Finding aid for the Los Angeles Women's March collection 7050

Sue Luftschein
USC Libraries Special Collections
2017 August
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089-0189

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Title: Los Angeles Women's March collection
Identifier/Call Number: 7050
Physical Description: 35 Linear Feet 14 boxes
Date (inclusive): 2017-2019
Abstract: The collection consists of posters, flyers, pussy hats and other ephemera collected by librarians in USC Libraries Special Collections in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Women's March of January 21, 2017 and at the Women's March of January 20, 2018. The collection also includes a few items created for the Women's March on Washington.

Historical note

The Los Angeles Women's March, one of hundreds of such marches that took place around the country and the world on January 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, was one of the largest of such marches in the United States. The march wound its way from Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles to City Hall and beyond. LAPD estimates put attendance at 100,000 people, but march organizers estimated closer to 750,000 people.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of over 200 posters and flyers, 5 pussy hats, 1 t-shirt, and other ephemera collected by librarians in USC Libraries Special Collections in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Women's March of January 21, 2017, and at the Women's March of January 20, 2018. The collection also includes a few items created for the Women's March on Washington, as well as information on the various marches produced by march organizers, information about the Valentines to Congress project and the Pussyhat Project, photographs used in USC Libraries' Special Collections exhibit on the Women's March (Spring 2017), a few newspapers and magazines documenting the events, and miscellaneous notes that accompanied many of the items. Many of the posters include the names and hometowns of the marchers (information collected when possible at time of donation).

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder no. or item name], Los Angeles Women's March collection, Collection no. 7050, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The items in the collection were donated by individuals who participated in the March in response to a Facebook message posted by one of Special Collections' librarians, and to subsequent publicity. The subsequent materials from the 2018 and 2019 marches were collected by Special Collections librarians at a USC Libraries' Special Collections booth at the March.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Demonstrations -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
Demonstrations -- Washington (D.C.) -- Archival resources
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- Archival resources
Women's March on Los Angeles (2017) -- Archives
Women's March on Washington (2017) -- Archives


2017 Women's March

Box 1, Box 2, Box 3, Box 4, Box 5, Box 6, Box 8, Folder 1

Posters 2017-01

Box 7

Newspapers and magazines 2017

Scope and Contents

Los Angeles Times (January 22, 2017), The New Yorker (February 6, 2017, cover featuring the Pussyhat), New York Times (January 20, 2017, page A15), New York Times (January 22, 2017), Washington Post (January 22, 2017).
Box 7

Realia 2017-01

Scope and Contents

1 Los Angeles Women's March t-shirt, 5 pussy hats.
Box 7

USC Libraries Special Collections Women's March exhibit materials 2017

Box 8, Folder 2

Photographs 2017-01

Scope and Contents

Photographs of one marcher holding his sign.
Box 8, Folder 3

The Pussyhat Project 2017-01

Scope and Contents

The Pussyhat Project knit pattern. Includes information about the founders of the Project, and copies of media featuring Pussyhats.
Box 8, Folder 4

Valentines to Congress 2017

Scope and Contents

Copies of valentines mailed to members of Congress from the Wall of Women, a local Washington Women's March offshoot. Includes a note from one of the founders explaining the project.
Box 8, Folder 5

Thank you note from a contributor 2017

Box 8, Folder 6

Washington March 2017

Scope and Contents

Materials from a Washington March volunteer marshal, including tickets, six principles of nonviolence, volunteer waiver of liability form, and related emails about her volunteer role.
Box 8, Folder 7

Peace Ball 2017

Scope and Contents

Emails, announcement, program, and ephemera about the Peace Ball, held at the Smithsonian Institution on January 19.
Box 14

T-shirt 2017


2018 Women's March

Box 9, Box 10, Box 11, Box 12

Posters 2018-01

Box 14

Protest sashes 2018

Scope and Contents

Three purple, white, and gold sashes with protest slogans printed along each sash.

2019 Women's March

Box 8, Folder 8

Ephemera 2019-01

Scope and Contents

Includes stickers, a small sign, a postcard, the flyer used by USC librarians at the 2019 march to solicit poster donations, a letter from a donor who mailed her poster to USC after the march, and a booklet titled, "Break ALL the Chains! Bob Avakian on the Emancipation of Women and the Communist Revolution."
Box 13

Posters 2019-01