June L. Mazer papers, 1929-1988

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Descriptive Summary

Title: June L. Mazer papers
Collection number: 2136
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 linear ft. (2 document boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1929-1988
Abstract: June L. Mazer was born in Baltimore, MD in 1929. Her educational experiences combined with her tenure at the Children's Experimental Theatre in Baltimore, the Center for the Healing Arts in Los Angeles, and the California Institute of Psychodrama in Los Angeles led her to the practice of Psychodrama Therapy at several different medical institutions throughout the country. In 1970, she moved to Los Angeles and soon became active in the lesbian activist community. After her death in 1987, the name of the West Coast Lesbian Collections was changed to the June L. Mazer Archives to commemorate her commitment to lesbian activism and historical preservation. The June L. Mazer papers include her personal writings, ephemera, as well as her publications and clippings.
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: Mazer, June L. 1929-1987

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

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], June L. Mazer papers (Collection 2136). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7347923 

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 Stacy Wood, 2012
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/History

June L. Mazer was born in Baltimore, MD in 1929. In 1949 she received her Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland where she served as the editor of the college newspaper. In 1952, June gained the title O.T.R. (Occupational Therapist Registered) through the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. In 1964, Mazer received her Master of Arts from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. with a focus in drama and social work. These educational experiences combined with her tenure at the Children's Experimental Theatre in Baltimore, the Center for the Healing Arts in Los Angeles, and the California Institute of Psychodrama in Los Angeles led her to the practice of Psychodrama Therapy at several different medical institutions throughout the country. During this time, Mazer contributed articles on her work to many professional journals.
Throughout her life, Mazer remained an active part of her community. In 1970 she moved to Los Angeles and soon became active in the lesbian activist community. She joined the Board of Directors of the Southern California Women/Whitman Radcliffe Foundation and remained active when it branched off and became the Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU), an educational non-profit dedicated to the enhancement of quality of life for lesbians everywhere. In 1979, June Mazer met Bunny MacCulloch and they became lovers. Both Mazer and MacCulloch were passionate and consistent believers in the preservation of lesbian history. Together they were involved in, supported or belonged to a number of progressive organizations including: the American Civil Liberties Union, Connexxus Women's Center, the Gay and Lesbian Press Association, the International Gay and Lesbian Archives (IGLA), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Lesbian Rights Project and the Southern California Women for Understanding.
In 1985, June was diagnosed with cancer and after a year and a half she succumbed to her illness on January 16, 1987. The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, an archive dedicated to preserving lesbian history that was formerly known as the West Coast Lesbian Collections, was named for her upon her death to commemorate her commitment to lesbian activism and historical preservation.

Scope and Content

The June L. Mazer papers contain her personal, professional and activist materials including photographs, journals, correspondence, artworks, astrology readings, ephemera, identification documents, and other personal materials. A portion of the collection is made up of professional literature in the field of occupational therapy and June's publications on psychodrama and innovations in occupational therapy. Also included are newsletters for the Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU)  newsletter of which Mazer was an editor, as well as clippings from articles and reviews by Mazer. The bulk of the collection deals with Mazer's illness and death including medical information, documentation of daily habits and feelings, letters of condolence, and diaries as well as obituaries and articles about Mazer published after her death.

Related Material

Additional materials are contained in the Bunny MacCulloch papers (Collection 1959).  Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Lesbian activists--California--Archival resources.
Mazer, June -- Archives
Psychotherapy--California--Archival Resources

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Personal Documentation. 1929-1987.

Physical Description: printed paper, identification cards, fragile paper

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains personal documentation such as a birth certificate, identification cards and resumes.
Box 1, Folder 2

Photos. 1944-1987.

Physical Description: photos both color and black and white, some mounted

Scope and Content Note

Contains photos of June throughout her life, some of her lover Marsha Brewster as well as Brewster's children.
Box 1, Folder 3

Publications and Writings. 1945-1963.

Physical Description: magazine and newspaper clippings, photocopies, bound journals

Scope and Content Note

Contains journal articles related to occupational therapy as well as several letters to and from the editor in various publications.
Box 1, Folder 4

Awards and Recognitions. 1950-1983.

Physical Description: newsprint, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Diplomas, grade reports and articles about June's achievements.
Box 1, Folder 5

Miscellaneous. 1950-1988.

Physical Description: printed paper, newsprint, graph paper, handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Various notes and clippings.
Box 1, Folder 6

Training and Workshop Materials. 1962-1976.

Physical Description: printed paper, folder

Scope and Content Note

Hebrew Home for the Aged (HHA) Volunteer Handbook, an issue of Training News from 1964, a training manual from the American Occupational Therapy Association and Inservice Materials from a course on sexism.
Box 1, Folder 7

Publications and Writings. 1964-1986.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies, bound journals

Scope and Content Note

Professional journals containing writing by June L. Mazer as well as letters to the editor and commentary.
Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence. 1964-1986.

Physical Description: typed letters, photocopies, handwritten notes, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Letters to and from June L. Mazer's family members as well as a small number of letters from professional colleagues.
Box 1, Folder 9

Children's Theatre Association Materials. 1966.

Physical Description: printed paper, onion skin, newsprint clippings

Scope and Content Note

Draft of June L. Mazer's speech at the Annual Luncheon for the Children's Theatre Association (CTA) as well as a clipping about the executive director and the program from the aforementioned Luncheon.
Box 2, Folder 1

Ephemera. 1970-1978.

Physical Description: small knife, jewelry, ribbon, two bound books

Scope and Content Note

Contains June L. Mazer's address book, a small knife, a silver butterfly necklace, an award ribbon for June and Bunny's dog and a small book on the "Springs of Friendship."
Box 2, Folder 2

Notes. 1974-1975.

Physical Description: handwritten notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains notes labeled "Methods of Psychotherapy," "OT and Psychodrama" and "Staff Meeting : Workshop at Center for the Healing Arts."
Box 2, Folder 3

Astrology Reading. January 15, 1976.

Physical Description: handwritten notes, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Results from an extensive astrological reading.
Box 2, Folder 4

Artworks. 1976-1986.

Physical Description: photocopies, pencil on paper, pastels on paper

Scope and Content Note

Contains drawings by June L. Mazer spanning a decade, some are original drawings and others are photocopies or drawings that have been repurposed.
Box 2, Folder 5

Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU) Newsletters. 1981-1983.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Newsletters from the SCWU, some complete, some clippings or chosen excerpts.
Box 2, Folder 6

Journal. 1985.

Physical Description: bound journal with handwritten entries

Scope and Content Note

June L. Mazer's personal journal. The book was a gift from Linda Wineland and chronicles June's experiences with cancer, her relationship with Bunny, financial and work related anxieties. There are very few entries.
Box 2, Folder 7

Illness and Death. 1985-1988.

Physical Description: newsprint clippings, printed paper, medical invoices, handwritten notes, cards

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters of condolence, articles and memorials, medical information as well as programs and proceedings of memorial events.
Box 2, Folder 8

Cassette Tapes. June 1, 1983.

Physical Description: audio cassette tapes

Scope and Content Note

Contains four cassette tapes of an interview by June L. Mazer and Bunny MacCulloch of Lynn Fonfa, one of the founders of the "West Coast Lesbian Collections." The "West Coast Lesbian Collections" would later become the June L. Mazer Archives after June's death.