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Finding Aid for the Diane Germain papers, 1941-2010 LSC.1961
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Note
  • Sponsor
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Title: Diane Germain papers
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1961
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.8 linear feet (6 boxes, 1 carton, and 1 flat box)
    Date (inclusive): 1941-2010
    Abstract: Diane F. Germain is a French-American lesbian-feminist psychiatric social worker. She conducts the Lesbian History Project and created and conducted a strength group for Women Survivors of Incest and/or childhood molestation. She was one of the founding members of Dykes on Hikes, The Lesbian Referral Services, Beautiful Lesbian Thespians, and California Women's Art Collective. She was an early principal member of the San Diego Lesbian Organization and a collective member of both Las Hermanas, a women's cultural center and coffee-house, and the Califia Community, a feminist education retreat. She worked at Lambda Archives throughout the 1990s interviewing women for history and gathering collections. She later returned to serve as the Student Volunteer Coordinator. She was the staff cartoonist for HotWire: The Journal of Women's Music, Culture of Chicago, and Lesbian News. The collection contains materials from activist organizations in which Germain was herself involved, magazine and newspaper clippings that included her artwork, organizational records relating to the coffee house Las Hermanas, and educational presentations for the Califia Community and other organizations.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Creator: Germain, Diane F.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    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], Diane Germain Papers (Collection 1961). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Diane F. Germain, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2012.
    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 Note

    Processed by Stacy Wood, 2011. Description enhanced and further physical processing completed by Sabrina Ponce in 2017.
    This collection has no Box 6.

    Sponsor

    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.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6962954 

    Biography

    Diane F. Germain is a French-American lesbian-feminist psychiatric social worker. She conducts the Lesbian History Project and created and conducted a strength group for Women Survivors of Incest and/or childhood molestation for five years. She was one of the founding members of Dykes on Hikes, The Lesbian Referral Services, Beautiful Lesbian Thespians, and California Women's Art Collective. She was an early principal member of the San Diego Lesbian Organization and a collective member of both Las Hermanas, a women's cultural center and coffee-house, and the Califia Community, a feminist educational retreat. She worked at Lambda Archives throughout the 1990s interviewing women for history and gathering collections. She later returned to serve as the Student Volunteer Coordinator. She was the staff cartoonist for HotWire: The Journal of Women's Music, Culture of Chicago, and Lesbian News. She is featured in both the anthology Tomboys! edited by Lynne Yamaguchi and Karen Barber, and Lesbian Culture: An Anthology.

    Scope and Content

    Diane F. Germain was not only interested in documenting her own experiences, but also in documenting the representation of women in the media as well as preserving lesbian culture on the whole for posterity. The collection contains materials from activist organizations in which Germain was herself involved, as well as information and resources from other like-minded organizations such as the Gay Alliance for Equal Rights and the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. She also collected magazine and newspaper clippings that featured her artwork and participated in other projects like the presentation on women wrestlers included here. Financial documents and other organizational records relating to the coffee house Las Hermanas and presentations meant for the Califia Community educational retreat are included in the collection.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Materials arranged into the following series:
    • Series 1: Subject files
    • Series 2: Collected clippings, ephemera, and literature
    • Series 3: Correspondence
    • Series 4: Las Hermanas
    • Series 5: Activist organizations and programs
    • Series 6: Women Wrestlers
    This collection has no Box 6.

    Related Material

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Germain, Diane F. -- Archives
    June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive at UCLA.
    June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives.
    Lesbian activists--United States--Archives.
    Women social workers--United States--Archives.