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Finding Aid to the California Human Rights Advocates Records Coll2013.035
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  • Arrangement
  • Administrative history
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Separated Materials note
  • Processing Information

  • Title: California Human Rights Advocates records
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.035
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.5 linear feet. 4 archive boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1977-1981
    Date (inclusive): 1973-1981
    Abstract: California State Legislature bills and resolutions, politician biographies, board of directors meeting minutes and agendas, press releases, bylaws, articles of incorporation, budget records, correspondence, job descriptions, contracts, fundraising records, reports, petitions, lobbying and mailing lists, position statements, clippings, lobby and staff reports, court records, brochures, newsletters, flyers, mock-ups of promotional material, and research records of the California Human Rights Advocates (CHRA), bulk 1977-1981. CHRA educated elected officials to the needs of their gay and lesbian constituents, lobbied for the passage of anti-discrimination assembly and senate bills, and battled against the passage of California Proposition 6, The Briggs Initiative, in 1978.
    creator: California Human Rights Advocates.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in the following series:
    Series 1. Administrative records, 1973-1981
    Series 2. California State Legislature bill and resolution records, 1977-1980
    Series 3. Politician records, 1979-1981

    Administrative history

    The introduction of Art Agnos' anti-discrimination employment bill AB 1302 in January 1977 inspired the creation of a state lobby to advocate for legislation affecting lesbian and gay people. In May 1977, Northern California Human Rights Advocates and Southern California Human Rights Advocates formed. In January 1978, the northern and southern groups adopted a common set of bylaws and the first statewide gay lobby was born. California Human Rights Advocates educated elected officials to the needs of their gay and lesbian constituents, lobbied for the passage of anti-discrimination assembly and senate bills, and battled against the passage of California Proposition 6, The Briggs Initiative, in 1978.

    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.

    Acquisition

    Date and method of acquisition unknown.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] California Human Rights Advocates Records, Coll2013-035, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Scope and Contents

    California State Legislature bills and resolutions, politician biographies, board of directors meeting minutes and agendas, press releases, bylaws, articles of incorporation, budget records, correspondence, job descriptions, contracts, fundraising records, reports, petitions, lobbying and mailing lists, position statements, clippings, lobby and staff reports, court records, brochures, newsletters, flyers, mock-ups of promotional material, and research records of the California Human Rights Advocates, bulk 1977-1981. Includes records from the Northern California, Southern California, Orange County, and other California county and district chapters as well as coalition records with groups supportive of gay and lesbian causes.

    Separated Materials note

    Gay Rights Guardian, American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian & Gay Rights Chapter newsletter, November 1979, December 1979.
    Coalition for Human Rights Newsletter, Santa Barbara, July 1980.
    The Community Voice, Wichita Gay Community Association newsletter, October 1977.
    Stonewall Speaks, Stonewall Democratic Club newsletter, October 1979.

    Processing Information

    Formerly boxes 103-055, 103-056, 103-117, and 104-006. Collection processed by Katrina Sire and Kyle Morgan, 2013.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gays--Law and legislation
    Gays--Political activity
    Homosexuality--Law and legislation--California
    Lobbyists
    Political activists--California
    Politicians--United States--California