Denslow, Pat Papers

Span Dates: 1981-1984
Bulk Dates:
Volume: .4 linear feet


This collection includes interview transcripts, drafts, and the final text about Elderbond, a religion developed by Pat Denslow and members of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) including Barbara Macdonald.

Hist/Bio Note

Pat Denslow was born April 30, 1918, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was a lesbian activist and organizer who worked heavily with both Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU) and Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC). She briefly worked with Pacifica Radio and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in education. Denslow continued to advocate for rights for gay women, rape victims, and women in non-traditional work until her death on September 11, 2005 in Dallas, Texas. She worked heavily with both the Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU) as well as Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC).

Finding Aid

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


The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives , the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) , and the UCLA Library . These collections expand the pool of primary source materials available to researchers and to the community at large. This partnership was initiated by CSW and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize more than eighty Mazer collections pertaining to lesbian and feminist activism and writings. This collection is housed at UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Library, Special Collections. 1713 Charles E. Young Research Library Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575


Activist (religious institutions) | Feminism | Women and Religion | Women's spirituality | California