Finding Aid to the Joel Wachs Gay and Lesbian Records, 1983-1996 Coll2014.119

Kyle Morgan
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
(213) 821-2771

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, (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

Box 1, Folder 1

Los Angeles City Council records on gay and lesbian discrimination November 1995 - April 1996

Box 1, Folder 2

Awards from Christopher Street West and the Log Cabin Republican Club 1983-1985