Finding Aid for the Old Lesbians Organizing for Change records 1986-1992
Finding aid prepared by Stacy Wood, 2013; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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Title: Old Lesbians Organizing for Change records
Collection number: 2203
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1986-1992
Abstract: Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) is a national organization for lesbians over the age of 60. Using education and public discourse, the core mission of OLOC is to combat ageism and increase visibility for older lesbians. The majority of the materials in the collection deal with the West Coast Conference and Celebration, its planning and programming. Also included is correspondence between members, as well as people on the steering committee.
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Creator: Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.
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[Identification of item], Old Lesbians Organizing for Change Records, (Collection 2203). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
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 .
Processed by Stacy Wood, 2013.
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.
After the publication of the book Look Me in the Eye: Old Women, Aging and Ageism by Barbara MacDonald and Cynthia Rich, a group of lesbians were inspired and empowered to start the First West Coast Conference and Celebration for Old Lesbians in Southern California. The event was held at the California State University Dominguez Hills Campus in Carson, California in April of 1987.
Out of the group that attended this conference as well as its follow up in 1989, a group of sixteen lesbians went on to form an organization. At the first organizational meeting, a name was chosen, a statement of purpose drafted, tasks assigned, a coordinator designated and future meetings were scheduled. The Old Lesbian Organizing Committee (later renamed Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) had begun.
Participation was strictly limited to lesbians 60 years of age and older. However, OLOC has always welcomed the support of younger lesbians while maintaining the need for separate space.
OLOC quickly established a newsletter with a national reach and began enrolling members. Early efforts were concentrated on educational materials on ageism, using familiar and effective consciousness raising techniques. These materials were pooled and published in The Facilitator's Handbook: Confronting Ageism: Consciousness Raising for Lesbians 60 and Over.
OLOC was a strong and highly visible part of the National Lesbian Conference in Atlanta 1991 as well as the March on Washington in 1993.
By 1992, OLOC sought and gained non profit status, incorporating in the state of Texas. It achieved tax exempt status in 1994.
In 1996, OLOC held its first National Gathering, held on the campus of University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 1999, it held its second gathering in San Francisco, CA. The third was in 2002, again in Minnesota. The conferences are now held every other year.
OLOC continues to produce a quarterly newsletter called the OLOC Reporter, coordinate biennial gatherings, participate in the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project and produce a line of age-positive, women-friendly greeting cards.
This collection contains organizational materials for Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC), an organization devoted to combating ageism through education and advocacy. The majority of the materials in the collection deal with the West Coast Conference and Celebration, its planning and programming. Also included is correspondence between members as well as people on the steering committee.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change--Archives.
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