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Telewoman Newsletter records, 1976-1986 (Collection LSC 2142)
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Title: Telewoman Newsletter Records
    Collection number: LSC 2142
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.4 linear ft. (10 document boxes, 1 flat box)
    Date (inclusive): 1976-1986
    Abstract: Telewoman is an independent, self-published lesbian newsletter, based in Pleasant Hill, California, which ran from the late 1970’s to mid 1980’s. Founded as a networking resource for lesbian writers, artists and educators, the newsletter served to connect isolated lesbians in remote and urban centers, especially mothers, differently-abled, low-income, incarcerated and agoraphobic women. It ran primarily on the work and personal charisma of its founder and sole editor, Anne J. D’Arcy. As evidenced in her personal correspondence and the Telewoman publications, she was invested in community and spirituality. Her role as Telewoman editor was one of advisor, confidante and a figure connecting otherwise isolated women.
    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: Telewoman.

    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

    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], Telewoman Newsletter Records (Collection 2142). 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 Information

    Processed by Pallavi Sriram in 2013 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Jillian Cuellar.
    The processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia. 

    Biography/History

    Telewoman is an independent, self-published lesbian newsletter, based in Pleasant Hill, California, which ran from the late 1970’s to mid 1980’s. It ran primarily on the work and personal charisma of its founder and sole editor, Anne J. D’Arcy. Its circulation had extended nationally by the time of its closing. Founded as a networking resource for lesbian writers, artists and educators, the newsletter served to connect isolated lesbians in remote and urban centers, especially mothers, differently-abled, low-income, incarcerated and agoraphobic women. Its primary goals were not so much radical as they were meant to create and foster a safe and productive space for lesbian women. To this end, Telewoman, in addition to its newsletter, regularly hosted community gatherings and parties.
    The collection consists largely of the papers of Editor Anne D’Arcy. Intentionally never married, she was a single mother of three children. Her long-time lover with whom she had a very close, albeit complicated, relationship was still in a non-sexual marriage and battling agoraphobia, and seems to be one of the primary motivations for D’Arcy’s founding of Telewoman. As evidenced in her personal correspondence and the Telewoman publications, she was invested in community and spirituality, following Ram Dass, Jiddu Krishnamurti, the Seth material, Ron Hubbard (Scientology) and others. Her role as Telewoman editor was one of advisor, confidante and a figure connecting otherwise isolated women. Aside from her work on Telewoman, D’Arcy continued her work in the legal profession in a social services agency where she supervised social workers and counselors and represented government action in legal proceedings.

    Scope and Content

    This collection provides administrative, publicity-related and contextual material concerning Telewoman, primarily in the form of the extensive correspondence of founder-editor Anne D’Arcy. Its primary significance is the light it sheds on the cultural environment in which the newsletter existed, specifically regarding the lesbian community in Northern California, as well as nationally. This environment is represented by D’Arcy’s correspondence with a close network of founders and editors of a number of other Bay Area lesbian publications as well as with artists and writers in the Mid-West, East Coast and elsewhere. This environment and network is also represented in this collection by the informational material received by Telewoman and Anne D’Arcy from publications, projects and organizations serving lesbian communities and needs.
    While this collection does not contain issues of the Telewoman newsletter, which can be found elsewhere, it does contain paste-ups and production material of select issues and ads. In addition, the collection includes author files of contributors to the newsletter; article and poetry submissions, photographs and drafts of spotlight articles. These materials give an idea of the style, form and type of content found in the newsletter, which in turn provide an idea of its aims and function in the lesbian communities within which it circulated.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1: Administrative Records 1977-1986
      • Subseries 1.1 Personal Correspondence 1977-1986
      • Subseries 1.2 General/Business Correspondence 1977-1986
      • Subseries 1.3 Other Organizations 1981-1986
    • Series 2: Marketing and Production 1977-1986
    • Series 3: Author Files 1976-1986
    Series are arranged alphabetically.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    D'Arcy, Anne J. (Anne Jeanne) --Correspondence.
    Telewoman, Inc. --Archives.
    Telewoman.
    Lesbians --United States --Periodicals.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    manuscripts for publication.

    Related Material

    The following institutions hold issues of Telewoman: Texas Women's University and University of Illinois- Urbana Champagne among others.