Finding Aid to the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union Records, 1973-1987 Coll2011-041

Marc LaRocque and Cooper Moll
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Title: Lesbian and Gay Academic Union records
creator: Gay Academic Union
creator: Berzon, Betty
creator: DeCrescenzo, Teresa
creator: Steele, Gary L.
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011-041
Physical Description: 3 Linear Feet 3 archive boxes.
Date (inclusive): 1973-1987
Abstract: Correspondence, meeting minutes, manuscripts, publicity material, notes, financial records, photographs, membership records, conference administrative records, grant applications, bylaws, articles of incorporation, and other records documenting activities of the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU), 1973 to 1987. Founded in 1973 in New York, New York, the Gay Academic Union consisted of a national network of college and university chapters. In 1978, the national headquarters moved to Los Angeles, California.
Storage Unit: 1-3

Administrative History

The Gay Academic Union (GAU) was founded in New York, New York, in 1973, "to promote and disseminate research on homosexuality and gay people." The GAU consisted of a national network of college and university chapters, totaling a dozen chapters by 1979. In 1978 the GAU's Board of Directors, as well as its annual conference, moved from New York to Los Angeles, California. In the early 1980s, GAU changed its name to the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU). The Los Angeles chapter and National office of the LGAU ceased operations, circa 1987. However, some chapters of LGAU continued into the 1990s.

Access

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

Publication Rights

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.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Lesbian and Gay Academic Union Records, Coll2011-041, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Processing Information

A basic collection-level finding aid was created in 2011 for this collection as part of a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Processing of this collection and publication of a folder-level finding aid was completed in December 2014 as part of a project funded by the Council on Library and Information Sciences. This collection was processed by Cooper Moll, December 2014.

Scope and Content

This collection comprises correspondence, meeting minutes, manuscripts, publicity material, notes, financial records, photographs, membership records, conference administrative records, grant applications, bylaws, articles of incorporation, and other records documenting activities of the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU), 1973 to 1987. Materials in the collection document activities, including Board of Directors meetings, annual LGAU conferences, public events, and distribution of scholarships. The bulk of the collection comprises scrapbooks and administrative records of the Los Angeles chapter of LGAU, particularly from the period after LGAU's national board of directors moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1978. This collection also includes administrative records and publicity material from other chapters of LGAU.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into two series:
Series 1. National LGAU and Los Angeles chapter records
Series 2. Other chapter administrative records.

Related Materials

Betty Berzon Papers, Coll2011-004, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Teresa DeCrescenzo Papers, Coll2015-006, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
Gary L. Steele Papers, Coll2014-032, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Separated Materials

The following have been separated to the ONE Archives periodical collection:
About Our Children (1978)
Books Bohemian, Catalogue No. 5 (April 1979)
Books Bohemian, Catalogue No. 6 (June 1979)
California Human Rights Advocates "From the Lobby" (undated)
Gay Academic Union, Inc.,Los Angeles Chapter, Newsletter (undated)
Grove Press (Fall 1979)
Newsletter of the Interdisciplinary Clearinghouse of Gay Research, No. 1 (May 1974)
Lesbian and Gay Academic Union, Los Angeles Chapter, Newsletter (Winter 1982)
The L.O.V.E.R. Home Companion Vol. 2 No. 7 (September 1978)
The L.O.V.E.R. Home Companion Vol. 2 No. 8 (October 1978)
Making a Difference, National Association of Gay Gerontologists, Vol. 1 No. 1 (July 1978)
Open Quest Calendar (May-June 1979)
Open Quest Calendar (November-December 1979)
Professional Advisory Council calendar (July 1978)
Professional Advisory Council calendar (September 1978)

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gay and lesbian studies
Gays -- Education
Gays in higher education
Homosexuality and education -- United States
Lesbians -- Education
Gay Academic Union
Berzon, Betty
DeCrescenzo, Teresa
Steele, Gary L.

Box 1-3

National LGAU and Los Angeles chapter records 1975-1985

Scope and Contents

This series comprises scrapbooks, minutes, correspondence, articles of incorporation, bylaws, photographs, publicity material, clippings, manuscripts, conference schedules, financial records, membership records, workshop material, surveys, and other administrative records from the Los Angeles chapter of the LGAU (LGAU/LA), which also became the LGAU's national office in 1978. Notably, the scrapbooks include photographs documenting gay and lesbian activists at events organized by LGAU/LA, including conference presentations, women's committee programs, and general membership meetings.

Arrangement

Scrapbooks and photographs are at the beginning of this series. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 1-16

Scrapbooks, photographs, and slides 1979-1985

Box 1, Folder 1-2

1979 Scrapbook 1979

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook includes images of GAU/LA steering committee, including Gary Steele, Bob Hodges, Betty Berzon, John A. Cohan, Sal Licata, Mark Hickey, Larry Lyon, Don Carufo, Teresa DeCrescenzo, and Ben Teller; Women's Committee, including Diane Abbitt, Roberta Bennett, Janet Johnson, Deborah Ellis Stevenson, Sheridan Thomas, Gail Browne, and Ginger Roth; and GAU speakers, members, and attendees, including Jay Hayes, Dr. Wayne Wooden, Mike Riley, Dr. Dan Calder, Vitto Russo, Paul Siegel, Jean O'Leary, Pat Rocco, John Odom, Don Clark, Midge Costanza, Steve Lachs, Don Knutson, Anne Peplau, Christine Padeskey, Susan Cochran, Pat Berlly, Myra Riddell, Joyce Gonzales, Marty Rochlin, Paul la Riviere, Sheldon Adelson, Jeanne Cordova, Jeanne Berson, Charlotte Bunch, Meg Christian, Dottie Wine, Ivy Bottini, Pam Parker, Brian Miller, Laud Humphreys, Christopher Isherwood, Fred DeCanio, Fred Green, Jeff Beane, Sharon McDonald, Jim Long, Bonnie Moore, Eric Lichtman, Bronwyn Anthony, Janet Witkin, Linda Poverny, Loretta Lotman, Malcolm Boyd, Harry Hay, Rex Reece, and Joe Loundry.
Box 1, Folder 3-4

1980 Scrapbook 1980

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook includes images of GAU speakers, members, and attendees, including Anne Peplau, Bronwyn Anthony, Bonnie Moore, Sharon Raphael, Brian Miller, James Lipsett, Linda Barone, Lois Bencangen, Mike Riley, Southern California Physicians for Human Rights, Rose Maly, Jane Patterson, Susan Cochran, Sheila Bob, Jeff Beane, Mina Robinson, Alan Maylon, Michal Gregg, Harry Hay, Travis Foote, Alcoholism Center for Women, Jane Hoose, Wally Funk, Helene Rosenbluth, Kay Loveland, Amy Erisman, Teresa DeCrescenzo, Sheila Williams, Lynn Turner, Pam Parker, Johnnie Phelps, and Marny Hall.
Box 1, Folder 5-7

1981 Scrapbook 1981

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook includes images of GAU speakers, members, and attendees, including Morris Kight, Lillian Faderman, the Women's Committee, the Hollywoodwinds, No Strings Attached (band), Judith Goodman, Rex Reece, Dr. Marilyn Mehr, Teresa DeCrescenzo, Susan McGrievy, Peter Nardi, Dick Follett, Bob Hodges, Linda Poverny, Gunther Freehill, Bill Rossitar, and Dr. Jane Patterson.
Box 1, Folder 8-10

1982 Scrapbook 1982

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook includes images of GAU speakers, members, and attendees, including Dr. John de Cecco, Professor Betty Brooks, Kay Loveland, Marty Rochlin, Dr. Jane Haven, Rev. Nancy Wilson, Gunther Freehill, Jim Kelley, Jean Weishaar, Griff Humphreys, Gay Abarrbanal, Shirley Blue, Susan Gross, Susan McGrievy, Marlene Bram, Carter Wilson, and Dennis Altman.
Box 1, Folder 11-12

1983 Scrapbook 1983

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook includes images of the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU) contingent in an unidentified gay pride parade.
Box 1, Folder 13-14

1984 Scrapbook 1984

Box 1, Folder 15-16

1985 Scrapbook 1985

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook includes images of unidentified attendees at an LGAU monthly meeting.
Box 1, Folder 17

GAU 7 conference, Los Angeles slides 1980

Physical Description: 44 color slides.

Scope and Contents

Includes images of speakers Evelyn Hooker, Jim Kepner, and other unidentified individuals.
Box 1, Folder 19

Unidentified event with Lillian Faderman, negatives and contact sheet 1981

Box 1, Folder 18

Women's meeting photograph with Susan Gross, Shirley Blue and Gay Abarrbanal circa 1982

Box 2, Folder 1-2

Administrative records 1979-1985

Box 2, Folder 3

Administrative records, chapter records 1977-1985

Box 2, Folder 4

Advertisements 1981-1982

Box 1, Folder 20

Articles of incorporation and bylaws 1974-1979

Box 2, Folder 5

Board of directors documents 1979-1985

Box 2, Folder 6

Brochures 1979-1985

Box 2, Folder 7

Certificate of affiliation 1977-1985

Box 2, Folder 8

Clippings 1973-1980

Box 2, Folder 9

Collier Art Corporation fundraising project 1981

Box 2, Folder 10-21

Conference administrative records

Box 2, Folder 10

GAU 2, New York 1974

Box 2, Folder 11

GAU 3, New York 1975

Box 2, Folder 12

GAU 4, New York 1976

Box 2, Folder 13

GAU 5, Los Angeles 1978

Box 2, Folder 14

GAU 6, Los Angeles 1979

Box 2, Folder 15

GAU 7, Los Angeles 1980

Box 2, Folder 16

GAU 7, Los Angeles banquet 1980

Box 2, Folder 17

GAU 7, Los Angeles facilities 1980

Box 2, Folder 18

GAU 7, Los Angeles financial records 1980

Box 2, Folder 19

GAU 4-7 conference programs 1974-1980

Box 2, Folder 20

Gay Academic Unions of California conference 1, San Francisco 1976

Box 2, Folder 21

Conference and workshop information circa 1975-1985

Box 2, Folder 22

Correspondence 1979-1985

Box 2, Folder 23

Correspondence, chapter starter packet 1979-1980

Box 2, Folder 24-25

Correspondence and papers, Gunther Freehill 1983-1985

Box 2, Folder 26

Correspondence and papers, James Levin 1975-1977

Box 2, Folder 27

Correspondence and papers, Gary Steele 1978-1980

Box 2, Folder 28

Correspondence to all membership circa 1978-1985

Box 2, Folder 29

Financial records 1977-1981

Box 2, Folder 30-33

Flyers 1977-1985

Box 2, Folder 34

Gay and lesbian studies, academic papers, and bibliographies 1977-1985

Box 2, Folder 35

Homosexual survey 1981

Box 2, Folder 36

Information resources 1977-1985

Box 2, Folder 37

Mailing lists 1979-1985

Box 2, Folder 38

March on Sacramento administrative records 1980

Box 3, Folder 1-2

Minutes, national 1978-1983

Box 3, Folder 3-7

Minutes, steering committee 1978-1985

Box 3, Folder 8-10

Newsletter editorial copy 1981-1983

Scope and Contents

Includes 1 b&w photograph of unidentified woman.
Box 3, Folder 11

Notes and manuscripts, incomplete 1977-1985

Box 3, Folder 12

Notes, Jim Kepner 1975

Box 3, Folder 13

Press releases 1979-1985

Box 3, Folder 14

Scholarship funds publicity material and records 1979-1985

Box 3, Folder 15

Whitman-Brooks, "Developing a Positive Gay Identity" workshop material 1978-1980

Box 3

Other chapter administrative records 1973-1987

Scope and Contents

This series comprises correspondence, publicity material, newsletter editorial copy, and other administrative records from various chapters of LGAU, including foreign affiliates in Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 3, Folder 16

Chicago, Illinois 1977-1982

Box 3, Folder 17

Cincinnati, Ohio 1979-1984

Box 3, Folder 18

Florida Atlantic University 1977-1985

Box 3, Folder 19

Foreign affiliates 1975-1979

Box 3, Folder 20

Las Vegas, Nevada 1985-1987

Box 3, Folder 21

Maine 1979

Box 3, Folder 22

Michigan 1977-1980

Box 3, Folder 23

Minneapolis, Minnesota 1979

Box 3, Folder 24

New England 1974-1979

Box 3, Folder 25-27

New York 1973-1979

Box 3, Folder 28

North Carolina 1978-1980

Box 3, Folder 29

North Texas 1979-1981

Box 3, Folder 30

Orange County, California 1978-1979

Box 3, Folder 31

San Bernadino / Riverside, California 1979

Box 3, Folder 32-33

San Diego, California 1979-1985

Box 3, Folder 34

San Francisco Bay Area, California 1976-1983

Box 3, Folder 35

St. Louis, Missouri 1978-1979

Box 3, Folder 36

Santa Fe, New Mexico 1979

Box 3, Folder 37

Tempe, Arizona undated

Box 3, Folder 38

Washington, D.C. 1981-1982