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.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Physical location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Old Lesbians Organizing for Change.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Old Lesbians Organizing for Change Records, (Collection 2203). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Acquisition Information

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 History

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.

Biography

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.

Scope and Content

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.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change--Archives.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence. 1986-1987.

Physical Description: handwritten papers, envelopes, notes

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between members and various committees of OLOC.
Box 1, Folder 2

West Coast Celebration newspaper clippings. 1986-1987.

Physical Description: newsprint, photocopies, clippings

Scope and Content Note

Articles, blurbs and reviews of the West Coast Celebration and Conference which took place in Santa Monica, California in 1987.
Box 1, Folder 3

West Coast Conference expenses. 1986-1987.

Physical Description: receipts, handwritten notes, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Receipts, invoices and summaries of expenses including preparation, publicity and programming costs.
Box 1, Folder 4

West Coast Conference publicity. 1986.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Press releases, ads and articles that served as publicity for the West Coast Conference and Celebration throughout 1986.
Box 1, Folder 5

West Coast Celebration mailing lists. 1986.

Physical Description: printed paper, mailing labels

Scope and Content Note

Mailing lists and materials for members and interested parties of OLOC and of the West Coast Celebration.
Box 1, Folder 6

West Coast Conference photograph release. 1987.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Signed release and permissions forms for photographs taken at the West Coast Conference on behalf of OLOC.
Box 1, Folder 7

West Coast Conference grant applications. 1987.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Grant applications in support of the West Coast Conference.
Box 1, Folder 8

West Coast Conference. 1987.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Programming information, schedules, itineraries and details concerning the day to day logistics of the West Coast Conference.
Box 2, Folder 1

Member correspondence. 1987-1992.

Physical Description: handwritten papers, printed papers

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence to and from members of OLOC concerning activities of the national organization as well as regional parties.
Box 2, Folder 2

West Coast Celebration and Conference of Old Lesbians. 1989.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Programming information, correspondence and planning documents, an old lesbian bibliography.
Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence - Shevy Healey. 1989-1992.

Physical Description: printed paper, handwritten paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence of Shevy Healey, some related to OLOC, some personal. Included is a note concerning the relationship of the letters to the organization.
Box 2, Folder 4

OLOC Newsletters. 1990.

Physical Description: printed papers

Scope and Content Note

Newsletters for OLOC detailing events, educational materials and important logistical information.
Box 2, Folder 5

OLOC Newsletters. 1991-1992.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Newsletters for OLOC detailing events, educational materials and important logistical information.
Box 2, Folder 6

OLOC Newsletters. 1993.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Newsletters for OLOC detailing events, educational materials and important logistical information.
Box 2, Folder 7

OLOC Newsletters. 1994.

Physical Description: printed paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Newsletters for OLOC detailing events, educational materials and important logistical information.
Box 2, Folder 8

OLOC Sign-in sheets. 1990-1994.

Physical Description: printed paper, handwritten paper

Scope and Content Note

Sign in sheets from gatherings and meetings of OLOC.
Box 2, Folder 9

National Lesbian Conference. 1991.

Physical Description: printed paper, handwritten notes, photocopies, newspaper clippings

Scope and Content Note

Programming information, flyers, planning documents and promotional materials from OLOC's participation in the National Lesbian Conference.
Box 2, Folder 10

Organizational materials. 1991-1992.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Includes bylaws, organizational information, norms and mission statements. Included are drafts and completed versions.
Box 2, Folder 11

Correspondence - Degania Golove. 1991-1993.

Physical Description: handwritten paper, printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with Degania Golove on behalf of OLOC.
Box 2, Folder 12

Summer Gathering materials. 1998.

Physical Description: printed paper, handwritten paper, photocopies

Scope and Content Note

Materials for the summer gathering of 1998 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This includes planning documents, correspondence, programming information and conference materials.
Box 2, Folder 13

Flyers. No date.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Flyers for events and gatherings.
Box 2, Folder 14

Educational materials. No date.

Physical Description: printed paper

Scope and Content Note

Essays, one-sheets and handouts concerning the mission and goals of OLOC and the importance of combating ageism.