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Finding Aid for the Ester F. Bentley papers, circa 1880s-2000s LSC.1981
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Series 1: Photographs circa 1880s-2000s

Scope and Contents note

Photographs span from the 1880s-2000s and include images of Bentley, her friends, family, home and pets. Many of the images appear to be taken in Los Angeles, at Bentley's home, as well as other locations in Los Angeles. Photographs represent a wide variety of commercial photographic processes, primarily from the 20th century. Included are black and white and color photographic prints, in addition to 35 mm slides and 35 mm, 110 mm, and large format negatives.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials in this series are arranged chronologically.
Box 2, Folders 2-6, Box 3, Box 1, Box 4, Box 5, Folders 1-4

Photographic prints circa 1880s-2000s

Box 2, Folder 1

Negatives circa 1940s-2000s

 

Series 2: Correspondence circa 1940s-2000s

Scope and Content

Correspondence includes greeting cards, holiday cards, postcards and letters written to Bentley. Also included is correspondence between Bentley and her partner, Gayle Scott, as well as letters that appear to be written to Scott.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials in this series are arranged chronologically.
Box 5, Folders 5-6, Box 6, Box 7

Personal Correspondence circa 1940s-circa 2000s

Box 8, Folders 1-2

Envelopes circa 1990s-circa 2000s

 

Series 3: Personal Material and Memorabilia 1931-circa 2000s

Scope and Content

Personal material including loose notes and notebooks written by Bentley, holiday crafts, LPs, material from Bentley's memorial, poetry and writing by Bentley, material related to Bentley's participation in various sports, a transcript and audiocassettes of an interview with Bentley and her partner Gayle Scott and materials related to her former partner and friend, Martha Foster. Also included is memorabilia such as keychains, flags, paper weights, artwork, textiles and keepsake boxes. Some material appear to have belonged to or were created by Gayle Scott.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials in this series are arranged chronologically.

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.
Box 8, Folder 3

Sports Related Correspondence and Photographs (photocopies) 1931-1995

General Physical Description note: newsprint, printed paper, handwritten notes

Scope and Contents note

Clippings, certificates, rosters and other materials from Ester Bentley's lifelong involvement in softball and various sports.
Box 8, Folder 4

Songbooks circa 1930s-1940s

Box 8, Folder 5

Holiday Crafts circa 1940s

Box 8, Folder 6

Ester Bentley Memorial 1945-2004

Box 8, Folder 7

Family Material 1957-circa 2000s

Box 9, Folders 1-5

Notes circa 1960s-2000s

Box 10, Folder 2

Notebooks circa 1960s-1990s

Box 10, Folder 1

Funeral and Memorial Material circa 1960s-1990s

Box 10, Folder 3

Martha Foster Material 1963-1991

Box 10, Folder 4

The Shape of Things by Gayle Scott and Louise Baldwin 1969

Box 15

Vinyl Records 1970-1990

Scope and Content

Sixteen records. All records are by women musicians, predominantly lesbian artists.

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.
Box 10, Folder 5

Laguna Beach Property Documents 1975-1979

Box 10, Folders 6-7

Publications 1977-2000

Box 10, Folder 8

Poetry by Various Authors circa 1970s-1980s

Box 10, Folder 9

Clippings circa 1980s-2000s

Box 10, Folder 10

The Azusa Project by Gayle Scott 1980

Box 11, Folder 1

The Diary of Ester Bentley circa 1990s-2000s

Box 11, Folders 2-3

Ester Bentley and Gayle Scott Interview 1997

Scope and Content

Includes transcript and recorded interview on two audiocassettes.

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.
Box 11, Folder 4

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center Writing Course 1997

Box 11, Folder 5

Poetry by Ester Bentley circa 2000s

Box 17, Folder 1, Box 11, Folder 6

Artwork undated

Scope and Content

Bentley's collection of drawings by unknown artists.
Box 18, Box 16

Memorabilia circa 1940s-2000s

Scope and Content

Memorabilia includes keepsake boxes, paperweights, keychains, textiles and flags.
 

Series 4: Professional Material 1930-1986

Scope and Content

Professional material includes resumes, job applications, school records and awards from OCCRD and Spalding University, where Bentley received her Bachelor of Science. Included are reports that Bentley wrote and/or contributed to during her time serving in various positions such as a specialist in the Regional Center of Orange County, a member on the steering committee of the Health and Welfare Council at the Kent School of Social Work, the District Director of Community Planning and Development in the San Bernardino County Council of Community Services and as a field representative for the United Catholic Community Defense Services. Also included are blank surveys from Bentley's time as Executive Director of the Santiago Girl Scout Council, as well as from her position in the United Catholic Community Defense Services.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials in this series are arranged chronologically.
Box 11, Folder 7

Education Documents 1930-1964

Box 11, Folder 8

Summer Camp Activity Guide circa 1930s-1940s

Box 11, Folder 9

Resumes and Application Material circa 1940s-1970s

Box 12, Folders 1-4

Reports 1948-1979

Box 12, Folder 5

Business Cards and Conference Badge 1950-circa 1960s

Box 12, Folder 6

Surveys circa 1950s-1960s

Box 12, Folder 7

Newsletters circa 1970s

Box 16

Plaques and Awards 1980-1986

 

Series 5: Community Engagement Material 1956-circa 2000s

Scope and Content

This series includes material from Bentley's life long engagement with community issues and advocacy of womens, lesbian and gay rights. Also included is material from Bentley's engagement with the Catholic community and advocacy for lesbian and gay rights in the Catholic Church. Material includes newsletters, fliers, correspondence, clippings and plaques and medals from Bentley's involvement with organizations such as the Glassell Park Improvement Association and the Team of Advocates for Special Kids. Also included are material from organizations that Bentley was engaged with, such as Women Against Violence Against Women, Coalition of Older Lesbians and Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials in this series are arranged chronologically.
Box 12, Folder 8

Religious Material 1956-circa 2000s

Box 13, Folder 1

Women Against Violence Against Women circa 1970s-1980s

Box 13, Folder 2

Highland Park Ebell Club 1973

Box 18, Box 14, Folder 1

Coalition of Older Lesbians, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change and Material Related to Senior Lesbian and Gay Communities 1987-2000s

Box 13, Folder 3

Reformation of the Heart: Seasonal Meditations by a Gay Christian by Chris Glaser 1989

Box 13, Folder 4

Catholic Lesbian and Gay Fliers and Ephemera circa 1990s-2000s

Box 13, Folders 5-6

Clippings on Catholicism and Lesbian and Gay Issues circa 1990s-2000s

Box 13, Folder 7

Correspondence 1990-2001

Box 14, Folder 2

Fliers circa 1990s

Box 14, Folder 3

Lesbian and Gay Organizations Material circa 1990s-2000s

Box 14, Folder 4

Newsletters and Publications circa 1990s-2000s

Boxes 16

Plaques circa 1990s

Box 14, Folder 5

Dignity LA 1994-2000

Box 14, Folder 6

Awards 1994-2003

Box 14, Folder 7

Lesbian Visibility Week 1997