Register of the Sherna B. Gluck Papers, 1961-1987

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Register of the Sherna B. Gluck Papers, 1961-1987

Collection number: MSS 018

Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

Los Angeles, California

Contact Information:

  • Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
  • 6120 S. Vermont Avenue
  • Los Angeles, California 90044
  • Phone: (323) 759-6063
  • Fax: (323) 759-2252
  • Email: archives@socallib.org
  • URL: http://www.socallib.org
Processed by:
Adele Wallace
Date completed:
1999
© 2000 Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sherna B. Gluck Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1961-1987
Collection number: MSS 018
Creator: Gluck, Sherna B.
Extent: 1 record storage box and 1 document case

1 1/3 cubic feet
Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research.
Los Angeles, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sherna B. Gluck Papers, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles.

Biography

Sherna Berger Gluck has been a progressive community activist in Southern California since the 1950s. As a graduate student in sociology at UCLA she challenged the McCarthy era restrictions against Communist speakers. She was one of the earliest local activists in the women's movement. In 1972, she co-founded the Feminist History Research Project, connected with the Westside Women's Center. As an oral historian she has interviewed women involved in the suffrage, birth control labor, and other progressive movements of the early twentieth century.
In 1977 she began teaching at California State University at Long Beach where she subsequently became the director of the Oral History and Women's History Programs. She was actively involved in the Socialist Feminist Network, the Feminist Forum, and numerous other local women's organizations and coalitions. In 1987 she was a founding member of the Committee for Justice which worked to support the LA Eight, seven Palestinians and a Kenyan threatened with deportation.
Her published works include Rosie the Riveter Revisited, From Parlor to Prison, and An American Feminist in Palestine: The Intifada Years.

Scope and Content

The Sherna Berger Gluck collection is divided into three series. LOS ANGELES WOMEN'S MOVEMENT, WOMEN'S MOVEMENT - GENERAL, and COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE.
The LOS ANGELES WOMEN'S MOVEMENT series contains two sub-series entitled Reproductive Rights and General Feminist. The Reproductive Rights sub-series is the major component of the LOS ANGELES WOMEN'S MOVEMENT series and includes considerable documentation on the January 22 Committee for Reproductive Rights of which Gluck was a founding member. It contains fliers for numerous actions and demonstrations, including a die-in to protest the death of Rosie Jiminez, the first woman to die from an illegal abortion after the Hyde Amendment cut off Medicaid funds for abortions for poor women. The General Feminist sub-series provides a great deal of documentation regarding many of the individuals and organizations involved in the Los Angeles Women's movement in the 1980's. Of particular note are the newsletters and minutes of the Socialist Feminist Network of Southern California. The minutes of March 20, 1982 describe a report by Alicia Rivera, a Salvadoran refugee, and a discussion of the role of women in revolution, particularly in the Salvadoran revolution.
The WOMEN'S MOVEMENT - GENERAL series contains records that primarily concern feminist activities and organizations outside of Los Angeles. The series is divided into two sub-series, Anti-Censorship Coalition and Readings on the Right. The Anti-Censorship Coalition papers include a statement of purpose for FACT/LA (Feminist Anti-Censorship Task Force/Los Angeles). There are also documents which reflect the debate within the women's movement over the issue of supporting anti-pornography legislation, including a defense of the proposed legislation by Carol Downer, founder of the Los Angeles Feminist Women's Health Center. The sub-series Readings on the Right consists primarily of reproductions of articles by various profamily activists of the 1980s.
The COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE series documents the activities of the organization, established in 1987 on the campus of California State University Long Beach (CSULB) to defend the eight Palestinian and one Kenyan who were threatened with deportation by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) under provisions of the McCarren-Walter act of 1952. Two of the Palestinian defendants were students at CSULB at the time. Included is a copy of a petition signed by faculty members calling for repeal of the McCarran-Walter act.

Container List

 

LOS ANGELES WOMEN'S MOVEMENT

 

Reproductive Rights

Box 1, Folder 1-7

January 22 Coalition

Box 1, Folder 1

Songbook & Brochures

Box 1, Folder 2

Outreach

Box 1, Folder 3

Rosie Jimenez Day

Box 1, Folder 4

Legislation - 1985

Box 1, Folder 5

Agendas, minutes 1985 - 1986

Box 1, Folder 6

Clinica Eva Defense Committee

Box 1, Folder 7

Finances - 1987

Box 1, Folder 8

CARASA 1981 - 1982

Box 1, Folder 9

NARAL, CARAL 1985 - 1986

 

General Feminist

Box 1, Folder 10

Socialist Feminist Network 1979 - 1981

Box 1, Folder 11

Los Angeles Working Group, Califia Community

 

WOMEN'S MOVEMENT - GENERAL

 

Anti-Censorship Coalition

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence 1984 - 1985

Box 1, Folder 13

Position Papers 1984 - 1985

Box 1, Folder 14

Statement of Policy 1985

Box 1, Folder 15

Articles 1984 - 1986

Box 1, Folder 16

Barnard Conference 1982

Box 1, Folder 17

H.L. Richardson Articles 1961, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1981 - 1983

 

Readings on the Right

Box 1, Folder 18

Pamphlets, Articles 1980 - 1983

Box 1, Folder 19

Pro-Family Articles 1980, 1981

Box 2, Folder 1

New Conservatives 1980 - 1982

Box 2, Folder 2

Schlafly Reports 1983 - 1986

Box 2, Folder 3

Pro-Choice, Right-to Life 1985 - 1987

 

COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence, Articles 1987

Box 2, Folder 5

Articles 1987