|Location||626 N. Robertson Blvd.|
West Hollywood, CA 90069
|Items collected||Private papers, personal artifacts, organizational records, photographs, artwork, manuscripts, books, newspapers, magazines, newsletters, music recordings, videotapes, posters, flyers, buttons, clothing.|
|Criteria for collection||Materials about lesbian and feminist history and culture.|
|Access and use|
|Access requirements||Visits – free. Special events require registration.|
|Director||Board of Directors|
|Affiliation||UCLA Center for the Study of Women|
The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives is a grass roots archive dedicated to collecting, protecting, and conserving lesbian and feminist women's history. The Archives was founded in 1981 as the West Coast Lesbian Collections (WCLC) by Lynn Fonfa and Cherrie Cox in Oakland, California.
After establishing a board of directors, the WCLC was granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. In 1985, WCLC relocated to Southern California with the help of Connexxus Women's Center, Jean Conger, and the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and was maintained in the home of June L. Mazer and her partner Nancy "Bunny" MacCulloch in Altadena, California. The two women were custodians of the WCLC until Mazer's death from cancer in 1987. MacCulloch thereafter changed its name to the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives and continued to run the collection with the assistance of volunteers. On November 28, 1988, the Mazer Archives moved from Altadena into the Werle Building, a space donated by the City of West Hollywood. The following year, it received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
In 1989, the Mazer Archives created an outreach and collection-building partnership with the UCLA Center for the Study of Women and the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections of the Charles E. Young Research Library. In 2011, it co-hosted the 3rd LGBT Archives, Libraries, Museums & Special Collections Conference. In 2015, Wolfe Video donated 100 lesbian movies to the Archives.
The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives describes itself as "the only archive on this side of the continent that is dedicated exclusively to preserving lesbian history...The Archives is committed to gathering and preserving materials by and about lesbians and feminists of all classes, ethnicities, races and experiences." It is supported by funding from private donors and the City of West Hollywood, and has been run strictly by volunteers since 1985.