resources relating to women and music The series includes (among others): general publicity posters for the WRPM; posters for US women's music performers, including Margie Adam, Meg Christian, Alix Dobkin, Holly Near, Cris Williamson; posters for British bands, including Ova, The Guest Stars, and Tour De Force; and informational posters relating to women and music history. [78 items].
Postcards 1980s-1990s [WRPM/12]. Promotional postcards for women musical artists, record labels, and women's music events. Series includes (among others) postcards for Sheila Chandra; Chard Festival of Women in Music; and Rosetta Records. [4 files + 2 items].
Songbooks 1983-2000 [WRPM/13]. Printed songbooks (some with related musical audio recordings) containing song lyrics and associated musical notation for women's music and music by women. The series includes songbooks for News from Babel; Alison Burns; Libana; Sandra Kerr; and Making Music on the Line. [5 items].
Sales Catalogues: Other Organisations 1977-2000 [WRPM/14]. Music sales catalogues and associated promotional information, produced by other organisations, collected by Women's Revolutions Per Minute. The series includes sales catalogues issued by music record labels and women's music distributors, including (among others): catalogues for Ladyslipper Music (USA), Olivia Records (USA), Redwood Records (USA), Borstplaat (Netherlands); and Troubadisc (Germany). [12 files].
Periodicals: Other Organisations 1974-2003 [WRPM/15]. Print publications by other organisations collected by Women's Revolutions Per Minute. Includes: newsletters, magazines, and bulletins issued women's music organisations (including Women In Music) and all-women record labels (Olivia Records); women's music journals (including 'Hot Wire' and 'cling/Klong'); as well as general feminist journals and music magazines containing articles or special issues relating to Women's Music / Women and Music. [197 items]
Clothing 1970s-1980s [WRPM/16]. T-shirts and other merchandise clothing relating to women's music artists, women's music festivals, and feminist music organisations. Artists include: Margie Adam, The Fabulous Dirt Sisters, The Guest Stars, Holly Near, Ova, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Cris Williamson. Festivals include: Chard Festival of Women in Music and Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. [15 items]
Music Recordings c 1977-2005 [WRPM/AUDIO]. 1565 vinyl records, audio cassettes, and compact discs of music performed, composed and produced by women, which was sold by Women's Revolutions Per Minute. The series includes recordings of women's music, folk, jazz, rock, world music, traditional singers, a cappella song, classical composers, and educational resources. It is organised into two sub-series: Music Recordings: Caroline Hutton WRPM/AUDIO/CH], comprising records collected and sold by Caroline Hutton during her ownership (1979-1999) of the company [1132 items]; and Music Recordings: Hilary Friend [WRPM/AUDIO/HF], comprising records collected and sold during Hilary Friend's ownership (1999-2005) of Women's Revolutions Per Minute [433 items]. [1565 items].