The collection covers the bookstore's early years operating as a volunteer, then worker-owned collective (1971-1986), through the period covering moves to Harmon Place (mid-1980s), the Chrysalis Building (2001) and 48th Avenue and Chicago Avenue (2006). Though the store closed in 2012, there is little documentation in the collection for the period from 2007 to 2012.
There was no original arrangement of collection materials: the finding aid is arranged into two series: Series 1, Administration, contains materials documenting the daily business of the bookstore, including by-laws, shareholder statements, daily staff logs, staff meeting minutes, personal, customer and business correspondence, promotional flyers, catalogs, financials, photographs, building plans, and ephemera: and Series 2, Amazon Bookstore vs. Amazon.com, containing court depositions, correspondence, meeting minutes, local and national articles and news clippings based on a suit initiated by Amazon Bookstore against Amazon.com in 1999 over name infringement.
Of particular interest, in addition to Amazon law suit materials, is the lengthy and largely complete set of daily store logs from the early 1970s -1980s recording business activity, store operations and personal reflections of women involved in running the bookstore. Most of these logs are numbered: dates are supplied where numbers are not given.
Amazon Bookstore also played an important role promoting activities in the local lesbian and women's community, as reflected in the program flyers in the collection. As a feminist bookstore, Amazon was part of a national network of feminist bookstores producing book and product catalogs. These activities are reflected in the collection of feminist book catalogs and materials concerning the Women In Print Conference which the bookstore sponsored.
Researchers interested bookstore programming and outreach in the 1990s to 2001 should consult the run of News & Notes, the bookstore's monthly newsletters.