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  • Title: Jerry (Jerome Joel) Davis papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1983-1992
    Identifier/Call Number: SFH 52
    Creator: Davis, Jerry (Jerome Joel)
    Physical Description: 3 cartons (3 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    Abstract: Contains Davis' files, mainly as staff attorney for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC), on the Family Policy Task Force and AIDS.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored off site. A minimum of two working days' notice is required for use.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jerry (Jerome Joel) Davis Papers, (SFH 52), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Donated by Larry Bush on May 11, 2006.

    Related Materials

    Researchers are encouraged to see also the Art Agnos Papers (SFH 46).

    Processing Information

    Processed by Tami J. Suzuki in 2019.

    Biographical/Historical Information

    As staff attorney of the Human Rights Commission under Mayor Art Agnos, Jerry Davis authored the Family Policy Task Force final report which led to successful domestic partners health benefits legislation.
    A graduate of Temple University and Villanova University Law School, Davis became an attorney with the United States Department of Labor in 1973, where he worked on contract compliance cases. He helped organize the first National AIDS Vigil in October 1983. From 1988 to 1990 he was a board member of the AIDS Foundation of the Whitman-Walker Health Center in Washington DC.
    Davis moved to San Francisco in 1990 to work at the Human Rights Commission until his retirement in 1992. Besides being a member of the Family Policy Task Force, he worked on the election campaigns of Roberta Achtenberg (for supervisor) and Art Agnos (for reelection as mayor), and was assistant to the political communications director of Northern California for the Clinton-Gore Presidential campaign. In 1991 he was appointed to the board of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and was co-chair of the ALRP board from 1992 until his death. Davis died Jan. 9, 1994, of AIDS. Preceded in death by his spouse, Jeffrey Clopper, in 1987, Davis was survived by his sister, Michele.
    Agnos signed domestic partner legislation in June, 1989, which was narrowly repealed by voters that fall. The same year, the mayor established the Family Policy Task Force to study the inclusion of extended family members and partners of gays and lesbians as dependents on the city health plan. As a result, the city adopted domestic partner benefits in 1991. (The city of Berkeley, CA was the first in the country to offer these benefits to its employees, in 1984.)

    Scope and Contents

    Contains Davis' files, mainly as staff attorney for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, on his Family Policy Task Force work and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Includes notes, reports, memoranda, data, and magazine, newspaper and journal articles.


    Organized alphabetically by subject.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Family policy -- California -- San Francisco.
    AIDS (Disease) -- Government policy -- California -- San Francisco.
    Davis, Jerry (Jerome Joel) -- Archives.