Mendelsohn (Jill) photographs and collection on Elsa Gidlow
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.
- circa 1970-2011, bulk 1973-1986
- Majority of material found within 1973 - 1986
- Mendelsohn, Jill (Creator, Person)
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.
0.2 Linear Feet (1 archive carton.)
Language of Materials
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.
Donated by Jill Mendelsohn, May 12, 2011.
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.
Collection processed by Danielle Perez-Granado, August 2013.
- Finding aid to the Jill Mendelsohn photographs and collection on Elsa Gidlow, circa 1970-2011
- Danielle Perez-Granado
- (c) 2013
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- Description is in English.
- Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.