June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives

Contact Information

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Address
626 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
Hours
Tuesday, 11 am-3 pm; Sunday, 12-4 pm
Contact
Ms. Angela Brinskele
310-989-5334
contact@mazerlesbianarchives.org
Website

34.081694, -118.3853292

Access and Management

Access

Available to the public?
Yes
Available to outside researchers?
Yes
Reservations required?
Yes
Onsite technology available
No
Catalog System
Materials are located by subject headings and types. We are in the process of cataloging our entire holdings on computer.
Repository
Yes
Access procedures

Collection is open to all.

Management

Archive / Collection information

The June L. Mazer Lesbian Collection, formerly the West Coast Lesbian Collections, was founded in Oakland, California, in 1981. Six years later it was moved to Los Angeles by Connexxus Women's Center/Centro de Mujeres, and it acquired its present name in 1987 after the death of June L. Mazer, a community activist and an invaluable supporter of the collection. The Mazer Collection remains the only archive in the western half of the United States that is dedicated exclusively to preserving lesbian history and to "guaranteeing that those who come after us will not have to believe that they 'walk alone.'" It is committed to gathering and preserving materials by and about lesbians of all classes, ethnicities, races, and experiences. Included are personal letters and scrapbooks, private papers, artwork, manuscripts, books, records and audio recordings, newspapers, magazines, photographs, videos, flyers, papers from lesbian organizations, and even clothing, such as softball team uniforms from the 1940s and 1950s. The all-volunteer staff of the Mazer Collection not only keeps the doors open but also helps make lesbian communities aware of lesbian history through speaking engagements, the collection's newsletter In the Life, and special programs and exhibits.