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Wachs (Joel) Gay and Lesbian Records
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: Joel Wachs gay and lesbian records
    creator: Wachs, Joel
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014.119
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet 1 flat archive box
    Date (inclusive): 1983-1996
    Abstract: Gay and lesbian-related legal records, correspondence, and awards of Los Angeles City Councilmember Joel Wachs, 1983-1996.

    Conditions Governing Access

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

    Conditions Governing Use

    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] Joel Wachs Gay and Lesbian Records, Coll2014-119, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Date and method of acquisition unknown.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2014.

    Scope and Contents

    Legal records and correspondence of Los Angeles City Councilmember Joel Wachs regarding the discrimination of gay and lesbian people by the Los Angeles Police Department, November 1995 to April 1996. The records include legal briefs from The People of the State of California vs. Donald Cole Chapman and Virginia Acevedo vs. City of Los Angeles, and correspondence from the American Civil Liberties Union and Randy Hirt. The records also include awards from Christopher Street West and the Log Cabin Republican Club.

    Biographical / Historical

    Joel Wachs was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1939, but grew up in Los Angeles. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1961; a law degree from Harvard in 1964; and a master's degree in tax law from New York University in 1965. Wachs returned to Los Angeles to practice corporate tax law. In 1971, he was elected as a Los Angeles City Councilmember for District 2 located in the San Fernando Valley. Wachs served as a councilmember for thirty years. He was involved in the passing of an anti-AIDS discrimination law in 1985, establishing the Los Angeles Endowment for the Arts in 1988, supporting rent control, and supporting assistance for the city's elderly. Wachs became president of the Los Angeles City Council in 1981. Wachs ran, unsuccessfully, three times for mayor. After his last loss (2001) he resigned from his city council position to assume the presidency of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
    Source: Joel Wachs Papers, Loyola Marymount University, http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c82r3sdr/entire_text/ (accessed November 21, 2014)

    Related Materials

    Joel Wachs Papers, CSLA-29, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay politicians
    Gay activists
    Wachs, Joel
    Los Angeles (Calif.). City Council -- Archives
    Los Angeles (Calif.). Police Department -- Archives
    Wachs, Joel -- Archives