Scope and Content
Organization and Arrangement
Title: Lesbian Schoolworkers records
Date (inclusive): 1977-1978
Collection number: 1987
1 document box (.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: With a commitment to "fighting racism, sexism, class and oppression within our own movement and this society," the Lesbian
Schoolworkers organized in 1977 to defeat the Briggs Initiatives. Their records consist of an organizational history, principles
of unity and structure, press releases, leaflets, newsletters, and photographs. The records also contain the drafts and final
script for the slideshow, "Don't Let It Happen Here," produced by the Schoolworkers to inform people of the dangers of the
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Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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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.
Processed by Kimberlee Granholm, 2012.
June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive
at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the
June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives
UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)
. 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.
[Identification of item], Lesbian Schoolworkers records (Collection 1987). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, UCLA.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
With a commitment to "fighting racism, sexism, class and oppression within our own movement and this society," the Lesbian
Schoolworkers organized in 1977 to defeat the Briggs Initiatives, Propositions 6 and 7. The organization was among the many
to rally against the anti-lesbian and gay bill, but it was among the few groups which actively campaigned against the anti-lesbian
and pro-death penalty laws, continually pointing out the relationship between Third World oppression and the oppression of
The Schoolworkers was structured into three primary committees: Media, Outreach, and Fundraising. With a core group of twenty,
and over seventy participants, the group planned numerous educational activities, sponsored cultural events, and produced
leaflets and newsletters aimed at defeating the legislation. Representatives often went before various civic groups, councils
and educational organizations to speak against the measures.
The Schoolworkers are probably best known for their slideshow, "Don't Let It Happen Here." Designed to inform people of the
dangers of the Briggs Initiatives, it drew together such crucial struggles as the Bakke case, abortion, death penalty, and
women's and lesbian oppression. Amber Hollibaugh, political activist from San Francisco, traveled throughout small Northern
California towns presenting the slideshow, participating in public debates with all types of opposition leaders. Throughout
the election fight, the Schoolworkers emphasized that the struggle against Proposition 6 was not a single campaign issue or
just a fight for civil rights, but "to make it clear to people that we are all suffering at the hands of a common enemy."
Scope and Content
The Lesbian Schoolworker Records consist of an organizational history, principles of unity and structure, press releases,
newsletters, and photographs. There is also information about both pro and anti-Briggs organizations; a San Francisco Board
of Education study on the possibility of including "gay lifestyle" into school curriculum on family and health studies; and
the Oregon State Task Force of 1977 report, which collected "information on homosexual men and women in Oregon in order to
make recommendations on legislation and administrative policies that would ensure the civil rights of all Oregonians."
Organization and Arrangement
Materials are arranged according to subject.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Lesbian Schoolworkers --Archives.
Lesbian teachers --United States --Archival resources.
Homosexuality and education --United States --History --20th century --Archival resources.
Refer to Title the Coalition for Human Rights (Los Angeles) Records, housed in the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.