Los Angeles Public Library and Langston Hughes Poster Complaint Collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
Coll2011-064

Dates

  • 1989-1994 (Creation)
  • 1991 – 1994 (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    [1 folder]

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Notes

  • Abstract

    Petition, memoranda, press releases, interdepartmental correspondence, articles, organizational statements, reports, and other material documenting controversy over "issues of equity, censorship, and discrimination" with regard to gay and lesbian patrons and employees by the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), circa 1989-1994. According to a complaint filed in 1994 by library employees, in 1991 the City Librarian of the LAPL "censored and ordered destroyed Lesbian and Gay History Month materials."

  • Historical Note

    According to a complaint filed in 1994 with the City of Los Angeles by library employees, in 1991 the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) "censored and ordered destroyed Lesbian and Gay History Month materials (a poster and a bibliography) which this public institution had already officially approved and distributed ... to local branch libraries and... to the public." The action came in response to a patron's complaint over the use of a quote by Langston Hughes on the poster in question. The issue became a flash point for already simmering tensions between LAPL administrators and gay and lesbian library employees over services provided to the gay and lesbian community.

  • Access

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  • Publication Rights

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  • Preferred Citation

    Box #, folder #, Los Angeles Public Library and Langston Hughes Poster Complaint Collection, Coll2011-064, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

  • Processing Information

    In order to provide access to this collection, minimal processing on this collection was expedited in 2011. Date spans were given wherever possible, but do not reflect the most accurate inclusive dates.

  • Scope and Content

    Petition, memoranda, press releases, interdepartmental correspondence, articles, organizational statements, reports, and other material documenting controversy over "issues of equity, censorship, and discrimination" with regard to gay and lesbian patrons and employees by the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), circa 1989-1994. According to a complaint filed in 1994 by library employees, in 1991 the City Librarian of the LAPL "censored and ordered destroyed Lesbian and Gay History Month materials (a poster and a bibliography) which this public institution had already officially approved and distributed... to local branch libraries and... to the public." The action was in response to a patron's complaint over the use of a quote by Langston Hughes on the poster in question. The collection comprises material collected for the 1994 complaint.

Instances

  • Type
    Mixed Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Folder
    Container 1 Indicator
    1

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