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  • Processing History
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  • Historical Note
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  • Title: Connexxus/Centro de Mujeres collection
    Collection number: 1848
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 11.5 linear ft. (16 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1985-1991
    Abstract: The Connexxus/Centro de Mujeres Collection contains the administrative records of Connexxus / Centro de Mujeres, one of the first Los Angeles non-profit organizations that catered and provided services to lesbians.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Selected digitized images from this collection.
    Creator: Connexxus (Center).

    Restrictions on 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.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to 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.

    Processing History

    Processed by Tiffany-Kay Sangwand, September 2007 - February 2008.
    The Connexxus Collection was partially processed by Joy Novak and Yolanda Retter at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. Additional boxes of unprocessed materials were later found at the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive which were processed and integrated with previously processed material by Tiffany-Kay Sangwand under the auspices of the Center for the Study of Women from September 2007 to February 2008. The collection is now under the custody of UCLA Center for the Study of Women, not the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Connexxus/Centro de Mujeres collection (Collection 1848). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Historical Note

    Historical note (version 2) by Tiffany-Kay Sangwand
    In early 1984, Adel Martinez and Lauren Jardine conceived the idea behind Connexxus, a women-run center in Los Angeles that provides quality and comprehensive services that cater to women, particularly lesbians. In May 1984, Martinez, Jardine, and a group of women met in the home of Vivian Brown to discuss the idea and how to bring it into fruition. They envisioned a space in which lesbians could thrive professionally, personally, and socially.
    In January 1985, Connexxus opened its doors on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Connexxus' initial space was a 1400 square foot facility with ten rooms which served as a space for a library, workshops, rap groups, counseling, meetings, and other social activities. Lauren Jardine, Ph.D. was hired as the Executive Director. Connexxus operated under the non-profit auspices of Southern California Women for Understanding until receiving its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization status in July 1985.
    Connexxus operated for six years out of West Hollywood. In 1986, it opened Connexxus East / Centro de Mujeres, a satellite location in East Los Angeles. Connexxus offered a variety of services at its two locations including referrals, support groups, the Alliance (Connexxus Business and Professional Women's Alliance), the West Coast Lesbian Collection / June Mazer Lesbian Archive, counseling / therapy services, workshops, social events, and a coffeehouse. Connexxus East specifically did outreach to Latina lesbians in East L.A. Connexxus also collaborated with a number of other non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, such as Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU), Alcoholism Center for Women (ACW), and Lesbian Central at the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center (currently the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center).
    At its peak, Connexxus operated on a budget of over $200,000, which was anomalous among grassroots lesbian organizations at the time. Their funding was made possible from the City of West Hollywood, donations from the women who utilized its services and gay men who were allies.

    When Connexxus opened, it filled the vacuum for a women / lesbian public space in Los Angeles. During its six years of operation, other specialized organizations and businesses emerged to serve the dynamic Los Angeles lesbian population. This was reflected in a decline of Connexxus users; in 1990 Connexxus decided to cease operations. Two of its programs, the June Mazer Lesbian Archive and Connexxus East, remained open and operated independently after Connexxus' closing.
    Historical note (version 1) by Joy Novak
    In 1984, a group of lesbian activists led by Del Martínez and Lauren Jardine founded Connexxus Women's Center/Centro de Mujeres. Connexxus was first located on Santa Monica Boulevard and later on La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood. At its peak, Connexxus operated on a budget of over $200,00, which was unheard of in grassroots lesbian organizations.
    Connexxus programs included referrals, a variety of supports groups, a business alliance, mental health services, workshops, social events, dances and a program for Latina lesbians in East Los Angeles. Connexxus also co-sponsored the first Latina Lesbian Mental Health Conference in 1986. In 1987 Connexxus took over the management of the West Coast Lesbian Collection, which was moved from Oakland and was renamed the June Mazer Lesbian Archive.
    Connexxus collaborated with other community groups such as SCWU (Southern California Women for Understanding), ACW (Alcoholism Center for Women) and Lesbian Central at the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center (now the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center). Connexxus closed in 1990.


    May 1984 First meeting led by Lauren Jardine and Adel Martinez to discuss the idea of Connexxus.
    January 1985 Connexxus opens its doors on 9054 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.
    June 1985 First Board of Directors meeting with Carol Anderson, Beverly Cook, Jeanne Cordova, Sue Dell, Adel Martinez, June Mazer, Anne Mosbergen, Pat Pimentel, Carol Przbycien, Terry Scannell, Pepper Sheaffer, Sharon Siegel, Karen Sterling, Linda Wineland and Judith Wright. Adel Martinez served as the first Board President.
    July 1985 Connexxus gains 501(c)(3) non-profit organization status.
    July 1985 Counseling / therapy services first offered.
    September 1985 Receives grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council to host writer and performance artist, Terry Wolverton, as an artist-in-residence.
    November 1985 The Alliance (Connexxus Business and Professional Women's Alliance, CBPWA) holds its first meeting.
    Februrary 1986 Connexxus Connects Us, a documentary on Connexxus airs on Falcon Cable television.
    May 1986 Connexxus Latina lesbian rap groups meet at El Centro in East Los Angeles.
    October 1986 Connexxus purchases Bunches of Balloons, a for-profit business as part of its Economic Empowerment Project.
    November 1986 Connexxus co-sponsors Latina Lesbian Mental Health Conference
    December 1986 Connexxus adopts West Coast Lesbian Collections
    January 1987 Connexxus co-sponsors Boundary Dilemmas in the Client-Therapist Relationship: A Working Conference for Lesbian Therapists
    January 15, 1987 Board member June Mazer passes away due to cancer
    April 1987 The June Mazer Lesbian Collections (formerly the West Coast Lesbian Collections) made available to the public
    August 1987 Connexxus Softball Team plays in the West Hollywood Women's Athletic League
    October 1987 Connexxus East opens in El Centro Human Services Corporation in East Los Angeles
    December 1987 Founders Lauren Jardine, Executive Director, and Del Martinez, Board President, retire from Connexxus. Pat Martel is elected new Board President.
    March 1988 Five Plus Connexxus campaign begins.
    May 1988 Denise Wheeler named new Executive Director.
    May 19, 1988 Connexxus hosts "Courage to Heal: A presentation for Child Sexual Abuse Survivors" by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis.
    October 1988 Connexxus moves to facility located at 1017 N. La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood.
    October 1988 Cheryl Mendoza, Ph.D, is hired as new Clinical Director.
    January 1989 Connexxus / Centro de Mujeres awarded Community Organization of the Year by Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos.
    January 1989 The June Mazer Lesbian Collections move to 626 N. Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood.
    March 11, 1989 Connexxus and Southern California Women for Understanding co-sponsor "Passionate Politics: Lesbian-Feminism for the '90s" with feminist thinker and activist Charlotte Bunch.
    April 1989 Wahneeta Pacheco named new Assistant Director
    May 29, 1989 June Mazer Lesbian Collections Archivist Bunny MacCulloch passes away.
    September 1989 Campaign SAVE CONNEXXUS! begins.
    February 1990 Connexxus announces that it will be closing in June 1990.
    February 1990 The Latina Lesbian Support Group announces their formal separation from Connexxus and Connexxus East.
    June 1990 Connexxus closes.

    Related Material

    This collection forms part of the The June L. Mazer Archive   at UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6650628 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Connexxus (Center).