Finding Aid for the Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles records, 1985-1995

Processed by Kimberlee Granholm, 2012; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles records
Date (inclusive): 1985-1995
Collection number: 1986
Creator: Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles.
Extent: 2 document boxes (1 linear ft.)
Abstract: The Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles (LNLA) was formed in 1985 as a consciousness-raising group for registered nurses (RNs) who commonly shared one thing: "being a woman, being a feminist, and being a lesbian." The LNLA Records hold organizational documents, flyers, newsletters, news articles, community correspondences, and member mini-autobiographies, as well as group memorabilia.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Amanda Walker, 1995. 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 Note

Processed by Kimberlee Granholm, 2012.

Sponsor

The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive  at UCLA is 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles records (Collection Number 1986). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography/History

Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles (LNLA) was formed in 1985 from one RN's desire to identify with other lesbian nurses and to encourage unity within the field. As part of the group's mission, LNLA combined both social and political energies related to issues on professional nursing, homophobia, discrimination, and identifying as a woman, feminist and lesbian. Meetings, conducted monthly in members' homes and accompanied by a potluck, focused on consciousness-raising, and often included a special topics presentation, guest speaker, and group discussion. LNLA also participated in marches and parades (for instance, annual involvement in the Christopher St. West Parade), and actively collaborated with other community groups.

Scope and Content

The Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles Records include organizational documents such as mission and purpose statements, by-laws, meeting minutes, attendance records, flyers, newsletters, news articles, and member autobiographies. Also included is information regarding LNLA's 1990 involvement in Suzann Gage v. Santa Monica College, ACLA correspondences, and LNLA memorabilia including a scrapbook, t-shirt, and buttons.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials arranged according to subject.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles --Archives.
Lesbian nurses --California --Los Angeles --Archival resources.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Organization and Mission. circa 1988.

Physical Description: Printed materials, notes

Scope and Content Note

Relate to the purpose, policy guidelines and and bylaws of the Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles interest group. A synopsis of the group is also included.
Box 1, Folder 2

Meeting Announcements. 1987-1994.

Physical Description: Printed materials

Scope and Content Note

Meeting announcements circulated to members, containing preliminary agendas for the meetings, special announcements, important issues for discussion, and directions to the meeting locations (held at member houses).
Box 1, Folder 3

Minutes and Attendance. bulk 1990-1994.

Physical Description: Printed materials, notebooks

Scope and Content Note

Secretary notes and attendance lists from meetings ranging from 1987-1994. Contains information related to fundraising, future meetings, and general discussion topics.
Box 1, Folder 4

Logos and Letterhead. circa 1991.

Physical Description: Printed materials, photocopies, paste-ups

Scope and Content Note

Blank letterhead sample, accompanied by photocopies, with original paste-ups and 1991 work order form.
Box 1, Folder 5

Newsletters. 1990, 1992.

Physical Description: Newsletters

Scope and Content Note

September 1990 and September/October 1992 issues of the Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles newsletter.
Box 1, Folder 6

Flyers. no date.

Physical Description: Flyers

Scope and Content Note

Contains similar outreach flyers for Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles, advertised as a "professional and social support group." Also accompanied by a blank member information sheet.
Box 1, Folder 7

Mini-biographies. circa 1989.

Physical Description: Handwritten materials, printed document

Scope and Content Note

Contains the mini-biographies of Janet Simms, Sigrid Rochte, and P.J. de Michele (as a poem).

General note

These were most likely shared at a November 1989 meeting and written specifically to contribute to the Mazer Archives, as mentioned in a November 1989 meeting announcement (B1F2).
Box 1, Folder 8

Theresa M. Stephany. 1988-1992.

Physical Description: Articles, letters

Scope and Content Note

Articles on lesbian nurses and related health issues written by Theresa M. Stephany; accompanied by positive and negative responses/letters from readers.
Box 1, Folder 9

Suzann Gage v. Santa Monica College. 1990.

Physical Description: Letters, printed materials

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondences between the Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles and Santa Monica College, a personal statement by Suzann Gage, and accompanying documents related to Santa Monica College's public pinning ceremony and the school's censorship of Gage's identification as a lesbian.
Box 1, Folder 10

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Correspondences. 1992-1993.

Physical Description: Letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters between Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles, ACLU,and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), concerning the LAPD's acknowledgement of gay and lesbians as officers. Also includes information concerning ACLU's December 1992 boycott against Amendment 2 in Colorado.
Box 1, Folder 11

Articles on Lesbian Nurses. 1988-1992.

Physical Description: Copies of articles, letters

Scope and Content Note

Articles related to lesbian nurses' involvement in health care and responses to selected publications. Also includes references to lesbian patients and AIDS treatments.
Box 1, Folder 12

Articles on Lesbian Health. 1986-1993.

Physical Description: Articles, pamphlets

Scope and Content Note

Contains articles related to lesbian health issues, such as sexuality, stress and coping methods, AIDS and homophobia, breast cancer, and genetics.
Box 1, Folder 13

Lavender Lamps. 1993-1995.

Physical Description: Newsletters

Scope and Content Note

Four newsletters from 1993-1995 by The Lavender Lamp, a national gay and lesbian nurses newsletter.
Box 2, Folder 1

Lesbian Nurses, Interest Group Book (1 of 3). approximately 1985-1995.

Physical Description: Printed materials, articles

Scope and Content Note

Section one of Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles' compilation book, containing mainly articles and supporting documents.
Box 2, Folder 2

Lesbian Nurses, Interest Group Book (2 of 3). approximately 1985-1995.

Physical Description: Printed materials, articles

Scope and Content Note

Section two of Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles' compilation book, containing mainly articles and supporting documents.
Box 2, Folder 3

Lesbian Nurses, Interest Group Book (3 of 3). approximately 1985-1995.

Physical Description: Printed materials, articles

Scope and Content Note

Section three of Lesbian Nurses of Los Angeles' compilation book, containing mainly articles and supporting documents.
Box 2, Folder 4

Scrapbook, T-shirt, and Buttons. approximately 1985-1995..

Physical Description: Memorabilia

Scope and Content Note

Includes t-shirt with LNLA logo in corner, pink buttons with LNLA logos, and scrapbook containing photographs, news clippings, flyers, letters, and related material from 1985-1995.

General note

Buttons were commonly pinned to the nurses' uniforms, in order to show their pride and encourage open discussion in the workplace (as noted in B1F2 meeting announcements).