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Florence Jaffy papers
1997-23  
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Florence Jaffy, a professor of Economics at the College of San Mateo, served as Research Director for the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) from approximately 1960 to 1970, where she worked under the alias of Florence Conrad.
Background
Florence Jaffy was the Research Director for the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) from the early 1960s until 1970, where she worked under the alias of Florence Conrad. She appears to have been in charge of gathering information, handling a variety of correspondence, working with groups who wanted research questionnaires submitted to DOB membership, and maintaining a file of news clippings, among other work. She also contributed book reviews to The Ladder, especially for non-fiction and psychology books. She was an active correspondent with a variety of prominent lesbian and gay activists, including Barbara Gittings, Barbara Grier (aka Gene Damon) and Frank Kameny. She was also quick to respond to any negative portrayal of lesbians in the media, and the files include numerous letters to editors, authors and academics critiquing their work. Jaffy was a professor of Economics at the College of San Mateo (CSM), in San Mateo, California. The collection documents her interest in issues such as comparable worth, affirmative action, discrimination, Title IX, wage differentials, women and employment, and psychology, among other topics. Upon her death in the fall of 1986, a scholarship was started in her memory at CSM.
Extent
1.5 linear feet (1 carton, 1 half manuscript box)
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Availability
Collection is open for research.