Karen Brodkin research files and recorded interviews

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Title: Karen Brodkin research files and recorded interviews
Collection number: 1914
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.25 linear ft. (5 shoe boxes and 4 document boxes)
Date: ca. 1980s-2000s
Abstract: Materials on labor, race, gender, the environment and contemporary grass roots social movements in Los Angeles communities. The materials were produced through the academic research of Karen Brodkin, Professor Emeritus in the UCLA Anthropology Department. The collection mainly consists of recorded interviews in a variety of formats. Additionally, the collection includes audiovisual materials as well as documents, photographs, and negatives from research in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
Language of Materials: 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.

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 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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

SERIES CONTAINS DIGITAL MATERIALS: Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To access digital materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Karen Brodkin Research Files and Recorded Interviews (Collection 1914). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7092226 

Processing Information

Processed by Gloria Gonzalez with assistance from Kelley Bachli, September 2012.

Minimal Processing Notice

In order to expedite user access, this collection has been minimally processed and described.

Biography/History

Karen Brodkin is Professor Emeritus in the UCLA Anthropology Department. Brodkin recieved her Ph. D. from the University of Michigan in 1971. Her research concentrates on social movements, gender, work and kinship, political economy, as well as race and contemporary North American cultures. Selected works of Brodkin's include Power Politics: Environmentalism in South Los Angeles (2009); Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles (2007); How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America(1988), in addition to Caring by the Hour: Women, Work and Organizing at Duke Medical Center (1988) and Sisters and Wives: the Past and Future of Sexual Equality (1979). Brodkin is also the creator of the 1998 documentary video, Let's Own It! The Struggle of the Lincoln Place Tenants Association.

Scope and Content

The collection mainly consists of recorded interviews in a variety of formats. Additionally, the collection includes audiovisual materials as well as documents, photographs, and negatives from research in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Topics of the material include labor, race, gender, the environment and contemporary grass roots social movements in Los Angeles communities.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Brodkin, Karen--Archives.
University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Anthropology--Faculty--Archives.


Container List

Box 1

Digital images and video recordings. Circa early 1990s.

Scope and Content

Contains "Oakwood: Struggle to Hold On to a Community" on VHS and DVD; "Let's Own It: The Struggle of The Lincoln Tenants Association" and "The Energy Puzzle: One Man's Solution" in VHS format; "Our Lives Are Not For Sale: EJ Victory Against Power Plant in South Gate, CA" on DVD; and a Mini CD labeled "from CBE: yuki@cbecal.org" that contains five image files of CBE assemblies and events.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To access digital materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.
Box 2

Interviews from Power Politics: Environmentalism in South Los Angeles on audio cassette tape. 2001.

Scope and Content

Contains interviews with South Gate community members including students, community organizers and activists, and workers from Communities for a Better Environment. Interviewees include Martha Andrade (South Gate community activist), Milton Hernandez (Youth Environmental Justice activist), Raul Morial (South Gate mayor), Rhonda Nitschsky (Downey community activist), Roy Abadi (South Gate community activist), Xochilt Ruvalcaba (South Gate City Councilor) and Yuki Kidokoro (South Gate lead organizer).
Box 3

Interviews from Power Politics: Environmentalism in South Los Angeles on audio cassette tape. 2001.

Scope and Content

Contains interviews with South Gate community members including students, community organizers and activists, and workers from Communities for a Better Environment. Interviewees include Abram Ruiz (South Gate High School student), Angelo Logan (Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) organizer), Bahram Fazeli (CBE staff scientist), Celine Leyva, Marina Jimenez (South Gate community activists), Hector de la Torre, Henry Gonzalez (South Gate City Councilors), Leticia Ortiz, Veronica Sanchez (South Gate High School teachers) Jackie Amparo, Jairus Ramos, Geyman Hernandez, Jorge Duenas, and Marco Martinez (South Gate High School students).
Box 4

Audio cassette tape recordings of interviews with Venice activists and from Power Politics: Environmentalism in South Los Angeles. 1989-2001.

Scope and Content

Interviewees include Carol Fondiler, Mary Jane, Pearl White, Flora Chavez, Shearwood Flemming and Regina Hyman.
Box 5

Audio cassette tape recordings of interviews from Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles and Power Politics: Environmentalism in South Los Angeles. 1999-2001.

Scope and Content

Interviewees include Aisha Livingston, Aquilina Soriano-Verzosa, Douglas Marmol, Eileen Ma, Michelle Mascarenhas, Milton Pascual, Norma Martinez, Quinh Nguyen, Roxane Auer, Liz Sunwoo, and Communities for a Better Environment members.
Box 6

Microcassette tape audio recordings of interviews from Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles and Power Politics: Environmentalism in South Los Angeles. 1999-2002.

Scope and Content

Interviewees from Making Democracy Matter include Aisha Livingston, Aquilina Soriano-Verzosa, Douglas Marmol, Eileen Ma, Joann Lo, John Delloro, Michelle Mascarenhas, Milton Pascual, Norma Martinuez, Quinh Nguyen, Roxane Auer, Stephanie Monroe, Tori Kim, and Liz Sunwoo. Interviewees from Power Politics include Angelo Logan, Carlos Porras, Carmen Avalos, Celine Leyva, Hector de la Torre, Henry Gonzales, Jairus Ramos, Leticia Ortiz, Veronica Sanchez, Jorge Duenas, Luis Cabrales, Robert Cabrales, Marco Martinez, Martha Andrade and Raul Morial.
Box 7

Venice research files.

Scope and Content

Files contain documents, photographs, and negatives from research with various collaborators and research assistants including Bobi Jackson, Venice poet and musician; Quinta Seward, co-researcher on the Oakwood: Struggle to Hold onto a Community video project about Venice's African American community; Rachel Chapman, UCLA anthropology graduate student and Venice activist researcher, and Oakwood researchers Adande Washington and Monica Russel y Rodriquez.
Box 8

Lincoln Place Tenant Association and Venice research files.

Scope and Content

Files contain documents, photographs, and negatives from research with various collaborators and research assistants including Mary Hardy, collaborator on the Let's Own It! project with the Lincoln Place Tenants Association and Lincoln Place researcher Gail Sansbury.
Box 9

Photographs from Lincoln Place Tenant Association project; notes and ephemera from the Power Politics, South Gate, and Common Threads projects.