Finding Aid for the Jewish Feminist Conference Records, 1971-1983

Processed by Molly S. Jacobs, 2011; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Jewish Feminist Conference Records
Date (inclusive): 1971-1983
Collection number: 1947
Creator: Jewish Feminist Conference
Extent: 1 document box (.5 lindear ft.)
Abstract: According to its statement of purpose, the Jewish Feminist Conference asked, "Why is this conference different from all other conferences? This conference is being organized by Jewish lesbians and Jewish feminists. For many of us the dynamic of being Jewish and lesbian has fueled our energy and provided the impetus for our work." These records contain documents relating to the planning of two San Francisco area conferences, one held in 1982 and the other in 1983. The collection also includes audio tapes from the conference workshops, as well as flyers and pamphlets from Jewish, feminist, and other lesbian organizations and events from California.
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 Molly S. Jacobs, 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], Jewish Feminist Conference Records (Collection Number 1947). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography/History

According to its statement of purpose, the Jewish Feminist Conference asked, "Why is this conference different from all other conferences? This conference is being organized by Jewish lesbians and Jewish feminists...For many of us the dynamic of being Jewish and lesbian has fueled our energy and provided the impetus for our work."

Scope and Content

The Jewish Feminist Conference collection contains documents relating to the planning of two San Francisco area conferences, one held in 1982 and the other in 1983, and audio tapes from the conference workshops. Also included in the collection are flyers and pamphlets from Jewish, feminist, and other lesbian organizations and events from California. The conference packets contain statements on such topics as anti-Semitism, racism, ageism, class and fat oppression, disability and differing cultures within Judaism.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials from conferences are arranged at the beginning of the collection.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Jewish lesbians --Archival resources.
Feminists --United States --Congresses.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Conference Preparation. 1981-1982.

Physical Description: statement of purpose; meeting minutes (typed and hand written); meeting agenda and notes (on butcher paper)

Scope and Content Note

Contains several drafts of the statement of purpose of the first Jewish Feminist Conference (including a final draft); general meeting minutes; workshop ideas; a tentative conference framework; and three large sheets of paper, one outlining a meeting agenda and two with "hopes and fears" regarding the conference.
Box 1, Folder 2

First Jewish Feminist Conference. 1982.

Physical Description: registration packet; organization documents; maps; newspaper

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains a pre-registration packet and information about the conference, including the schedule and workshop descriptions, as well as a sign-up sheet for volunteer work shifts, maps of the area, and information about local restaurants. It also includes a workshop evaluation form and "Statements from the Community." The following statements are included: agism; internalized anti-Semitism; feminism and childcare; class; fat oppression; lesbianism; physical disability; Sephardic and bi-racial Jews; the Middle East; and women in the resistance. An issue of "Off Our Backs: A Women's News Journal," which reviews the conference, is also included (1982 August/September).
Box 1, Folder 3

Second Jewish Feminist Conference. 1983.

Physical Description: organization documents; conference schedule; maps; pamphlets

Scope and Content Note

This folder includes a statement by the conference organizers; registration and conference information; a conference schedule, including information on affinity groups and workshops; a conference evaluation; a flyer for the Jewish Feminist Conference Anthology; a pamphlet from a cultural event held at the conference; and open letters from several participants regarding the inclusion of non-Jewish women at the conference.
Box 1, Folder 4

Meeting Minutes - First Conference. 1981-1982.

Physical Description: meeting minutes (handwritten); financial statement; correspondence

Scope and Content Note

This folder includes mostly handwritten meeting minutes from the planning stages of the first Jewish Feminist Conference. It also contains minutes from meetings held after the conference, most recording feedback received about the event, and a typed letter from a participant with feedback and suggestions for the next conference. Also includes a one-page financial statement.
Box 1, Folder 5

Fundraising and Conference Notes. 1981-1982.

Physical Description: meeting notes (hand written)

Scope and Content Note

Folder includes handwritten notes from meetings leading up to the First Jewish Feminist Conference, consisting largely of fundraising activities. Also includes lists of names and phone numbers and various to do lists.
Box 1, Folder 6

Jewish Feminist Conference Flyers. 1982-1983.

Physical Description: Flyers

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains flyers from various events sponsored by the Jewish Feminist Conference. Includes flyers advertising the second conference.
Box 1, Folder 7

Miscellaneous Women's Events. 1971-1975.

Physical Description: report; newsclipping; press release; pamphlet

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains reports and information about several women's events and conferences, including: The Gay Women's West Coast Conference (a 13-page report by Evan Paxton, press statement from the Revolutionary Caucus, and an issue of the Advocate - 1971 July 21 - Aug 3 - reporting the event); Conference '74: An Amazon Expedition (information sheet, registration information, list of possible workshops); and Lesbian History Exploration (invitational packet, flyer, and information sheet; 1975 May 2-4).
Box 1, Folder 8

Miscellaneous Flyers - San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland. 1977-1982.

Physical Description: flyers and programs

Scope and Content Note

Contains programs from two events - Gay Freedom Day (1977 June 26) and A Benefit for Breakaway: A School for Women (no year Dec 9) - and flyers from events in the Bay Area sponsored by various lesbian and Jewish organizations, including five events hosted by Evan Rubin (formerly Evan Paxton) and several fundraisers and information sessions regarding Proposition 6 - the Briggs Anti-Gay Initiative. Also includes a newsletter from Jewish Arts Community of the Bay (1982 Jan-Mar).
Box 1, Folder 9

Miscellaneous Flyers - Los Angeles. undated.

Physical Description: flyers and programs

Scope and Content Note

Contains flyers from events held in Los Angeles sponsored by lesbian and feminist organizations, including the Women's Center, LA Women's Switchboard, and Women on Wheels. Also includes an order form from Sapphic Journeys: Lesbian Poetry with Music, a program for a comedy concert by Sue Fink and Joelyn Grippo, and a flyer (addressed to Evan Paxton) and program from the Alcoholism Program for Women.
Box 1, Folder 10

Miscellaneous Organizations - San Francisco. undated.

Physical Description: organization statments; information sheets; newspaper clippings

Scope and Content Note

Statements and information sheets from various organizations in the Bay Area, including: The Women's Action at the Bohemian Club; Lesbian Schoolworkers; Diana Press; and the Lesbian Mothers Union (includes a newspaper article - 1971 Nov 23 - and information about the case of Jeanne Jullion, a lesbian who lost custody of her children). Also includes information about a demonstration, a legal rights fact sheet, and information regarding reporting police conduct, witnessing arrest, and arrest, as well as a newspaper article entitled, "SF Sidewalk Arrest Pattern Prompts Conspiracy Charges" (no date or source).
Box 1, Folder 11

Miscellaneous Organizations - Southern California. 1971-1977.

Physical Description: flyers; organizational documents; pamphlet; bibliography

Scope and Content Note

This folder includes two flyers (for the Los Angeles League for the Advancement of Lesbianism in the Arts - 1976 June 5 - and The Spirit of Sisterhood - 1977 Jan 30), a gay bibliography (1971 June), meeting notes and agenda for the Los Angeles Women's Community (typed with handwritten notes, no year June 27), and memo from Sister Salon entitled, "The Women's Community & Economic Survival" (1976 April 4). Also includes organizational documents from Olivia Records, a national women's recording company. The Olivia Records documents include a catalog; pamphlet for Project S.I.S.T.E.R (1975 March 1), which was sponsored by Olivia Records along with several other organizations; an information sheet; a statement regarding the organization's work with Sandy Stone, a transsexual; and three event flyers, one of which was a fundraiser for the Lesbian Mothers' National Defense Fund (no date).
Box 1, Folder 12

Miscellaneous Organizations - Outside California. undated.

Physical Description: pamphlets; news clippings; flyers; contract

Scope and Content Note

Contains information on organizations working on human rights issues in Argentina, including a pamphlet from the Committee for Democracy in Argentina; a pamphlet from ADL Bulletin entitled, "Argentine Anti-Semitism, Again" (1981 Jan); a pamphlet from the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo; and an article from Connexions: An International Women's Quarterly, entitled, "Argentina: A Silent Weapon (1981 Summer). This folder also includes a pamphlet from the National Gay Task Force, a flyer celebrating the publication of "What Happens After School? A Study of Disabled Women;" a sample contract for Old Lady Blue Jeans on behalf of Linda Shear; a flyer for a Linda Shear concert; information on the Lesbian Defense Fund; an information sheet from Boston Bread and Roses; and a pamphlet for the Yvonne Wanrow Fundraising Concert. Yvonne Wanrow was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murder. The Yvonne Wanrow Defense Committee claimed it was self-defense.
Box 1, Folder 13

Miscellaneous newsclippings, press releases, and correspondence. 1971-1981.

Physical Description: newsclippings; press releases; correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Includes an article from the Los Angeles Times entitled, "Fight for Job Rights and Social Status - Lib, Gay: Women in Alliance" (1971 July 26); two misc clippings addressing homosexual bibliographies and libraries; press releases from the West Coast Women's Music and Cultural Festival (1981 Sept) and Shepn Koyech, an anthology of writings by Jewish lesbians (1979 July 6); information and a price list for writings by Judith Stein, lesbian, feminist, Jew; and correspondence from Santa Monica City Library to Evan Paxton (1971 July 16), from "Evelyn" to "Alice" regarding essay submissions (1980 Sept 23), from Ellen Witkovsky, Executive Director of Berkeley JCC to Bonnie Podell (1981 Dec 2), and from Gwen Marie Graphic Arts to Bonnie (1982 Jan 18).
Box 1, Folder 14

Good Taste Productions; Macaroon Productions. 1973-1976.

Physical Description: bumper sticker; press releases; survey; pamphlets; flyers; correspondence; permits; financial records; tickets

Scope and Content Note

Contains documents from two organizations: Good Taste Productions and Macaroon productions. Good Taste Productions was based in Santa Monica, CA and organized "quality entertainment and cultural events for women." The folder includes press releases; a survey of possible events; pamphlets and flyers from events sponsored by the organization; correspondence; building permits; and receipts and check book balance. Macaroon Productions produced women's events and was based in Hollywood, CA. The folder includes flyers for events sponsored by Macaroon Productions and tickets to Macaroon and Good Taste events.
Box 1, Folder 15

Miscellaneous. undated.

Physical Description: photographs; negatives; pamphlet; flyer

Scope and Content Note

Contains: one flyer ("No Nazis in the March" - no date); a pamphlet from Laney College on Services for Students with Disabilities (no date); two photo negatives; and four photographs of Jewish women and lesbians.