Finding aid to the Jill Mendelsohn photographs and collection on Elsa Gidlow, circa 1970-2011
Table of Contents
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.
- ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
- Creator - Creator
- Mendelsohn, Jill
- Mendelsohn (Jill) photographs and collection on Elsa Gidlow
- Collection no.
- Date [bulk]
- Bulk, 1973-1986
- Date [inclusive]
- circa 1970-2011, bulk 1973-1986
- 0.2 linear feet., 1 archive carton.
- 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.
[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.
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.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
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.
Donated by Jill Mendelsohn, May 12, 2011.
Collection processed by Danielle Perez-Granado, August 2013.
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.
Controlled Access Headings
- Gidlow, Elsa, 1898-1986
- Lesbian writings
- Poets, American--20th century
- Women's music festivals--United States
Series 1: Jill Mendelsohn collection
Donation descriptions 2011
Gidlow, Elsa circa 1974-1986
Correspondence circa 1974-1986
Pacific Sun article 1981
Photographs with Elsa Gidlow 1975-1981 11 b&w and 21 color photographs.
Photographs of Meg Christian performance 1975 21 color photographs.
Photographs of San Diego Women's Music Festival 1974 [2 folders] 72 b&w photographs.
Photographs with Rita Mae Brown and Margie Adams circa 1970-1976 1 b&w and 3 color photographs.
Writings and poetry 1973-1986