Bunny MacCulloch papers, 1928-1989

Finding aid prepared by Stacy Wood; updated by Sabrina Ponce, 2017; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Online finding aid last updated 14 July 2017.


Title: Bunny MacCulloch papers
Collection number: 1959
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.4 linear feet (6 document boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1928-1989
Abstract: Nancy (Bunny) MacCulloch was a lifelong activist and community partner, serving as an active participant and board member of several organizations including the Southern California Women for Understanding, Connexxus, and the West Coast Lesbian Collections. She and her partner June Mazer maintained the June L. Mazer Archives until her death. She was also an accomplished film editor and avid film collector. This collection includes personal correspondence, materials from her editing companies, articles and drafts written for newsletters, photographs, ephemera, and obituaries, among other types of records.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Stored off-site at SRLF. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Creator: MacCulloch, Nancy 1928-1989

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bunny MacCulloch Papers (Collection 1959). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6962937 

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown. 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 Stacy Wood, 2011. Description enhanced and further physical processing completed by Sabrina Ponce in 2017.

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.

Biography

Bunny MacCulloch was born Nancy Winifred MacCulloch on August 13, 1928 in Salem, Massachusetts. A public figure even at a young age, she starred in school plays and won prizes for oration. She majored in journalism at Vermont Junior College in Montpelier for two years before traveling throughout Europe.
Bunny spent several years working in psychiatric facilities both public and private before moving into a position at the New York Public Library and working in a Grand Canyon Lodge before finally settling in Southern California during the mid 1960s.
For the next two decades, MacCulloch made her living as an independent film editor. She formed Cut! Productions with Joan Longdon in 1968 and later formed her own, Academy Leader Editorial in 1983. MacCulloch worked on documentaries, TV commercials, industrial films and government training films. Her films went on to be dubbed in seven languages and were distributed in 47 countries. They also received Gold Hugo Awards at the Chicago Film Festival, gold medals at the New York International TV and Film Festival, and Cine Golden Eagle Awards in the non-theatrical division the film industry sponsors.
MacCulloch joined the Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU) in 1978, serving as their archivist, co-editing the newsletter and serving a two year term as secretary. It was at her second meeting for the SCWU that she met June Mazer, who became the love of her life until she died (also of cancer) in 1987. Together they adopted the West Coast Lesbian Collection of memorabilia, founded in San Francisco by Lynn Fanfa, Cherry Cox, and Claire Potter. Before she passed away, MacCulloch put in a tremendous amount of effort into cataloging the collections and acquiring more materials. Eventually it was put under the umbrella of the International Gay and Lesbian Archives, sponsored by Connexxus and named the June L. Mazer collection. The June L. Mazer Collection is now an independent and volunteer-run archive in Los Angeles, CA.
MacCulloch spent the last year of her life cataloging for the Mazer Collection. She also collected Indian artifacts and political buttons, participated in the annual Pasadena Doo-Dah parade, made bead jewelry, was a fantastic cook and was a lover of all animals. She also received the Community Service Award from SCWU in March 1988 and a proclamation from the City of West Hollywood on May 7, 1989. The acceptance of this award was to be her last public appearance. Bunny MacCulloch died of cancer in 1989.

Scope and Content

This collection contains records of Bunny MacCulloch's professional activities and affiliations, activist and community organizations, personal papers, and historical papers. The type of materials in this collection include personal correspondence, newsletters, articles and drafts written by MacCulloch, photographs, ephemera, and obituaries, among other types of records. The collection represents MacCulloch's work in film editing as well as her participation in the SCWU, the June L. Mazer Archive, and other Los Angeles activist organizations.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials are arranged by type and subject.

Related Material

Subjects and Indexing Terms

MacCulloch, Nancy, -- 1928-1989 -- Archives
Lesbian activists--United States--Archives.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU) newsletters and drafts. 1981-1991.

Box 1, Folder 2

West Coast Lesbian Collections (WCLC) newsletters. 1982-1983.

Box 1, Folder 3

June L. Mazer Archives materials. undated.

Scope and Content Note

Some correspondence, collection notes, drafts of press releases and statements, and a budget.
Box 1, Folder 4

Assorted articles and drafts. 1981-1987.

Scope and Content Note

Article drafts about aging, various profiles of June Mazer and Bunny MacCulloch, Connexxus-related news and newsletters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Interviews. 1986.

Scope and Content Note

Published interviews with Bunny MacCulloch.
Box 1, Folder 6

Frontiers Magazine materials. 1983-1985.

Box 1, Folder 7

Obituaries. 1989.

Scope and Content Note

Obituaries both personal and published for Bunny MacCulloch.
Box 1, Folder 8

Assorted artifacts. 1951-1970.

Scope and Content Note

A leather bound pocket address book, a small published children's board book, a handmade gift book, and dog tags.
Box 1, Folder 9

Assorted materials. 1954-1990.

Scope and Content Note

A children's Peter Pan vinyl record, personal notes, flyers for events, drawings, newspaper and magazine clippings, quotations, certificate from a hot air balloon port, receipts, and a police victim's report.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Box 2, Folders 1-2

Calendars. 1981-1988.

Scope and Content Note

Personal calendars spanning the years 1981-88, with notes and appointments.
Box 2, Folder 3

Negatives. 1980-1983.

Scope and Content Note

Personal photos as well as photos of an Easter celebrtion entitled "Adrien visits Easter 1983."
Box 2, Folder 4

Photos. 1982-1985.

Scope and Content Note

Photos are from various events and gatherings, specifically noted are: Christmas 1982, San Diego Zoo, Project Rainbow, Christopher Street West Pride Parade 1984, Thanksgiving 1984, Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU) Award recipients.
Box 2, Folder 5

Photos. 1986.

Scope and Content Note

Contains photos from various events and gatherings, specifically noted are: Big Sur, hot air balloon ride.
Box 2, Folder 6

Photos. undated.

Scope and Content Note

Photos of the Lesbian Herstory Archives and the June L. Mazer facilities at different points in its history.
Box 3, Folder 1

Photos. 1979-1981.

Scope and Content Note

Contains photos from a range of events and personal gatherings including photos of the Califia Community, Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU) events and colleagues such as Pat Denislow.
Box 3, Folder 2

Photos and slides. undated.

Scope and Content Note

Three photos in an envelope marked Judi Doyle (1980), photos of June Mazer, Bunny MacCulloch and Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin loaned out for a Lesbian News Article, miscellaneous photos, a snapshot book with family photos, two sets of slides - one set is a series with Nancy (Bunny) MacCulloch and Joan Longdon and Cut! Productions at Holiday House # 4 Roderick Place. The other set of slides is of Rita Charette and Bunny MacCulloch at Regal Place.
Box 3, Folder 3

Photos: Doo-Dah. undated.

Scope and Content Note

Photos from the Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena, CA.
Box 3, Folder 4

Personal documents. 1928-1988.

Scope and Content Note

This folder includes the birth certificate for Nancy MacCulloch as well as three passports, her membership cards for NOW, the Gay Rights National Lobby, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Gay and Lesbian Press Association.
Box 3, Folder 5

West Coast Lesbian Collections/June L. Mazer Materials. 1980-1987.

Scope and Content Note

Maps of the June L. Mazer facilities, clippings about the renaming and rehousing of the West Coast Lesbian Collections and the June L. Mazer Archives.
Box 3, Folder 6

Drawings. 1985-1986.

Box 3, Folder 7

Professional materials. undated.

Scope and Content Note

Various business cards from professional endeavors, resumes and work experience summaries.
Box 3, Folder 8

Correspondence. 1985.

Scope and Content Note

Greeting cards, notes and letters between Bunny and colleagues, friends and June L. Mazer.
Box 3, Folder 9

Correspondence with Joan Longdon. 1983-1988.

Scope and Content Note

Personal correspondence with co-owner of Cut! Productions Joan Longdon.
Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence. 1986.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Bunny and her friends, colleagues, family and June L. Mazer.
Box 4, Folders 2-3

Assorted correspondence. 1974-1989.

Scope and Content Note

Personal correspondence with various friends, colleagues and community partners.
Box 4, Folder 4

Cards and notes from June Mazer. undated.

Scope and Content Note

Greeting cards and love notes from June Mazer to Bunny MacCulloch.
Box 4, Folder 5

Correspondence. 1989-1990.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Bunny and her friends, colleagues, family and June L. Mazer.
Box 4, Folder 6

Academy Leader Editorial materials. undated.

Scope and Content Note

Newspaper clippings about Academy Leader Editorial, a t-shirt, promotional materials for the company.
Box 4, Folder 7

Assorted certificates, clippings, ephemera. undated.

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous materials, clippings of note and certificates.
Box 5, Folder 1

Cut! Productions materials. 1969-1977.

Scope and Content Note

Records of various financial transactions, film nippers, a promotional guide to the film Endless Summer and various promotional materials for the company.
Box 5, Folder 2

Cassette tapes. 1973-1989.

Scope and Content Note

4 cassette tapes. One tape entitled "Dreaming" and alternately "Last Tape" is a recording of Bunny MacCulloch giving a tour of the June Mazer Collections, describing the content and organizational scheme of the collections. Another is MacCulloch's reflections on traveling entitled "3,4333 miles". The last is marked "Hilltop Gang to Bunny Xmas 73". All three tapes are in fairly good condition. Unfortunately there are some gaps in the recording on the Dreaming tape.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Box 5, Folder 3

Receipts and invoices. 1979-1987.

Scope and Content Note

Receipts and invoices for various services, the majority of this folder covers medical expenses for June L. Mazer.
Box 5, Folder 4

Newsletters and clippings. 1980-1987.

Scope and Content Note

Newsletters from the Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU), newspaper clippings about various lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) news, events and activism.
Box 5, Folder 5

Party flyers, invitations. 1980-1982.

Scope and Content Note

Flyers and invitations to June L. Mazer and Bunny MacCulloch's various gatherings, including their anniversary parties.
Box 5, Folders 6-7

Correspondence. 1980-1984.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Bunny and her colleagues, friends, family and June L. Mazer.
Box 6, Folders 1-3

Tickets and programs. 1981-1987.

Scope and Content Note

This folder includes programs, tickets and other memorabilia from various plays, concerts and events attended by Bunny MacCulloch and June L. Mazer along with various family and visiting friends.
Box 6, Folder 4

Academy Editorial materials. 1982.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings about and materials from Academy Editorial, a film production company.
Box 6, Folders 5-6

Correspondence. circa 1983-1985.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Bunny and various colleagues, friends, family and June L. Mazer.