Oral Histories

Interview of Ann Giagni

LGBTQ activist and board member of the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives.
Women's Activist Lives
Social Movements
LGBT Movement
Women's Issues
Biographical Note:
LGBTQ activist and board member of the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives.
Cifor, Marika
Giagni, Ann
Persons Present:
Giagni and Cifor.
Place Conducted:
Southwestern University Law School Library and UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library in Los Angeles, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library’s Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Marika Cifor; M.L.I.S, Simmons College; M.A., history, Simmons College; doctoral student, information studies, UCLA. Cifor ‘s research focuses on LGBTQ archives, history, and culture in the United States.Cifor prepared for the interview by reviewing secondary sources on lesbian history in Los Angeles, including Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons’ Gay L.A.; articles by Yolanda Ritter; a dissertation in progress by Rebecka Sheffield of the University of Toronto on social movements and lesbian and gay archives; and secondary materials from the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Archival collections reviewed included Southern California Women for Understanding 1975-1999, the Connexxus/Centro de Mujeres collection 1985-1991, the Irene Wolt Papers, and Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center records 1975-1992 at UCLA Library Special Collections.
Processing of Interview:
The interviewer prepared a timed log of the audio recording of the interview. Giagni was given the opportunity to review the log in order to supply missing or misspelled names and to verify the accuracy of the content but made no changes.
8.25 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
Women’s Activist Lives in Los Angeles is a series of interviews done by graduate research assistants under the auspices of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women. The series addresses the diverse ways in which women’s social movement activities affected public policy and transformed civic institutions such as education, social services, and the art world in Los Angeles. Several of the oral histories also focus on individuals who were involved with the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, which the Center for the Study of Women was involved in bringing to UCLA Library Special Collections at the time the oral histories were being done.
In accordance with the interviewee's wishes, this oral history can only be listened to on site at UCLA Library Special Collections.