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Carol Waymire collection of periodicals and ephemera, 1910-1993
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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

  • Title: Carol Waymire collection of periodicals and ephemera
    Collection number: LSC 2172
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.2 linear ft. (7 document boxes, 1 flat box)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1974-1986
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1993
    Abstract: Carol Marie Waymire is a California based lawyer who served underrepresented communities through her work on immigration law, rights of undocumented workers, racial and sexual discrimination, workers rights on the job, and child custody for gay parents. This collection contains materials collected by Carol Waymire. It is primarily comprised of periodicals, but also includes ephemera and informational literature; these materials are all related to her lesbian, gay, feminist, and/or socialist interests and cover a wide range of cultural, economic and political spheres as well as publication location.
    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: Waymire, Carol

    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], Carol Waymire Collection of Periodicals and Ephmera (Collection 2172). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library

    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

    Carol Marie Waymire is a California-based lawyer, born in 1933 in Upper Lake, California. Coming from a poor working family, Waymire spent her childhood moving around in the rural country of Northern California before settling in Santa Rosa with her mother and siblings at the age of sixteen after her parents’ divorce. She graduated from Santa Rosa High School where she was involved in sports (basketball, volleyball, the Girls Athletics Association) as well as other extramural activities and the Honor Society. Waymire was the first of her family to go to college, graduating from San Jose State University in 1956 with a major in Social Sciences and a minor in English. She taught junior high school for a number of years before travelling to Ghana for two years (1961-63) with the then newly formed Peace Corps to teach English at a government school for girls. While she later questioned the motivations and consequences of the Peace Corps’ work abroad, the experience shaped the path that Waymire was to take. It led her back to school to earn a Masters in teaching English as a Second Language at UCLA (1966), after which she taught ESL for more than ten years in Los Angeles at the Evans Adult School.
    Her experience teaching non-English speaking adults, largely people from Asia and Latin America who faced poverty and racial and class discrimination yet had no resources or recourse to legal support, is what drew Waymire to pursue law. These experiences and her own struggles supporting an aging grandmother, who had a stroke and little medical support, turned Waymire towards socialism as an answer to the over-arching problems she identified in the capitalist system that had failed her family and her students. Waymire received her law degree from The People’s College of Law (1977- 1981), a private, non-profit law school in downtown Los Angeles which offers a part-time, four-year evening Juris Doctor program aimed at progressive social change and social justice. As a lawyer, Waymire was interested in immigration law, rights of undocumented workers, racial and sexual discrimination, workers rights on the job, and child custody for gay parents.
    As a socialist feminist, Waymire was active in the lesbian, gay and feminist activism in Los Angeles, and California more broadly. As evidenced in this collection, she was involved in the organizations and causes such as the LA Women’s Forum, Lesbian Feminists of LA, and the movement against Proposition 6 in 1978. More generally, she was active on issues such as gay rights, violence against women, and abortion.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains materials collected by Carol Waymire. It is primarily comprised of periodicals, but also includes ephemera and informational literature; these materials are all related to her lesbian, gay, feminist, and/or socialist interests. The periodicals, which make up the bulk of the collection, cover a wide range of cultural, political and economic interests related to gay rights and women’s rights issues. These include LA-based publications as well as those from California and the rest of the country.
    This collection also includes a number of materials from organizations and events in which Waymire was involved or interested, such as flyers, programs, mailings, and informational pamphlets. It also includes informational literature on women’s health, socialist feminism, and socialism, as well as a few meeting minutes and notes from organizational meetings in which Waymire was involved, like the LA Women’s Forum.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1: Periodicals, 1974-1993
    • Series 2: Personal Papers and Ephemera, 1910-1985