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Calif. State Univ. (Long Beach) Center for Women's Studies ACLU lawsuit records
LSC.2201  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Custodial History
  • Processing Information
  • General
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Materials

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: California State University, Long Beach. Center for Women's Studies ACLU lawsuit records
    Creator: California State University, Long Beach. Center for Women's Studies
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.2201
    Physical Description: 0.6 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1974-1991
    Abstract: The documents contained in this collection range from 1974-1991, focusing on issues facing the Women's Studies Program at California State Univeristy, Long Beach (CSULB) in the 1980s. In 1982, 13 faculty members and three students filed a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against CSULB, charging the University with violations of the First and Fourth Amendments. Formats of materials include meeting notes, court records, pamphlets, newsletters, press clippings, reports, correspondence, financial and donor information, and education files.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    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 objects belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. All other 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], California State University, Long Beach. Center for Women's Studies ACLU lawuit records (Collection 2201). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Transferred from the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, 2013.

    Custodial History

    This collection was donated to the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives circa the 1990s by an unknown source.

    Processing Information

    Processed in Chicano Studies Research Center circa 2013 as part of the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive project at UCLA. Further physical processing and finding aid completed by Khang Nguyen and Mario A. Gallardo in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), under the supervision of Courtney Dean, 2019.

    General

    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: 9002365 

    Biographical / Historical

    California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) was founded in 1949. Its Center for Women's Studies was created in 1972. During the 1980s, with the rising tide of conservative and traditional values, the Women's Studies Program was a constant target of harassment for teaching subjects on feminism and lesbians. These attacks came to a peak in 1982 when the Vice-President of CSULB, with the assistance of other anti-feminist persons and associations of interest, announced they would restructure the Women's Studies Program to include more traditional views of femininity. The restructuring included removing the program director, Dr. Sondra Hale, and Women's Center director, Denise Wheeler. This would be the catalyst for the 1982 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of the Women's Studies Program.

    Scope and Contents

    The documents contained in this collection range from 1974-1991, focusing on issues facing the Women's Studies Program at California State Univeristy, Long Beach (CSULB) in the 1980s. The collection contains materials relating to the Women's Studies staff and faculty's legal fight over control of the department, particularly the 1982 lawsuit in which 13 faculty members and three students filed a suit with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against CSULB, charging the University with violations of the First and Fourth Amendments. Materials include CSULB Women's Studies clippings, "Sandra Hale v. Board of Trustees" materials, financial records, ACLU Foundation Account materials, correspondence, and lawsuit press clippings related to this court case circa 1982. The majority of materials in the collection concern the coordinated attacks by conservative groups against the CSULB Women's Studies Program, in the name of traditional values. These repeated attacks targeted courses related to feminism and lesbian studies, along with their staff and faculty.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Materials maintain their existing order.

    Related Materials

    California State University, Long Beach, Center for Women's Studies records (LSC 1817) . Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women's studies -- United States.
    June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives.
    June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive at UCLA.
    California State University, Long Beach. Center for Women's Studies