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Jean Miller papers 1964-1980 (Collection LSC 2139)
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Jean Miller papers
    Collection number: LSC 2139
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1964-1980
    Abstract: Jean Lewis Miller was a Bay area feminist lesbian activist and Berkeley Public Library employee. Her papers largely cover political and legal struggles with the city of Berkeley. The collection also contains suffragist literature, unpublished manuscripts and personal documents.

    Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Miller, Jean (Lewis)

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jean Miller papers (Collection 2139). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives,   the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)   and the UCLA Library.  

    Processing History

    Processed by Kimberlee Granholm, 2012
    This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives,   the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)   and the UCLA Library.   These collections expand the pool of primary source materials available to researchers and to the community at large. This partnership was initiated by CSW and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize more than eighty Mazer collections pertaining to lesbian and feminist activism and writings.

    Biography/History

    Jean Lewis Miller was a Bay area feminist lesbian activist. Miller was an early participant in Women's Liberation as a member of Women of the Free Future and Women in Solidarity. She worked part-time as an employee of the Berkeley Public Library. In 1971 she was fired for writing a published article in the Berkeley Post to expose sexism and racism in the library. After 25 women marched on the Board of Directors meeting, she was reinstated, and dedicated herself to serving women's needs within the library through her self-created Women's Project. This group was later discontinued by the library after her formation of the Berkeley Women's Affirmative Action Union. After public protest, Miller became the first person arrested at a City Council meeting. Thereafter, she endured a nine day hunger strike in Santa Rita, was jailed a second time, was fired and jailed a third time; from which charges she was acquitted, but jailed for contempt of court. Jean filed a lawsuit in federal court charging sex discrimination and political retaliation in 1974. Years later, the case was dismissed. In 1980, Miller died after a two month battle with cancer.

    Scope and Content

    The Jean Miller papers consist of documents relating to her political struggles with the city of Berkeley over affirmative action, sex and race discrimination. Included are legal documents, suffragist literature, college research papers, letters to her son, materials relating to Inez Garcia, and unpublished manuscripts on motherhood and women's sexuality.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Miller, Jean Lewis
    Lesbian activists--United States--Archival resources
    Lesbian librarians--United States--Archival resources