Photo albums, diaries, correspondence, minutes,
manuscripts, clippings, posters, memorabilia, audiotapes, computer files and
other material from lesbian activist, writer and publisher, Jeanne Córdova. In
the early 1970s, Córdova began her career as a leader in the Los Angeles gay
and lesbian and feminist movements by becoming President of the Los Angeles
chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis; founding the publication,
The Lesbian Tide; and becoming Human
Rights Editor and columnist for the
Los Angeles Free Press. In 1973, she was a
key organizer of the first National Lesbian Conference, and in 1981, she
Community Yellow Pages, currently the
nation's largest and most comprehensive LGBT directory. Her collection includes
organizational records from publications she founded and several activist
organizations she led; manuscripts and clippings of articles and books she
wrote; personal diaries and correspondence with former lovers. Her collection
also includes extensive photo albums with detailed annotation documenting her
life and major events in the gay and lesbian liberation movement.
Jeanne Robert Córdova was born on July 18, 1948 in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Daughter of Federico Benito and Joan McGuinness, Jeanne is one of twelve
siblings. In the 1950s, the family immigrated to New York and eventually
relocated to Southern California. As a child, she attended Catholic school in
West Covina and, in 1966, entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent in Santa
Barbara, California. While she was a postulant, she began questioning her
sexuality and subsequently became dissatisfied with the Catholic Church. She
left the convent a year later, going on to earn Bachelor's and Master's degrees
in social work from the University of California, at Los Angeles (UCLA.)
21 linear feet + 1 linear foot
(unprocessed, awaiting conservation). (9 archive boxes + 3
archive cartons + 8 flat archive cartons + 1 map drawer + 1 box
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in
writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner.
Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in
the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant
copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for
all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).
The collection is open to researchers, with some restrictions. Access to
materials marked "restricted" in the container list is restricted during the
lifetime of Jeanne Córdova. Researchers wishing to access this material must
obtain prior permission from Ms. Córdova. Researchers may apply for permission
through ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives or directly from Ms.