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Scott Wirth Operation Concern Collection, 1974-1980
GLC 73  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Conservation Note
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Scott Wirth Operation Concern Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1974-1980
    Collection Identifier: GLC 73
    Creator: Wirth, Scott
    Physical Description: 29.0 folders (0.25 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: Founded in 1974, Operation Concern was the first counseling service established by gay and lesbian individuals to serve the San Francisco Bay area's underserved gay and lesbian people and their families. Scott Wirth was a staff member with Operation Concern from 1975-1980. The collection contains correspondence, subject files, ephemera, publications, reports, grant proposals, fliers, brochures, notes, correspondence, and minutes.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.

    Publication Rights

    There are no restrictions. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Scott Wirth Operation Concern Collection (GLC 73), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    Scott Wirth Operation Concern Collection was donated to The San Francisco Public Library by Scott Wirth on May 27, 2011.

    Conservation Note

    During processing, the entire collection was re-foldered and re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. All metal staples and paper clips were removed. Some brittle and items have been photocopied for preservation. Some addresses, phone numbers, and names have been redacted for reasons of privacy.

    Biographical Note

    Dr. Scott Wirth is a practicing psychologist who received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Union Graduate School in 1976 and licensure from the State of California in 1978. During 1975 Wirth applied to and was accepted for a graduate internship with Operation Concern where he remained on staff until 1980.
    Founded in 1974, Operation Concern was the first counseling service established by gay and lesbian individuals to serve the San Francisco Bay area's underserved gay and lesbian people and their families. Operation Concern later merged with 18th Street Services to form New Leaf, which ceased operation on October 15, 2010.

    Scope and Contents

    The Scott Wirth Operation Concern collection contains correspondence, subject files, ephemera, publications, reports, grant proposals, fliers, brochures, notes, correspondence, and minutes. These documents provide insight into how Operation Concern sought funding, how it was viewed by peers in counseling circles and the community it served, and how the staff approached issues pertaining to delivery of adequate service to a previously underserved clientele. The collection helps to construct a timeline of LGBT individuals recognizing a community need and organizing a grassroots response that would eventually come to serve as a model for counseling centers around the country.

    Arrangement

    Folders 1-21 of the collection are arranged chronologically. Folders 22-29 include undated materials arranged alphabetically according to subject.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Operation Concern. -- Archives
    Community mental health services--California--San Francisco
    Gay men--Counseling of--California--San Francisco
    Gays--Counseling of--California--San Francisco
    Lesbians--Counseling of--California--San Francisco
    Social work with gays--California--San Francisco