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Scope and Contents
Title: Lisa Kaye papers
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.083
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material:
11.3 linear feet.
10 archive boxes + 1 flat archive box.
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1980-1995
Date (inclusive): 1975-1996
Meeting minutes, administrative records, training workshop materials, political campaign records, publicity material and other
papers, 1975-1996, from lesbian activist and community organizer Lisa Kaye from Orange County, California. Materials in the
collection document Kaye's political and activist career with the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club of Orange County, a gay
and lesbian community organization; Elections Committee of the County of Orange, a bi-partisan political action committee;
Irvine Citizens United, a group that attempted to defeat a 1988 referendum to remove gays and lesbians from the city's anti-discrimination
protections; Orange County Federation of Lesbian, Gay & AIDS Support Organizations; and the campaigns against California Proposition
6 Briggs Initiative (1978) and Proposition 64 LaRouche Initiative (1986), among others.
Lisa Kaye has been an activist since 1978 when she was the Orange County coordinator for the campaign against California Proposition
6, the Briggs Initiative. In 1982, she joined the first board of directors for the Elections Committee of the County of Orange
(ECCO) and worked with Dan Wooldridge and George Garrett-Norris who were the founding co-chairs. In 1988, she joined the Eleanor
Roosevelt Democratic Club and quickly moved up to being co-chair with John Duran. Membership rose from 20 to over 200 during
this time. She coordinated volunteers for Tom Umberg for Assembly, was a spokesperson for Irvine Citizens United, and was
a staff aide for an Irvine city councilmember.
Kaye began working on the steering committee for the Orange County Federation of Lesbian, Gay and AIDS Support Organizations
in 1989. While working with the Federation, she began planning a board member training program with Libby Cowan, Arlene Sontag
and Julie Tanit. From its kick-off in 1990 until the end of 1994, Kaye helped run the Federation's Leadership Training Program.
She has been acknowledged by the Orange County Human Relations Commission, ECCO, Southern California Women for Understanding,
OCCP and the California State Assembly for her activism. Throughout this time, Kaye also had careers as a private investigator,
mental health casemanager, and landlord.
After her retirement, Kaye moved to Oregon where she served as a board member for Oregon Wool Growers cooperative and Interfaith
Prayer Services; and as a steering committee member for the Save Our Valley--Stop Enron and Coburg Power campaign. In 2007,
Kaye founded SpiritPathNow, a community calendar for events serving spiritually progressive organizations and practitioners
in the Pacific Northwest.
As of 2013, Kaye lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Box 7, Folder 8, Lisa Kaye Papers, Coll2013-083, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern
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.
Donor and date of acquisition unknown.
[Box/folder #, or item name] Lisa Kaye Papers, Coll2013-083, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University
of Southern California.
Formerly housed in boxes 103-023, 103-156, 103-159, 103-160, 103-161, 103-162, 103-163, 103-164, 103-165, 103-166, 103-170,
and 104-098. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama with assistance from Sarah Wilson, December 2013.
Scope and Contents
The collection comprises meeting minutes, administrative records, training workshop materials, political campaign records,
publicity material and other papers, 1975-1996, from lesbian activist and community organizer Lisa Kaye from Orange County,
California. The bulk of the collection is administrative records from Kaye's political and activist career, including involvement
with the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club; Elections Committee of the County of Orange, a bi-partisan political action committee
in which Kaye was instrumental in organizing the "Putting Lesbians in Power" workshop; Irvine Citizens United, a group that
attempted to defeat a 1988 referendum to remove gays and lesbians from the city's anti-discrimination protections; Orange
County Federation of Lesbian, Gay & AIDS Support Organizations in which Kaye organized a Leadership Training Program for local
activists; as well as the campaigns against California Proposition 6 Briggs Initiative (1978) and the Proposition 64 LaRouche
Initiative (1986), among others. In addition to Kaye's legislative and election campaign materials, the collection also includes
Kaye's interests in other gay and lesbian subjects and organizations such as the Whitman-Brooks Foundation, Southern California
Women for Understanding, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, LIFE AIDS Lobby, the Gay and Lesbian Community Services
Center of Orange County; as well as Jewish organizations such as Chavurah and Kol Simcha. Some general correspondence and
Kaye's arrest record for "failure to disperse" make up the only personal papers in this collection.
This collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club
Series 2. Elections Committee of the County of Orange
Series 3. Irvine Citizens United
Series 4. Orange County Federation of Lesbian, Gay & AIDS Support Organizations
Series 5. Other activism and political activities
The following newsletters have been separated from the collection and cataloged into the ONE Archives newsletter collection:
ACT UP Orange County (1991-1992).
Aid for AIDS News (1993).
AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County newsletter (1989-1993).
Being Alive: People with HIV/AIDS Action Coalition Newsletter (1993).
Centerstone: The News Magazines of the Stonewall Alliance of Chico (1990).
Chavurah Quarterly (1989-1991).
CORE Newsletter, Community Organization for Resources and Education (1993).
Eidophusikon, [lesbian zine] premiere issue (circa 1992).
Eleanor, A Publication of the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club (1992-1993).
Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) newsletter (1987-1994).
The Federation, The Orange County Federation of Lesbian, Gay & AIDS Support Organizations (1995).
Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services, Off the Streets newsletter (1988).
GLAAD Update (1992-1993).
GLAD Tidings, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Desert (1993).
Haworth Press, Inc. New Books & Journals in Human Sexuality (1990).
Hogar Latino newsletter (1988-1990).
Kol Simcha newsletter (1992-1993).
Laguna Outreach newsletter (1988-1993).
Laguna Shanti Quarterly (1991).
Liaison, Newsmagazine of the Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County (1989-1993).
LIFELines, Newsletter of the LIFE AIDS Lobby and the LIFE League (1993).
Log Cabin Club of Orange County newsletter (1988-1994).
Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club newsltter (1990).
LA Pride (1993).
Momentum, a News Publication of the Human Rights Campaign Fund (1990-1993).
Network News, Gay and Lesbian Faculty and Staff Network newsletter (1990).
The Orange County Names Project Chapter Newsletter (1992-1993).
Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Orange County newsletter (1988-1993).
Reveille! Newsletter of the Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Veterans of America, Orange County/Long Beach Chapter (1993).
The Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU) newsletter (1989-1993).
Team Orange County Newsletter (1994).
University of California, Irvine Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Newsmagazine (1991).
Whitman-Brooks Happenings (1983).
The following programs have been separated from the collection:
March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation Program Guide (1993).
Orange County's Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration Official Souvenir Program (1993).
Several buttons pertaining to political campaigns represented in this collection have been separated from the collection and
placed with the ONE Archives button collection.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club.
Elections Committee of the County of Orange.
AIDS (Disease)--Law and Legislation--California
Democratic Party (Calif.)
Gay activists--California--Orange County
Gays--Law and legislation
Homosexuality--Law and legislation--California
Orange County (Calif.)
Political action committees
Women political activists