Finding Aid for the Robin Ruth Linden papers, 1976-1984

Processed by Stacy Wood, 2011; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Robin Ruth Linden papers
Date (inclusive): 1976-1984
Collection number: 1957
Creator: Linden, Robin Ruth 1956 -
Extent: 3 document boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Robin Ruth Linden is a writer and sociologist whose research has explored women's health, the politics of technomedicine, the Holocaust, reflexive ethnography and life histories. She received the Helen Hooven Santmyer Prize in women's studies and was the Associate Dean of the Graduate School for Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA. Her major works include Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis (editor), Making Stories, Making Selves: Feminsit Reflections on the Holocaust (author) and AIDS on the Ground: Service Learning in a Global Epidemic (coauthored with Carolyn Laub). This collection contains working notes, manuscripts and drafts from the collection edited by Robin Ruth Linden, Against Sadomasochism. Also included are materials from the establishing years of the Women's Studies program at University of California at Santa Cruz, financial and distribution information for Olivia Records, and other Women's distribution outlets. Notes, release forms and funding for the production of Feminism and Science - a video produced by Robin Ruth Linden are also included, as are documents relating to the Feminism and the Philosophy of Science Conference which served as the video's inspiration. Letters, reviews and information relating to the Mary Daly Boston College controversy as well as miscellaneous articles and essays relating to a broad range of feminist topics are also represented. 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: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown. 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 Note

Processed by Stacy Wood, 2011.

Sponsor

The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive  at UCLA is 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robin Ruth Linden papers (Collection Number 1957). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography/History

Robin Ruth Linden is a writer and sociologist whose research has explored women's health, the politics of technomedicine, the Holocaust, reflexive ethnography and life histories. She received the Helen Hooven Santmyer Prize in women's studies and was the Associate Dean of the Graduate School for Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA.
Her major works include Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis (editor), Making Stories, Making Selves: Feminist Reflections on the Holocaust (author) and AIDS on the Ground: Service Learning in a Global Epidemic (coauthored with Carolyn Laub).
Linden also founded the Holocaust Media Project with Lani Silver in 1983 which became the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project (BAHOHP) whose mission is to gather oral life histories of Holocaust survivors, liberators, rescuers and eyewitnesses. The Project is developing and maintaining a catalogue database for public use. Their goal is to provide students, scholars, resource centers around the world and the general public access to their archives in 1997.
Much of Linden's work and politics were at the center of the Feminist Sex Wars of the 1970s and 1980s. The Feminist Sex Wars and Lesbian Sex Wars, or simply the Sex Wars or Porn Wars, were the acrimonious debates within the feminist movement and lesbian community in the late 1970s through the 1980s around the issues of feminist strategies regarding sexuality, sexual representation, pornography, sadomasochism, the role of trans women in the lesbian community, and other sexual issues. The debate pitted anti-pornography feminism against sex-positive feminism, and the feminist movement ended up deeply divided as a result. The Feminist Sex Wars are sometimes viewed as part of the division that led to the end of the second-wave feminist era.
Linden was also involved in distribution for Olivia Records, a collective founded in 1973 to record and market women's music. Olivia Records was the center of some controversy due to the involvement of Sandy Stone, a transgendered Academic theorist, media theorist, author and performance artist. Stone was the sound engineer for Olivia records and drew criticism from a transphobic portion of the lesbian community as documented in the collection.
Linden was also heavily involved with Women Against Violence in Pornography and Media (WAVPM), a radical feminist anti-pornography activist group based in San Francisco and an influential force in the larger feminist anti-pornography movement of the late 1970s and 1980s.

Scope and Content

This collection contains working notes, manuscripts and drafts from the collection edited by Robin Ruth Linden, Against Sadomasochism. Also included are materials from the establishing years of the Women's Studies program at University of California at Santa Cruz, financial and distribution information for Olivia Records, and other Women's distribution outlets. Notes, release forms and funding for the production of Feminism and Science--a video produced by Robin Ruth Linden--are also included, as are documents relating to the Feminism and the Philosophy of Science Conference which served as the video's inspiration. Letters, reviews and information relating to the Mary Daly Boston College controversy as well as miscellaneous articles and essays relating to a broad range of feminist topics are also represented.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials arranged according to subject.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Linden, Robin Ruth, 1956- --Archives.
Women sociologists --California --Archival resources.
Sadomasochism --Social aspects --Archival resources.

Related Material

The Robin Ruth Linden Papers 1978-1983 are located at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute. There are also materials related to Olivia Records between 1979-99 in the San Francisco LGBT Business Ephemera Collection 1960-2010 at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender HIstorical Society.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Against Sadomasochism Introduction Drafts. No Date.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Drafts and notes from Against Sadomasochism.
Box 1, Folder 2

Against Sadomasochism Manuscript Part 1. 1981.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Part one of the completed manuscript for the Against Sadomasochism collection.
Box 1, Folder 3

Against Sadomasochism Manuscript Part 2. 1981.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Part two of the completed manuscript for Against Sadomasochism.
Box 1, Folder 4

Against Sadomasochism Manuscript Part 3. 1981.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Part three of the completed manuscript for Against Sadomasochism.
Box 1, Folder 5

Against Sadomasochism Manuscript Part 4. 1981.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Part four of the completed manuscript for Against Sadomasochism.
Box 1, Folder 6

Against Sadomasochism Original Gallies. 1981.

Physical Description: folded, taped, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Original gallies and mock ups for the Against Sadomasochism collection.
Box 1, Folder 7

Against Sadomasochism Contributor's Notes and Biographies. No Date.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, typewritten pages

Scope and Content Note

Submitted short biographies for the author notes included in the collection Against Sadomasochism.
Box 1, Folder 8

Against Sadomasochism Correspondence with Authors. 1980-1982.

Physical Description: typewritten letters

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with contributing authors about pay rates, contract, deadlines, permissions and edits.
Box 1, Folder 9

Against Sadomasochism Publicity Materials. 1981.

Physical Description: typewritten pages, onion skin

Scope and Content Note

Descriptions of the collection Against Sadomasochism for publishers, distributors and stores.
Box 1, Folder 10

Against Sadomasochism Correspondence with Publishers. 1982.

Physical Description: tri fold flyers, brochures, letters, onion skin

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with publishers with regards to edits, publishing, contracts and history of the collection Against Sadomasochism.
Box 1, Folder 11

Against Sadomasochism Reviews. 1982-1983.

Physical Description: photocopies of clippings, clippings, typewritten paper, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Reviews and profiles from various publications highlighting and discussing the release of Against Sadomasochism. Many are lengthier discussions concerning BDSM and pornography and some are short announcement blurbs.
Box 1, Folder 12

Miscellaneous. No Date.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, photocopies, flyers

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous flyers for events, communications, notes and poems.
Box 2, Folder 1

University of California at Santa Cruz Women's Studies Collective Minutes. 1976.

Physical Description: photocopies, carbon copies, printed and typewritten paper

Scope and Content Note

Minutes, agendas and contact information from the Women's Studies Collective at UCSC.
Box 2, Folder 2

University of California at Santa Cruz Women's Studies Department Course Listings and Information. 1976 - No Date.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Course listings and expanded descriptions as well as agendas and mission statements for the burgeoning Women's Studies department at UCSC.
Box 2, Folder 3

Miscellaneous UCSC. No Date.

Physical Description: photocopies, carbon copies, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous notes and writings from course development or course work.
Box 2, Folder 4

Olivia Records Distribution Information. No Date.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Information about distribution practices for the Olivia collective, updates about difficulties and funding hiccups as well as disputes and challenges.
Box 2, Folder 5

Olivia Records Correspondence. 1976-1978.

Physical Description: photocopies, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence regarding the stocking, release, pricing structures and issues around Olivia records products and efforts.
Box 2, Folder 6

Olivia Records Accounting. 1976-1978.

Physical Description: receipts, printed paper, carbon copies

Scope and Content Note

Accounts payable and receivable.
Box 2, Folder 7

Women's Music Distributors Materials and Information. 1976.

Physical Description: photocopies, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Brochures, promotional materials and distribution details for distributors focused on women's publications and releases.
Box 2, Folder 8

Conference on Violence Against Women Program. December 4-5, 1976.

Physical Description: printed, bound paper

Scope and Content Note

Program guide for the Conference on Violence Against Women Program
Box 2, Folder 9

Women Against Violence in Pornography and Media Conference (WAVPM) Conference Materials. November 17, 1978.

Physical Description: photocopies, printed paper, handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Program guide, personal notes and printed materials relating to conference materials.
Box 2, Folder 10

Feminism and the Philosophy of Science Release Forms. 1979.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Release forms from attendees to the Feminism and the Philosophy of Science for inclusion in film project.
Box 2, Folder 11

Feminism and the Philosophy of Science Conference Materials. 1979.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, photocopies, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Notes, descriptions, schedules and programs from the conference.
Box 2, Folder 12

Feminism and Science Videotape Correspondence and Information. 1981.

Physical Description: envelopes, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence about production, funding and subject matter of the Feminism and Science Videotape from the Feminism and Philosophy of Science conference.
Box 2, Folder 13

Feminism and Science Video Fundraising and Financial. 1981.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, photocopies, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with supporters and potential funding sources.
Box 2, Folder 14

Grant Applications. 1981.

Physical Description: completed form applications

Scope and Content Note

NEH and Youthgrant applications, completed.
Box 3, Folder 1

Article Reprints and Clippings. 1975-1984.

Physical Description: photocopies, original clippings, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Reprinted articles about feminist topics and community.
Box 3, Folder 2

Mary Daly Press Clips, Letters and Lists. 1979.

Physical Description: clippings, printed paper, correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Materials relating to the challenging and acadmemic difficulties of Mary Daly at Boston College. Included is literature from support groups and press releases.
Box 3, Folder 3

Gyn/Ecology Reviews. 1979.

Physical Description: photocopies, newspaper clippings

Scope and Content Note

Reviews about Mary Daly's book Gyn/Ecology.
Box 3, Folder 5

The Social Construction of Gender: A Methodological Analysis of the Gender Identity Paradigm". June 1981.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Paper submitted by Robin Ruth Linden for the sociology department of UCSC for completion of the major.
Box 3, Folder 6

Jewish Feminist Conference Materials. 1982.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Flyers soliciting support, participation and feedback about and for the Jewish Feminist Conference.
Box 3, Folder 7

Women in Broadcasting. 1981.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Materials advertising the services and membership opportunities for the Women in Broadcasting Organization.
Box 3, Folder 8

Funding Feminist Materials. No Date.

Physical Description: newspaper clippings, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Materials related to Funding Feminist organization highlighting their mission statement, agenda and policies.
Box 3, Folder 9

Voices and Visions: A Feminist Media Conference for Bay Area Women. No Date.

Physical Description: flyers, handwritten notes, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Flyers, notes and program materials for Voices and Visions conference.
Box 3, Folder 10

Article Reprints and Clippings. No Date.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Reprinted articles and clippings concerning feminist theory, coursework or news stories.
Box 3, Folder 11

Miscellaneous. No Date.

Physical Description: printed paper, glossy paper

Scope and Content Note

Syllabi, essays, poetry.