Papers of Vicki Gabriner, 1973-2015

Gabriner, Vicki, 1942-


9.4 linear ft (9 cartons, 1 file box) plus 1 supersize folder.
Collection includes trial documents; Freedom of Information Act files; and correspondence, etc., surrounding her defense and fundraising for it; files regarding her work in Georgia for the Equal Rights Amendment and sex ducation material for the Girl Scouts and Atthis; printed feminist and lesbian newspapers and newsletters; copies of Sleeping Beauty and files comcerning its creation; auction files for the Boston Workmen's Circle; articles, etc., for the Jewish Women's Archive and history project, etc.
A civil rights, peace, feminist and lesbian activist, Vicki (Levins) Gabriner was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in a politically active family. A graduate of Cornell (B.A. 1963), University of Wisconsin (M.A. 1966), and Union Institute and University (Ph.D. 2009), Gabriner worked with her husband Robert in Fayette County, Tennessee, during the summers, teaching in Freedom Schools and working on voter registration and integration. In 1968 she moved to New York City to teach, and, during this time, joined the Weathermen, traveled to Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade, and became a feminist.
In 1970 Gabriner moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she came out as a lesbian and helped to found the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance. While in Georgia she co-founded Georgians for the ERA and Atthis, which offered workshops in lesbian sexuality; and was project director for the Human Sexuality-Family Life Skills Program for the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council. In 1973 she was arrested for her participation in a Weathermen action, and was convicted in 1977; she was exonerated upon appeal in 1978.
In 1979 she moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she wrote for Sojourner and Gay Community News. She also served as manager at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts (1988-1990); instructor in women's gynecologic and breast examinations at Tufts and Harvard medical schools (1979- ); project coordinator for a women's oral history project at the Jewish Women's Archives (1998-1999); civil rights investigator for Delany, Siegel, Zorr and Associates (1990-1999); and executive director of the Sojourner Feminist Institute (1999-2002). Gabriner is the author of Sleeping Beauty: A Lesbian Fairy Tale (1971, 1976), among other works. She is married to Rochelle Ruthchild.
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Vicki Gabriner Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Materials in English.

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