Guide to the Gayle Morrison Files on Southeast Asian Refugees, 1969-2001

Processed by Julia Stringfellow
Special Collections and Archives
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P.O. Box 19557
University of California
Irvine, California 92623-9557
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Gayle Morrison Files on Southeast Asian Refugees, 1969-2001

Collection number: MS-SEA014

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries

University of California

Irvine, California

Contact Information

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • The UCI Libraries
  • P.O. Box 19557
  • University of California
  • Irvine, California 92623-9557
  • Phone: (949) 824-3947
  • Fax: (949) 824-2472
  • Email: spcoll@uci.edu
  • URL: http://special.lib.uci.edu
Processed by:
Julia Stringfellow
Date Completed:
2003
Encoded by:
Andre Ambrus
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Gayle Morrison files on Southeast Asian refugees,
Date (inclusive): 1969-2001
Collection number: MS-SEA014
Creator: Morrison, Gayle
Extent: 7.2 linear feet 9 boxes and 7 oversize folders 7 digitized images
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library.Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection contains materials acquired by Gayle Morrison during the time she served with the Lao Family Community, Inc., and the Governor's Task Force regarding issues of Southeast Asian refugees living both in the United States and in camps located in Southeast Asia. Materials relating to the Lao Family Community and the Governor's Task Force include correspondence and information on agencies at the local, state, and federal level. The agencies and services included in the collection deal with the issues and challenges Southeast Asian refugees face living in the United States and ways of helping the refugees adapt to their new home and surroundings.
Language: English.
Selected digitized images from this collection.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research. Access to files covered by California personnel records legislation is restricted for 50 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Access to medical records is restricted for 100 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Restrictions are noted at the file level.

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 University Archives.

Preferred Citation

Gayle Morrison Files on Southeast Asian Refugees. MS-SEA014. 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 Gayle Morrison, 1992-1997.

Processing History

Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2003. Processing was supported by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the California State Library.

Biography

Gayle Morrison has been active in several organizations working with Southeast Asians since the 1970s. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from California State University in Fullerton, California, in 1972. She then went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Educational Counseling and Psychology in 1976 from Chapman University in Orange, California. She began her involvement with Southeast Asian organizations by working in the Home Support Program in Orange County. This program sent counselors into the homes of Southeast Asians where they educated members of the household in areas such as health care.
Morrison was also a member of the Refugee Forum of Orange County from 1978 to 1991. The forum was a county wide, inter-agency group of professionals and interested individuals who met to facilitate refugee resettlement through group problem solving and information sharing. From November 1985 through June 1988, Morrison served as the chairperson of the Linkages Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Refugee Forum.
Morrison was the Assistant Executive Director of the Lao Family Community, Inc. (LFC), located in Orange County, California, from December 1988 to June 1990. During that time she performed all grant writing for program expansion of new programs. Within this organization, she established and coordinated an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for preliterate and survival level adult refugee students. She also assisted the executive director in developing and providing services for refugees and was responsible for all personnel management. She served as the Executive Director of LFC from June 1990 through February 1991. During this time, Morrison was responsible for all agency planning and supervised and reviewed all agency programs. She also reviewed all fiscal records to determine the agency's solvency.
Morrison went on to serve as Personnel Administrator for the Lao-Hmong Security Agency in Garden Grove, California, from March 1991 to the present. This private business trains and employs Southeast Asians, especially former Hmong and Lao soldiers, as security guards for warehouse and industrial sites throughout California.
Morrison has also been a member of various statewide committees, including the Governor's Task Force Citizen Advisory Committee from 1979-1981. Several articles by Morrison have been published, as well as the book, Sky is Falling: An Oral History of the CIA's Evacuation of the Hmong from Laos , in 1999.
Morrison currently lives in Santa Ana, California, where she continues to serve as an expert consultant for several organizations involved with Southeast Asian refugees. She has recently received a one-year research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the purpose of completing oral history research regarding the Hmong who were United States allies and remained in Laos after 1975. This activity is part of the Hmong Oral History Project, an independent project of Morrison's that has been ongoing since 1988.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains materials acquired by Gayle Morrison during the time she served with the Lao Family Community, Inc., and the Governor's Task Force regarding issues of Southeast Asian refugees living both in the United States and in camps located in Southeast Asia. Materials relating to the Lao Family Community and the Governor's Task Force include correspondence and information on agencies at the local, state, and federal level. The agencies and services included in the collection deal with the issues and challenges Southeast Asian refugees face living in the United States and ways of helping the refugees adapt to their new home and surroundings.
Each series is arranged alphabetically by topic. The materials in each file are arranged chronologically.
The collection is arranged into four series.
  • Series 1. Lao Family Community, Inc., 1977-1990. 1.5 linear ft.
  • Series 2. Orange County and California Agencies and Services, 1976-1998. 1.4 linear ft.
  • Series 3. Non-California state and national organizations, 1976-2000. 2.6 linear ft.
  • Series 4. Printed Ephemera, 1969-2001. 1 linear ft.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Morrison, Gayle,--Archives.
Refugee Forum of Orange County--Archives.
Lao Family Community--Archives.
Hmong (Asian people)--California--Archival resources.
Laotians--California--Archival resources.
Refugees--Asia, Southeastern--Archival resources.
Refugees--California--Archival resources.
Refugees--Vietnam--Archival resources.
Southeast Asians--California--Archival resources.
Vietnamese--California--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Ephemera--20th century.
Sound recordings--20th century.

Index Terms Related to this Collection

Refugee Forum of Orange County.
Lao Family Community.
Online Archive of California.
Southeast Asian Archive.

Related Collections

This collection is supplemented by materials in the SEA Archive's newspaper clippings file. Additional material on the Refugee Forum of Orange County can be found in the Collection on Refugee Forums (MS-SEA019).

Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Lao Family Community, Inc.,1977-1990.

Physical Description: 1.5 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains materials--primarily workshop information, proposals, reports, and correspondence--documenting the activity of Lao Family Community, Inc. Materials also document other agencies that Lao Family Community, Inc. worked with, and other divisions of Lao Family Community located in California and Minnesota.

Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by topic and then chronologically within each file.
Box 568-H-1

Applications for employment, 1982-1986.

Access Information

Access to materials in this file is restricted until 2062-01-01.
Box 1 : 2

Asian and Pacific Islander Advisory Committee, final report, 1981-1989

Box 1 : 3-7

Budget for fiscal year 1982

Box 1 : 3

Community action agency, 1982

Box 1 : 4

County of Riverside Office on Aging, 1981-1982

Box 1 : 5

Department of Social Services, 1981-1982

Box 1 : 6

Economic Development Department, 1981-1982

Box 1 : 7

Office of Child Development, 1981-1982

Box 1 : 8

Budget information, 1985-1988

Box 1 : 9

Correspondence, 1978-1990

Box 1 : 10

Department of Social Services materials, 1987-1989

Box 1 : 11

Education services, 1977-1989

Box 1 : 12-13

English as a Second Language, 1983-1990.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 1 : 14-18

English as a Second Language curriculum, 1985-1989.

Physical Description: 5 folders.
Box 1 : 19

Lao-American business development center, 1985

Box 1 : 20

Lao Family Community of Fresno, Inc. materials, 1988-1989

Box AV-6 : MS-SEA014-A08 /A10

Audio cassette tapes, Indochinese Child Abuse Prevention Project, 1989.

Physical Description: 3 cassettes.
Box 1 : 21

Lao Family Community of Merced, newsletters, 1990

Box 1 : 22

Lao Family Community of Minnesota, Inc., 1988

Box 1 : 23

Lao Family Monthly News, 1986-1987

Box 2

Ledger for fiscal year, 1980-1981.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1 : 24

Living skills workshops, 1979

Box 1 : 25

Miscellaneous materials, 1985-1989

Box 1 : 26

Parent handbook, circa 1980-circa 1989

Box 1 : 27-28

Program administration, 1979-1981.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 1 : 29

Proposal, 1981

Box 1 : 30-31

Proposal for fiscal year 1979-1980.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 1 : 32

Refugee resettlement materials, 1986-1988

Box 1 : 33

Request for proposal no. 35073, 1985-1986

Box 1 : 34

Rural Ventures, Inc. 1985

Box 1 : 35

Targeted Assistance Program, 1983-1985

Box 1 : 36

United Way, 1983-1984

Box 1 : 37

University of California, Irvine, 1984-1985

 

Series 2. Orange County and California agencies and services,1976-1998.

Physical Description: 1.4 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series comprises materials produced by various Orange County and California agencies serving Southeast Asians. Materials include correspondence, conference and meeting documentation, and reports. The agencies received their funding both from government and private sources. The agencies and services documented cover a range of issues, including health care, education, and employment.

Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by topic and arranged chronologically within each file.
Box 3 : 1

California Department of Social Services, 1985-1986

Box 3 : 2

California Department of Social Services, Orange County refugee services plan for 1984-1986, 1984

Box 3 : 3

California legislature, 1983

Box 3 : 4

Cambodian American community, 1986-1998

Box 3 : 5

City of Santa Ana, 1984

Box 3 : 6

County of Orange, welfare exemption, 1985

Box 3 : 7

Cross cultural workshops, 1976-1989

Box 3 : 8

Department of Motor Vehicles of California, 1986-1990

Box 3 : 9

Ethnic Orange County, 1985

Box 3 : 10

Fresno County planning information, 1990

Box 3 : 11

Greater Avenues For Independence (GAIN), 1987-1989

Box 3 : 12-16

Governor's task force, citizen advisory committee

Box 3 : 12-14

General files, 1979-1981.

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box 3 : 15

Orange County refugee forum, 1981

Box 3 : 16

Statewide forum, 1981

Box 3 : 17

Highland Lao agricultural activities in California, 1986

Box 3 : 18

Hmong resettlement study of Orange County, 1983

Box 3 : 19

Home management workshops, 1981

Box 3 : 20

Immigrant students and the California public schools project, 1988

Box 3 : 21

Minigrant program, 1985

Box 3 : 22

Miscellaneous, 1987-1992

Box 3 : 23

Orange County child care, 1980

Box 3 : 24

Orange County disability services, 1985-1989

Box 3 : 25

Orange County environmental management agency, 1983

Box 3 : 26

Orange County Refugee Community Resources Opportunity Project, Inc., 1989

Box 3 : 27

Orange County refugee services, 1980-1990

Box 3 : 28

Orange County Vietnamese activities, 1976-1989

Box 3 : 29

Orange County volunteer agencies, 1981-1989

Box 3 : 30

Rancho Santiago Community College district, 1982

Box 3 : 31-35

Refugee Forum of Orange County, 1986-1990.

Physical Description: 5 folders.
Box 3 : 36

San Jose City College, 1980

Box 4 : 1

San Jose City College guide, circa 1980

Box 4 : 2

Santa Ana College, 1977-1978

Box 4 : 3

Senior community service employment program, 1985-1987

Box 4 : 4

Southeast Asian health services, 1982-1989

Box 4 : 5

Southeast Asian mental health services, 1985-1990

Box 4 : 6

Southeast Asian refugee mental health conference, 1986-1989

Box 4 : 7

Southeast Asian refugee resettlement at the local level, 1983

Box 4 : 8

Southern California Association of Philanthropy (SCAP), 1987-1988

Box 4 : 9

United Cambodian community, 1991

Box 4 : 10

University of California, Berkeley, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 1985-1992

Box 4 : 11

University of California, Los Angeles, thesis of Bosseba Kong, 1984

Box 4 : 12

Vietnamese Community of Orange County, Inc., 1988-1989

Box 4 : 13

Vietnamese League of Orange County, 1985

 

Series 3. Non-California state and national organizations,1976-2000.

Physical Description: 2.6 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of materials from various state and federal agencies and services working with Southeast Asians. Materials include correspondence, conference and meeting documentation, and reports. The agencies are funded by both government and private sources. The services provided for Southeast Asians include health care, education, and employment.

Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by topic and arranged chronologically within each file.
Box 5 : 1

American committee refugee conference, 1992-1993

Box 5 : 2-3

Bureau for Refugee Programs, resource manual, 1983.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 5 : 4

Cellar book shop, undated

Box 5 : 5

Census of 1990, 1990

Box 5 : 6-7

Center for Applied Linguistics, 1981-1985.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 5 : 8

Center for Applied Linguistics, curriculum, 1981-1990

Box 5 : 9

Citizenship materials, 1988-1989

Box 5 : 10

Code of federal regulations, 1979

Box 5 : 11

Conference on Indochinese education and social services, 1990-1991

Box 5 : 12

Cross cultural activities, 1980

Box 5 : 13

Domestic violence in refugee communities reports, 1982-1988

Box 5 : 14

Federal register, 1983-1986

Box 5 : 15

Geneva conference on refugees, 1989

Box 5 : 16

Hmong/Highlander development fund, 1984-1986

Box 5 : 17

Hmong resettlement study of Minnesota, 1984

Box 5 : 18-19

Indochinese language resource center, medical guide and glossary, 1980.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 5 : 20

Indochina refugee action center, 1979-1985

Box 5 : 21 - 6 : 1

Intensive English as a second language and cultural orientation program, cultural orientation resource manual, 1982.

Physical Description: 5 folders.
Box 6 : 2 - 7 : 2

Intensive English as a second language and cultural orientation program,

Box 6 : 2-3

ESL resource manual, 1982.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 7 : 1-2

Pre-employment training resource manual, 1983.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 6 : 4

International visitors services, 1985-1986

Box 6 : 5

Laotian overseas organization constitution, circa 1980

Box 6 : 6

Liberal democratic party, 1992-1993

Box 6 : 7

Mainstream English Language Training Project (MELT), 1985

Box 6 : 8

Mainstream English Language Training-Technical Assistance Project (MELT-TAP), 1985

Box 6 : 9

Migration and refugee affairs committee of interaction, 1986

Box 6 : 10

Miscellaneous, 1976-1999

Box 6 : 11-13

Mutual Assistance Association, 1980-1986.

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box 6 : 14

National conference of state legislatures, 2000

Box 6 : 15

Office of youth programs, 1980

Box 6 : 16

Planned secondary resettlement, 1983

Box 6 : 17

Refugee admissions and allocations for fiscal year 1987, 1987

Box 6 : 18

Refugee affairs management team, 1981

Box 6 : 19

Refugee education guides, 1979-1981

Box 6 : 20

Refugee educator's network, 1991

Box 6 : 21

Refugee policy group, 1979

Box 6 : 22

Senate bills, 1984-1990

Box 6 : 23

Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUNDS) planning project, 1984

Box 6 : 24

United States Commission on Civil Rights

Box 6 : 25-26

United States Committee for Refugees, 1986-1992.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 6 : 27-30, 8 : 1-3

United States Department of Health and Human Services

Box 6 : 27-28

Federal register, 1981-1982.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 6 : 29-30, 8 : 1-2

Office of Refugee Resettlement, 1984-1992.

Physical Description: 4 folders.
Box 8 : 3

Refugee mental health, 1988

Box 8 : 4

United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, employment discrimination, 1986

Box 8 : 5

Use of interpreter services, circa 1980

Box 8 : 6

Women's commission for refugee women and children, 1996

 

Series 4. Printed ephemera,1969-2001.

Physical Description: 1.5 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series comprises printed materials, including directories, magazines, and newsletters, that document the issues faced by Southeast Asian refugees living in the United States. The materials include information on cultural events, health and safety, employment, and education.

Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by type of ephemera and then chronologically within each file.
Box 9 : 1-2

Booklets, Center for Applied Linguistics, 1981-1987.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 9 : 3

Books on Southeast Asia and the Indochina war, 1996-1997

Box 9 : 4

Bulletin, The Cormosea, 1989

Box 9 : 5-7

Directories

Box 9 : 5-6

Hmong-American residence and business directory, Minnesota /Wisconsin edition, 1997-2001.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 9 : 7

Vietnamese business directories, 1985-1990

Box 9 : 8-16 , FB-42 : 2

Magazines

Box 9 : 8

Articles, 1969-1991

Box 9 : 9

The Elephant Ear, 1984

Box 9 : 10

Local Cultures, 1991-1992

Box FB-42 : 2

Los Angeles Times Magazine, 1986-1993

Box 9 : 11

The News, 1983

Box 9 : 12

Passage, 1996

Box 9 : 13-15

Refugees, 1984-1989.

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box 9 : 16

Vietnam Business Journal, 1995

Box 9 : 17- 9

Newsletters

Box 9 : 17

Hmong Foundation Newsletter, undated

Box 9 : 18

Hmong National Development, 1994

Box 9 : 19

Human Rights Observer, 1992

Box 9 : 20

The IRAC Bridge, 1984-1990

Box 9 : 21

The IRAC Resource Bulletin, 1988-1989

Box 9 : 22

Monday, 1987-1996

Box 9 : 23

Quilting Bee, 1985

Box 9 : 24-26

Refugee Reports, 1986-1990.

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box 9 : 27

Resettlement Review, 1989

Box 9 : 28

Voice of Indochina, 1985

Box 9 : 29

Women's Commission News, 1995-1998

Box 9 : 30-31, FB-23, FB-31

Newspapers

Box 9 : 30

Articles, 1988-1989

Box FB-23 : 4

Asian American Register, 1999

Box FB-23 : 5

California Hmong Times, 1993

Box FB-23 : 6-8

Homng Times, 1998-2000.

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box FB-31 : 8

Miscellaneous, 1978-1998

Box 9 : 31

Pamphlets, health and safety, 1981-1986