The Word Is Out Bookstore in Boulder, Colorado, was owned and operated by Louise Knapp and Sally Kornblith from 1994 to 2008. Word Is Out was focused on feminist and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) authors and subject matters. Records of the Word is Out Bookstore contains documents regarding store operations and advertising, certificate recognitions awarded to the bookstore from agencies representing women’s, LGBTQ, and bookstore communities, audiovisual material, and artifacts. This digital collection, with materials dated 1988 to 2008, comprises certificates, letters and memoranda, advertisements, documents concerning store operations, and political buttons.

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  • Logo sheets 

    Creator(s):Word Is Out Bookstore, author
    Date:undated
    Format:logos
    Design notes for and a variety of sizes of the Word Is Out Women's Bookstore logo.
  • Fixture planning for bookstore 

    Creator(s):Knapp, Louise, designer
    Date:undated
    Format:drawings (visual works)
    Hand drawn plans for bookshelves designed by Louise Knapp and built by her friends for the Word Is Out Women's Bookstore.
  • American Booksellers Association certificate 

    Creator(s):American Booksellers Association, author
    Date:1994
    Format:certificates
    Certificate given by the American Booksellers Association to the Word Is Out Women's Bookstore commemorating WIO's grand opening.
  • Blank employee application 

    Creator(s):Word Is Out Bookstore, author
    Date:undated
    Format:application forms
    Blank employee application for the Word Is Out Women's Bookstore.
  • Original copies of flyers, signs, and labels 

    Creator(s):Word Is Out Bookstore, author
    Date:2000-2008
    Format:promotional materials; press releases
    Drafts and print masters of flyers, press releases, signs, and labels related to promotions and events at the Word Is Out Women's Bookstore.
  • American Booksellers Association letter 

    Creator(s):Speer, Kathleen, author; Knapp, Louise, author
    Date:1994
    Format:letters (correspondence); notes (documents)
    Folder contents include a note and a letter. The note by Louise Knapp explains the importance of Feminist Bookstore News and the Feminist Bookstore Network to Knapp and her partner Sally "Spider" Kornblith when they started ...
  • Feminist Bookstore News list of women's bookstores 

    Creator(s):Feminist Booksellers News, author
    Date:1993-1995
    Format:lists (document genres)
    Three copies of the Feminist Booksellers News FBN List of Women's Bookstores.
  • Newspaper articles on Word Is Out 

    Creator(s):Unidentified photographer
    Date:1993
    Format:photographs
    Photograph of owner Louise Knapp standing in front of the Word Is Out Women's Bookstore at its original location, 1731 15th Street, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Button pins 

    Creator(s):Unidentified designer
    Date:1994
    Format:promotional materials
    Fourteen button pins featuring feminist, lesbian, and anti-nuclear topics.
  • Article on equality in business award for Word Is Out 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:2002-01-30
    Format:articles
    Framed Out Front Colorado article, "John Waters to speak at HRC Dinner." The article also announces the Word Is Out Women's Bookstore as the Equality in Business Award recipient.
  • Certificate of appreciation from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays 

    Creator(s):Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, author
    Date:1998-05-21
    Format:certificates
    Framed certificate recognizing Louise Knapp and the Word Is Out Women's Bookstore for Knapp's service to the mission of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
  • Bookselling course certification 

    Creator(s):American Booksellers Association, author
    Date:1994
    Format:certificates
    Louise Knapp's framed certificate of completion for the American Booksellers Association bookselling course.
  • Word Is Out business cards and bookmarks 

    Creator(s):Word Is Out Bookstore, author
    Date:undated
    Format:business cards; bookmarks
    A Word Is Out Women's Bookstore bookmark and Louise Knapp's business card.
  • Kitchen Table Press memos 

    Creator(s):Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, author
    Date:undated; 1988-10-21
    Format:brochures
    Two notices from Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. The first notifies booksellers how to order Kitchen Table Press titles. The second highlights a Publisher's Weekly review of the book Seventeen Syllables and Other ...