Finding Aid to the James Goltz and Jean Wood ethnographic fieldwork research on the Committee Against the Briggs Initiative, Los Angeles chapter Coll2014.003

Finding aid prepared by Lizzie Hernandez
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Title: James Goltz and Jean Wood ethnographic fieldwork research on the Committee Against the Briggs Initiative, Los Angeles chapter
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014.003
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.8 linear feet. 2 archive cartons
Date (inclusive): 1975-1979
Abstract: Ethnographic fieldwork research materials of James Goltz and Jean Wood regarding their study of the Committee Against the Briggs Initiative (CABI), Los Angeles chapter, conducted in 1978-1979. The collectin includes 29 interviews with members of CABI as well as field notes, administrative records, media clippings, and promotional materials. CABI was formed when Senator John Briggs introduced California Proposition 6, the "Briggs Initiative," in 1978 to prohibit gay and lesbian people as well as those who advocated for gay and lesbian rights from working in public schools.
creator: Goltz, James D.

Scope and Contents

Ethnographic fieldwork research of James Goltz and Jean Wood regarding their study of the Committee Against the Briggs Initiative (CABI), Los Angeles chapter, conducted in 1978-1979. The collection includes audio recordings and transcriptions of 29 interviews with members of CABI as well as field notes, administrative records, media clippings, and promotional materials.

Administrative History

In 1978, Senator John Briggs introduced California Proposition 6, the "Briggs Initiative," to prohibit gay and lesbian people as well as those who advocated for gay and lesbian rights from working in public schools. The Committee Against the Briggs Initiative (CABI) formed in the spring of 1978 to fight the proposition. Multiple CABI chapters formed across California, the largest of which were in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. CABI's efforts contributed to the defeat of the proposition in the November 1978 election by a margin of 58% to 42%.
The impetus for the research was a two-quarter graduate seminar at UCLA on Ethnographic Fieldwork conducted by Professor Robert Emerson (Sociology 217A and B). Students were instructed to select a setting in which the principles of participant observation, in-depth interviewing, field-note taking, document collection and other ethnographic methods could be practiced. James Goltz and Jean Wood chose the The Committee Against the Briggs Initiative (CABI) chapter in Los Angeles and conducted interviews with members, attended meetings, and participated in demonstrations and public actions, including picketing a fast food restaurant whose owner had made contributions to the passage of the initiative. All interviews were conducted in-person using a standard questionnaire. The papers written by Goltz and Wood for the seminar are not included in the collection.
Source: Box 1/folder 1, James Goltz Ethnographic Fieldwork Research on the Committee Against the Briggs Initiative, Los Angeles Chapter, Coll2014.003, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Separated Materials note

Separated to the ONE audiovisual collection
Audiocassette interviews with Jinx Beers, Steve Brooks, Nancy Brown, Cedric Burns, Ann Egleston, Lee Evans,Larry Goldsmith, Wayne Heiber, Barabara Field/Steve Hockeman, Bill Hoover, Michael Itkin, Bill Jarrico, Ruth, Jessen, Steve Kent, Eugene London, Muriel Marushka, Rae Martinoff, Joyce McEvay, Susan McGrievey, Bob Nelson, John O'Brien, Bill Perdue, Sidney Plotnick, Charles Rosen, Toska Savva, William E. Smith, Jack Welch and Pat Wellner.
Audiocassette recordings titled: post-election, election night, and recollections.
Separated to the ONE button collection
"No on Proposition 6," white with blue writing and red border and torch symbol, 2.25-inch diameter.
"no 6," red with white lettering, 1-inch diameter.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] James Goltz and Jean Wood Ethnographic Fieldwork Research on the Committee Against the Briggs Initiative, Los Angeles Chapter, Coll2014.003, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lizzie Hernandez, January 17, 2014.

Acquisition

Donated by James D. Goltz, January 10, 2014.

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.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Committee Against the Briggs Initiative Los Angeles.
Gay activists--California--Los Angeles
Interviews
Lesbian activists--California--Los Angeles
Political activists--California--Los Angeles
Transcripts

 

James Goltz ethnographic fieldwork research on the Committee Against the Briggs Initiative, Los Angeles chapter 1975-1979

Box 1, Folder 1

Field notes 1978

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 2

General published materials on gay rights 1978-1979

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings on Proposition 6 and gay rights 1975-1979

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 5

No on 6 campaign records, Committee Against Briggs Initiative (San Francisco Bay Area) 1977-1979

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 8

No on 6 campaign records, Committee Against Briggs Initiative (Los Angeles) 1978

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 8

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) published materials 1975-1979

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 9

Pro-Proposition 6 published materials 1978

Language of Material: English

Scope and Contents

Includes materials from California Defend our Children, National Socialist Party of America, and Citizens for Decency and Morality.
Box 1, Folder 3

Research introduction and questionnaire 1978-1979

Language of Material: English

Scope and Contents

Includes the membership roster for the Los Angeles chapter of the Committee Against the Briggs Initiative.
 

Transcripts of interviews 1978-1979

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 1

Beers, Jinx February 23, 1979

Box 2, Folder 2

Brooks, Steve February 17, 1979

Box 2, Folder 3

Brown, Nancy March 16, 1979

Box 2, Folder 4

Burns, Cedric J. February 27, 1979

Box 2, Folder 5

Egleston, Ann 1979

Box 2, Folder 6

Evans, Lee Januray 29, 1979

Box 2, Folder 7

Field, Barbara 1979

Box 2, Folder 8

Goldsmith, Larry May 5, 1979

Box 2, Folder 9

Hieber, Wayne March 19, 1979

Box 2, Folder 10

Hockman, Steve 1979

Box 2, Folder 11

Hoover, Bill January 29, 1979

Box 2, Folder 12

Itkin, Father Michael November 20, 1978

Box 2, Folder 13

Jarrico, Bill January 30, 1979

Box 2, Folder 15

Kent, Steve January 13, 1979

Box 2, Folder 16

London, Eugene February 7, 1979

Box 2, Folder 17

Marushka, Muriel January 20, 1979

Box 2, Folder 18

Martinoff, Rae April 3, 1979

Box 2, Folder 19

McEvoy, Joyce February 21, 1979

Box 2, Folder 20

McGrievy, Susan February 21, 1979

Box 2, Folder 21

Nelson, Bob 1979

Box 2, Folder 22

O'Brien, John 1979

Box 2, Folder 23

Perdue, Bill March 8, 1979

Box 2, Folder 24

Plotnick, Sidney January 31, 1979

Box 2, Folder 25

Rosen, Charlie February 15, 1979

Box 2, Folder 26

Savva, Toska April 3, 1979

Box 2, Folder 27

Smith, William E March 16, 1979

Box 2, Folder 28

Welch, Jack February 21, 1979

Box 2, Folder 29

Wellner, Pat 1979