Finding Aid to the Jewelle Taylor Gibbs papers BANC MSS 2016/130

Beatrix Scolari and Marjorie Bryer
The Bancroft Library
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
Title: Jewelle Taylor Gibbs papers
Source: Gibbs, Jewelle Taylor
Creator: Gibbs, Jewelle Taylor
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2016/130
Physical Description: 12.6 Linear Feet (10 cartons, 1 volume)
Date (inclusive): 1967-2016
Abstract: This collection documents the career of Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, professor emerita at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and the first African American professor appointed to an endowed chair in the University of California system.
Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Conditions Governing Access

Cartons 1-10 are open for research. The volume contains a file with an interview that is closed to researchers until 2064.


No future additions are expected.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jewelle Taylor Gibbs papers were given to The Bancroft Library in 2016 by Jewelle Taylor Gibbs.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternative forms of this collection.


Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, professor emerita at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, a clinical psychologist, and noted writer, was born November 4, 1933 to Margaret Morris and the Reverend Julian A. Taylor. Gibbs grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Ansonia High School, and received her B.A. (cum laude) in Social Relations (specializing in Behavioral Sciences) from Radcliffe College in 1955. She met James Lowell Gibbs, Jr., a graduate student in anthropology, at Harvard in 1954, and they married in 1956. Gibbs earned a certificate at the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in business administration in 1959 and worked at the Pillsbury Company for two years. The couple moved to Palo Alto when James Lowell Gibbs became a professor at Stanford. Jewelle Taylor Gibbs received her M.S.W. in Psychiatric Social Work at University of California, Berkeley in 1970. She, and worked as a clinical social worker at Stanford University for five years before returning to Berkeley, where she earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1980. Gibbs started teaching at the School of Social Welfare in 1979, and became the first African American professor appointed to an endowed chair in the University of California system when she became the Zellerbach Family Fund Professor of Social Policy, Community Change and Practice. Her research interests include adolescent psychosocial problems, mental health in working class and communities of color, juvenile justice issues, biracial and bicultural identity issues, and urban social policy.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jewelle Taylor Gibbs papers, BANC MSS 2016/130,The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by Beatrix Scolari and Marjorie Bryer in 2017.

Related Collections

An Oral History with Jewelle Taylor Gibbs (BANC MSS 2014/161)
Jewelle Taylor Gibbs research material on the police beating of Rodney King (UCLA Library Special Collections, Collection 1807)

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the career of Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, professor emerita at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and the first African American professor appointed to an endowed chair in the University of California system.
The collection is divided into five series: Correspondence, Writings and Research, Teaching and Administrative Materials, Professional Activities, and Personalia. Gibb's original folder titles were retained.

Publication Rights

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gibbs, Jewelle Taylor -- Archives
University of California, Berkeley -- Faculty.
University of California, Berkeley. School of Social Welfare
African American college teachers--California--Berkeley
African American Youth
African American men
Psychiatric social work -- Study and teaching
Children of minorities -- Mental health.
California -- Race relations.
Racially mixed women -- United States -- Biography.
Gibbs, Jewelle Taylor
Gibbs, Jewelle Taylor


Series 1. Correspondence 1979-2016

Physical Description: Carton 1; Carton 2, folders 1-13

Scope and Content Note

Consists primarily of incoming and outgoing professional correspondence with students and colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley and other institutions. There is a small amount of personal correspondence, including reproductions of letters Gibbs wrote to and received from Martin Luther King, Jr. between 1956 and 1964.
Carton 1, Folder 1

Journal Editors 1979-1987

Carton 1, Folder 2

Re: Dissertation 1980-1981

Carton 1, Folder 3-7

Correspondence 1980-1985

Carton 1, Folder 8

Higginbotham, Judge A. Leon 1981-1987

Carton 1, Folder 9

Correspondence 1983-1985

Carton 1, Folder 10

Journal of Social Work and Human Sexuality 1984

Carton 1, Folder 11

Harvard-Radcliffe re: Sabbatical Spring 1985

Carton 1, Folder 12-28

Correspondence 1985-1994

Carton 1, Folder 29

British Correspondence 1993-1994

Carton 1, Folder 30

University of Toronto, Canada Fall 1994

Carton 1, Folder 31-32

Correspondence 1994-1996

Carton 2, Folder 1-3

Correspondence 1995-2000

Carton 1, Folder 4

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Copies) 2005

Carton 1, Folder 5

Correspondence 2010-2016

Carton 2, Folder 6

Democratic Party 2015

Carton 2, Folder 7-8

Miscellaneous Letters and Mailings 1993-1996

Carton 2, Folder 9-11

Inauguration invitations, including Harvard President Neil Rudenstine and Governor Gray Davis 1991-2011

Carton 2, Folder 12

Mailings from President Obama circa 2009-2013

Carton 2, Folder 13

Gibbs' Family Holiday Letters 2010-2016


Series 2. Writings and Research 1967-2016

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 14-66; Cartons 3-5; Carton 6, folders 1-16; Volume 1

Scope and Content Note

Consists of drafts, and reprints of, and correspondence and publicity materials related to, Gibbs' writings and publications. These include journal articles; book chapters, outlines, and reviews; conference presentations; lectures; monographs; op-ed pieces; and work from graduate school. Includes different versions of Gibbs’ memoir, and her University of California, Berkeley oral history. There are also case studies, and grant and research materials related to Gibbs’ work on young Black males, depression in adolescent females, bi-racial adolescents, British youth, and Los Angeles post-Rodney King. Please note. there is some overlap with Series 4, Professional Activities.
Carton 2, Folder 14-18

Graduate School papers, research projects, and disseration 1967-1980

Carton 2, Folder 19-66

Journal articles, book chapters, book proposals, book reviews, conference presentations, lectures, op-ed pieces, and related materials 1973-1992

Carton 3, Folder 1-69

Journal articles, book chapters, book proposals, book reviews by Gibbs and about her works, conference presentations, lectures, monographs, and related materials 1990-2013

Carton 4, Folder 1

Jewelle's Political Articles 1991-1999

Carton 4, Folder 2

Book Reviews for Journals, Publishers, and Newspapers circa 1998-2000

Carton 4, Folder 3

Citations of Jewelle Taylor Gibbs' Books and Articles – 1982-1996 1997

Carton 4, Folder 4

Publishers 1986-1990

Carton 4, Folder 5-7

Auburn House Publishing Company, including Contract, Guide, and Correspondence 1986-1988

Carton 4, Folder 8-10

Psychological Treatment of Minority Children and Adolescents/ Children of Color: Psychological Interventions with Minority Youth (Gibbs and Huang) 1986-1987

Carton 4, Folder 11-12

Jossey-Bass Publishers, including Contract and Correspondence re: Books 1987-2003

Carton 4, Folder 13

Young Black and Male in America: An Endangered Species – Correspondence and Publicity 1987-1988

Carton 4, Folder 14

Order Blanks for Books, Book Jacket circa 1988-1996

Carton 4, Folder 15

Book Advertising 1996

Carton 4, Folder 16

Proposal for Los Angeles Book (Revised) ( Race and Justice: Rodney King and O.J. Simpson in a House Divided 1996

Carton 4, Folder 17-20

The California Crucible – Outline, Contract, Manuscript, Correspondence 1998-2000

Carton 4, Folder 21

Case Studies 1999

Carton 4, Folder 22-23

Preserving Privilege – Editors' Comments, Media Contacts, Book Signings, Interviews 2000-2001

Carton 4, Folder 24-31

University of California, Berkeley, Oral History – Drafts, Edited Transcripts, and Epilogue 2002-2007

Carton 4, Folder 32-41

Brief Encounters: Memoirs of a Preacher's Daughter, unpublished manuscript – Contract, Correspondence, Family Info, Notes, Research Material, and Chapter Drafts 1992-2016

Carton 5, Folder 1-9

Brief Encounters: Memoirs of a Preacher's Daughter, unpublished manuscript – Chapter Drafts 1990-2014

Carton 5, Folder 10-29

Destiny's Child: Memoirs of a Preacher's Daughter – Manuscript; Publicity Materials; Book Talks, Signings, and Reviews; Correspondence; Lectures; and materials re: Publicist Janice Edwards 2010-2016

Carton 5, Folder 30

Time Magazine – "Race and Reform on Campus," "Black Mood on Campus" 1969

Carton 5, Folder 31

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 1980

Carton 5, Folder 32

Bio-Medical Research Grants 1980-1984

Carton 5, Folder 33

Research Grants and University of California, Berkeley Faculty Development Grant 1981-1986

Carton 5, Folder 34-38

Depression in Adolescent Females Study – Coding Protocol, Biographical Questionnaires, Master Lists of Subjects, and Follow Up Interviews 1982-1984

Carton 5, Folder 39

Depression Referral Project, University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley 1983-1984

Carton 5, Folder 40-43

Bi-Racial Adolescents and Families Study 1986-1990

Carton 6, Folder 1

Mason-Gibbs Research Project 1990

Carton 6, Folder 2

I-Pride and Interracial Organizations 1991

Carton 6, Folder 3-5

Zellerbach Family Fund – Grant Expense Account, Reports, Correspondence 1992-1999

Carton 6, Folder 6

British Research Project – Phase I (Coding Protocol) Spring 1992

Carton 6, Folder 7

Malcom X PIE Project – Final Evaluation Fall 1992

Carton 6, Folder 8

Research Trip to England Summer 1993

Carton 6, Folder 9-10

British Youth Study 1993

Carton 6, Folder 11

Los Angeles Study Post-Rodney King 1993-1995

Volume 1

Los Angeles Study: Charles L. Rachal Interview, May 12, 1994 1994

Restrictions on Access

Materials are restricted until 2064.
Carton 6, Folder 12

Evaluation of the New Columbus School 1996-1997

Carton 6, Folder 13-14

Survey on Race and Ethnic Relations 1997-1998

Carton 6, Folder 15

Marginality and Mobility Study 1997-1998

Carton 6, Folder 16

Clippings on Race Issues and Politics, Education, Health, Urban circa 2009-2015


Series 3. Teaching and Administrative Materials 1979-2016

Physical Description: Carton 6, folders 17-44; Carton 7, folder 1-45

Scope and Content Note

Consists of materials related to Gibbs tenure as a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of California, Berkeley. Includes teaching evaluations, course materials, promotion and tenure files, and materials related to her service on the University's Task Force on Women's Safety and Campus Climate and the Academic Senate Committee on the Status of Women and Ethnic Minorities.
Carton 6, Folder 17-23

Course Materials 1981-1990

Carton 6, Folder 24

Doctoral Orals/Qualifying Exams/Dissertation Committee Memos 1981-1996

Carton 6, Folder 25-33

Teaching and Course Evaluations 1979-1990

Carton 6, Folder 34

Career Development Info 1979-1982

Carton 6, Folder 35-39

Merit and Mid-Career Reviews 1980-1994

Carton 6, Folder 40-41

Course Load Information 1987-1997

Carton 6, Folder 42-44

Bio-Bibliographies 1979-2000

Carton 7, Folder 1-20

Promotion Files circa 1990

Carton 7, Folder 21

Psychology Department, University of California, Berkeley 1980-1986

Carton 7, Folder 22-27

University of California Berkeley, School of Social Welfare – Catalogs, Dean's Search Committee, Dean's Dinner, Graduation, Publications 1980-2009

Carton 7, Folder 28

University of California, Berkeley – New Faculty Orientation 1989

Carton 7, Folder 29

Provosts' Academic Affirmative Action Council Report 1989

Carton 7, Folder 30-33

Task Force on Women's Safety and Campus Climate 1986-1988

Carton 7, Folder 34-39

Academic Senate Committee on the Status of Women and Ethnic Minorities 1986-1993

Carton 7, Folder 40

Clinton-Gore Campaign/Cal Faculty Fall 1992

Carton 7, Folder 41

50th Anniversary Committee for the School of Social Welfare 1992-1994

Carton 7, Folder 42

Honoring Women at Cal 1995

Carton 7, Folder 43-44

Aminatta Forna/Harkness Fellowships – Mentor Information 1996-1997

Carton 7, Folder 45

Continued Involvement with University of California, Berkeley 2010-2016


Series 4. Professional Activities 1980-2016

Physical Description: Carton 7, folders 46-50; Carton 8; Carton 9, folders 1-36

Scope and Content Note

Consists of materials related to professional organizations and cultural institutions Gibbs was involved with, and the and political activities she participated in. Includes brochures and programs; conference materials and presentations; consulting work; and lectures. Organizations represented include the American Orthopsychiatry Association, Radcliffe College Board of Trustees, Museum of the African Diaspora, the Smart Set, and the National Museum of African American Museum History and Culture. Please note, there is overlap with Series 2, Writing and Research.
Carton 7, Folder 46

Consulting/Lecturing re: Young Black Males/Black Youth 1980-1999

Carton 7, Folder 47

Miscellaneous Brochures and Programs 1980-1993

Carton 7, Folder 48

Office of Public Information, University of California, Berkeley 1981

Carton 7, Folder 49

Black Women's Educational Policy and Research Network 1981

Carton 7, Folder 50

National Urban League 1981-1983

Carton 8, Folder 1-14

American Orthopsychiatry Association Annual Meetings, including Conference Papers, Conference on Race-Related Police Violence 1992-2000

Carton 8, Folder 15-18

Carnegie Foundation/Corporation, including Conferences on Black Adolescents and Young Black Males 1983-1988

Carton 8, Folder 19

Democratic National Convention/Program, San Francisco 1984

Carton 8, Folder 20

Children's Defense Fund 1984

Carton 8, Folder 21

University of California, San Francisco/Women's Health Project 1984

Carton 8, Folder 22

Joint Center for Political Studies 1984-1997

Carton 8, Folder 23

Bunting Institute Information 1985

Carton 8, Folder 24

Harvard – DuBois Institute 1985

Carton 8, Folder 25

NAACP Legal Defense Fund 1985-1988

Carton 8, Folder 26

African-American Historical Society "Women of Courage" Exhibit 1986

Carton 8, Folder 27

Professional Activities 1986-1990

Carton 8, Folder 28

Lectures on Supervision – Japan Workshop September 1987

Carton 8, Folder 29

University of California, Los Angeles Conference on the Status of Women May 1987

Carton 8, Folder 30

Aiobashi Family Clinic, Kyoto, Japan 1986-1988

Carton 8, Folder 31

National Association of Social Workers Conference on Families in Transition 1987

Carton 8, Folder 32

Congressional Black Caucus 1989

Carton 8, Folder 33

Speech to Julian A. Taylor Scholarship Banquets July 1989

Carton 8, Folder 34

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference 1990

Carton 8, Folder 35-36

Professional Activities 1990-1994

Carton 8, Folder 37

Speeches/Lecture Invitations 1990-1991

Carton 8, Folder 38

United States Senate Hearing on Black Males May 1991

Carton 8, Folder 39

21st Century Commission on African American Males May 1991

Carton 8, Folder 40

Conference Information 1991-1992

Carton 8, Folder 41

Feinstein Campaign for Senator 1992

Carton 8, Folder 42-43

Radcliffe College Board of Trustees, including 40th Reunion 1991-1995

Carton 8, Folder 44

University of Toronto – Visiting Professor 1993

Carton 8, Folder 45

Renaissance Weekend March 1994

Carton 8, Folder 46

Auburn Calloway Case v. Fed Ex 1995-1996

Carton 8, Folder 47

International Social Work Conference, Hong Kong July 1996

Carton 8, Folder 48

Professional Activities 1997-1998

Carton 8, Folder 49

Lectures on Race and Justice and News Clippings 1997-1999

Carton 8, Folder 50

International Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference 1998

Carton 8, Folder 51

Health Futures of Youth II: Pathways to Adolescent Health Conference 1998

Carton 8, Folder 52

International Symposium of the Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development 1999

Carton 8, Folder 53

Cable TV Channel Six Program Ideas 1999-2000

Carton 8, Folder 54

Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee – 2000 Election 1999-2000

Carton 8, Folder 55

Commencement Address to Alliant University 2001

Carton 8, Folder 56

Black Leadership Forum 2001

Carton 9, Folder 1-3

Jacob's Conference 2002

Carton 9, Folder 4-12

Museum of the African Diaspora, including materials related to the Board of Directors and Galas 2003-2015

Carton 9, Folder 13-17

Smart Set – National Conclaves, Chapter Reports, Savannah Chapter 2004-2014

Carton 9, Folder 18

The Links, Inc., San Francisco Chapter 2006-2014

Carton 9, Folder 18a

St. Paul's Towers – Marketing, Oakland, California 2010-2016

Carton 9, Folder 19-20

History Makers/Black History Makers 2010-2014

Carton 9, Folder 21

Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy 2011-2016

Carton 9, Folder 22-30

National Museum of African American History and Culture – Contacts, Correspondence, Visit to D.C. and White House. Grand Opening 2011-2016

Carton 9, Folder 31

News Clippings 2012-2016

Carton 9, Folder 32

Presentation for Cal-Safe Program January 2013

Carton 9, Folder 33

Black History Month/United States Veterans' Administration, Palo Alto – Talk March 2014

Carton 9, Folder 34

Alpha Kappa Alpha 70th Anniversary Event, San Francisco, November 6 2016

Carton 9, Folder 35

Speech, "Raising Healthy Children," Santa Clara County, Black Infant Program Task Force February 2016

Carton 9, Folder 36

Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church – Long-Range Planning Committee 2016


Series 5. Personalia 1985-2010

Physical Description: Carton 9, folders 37-40; Carton 10

Scope and Content Note

Consists of datebooks that have personal and professional information, and materials related to trips Gibbs took (for business and pleasure) with her husband to Spain, Greece, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Bali, Japan, Australia, the Canadian Rockies, and the Southwest. Includes photographic materials, itineraries, souvenirs, correspondence, notes, and articles on destinations, as well as a diary Gibbs kept during her trip to Austrailia.
Carton 9, Folder 37-40

Datebooks 1985-2010

Carton 10, Folder 1

"Miscellaneous Talks on American Society" – Book in English and Chinese – Gift from Elaine Chan circa 1984

Carton 10, Folder 2-15

Souvenirs from,Travels and Information about Trips 1988-1999, undated

Carton 10, Folder 16

[Haizlip Event], Lowell's Graduation July 1988

Carton 10, Folder 17

Slide Inventory – Far East Photos, plus Daily Notes and Expense List 1988

Carton 10, Folder 18-21

Slides from Travels in Europe and Asia July 1988-1993

Carton 10, Folder 21-33

Photographs and Negatives from Trips to Minnesota, Europe, and Asia, including Passport Photos (Some for Scrapbooks) 1987-1996