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Guide to the Patricia Callahan Files on Orange County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Activism
MS-R119  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Processing Note
  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Patricia Callahan files on Orange County lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activism
    Date: 1965-2005,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1985-1993
    Collection Number: MS-R119
    Creator: Callahan, Patricia A.
    Extent: 3.5 linear feet (10 boxes)
    Languages: The collection is in English.
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection primarily documents AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activism in Orange County, California circa 1985-2005, including material on the Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO), Laguna Outreach, and the No on 64 Campaign. The bulk of the collection consists of Patricia Callahan's subject files.

    Important Information for Researchers

    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

    Patricia Callahan Files on Orange County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Activism. MS-R119. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Barbara Muirhead and Dick Hitt of the Orange County LGBT Historical Timeline Project in 2003, 2004, and 2008.

    Custodial History

    The files were donated to the Orange County LGBT Historical Timeline Project by Patricia Callahan and later given to Special Collections and Archives by Barbara Muirhead and Dick Hitt. Some of the files belonged to Don Hagan and Drew Barras and were given to Patricia Callahan before they passed away.

    Processing History

    Processed by Joanna Lamb, 2009

    Historical Background

    Patricia Callahan was an AIDS activist and leader in the LGBT community in Orange County, California during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She contributed to a number of organizations, committees, and conferences that supported gay and lesbian rights and AIDS awareness and education including: the Election Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO), Laguna Outreach, The Human Rights Campaign Fund, and The Federation. Through her work with ECCO, Callahan lobbied and campaigned on issues directly affecting the LGBT community and people with HIV/AIDS. As of 2009, Callahan was living in Laguna Beach, California.
    Don Hagan and Drew Barras, also leaders in the Orange County LGBT community, worked with Patricia Callahan on a number of projects and campaigns. The two men, a physician and veterinarian, were committed to gay and lesbian rights and AIDS awareness and education. On April 1, 1989 the doctors were honored by San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos for their activist work on behalf of people with AIDS. Don Hagan died in 1992 from an AIDS related illness.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection primarily documents AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activism in Orange County, California circa 1985-2005 including material on the Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO), Laguna Outreach, and the No on 64 Campaign. The bulk of the collection consists of Patricia Callahan's subject files, which include materials she collected as co-chair of Election Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO), one of California largest political action committees. The subject files also include correspondence, campaign, and lobbying materials from Callahan's involvement with the "No on 64" campaign, which successfully fought to prevent the quarantine of AIDS/HIV patients; the California Assembly Bill 101 campaign to add "sexual orientation" to the list of protected categories in the California Fair Employment and Housing Act; and the City of Irvine's Human Rights Ordinance, which included the term "sexual orientation" in an anti-discrimination ordinance. Additionally, the collection includes correspondence, research, news clippings and awards collected by Don Hagan and Drew Barras related to AIDS activism.
    Materials include correspondence publications, news clippings, newsletters, brochures, articles, pamphlets, directories, a catalog, 2 videocassettes (VHS), printed ephemera, agendas, minutes, memorial materials, and photographic prints.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in 3 series.
    • Series 1. Patricia Callahan's subject files, 1984-2002. 2.10 linear feet
    • Series 2. ECCO scrapbook, 1985-2005, .2 linear feet
    • Series 3. Don Hagan and Drew Barras' subject files, 1965-1991. .5 linear feet

    Processing Note

    Duplicates and news clippings unrelated to Orange County were not retained.

    Related Collections

    Related materials can be found in the following collections:
    • Orange County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Timeline research files. MS-R105. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
    • Thomas J. Peterson Collection on the Elections Committee of the County of Orange. MS-R125. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    AIDS activists -- California -- Orange County -- Archives
    Barras, Drew - Archives
    California, Proposition 64 (1986) -- Archives
    Callahan, Patricia A. - Archives
    Dannemeyer, William - Archives
    Gay rights -- California -- Orange County -- Archives
    Hagan, Don - Archives

    Genres and Formats of Materials

    Ephemera -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.
    Letters -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.
    Newsletters -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.
    Videotapes -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.
    Fliers -- 20th century