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Susan McGreivy Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2012-138

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises correspondence, legal documents, reports, press releases, notes, monthly schedules, articles, clippings, photographs, and personal documents, 1975-1990, from Susan McGreivy, former civil rights attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California. The bulk of the collection is correspondence with McGreivy during her tenure with the ACLU of Southern California.

Dates

  • 1975 - 1990

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biography

Susan McGreivy is a lesbian activist and former civil rights attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California. In the 1980s, McGreivy played a leading role in the ACLU's challenges in a wide range of gay and lesbian civil rights issues, including a discrimination case against the Boy Scouts of America, a defense of the Gay Games against the United States Olympics Committee, and a defense of the women known as the Norton Sound Eight.

Born in 1939, Susan Douglas McGreivy attended high school in Washington, D.C., while participating on the United States Olympic swim team, and received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1961. In the 1960s, McGreivy was a volunteer for the Peace Corps, worked as a teacher in California, and was married, eventually giving birth to two children. In the 1970s, McGreivy attended law school, received her degree in 1977, and began practicing law in the state of California. In the early part of her career, she worked as a law clerk for private practice firms. She became an attorney for the Gay Community Services Center in Hollywood in 1978, and then went on to become a civil rights attorney for the ACLU of Southern California with a focus on gay and lesbian rights. Throughout this time, she was also an activist in the lesbian feminist movement, participating in organizations and events, such as the National Organization for Women and the West Coast Lesbian Conference.

Source:

Box 1, Folder 1, Susan McGreivy Papers, Coll2012-138, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Extent

0.8 Linear Feet (2 archive cartons.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Correspondence, legal documents, reports, press releases, notes, monthly schedules, articles, clippings, photographs, and personal documents, 1975-1990, of Susan McGreivy, lesbian activist and former civil rights attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California. In the 1980s, McGreivy played a leading role in the ACLU's challenges to a wide range of infractions of gay and lesbian civil rights, including a discrimination case against the Boy Scouts of America and a defense of the women known as the Norton Sound Eight.

Arrangement

A folder with McGreivy's personal documents is at the beginning of the collection. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

Related Materials

American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Lesbian & Gay Rights Chapter records, Coll2007-013, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Jon W. Davidson Papers, Coll2013-022, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama, February 2013.

Creator

Title
Finding aid to the Susan McGreivy papers, 1975-1990
Status
Completed
Author
Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama
Date
(c) 2013
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 generous grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

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

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