Guide to the Helen Lotos Files on Orange County Women's Organizations

Processed by John Howard Fowler.
© 2004
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Helen Lotos Files on Orange County Women's Organizations

Collection number: MS-R74

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries

University of California

Irvine, California
Processed by:
John Howard Fowler
Date Completed:
1999
Encoded by:
Andre Ambrus
© 2004 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) files, 1968-1976.

Physical Description: 1.6 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains clippings, newsletters, minutes, notes, photographs, and information resource materials documenting activities and projects of the National Organization for Women at various organizational levels. Materials in this series address a variety of issues including women's representation on the Orange County (Calif.) Manpower Commission, prenatal care for poor women, public relations and media issues, and the coordination of efforts with other local women's groups. Issues of Action N.O.W., the Orange County chapter newsletter, have been cataloged separately. Files in the series are arranged topically within larger groupings reflecting local Orange County N.O.W. activities, other N.O.W. activities, and N.O.W. information resources.
Box 1 : 1 - 2 : 12, 6 : 6

Orange County N.O.W. files

Box 1 : 1

Activities, 1972-1975

Box 1 : 2-4

Affiliated groups

Box 1 : 2

Local N.O.W. chapters, 1972-1974

Box 1 : 3

Miscellaneous, 1972-1974

Box 1 : 4

Women's Coalition, 1974-1976

Box 6 : 6

Women's Political Caucus, 1971-1975

Box 1 : 5

Agenda and minutes, 1972-1974

Box 1 : 6

Bumper sticker, 1972

Box 1 : 7

Clippings files, 1972-1976

Box 2 : 1

College and school curricula, 1973-1974

Box 2 : 2

Correspondence, 1972-1974

Box 2 : 3

Equal Rights Amendment, 1972-1973

Box 2 : 4

Everywoman, 1971

Box 2 : 5

Financial statements, 1972-1973

Box 2 : 6

General meeting at Santa Ana YMCA, photographs, 1974

Box 2 : 7

Member recruitment, 1972-1974

Box 2 : 8

Member rosters, 1972-1974

Box 1 : 8

Orange County women's pamphlets, 1971-1975 and undated

Box 2 : 9

Press releases, 1972-1974

Box 2 : 10

Public relations and the media, 1972-1974

Box 2 : 11

Publication paste-ups, 1972

Box 2 : 12

Speaker's bureau, 1972-1973

Box 2 : 13 - 3 : 3, 6 : 7

California N.O.W. files

Box 2 : 13

Abortion, 1974

Box 3 : 1, 6 : 7

Publications

Box 3 : 1

California NOW News, 1976

Box 6 : 7

California NOW Newsletter, 1973

Box 3 : 2

General, 1972-1974

Box 3 : 3

Legislative issues, 1972-1974

Box 3 : 4

Western Region N.O.W. files, 1971-1976

Box 3 : 5-7, 6 : 8, FB-2 : 3

National N.O.W. files

Box 3 : 5

General, 1968-1974

Box 3 : 6

Proposed by-laws, 1973

Box 6 : 8, FB-2 : 3

Publications

Box FB-2 : 3

National NOW Times, 1979-1980

Box 6 : 8

NOW Acts, scattered issues, 1970-1973

Box 3 : 7

Task forces, 1972-1973

Box 3 : 8 - 4 : 2

N.O.W. information resource files

Box 3 : 8

Bibliographies, undated

Box 3 : 9

Government and legal, 1970

Box 3 : 10

Miscellaneous, 1972-1975

Box 3 : 11

Published articles on women's issues, 1969-1974

Box 4 : 1

Manuscript articles on women's issues, undated

Box 4 : 2

Women's Equity Action League, 1975-1976

 

Series 2.  Women in Communications, Inc. (W.I.C.I.) files, 1971-1988.

Physical Description: 1.0 linear ft.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence, clippings, newsletters, minutes, notes, photographs, convention packets, and information resource materials documenting the activities and projects of Women in Communication, Inc., at various organizational levels. Of particular interest are the chronological files containing a variety of materials documenting the administration of the Orange County chapter during Lotos' decade of membership. Issues of Update, the Orange County chapter newsletter, and The Signal, the Los Angeles County chapter newsletter, have been cataloged separately. Files in the series are arranged topically within larger groupings reflecting local (Orange and Los Angeles counties), Western regional, and national activities.
Box 4 : 3-10

Orange County W.I.C.I. files

Box 4 : 3-7

Chronological files

Box 4 : 3

1972-1975

Box 4 : 4

1976-1977

Box 4 : 5

1978

Box 4 : 6

1979

Box 4 : 7

1980-1985

Box 4 : 8

Long-range planning, 1985

Box 4 : 9

Mary Hart fundraiser, 1987.

Note

Honored Dale Messick, the creator of "Brenda Starr."
Box 4 : 10

Member lists, 1988

Box 5 : 1-2

Los Angeles County W.I.C.I. files

Box 5 : 1

Activities, 1976-1981

Box 5 : 2

Lotos' membership information, 1976

Box 5 : 3-4

Western Region W.I.C.I. chronological files

Box 5 : 3

1978-1983

Box 5 : 4

1984-1985

Box 5 : 5 - 6 : 5, FB-1 : 6

National W.I.C.I. files

Box 5 : 5-6

General

Box 5 : 5

1980

Box 5 : 6

1984-1985

Box 5 : 7 - 6 : 2

Meetings

Box 5 : 7 - 6 : 1

Convention packets

Box 5 : 7

1978

Box 5 : 8

1979

Box 5 : 9

1980

Box 6 : 1

1983

Box 6 : 2

Related materials, 1977-1980

Box 6 : 3-5, FB-1 : 6

Publications

Box 6 : 3

Matrix, 1976-1979

Box 6 : 4-5

National Newsletter

Box 6 : 4

1976-1977

Box 6 : 5

1978-1979

Box FB-1 : 6

Pro/Comm: The Professional Communicator, 1983