Gianna Groves-Lord papers 1950-1993

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Title: Gianna Groves-Lord papers
Collection number: 2138
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.2 linear feet (3 document boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1950-1993
Abstract: Gianna Groves-Lord was a professional chef who later turned to floristry. The bulk of her papers consists of personal records related to United States immigration and employment.
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: Groves-Lord, Gianna

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

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gianna Groves-Lord papers (Collection 2138). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7347865 

Acquisition Information

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 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

Gianna Groves-Lord began her professional career in England in 1960 as a caterer. Upon coming to the United States through employment with the South African Embassy, she found herself as the only "lady chef" in Embassy Row in Washington D.C. She was hired away from the embassy by Harriet Deutsch and moved to California. Later, she gave up catering after severe back problems and hospitalization, and turned to floristry. She began work with Pierre Kenards Custom Florist in 1975.

Scope and Content

The Gianna Groves-Lord papers largely consists of her personal records related to United States immigration and employment. They also include financial documents, correspondence, hobbies, and papers on health. The collection also contains various newspaper clippings and photographs.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Groves-Lord, Gianna
Florists--California--Archival resources
Women cooks.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Immigration and Work Visa Material. 1965-1971.

Physical Description: Papers and Printed Material

Scope and Content Note

Documents issued from the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, lawyers, and British Consulate in reference to Groves-Lord's immigration to the United States and employment.
Box 1, Folder 2

Work letters of reference. 1951-1972.

Physical Description: Printed material, letters

Scope and Content Note

Personal references from previous employers recommending Groves-Lord for future employment. Bulk pertain to employment as a personal chef.
Box 1, Folder 3

Passports and Driving License. 1956, 1966.

Physical Description: Hardcover passports, booklet

Scope and Content Note

Contains Groves-Lord's 1956 and 1966 British passports, as well as her Italian driving license issued in 1966.
Box 1, Folder 4

Legal documents and certificates. 1943-1983.

Physical Description: Printed material, certificates

Scope and Content Note

Contains birth certificate, divorce certificate from Bernard Groves, marriage and divorce certificates from Don Lord, certificate in Floral Arts, certificate from the Lewis Hotel-Motel School, British citizenship application, promissory notes, and legal documents/correspondences.
Box 1, Folder 5

Personal finances. 1956-1987.

Physical Description: Papers and Printed Material

Scope and Content Note

Contains documents related to taxes, social security, medicare, insurance, and personal finances (including bank notes and check register).
Box 1, Folder 6

Medical records, personal health. 1977-1989.

Physical Description: Booklets, papers, letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains appointment receipts, informational booklets on hearing impairment, prescription notes, and doctor notes/letters.
Box 1, Folder 7

Car maintenance. 1982-1989.

Physical Description: Papers and Printed Material

Scope and Content Note

Includes automotive invoices, car insurance documents, information sheets on repairs and instructions on maintenance, handwritten notes, repair workshop class papers.
Box 1, Folder 8

Antiques certificates. undated.

Physical Description: Certificates, printed material

Scope and Content Note

Ownership certificates of authenticity for various collectibles, the majority for porcelain plates.
Box 2, Folder 1

Address books, business cards. undated.

Physical Description: Books, papers, handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains two vis-a-card file books with business cards, personal notes of addresses or phone numbers, and two address books.
Box 2, Folder 2

Calendars. 1983-1993.

Physical Description: Calendars

Scope and Content Note

Yearly calendars containing handwritten activities, events and reminders.
Box 2, Folder 3

Floral work, design. 1974-1985.

Physical Description: Papers and Printed Material, Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Floral orders, price lists, magazine images, and receipts. Also contains business letters and a 1975 South Gate Press newspaper feature on Groves-Lord, entitled "Whimsical Animals Made with Flowers."
Box 2, Folder 4

Astrology. undated.

Physical Description: Newspaper, handwritten notes, printed material

Scope and Content Note

Contains volume LXVI, no. 5 issue of Astrology and Psychic News, a 1989 printed copy of Portait Astral, and handwritten notes on individuals' astrological signs.
Box 2, Folder 4

Recipes and Menus. circa 1980's.

Physical Description: Papers and Printed Material

Scope and Content Note

Includes recipe clippings from newspapers, handwritten recipes, food guides, and restaurant menus.
Box 2, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings. circa 1970's-1980's.

Physical Description: Newspaper

Scope and Content Note

Contains various article clippings, many from the Los Angeles Times and the National Enquirer.
Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondences. 1968-1990's.

Physical Description: Papers, Handwritten notes, cards

Scope and Content Note

Contains greeting cards, postcards and letters written to Gianna Groves-Lord.
Box 3, Folder 2

Gay/Lesbian articles and papers. circa 1985-1993.

Physical Description: Booklets, papers, letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains Buck Roger's Happenings Events Calendar from August 1985, letters concerning the West Coast Conference for Old Lesbians, newsletters and pamphlets, and a Hall of Fame certificate from the June L. Mazer Lesbian Collection.
Box 3, Folder 3

Photographs. circa 1950-1990.

Physical Description: Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Contains large photographs, portraits, and headshots, some with handwritten notes.
Box 3, Folder 4

Photographs. circa 1950-1990.

Physical Description: Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Bulk contains portraits or candid shots. Few have notes or dates.
Box 3, Folder 5

Photographs. circa 1950-1990.

Physical Description: Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Bulk of contents include nude portraits, photographs of women.
Box 3, Folder 6

Photographs. circa 1950-1990.

Physical Description: Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Bulk of image content includes floral displays or animals.
Box 3, Folder 7

Miscellaneous. undated.

Physical Description: Papers and Printed Material, Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains receipt, prayer booklets, film calendars, papers related to pet care, personal notes. Also contains a nameless love letter dated January 13, 1972.