Elaine Mikels was born in 1921 in Los Angeles where she spent much of her early life. Similarly to other closeted women living
in the 1940's, she had little concept of how to deal with her own relationships, much less build community though shared interests.
In the late 1960s (approximately 1967), Elaine Mikels became, in her own estimation, political, joining the anti-war movement
and lesbian-feminist communities while participating in peace action. This collection is comprised of over two-hundred photographs
taken by Elaine Mikels of lesbian activist gatherings, lesbian social gatherings and sports clubs, lesbian writing groups,
and self-published newsletters. The collection also includes materials related to the publication of Elaine Mikels' autobiography,
as well as a copy of the final published version. Also included are personal papers, journals, correspondence and various
Elaine Mikels was born in 1921 in Los Angeles where she spent much of her early life. Although raised Jewish, she attended
Flintridge, a Catholic boarding school. Through different mediums Mikels spoke about her early relationships with women, who
identified as straight and later went on to get married. Similarly to other closeted women living in the 1940's, she had little
concept of how to deal with her own relationships much less build community though shared interests. During this period she
suffered from depression and was hospitalized for severe episodes.
1.6 linear feet
(4 document boxes)
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