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Julia Willis Papers

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Willis (Julia) Papers

Julia Willis papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Willis, Julia
Julia Willis papers
Date [inclusive]
2.0 Linear feet
The collection consists of the writings of Julia Willis, of Charlotte, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. Willis writes short stories, articles, short plays, books, constributions to various anthologies and poetry. The subject matter of her writing is almost exclusively dedicated to lesbian issues and politics. Most of her plays have been produced and some of her writings have earned awards.

Preferred Citation note

Julia Willis collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Julia Willis was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 21, 1949 to William C. and Carolyn (Carrick) Willis. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, graduating in 1973 with a BA in English. Throughout her life she enjoyed writing and made that her vocation. Sometime after college graduation she moved to the Metopolitan Boston area and remained there, writing short stories, plays, poetry, stand-up comedy lines (some of which she has sold to Joan Rivers) and books. Some of her literary works earned her awards. Most of her writing concerns lesbian and feminist issues.

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Scope and Contents note

The scope and content of this collection concerns the perspectives, opinions, and creativity of Julia Willis, a lesbian author in the late twentieth century. The collection consists of her writings: short stories, poems, articles, book drafts, and play scripts.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte November 2011

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The collection was donated in 2010 by the author of the materials, Julia Willis.

Processing Information note

The collection was processed by Robert A. McInnes.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Willis, Julia


  • Authors, American--North Carolina
  • Lesbian authors
  • Lesbian feminism

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General note

Julia Willis spent a life-time writing articles, poems, books, plays, novels and short stories. Several of her works were published in anthologies, and a copy of many of them came with the manuscript collection. The anthologies are: "Beginnings: lesbians talk about the first time they met their long-term partner" (see pages 50-54) ; Cinergy: magazine of the visulite theatre" (see page 6) ; "Dykes with Baggage: the lighter side of lesbians in therapy" (see pages 132-143) ; "The Ghost of Carmen Miranda: and other spooky gay and lesbian tales" (see pages 212-225) ; "Glibquips: funny words by funny women" (see pages 64, 114, 116, 132, 143, 159) ; "Off the Rag: Lesbians Writing on Menopause" (see pages 98-100) ; "Places, Please!: the first anthology of lesbian plays" (see pages 9 and 46) ; "Sinister Wisdom" Fall 1976, Vol. I, No. 2 (see page 87) ; "Sanskrit" Vol. 3, No. 3 (see pages 5-10, and 34-36) ; "Smart: reading in science and art" (see page 3) ; "That takes ovaries!": bold females and their brazen acts" (see pages 130-134) ; "TriQuarterly '79" (see pages 62-84) ; "Women's Glib cartoon calendar 1994" (see April 29) ; "Women's Glib: a collection of women's humor" ; "Women's Lip: outrageous, irreverent and just plain hilarious quotes" (see pages 38, 39, 86, 105, 106, 120) ; "Word of Mouth, Volume 2" (see pages 137-139) ; Willis' books: "Meow-Mories: a place for kitten notes and cat fancies recorded by non-biological parents of fabulous felines" ; "Reel Time: a fabulous comic novel on love, art, old movies, and necco wafers" ; "We Ougtha be in Pictures" ; "Who Wears the Tux: the original great American dyke quiz (accept no substitutes)"

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Collection Inventory

Awards 1979-1998 


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Biographical Sketches and Clippings 


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Book Drafts 

Box Folder

The Kitty Book 

1 3

Meow-Mories 1996 

1 4-6

Reel Time 1998 

1 7-11

Timely Running 

1 12

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Book Proposals 

Box Folder

Timely Running 

1 13

Who Wears the Tux? 1990 

1 14

Book Reviews 


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Boston Baked Theatre and WGBH Mom Shows circa 1990 

1 16

Correspondence 1976-1998 


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Duchess House Review 1972 


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Ends and Means Committee circa 1980 

1 19

Jargon Society 

1 20


Box Folder

Jeffrey Beam 1976-2002 

Scope and Contents note

Jeffrey Beam was one of Willis' friends and colleagues. This files contains some of his writings.

1 22

Robert Patrick 1995-2001 

Scope and Contents note

Robert Patrick was one of Willlis' friends and colleagues. This files contains some off his writings.

1 23

Lloyd Rose circa 1975-1980 

Scope and Contents note

Lloyd Rose was one of Will's friends and colleagues. This file contains some of his writings.

1 24

Aubrey Wertheim 

Scope and Contents note

Aubrey Wetheim was one of Willis' friends and colleagues. This file contains some off his writings.

1 25

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Play Scripts 

Box Folder

The Adventures of Surelyluck Homeless 

1 26

Be Kind to Your Genitals Week 

1 27

The Beagle of the Baskervilles 

1 28

Body and Soul 

1 29

Car Trouble 

1 30

The Children's Play 

1 31

Circles of Love 

1 32

Domestic Enemies 

1 33

The Ersatz Elk 

1 34

Faking It 

1 35

Fallen Angels 

1 36

Food Today, Food Tomorrow 

1 37

Going Up 

1 38

Hand that Rocks the Cradle 

1 39

Happy Birthday 

1 40

The Last Guest 

1 41

Lesson One 

1 42

The Magic Rabbit Theatre of the Airwaves 

1 43

Main Courses 

1 44

Martha Popouts 

1 45

The Next Best Thing to Being There 

2 1

Night and Day 

2 2

On His Way 

2 3

On Target 

2 4

Once Upon an Ever After 

2 5

Soup Du Jour 

2 6

Strictly Business 

2 7

A Study in Aquamarron 

2 8

Terra Infirma 

2 9

'Tis a Pity He's a Bastard 

2 10

Welcome to the World 

2 11

Your Body or Your Life 

2 12


Scope and Contents note

This play was probably written while Willis was attending college at UNC Charlotte.

2 13

Short plays 

Scope and Contents note

These "plays" are so brief that their scripts are contained on one page, and were not deemed significant enough to merit their own files.

2 14

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Box Folder


2 15

Promotional Material for Books and Plays 

2 16

Short Stories 

Box Folder

And Now You Say You Love Me 

2 17

And There Was Leda, Swinging on the Outhouse Door 

2 18


2 19

By any Other Name 

2 20

Color Him Kane 

2 21

Conduct Unbecoming a Mother 

2 22

The Costume 

2 23

The Creative Spark 

1 24

The Dentist 

2 25

Don't Never Underestimate the Power 

2 26

A Fable 

2 27

A Fresh Start 

2 28

How Can I Ignore the Girls Next Door? 

2 30

How Charlene Whisnant Did it... 

2 30

How I learned to Live with Bert Parks 

2 31

How to Keep Mother Living 

2 32

I Won't Mind the Grey Skies 

2 33

In My Father's House 

2 34

In Rehearsal 

2 35

Just Enough 

2 36

Literary License 

2 37

Little Red Wagon Painted Blue 

2 38

Mrs. Julian 

2 39

My Cat is Afraid of the Dark 

2 40

My Dearest Madame 

2 41

My Summer Vacation, or Stepping on Crabs... 

2 42

The Mysteries Among the Manners: An Indefinite Study of Flannery O'Connor 1872 Oct 15 


An Obsession Revisited 

2 44

A Paltry Thing 

2 45

Portrait of a Recoverng Runner 

2 46

Regreta Meets a Mother on the Train 

2 47

The Story of the Cowpoke and the Bunny 

2 48

Stravinski is Dead! Long Live Mitch Miller! 

2 49

Sylva Under Seige 

2 50

Teddy and the Pirates 

2 51


2 52

Then You'll Know What it Means to be Blue 

2 53

The Tinsel and the Glitter 

2 54

What Good is Good Blood? 

2 55

Why I Can't Live with the P.O. 

2 56


2 57

Yesterday's News 

2 58


2 60

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Box Folder

Stand-up comedy jokes and one-liners. 

2 61

Then Mercifully I Fainted 1972 

Scope and Contents note

This was the name of a column in a student publication at UNCC

2 62

Photographs circa 1980 

Box Folder item

Portrait of Julia Willis 

P47 3 P427/1

Group photo of the Ends and Means Committee 

P47 3 P427/2

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