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Finding Aid for the Jewelle Taylor Gibbs research material on the police beating of Rodney King, 1993-2005 (bulk 1993-1994)
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jewelle Taylor Gibbs research material on the police beating of Rodney King
    Date (bulk): 1993-2005 (bulk 1993-1994)
    Collection number: 1807
    Creator: Gibbs, Jewelle Taylor
    Extent: 3 document boxes (1.5 linear feet) 4 oversize boxes
    Abstract: Contains research materials related to the 1993-1994 study on "The Impact of the Police Beating of Rodney King on the Attitudes and Behaviors of African American Youth in South Central Los Angeles." The majority of the collection consists of recorded interviews and transcripts with community leaders and African-American youth. The collection also contains the research protocol, supplementary research materials and selected publications.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Boxes 1-2, 4-6 open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information. Boxes 3 and 7 are restricted, please contact the Manuscripts Librarian for more information. For more information contact the Manuscripts Librarian.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Dr. Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, 2008.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Tiffany-Kay Sangwand in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, Winter 2008.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jewelle Taylor Gibbs research material on the police beating of Rodney King (Collection 1807). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6706502 


    Dr. Jewelle Taylor Gibbs is the Zellerbach Family Fund Professor of Social Policy, Community Change and Practice (Emerita) at the School of Social Welfare, University at California at Berkeley. In 1955, Dr. Gibbs received her B.A (cum laude) in Social Relations (specializing in Behavioral Sciences) at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1970, she received her M.S.W. in Psychiatric Social Work at UC Berkeley. In 1976 and 1980 respectively, she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology also at UC Berkeley. Currently, she is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the psychological problems of adolescents as well as the social and mental health issues of working-class and ethnic minority populations.
    In 1985, Dr. Gibbs was a Fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and from 1991-1992, she was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington D.C. In 1991, she was a Scholar for the 21st Century for the Commission on Black Males in Washington D.C. From 1991-1995, she also served on the Presidio National Advisory Council in San Francisco. During her tenure at UC Berkeley, Dr. Gibbs also served as a Visiting Professor in Social Work at the University of Toronto in Canada (1994) and a Visiting Scholar at the Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford (2001-2002), University of London (1992), National Institute of Social Work in England (1993), McGill University (Canada), Wayne State University, Simmons College, the Claremont Colleges, and California State University at San Bernardino.
    Dr. Gibbs is also a founding member of the Advisory Council of the National Center for Children in Poverty. From 1977 to 1978, she was a member of the Special Populations Task Force Panel of the President's Commission on Mental Health. She also served as a member of the Board of Regents of Santa Clara University in California and a consultant to the Carnegie, Ford, Packard and Hewlett Foundations. She also served on the Board of Directors and Editorial Board of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the Publications Board of the National Association of Social Workers. She is currently a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 27) and the American Orthopsychiatric Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Van Loben Sels Foundation in San Francisco.
    Dr. Gibbs has authored numerous publications including Race and Justice: Rodney King and O.J. Simpson in a House Divided (1996), co-authored Children of Color: Psychological Interventions with Culturally Diverse Youth (1998), and edited the collection Young, Black and Male in America: An Endangered Species (1988). Her work also includes conference proceedings, book chapters, and articles in refereed publications.
    Dr. Gibbs is the recipient of many awards including the McCormick Award from the American Association of Suicidology (1987) for her work on minority youth suicide and the Alumnae Achievement Award from Radcliffe College (1990) where she also served on the Board of Trustees. Her research and advocacy work on African-American youth has won her awards from national, state and local groups such as the Northern California Chapter of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, the National Black Child Development Institute, the city of Detroit and the Michigan State Legislature. In 1997, she was featured in "Profiles of Excellence" on KRON-TV (San Francisco Bay Area) and was selected as "Teacher of the Year" at the School of Social Welfare for 1997-1998. In 2000, UC Berkeley selected Dr. Gibbs for the University's highest award, the Berkeley Citation, for her scholarly contributions and service to the University.

    Scope and Content

    The Jewelle Taylor Gibbs Collection features materials related to Dr. Gibbs' study, "The Impact of the Police Beating of Rodney King on the Attitudes and Behaviors of African American Youth in South Central Los Angeles," which she conducted from September 1993 to September 1994. The study included two groups of participants - a group of sixty-seven racially and ethnically diverse civic, political and professional community leaders and focus groups of African American youth ranging in age from 15 through 25. The adult leaders were not chosen at random, but through a snowball sample based on their reputations in the community. The youth groups were recruited via community and youth-serving non-profit, schools, and churches in South Central Los Angeles.
    The bulk of the material consists of the sixty-seven interviews and seventeen focus groups conducted by Dr. Gibbs and her research assistant. These interviews span ninety-one audiocassettes; forty-four of the eighty-four of these interviews/focus groups are transcribed. The interviews with community leaders comprise the majority of transcribed interviews; due to high levels of noise and overlapping voices, only a few of the focus group interviews were transcribed. Permissions were obtained for only forty of the interviews; the remaining audio interviews and transcripts are restricted. The transcripts contain the original notes, highlights and coding annotations of Dr. Gibbs and her research assistants. Four audiocassettes contain interviews conducted in 1996 and 1997; there are no transcripts of these interviews. One audiocassette contains a recording of a Community Police Forum held in South Central Los Angeles in 1994.
    The remainder of the materials includes Dr. Gibbs' research protocol, biography, curriculum vitae, supplementary research materials and selected publications relating to her 1993-1994 study.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following four series: research protocol and instruments, research data, supplementary research materials, and publications. These categories correspond to the way in which the materials were organized by Dr. Gibbs.
    The Research Protocol and Instruments series contains her research protocol, letter of approval from UC Berkeley's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects, youth recruitment letter and consent forms, interview questionnaires for community leaders, list of study's participants, and Dr. Gibbs' biographical sketch (2000) and curriculum vitae (2005). This series retains the original order in which the materials were received from Dr. Gibbs.
    The Research Data series contains the audiocassettes and transcripts of interviews for Dr. Gibbs study. They interviews with the accompanying consent forms have been separated from the interviews lacking such forms. The transcribed interviews for community leaders are ordered by last name of interviewee; the transcribed interviews for focus groups are organized by name of organization at which the focus group took place. The audiocassettes are ordered in the same fashion.
    The Supplementary Research Materials contain Los Angeles statistics related to health and education, a booklet on social services, and information materials produced by Los Angeles-based non-profit organizations. These also retain the original order in which the materials were received from Dr. Gibbs.
    The Publications series contains articles and booklets that relate to the 1993-1994 study, authored by Dr. Gibbs. These also retain the original order in which the materials were received from Dr. Gibbs.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Gibbs, Jewelle Taylor--- Archives.
    King, Rodney.