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June L. Mazer papers, 1929-1988 (Collection LSC 2136)
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
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  • Title: June L. Mazer papers
    Collection number: LSC 2136
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1 linear ft. (2 document boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1929-1988
    Abstract: June L. Mazer was born in Baltimore, MD in 1929. Her educational experiences combined with her tenure at the Children's Experimental Theatre in Baltimore, the Center for the Healing Arts in Los Angeles, and the California Institute of Psychodrama in Los Angeles led her to the practice of Psychodrama Therapy at several different medical institutions throughout the country. In 1970, she moved to Los Angeles and soon became active in the lesbian activist community. After her death in 1987, the name of the West Coast Lesbian Collections was changed to the June L. Mazer Archives to commemorate her commitment to lesbian activism and historical preservation. The June L. Mazer papers include her personal writings, ephemera, as well as her publications and clippings.
    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: Mazer, June L. 1929-1987

    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], June L. Mazer papers (Collection 2136). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Acquisition Information

    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 Stacy Wood, 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

    June L. Mazer was born in Baltimore, MD in 1929. In 1949 she received her Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland where she served as the editor of the college newspaper. In 1952, June gained the title O.T.R. (Occupational Therapist Registered) through the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. In 1964, Mazer received her Master of Arts from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. with a focus in drama and social work. These educational experiences combined with her tenure at the Children's Experimental Theatre in Baltimore, the Center for the Healing Arts in Los Angeles, and the California Institute of Psychodrama in Los Angeles led her to the practice of Psychodrama Therapy at several different medical institutions throughout the country. During this time, Mazer contributed articles on her work to many professional journals.
    Throughout her life, Mazer remained an active part of her community. In 1970 she moved to Los Angeles and soon became active in the lesbian activist community. She joined the Board of Directors of the Southern California Women/Whitman Radcliffe Foundation and remained active when it branched off and became the Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU), an educational non-profit dedicated to the enhancement of quality of life for lesbians everywhere. In 1979, June Mazer met Bunny MacCulloch and they became lovers. Both Mazer and MacCulloch were passionate and consistent believers in the preservation of lesbian history. Together they were involved in, supported or belonged to a number of progressive organizations including: the American Civil Liberties Union, Connexxus Women's Center, the Gay and Lesbian Press Association, the International Gay and Lesbian Archives (IGLA), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Lesbian Rights Project and the Southern California Women for Understanding.
    In 1985, June was diagnosed with cancer and after a year and a half she succumbed to her illness on January 16, 1987. The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, an archive dedicated to preserving lesbian history that was formerly known as the West Coast Lesbian Collections, was named for her upon her death to commemorate her commitment to lesbian activism and historical preservation.

    Scope and Content

    The June L. Mazer papers contain her personal, professional and activist materials including photographs, journals, correspondence, artworks, astrology readings, ephemera, identification documents, and other personal materials. A portion of the collection is made up of professional literature in the field of occupational therapy and June's publications on psychodrama and innovations in occupational therapy. Also included are newsletters for the Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU)  newsletter of which Mazer was an editor, as well as clippings from articles and reviews by Mazer. The bulk of the collection deals with Mazer's illness and death including medical information, documentation of daily habits and feelings, letters of condolence, and diaries as well as obituaries and articles about Mazer published after her death.

    Related Material

    Additional materials are contained in the Bunny MacCulloch papers (Collection 1959).  Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lesbian activists--California--Archival resources.
    Mazer, June -- Archives
    Psychotherapy--California--Archival Resources