Ester Bentley was a social worker, life long lesbian activist and community organizer. This collection contains personal correspondence,
photos and memorabilia as well as professional research and educational materials.
Ester Bentley was born in Louisville, Kentucky on October 24, 1915. She attended the University of Louisville but completed
her Bachelor's of Science at Catherine Spalding College also in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her Master's in Social
Work at two institutions, beginning at Kent School of Social Work and completing it at the National Catholic School of Social
Service at Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. She also acquired her Real Estate License from the Scadron Business
College in San Bernardino, California and attended San Bernardino Valley College part time. The majority of her career was
spent as a social worker, in both administrative and field work. After retiring from her position as a Field Work Consultant
at the UCLA School of Social Welfare, Bentley became very involved in both Catholic ministries and gay and lesbian organizations.
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