Jean Miller papers 1964-1980 (Collection LSC 2139)

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Title: Jean Miller papers
Collection number: LSC 2139
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1964-1980
Abstract: Jean Lewis Miller was a Bay area feminist lesbian activist and Berkeley Public Library employee. Her papers largely cover political and legal struggles with the city of Berkeley. The collection also contains suffragist literature, unpublished manuscripts and personal documents.

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Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
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.
Creator: Miller, Jean (Lewis)

Restrictions on Access

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jean Miller papers (Collection 2139). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Acquisition Information

This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives,   the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)   and the UCLA Library.  

Processing History

Processed by Kimberlee Granholm, 2012
This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives,   the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)   and the UCLA Library.   These collections expand the pool of primary source materials available to researchers and to the community at large. This partnership was initiated by CSW and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize more than eighty Mazer collections pertaining to lesbian and feminist activism and writings.

Biography/History

Jean Lewis Miller was a Bay area feminist lesbian activist. Miller was an early participant in Women's Liberation as a member of Women of the Free Future and Women in Solidarity. She worked part-time as an employee of the Berkeley Public Library. In 1971 she was fired for writing a published article in the Berkeley Post to expose sexism and racism in the library. After 25 women marched on the Board of Directors meeting, she was reinstated, and dedicated herself to serving women's needs within the library through her self-created Women's Project. This group was later discontinued by the library after her formation of the Berkeley Women's Affirmative Action Union. After public protest, Miller became the first person arrested at a City Council meeting. Thereafter, she endured a nine day hunger strike in Santa Rita, was jailed a second time, was fired and jailed a third time; from which charges she was acquitted, but jailed for contempt of court. Jean filed a lawsuit in federal court charging sex discrimination and political retaliation in 1974. Years later, the case was dismissed. In 1980, Miller died after a two month battle with cancer.

Scope and Content

The Jean Miller papers consist of documents relating to her political struggles with the city of Berkeley over affirmative action, sex and race discrimination. Included are legal documents, suffragist literature, college research papers, letters to her son, materials relating to Inez Garcia, and unpublished manuscripts on motherhood and women's sexuality.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Miller, Jean Lewis
Lesbian activists--United States--Archival resources
Lesbian librarians--United States--Archival resources

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Plexus memorial. 1980.

Physical Description: Printed memoriam

Scope and Content Note

July, 1980 article by Kaye Beth in memoriam of Jean Miller.
Box 1, Folder 2

Organization: Women of the Free Future. No Date.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents

Scope and Content Note

Draft of statement of purpose, philosophy, flyers, position papers.
Box 1, Folder 3

Organization: Berkeley Women's Affirmative Action Union. Circa 1973-1974.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents, cheques

Scope and Content Note

Flyer paste-ups, circulated petition, drafts of copy for leaflets, checking account book, cancelled checks, and flyers.
Box 1, Folder 4

Organization: Women in Solidarity. 1972-1973.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents

Scope and Content Note

Budget proposal for Women's Liberation Library, letters of support from Jean Maddox (president, Union W.A.G.E.) and from Colquitt M. Walker (assistant dean, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law); petition, press releases, flyer paste-ups, letters from and to Women's Liberation Library Collective, flyers.
Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence: John. R Lewis. Circa 1968.

Physical Description: Letters

Scope and Content Note

Four letters to John. R Lewis (Miller's son)
Box 1, Folder 6

Miscellaneous correspondences. 1967-1974.

Physical Description: Letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters to the editor of Ramparts Magazine, political and public figures (including President Johnson).
Box 1, Folder 7

Organization Trademarks. No Date.

Physical Description: Drawings, logos, handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Ideation for organizational trademarks, including Berkeley's Women's Affirmative Action Union trademark.
Box 1, Folder 8

Legal Documents (1 of 2). 1973-1977.

Physical Description: Legal briefs, printed documents, letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to Jean Miller's case, concerning her suspension and termination from the Berkeley Public Library due to her refusal to give up work on an approved women's library access project; statements, correspondences with Mary Morgan, depositions.
Box 1, Folder 9

Legal Documents (2 of 2). 1973-1977.

Physical Description: Legal briefs, printed documents, letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to Jean Miller's case, concerning her suspension and termination from the Berkeley Public Library due to her refusal to give up work on an approved women's library access project; statements, correspondences with Mary Morgan, depositions.
Box 1, Folder 10

Quotations (1 of 2). No Date.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript sheets of quotations about women and men, especially concerning the status of women.
Box 1, Folder 11

Quotations (2 of 2). No Date.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript sheets of quotations about women and men, especially concerning the status of women.
Box 2, Folder 1

Suffragettes course. No Date.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents

Scope and Content Note

Contains course outline, reading list, background notes, class roster, and quotations.
Box 2, Folder 2

Academic Research Papers (1 of 2). Circa 1964.

Physical Description: Printed essays

Scope and Content Note

Contains: book review, Voltaire, 1694-1778; Germany and Nazi Totalitarianism; Carl Becker and Relativism in History; Ode to a Grecian Urn; Will Power; I was born...; Linda, being a dull and unimaginative person...; Both Desdemonia and Othello...; An air of oppressiveness...; The fellow is exceptionally honest...; Qu'est-ce que c'est qu'un bon amant?; A good lover...; ...mass conformity; Self-esteem; My parents
Box 2, Folder 3

Academic Research Papers (2 of 2). Circa 1964-1967.

Physical Description: Printed essays

Scope and Content Note

The Naked Female; The Religious Need; Chin P'ing Mei; A Critique of the Golden Lotus; book report: Jesuits in China...; The Constitutional Rights of the Negro Protest Movement; The Meaning of Education; L'influence de Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Box 2, Folder 4

Unpublished Manuscripts and Reports. No Date.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents

Scope and Content Note

Contains: Motherhood is Man-Made, a Sacred-Cow, dedicated to my friend, Brenda; (paper on heterosexuality, contraception and birth control); Report on the Study of the Cataloguing of Books About Women; More on Improving Library Service to Women; Interview with Jean Miller on Books, Libraries, and Women, Sexism in Library; What's Wrong (with the Women's Liberation Movement); The Theory of Monosexual Dominance (a review)
Box 2, Folder 5

Bibliographies. No Date.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents

Scope and Content Note

Contains bibliographies on "The militant suffrage movement in Great Britain," as well as a list of books about women and feminism.
Box 2, Folder 6

"Treacherous texts". No Date.

Physical Description: Printed documents

Scope and Content Note

Organized collection of poems regarding suffrage, men and women.
Box 2, Folder 7

Labor Struggles. Circa 1970-1971.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to: Co-op discrimination in employment, affirmative action hiring of women; Lucky Stores Strike; Crucheon's Restaurant; dormitory maids at University of California, Berkeley; Bell Telephone Company; gas station exploitation; flyers.
Box 2, Folder 8

Laura X, Women's History Library. 1971-1973.

Physical Description: Printed letters

Scope and Content Note

Letter to Jean Miller from Laura X; letters of support for the Women's History Library.
Box 2, Folder 9

Inez Garcia. 1975.

Physical Description: Printed and handwritten documents, letters

Scope and Content Note

Letter to Inez from Judy Agnes, "Liz," Anne Flower Cumings, Susan B. Jordan; copy of brief of State of California vs. Inez Garcia; police report on demonstration in support of Inez Garcia; The People vs. Inez Garcia, documentary or distortion? by Viva Inez Committee
Box 2, Folder 10

Berkeley Coalition. 1971.

Physical Description: Printed documents, letters

Scope and Content Note

Letter describing the Coalition and its relation to women's liberation from Wendy Schlesinger; two other memos and letters
Box 2, Folder 11

Photographs. Circa 1971.

Physical Description: Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Contains 3 photographs.
Box 2, Folder 12

Miscellaneous. Circa 1970-1975.

Physical Description: Letters, newspapers, printed documents and memos

Scope and Content Note

Contains additional documents related to activism, including a letter from the Bay Area Committee to Free Angela Davis, and a front page article on Jean Miller featured in The Feminist newspaper.