Jinx Beers papers 1975-2013

Finding aid prepared by Stacy Wood, 2014; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Jinx Beers papers
Collection number: 2222
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5 linear ft. (10 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1975-2013
Abstract: Jinx Beers was founder of Lesbian News and lifelong lesbian activist throughout Southern California. This collection represents administrative activities of Lesbian News as well as the writing and publication of Beers's memoir and various stories and articles.
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: Beers, Jinx

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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], Jinx Beers papers, (Collection 2222). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7400136 

Acquisition Information

The materials were donated by Baylis Glascock.
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 Information

Processed by Stacy Wood, 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.

Biography

Jinx Beers was born in Pasadena, CA in 1933. She joined the Air Force and after receiving an honorable discharge, she remained active in Reserves for another twelve years. She resigned in 1974 due to the United States Military's policies concerning homosexuals. She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Los Angeles in experimental psychology. She worked at the UCLA Institute for Transportation and Traffic Engineering for eighteen years.
In 1973, Beers co-taught the first lesbian studies class at the Experimental College at the University of California Los Angeles, which served as a connecting point for many Los Angeles activists and yielded a group called Lesbian Activists.
In 1975, Beers founded The LN (The Lesbian News), a publication of lesbian news that is still active and published monthly. After fourteen years as the editor and owner of The LN, Jinx Beers sold the periodical and begin publishing LSF: Lesbian Short Fiction. She also managed the business of artist and partner Alicia Austin.
2008 saw the publication of her memoir, Memoirs of an Old Dyke and in 2009, she was honored with a proclamation by the City of West Hollywood as well as with an Etheridge Award for her service to the community.

Scope and Content

This collection includes Beers's personal materials including research and preparatory work for her memoir Memoirs of an Old Dyke as well as administrative materials for the magazine, Lesbian News.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Beers, Jinx -- Archives

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Lesbian News Correspondence. 1975-1976.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence related to the operations and subscriptions of the Lesbian News.
Box 1, Folder 2

Lesbian News Correspondence. 1977.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence related to the operations and subscriptions of the Lesbian News.
Box 1, Folder 3

Lesbian News Correspondence. 1978.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence related to the operations and subscriptions of the Lesbian News.
Box 1, Folder 4

Lesbian News Correspondence. 1979.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence related to the operations and subscriptions of the Lesbian News.
Box 1, Folder 5

Lesbian News Correspondence. 1979-2005.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence related to the operations and subscriptions of the Lesbian News.
Box 1, Folder 6

Lesbian News Correspondence. 1980.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence related to the operations and subscriptions of the Lesbian News.
Box 2, Folder 1

Lesbian News Correspondence. 1982.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence related to the operations and subscriptions of the Lesbian News.
Box 2, Folder 2

Lesbian News Correspondence. 1983.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence related to the operations and subscriptions of the Lesbian News.
Box 2, Folder 3

Lesbian News Correspondence. 1984.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence related to the operations and subscriptions of the Lesbian News.
Box 2, Folder 4

Lesbian News Correspondence. 1985.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence related to the operations and subscriptions of the Lesbian News.
Box 3, Folder 1

Lesbian News - Correspondence. 1986.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, printed paper, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence having to do with Lesbian News. Includes correspondence from advertisers, subscribers and readers.
Box 3, Folder 2

Lesbian News - Correspondence. 1987.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, printed paper, envelopes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence having to do with the Lesbian News, includes correspondence from advertisers, subscribers and additional readers.
Box 3, Folder 3

Sale of the Lesbian News. July-August, 1989.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Includes agreements, correspondence, promissory notes, security agreement and bill of sale pertaining to the sale of the Lesbian News from Jinx Beers to Deborah Bergman.
Box 3, Folder 4

The Lesbian News. 1989-2005.

Physical Description: magazines, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Includes four issues of The Lesbian News: September 1989, August 1997, February and April 2005.
Box 4, Folder 1

Non-fiction essays by Jinx Beers. 1960-1971.

Physical Description: printed paper with handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Includes: The Lesbian: Coworker, Wife and Mother That Western Sidewinder! Stop, Mother: Don't Deny Your Youngster a Pet Snake! Beauty Away from the Crowds: Lava Bed National Monument
Box 4, Folder 2

Short stories by Jinx Beers. 1990-2006.

Physical Description: printed paper with handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Includes: To Fly with Eagles No Turning Back Leonard The Election Everything is a Matter of Timing The Patchwork Dragon The Mouse The Best Laid Schemes The Amazing Miss Manody
Box 4, Folder 3

Jan (working title). 1993.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript for Jan, a novella by Jinx Beers. Also includes correspondence with NAIAD Press.
Box 4, Folder 4

Poems. No Date.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Poems by Jinx Beers.
Box 4, Folder 5

Memoirs of an Old Dyke - Advertisements. 2009-2001.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Documents relating to advertising for Jinx Beers's memoirs.
Box 4, Folder 6

Memoirs of an Old Dyke - Review Information. 2010.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Copies of or notices of reviews of Memoirs of an Old Dyke.
Box 4, Folder 7

Radio Interview Information. 2010.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Emails, correspondence and other information concerning radio interviews with Jinx Beers.
Box 4, Folder 8

Book Orders. 2010.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Copies of orders for Memoirs of an Old Dyke.
Box 4, Folder 9

Miscellaneous. No Date.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten notes, copyright information and other research materials for self publishing.
Box 4, Folder 10

Promotional materials and correspondence. 2010-2011.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with advertisers and promoters concerning Memoirs of an Old Dyke.
Box 5, Folder 1

Memoirs of an Old Dyke - Correction Process. 2008.

Physical Description: printed paper, handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains documentation of the correction process for Jinx Beers's memoir.
Box 5, Folder 2

Memoirs of an Old Dyke - Final Draft (submitted to publisher). 2008.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Final draft of Jinx Beers's memoir, later submitted to publisher.
Box 5, Folder 3

Memoirs of an Old Dyke - Proof. 2009.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopy

Scope and Content Note

A photocopied copy of the proof of Jinx Beers's memoir, includes visuals.
Box 5, Folder 4

Memoirs of an Old Dyke - Correspondence and Email. 2007-2009.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, print outs of email concerning the publication, editing process and marketing of Jinx Beers's memoir.
Box 5, Folder 5

Memoirs of an Old Dyke - Photographs. No date.

Physical Description: photographs, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Photographs used for Jinx Beers's memoir.
Box 6, Folder 1

Correspondence - Alicia Austin. 2004-2011.

Physical Description: printed paper, post it notes, handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence about the breakup of Alicia Austin and Jinx Beers. Includes correspondence between Alicia and Jinx as well as between friends in reference to the details and fallout of their breakup.
Box 6, Folder 2

Correspondence - Kathy, Gail and Alan. 2004-2013.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Jinx Beers and three friends, Kathy, Gail and Alan.
Box 6, Folder 3

Correspondence - Miscellaneous. 2005-2013.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous correspondence, both professional and personal of Jinx Beers.
Box 6, Folder 4

Correspondence - Awards/Interviews. 2008-2012.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence concerning the awards and interviews of Jinx Beers.
Box 6, Folder 5

Correspondence - Virginia. 2009-2011.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Jinx Beers and her friend Virginia.
Box 6, Folder 6

Rainbow Key Award Nomination Paperwork. 2010.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Paperwork for the nomination of the Rainbow Key Award, an award given by the city of West Hollywood, California for outstanding contributions to the gay and lesbian community.
Box 6, Folder 7

Correspondence - June L. Mazer Archives. 2010-2013.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence concerning the deposit of the Jinx Beers Papers to the June L. Mazer Archives.
Box 6, Folder 8

Correspondence - Professional. 2012.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence having to do with Jinx Beers's professional life.
Box 6, Folder 9

Volume Notes. 2013.

Physical Description: handwritten note

Scope and Content Note

Notes on volume assembled by Jinx Beers in preparation to donate her collection to the June L. Mazer Archives. Each folder has retained its original label.
Box 7, Folder 1

Photographs "Jinx as an Adult". 1974-1999.

Physical Description: photographs

Scope and Content Note

Photographs from Jinx Beers's adult life.
Box 7, Folder 2

Photographs - "Jinx and/or Lovers". 1975-2005.

Physical Description: photographs

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of Jinx with lovers over the years.
Box 7, Folder 3

FRONTIERS Magazine. 1985.

Physical Description: newsprint

Scope and Content Note

Jinx Beers was the cover story for this issue of FRONTIERS magazine.
Box 7, Folder 4

Ephemera/Awards. 1987-1995.

Physical Description: printed paper, ribbon

Scope and Content Note

Includes the Lesbian of the Year Award (homemade), Dick Michaels Media Awards and a Novel Writing Workshop Certificate.
Box 7, Folder 5

Handmade Cards. 2003-2005.

Physical Description: crosstiched paper

Scope and Content Note

Crosstitched homemade cards by Sister Virginia.
Box 7, Folder 6

Ransom Notes. 2005-2006.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Several issues of the "Ransom Notes"
Box 7, Folder 7

Handmade cards. 2006-2009.

Physical Description: crosstiched paper

Scope and Content Note

Crosstiched homemade cards by Sister Virginia.
Box 7, Folder 8

Nobody Loves you Like a Sister. 2007.

Physical Description: bound book

Scope and Content Note

Published book through New Leaf Press.
Box 7, Folder 9

Handmade Cards. 2010-2011.

Physical Description: crosstiched paper

Scope and Content Note

Crosstitched homemade cards by Sister Virginia.
Box 7, Folder 10

Photographs - "Airforce/Germany". No date.

Physical Description: photographs
Box 7, Folder 11

Photographs - "Jinx as child". No date.

Physical Description: Photographs
Box 7, Folder 12

Photographs - Miscellaneous. No date.

Physical Description: photographs
Box 7, Folder 13

Photos and photo discs. No date.

Physical Description: photographs and CD-Rs
Box 8

Ephemera. 1980-2002.

Physical Description: frames, paper, plaques

Scope and Content Note

Contains framed personal notes as well as three diplomas: CCC Management Team Recognizes Jinx Beers for United States Military Service on Veteran's Day 2002 Certificate of Achievement from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for completing a course in Basic Customer Service Procedures 1999 Bachelor of Arts Diploma with a Major in Psychology from the University of California 1963 CCC Star Hitter for Perfect Attendance 2004
Box 9

Ephemera. No date.

Physical Description: softball mitt, quilt, plaques
Box 10

Ephemera. No date.

Physical Description: photographs, patches