Finding Aid to the Polly Taylor papers 1879-2017 GLC 212

Finding aid composed by Freya Channing. Content in the Biography and Abstract notes were adapted from writing by Carol Seajay.
James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4567
Title: Polly Taylor papers
Creator: Taylor, Polly I. (Polly Irene), 1929-2016
Identifier/Call Number: GLC 212
Physical Description: 7 cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, 2 oversized flat boxes, and 2 oversized folders (11 cubic feet)
Date (inclusive): 1879-2017
Date (bulk): (1943-2015)
Abstract: Polly Taylor (1929-2016) was a lesbian activist who dedicated her life to social justice. Born into a Quaker family, she pursued careers as a psychological social worker and therapist in Buffalo, New York, and was involved in anti-draft and anti-Vietnam War efforts. Disillusioned with therapy work, she moved to San Francisco in the late 1970s. Taylor and Mickey Spencer launched Broomstick, a self-published radical feminist magazine for women over forty, which ran from 1978-1993. Despite health issues and a COPD diagnosis at age 65, Taylor remained an activist. She was the first out lesbian to secure low-income senior housing at Coleridge Senior Housing in San Francisco, paving the way for other lesbian activists. Taylor was an active member of many support and writing groups including OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing Change) and a Lesbian Memoir writing group. Polly Taylor passed away on July 26, 2016. The collection includes oral histories, work as a psychiatric social worker and therapist, Broomstick magazine, correspondence, Taylor's published and unpublished writings, a large collection of photographs, and a t-shirt and a political button collection.
Physical Location: The collection is stored off-site.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours. This collection is stored offsite and should be requested 48 hours in advance.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Polly Taylor papers (GLC 212), James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library.



Related Materials

Researchers may also be interested in the Broomstick magazine records, 1972-2005   at UCLA and the Marjory Nelson papers, 1947 - 2022   at Smith College.

Processing Information

During processing, the entire collection was foldered and housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Some metal staples remain. A selction of the day planners received in Series 1 were kept in the collection. One day planner was selected for every year (with the exception of 2016, all were kept for this year) as a representation of the material.

Materials Transferred

Two complete runs of Broomstick were transferred to the San Francisco Public Library History Center and Book Arts and Special Collections departments. A complete set has been digitized and is available at JSTOR .


Polly Irene Taylor (1929-2016) was a lesbian activist for feminism, peace, and social justice. Born into a Quaker family in Haverford, Pennsylvania, she embodied the Quaker principles of peace, equality, and social justice throughout her life.
She experienced the loss of her mother at the age of 13, which led her to attend a Quaker boarding school. Between college and graduate school, she worked at the International Grenfell Association in North West River, Labrador, Canada, serving as a house mother for students who traveled from the northern regions for schooling. Her father picked her up for her summer break after her second year there. On the way home they were in an auto accident that killed her father and left Polly with many injuries.
After graduating from Wellesley College, she pursued a master's degree, setting the foundation for her career as a psychological social worker and therapist. Following graduate school, she worked in a child-welfare agency in Buffalo and developed a private therapy practice in 1961. She eventually became disenchanted with therapy and left Buffalo with Marge Nelson on a mission seeking an older women's movement. They traveled around the United States in an RV and went to many locations, including Washington DC, where they collaborated with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). During their travels, they supported Joan/Joanne Little and Yvonne Wanrow before finally settling in San Francisco in 1978. Together with Mickey (Maxine) Spencer, she launched Broomstick magazine, a radical feminist publication for women over 40, which they co-published for 15 years.
She was a member of Old Lesbians Organizing Change (OLOC) and was involved with several support and writing groups. At age 65, she became the first openly lesbian individual to obtain low-income senior housing at Coleridge Senior Housing in San Francisco and helped other senior lesbians find housing there as well. She was also a member of a group known as the "Wild Old Women" who successfully managed to shut down their local bank for an hour every Thursday for five years. Motivated by her personal battles with asthma and COPD, Polly was also an active participant in the disability rights movement. Polly Taylor passed away on July 26, 2016.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes material related to Polly Taylor's family and personal history, correspondence, her work as co-editor of Broomstick magazine, published and unpublished writings, materials relating to support groups and other associations, a large collection of photographs, and a collection of t-shirts and political buttons.
Noteworthy are the oral histories, the folders on the International Grenfell Association in Labrador, and the Framingham Women's Reformatory in Massachusetts found in Series 1. Rich descriptions of Taylor's early life in San Francisco and the beginnings of Broomstick are found in Series 2, folder 1: Outgoing and notes. Series 5 contains over 500 pages written in a Lesbian Memoir writing group. Also of note are the photographs in Series 6, which document her activities with civil rights movements, including Yvonne Wanrow.


The collection is arranged in 8 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, Series 2: Correspondence, Series 3: Broomstick magazine, Series 4: Writings and journals, Series 5: Associations, Series 6: Printed material and VHS, Series 7: Photographs, and Series 8: Realia (T-shirts and buttons).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Lesbian feminists -- California -- San Francisco.
Older lesbians -- Periodicals.
Older women -- Social conditions -- Periodicals.
Lesbian activists -- California -- San Francisco.
Gay rights -- California -- San Francisco.
Lesbian feminism.
Taylor, Polly I. (Polly Irene), 1929-2016
Broomstick (Firm)
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change


Series 1: Biographical Material, 1952-2017

Scope and Contents

This series includes oral histories, school transcripts and academic papers, professional papers and correspondence as a psychological social worker and therapist, and papers related to of Taylor's word and data processing business, health advocacy and end of life. Of note is a journal written during a field project at the Framingham Women's Reformatory in the summer of 1952 while studying at Haverford College, documentation of being held in contempt over patient confidentiality, and transcripts of letters she wrote to her father from Labrador while working at the International Grenfell Association. The original letters are archived at the The Rooms, The Provincial Archives in St. John's Newfoundland.  


This series is arranged by type.
Box 1, Folder 1

Autobiographical Narratives, 2013, undated

Box 1, Folders 2-4

Oral histories, 2001 2010 2012-2013


Contains an 3 oral histories, one on 2 cassette tapes from 9/30/2001, and an "Oral History with Polly Taylor about Broomstick magazine,1976-1993" 10/05/2010 and an "Oral Herstory of Polly Taylor", 2012-2013 from the Old Lesbian Herstory Project.
Box 1, Folder 5

Pat Bond Old Dyke Awards, 2007

Box 1, folder 6

Polly Taylor Memorial, 2017

Box 1, Folder 7

Canada trip, 1959


Includes receipts, travel brochures, and map related to traveling through Ontario.
Box 1, Folder 8

Identification cards and address book, 1978-2006

Box 1, folder 9

Astrological chart and astrological reading on cassette tape, 1981 1984

Box 1, Folder 10

Caregiving and death with dignity research, 1999-2000 2005 2010

Box 1, Folders 11-13

Medical, end-of-life documents, and correspondence, 2006-2016


Includes medical history, end of life documents, and letters in response to Polly's farewell email.

Education and work experience

Box 1, Folder 14

Westtown School, 1947 1982, 1987, 1992

Box 1, Folder 15

Wellesley College, "The Grenfell Mission in Newfoundland", 1947

Box 1, Folder 16

Wellesley College, Writing assignments, Polly Taylor, 1948

Box 1, Folder 17

Wellesley College, "Significance of the death of Christ in John and Paul", 1951

Box 1, Folder 18

Wellesley College, Transcripts and ephemera, 1950-1951 1955

Box 1, Folders 19-20

International Grenfell Association, 1952-1954 1959 2006


Includes "Dear Dad ... Love, Polly," the transcription of 31 letters written by Polly Taylor to her father, Herbert Taylor from 1953-1954 during her time at the International Grenfell Association.The letters includes comments on residents and staff of the Children's Home, mail service, food and clothing, conditions at the Children's Home and construction of the new Home, winter activities, friends at St. Anthony and at home.
Box 1, Folder 21

Haverford College, 1952 1954

Box 1, Folders 22-23

Haverford College, Framingham Women's Reformatory, Summer 1952, Field project journal, 1952

Box 1, Folder 24

Haverford College, "North West River, Labrador: A village in transition", 1954

Box 1, Folders 25-26

Boston University, 1955-1958

oversize-box 11, oversize-folder 1, oversize-folder M43, drawer 32, oversize-folder 10

Diplomas and certificates, 1947, 1954, 1961-1995


Professional work

Box 1, Folder 27

SUNY Buffalo, 1959-1961 1974 undated

Box 1, Folder 28

Psychiatric Clinic, Inc., 1962-1968

Box 1, Folder 29

Child Guidance Clinic, Meyer Memorial Hospital, Buffalo, 1969-1972 1976

Box 1, Folder 30

Polly Taylor jailed for contempt documents, 1973


Documentation of Polly Taylor being arrested and jailed for contempt of court over patient confidentiality.
Box 1, Folder 31

Resumes and CVs, 1964-1978


Included is a narrative written by Taylor in 1978 on no longer working as a therapist and what occupations the future might hold.

Word and data processing business

Box 1, Folders 32-33

Word and data processing business, 1978-2004

Box 1, Folders 34-35

Word and data processing business, Woman's Work-at-home Handbook , 1984-1987


Correspondence and published handbook. In chapter 5, "How handicapped women have used computers to become independent," see pages 58-60 for a description of Polly's transition from being a psychotherapist to self-employed.
Box 1, Folder 36

Feminist Therapy Institute, 1988-1998

Box 1, folder 37

National Women's mailing list, 1982

Box 1, Folder 38

Women's Computer Literacy Project, 1992-1993

Box 5, Folders 26-30

Notebooks and day-planners, 1978-1980 1996-2016


Contains a notebook from a health and nutrition class, a notebook with notes on herbs that later became a food diary, and several day planners documenting daily medication, diet and health.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1952-2016

Scope and Contents

This series contains the personal correspondence of Polly Taylor. Of note:"Correspondence: outgoing and notes, 1977-1980" folder contains descriptions of her early political activities and the beginnings of Broomstick magazine. See also: Series 1: Biographical Material and Series 3: Broomstick magazine.


The Correspondence series has been arranged primarily alphabetically by name with the exception of a folder named "Outgoing and notes, 1977-198" at the beginning of the arrangement. Names with five or more letters are filed in their own folders, and the remainder of correspondence is filed in folders by date.
Box 2, folder 1

Outgoing and notes, 1977-1980


Contains primarily outgoing letters from Polly Taylor to friends and family, and some notes. Rich in descriptions of her arrival and first years in San Francisco, her political activities and associations. Topic's incude Marge Nelson, Yvonne Wanrow, Grey Panthers, Crones Caucus, Monthertounge, the National Jury Project, Options for Women Over 40, Wolf Creek, Mexico, and the early beginnings of Broomstick.
Box 2, folder 2

Aldeman, Jean, 1994, 1997, 1999-2000

Box 2, folder 3

Bixby, Katherine Spence (Kaki), 1995-2003

Box 2, Folder 4

Blooming Hill Cottage, Buffalo, NY, 1974-1993

Box 2, folder 5

Buerk, Dorothy, 1978-1984, undated

Box 2, folder 6

Cadbury, Bill and Charlotte, 1978-1991

Box 2, folder 7

Davis, Madeline and Mousie (Elizabeth Stone), 1977-1999, undated


See also" Blooming Hill Cottage, 1974-1993".
Box 2, folder 8

Eckfeldt, Kitty, 1977-2008, undated

Box 2, folder 9

Eckfeldt, Phebe, 1990-2013, undated

Box 2, folder 10

Efforts, 1999-2000, 2016

Box 2, folder 11

Gilbert, Betty, 1982, 1997-2015

Box 2, folder 12

Goetz, Jeffer / Jenifer, 1979-2003, undated

Box 2, folder 13

Moss, Bessie Mae, 1986-1999

Box 2, folder 14

Mountaingrove, Ruth and Jean ( WomanSpirit), 1979-1984

Box 2, folder 15

Nelson, Marge, 1980-1986, undated

Box 2, folder 16

Red, Ida VSW, 2000, undated

Box 2, folder 17

Story Corps: Memory Loss Initiative, 2007

Box 2, folder 18

Taylor, Herb and Beth, 1977-1984, 1991-2007, undated

Box 2, folder 19

Taylor, Herb and Beth, "Coming out", 1975

Box 2, folder 20

Taylor, Jane, 1993-2006

Box 2, folder 21

Correspondence, 1951-1955

Box 2, folder 22

Correspondence, 1962-1979

Box 2, folder 23

Correspondence, 1980-1986

Box 2, folder 24

Correspondence, 1990-2006

Box 2, folder 25

Correspondence, 2007-2015, undated


Series 3: Broomstick magazine, 1978-1995

Scope and Contents

This series contains documents related to how submitted work was evaluated, writing guidelines and Broomstick's internal policy on accepting and rejecting submissions, as well as some correspondence, promotional material, publicity, articles and the Broomstick index. For the complete run of Broomstick see the San Francisco Public Library catalog.  


This series is arranged by type with periodicals and clippings being placed at the end of the series.
Box 2, folder 26

Introducing Broomstick , 1978-1979

Box 2, Folders 27-35

Broomstick binder: Sections 1-9, 1988-1989

Box 2, Folders 36-37

"Specimens" editorial and submissions, 1989

Box 2, folder 38

Writing guidelines and rejection letter, 1992

Box 2, folder 39

Writers' packet, [1979?],1984

Box 2, folder 40

Broomstick logo design, undated

Box 2, folder 41

Broomstick pamphlets, undated

oversize-box 11, Folder 2

Paste-up layout for Broomstick mailer; calligraphy by Polly Taylor (quote by Christobel Pankhurst), undated

Box 2, folder 42

Mailers and flyers, 1986-1991, undated

Box 2, folder 43

Broomstick letterhead, undated

Box 2, folder 44

Correspondence and submissions, 1979-1991

Box 2, folder 45

Co-editor job description, 1980-1981

Box 2, folder 46

"Mother" for Sinister Wisdom, 1994

Box 2, folder 47

Mazer Collection, 1991, 1994-1995

Box 2, folder 48

Broomstick: An Index to Broomstick, Vols. 1-3 , 1978-1981

Box 2, folder 49

Dynamic Years (Nov./Dec. 1982), 1982


Article on Broomstick, page 28.
Box 2, folder 50

Frontiers: A journal of women studies, Vol. 19, no.3 (1989), 1989


Article on Broomstick, page 15.
Box 2, folder 51

Clippings, 1982-1993


Series 4: Writings and journals, 1973-2016

Scope and Contents

This series contains published and unpublished writings, and journals. See also: Series 5: Associations: Memoir group.


Writings are arranged in alphabetical order by title and journals are arranged chronologically.
Box 3, folder 1

"Christmas meditation", 1979

Box 3, folder 2

The (In)Visible Memoirs project: Voices from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender women writers of Strawberry Creek Lodge and Openhouse , 2012

Box 3, folder 3

"One and one was not the answer, or why I gave up therapy and publish a feminist journal," by Polly Taylor, ACSW, 1991-1995

Box 3, folder 4

"Misfits and starts", circa 1978

Box 3, folder 5

"Morley's Pantoum", 2008

Box 3, folder 6

"Notes on being jailed for contempt", 1973

Box 3, folder 7

"Notes on the role of therapy", 1977

Box 3, folder 8

"The paradox of one to one therapy: a personal feminist history," Voices of feminist therapy, 1995

Box 3, folder 9

"Power relationships in marriage" by Marjory Nelson and Polly Taylor, Understanding the family: Stress and change in American family life , 1979-1981

Box 3, folder 10

"Remarks on receiving the Alumni Award of SUNYaB School of Social Work", 1975

Box 3, folder 11

"Revolution and middle age: Join up with the Lydia Pinkham Brigade", 1978

Box 3, folder 12

"Self-healing" (see also: WomanSpirit), 1978

Box 3, folder 13

Submission to the Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) anthology , "Toxic exposures: an emotional expose", 1997

Box 3, folder 14

"Tangential oppression", 1982

Box 3, Folders 15-18

Journals, 1978-1979 2013 2016


Series 5: Associations, 1963-2016

Scope and Contents

This series documents Taylor's involvement with or membership with various groups and associations which includes minutes, agendas and ephemera. Of note is the Memoir writing group which includes over 500 pages of memoir writing by Polly Taylor and the extensive minutes taken by Taylor for Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) and the Coleridge Park Homes Residents' meetings.


This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 3, folder 19

30th Street Senior Center, Senior Council meeting, 2006-2008

Box 3, folder 20

American Thoracic Society (ATS), 2012

Box 3, folder 21

Associations: Directories, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1990, undated

Box 3, folder 22

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 2002-2004

Box 3, folder 23

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 2005

Box 3, folder 24

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center: LGBT meetings, 2008

Box 3, folder 25

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center: Senior Committee meeting, 2009

Box 3, folder 26

Bernal Senior Housing Corporation: Board of directors meetings, agendas and minutes, 2008, 2010-2013

Box 3, folder 27

Califa Community, 1980

Box 3, folder 28

Citizens' Council on human relations, minutes and report, 1963

Box 3, folder 29

Coleridge Park Homes, 1999-2015

Box 3, folder 30

Coleridge Park Homes: Rainbow flag, 2007-2009

Box 3, folder 31

Coleridge Park Homes: Residents' meeting minutes, 2003-2004

Box 3, folder 32

Coleridge Park Homes: Residents' meeting minutes, 2005

Box 3, folder 33

Coleridge Park Homes: Residents' meeting minutes, 2006-2012

Box 3, folder 34

COPD Call Center, 2006-2007

Box 3, Folders 35-36

Intergenerational Storytelling Project, 2007-2008


Includes a CD of 2008 radio show.
Box 3, folder 37

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elder Conference, 2002


Memoir writing group,

Box 4, folder 1

Memoir I, 2009-2010

Box 4, folder 2

Memoir II, 2010-2011

Box 4, folder 3

Memoir III, 2011-2012

Box 4, folder 4

Memoir IV, 2012-2013

Box 4, Folder 5

Memoir Writing Group, 2009-2013

Box 4, folder 6

Memoir Writing Group, 2010-2013

Box 4, folder 7

Memoir Writing Group [binder 1], 2012-2013

Box 4, folder 8

Memoir Writing Group [binder 2], 2009-2015

Box 4, folder 9

Memoir Writing Group: Writings: Broomstick, 2012-2014

Box 4, folder 10

Memoir Writing Group: Writings: Fame, 2012-2013

Box 4, folder 11

Memoir Writing Group: Writings: Kitty, 2012-2014

Box 4, folder 12

Memoir Writing Group: Writings: Madi, 2013

Box 4, folder 13

Memoir Writing Group: Writings: Race, 2012-2014

Box 4, folder 14

Memoir Writing Group: Writings: Sex life, 2010-2013

Box 4, folder 15

Memoir Writing Group: Writings: Subversive by Laura Bock, 2015

Box 4, folder 16

Memoir Writing Group: Writings: The urban forest, 2013

Box 4, folder 17

Salon 84, 2013

Box 4, folder 18

Mortals group, 2015-2016

Box 4, folder 19

Mothertounge, 1978

Box 4, folder 20

Native American Solidarity Committee orientation packet, 1978

Box 4, folder 21

New Leaf, 2004-2006, undated

Box 4, folder 22

Northwest Bernal Alliance, 2005-2007

Box 4, folder 23

NYSMATYC (New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges) Annual meeting, 1981

Box 4, folder 24

Occupy Bernal / Wild Old Women, 2011-2012


Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)

Box 4, Folders 25-26

OLOC, 1995-2014

Box 4, folder 27

OLOC: Organizing committee meeting, San Diego, 1989


Contains 3 DVDs.
Box 4, folder 28

OLOC: Transgender discussions/meetings, 2012


OLOC Bay Area

Box 4, folder 29

OLOC: Bay Area, 1999-2005

Box 4, folder 30

OLOC: Bay Area Feminist Circle, 2011

Box 4, folder 31, oversize-folder M43, drawer 32, oversize-folder 10

OLOC: Bay Area Support Circle, 2000-2009

Box 4, folder 32

OLOC: Bay Area Support Circle: The Millionth Circle, 2002

Physical Description: 3 Cassettes
Box 4, folder 33

OLOC: Bay Area Support Circle minutes, 2000-2002

Box 4, folder 34

OLOC: Bay Area Support Circle minutes, 2003-2005

Box 4, folder 35

OLOC: Bay Area Support Circle minutes, 2006-2009

Box 4, folder 36

OLOC: Bay Area Support Circle minutes, 2010-2015

Box 4, folder 37

Openhouse, 2008, 2010-2011

Box 4, folder 38

Options for Women Over Forty, 1979, undated

Box 4, folder 39

Reading and talking women, 2014-2015

Box 4, folder 40

Senior Survival School, 1999

Box 4, folder 41

Women's Building, San Francisco, 1987, 2000

Box 4, Folders 42-43

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), 1979-1980 2007-2008


Series 6: Printed material and VHS, 1942-2015

Scope and Contents

This series contains periodicals and clippings collected by Polly Taylor. Also present are 2 VHS tapes.


This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 5, folder 1

55-plus! (March 1997), 1997

Box 5, folder 2

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), 1967

Box 5, folder 3

Buffalo Evening News Magazine: The Blizzard of '77, 1977

Box 5, folder 4

Cultural etiquette, 1990

Box 5, folder 5

Lesbian ethics: Lesbians and our mothers (Vol. 5, No.1), 1993

Box 5, folder 6

The lessons of Buffalo : the strategy and tactics that booted "Operation Rescue" out of Buffalo, 1992

Box 5, folder 7

Matrix: Women's newsmagazine (November 1989), 1989

Box 5, folder 8

The meeting (Haverford, PA), 1956

Box 5, folder 9

Ms. magazine (Vol. 4, no. 2), 1993

Box 5, folder 10

National Geographic (Vol. 184, No. 4), 1993

Box 5, folder 11

New Leaf newsletter (formerly GLOE), 1999-2010

Box 5, folder 12

The OLOC Reporter, 2001-2014

Box 5, folder 13

OWN newsletter (Older woman's network) Vol.3, No. 4, 1979

Box 5, folder 14

The Raven (Algonquin Provincial Park) Vol.39, no.1-no.12, 1998

Box 5, Folder 15

Sojourner: the women's forum (Vol. 19, No. 1), 1993

Box 5, folder 16

Spinning Off (May 1980), 1980

Box 5, folder 17

Them days: stories of early Labrador; Vol. 30, no. 1 (Fall 2005) ; Vol. 35, no.2 (2011), 2005, 2011

Box 5, folder 18

Time (Sept. 1975), 1975

Box 5, folder 19

Vintage '45 (Spring 1985), 1985

Box 5, folder 20

We are visible (March 1995), 1995

Box 5, Folder 21

Wellesley (magazine), 1986 (Summer); 1987 (Spring), 1986-1987

Box 5, Folder 22

Wellesley College, Class of '51, 1991 record book, 1991

Box 5, Folder 23

Wellesley College 50th reunion, June 8, 2001, 2001

Box 5, folder 24

Woman with Woman's digest (Aug. 1942), 1942

Box 5, folder 25

Womanpower: A newsletter of the National Association of Social Workers Committee on women's issues (NASW), 1977

Box 5, folder 26

WomanSpirit, Vol. 4, no.13 (Fall 1977) ; vol. 5, no.18 (Winter 1978), 1977-1978

Box 5, Folders 27-28

Clippings, 1970-2015

Box 5, Folder 29

VHS tapes, 1987, 1997

Physical Description: 2 videotape


2 VHS tapes: Grenfell (6/7/87) / Polar people ; Mickey Spencer-LVA interview for Disability Salon, 4/5/97

Series 7: Photographs, 1879-2015

Scope and Contents

This series contains slides, photographs, and negatives with the bulk of material being color photographs. Subjects cover Polly Taylor's early life through her life in San Francisco, including her family photo album and slides of family vacations, and friends and family. Of note are photographs documenting LGBT and other civil rights movements in the 1970s.


This series is arranged chronologically.
flat-box 8

Polly Taylor's family photo album, 1879, 1898-1989 1940-1959

oversize-box 11, Folder 3

Photograph of Polly Taylor as a child, circa 1934

Physical Description: 1 Photographic Prints11.5" x 16.5"
Box 6, folder 1

Color slides, 1946, undated

Physical Description: 3 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 2

Color slides: Framingham / Wellesley, 1952

Physical Description: 18 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 3

Color slides: NH '52, 1952

Physical Description: 30 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 4

Color slides: July '53, 1953

Physical Description: 6 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 5

Color slides: NH '54, 1954

Physical Description: 28 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 6

Color slides: Camp / Orillia, 1955

Physical Description: 40 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 7

Color slides: MSPCC, 1955

Physical Description: 16 Photographic Slides


Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Box 6, folder 8

Color slides: Vacation, 1955

Physical Description: 21 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 9

Color slides: Fall '55 / Winter / Fall '56, 1955-1956

Physical Description: 34 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 10

Color slides: Summer '56, 1956

Physical Description: 92 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 11

Color slides: Old Sturbridge Village, 1956

Physical Description: 7 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 12

Color slides: Boston, 1957

Physical Description: 16 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 13

Color slides: AA, AB, AC, AG, 1958-1959

Physical Description: 52 Photographic Slides
Box 6, folder 14

Color slides: Ontario, 1959

Physical Description: 88 Photographic Slides
Box 6, Folder 15

Photographs: Polly Taylor and Marjory Nelson, circa 1975-1978

Physical Description: 2 Photographic PrintsB&W6.5" x 8.5 "
Box 6, Folder 16

Photographs: Blooming Hill blooms, 1975

Physical Description: 47 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 1 sheet Film negatives
Box 6, Folder 17

Photographs, circa 1975-1979

Physical Description: 34 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 11 sheets Film negatives
Box 6, Folder 18

Photographs: Buffalo '77, Cottage, Hoekje's, Cottage Collective D.C., 1976-1978

Physical Description: 3 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 3 sheets Film negatives
Box 6, Folder 19

Photographs: Abortion rights rally, 1978

Physical Description: 11 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 3 sheets Film negatives
Box 6, Folder 20

Photographs: Gay Freedom Day, 1978

Physical Description: 14 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 1 sheet Film negatives
Box 6, Folder 21

Photographs: Mexico, 1978

Physical Description: 39 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 3 sheets Film negatives
Box 6, Folder 22

Photographs: Wolf Creek, Sacto, Post Street, 1978

Physical Description: 23 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 3 sheets, 1 envelope Film negatives
Box 6, Folder 23

Photographs: Yvonne Wanrow, circa 1978

Physical Description: 7 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 2 sheets Film negatives
Box 6, Folder 24

Photographs: Performance at Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Mount Tamalpais State Park, circa 1979-1980

Physical Description: 36 Cubic Feet
Physical Description: 1 envelope Film negatives
Box 7, Folder 1

Photographs: Polly Taylor by Matthew J. Krieger, 1981

Physical Description: 2 Photographic Prints
Box 7, Folder 2

Photographs: Broomstick, Polly Taylor and Maxine Spencer, 1982

Physical Description: 2 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 2 Film negatives
Box 7, Folder 3

Photographs: Broomstick, Polly Taylor, 1986

Physical Description: 27 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 2 envelopes Film negatives
Box 7, Folder 4

Photographs: Broomstick 10th anniversary picnic, 1988

Physical Description: 7 Photographic Prints
Box 7, Folder 5

Photographs, circa 1980s

Physical Description: 40 Photographic Prints
Box 7, Folder 6

Photographs, circa 1990s

Physical Description: approximately 50 Photographic Prints
Box 7, Folder 7

Photographs, circa 1990-2015

Physical Description: approximately 150 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: 4 sheets, 2 envelopes Film negatives
Box 7, Folder 8

Photographs, 2000-2009

Physical Description: approximately 100 Photographic Prints
Physical Description: approximately 5 sheets Film negatives
Box 7, Folder 9

Photographs by Cathy Cade, 2002, 2004

Physical Description: 4 Photographic Prints

Series 8: Realia (T-shirts and buttons), circa 1975-2016

Physical Description: 18 items

Scope and Contents

This small series contains a collection of t-shirts with topics that include the Woman's Building, Dyke March, San Francisco Pride, and a large pinback button collection with topics including LGBTQ+ issues, womens rights, civil rights, Broomstick, WILPH, and OLOC.
Box 9

Polly Taylor button collection, circa 1975-2016

Box 10

Polly Taylor T-shirt collection, circa 1977-2008