Collection Scope and Content Summary
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine
Title: Gayle Morrison files on Southeast Asian refugees
Identifier/Call Number: MS.SEA.014
7.2 Linear Feet
(9 boxes and 7 oversize folders) and 7 digitized images
Date (inclusive): 1969-2001
Abstract: This collection contains materials
acquired by Gayle Morrison during the time she served with the Lao Family Community, Inc.,
and the Governor's Task Force regarding issues of Southeast Asian refugees living both in
the United States and in camps located in Southeast Asia. Materials relating to the Lao
Family Community and the Governor's Task Force include correspondence and information on
agencies at the local, state, and federal level. The agencies and services included in the
collection deal with the issues and challenges Southeast Asian refugees face living in the
United States and ways of helping the refugees adapt to their new home and
Language of Material:
Collection is open for research. Access to files covered by California personnel records
legislation is restricted for 50 years from the latest date of the materials in those files.
Access to medical records is restricted for 100 years from the latest date of the materials
in those files. Restrictions are noted at the file level.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by
the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish,
please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
Gayle Morrison Files on Southeast Asian Refugees. MS-SEA014. 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.
Gift of Gayle Morrison, 1992-1997.
Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2003. Processing was supported by a Library Services and
Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the California State Library.
Gayle Morrison has been active in several organizations working with Southeast Asians since
the 1970s. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from California State
University in Fullerton, California, in 1972. She then went on to receive a Master of Arts
degree in Educational Counseling and Psychology in 1976 from Chapman University in Orange,
California. She began her involvement with Southeast Asian organizations by working in the
Home Support Program in Orange County. This program sent counselors into the homes of
Southeast Asians where they educated members of the household in areas such as health care.
Morrison was also a member of the Refugee Forum of Orange County from 1978 to 1991. The
forum was a county wide, inter-agency group of professionals and interested individuals who
met to facilitate refugee resettlement through group problem solving and information
sharing. From November 1985 through June 1988, Morrison served as the chairperson of the
Linkages Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Refugee Forum.
Morrison was the Assistant Executive Director of the Lao Family Community, Inc. (LFC),
located in Orange County, California, from December 1988 to June 1990. During that time she
performed all grant writing for program expansion of new programs. Within this organization,
she established and coordinated an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for
preliterate and survival level adult refugee students. She also assisted the executive
director in developing and providing services for refugees and was responsible for all
personnel management. She served as the Executive Director of LFC from June 1990 through
February 1991. During this time, Morrison was responsible for all agency planning and
supervised and reviewed all agency programs. She also reviewed all fiscal records to
determine the agency's solvency.
Morrison went on to serve as Personnel Administrator for the Lao-Hmong Security Agency in
Garden Grove, California, from March 1991 to the present. This private business trains and
employs Southeast Asians, especially former Hmong and Lao soldiers, as security guards for
warehouse and industrial sites throughout California.
Morrison has also been a member of various statewide committees, including the Governor's
Task Force Citizen Advisory Committee from 1979-1981. Several articles by Morrison have been
published, as well as the book,
Sky is Falling: An Oral History of the
CIA's Evacuation of the Hmong from Laos
, in 1999.
Morrison currently lives in Santa Ana, California, where she continues to serve as an
expert consultant for several organizations involved with Southeast Asian refugees. She has
recently received a one-year research fellowship from the National Endowment for the
Humanities for the purpose of completing oral history research regarding the Hmong who were
United States allies and remained in Laos after 1975. This activity is part of the Hmong
Oral History Project, an independent project of Morrison's that has been ongoing since
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection contains materials acquired by Gayle Morrison during the time she served
with the Lao Family Community, Inc., and the Governor's Task Force regarding issues of
Southeast Asian refugees living both in the United States and in camps located in Southeast
Asia. Materials relating to the Lao Family Community and the Governor's Task Force include
correspondence and information on agencies at the local, state, and federal level. The
agencies and services included in the collection deal with the issues and challenges
Southeast Asian refugees face living in the United States and ways of helping the refugees
adapt to their new home and surroundings.
Each series is arranged alphabetically by topic. The materials in each file are arranged
The collection is arranged into four series.
- Series 1. Lao Family Community, Inc., 1977-1990. 1.5 linear ft.
- Series 2. Orange County and California Agencies and Services, 1976-1998. 1.4 linear
- Series 3. Non-California state and national organizations, 1976-2000. 2.6 linear
- Series 4. Printed Ephemera, 1969-2001. 1 linear ft.
This collection is supplemented by materials in the SEA Archive's newspaper clippings file.
Additional material on the Refugee Forum of Orange County can be found in the Collection on
Refugee Forums (MS-SEA019).
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Southeast Asians -- California -- Archives.
Hmong (Asian people) -- California -- Archives
Sound recordings -- 20th century
Laotians -- California -- Archives
Refugees -- California -- Archives
Vietnamese -- California -- Archives
Refugees -- Vietnam -- Archives
Ephemera -- 20th century
Refugees -- Southeast Asia -- Archives.
Morrison, Gayle -- Archives
Lao Family Community -- Archives
Refugee Forum of Orange County -- Archives