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Bunny MacCulloch papers, 1928-1989
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Note
  • Sponsor
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Title: Bunny MacCulloch papers
    Collection number: 1959
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.4 linear feet (6 document boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1989
    Abstract: Nancy (Bunny) MacCulloch was a lifelong activist and community partner, serving as an active participant and board member of several organizations including the Southern California Women for Understanding, Connexxus, and the West Coast Lesbian Collections. She and her partner June Mazer maintained the June L. Mazer Archives until her death. She was also an accomplished film editor and avid film collector. This collection includes personal correspondence, materials from her editing companies, articles and drafts written for newsletters, photographs, ephemera, and obituaries, among other types of records.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. 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: MacCulloch, Nancy 1928-1989

    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.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bunny MacCulloch Papers (Collection 1959). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6962937 

    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.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Stacy Wood, 2011. Description enhanced and further physical processing completed by Sabrina Ponce in 2017.


    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.


    Bunny MacCulloch was born Nancy Winifred MacCulloch on August 13, 1928 in Salem, Massachusetts. A public figure even at a young age, she starred in school plays and won prizes for oration. She majored in journalism at Vermont Junior College in Montpelier for two years before traveling throughout Europe.
    Bunny spent several years working in psychiatric facilities both public and private before moving into a position at the New York Public Library and working in a Grand Canyon Lodge before finally settling in Southern California during the mid 1960s.
    For the next two decades, MacCulloch made her living as an independent film editor. She formed Cut! Productions with Joan Longdon in 1968 and later formed her own, Academy Leader Editorial in 1983. MacCulloch worked on documentaries, TV commercials, industrial films and government training films. Her films went on to be dubbed in seven languages and were distributed in 47 countries. They also received Gold Hugo Awards at the Chicago Film Festival, gold medals at the New York International TV and Film Festival, and Cine Golden Eagle Awards in the non-theatrical division the film industry sponsors.
    MacCulloch joined the Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU) in 1978, serving as their archivist, co-editing the newsletter and serving a two year term as secretary. It was at her second meeting for the SCWU that she met June Mazer, who became the love of her life until she died (also of cancer) in 1987. Together they adopted the West Coast Lesbian Collection of memorabilia, founded in San Francisco by Lynn Fanfa, Cherry Cox, and Claire Potter. Before she passed away, MacCulloch put in a tremendous amount of effort into cataloging the collections and acquiring more materials. Eventually it was put under the umbrella of the International Gay and Lesbian Archives, sponsored by Connexxus and named the June L. Mazer collection. The June L. Mazer Collection is now an independent and volunteer-run archive in Los Angeles, CA.
    MacCulloch spent the last year of her life cataloging for the Mazer Collection. She also collected Indian artifacts and political buttons, participated in the annual Pasadena Doo-Dah parade, made bead jewelry, was a fantastic cook and was a lover of all animals. She also received the Community Service Award from SCWU in March 1988 and a proclamation from the City of West Hollywood on May 7, 1989. The acceptance of this award was to be her last public appearance. Bunny MacCulloch died of cancer in 1989.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains records of Bunny MacCulloch's professional activities and affiliations, activist and community organizations, personal papers, and historical papers. The type of materials in this collection include personal correspondence, newsletters, articles and drafts written by MacCulloch, photographs, ephemera, and obituaries, among other types of records. The collection represents MacCulloch's work in film editing as well as her participation in the SCWU, the June L. Mazer Archive, and other Los Angeles activist organizations.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Materials are arranged by type and subject.

    Related Material

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    MacCulloch, Nancy, -- 1928-1989 -- Archives
    Lesbian activists--United States--Archives.