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Finding Aid for the Broomstick magazine records, 1972-2005
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Description
Broomstick, founded in 1978 by Maxine Spencer and Polly Taylor in the San Francisco Bay area, is an independent, self-published radical feminist magazine dedicated to supporting and promoting women and lesbian activism and art for an audience of women over forty. Its main goals focused on confronting ageism, stereotypes of the disabled, and breaking down gender conventions in publishing. The magazine ran through 1993 and explores topics related to radical feminist politics, lesbian culture and art, spirituality of the Crone, women and aging, and feminist coalitions and communities. The collection contains a complete run of the magazine, organizational records, financial statements, correspondence, submissions and rejections, and many of the plates used for printing the magazine. The collection also contains Spencer's personal papers documenting her personal experiences with radical feminism, lesbianism, disability, sexism, and age discrimination.
Background
Maxine Spencer and Polly Taylor founded Broomstick in Berkeley, California in 1978. The idea for Broomstick was born when eight women over forty attended a Crone's Caucus and organized a loose coalition that would support, fund, and collectively address concerns specific to older women. This peer-led group would also function as a supportive network for activism. Together, Spencer and Taylor approached a newly formed feminist organization in Berkeley, "OPTIONS for Women Over Forty." They asked OPTIONS for its endorsement and financial support to create a feminist political journal for and about women over forty. In exchange, Spencer and Taylor pledged to publicize OPTIONS in the journal and promote their programs. Though OPTIONS gave initial support and funding, Broomstick grew into an independently published and funded magazine. Production of Broomstick ended in 1993 due to fiscal insolvency, as evidenced in their financial statements and annual budget records.
Extent
56 document boxes (40 linear ft.) and 8 oversize flat boxes.
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.