Finding Aid to the Jerry (Jerome Joel) Davis Papers, SFH 52

Tami J. Suzuki
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
October 2019
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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.


Box 1




Discrimination/Law 1988-1991


and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) 1985-1991

Physical Description: 3 folders

Legal Issues 1986-1991


Mayor's HIV Task Force Draft Report [1989?]-1990


Legal Guide, Lambda Legal Defense Fund


Legal Referral Panel 1991


Ryan White CARE Act


Statement by Jerry Davis to Washington, DC Health Council 1983


AIDS Update, Lambda Legal Defense Fund newsletter 1988-1992


California's Continuing Response to HIV Disease 1989


HIV: Impact on Communities of Color 1992


HIV-Infected Health Care Workers 1990-[1991?]


African American Child Task Force 1990


Americans with Disabilities Act 1990-1992

Physical Description: 3 folders

Arts Funding: Insitutionalized Discrimination Report 1989


California Discrimination Laws


1990 Census 1983-1991


Chronological File of Human Rights Commission (HRC) Memos 1991-1992

Physical Description: 3 folders

Civil Grand Jury Report 1991


Civil Rights Act of 1991 (U.S.)


Civil Rights: A.B. 101 Veto 1991


Civil Rights Act of 1992: A.B. 3825 Omnibus Civil Rights Act 1992


Jeffrey Clopper Eulogy 1987


Data and Case Referrals 1990


Department of Social Services: Welfare Fraud 1990


Discrimination Complaints Procedures 1986-1992


Domestic Partners 1989-1991

Physical Description: 2 folders

California Registration Information


Declaration (San Francisco Form)


Enforceability of Contracts 1989-1990


Extending Health Insurance to SF Employees' Significant Others Study May 1988


Box 2


Domestic Partners


HRC Hearing March 1989


HRC Report August 1989


Information Sheet


Insurance Data [199-]


IRS Ruling on Benefits July 1991


Issues and Legislation, Lambda Legal Defense Fund 1989-1992


Lecture Notes [1990]-1991


Legal Services Workshop January 1991




1989 San Francisco Ordinance May 1989


Revised San Francisco Ordinance August 1990


San Francisco Ordinance: "Obligations Without Benefits" Memo October 1990-1992

Physical Description: 2 folders

San Francisco Ordinance: Recognition of Domestic Partnerships December 1990


Lotus Corporation Benefits 1991


Reference Material 1986-1992

Physical Description: 4 folders

Employee Benefits Research Paper (Hewitt Associates) 1991


Social Security 1992


Washington DC Law


Family Care Leave Act, Washington, DC 1990


Family Policy Task Force 1982-1991

Physical Description: 6 folders

Report: Approaching 2000 1990


Reference Materials

Physical Description: 2 folders



Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 1990-1991


Gay/Lesbian Issues--Articles 1990-1992


Gay/Lesbian Issues--Military 1992


Gay Organizations and Coalitions 1989-1991


Hate Violence 1990-1991


Human Rights Commission (HRC) Budget 1991-1992


HRC Issues Committee


Kennedy "Tolerance & Truth" Article [1983]


Lambda Update 1988-1992


Lesbian/Gay & AIDS Unit Yearly Reports (HRC) 1991


Box 3


Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE) 1990


1984 Ordinance


1989 Ordinance 1985-1991


Revitalization 1990


Mayor's Executive Order 1990


Progress Report, FY 1989-1990 1990


Progress Report, FYI 1990-1991 1991


Rules and Regulations 1991


Sunset Report 1992




Associated General Contractors v. City & County 1990-1991


Bay Cities Paving Case 1989-1991

Physical Description: 2 folders

Croson Case 1989-1990


MBE Conference 1990


MBE Program, Washington DC 1989-1990


"Minority Issues" Article by Hon. Thelton Henderson 1991


New York City Human Rights Ordinance 1991


News Clippings 1991-1992

Physical Description: 2 folders

Open Meeting Laws and Public Records Act 1989-1992


Preemption (of Discrimination Cases including AIDS and Sexual Orientation) 1982-1992

Physical Description: 3 folders

San Francisco "Doing Business" Guide


San Francisco Legislative Process [199-?]


"Selected Problems in Bargaining Unit Determination in Higher Education," Seminar Paper April 1973


Sexual Harrassment 1987-1992


Sexual Minorities Refugee Sanctuary Ordinance 1989-1991 1989-1991

Physical Description: 2 folders

Sexual Orientation Discrimination 1989-1992


Title VII, Affirmative Action 1990


Transition Memorandum for New Mayor 1991


"We Will Not Be Used" Speech (Matsuda) 1990