This collection documents Joan Ariel's
interests in women's political activism, particularly in Orange County, California. It
includes newsletters, press releases, and other printed ephemera from the following
organizations: Know, Inc. (Pittsburg, PA); Los Angeles Women's Center; N.O.W.; National
Women's Political Caucus, and Women's Coalition of Orange County. Ephemera, clippings, and
other records documenting political activity in response to Proposition 6 and the Equal
Rights Amendment are also included.
Joan Ariel was a long-time staff member at the University of California (UC), active for
nearly 20 years as the Women's Studies librarian at UC Irvine (UCI). Ariel also served as an
instructor and the academic coordinator of Women's Studies. She was a key player in numerous
UCI campus organizations and programs relating to lesbian and gay issues. She also authored
the book Building Women's Studies Collections: A Resource
Guide (1987). Ariel was the co-founder and first chair of the Women's Studies
Section (WSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and received the
ACRL WSS Career Achievement Award in 2002. Before retiring in early 2006, she served as the
shared print planning manager for UC Systemwide Library Planning in the UC Office of the
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Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are retained by the
creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please
contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
The collection is open for research.