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Charles W. Gossett papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2013-082

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises Dr. Charles W. Gossett's research on domestic partnerships benefits and LGBT employment discrimination in city, county, and state government agencies in the United States, and to a lesser extent, in academic, federal, and corporate institutions, 1966-2008. The collection includes administrative records documenting his work with the District of Columbia Domestic Partnership Commission, Georgia Equality Project, American Political Science Associations Committee on the Status of Lesbians and Gays in the Profession, and other organizations. The collection includes research on LGBT issues regarding adoption, civil rights, elections, families, hate crimes, marriage, military service, sodomy, and the United States Supreme Court.

The collection consists of city, county, state, and federal bills, resolutions, and ordinances; court records; clippings, articles, and reports; meeting minutes; correspondence; survey records; insurance, healthcare, and pension plans; budget records; bylaws; handbooks; and human resources policies. The collection includes the following papers authored by Gossett: “Dillon’s Rule and Gay Rights: State Control over Local Efforts to Protect the Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 1996, San Francisco; "Domestic Partnership Benefits: Public Sector Patterns," presented at the American Society for Public Administration Conference, July 1993, San Francisco; and "Legal Challenges to Local Ordinances Providing Domestic Partnership Benefits," 2005.


  • 1966-2008


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.


Dr. Charles W. Gossett has held various research and administrative positions in the federal government and District of Columbia city government, including Secretary of the Commission on Domestic Partnership Benefits for the District of Columbia. He joined Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia in 1992, and served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Equality Project from 1995-2001. He served as Chair of the Department of Political Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona from 2002-2009. Dr. Gossett served as Chair of the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Committee on the Status of Lesbians and Gays in the Profession, before serving as a member of the APSA Executive Committee from 2006-2009. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for the Study of HIV and AIDS at the University of Botswana in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Gossett joined California State University, Sacramento, and was appointed Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. In June 2012, he became Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Gossett’s areas of research include public sector human resources management, state and local intergovernmental relations, and African politics. He has published articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on civil service reform and public service motivation; on how state and local governments deal with one another on issues related to lesbian and gay rights; on public opinion on same-sex marriage; and on the impact of AIDS on governance in southern Africa.

Source: (accessed on September 20, 2013) (accessed on September 20, 2013)


6.65 Linear Feet (5 archive boxes + 1 archive carton)

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The collection consists of Dr. Charles W. Gossett's research on domestic partnership benefits, LGBT employment discrimination, and other LGBT-related topics, 1966-2008. The collection includes administrative records of the Commission on Domestic Partnership Benefits for the District of Columbia, Georgia Equality Project, and American Political Science Association's Committee on the Status of Lesbians and Gays in the Profession, 1986-2007. A university professor and administrator, Gossett has researched, published, and advocated on issues related to lesbian and gay rights since the late 1980s.


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Administrative records, 1986-2007

Series 2. Domestic partnership benefits research, 1984-2008

Series 3. LGBT employment discrimination research, 1966-2001

Series 4. General research on LGBT topics, 1974-2006


Donations made by Charles Gossett on June 5, 2009; July 10, 2009; March 30, 2010; and April 12, 2012.

Separated Materials

Separated to the ONE periodical collection

Angles, the Policy Journal of the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies, v.5, no.1 (November 2000).

ASPA Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual News, a publication of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual members of ASPA (February 1994, March 1995).

BLK, v.4, no.3; v.5, no.1 (1993-1994).

Equality Notes, George Equality Project, second and fourth quarter (1999); first and fourth quarter (2000).

GAPOO, Gay People's Union at Stanford (May 15, 1974).

Gayellow Pages, Southern Edition, no.8 (1992).

Georgia Equality Project, v.7, no.3 and 4 (1997).

Georgia Equality Project , v.7, no.2, 4, 5, unmarked (1997-1998).

Georgia Equality Project NEWS (January 1997).

GLAAD Images (May/June 1996).

HRC Quarterly (Spring 2001).

The Network News, v.21, no.5 (May 2008).

Network News, v.13, no.8; v.21, no.12 (June 1999 September 2007).

Newsletter of the Gay and Lesbian Caucus for Political Science, (April, August 1993; August 1994).

Newsletter of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Political Science Caucus, v.1, no.1, 2; v.2, no.1, 2; v.3, no.1 (1995-1997).

Partners, v.7, no.2 (Spring 1992).

Timeless Voices (April, May, June 1999).

Venus Magazine (February-March 1996).

Separated to the ONE program and booklet collection

"Homosexuals in the Military." United States General Accounting Office, Report to the Honorable John W. Warner, U.S. Senate. June 1993.

"Registering as Domestic Partners." Lambda Legal and LA Gay & Lesbian Center

"Annual Update on the Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy," The Williams Institute, CLE Materials, February 24, 2006 and February 23, 2007.

Separated to the ONE T-shirt collection

"1993 MARCH ON WASHINGTON / LESBIAN, GAY, AND BI / EQUAL RIGHTS AND LIBERATION" Black shirt with the United States Capitol Building inside a purple triangle on the front. Text reads around the triangle.

"MARRIAGE IS A HUMAN RIGHT / NOT A HETEROSEXUAL PRIVILEDGE / Don't / STOP the Constitutional Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage" Blue shirt with white text on the front.

Separated to the ONE magnet and pin collections

"Call - Write - Vote / HRC - GLAAD - GEP" (magnet)

"march 21-27, 1999 / equality / begins / at home / National Gay and Lesbian Task Force / Federation of LGBT Statewide / Political Organizations"

"Equality / Through Visibility / in the Media / GLAAD 1.800.GAY MEDIA /" (magnet)

"The Lady Chabils" (magnet)

"Moving? / Anywhere in the U.S.A. / Referral to Gay/Lesbian Real Estate Agents / In Your "New" (or Current) Area / Toll Free 1-877-GAY-HOMES / / Across America Real Estate Network / No Fee to You!! Sorry, No Rentals" (magnet)

"Southern / Voice / All the news for your Life. / And your Style. / voice 404-876-1819 / fax 404-876-2709 /" (magnet)

Separated to the Non-LGBT Magazine Cover Story Collection, Coll2013.027

The Nation (July 4, 1994 and July 12, 1999).

Separated to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Collection, Coll2011-056

"Legislating Equality" by Wayne van der Meide. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute.

"Domestic Partnership Organizing Manual." The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute.

Separated to the ONE subject files collection, Coll2012-001

Human Rights Campaign Fund information including the "Citizen Advocate Training Manual," "Resource Guide to Coming Out," material regarding the 105th and 106th Congresses, pamphlets, and stickers


"Board and Administrator's Guide to Better Board Meetings" booklet, Aspen Publishers, Inc., 1994.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013.


Finding Aid to the Charles W. Gossett Papers
Kyle Morgan
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Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant 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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