contains materials created and compiled by LGBT activists Connie Confer, a retired assistant
city attorney for Riverside, California and her partner, Kay Berryhill Smith, a retired
social worker in Riverside County. Materials in the collection focus on local, state and
federal LGBT rights issues and include organizational records, political campaign and
lobbying efforts, research and publications on the LGBT community and discrimination, and
legal records related to anti-discrimination cases.
Kay Berryhill Smith was born on January 13, 1936, in Syracuse, New York. After spending her
early life in various locations in both the United States and Europe, she settled in
Riverside, California, where she resided for 39 years. Smith attended Antioch University,
the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and ultimately received her Bachelors of Arts
from Stanford University. She then received her Master's degree in Social Work from U.C.
Berkeley, and worked as a social worker for 27 years, eventually managing the adoptions
program for Riverside County. Smith was a dedicated civil rights and political activist, as
well as an activist for the local lesbian and gay community in Riverside. She was a member
of the Human Relations Commission, fought for fair housing, and volunteered for local groups includinf Head
Start and the Community Settlement Association. She passed away in February of 2009 from