USC Libraries

University of Southern California

skip navigation

Archival Collections

« back to Archival Collections Search

Finding aid to the Jill Mendelsohn photographs and collection on Elsa Gidlow, circa 1970-2011

Finding aid prepared by Danielle Perez-Granado, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Mendelsohn, Jill
Title
Mendelsohn (Jill) photographs and collection on Elsa Gidlow
Collection no.
Coll2013.078
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1973-1986
Date [inclusive]
circa 1970-2011, bulk 1973-1986
Extent
0.2 linear feet., 1 archive carton.
Language
English
Abstract
Photographs and Elsa Gidlow's correspondence and writings, bulk 1973-1986, collected by Jill Mendelsohn. Included are photographs of Gidlow, as well as lesbian writer Rita Mae Brown, lesbian musicians Meg Christian and Margie Adams, and the San Diego Women's Music Festival in 1974.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Jill Mendelsohn Photographs and Collection on Elsa Gidlow, Coll2013-078, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Return to Table of Contents »


Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs and personal correspondence of Jill Mendelsohn. Included are photographs of the 1974 San Diego Women's Music Festival, a 1975 Meg Christian performance, and a brief meeting with Rita Mae Brown. This collection also contains photographs taken by Mendelsohn and her partner Karen documenting lesbian feminist poet Elsa Gidlow in her garden, a newspaper article about Gidlow, and personal correspondence to Mendelsohn and Karen from Gidlow.

Return to Table of Contents »


Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donated by Jill Mendelsohn, May 12, 2011.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Danielle Perez-Granado, August 2013.

Return to Table of Contents »


Related Materials

Separated Materials

The following publications have been separated from the Jill Mendelsohn collection and entered into the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives' library and periodicals database:

Brown, R. M. (1973). Songs to a handsome woman. Baltimore: Diana Press.

Gidlow, E. Moods of Eros and other poems.

Gidlow, E. (1973). Makings for meditation. Mill Valley, CA: Druid Heights Books.

Gidlow, E. (1975). Ask no man pardon: The philosophical significance of being lesbian. Mill Valley, CA: Druid Heights Books.

Gidlow, E. (1976). Sapphic songs: Seventeen to seventy. Baltimore: Diana Press.

Gidlow, E. (1982). Sapphic songs: Eighteen to eighty. Mill Valley, CA: Druid Heights Books.

Gidlow, E. (1986). Elsa: I come with my songs. San Francisco: Bootlegger Press.

Grahn, J. The common woman. Oakland: The Womens Press Collective.

Southern California Women for Understanding. 2nd annual lesbian rights award dinner. Event program. February 14, 1981.

Southern California Women for Understanding. SCWU (4:6). Bi-monthly newsletter. December 1980-January 1981.

Southern California Women for Understanding. SCWU (5:1). Bi-monthly newsletter. February-March 1981.

Return to Table of Contents »


Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Letters
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Gidlow, Elsa, 1898-1986

Subject(s)

  • Concerts
  • Lesbian writings
  • Poets, American--20th century
  • Women's music festivals--United States

Return to Table of Contents »


Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Jill Mendelsohn collection 

Box Folder

 Donation descriptions 2011 

1 1

 Gidlow, Elsa circa 1974-1986 

1 7-9
Box Folder

 Correspondence circa 1974-1986 

1 7

 Pacific Sun article 1981 

1 8

 Photographs with Elsa Gidlow 1975-1981   11 b&w and 21 color photographs.

1 9

 Photographs of Meg Christian performance 1975   21 color photographs.

1 2

 Photographs of San Diego Women's Music Festival 1974   [2 folders] 72 b&w photographs.

1 3-4

 Photographs with Rita Mae Brown and Margie Adams circa 1970-1976   1 b&w and 3 color photographs.

1 5

 Writings and poetry 1973-1986 

1 6

Return to Table of Contents »