Scope and Content
Organization and Arrangement
Title: Joan Robins papers
Date (inclusive): 1972-1985
Collection number: 1952
1 document box (.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: The Joan Robins Papers contain documents relating to various lesbian and feminist organizations and conferences. Also included
is information related to organizing in defense of the Equal Rights Amendment and reproductive rights and against the Family
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
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
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Restrictions on Access
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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.
June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive
at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the
June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives
UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)
. 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.
Processed by Molly S. Jacobs, 2011.
[Identification of item], Joan Robins papers (Collection 1952). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
Joan Ellen Robbins, also known as Joan Hoffman, was born in 1947. She was the co-founder, along with Dorothy Bricker and Marianne
Yatrovsky, of the first consciousness - raising (CR) group in Los Angeles. They convened at the Haymarket Center. The group
grew rapidly and was necessarily moved to a church in South Central Los Angeles that would accommodate their larger attendance.
The group was notorious for dramatic and aesthetically detailed protesting tactics.
Joan Robins also started the Women's Center in Los Angeles, which hosted various CR groups as well as labor union groups and
lesbian activist groups that had splintered from the Gay and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles. The group Lesbian Feminist, of
which Robbins was an original member, originated at the Women's Center. Lesbian Feminist held the first formalized dialogue
concerning divergences and convergences as well as shared political goals for gay, straight and bisexual people. They also
interrupted the meetings of The National Organization for Women (NOW) in order to bring lesbian visibility to the center of
their agenda. Joan Robbins was also a founding member of the anti-rape squad.
In 1968, Joan Robbins wrote the Handbook of Women's Liberation alongside her then husband, Frank Hoffman. The handbook was
only available at the Women's Center.
In 1973, Joan Robbins helped to organize the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women. She became their director of
education in 1975 and handled media appearances, commentary and outreach programming. She eventually left the organization
as its rapid growth could not be supported by its infrastructure.
She attended the University of Southern California School of Social Work and is a licensed medical social worker. She also
holds a Bachelor's degree from University of California Los Angeles.
Scope and Content
The Joan Robins papers contain documents related to various lesbian and feminist organizations and conferences, as well as
several personal items. These papers include organizational documents, flyers, information pamphlets, newsletters, press releases,
and handwritten notes. The collection dates from 1972-1985.
Organization and Arrangement
Materials are arranged chronologically.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Robins, Joan, 1947- --Archives.
Lesbian activists --California --Archival resources.