Guide to the Orange County Group Documents on Gays and Homosexuality MS.R.156

Finding aid prepared by Audra Eagle Yun
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
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© 2012


Title: Orange County Group documents on gays and homosexuality
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.156
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet. (1 folder)
Date (inclusive): 1974-1977
Language of Collection Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: This collection consists of photocopies of several internal documents from the Orange County Group, a Marxist-Leninist study group that formed within and eventually broke its ties with the August 29th Movement. Documents include "Towards the development of the correct Marxist-Leninist position on the Gay question," 35 pp., "On the relation of the sexes," 10 pp., "The Gay Question," 7 pp., a theoretical document that begins "Sexual relations need redefining," 2 pp., and three stapled packets of photocopied published documents. The documents were kept together by an unidentified activist.
Creator: Orange County Group.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Orange County Group Documents on Gays and Homosexuality. MS-R156. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
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Acquisition Information

Acquired, 2012.

Processing History

Processed by Audra Eagle Yun, 2012.

Historical Background

The Orange County Group was a Marxist-Leninist study group that formed within and eventually broke from the August 29th Movement (ATM), a Chicano communist organization that took its name from the historic August 29, 1970 Chicano Moratorium demonstration against the Vietnam War in Los Angeles, California. According to Orange County Group documents, the group decided to break its ties with the ATM when "ATM directed the leader of our study group to expel the gay comrades in our group." The group's writings argued for the removal of existing negative attitude towards gay issues in the Marxist-Leninist movement.

Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of photocopies of several internal documents from the Orange County Group, a Marxist-Leninist study group that formed within and eventually broke its ties with the August 29th Movement. Documents include "Towards the development of the correct Marxist-Leninist position on the Gay question," 35 pp., missing title page, otherwise complete; "On the relation of the sexes," 10 pp.,; "The Gay Question," 7 pp., writing in margins has been blotted out but is barely legible; a theoretical document that begins "Sexual relations need redefining," 2 pp., and two stapled packets of photocopied published documents including a debate about the Venceremos Brigade adapting to Cuban mores regarding gays and William Hinton's perspective on the gay question in China. Some of these materials may have been issued by other organizations, but the documents were kept together in a folder by an unidentified activist.

Arrangement

This collection is not arranged.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

August 29th Movement (Marxist-Leninist).
Orange County Group. -- Archives
Gay rights -- California -- Orange County -- History -- Sources
Gays -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.