Broomstick Magazine Records including Maxine Spencer Papers

Span Dates: 1972-2005
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 40 linear ft.


The collection contains a complete run of Broomstick 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.

Hist/Bio Note

Broomstick Magazine, 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.

Finding Aid

An online, searchable finding aid is available through the Online Archives of California


UCLA Library Special Collections Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library Box 951575 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575


Women's spirituality | San Francisco | WICCAN | California | Author/editor | Feminism | Gay Liberation Movement