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Epstein (Marsha) Papers
LSC.2220  
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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Marsha Epstein papers
    Creator: Epstein, Marsha
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.2220
    Physical Description: 34 Linear Feet (43 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1945-2010
    Abstract: Marsha Epstein is a lifelong activist for LGBT rights, and an advocate for the inclusion of bisexual accounts as part of the history of the gay rights movement. This collection contains both personal and professional materials representing Marsha Epstein's life from her childhood to adulthood. Included are her research materials from many years of medical practice as well as personal correspondence, materials from various schools and ephemera from her Jewish, women's and bisexual activism throughout the Los Angeles area.
    Physical Location: 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.
    Language of Material: English .

    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.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Marsha Epstein papers (Collection Number 2220). 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

    This collection was processed by Stacy Wood in 2014. 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: 7566257 

    Biography

    Marsha Epstein has been a lifelong activist for LGBT rights, and an advocate for the inclusion of bisexual accounts as part of the history of the gay rights movement. She is a subject in the documentary, On These Shoulders We Stand, an historical account of early gay life and activism in Los Angeles told by the people who lived it. She is also an active volunteer and participant in the Los Angeles Jewish community, through her work with Beth Chayim Chadasim.
    She received her Bachelor's Degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and attended medical school at UC San Francisco where she received a Master of Public Medicine. She studied Health in Epidemiology at UC Berkeley and completed a residency in General Preventive Medicine. She also completed a Fellowship in Family Planning at UCLA and started working in family planning, performing abortions for Los Angeles County for a brief period. She had a private practice for four years and after the birth of her son, eventually went to work for the Los Angeles County Public Health System for twenty eight years. She served as a District Health Officer for thirteen years, Area Medical Director for twelve years, and then transferred to Chronic Disease Prevention. She developed a tobacco cessation continuing education program online, also serving to educate primary care doctors throughout Los Angeles County about tobacco cessation.
    In 1974-1975, she worked for the women's clinic at the Gay and Lesbian Services Center in Los Angeles. From 1975-1979 she was the Medical Director of Herself Health Clinic, a women's clinic run by a cooperative of radical lesbians for the women in the community.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains both personal and professional materials representing Marsha Epstein's life from her childhood to adulthood. Included are her research materials from many years of medical practice as well as personal correspondence, materials from various schools and ephemera from her Jewish, women's and bisexual activism throughout the Los Angeles area.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Physicians -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
    Epstein, Marsha