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Los Angeles Shanti Foundation records

 Collection
Identifier: Coll2012-164

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of meeting minutes, reports, photographs and negatives, videocassettes, publicity material, publication editorial materials, public service announcement production records, Spanish-language material, trophies, a floppy disk and other administrative records (1984-2005) from the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, the first group in Southern California to provide direct services to people with AIDS. The materials document LA Shanti's activities from 1984-2003. The majority of the materials were created or collected by Paul Lerner who served on staff in various capacities, including public relations and development.

The General Administration Series comprises administrative records, photographs, trophies and a floppy disk that document LA Shanti's many activities, particularly public relations, fundraising, and event planning. The Videocassettes Series includes VHS, Betacam and U-matic cassettes produced by and about LA Shanti. This series includes public service announcements produced by LA Shanti.

Dates

  • 1984 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within 1990 - 2003

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.

Administrative History

Founded in 1983 by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, or LA Shanti, was the first group in Southern California to provide direct services to people with AIDS. This non-profit relief organization provided emotional support groups and services for those suffering from the effects of the AIDS/HIV crisis. With a particular emphasis on minority groups from socioeconomically troubled backgrounds and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community, LA Shanti sought out the marginalized in a time of great confusion and tragedy. The name "shanti," which loosely translates from Sanskrit as "inner peace through understanding," emblematized the organization's mission: of providing a compassionate, accepting environment and support network for people with HIV/AIDS.

LA Shanti offered programs that targeted individuals suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS, as well as the family, friends, and lovers who suffered by proxy. Some of the particular programs provided by LA Shanti included weekly on-going support groups for HIV-positive men and women, significant others, serodifferent couples, multiple loss, HIV-negative people, Spanish-language speakers, lesbians living with life-threatening Illness; one-to-one counseling opportunities; and monthly HIV forums. Education, in preventative as well as recuperative care, was also a central focus at LA Shanti.

Some staple LA Shanti events included Los Angeles Shanti Hug Day, a "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" benefit series, a wine tasting and auction series, anniversary celebrations, and the annual "Hug-A-Hunk" event series. Through the orchestrated efforts of physicians, caring volunteers, administrative workers, celebrities, and universities, LA Shanti possessed a $1.5 million annual budget, over 35 full-time staff and hundreds of volunteers at the peak of its activity.

LA Shanti ended its operations in 2006.

Source: Los Angeles Shanti Foundation Records, Coll2012-164, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Extent

3.6 Linear Feet (5 boxes.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Meeting minutes, reports, photographs and negatives, videocassettes, publicity material, publication editorial materials, public service announcement production records, Spanish-language material, trophies, a floppy disk and other administrative records (1984-2005) from the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, the first group in Southern California to provide direct services to people with AIDS. Founded in 1983, LA Shanti was a non-profit relief organization that provided emotional support groups and services for those suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Joanne Jackson, January 10, 2008.

Separated Materials

The following materials have been separated from this collection and cataloged into ONE Archives' collection of periodicals and programs:

Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos, 14th Anniversary Awards and Installation Banquet program, November 4, 1995

Heartspace newsletters, 1991-1995

LA Shanti Volunteer newsletters, 1995-1997

Processing Information

Collection processed by Monica Ramsy and Loni Shibuyama, November 2012.

  • Four trophies presented to LA Shanti for achievements in public relations.
Title
Finding aid to the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation records, 1984-2005
Status
Completed
Author
Loni Shibuyama
Date
(c) 2012
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 and Wells Fargo.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles California 90007 United States
(213) 821-2771