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Ardella Tibby papers, 1941-1989
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID

  • Title: Ardella Tibby papers
    Collection number: 2167
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7.0 linear ft. (14 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1941-1989
    Abstract: Ardy Tibby is a lesbian feminist activist and organizer as well as an entertainer and author. Her collection focuses on her personal life and connections during her life in California and Phoenix, Arizona.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Creator: Tibby, Ardy 1941-

    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

    COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To access materials you must notify the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk in advance of your visit.
    Collection contains 8 reels of 1/4-inch audio tape.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ardy Tibby Papers (Collection 2167). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Acquisition Information

    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 History

    Processed by Stacy Wood, 2012.
    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.


    Ardella Tibby was born on May 4, 1941. She became a teacher in the late 1960s and after coming out as a lesbian, joined the lesbian activist and cultural community. She began performing as a storyteller in festivals and community events, touring with artists such as Chocolate Waters throughout the 1980s and participating in the Califia community. She was a co-founder of the lesbian production group Delta Pi in 1984 which operated in Santa Rosa, California until 1989. She was the guest editor of Sinister Wisdom 80 entitled "Willing Up and Keeling Over: a Lesbian Handbook of Death Rights and Rituals." She has been and is currently involved with Older Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC), the Lesbian Archives and the Women's Circus. She resides with her partner Jean Taylor in Victoria, Australia. She refers to herself as a "proud, loud, bearded lesbian."

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains materials relating to the life and activities of Ardy Tibby. The bulk of the collection represents 1970-1985, a time when Tibby was heavily involved in lesbian community organizations as an organizer, storyteller and participant. A large part of the collections is made up of photographs, journals and scrapbook pages covering Tibby's early life. Also included is a correspondence between Tibby and various friends and colleagues. Although there are some aspects of the collection that deal with logistics of Tibby's touring schedule, the majority of the materials are personal and community oriented.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7347949 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Tibby, Ardy
    Lesbian activists--California--Los Angeles--Archives.