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Processing of Audio-Visual Collections

Abstract

As of June, 15 of the audio and video collections in the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives have been digitized and processed. Most of the collections hold between 15 and 40 audiocassette tapes or VHS tapes. The content of the material includes recordings of conferences, workshops, meetings, performances, radio and news broadcasts, interviews, and oral histories concerning topics such as homosexuality, lesbian issues, feminism, racism, discriminations, literature, music, history, and so on.

Of particular note is the June L. Mazer and Bunny MacCulloch Interviews Etc collection, which includes interviews with Mazer and MacCulloch concerning the Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU), the archive, Mazer’s death, and lesbian culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. The audio recordings provide great insight into the life and work of both Mazer and MacCulloch, who were prominent figures in the lesbian community of the West Coast. The women conducted interviews with scholars and other experts on lesbian culture and history and were also the subjects of interviews. The collection includes a recording of the Jewish memorial service that honored the life and work of Mazer after her death in 1987.

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