Irene Bernice Wolt was a life-long activist and writer in the Los Angeles area who was involved in a diverse range of political,
environmental, and social causes such as the anti-war war movement of the 1970s, redevelopment in Santa Monica, and lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. She was the co-author of
Thinking Big: The Story of the Los Angeles Times, Its Publishers, and Their Influence on Southern California (1977). She co-founded Heal the Bay, a Santa Monica non-profit environmental agency in 1985 and was also board president
of the June Mazer Archives from 1995-1996. The collection contains materials from her personal and professional life, including
journals, correspondence, photographs, audio recordings, personal materials, organizational files, writings, and subject files.
The bulk of material dates from 1945 to 2009.
Irene Bernice Wolt was born in Newark, New Jersey, on October 9, 1945. She graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs,
Ohio, in 1968 with a B.A. in Psychology after having studied abroad in Mexico, England, and France. She worked in printing
collectives in the late 1960s and early 1970s in New York and Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1971 with
her then-husband Paul Becker, where she volunteered for the People's Action Union for Peace and Justice (PAUPJ) and was closely
involved with political activism. From 1971-1972, she worked as the general manager of the Peace Press, an alternative progressive
print shop in Los Angeles which created posters, flyers and leaflets for clients including the Black Panther Party, Chicano
Moratorium, Earth Day Committee, The Pentagon Papers Defense Committee, the United Farm Workers and American Indian Movement,
among others. During this time, she devoted herself to causes such as the Anti-Vietnam War movement, the Tucson Grand Jury
case, as well as the Pentagon Papers Peace Project which educated the public about The Pentagon Papers trial and its surrounding
30.2 linear ft.
(70 document boxes, 2 half document boxes, 4 shoeboxes, 1 flat box)
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