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Guide to the Helen Lotos Files on Orange County Women's Organizations
MS-R074  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Separated Note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Helen Lotos files on Orange County women's organizations,
    Date (inclusive): 1968-1988
    Date (bulk): 1971-1984
    Collection number: MS-R074
    Creator: Lotos, Helen
    Extent: 2.6 linear feet 6 boxes and 2 oversize folders
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection comprises pamphlets, information packets, clippings, newsletters, minutes, notes, and other materials documenting Helen Lotos' involvement in women's rights organizations during the 1970s and 1980s. Women's advocacy organizations represented in this collection include the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) which is dedicated to eliminating sexism, and Women in Communications, Inc. (W.I.C.I.) which promotes the advancement of women in all fields of communications. While Lotos was primarily involved at the local level (Orange County, California) in both organizations, her statewide, regional, and national level involvement is also represented in this collection. Much of the material reflects Lotos' participation as an officer in these organizations and as an expert in public relations and media issues.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection 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 University Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Helen Lotos files on Orange County women's organizations. MS-R74. 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 Helen Lotos, 1998.

    Biography

    Helen Lotos became active in the Orange County Chapter of the National Organization for Women in 1971. In 1972 she was the membership chair for that chapter, and in 1973 she served as its president. The California state N.O.W. organization was formed in 1972, and in 1973 Lotos ran unsuccessfully for State Coordinator.
    In 1976 Lotos joined Women in Communications, Inc. She became the Orange County chapter's vice-president and E.R.A chair in 1977-1978. In 1978-1979 she served as president of the Orange County chapter of W.I.C.I. and, under her leadership, the Orange County professional chapter was chosen as one of the six best in the nation. In 1984 she served on the W.I.C.I. national board of directors.
    In 1973 Lotos accepted a position as Information Services Director for the Orange County Libraries, which she still held as of 1999. She has been a member of various professional societies, including the Orange County Press Club, the Public Relations Society of America, the Library Public Relations Council, and the California Elected Women's Association. In 1999 she was on the board of directors for the Friends and Foundations of California Libraries.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection comprises pamphlets, information packets, clippings, newsletters, minutes, notes, and other materials documenting Helen Lotos' involvement in women's rights organizations during the 1970s and 1980s. Women's advocacy organizations represented in this collection include the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) which is dedicated to eliminating sexism, and Women in Communications, Inc. (W.I.C.I.) which promotes the advancement of women in all fields of communications. While Lotos was primarily involved at the local level (Orange County, California) in both organizations, her statewide, regional, and national level involvement is also represented in this collection. Much of the material reflects Lotos' participation as an officer in these organizations and as an expert in public relations and media issues.

    Arrangement

    This collection is organized into two series:
    Series 1. National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) files, 1968-1976. 1.6 linear ft.
    Series 2. Women in Communications, Inc. (W.I.C.I.) files, 1971-1988. 1.0 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

    Lotos, Helen--Archives.
    National Organization for Women--Archival resources.
    Women in Communications, inc.--Archival resources.
    Human rights advocacy--California--Orange County--Archival resources.
    Women's rights--California--Orange County--Archival resources.

    Occupations

    Activists--California--Orange County.

    Index Terms Related to this Collection

    National Organization for Women.
    Women in Communications, inc.
    Online Archive of California.

    Separated Note

    Three serials were removed from this collection and cataloged separately in Special Collections:
    • Action N.O.W., 1971-1976. Newsletter of the Orange County chapter of N.O.W.
    • Do it NOW, 1972-1976. Newsletter of the National Organization for Women.
    • The Signal, 1975-1982. Newsletter of the Los Angeles County chapter of W.I.C.I.
    • Update, 1976-1988. Newsletter of the Orange County chapter of W.I.C.I.