Collection Scope and Contents
Title: Kay Berryhill Smith and Connie Confer LGBT activism
Date (inclusive): 1964-2005, undated
Collection Number: MS 363
Confer, Connie; Smith, Kay Berryhill
9.17 Linear Feet
Rivera Library. Special Collections
Abstract: The collection
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.
Languages: The collection is in English.
The collection is open for research.
[identification of item], [date if possible]. Kay Berryhill Smith and Connie Confer LGBT
activism collection (MS 363). Special Collections & University Archives, University of
Gift of Connie Confer, 2011.
Processed by Julianna Gil, 2017.
Processing of the Kay Berryhill Smith and Connie Confer LGBT activism collection was
completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of
the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in
2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser,
Collections Management Librarian.
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
Carolyn "Connie" Confer served as the assistant city attorney for Riverside, and has been a
passionate advocate for changing attitudes towards the LGBTQ community for decades. Confer
and Smith were partners for 29 years, and were married in October of 2008. They cofounded
the Political Action Coalition for Elections (PACE), which was active in local politics for
Collection Scope and Contents
This collection contains memorandums, correspondence, articles, fliers, legal documents,
and other material created and
compiled by Kay Berryhill Smith and Connie Confer pertaining to LGBT rights
activism in the Inland Empire, California, and the broader United States. Materials in the collection address
activism surrounding housing discrimination, anti-LGBT initiatives, local elections, court
cases, local organizations, and statewide and federal legislation.
The collection is arranged into 5 series as follows:
- Series 1: Organizations, 1975-2004, undated
- Series 2: Conferences & Events, 1987-1995, undated
- Series 3: Research & Publications, 1968-2004, undated
- Series 4: Personal Papers & Items, 1964-2004, undated
- Series 5: Political & Legal Issues, 1966-2005, undated
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
California -- Politics and government
Gay liberation movement
Political action committees
Politics and culture
Riverside County (Calif.)
Genres and Forms of Materials