Angela Brinskele, the director of communications for the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive , came to the West Hollywood-based collection of lesbian and feminist documents and memorabilia in the most unusual way. In , Brinskele was living in Long Beach and involved in a social group for lesbians 40 years and older when representatives of the Mazer archive did a presentation to the group. You know more than we do! Three years into her volunteering, the Mazer offered to hire Brinskele as its only paid employee, working 18 hours a week staffing the archive on Tuesday afternoons when it is open to the general public, plus on weekends and other times by appointment, as well as handling social media and other inquiries. One of only ten lesbian archives in the world, the Mazer Archive houses personal papers, group records, scrapbooks, flyers, posters, artwork, photographs, newspapers, magazines, records, videotapes, manuscripts, books and much more.
June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives
Margaret Cruikshank — Mazer Lesbian Archives
The Archives acquired its present name after the death of June Mazer, in honor of her work as a community activist and invaluable supporter of the Archives. The June L. Included are personal letters and scrapbooks, artwork, manuscripts, books, records, newspapers, magazines, photographs, videotapes, flyers, papers of lesbian and feminist organizations, private papers, and even clothing, such as softball uniforms from the s and 50s. Hundreds of lesbians and feminists have been inspired to donate artifacts of their personal and collective histories. The Archives encourages all lesbians to deposit the everyday mementos of your lives so that others can discover them in the future. The privacy of any donor is protected to whatever extent she desires.
Making Invisible Histories Visible (The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives)
So wonderful that we share materials with Spinnboden and they share materials with us! So that we both have great historical materials from communities and archives across the world! The June Mazer Lesbian Archives : Your mail has arrived — in it so many beautiful and incredibly interesting historic lesbian and feminist magazines!
The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives is a grass roots archive dedicated to collecting, protecting, and conserving lesbian and feminist women's history. After establishing a board of directors, the WCLC was granted c 3 nonprofit status.