Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Guide to the Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) Records MS.R.166
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (58.41 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Scope and Content Summary
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) records
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.166
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.0 Linear feet 6 boxes, 3 XOS folders, 6 XOS banner rolls
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1999-2005
    Date (inclusive): 1984-2009
    Language of Collection Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    Abstract: This collection comprises records of the Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) is an all-volunteer political action committee that works on behalf of civil rights, mainly those of women and the LGBT community. The collection includes newsletters, reports, programs, historical information, and correspondence from the organization, as well as posters, photographs, T-shirts, banners, awards, magazines, and video tapes. Most of the material dates from 1999 to 2005.


    The collection is open for research. Access to original video cassettes is restricted; researchers must request use copies.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) records. MS-R166. 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 Eric Dills, 2012.

    Processing History

    Processed by Alix Norton with assistance from Audra Eagle Yun, 2012-2013.

    Historical Background

    The Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) is a political action committee that works on behalf of civil rights, mainly those of the LGBT community and women. The organization was founded in 1982 after a group of gay men and lesbians gathered in Orange County to discuss political issues in their community relating to discrimination against homosexuals. Soon it became a licensed political action committee led by founding co-chairs Georgia Garrett-Norris and Dan Wooldridge. Since then, the all-volunteer, non-partisan organization has worked to educate legislators about the issues facing the LGBT community and women in Southern California and all over the country. ECCO holds an annual fundraising dinner to raise awareness and funds, and to recognize community members for their work in support of LGBT rights.

    Scope and Content Summary

    This collection includes ECCO newsletters, reports, programs, historical information, and correspondence. It also contains subject and research files for volunteers in the organization, including magazines, newspaper clippings, and reports. Invitations, programs, posters, and other materials from the annual Awards Dinner are included from 1984 to 2009. Media materials include photographs and video tapes, and artifacts include T-shirts, stickers, pins, and plaques. Most of the materials date from 1999 to 2005.


    This collection is arranged in 5 series:
    • Series 1. Organizational records, 1995-2004
    • Series 2. Publications, 1998-2005
    • Series 3. Awards, proclamations, and resolutions, 1984-2009
    • Series 4. Subject and research files, 1985-2008
    • Series 5. Photographs, media, and artifacts, 1992-1996

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO).
    Gay rights -- California -- Orange County -- History -- Sources
    Gays -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.
    Lesbians -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.