Scope and Content
Title: Sherna B. Gluck Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1961-1987
Collection number: MSS 018
Gluck, Sherna B.
Extent: 1 record storage box and 1 document case
1 1/3 cubic feet
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[Identification of item], Sherna B. Gluck Papers, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles.
Sherna Berger Gluck has been a progressive community activist in Southern California since the 1950s. As a graduate student
in sociology at UCLA she challenged the McCarthy era restrictions against Communist speakers. She was one of the earliest
local activists in the women's movement. In 1972, she co-founded the Feminist History Research Project, connected with the
Westside Women's Center. As an oral historian she has interviewed women involved in the suffrage, birth control labor, and
other progressive movements of the early twentieth century.
In 1977 she began teaching at California State University at Long Beach where she subsequently became the director of the
Oral History and Women's History Programs. She was actively involved in the Socialist Feminist Network, the Feminist Forum,
and numerous other local women's organizations and coalitions. In 1987 she was a founding member of the Committee for Justice
which worked to support the LA Eight, seven Palestinians and a Kenyan threatened with deportation.
Her published works include
Rosie the Riveter Revisited, From Parlor to Prison, and
An American Feminist in Palestine: The Intifada Years.
Scope and Content
The Sherna Berger Gluck collection is divided into three series. LOS ANGELES WOMEN'S MOVEMENT, WOMEN'S MOVEMENT - GENERAL,
and COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE.
The LOS ANGELES WOMEN'S MOVEMENT series contains two sub-series entitled
Reproductive Rights and
General Feminist. The
Reproductive Rights sub-series is the major component of the LOS ANGELES WOMEN'S MOVEMENT series and includes considerable documentation on the
January 22 Committee for Reproductive Rights of which Gluck was a founding member. It contains fliers for numerous actions
and demonstrations, including a die-in to protest the death of Rosie Jiminez, the first woman to die from an illegal abortion
after the Hyde Amendment cut off Medicaid funds for abortions for poor women. The
General Feminist sub-series provides a great deal of documentation regarding many of the individuals and organizations involved in the Los
Angeles Women's movement in the 1980's. Of particular note are the newsletters and minutes of the Socialist Feminist Network
of Southern California. The minutes of March 20, 1982 describe a report by Alicia Rivera, a Salvadoran refugee, and a discussion
of the role of women in revolution, particularly in the Salvadoran revolution.
The WOMEN'S MOVEMENT - GENERAL series contains records that primarily concern feminist activities and organizations outside
of Los Angeles. The series is divided into two sub-series,
Anti-Censorship Coalition and
Readings on the Right. The
Anti-Censorship Coalition papers include a statement of purpose for FACT/LA (Feminist Anti-Censorship Task Force/Los Angeles). There are also documents
which reflect the debate within the women's movement over the issue of supporting anti-pornography legislation, including
a defense of the proposed legislation by Carol Downer, founder of the Los Angeles Feminist Women's Health Center. The sub-series
Readings on the Right consists primarily of reproductions of articles by various profamily activists of the 1980s.
The COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE series documents the activities of the organization, established in 1987 on the campus of California
State University Long Beach (CSULB) to defend the eight Palestinian and one Kenyan who were threatened with deportation by
the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) under provisions of the McCarren-Walter act of 1952. Two of the Palestinian
defendants were students at CSULB at the time. Included is a copy of a petition signed by faculty members calling for repeal
of the McCarran-Walter act.