Check out our Annual Letter below! If you prefer you can click on this link to download it MAZER LETTER December 2017
We hope this letter finds you well. We are at an exciting moment in the history of the Mazer and wanted to give you an update. Many of you know that the City of West Hollywood has been renovating our space over the past 18months and upgrading the Werle Building: They are done! They spent a generous 3 million dollars on the project, all told. Soon we will have a virtually new space for the collection, meeting room, a community space, updated technology systems and other innovations. We’ll also have an all accessible space with a brand new elevator!
The City has made an investment in our future and now we are asking you to do the same. We have been around almost 40 years, and with your help we can make it through another 40!
Thank you for your patience during this busy time for us. Before we move the collection across the threshold later this month, we wanted to share our progress during this quiet phase. We’d also ask for your help in the year ahead as we move back in and adjust to our recent “growth spurt.”
While our literal doors have been closed, we’ve actually been hard at work. Below you’ll find a brief list of all that your support has helped make possible this year: expanding our collection, offering exhibits on location, capturing new oral histories, facilitating mobile research and collaborating with our national and international archive community… not to mention planning and brainstorming for the new space filled with new opportunities.
Building our Collection
We have made some additions to our oral histories including Jean Conger and Lillian Faderman.
Here are just a few of our new personal collections: Director/Producer J.D. Disalvatore, Juanita Sanchez and Michele Kort (some of her amazing Library shown above).
Exhibits on Location
“Lesbians to Watch Out For : 90’s Queer L.A. Activism”
Outreach and Activities
- Resist March
- Dyke March
- Mazer Presentations to College Classes
- Social Media Outreach
- Grand Re-opening February 2018 Sisterhood Bookstore Remember
Researchers from around the world visiting archival storage.
- Paris, France
- Toronto, Canada
- Toyoko, Japan
Deepened National and International Connections
- Archival connections with London, Berlin, and Norway
- Support for Feminist and Lesbian archival communities within the U.S.
We’re eager for the Mazer’s doors to open again! We really hope you’ll be able to join us to experience the new Mazer at the Grand Opening Event all about Simone Wallace’s collection of Sisterhood Bookstore or another tour. Save the date, February 2018! More details to come on our website and Facebook@June Mazer.
Please consider helping the Mazer as you look at year-end donations and the organizations that mean so much to you. We continue to pride ourselves on being one of a small group of Feminist and Women’s Archives in the world – and one of a handful of Lesbian archives anywhere. You have helped us become a global leader in collecting and sharing Feminist and Lesbian history. Our outreach crosses borders, cultures, languages and oceans…
Together we touch and enlighten the future with our stories and our lives.
We hope to see you at the new Mazer in 2018. Thank you again for your amazing support and your passion for Feminist and Lesbian history, a preserved history that is as essential as ever. We look forward to watching the next chapter of the Mazer unfold together.
Best wishes to you for the year ahead!
Angela Brinskele, Ann Giagni, Erika Crenshaw, Jamey Fitzpatrick
Jeri Deitrick, Marcia Schwemer, Marilee France