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New York, New York

Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU

A collection of fanzines, recordings, and documents detailing the rise and influence of the feminist punk movement. 

The Fales Library at New York University has many items of historical and cultural importance, but the Riot Grrrl Collection manages to stand out, in all its punk glory.

The Riot Grrrl movement started in the early 1990s as an underground movement combining the rebelliousness of punk rock with the political awareness of feminism. Bands such as Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, and Sleater-Kinney exposed young women to issues that most (male-dominated) bands ignored, including rape, gender inequality, and gay rights. Riot Grrrls would often form chapters and hold meetings to discuss issues and plan political actions, and were a vital component of third-wave feminism.

Recognizing the Riot Grrrls’ cultural and political influence, the Fales Library at NYU has collected audio and video recordings of shows, fanzines, photographs, news clippings, and flyers detailing the movement. Their most unique item is a filing cabinet covered in stickers and filled with numerous Riot Grrrl artifacts donated by Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna. 

The Riot Grrrl Collection is made available to researchers and curious grrrls by appointment only.

Know Before You Go

The Riot Grrrl Collection is in the Fales Library located on the third floor of the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library building. An appointment is needed to view the collection. One can request access by contacting the library by sending an email to fales.library@nyu.edu or calling 212-998-2596. The NYU campus is located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York and is easily accessible by public transport.