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Lesbian and Gay Academic Union records

 Collection
Identifier: Coll2011-041

Scope and Content

This collection comprises correspondence, meeting minutes, manuscripts, publicity material, notes, financial records, photographs, membership records, conference administrative records, grant applications, bylaws, articles of incorporation, and other records documenting activities of the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU), 1973 to 1987. Materials in the collection document activities, including Board of Directors meetings, annual LGAU conferences, public events, and distribution of scholarships. The bulk of the collection comprises scrapbooks and administrative records of the Los Angeles chapter of LGAU, particularly from the period after LGAU's national board of directors moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1978. This collection also includes administrative records and publicity material from other chapters of LGAU.

Dates

  • 1973-1987

Creator

Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Administrative History

The Gay Academic Union (GAU) was founded in New York, New York, in 1973, "to promote and disseminate research on homosexuality and gay people." The GAU consisted of a national network of college and university chapters, totaling a dozen chapters by 1979. In 1978 the GAU's Board of Directors, as well as its annual conference, moved from New York to Los Angeles, California. In the early 1980s, GAU changed its name to the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU). The Los Angeles chapter and National office of the LGAU ceased operations, circa 1987. However, some chapters of LGAU continued into the 1990s.

Extent

3 Linear Feet (3 boxes.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Correspondence, meeting minutes, manuscripts, publicity material, notes, financial records, photographs, membership records, conference administrative records, grant applications, bylaws, articles of incorporation, and other records documenting activities of the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU), 1973 to 1987. Founded in 1973 in New York, New York, the Gay Academic Union consisted of a national network of college and university chapters. In 1978, the national headquarters moved to Los Angeles, California.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into two series:

Series 1. National LGAU and Los Angeles chapter records

Series 2. Other chapter administrative records.

Related Materials

Betty Berzon Papers, Coll2011-004, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Teresa DeCrescenzo Papers, Coll2015-006, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Gary L. Steele Papers, Coll2014-032, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Separated Materials

The following have been separated to the ONE Archives periodical collection:

About Our Children (1978)

Books Bohemian, Catalogue No. 5 (April 1979)

Books Bohemian, Catalogue No. 6 (June 1979)

California Human Rights Advocates "From the Lobby" (undated)

Gay Academic Union, Inc.,Los Angeles Chapter, Newsletter (undated)

Grove Press (Fall 1979)

Newsletter of the Interdisciplinary Clearinghouse of Gay Research, No. 1 (May 1974)

Lesbian and Gay Academic Union, Los Angeles Chapter, Newsletter (Winter 1982)

The L.O.V.E.R. Home Companion Vol. 2 No. 7 (September 1978)

The L.O.V.E.R. Home Companion Vol. 2 No. 8 (October 1978)

Making a Difference, National Association of Gay Gerontologists, Vol. 1 No. 1 (July 1978)

Open Quest Calendar (May-June 1979)

Open Quest Calendar (November-December 1979)

Professional Advisory Council calendar (July 1978)

Professional Advisory Council calendar (September 1978)

Processing Information

A basic collection-level finding aid was created in 2011 for this collection as part of a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Processing of this collection and publication of a folder-level finding aid was completed in December 2014 as part of a project funded by the Council on Library and Information Sciences. This collection was processed by Cooper Moll, December 2014.

Creator

Title
Finding aid to the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union records, 1973-1987
Status
Completed
Author
Marc LaRocque and Cooper Moll
Date
© 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

Contact:
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