Gertrude's Silver Eighth Note Cafe records 1975-1979 (Collection LSC 2137)

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Title: Gertrude's Silver Eighth Note Cafe records
Collection number: LSC 2137
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.4 linear ft. (1 document box)
Date (inclusive): 1975-1979
Abstract: In the fall of 1975, a group of women opened Gertrude's Silver Eighth Note Cafe in Eugene, Oregon with the idea of supporting a Women's Center. The restaurant functioned as a collective without designating a manager or boss and food was purposely priced inexpensively. This collection contains documents related to the general history, operation, finances, and eventual dissolution of the Eugene, Oregon women's restaurant.
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: Gertrude's Silver Eighth Note Cafe.

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 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], Gertrude's Silver Eighth Note Cafe records (Collection 2137). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

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 History

Processed by Kimberlee Granholm, 2012.
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.

Biography/History

In the fall of 1975, a group of women opened Gertrude's Silver Eighth Note Cafe in Eugene, Oregon with the idea of supporting a Women's Center. The restaurant functioned as a collective without designating a manager or boss and food was purposely priced inexpensively. Gertrude's Cafe often offered activities in the visual and performing arts, including music performances, poetry readings, and displays of painting and photography. In 1976, a radical left group was invited to buy the building where Gertrude's rented, but the two groups never reached a lease agreement and Gertrude's was evicted. Approximately a year later, a group containing original supporters and new supporters opened a second restaurant at 12th and Lincoln. It did not survive financially and a year later was sold (becoming The Wild Iris Cafe, also defunct).

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents related to the general history, operation, finances, and eventual dissolution of the Eugene, Oregon women's restaurant Gertrude's Silver Eighth Note Cafe.

Organization and Arrangement

Folders arranged in rough chronological order.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gertrude's Silver Eighth Note Cafe.
Feminism--Oregon--Archival Resources
Women's Center--Restaurants--Archival Resources

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

General history. circa 1975-1984.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents, news clippings

Scope and Content Note

Contains volunteer lists, news clippings about Gertrude's cafe, information sheets.
Box 1, Folder 2

Fundraising and financial information. 1975-1978.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents

Scope and Content Note

Contains financial proposals, balance statements and grant work.
Box 1, Folder 3

Publicity materials. circa 1976-1977.

Physical Description: Flyers, calendars

Scope and Content Note

Contains flyers, posters, press releases and calendars of events.
Box 1, Folder 4

Communications notebook-1. 1975.

Physical Description: Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebook pages logging events, concerns, plans, announcements and other related information specific to Gertrude's Cafe.
Box 1, Folder 5

Communications notebook-2. 1975.

Physical Description: Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebook pages logging events, concerns, plans, announcements and other related information specific to Gertrude's Cafe.
Box 1, Folder 6

Communications notebook-3. 1976.

Physical Description: Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebook pages logging events, concerns, plans, announcements and other related information specific to Gertrude's Cafe.
Box 1, Folder 7

Communications notebook-4. 1977.

Physical Description: Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebook pages logging events, concerns, plans, announcements and other related information specific to Gertrude's Cafe.
Box 1, Folder 8

Communications notebook-5. 1977.

Physical Description: Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebook pages logging events, concerns, plans, announcements and other related information specific to Gertrude's Cafe.
Box 1, Folder 9

Communications notebook-6. 1977.

Physical Description: Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebook pages logging events, concerns, plans, announcements and other related information specific to Gertrude's Cafe.
Box 1, Folder 10

Communications notebook-7. 1977.

Physical Description: Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebook pages logging events, concerns, plans, announcements and other related information specific to Gertrude's Cafe.
Box 1, Folder 11

Communications notebook-8. 1978.

Physical Description: Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebook pages logging events, concerns, plans, announcements and other related information specific to Gertrude's Cafe.
Box 1, Folder 12

Communications notebook-9. 1978-1979.

Physical Description: Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebook pages logging events, concerns, plans, announcements and other related information specific to Gertrude's Cafe.
Box 1, Folder 13

Communications notebook-10. undated.

Physical Description: Handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebook pages logging events, concerns, plans, announcements and other related information specific to Gertrude's Cafe.
Box 1, Folder 14

Women's Building Correspondence. 1976.

Physical Description: Printed documents and letters, handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains a Women's Building contact list, Women's Building meeting minutes, proposed bylaws and correspondences.
Box 1, Folder 15

Eviction documents. 1976.

Physical Description: Printed documents, news articles, letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains information related to Gertrude Cafe's eviction, including community letters of support and news clippings.
Box 1, Folder 16

Rima Oddessa. 1979.

Physical Description: Story manuscript

Scope and Content Note

Contains "Rima Oddessa: A Story From The Seventies," by Tymess Seagull.
Box 1, Folder 17

Closure materials. 1979.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents, letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to the Gertrude's Cafe closure, including dissolution documents and legal correspondences.