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L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center Records

Finding aid prepared by Michael P. Palmer, © 2007

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Title
L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center records
Collection no.
Coll2007.010
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1971-1977
Date [inclusive]
1971-2005
Extent
16.2 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
16 record storage boxes + 2 archive boxes + 5 boxes (unprocessed), 16.2 linear feet + 3.3 linear feet (unprocessed)
Language
English

Preferred Citation

L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center records, Coll2007-010, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Administrative History

In Spring 1971, a group of activists from the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) held a series of meetings at the home of GLF activist John Platania, to create an organization to provide social services for members of the gay and lesbian community, many of whom were marginalized and on the street, in the Hollywood/Silverlake area of the city of Los Angeles and in the adjoining unincorporated area of West Hollywood, in Los Angeles County. Platania, who had worked for the Los Angeles Community Development Agency, drew up a detailed development plan for a nonprofit corporation to offer services based on the gay hot line and services for street people instituted by the MCC, and the Liberation House, a crisis housing facility at 1168 North Edgemont, in Hollywood, opened by the GLF's Survival Committee. The formal proposal, prepared by GLF activist Don Kilhefner, was submitted on July 14, 1971, and the articles of incorporation were signed by Morris Kight, June Herrle, James Kepner, and John Platania on July 22, 1971. The articles were filed in the office of the California Secretary of State on January 4, 1972.

The Gay Community Services Center opened its doors in October 1971, in a run-down Victorian house designed by William Eastlake, at 1614 Wilshire Boulevard. A second Liberation House, at 1322 North Van Ness Avenue (formerly a residence of filmmaker Jack Warner) and a Gaywill Funky Thrift Shoppe, at 1519-1521 Griffith Park Boulevard, were already in operation. Kilhefner was appointed the Center's first Executive Director.

The Center initially provided hotline, information, referral, counseling, housing, education, and employment services; a venereal disease clinic was opened in October 1972. Services were provided free of charge, with the exception of housing for which a nominal per diem fee was charged. In accordance with the founders' concept of "community", the Center was staffed entirely by gays and lesbians. In addition, most of the staff, including professionals and paraprofessionals, were volunteers, although a small number of full-time core staff members received minimal "survival stipends". The Internal Revenue Service refused to grant the Center non-profit status until April 1974, and as the Center was unable to obtain government funding without this certification, it was forced to depend entirely upon donations for the first year of its existence. In 1972, the Center served approximately 75,000 persons with a staff of 85 full-time and part-time volunteers; its income was reported at $41,678.

In November 1972, the Center received its first grant, of approximately $20,000, for a drug education program, from the National Free Clinic Council (NFCC). Kilhefner and Center Administrative Director Ken Bartley also served as co-directors of a similar grant awarded the Los Angeles Consortium of Free Clinics. The granting of non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service in April 1974 enabled the Center to apply for public funding, and between August and November the Center received federal and local government grants totaling $410,281, to fund its medical and alcohol and drug abuse programs. The three-year grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to fund the Center's Women's Alcohol Program (WAP) was worth $1 million, a windfall unprecedented for any gay group in the world, and the Center thereby became the first institution with the word "gay" in its name to receive federal funding.

Early in 1975, the building at 1614 Wilshire Boulevard was condemned, and the Center, which had been searching since late 1974 for new quarters, obtained a lease, with option to purchase, on a building at 1213 North Highland Avenue. In April 1975, on the eve of the Center's move to its new home, two events nearly destroyed the Center. An attempt by Center management to divert some of the NIAAA funds to other Center programs was vigorously protested by the WAP program director, Brenda Weathers, and resulted in the transfer of the grant from the Center to a newly incorporated, independent Alcoholism Center for Women, which remains in existence today. At the same time, a conflict arose between lesbian feminist members of the staff and what they perceived to be the Center's patriarchal male-dominated hierarchy. The controversy resulted in the firing of eleven staff members, who in return picketed the Center's new facility on Highland Avenue. The issue, which resulted in the alienation of many donors as well as a significant portion of the lesbian community, was not resolved until 1978. Nevertheless, a number of lesbian activists, including Lillene Fifield, who had been instrumental in obtaining the NIAAA grant, remained with the Center on the grounds that the Center's work in helping the marginalized members of the gay and lesbian community outweighed the sexism evidenced in some quarters.

The Center's programs, in particular the Venereal Disease Control Program, which by providing a safe space for testing was able to identify and treat sexually transmitted diseases earlier than the Los Angeles County Health Department, thus saving the county money, had earned the Center the support of local politicians, in particular county supervisor Ed Edelman and city councilwoman Peggy Stevenson. Thus, despite the controversies of early 1975 the Center continued to expand: annual income for 1975 was $527,050, and for 1976 was $645,306. By this time the number of professional and nonprofessional volunteers had grown to 250, and the salaried staff to 44.

The rapid growth of the Center in the mid 1970s was made possible by the generosity of the Democratic administration of President Jimmy Carter: in particular, by 1981, CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) funds totaled nearly $500,000, (approximately one-third of the Center's $1.8 million budget, and provided the salaries of 41 of the Center's 85 paid staff. The Reagan administration, however, eliminated many social service funding programs, and slashed the budgets of those that remained. Anticipating the end of federal funding for the Center, the Center Board of Directors instituted a robust private donor program to free the Center from the vicissitudes of government funding. Steve Schulte, Executive Director of the Center from 1979 to 1983, who had earned a political science degree from Yale and had worked for the Los Angeles City Council, recast the Center, which had retained the "casualness about dress and rules" of its founders, as a serious, "respectable" institution that would appeal to mainstream donors.

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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, proposals, contracts, accounting and finance records, flyers, brochures, calendars, notes, press releases, photographs, resumes, and other materials relating to the founding and activities of the Gay Community Services Center (now the L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center) in Los Angeles. The core of the collection consists of records for the period 1971-1977. These materials were probably transferred to Jim Kepner's archives sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s. An inventory of the collection made at or about the time of its transfer, indicates that the records were originally filed in four file drawers and three boxes; although by the time the collection was processed the materials listed had been randomly dispersed between 19 boxes, it was possible to identify most of the materials from the original deposit, and the collection has been arranged to follow as much as possible the original order. The remainder of the collection, covering the period from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, consists of materials collected by Kepner and others; these materials were found stuffed in boxes with no apparent arrangement or order. Those materials considered important to an understanding of the history and activities of the Center have been integrated into the collection; the remaining documents, consisting largely of direct fundraising, promotional, and what appear to be duplicate materials, have been placed in boxes at the end of the collection, and will be processed and integrated into the collection as time permits.

Of the corporate records of the Center, the minutes of the Board of Directors are incomplete except for the years 1987-1988. However, minutes or drafts do survive for the critical months of April and May 1975, which, together with other materials in the collection, provide a fairly full account of the developments surrounding the dismissal of the Feminist 11, and the subsequent strike that threatened to destroy the Center. The records include extensive notes by Morris Kight: while some of these may have been part of the original deposit, the majority appear to have been sent by Kight (who was obsessed with his legacy) to Kepner at a later date. Note that much of Kight's material from 1973 and 1974 was typed on chemically treated paper, which has now darkened to the extent that the original writing is difficult, if not impossible, to read. An important file of correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service, which refused to grant the Center tax exempt status, thereby effectively denying it access to federal funding, until 1974, reveals the homophobia pervasive within government agencies in the 1970s.

Of the administrative records, the General Correspondence, Staff Memos, Management Collective, and Program Directors files are the most useful for tracing the daily operations of the Center. The 1971 organizational study, which constituted the blueprint for the Center, documents the extensive planning that preceded the creation of the institution. The Center in its early years had difficulty keeping accurate financial records, which may explain the relatively few financial statements in the collection; to offset the absence of these records, certain accounting materials, which would normally have been de-accessioned, have been retained. Publicity materials include correspondence with local newspapers concerning homophobic content and documents relating to the Center's response to the portrayal of gays and lesbians in television programs. Photographs include a series taken in 1971 by Lee Mason of the Center's original offices at 1614 Wilshire Boulevard and of the Funky Gaywill Shoppe on Griffith Park Boulevard; photographs from the 1980s and 1990s derive largely from the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman, and document his work on behalf of the Center.

Records of its various fundraising programs indicate how aggressive and inventive the Center was at raising funds. The records of the Wilshire Volunteer Services Fund, set up in 1972 to obtain general donations in cash and kind, and of the Building Fund, set up in 1976 to purchase the Highland Avenue facility, are particularly full, and include correspondence and receipt books. Correspondence files document the Center's unsuccessful attempts in the 1970s to obtain funding from private foundations. The extensive correspondence and funding proposal files of the Public Funding Task Force, led by Morris Kight, document the Center's aggressive pursuit of funding from all levels of city, county, state, and federal government. The Calendars and Events series includes records of fundraising events, including yard sales, celebrity roasts, gala dinners and receptions, and special theatrical events

The largest series in the collection comprises correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposals, contracts, accounting and finance records, flyers, brochures, notes, and other materials relating to the programs offered by the Center. The materials are fullest for government-funded programs, and document in particular the Center's drug education program funded by the National Free Clinic Council, 1972-1974; the Alcoholism Program for Women (APW), 1974-1975; the activities of the Van Ness House in the Center's Alcohol/Drug Abuse Program; and the Venereal Disease Control Program (VDCP; from 1977: Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Program, STDCP) and other medical programs. The records of the National Free Clinic Council program contain information on populations outside the gay and lesbian community, as Don Kilhefner and Ken Bartley also served as co-directors of the Los Angeles County Council of Free Clinics' drug education program. The Alcoholism Program for Women, funded by a three-year, almost $1 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, was removed from Center jurisdiction and transferred to the newly incorporated Alcoholism Center for Women in June 1975.

Other programs for which materials survive include CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act), a job training and placement program under which the Center also paid the salaries of almost half its paid staff. The records of the Educational Outreach program include correspondence of the Speakers' Bureau, which provided trained speakers for school and college classes and civic groups. The records of the Housing program include lists of residents of several of the Center's "Liberation Houses", for short-term emergency housing. The records of the Resource and Referral program include a resource binder with additional fact sheets on gay and lesbian (and gay and lesbian supportive) institutions, organizations, and businesses. The Center also promoted the self-development of members of the gay and lesbian community and the records of the Self-Development program include materials by Betty Berzon and Newt Deiter on group and peer counseling, as well as materials on raps, growth groups, and workshops.

Many of the program files contain correspondence with Los Angeles politicians, in particular City Councilwoman Peggy Stevenson and County Supervisor Ed Edelman, who vigorously supported the Center and its activities. In addition, the records of the Center's political activity include correspondence from 1975 with California assembly leaders on the decriminalization of consensual private acts, and with the offices of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and District Attorney John Van De Kamp. A major goal of the Center was to improve relations between the Los Angeles police and the gay community, and additional documents on this issue can be found in the Subject Files series. The records of the Prison, Probation and Parole program, which assisted the reintegration into society of gay prisoners (including those incarcerated for consensual sexual activities decriminalized in California in 1976), include correspondence with prisoners, probation officers, and prison officials.

The extent and nature of the services offered by the Center to women and youth was the subject of considerable discussion in the 1970s, more radical lesbians, in particular, feeling that their concerns were overlooked and marginalized. The records of the Youth Services program, known in its earliest years as Gay Youth of Los Angeles, are fragmentary, but include a manual for Center youth workers, circa 1972. The records of the Women's Services program are only slightly more complete, but include the proposal and contract for the Lesbian Resource Program for Self-Development (the forerunner to Lesbian Central of the 1980s), funded by the Los Angeles County General Revenue Sharing (GRS) program.

The collection contains an incomplete set of newsletters published by the Center, including some printed for the general public, and others for "internal" circulation. The People series contains materials relating to individuals connected in one way or another to the Center: the files for activist Morris Kight and County Supervisor Ed Edelman, in particular, document their roles in the Center's history and development. The Subject Files series contains a small number of original subject files found among the Center records. These include a police file, with correspondence, memoranda, and other materials relating to the Center's work to improve relations between the Los Angeles Police Department and the gay and lesbian community, and Linda Poverny's 1984 PhD thesis on the management of the Center during its first ten years.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2007
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Date and manner of acquisition not known.

Processing Information

Formerly housed in boxes 103-230, 103-233, 103-312, 104-101 through 104-114, 104-116, and 104-117. Collection processed by Michael Palmer, May 2007.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Jim Long Papers, Coll2007-011, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

Lillene H. Fifield Papers, Coll2007-014, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Alcoholism Center for Women (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Gay Community Services Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center
  • Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center
  • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
  • Southern California Council of Free Clinics

Personal Name(s)

  • Edelman, Ed (Edmund), 1930-
  • Fifield, Lillene
  • Kepner, Jim, (James Lynn Kepner, Jr.), 1923-1997
  • Kight, Morris, (Venerable), 1919-2003
  • Kilhefner, Don, 1939-
  • Stevenson, Peggy

Subject(s)

  • Alcoholism counseling
  • Community health services--California
  • Gay men--Diseases
  • Gays--Alcohol use
  • Gays--Health and hygiene
  • Gays--Medical care
  • Gays--Services for
  • Human services--California--Los Angeles
  • Lesbians--Alcohol use
  • Lesbians--Diseases
  • Lesbians--Services for
  • Sexually transmitted diseases--Prevention
  • Social work with gays
  • Social work with lesbians

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1: Corporate 1971-1988   0.7 linear foot

Series Scope and Content

This series contains the corporate records of the Center. It is divided into two subseries: (1) Corporate, and (2) Board of Directors.

 Subseries 1.1: Corporate 1971-1979   0.2 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises original and amended Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, a lengthy correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service relating to the Center's application for tax exempt status, which was not granted until April 1974, and correspondence with various departments of the California state government relating to the Center's status as a California corporation. The correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service reveals the pervasive, institutionalized homophobia within the Service in the early 1970s.

Box Folder

 Articles of Incorporation 1971-1977 

1 1

 By-Laws 1971-1979 

1 2

 Internal Revenue Service, Tax Exempt Status 1972-1974   2.0 folders.

1 3-4

 California 1971-1975 

Box Folder

 Department of State 1972 

1 5

 Franchise Tax Board 1971-1974 

1 6

 Registry of Charitable Trusts 1975 

1 7

 State Board of Equalization 1972 

1 8

 Subseries 1.2: Board of Directors 1971-1988   0.5 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises minutes, memoranda, reports, correspondence, notes, and other materials relating to the functions and activities of the Center's Board of Directors. The records are incomplete except for 1987-1988, which include a photograph of the Board members. The records for 1971-1977 contain extensive notes by Morris Kight; those for April and May 1975 illuminate the strains within the Center that led to the dismissal of the Feminist 11, and the development of the Board response to the resulting strike. The files on the dismissal and strike of the Feminist 11/16 contain flyers, handbills, broadsides, correspondence, newsletters, and affidavits from both sides, as well as a number of legal papers from the lawsuit (Cordova v. Gay Community Services Center) filed by the dismissed workers against the Center; the lawsuit was not settled until 1978.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

  1971 

1 9

  1972 

1 10

  1973 

1 11

  1974 

1 12

  1975 

1 13

  1976 

1 14

  1977 

1 15

  1978 

1 16

  1979 

1 17

  1980 

1 18

  1982 

1 19

  1983 

1 20

  1987-1988 

1 21

  no date 

1 22

 Morris Kight v. Gay Community Services Center 1975 

1 23

 Feminist 11/16 dismissal and strike 1975-1978 

Box Folder

 Feminist 11/16 Strike/Dismissal 1975   2.0 folders

1 24-25

 Cordova et al. v. Gay Community Services Center 1975-1978 

1 26

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Series 2:  Series 2: Administration 1971-2001   3.4

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises the administrative records of the Center. It is divided into five subseries: (1) Administration, (2) Financial Records, (3) Personnel, (4) Publicity/Public Relations, and (5) Real Estate.

 Subseries 2.1: Administration 1971-1984   1.1

Subseries Scope and Content

This series comprises memoranda, correspondence, minutes, reports, logs, rosters, and other materials relating to the organization and day-to-day administration of the Center. The 1971 organizational study, by John Platania and Don Kilhefner, was the blueprint for the Center. The materials include few Executive Director files; of these, the file for Dickson Hingson contains substantial correspondence of a personal nature, while the file for Susan Kuhner (which was later used by Steve Schulte) consists largely of materials relating to Kuhner's duties as Director of Programs (she was named Co-Executive Director for Programs in 1978). A more substantial record of the activities of the Executive Director can be found in the general correspondence and staff memos These records, together with those of the management collective (an experiment in collective management that was abandoned in the wake of the dismissal and strike of the Feminist 11) and the Program Directors meetings and staff meetings, also provide the clearest account of the daily operation of the Center. The records of the Ombudspersons, created in the aftermath of the dismissal of the Feminist 11, relate primarily to personnel matters. The long distance telephone call requests include details of calls to individuals arrested or incarcerated for consensual sexual acts that violated contemporary California state law.

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

Box Folder

 Administrative and accounting forms 1971-1980 

1 27

 Building security 1975, 1978 

1 28

 Executive Director 1971 

1 29

 Executive Director: Dickson Hingson 1977/07-1978/02 

1 30

 Executive Director (Susan Kuhner/Steve Schulte) 1976-1979 

1 31

 Executive Director 1983 

2 1

 Executive Director search 1979 

2 2

 General correspondence 1971-1977 

Box Folder

  1971 

2 3

  1972 

2 4

  1973 

2 5

  1974 

2 6

  1975 

2 7

  January-March, 1976 

2 8

  April-December, 1976 

2 9

  1977 

2 10
Box Folder

 General policies and procedures 1978 

2 11

 Information requests 1973-1978 

Box Folder

  1973-1975 

2 12

  1976-1978 

2 13
Box Folder

 Long distance telephone call requests circa 1973-1974 

2 14

 Management collective/team June 1974-April 1975 

2 15

 Minority Concerns Task Force 1977 

2 16

 Ombudspersons 1977-1979 

Box Folder

  1977 

2 17

  1978 

2 18

  1979 

2 19
Box Folder

 Organizational charts no date 

2 20

 Organizational studies 1971, 1978 

Box Folder

  1971 

2 21

  1978 

2 22
Box Folder

 Program Directors meetings 1975-1979 

2 23

 Staff meetings 1973-1976, 1978-1979 

Box Folder

  1973 

2 24

  1974 

2 25

  1975 

2 26

  1976 

2 27

  1978 

2 28

  1979 

2 29

 Staff memos 1973-1984 

Box Folder

  1973 

2 30

  1974 

2 31

  1975 

2 32

  1976 

2 33

  1977 

2 34

  1978 

2 35

  1979 

2 36

  1982 

2 37

  1984 

2 38

  no date 

2 39
Box Folder

 Staff rosters and directories 1972-1975 

2 40

 Stationery no date 

2 41

 Telephone logs 1973-1974 

Box Folder

  1973 

2 42

  1974 

2 43

 Subseries 2.2: Financial Records 1972-1977   1.25

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains the financial records of the Center. The Center compiled annual and periodic financial statements. In addition, as the financial statements as received by the Archives are incomplete, certain accounting records, which would normally have been de-accessioned, have been retained as a substitute. These records have been arranged by year, but no further attempt has been made to sort or classify them. Additional accounting records can be found in the records of individual Center programs and projects (Series 5).

Arrangement

Chronological.

 Financial statements 1972-1976 

Box Folder

  1972 

3 1

  1973 

3 2

  1974 

3 3

  1975 

3 4

  1976 

3 5
Box Folder

 Disbursement requisition books December 29, 1972-October 1, 1973 

3 6

 Material and supply requisitions 1973-1974 

3 7

 Purchase orders 1974-1976 

Box Folder

 Index 1974-1976 

3 8

 Orders 1974 

Box Folder

 #1-199 1974 

3 9

 #200-532 1974 

3 10
Box Folder

 Accounting practices, policies and procedures no date 

3 11

 Accounting papers 1971-1977 

  1971-1973 

Box Folder

 General ledger 1971-1973 

17 1

  1972 

Box Folder

 Papers 1972 

17 2

 Disbursements 1972 

17 3

  1973 

Box Folder

 Papers 1973   2.0 folders

17 4-5

 General ledger 1973 

17 6

 Disbursements 1973 

17 7

  1974 

Box Folder

 Papers 1974   2.0 folders

17 8-9

 Disbursements 1974 

17 10

  1975 

Box Folder

  1975 

17 11

  1975 

18 1

  April 1975 

18 2

  May 1975 

18 3

  June-August 1975 

18 4

 General ledger 1975 

18 5

 Miscellaneous 1975 

18 6

  1976 

Box Folder

 Papers 1976 

18 7

 Administrative Accounts Receivable loose-leaf notebook 1976 

18 8

  1977 

Box Folder

 Papers 1977 

18 9

 Subseries 2.3: Personnel 1974-1997   0.25 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises the personnel records of the Center. The bulk of the subseries consists of job announcements and descriptions; other materials include correspondence, personnel policies and procedures, and resumes of individuals seeking employment with the Center. Additional job announcements/descriptions and resumes can be found in the records of individual Center programs and projects (Series 5); other materials on personnel policies and procedures can be found in the records of the Ombudspersons (Subseries 2.1).

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

Box Folder

 Correspondence 1974-1979 

3 12

 Job announcements/descriptions 1975-1997 

Box Folder

  1975 

3 13

  1976 

3 14

  1978 

3 15

  1979 

3 16

  1981 

3 17

  1982 

3 18

  1983 

3 19

  1984 

3 20

  1985 

3 21

  1986 

3 22

  1988 

3 23

  1990 

3 24

  1997 

3 25

  No date 

3 26
Box Folder

 Personnel policies and procedures 1974-1979 

3 27

 Resumes 1973-1979 

3 28

 Subseries 2.4: Publicity/Public Relations 1971-2001   0.7 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains brochures, newspaper clippings, packets, photographs, press kits, press releases, radio scripts, and other materials relating to Center publicity and public relations. The bulk of the subseries consists of press releases relating to the Center and its activities. The history files contain published and manuscript articles, drafts, and notes, many by Jim Kepner; much of the information on the earliest years of the Center is contradictory, and should be used with caution. Other historical accounts of the Center, and of particular programs and projects, can be found in the introductory sections of funding proposals (Subseries 3.8 and Series 5). The photographs include a series taken by Lee Mason in 1971 of the original offices at 1614 Wilshire Boulevard and of the Funky Gaywill Shoppe on Griffith Park Boulevard, Lillene Fifield in 1973, and the Gay Community Services Center offices at 1213 North Highland and the Feminist 11/16 strike in 1975. Additional photographs can be found in Subseries 1.2 and 5.9, Subsubseries 5.10.3, and in the Ed Edelman file in Series 7. The press coverage file contains clippings of accounts of the Center in the Los Angeles and Southern California press, while the press relations file includes correspondence with the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers concerning homophobic content. The television/radio file contains materials relating to the Center's radio program, as well as its response to the portrayal of gays and lesbians in television programs such as "The Prisoner" (1979) and "Gay Power/Gay Politics" (1980).

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

 General information 1971-1977 

Box Folder

  1971 

3 29

  1971-1972 

3 30

  1974 

3 31

  1975 

3 32

  1977 

3 33
Box Folder

 General information brochures 1972-2001 

3 34

 General Information packet 1978 

3 35

 Graphics 1972-1975 

3 36

 History 1971-1984 

3 37

 History booklet 1971-1973 

3 38

 Photographs 1971-1983 

3 39

 Press coverage 1971-1998 

3 40

 Press kits 1979-1995 

Box Folder

  October 1979 

4 1

  1980 

4 2

  1995 

4 3
Box Folder

 Press relations 1975-1981 

4 4

 Press releases 1971-1992 

Box Folder

  1971 

4 5

  1972 

4 6

  1973 

4 7

  1974 

4 8

  1977 

4 9

  1978 

4 10

  1979 

4 11

  1980 

4 12

  1981 

4 13

  1982 

4 14

  1983 

4 15

  1984 

4 16

  1985 

4 17

  1986 

4 18

  1987 

4 19

  1988 

4 20

  1989 

4 21

  1992 

4 22
Box Folder

 Televsion/radio 1972-1980 

4 23

 Subseries 2.5: Real Estate 1973-1983   6.0 folders

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises rental and lease agreements, inspection reports, prospectuses, and other materials relating to the properties occupied by the Center. The files on the Wilshire Boulevard properties document the dilapidated condition of the properties and the Center's contentious relationship with the landlord; the file on the Highland Avenue property, which includes plans, gives an extensive account of the Center's negotiations to acquire the property.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 1614 Wilshire Boulevard 1973 

4 24

 1620-1622 Wilshire Boulevard 1973-1975 

4 25

 Potential properties 1974-1983 

4 26

 1322 North Van Ness 1975 

4 27

 1213 North Highland Avenue 1975-1976 

4 28

 6141 Fountain Avenue 1976 

4 29

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Series 3:  Series 3: Funding 1971-2001   2.5

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises correspondence, proposals, publicity materials, and receipts documenting the Center's fundraising activities to support its operations and programs. The series is divided into four subseries: (1) Development, Donations, Appeals, and Campaigns; (2) Special Programs; (3) Foundations; and (4) Public (Government) Funding.

 Subseries 3.1: Development, Donations, Appeals, and Campaigns 1971-2001   0.6 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains correspondence, receipts, and publicity materials relating to the Center's fundraising activities directed primarily at individuals. The materials include correspondence with donors and potential donors, 1973-1978; donation receipt books, February 1972-June 1975; general appeals for 1971-2001; and publicity materials for funding campaigns for 1975-1992. Additional materials relating to general appeals and funding campaigns for the 1980s and 1990s can be found in the unprocessed records in boxes 20-23; records of individual fundraising events can be found in Series 4.

Box Folder

 Development 1975-1976 

4 30

 Donations 1973-1978 

Box Folder

 Correspondence 1973-1978 

4 31

 Donations and thank you letters 1975-1977 

4 32

 General donation receipts 1975-1976 

Box Folder

 General donation receipts 1975 

4 33

 General donation receipts 1976 

4 34

 Receipt books 1972-1976 

Box Folder

 Receipt book #6401-6800 February 28-July 5, 1972 

4 35

 Receipt book #3201-3600 July 6, 1972 - June 15, 1973 

4 36

 Receipt book #8001-8400 June 15, 1973 - August 6, 1974 

4 37

 Receipt book #8001-8400 (loose receipts) June 15, 1973 - August 6, 1974 

4 38

 Receipt book #100-347 June 6, 1974 - January 10, 1975 

4 39

 Receipt book #848-1099 January 10-April 25, 1975 

4 40

 Receipt book #600-847 April 29-June 24, 1975 

4 41

 Receipt book #409-564 (building fund #348-408, 565-599) 1976 

5 12

 General Appeals (mailings) 1971-2001 

Box Folder

  1971 

4 42

  1972 

4 43

  1975 

4 44

  1978 

4 45

  1981 

4 46

  1984 

4 47

  1985 

4 48

  1986 

4 49

  1988 

4 50

  1991 

4 51

  1993 

4 52

  1997 

4 53

  1999 

4 54

  2000 

4 55

  2001 

4 56

  no date 

4 57
Box Folder

 Personal appeals 1976 

4 58

 Campaigns 1975-1992 

Box Folder

 Committee of 100 1975 

4 59

 Center Yourself/Declare Our Independence campaign 1981 

4 60

 Change for a Change campaign 1987 

4 61

 Circle of Life campaign no date 

4 62

 Center 2000 Capital Campaign 1991 

5 1

 Cornerstone Wall campaign 1992 

5 2

 Subseries 3.2: Special Projects 1971-1988   0.4 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains materials documenting several programs instituted by the Center to raise funds. The materials include correspondence and receipt books for the Wilshire Volunteer Services Fund, a chapter of the Volunteer Services Fund-a charitable fundraising organization incorporated in California in 1971-set up in November 1972 by Morris Kight, Don Kilhefner, and Ken Bartley, to enable individuals to make tax-exempt donations to the Center (1) before the Center had obtained tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, and (2) without making reference to the word "gay" in tax and donation forms. The Fund, which provided the Center in its first two years of existence with a substantial portion of its operating funds, ceased operations at the end of 1974, after the Center had obtained tax-exempt status. The subseries also includes a file of correspondence and receipts relating to the Gaywill Funky Shoppe, which was set up in 1971 at 1519-1521 Griffith Park Boulevard. The Shoppe was never a success financially, and was closed after its manager was murdered on the premises in 1973. Additional materials include a file of miscellaneous papers and membership forms relating to the Friends of the Center, a membership organization set up in 1974 to support the goals of the Center; records of funding appeals and events sponsored by the Friends can be found in Subseries 3.1 and Series 4, respectively. The records of the Building Fund, set up in 1976 to fund the purchase the Highland Avenue facility, include correspondence, receipts books, and pledge forms and invoices; additional information on fundraising events for the Fund can be found in Series 4. The subseries also includes correspondence and notes concerning an unrealized plan to institute bingo at the Center.

Arrangement

Chronological.

 Wilshire Volunteer Services Fund 1971-1975 

Box Folder

 Correspondence [1971] 1972-1975 

5 3

 Receipt books 1973-1975 

Box Folder

 Receipt book #1001-1200 January 11-November 15, 1973 

5 4

 Receipt book #8401-8600 July 25, 1973 - July 1, 1974 

5 5

 Receipt book #8401-8600 (loose receipts) July 23, 1973 - July 1, 1974 

5 6

 Receipt book #6001-6200 July 5, 1974 - February 5, 1975 

5 7
Box Folder

 Volunteer Services Fund 1974 

5 8
Box Folder

 Gaywill Funky Shoppe 1972-1973 

5 9

 Friends of the Center 1974-1988 

5 10

 Building Fund 1976-1977 

Box Folder

 Correspondence 1976-1977 

5 11

 Receipt book #348-408, 565-599 (general donations #409-564) 1976 

5 12

 Receipts (loose) 1976 

5 13

 Pledge forms and invoices 1976 

5 14
Box Folder

 Bingo proposals 1977-1978 

5 15

 Subseries 3.3: Foundations 1971-1979   0.4 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries consists of correspondence, grant proposals, and other materials documenting the Center's efforts to raise funds from private foundations. With the exception of unsuccessful funding proposals to the Erickson Educational Fund in 1973 and to the Los Angeles Bicentennial in 1979, the materials derive from an intensive drive from late 1975 through early 1977, directed by Major Kenneth MacLeod, to obtain foundation support. While the drive resulted in invitations from several foundations to submit proposals, none of these proposals was ultimately successful.

Box Folder

 Manual for obtaining foundation grants 1971 

5 16

 Funding Proposals 1973-1979 

Box Folder

 List of funding proposals submitted 1976 

5 17

 Erickson Educational Foundation funding proposal 1973 

5 18

 Hearst Foundation funding proposal 1976 

5 19

 James Irvine Foundation funding proposal 1976 

5 20

 Los Angeles Bicentennial funding proposals 1979 

5 21

 W. M. Keck Foundation funding proposal 1976 

5 22

 William G. Irwin Charity Foundation funding proposal 1976 

5 23
Box Folder

 Southern California Council of Free Clinics grantsmanship seminar 1974 

5 24

 Correspondence December 1975-November 1976 

Box Folder

  December 1975 

5 25

  January-February, 1976 

5 26

  March 1976 

5 27

  April 1976 

5 28

  May-November 1976 

5 29
Box Folder

 Letters of support, Los Angeles City and County officials 1975-1976 

5 30

 Internal correspondence circa 1976-1977 

5 31

 Subseries 3.4: Public (Government) Funding 1972-1983   1.1

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains correspondence, funding proposals, and other materials relating to the Center's efforts to obtain government funding support for its programs. Funding proposals form the bulk of the materials; they are arranged alphabetically by funding agency. With one exception, these funding proposals are known, or appear, to have been unsuccessful: successful proposals can be found with other records of the programs and projects to which they relate in Series 5. The records of the Los Angeles County General Revenue Sharing (GRS) Program constitute the exception. From 1974 to 1977, the Center submitted funding proposals to the GRS Program for virtually every Center program; several of these proposals covered more than one Center program. Whenever possible, successful program proposals are filed with the other records of the programs to which they relate in Series 5; however, when a single successful funding proposal affects two or more Center programs, the proposal is filed here, together with unsuccessful proposals, and general correspondence relating to the GRS Program. The GRS Program general correspondence also includes correspondence, minutes, and other records of the Community Coalition for Equitable Revenue Sharing, a group founded in 1974 by Don Kilhefner, Morris Kight, and others to monitor the distribution of GRS funds by Los Angeles County. Note that Center planners often cannibalized materials from older funding proposals, and several proposals are therefore incomplete, or even fragmentary. In addition, the 1977 proposal for a Comprehensive Program of Community Service to Alcoholic Women and Men (box 6:22) appears to be derived from the 1974 funding proposal for the Alcoholism Program for Women (Series 5, box 9:8-9).

Box Folder

 General correspondence 1975-1977, 1980 

5 32

 Public funding for drug abuse programs 1976 

5 33

 California. Department of Health. Mental Health 314(d) funds 1973 

5 34

 California. Department of Mental Health. Lesbian and Gay Male: Mental Health Promotion Project funding proposal 1981 

5 35

 California. Department of the Youth Authority 1978, 1983 

Box Folder

 Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Program funding proposal 1978 

5 36

 Youth Advocate Workers (YAW) funding proposal 1983 

5 37
Box Folder

 California. Office of Alcoholism. Gay Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Task Force funding proposal 1976 

5 38

 Echo Park/Silverlake Regional Drug Coalition. Detoxification and Residential Treatment Project funding proposal 1974 

6 1

 Greater Los Angeles Community Action Agency (GLACAA) 1976-1979 

Box Folder

 Funding proposal 1976-1977   3.0 folders

6 2-4

 Correspondence 1979 

6 5

 Los Angeles (City). Housing and Community Development Block Grant funding proposals 1976, 1979 

Box Folder

 Purchase and renovation of 1213 North Highland Avenue facility 1976 

6 6

 Hollywood Interim House Project/Project RISE 1979 

6 7
Box Folder

 Los Angeles (City). Interim Program of High-Risk Populations funding proposal 1977 

6 8

 Los Angeles (City). Population, Employment and Housing Survey. Call for proposals no date 

6 9

 Los Angeles (County). Central Health Services Region. Primary Prevention in Drug Abuse: A Pioneering Program for Gay People funding proposal 1976 

6 10

 Los Angeles (County). Department of Health Services. Drug Abuse Prevention/Education and Resume Center for Women, county-wide (PERCW) funding proposal 1980 

6 11

 Los Angeles (County). General Revenue Sharing (GRS) 1972-1977 

Box Folder

 Handbooks and guide 1972-1977 

6 12

 Funding proposal 1973 

6 13

 Gay Community Drug Abuse Services funding proposal 1973 

6 14

 Correspondence 1974-1977 

Box Folder

  1974 

6 15

  1975 

6 16

  1976-1977 

6 17
Box Folder

 Community Coalition for Equitable Revenue Sharing 1974 

6 18

 Growth Group Program funding proposal 1975 

6 19

 Men's Rap Groups funding proposal 1975 

6 20

 Parents of gays funding proposal 1975 

6 21
Box Folder

 Los Angeles (County). Office of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Comprehensive Program of Community Service to Alcoholic Women and Men funding proposal 1977 

6 22

 National Network of Runaway and Youth Services. How to Work with Gay Youth manual funding proposal 1980 

6 23

 United States. Administration on Aging. Community-based social services for older lesbian women and gay men 1976-1977 

Box Folder

 Funding proposal 1976   2.0 folders

6 24-25

 Correspondence 1977 

6 26
Box Folder

 United States. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Indirect costs negotiations 1975-1976 

6 27

 United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Hollywood Emergency Housing and Resocialization Project block grant funding proposal 1978 

6 28

 United States. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. Youth Development Project funding proposal 1976 

6 29

 United States. National Institute of Mental Health. Gay Community Services Center staffing grant proposal 1974 

6 30

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Series 4:  Series 4: Calendars and Events 1971-2003   0.8 linear foot

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises calendars of classes, raps, workshops, meetings, and other events held by the Center, and of similar events of interest to the gay and lesbian community held by others, as well as flyers, brochures, invitations, correspondence, commemorative booklets, and other materials relating to events sponsored by, or held for the benefit of, the Center. The Center often published several calendars simultaneously, each with a different focus: Center events, community (non-Center) events, women's events, men's events, etc. There is considerable overlap between many of these calendars, and they have therefore been combined and ordered chronologically. Most of the events documented are fundraisers, and range from yard sales to roasts of prominent members of the gay and lesbian community (Sheldon Andelson in 1979 and Gayle Wilson in 1980), annual gala dinners, and to special theatrical performances (Julie Harris in "The Belle of Amherst" in 1976). Other events include Center open houses and art exhibition opening receptions. The events are arranged chronologically. The series does not include records of on-going classes, raps, and workshops, or single presentations held as part of an ongoing series: these records can be found in Subseries 5.15.

Arrangement

Divided into (1) Calendars and (2) Events, each ordered chronologically.

 Calendars 1972-1977 

Box Folder

 Weekly schedule of events no date 

7 1

 Weekly calendar / Community calendar 1973 

7 2

 Community calendar, 1 1979 

7 3

 Community calendar, 2 1980 

7 4

 Community Calendar 1981 

7 5

 Community calendar 1986 

7 6

 Calendar of events 1987 

7 7

 Calendars 1988 

7 8

 Community Calendar 1989 

7 9

 Calendars 1991 

7 10

 Community Calendar 1992 

7 11

 Calendars 1993 

7 12

 Calendars 1994 

7 13

 Calendars 1995 

7 14

 Community Calendar 1996 

7 15

 Community Calendar 1997 

7 16

 Events 1971-2003 

Box Folder

  1971 

7 17

  1972 

7 18

  1974 

7 19

  1975 

7 20

  1976 

7 21

 Afternoon of appreciation November-December 1976 

7 22

  1977 

7 23

 Blood drive 1977 

7 24

  1978 

7 25

  1979 

7 26

  1980 

7 27

  1981 

7 28

  1982 

7 29

  1983 

7 30

  1984 

7 31

  1985 

7 32

  1986 

7 33

  1987 

7 34

  1988 

7 35

  1989 

7 36

  1990 

7 37

  1991 

7 38

  1992 

7 39

  1993 

7 40

  1994 

7 41

  1995 

7 42

  1996 

7 43

  1997 

7 44

  1998 

7 45

  1999 

7 46

  2000 

7 47

  2001 

7 48

  2002 

7 49

  2003 

7 50

  no date 

7 51

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Series 5:  Series 5: Programs 1972-2005   7.7

Series Scope and Content

This series contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposals, contracts, accounting and finance records, flyers, brochures, notes, and other materials relating to the programs offered by the Center. The materials document in particular the Center's drug education program funded by the National Free Clinic Council, 1972-1974; the Alcoholism Program for Women (APW), 1974-1975; the activities of the Van Ness House in the Center's Alcohol/Drug Abuse Program; and the Venereal Disease Control Program (VDCP; from 1977: Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Program, STDCP), the forerunner to the Center's AIDS program. The series is divided into 18 subseries: (1) Program Proposals, (2) Alcohol and Drug Control, (3) CETA, (4) Educational Outreach, (5) Employment, (6) Food, (7) Hotline/Switchboard, (8) Housing, (9) Legal Services, (10) Medical Services, (11) Mental Health Services, (12) Political Activity, (13) Prison, Probation and Parole, (14) Resource and Referral, (15) Self-Development, (16) Volunteer Program, (17) Women's Services, and (18) Youth Services.

 Subseries 5.1: Program Proposals 1972-1975   0.2 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains program and project proposals (some cannibalized and therefore incomplete or fragmentary) not directed to a particular funding agency, as well as original letters of support from members of the Los Angeles gay, non-gay, and employment services communities; copies of these letters are appended to many funding proposals found in Subseries 3.4 and elsewhere in Series 5.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 General operations funding proposals 1972, 1975 

7 52

 Liberation House funding proposal 1972 

7 53

 Miscellaneous program/project proposals circa 1972-1975 

7 54

 Comprehensive Gay Offenders Program, preliminary proposal 1974 

7 55

 Unidentified program/project funding proposal circa April 1975 

7 56

 Letters of support 1973-1974 

Box Folder

 Greater Los Angeles community (non-gay) 1973-1974 

7 57

 Los Angeles gay community 1973-1974 

7 58

 Employment services 1974 

7 59

 Subseries 5.2: Alcohol and Drug Control 1972-1979   2.8

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries consists of materials documenting various Center programs relating to alcohol and drug control. It is divided into four subsubseries: (1) National Free Clinic Council (NFCC), (2) Alcohol Program for Women (APW), (3) Alcoholism Needs Assessment (ANA), and (4) Alcohol/Drug Abuse Program.

 Subsubseries 5.2.1: National Free Clinic Council (NFCC) 1972-1976   1.3

Subsubseries Scope and Content

In November 1972, the Center received its first grant, of approximately $20,000, for a drug education program, from the National Free Clinic Council (NFCC). Center Executive Director Don Kilhefner and Administrative Director Ken Bartley also served as co-directors of a similar grant awarded the Los Angeles Council of Free Clinics. This subsubseries comprises records documenting both programs. The files are arranged into three groups: (1) General, comprising records of the Southern California Council of Free Clinics, (2) Center, comprising records of the Center program, and (3) Los Angeles County Council/Consortium of Free Clinics, comprising records of the program administered by Kilhefner and Bartley. The Center and Council records include contracts, correspondence, periodic activity and statistical reports, and accounting papers; the Council records include monthly activity and statistical reports and correspondence relating to financial matters for each clinic in the Council.

Arrangement

Chronological.

 General 1972-1976 

Box Folder

 Southern California Council of Free Clinics 1972-1975 

8 1

 National Free Clinic Council (NFCC). Coordinating committee 1972-1974 

8 2

 Articles of incorporation and bylaws 1973 

8 3

 Lists of free clinics 1973-1974 

8 4

 Survival manual for NFCC funded drug education projects 1973 

8 5

 Western regional conference 1973 

8 6

 National training conference 1974 

8 7

 Training program 1976 

8 8

 Center 1972-1975 

Box Folder

 Drug Education Project funding proposal 1972 

8 9

 Contract and correspondence 1972-1973 

8 10

 Contract renewal 1973 

8 11

 Monthly reports October 1973-September 1974 

8 12

 General correspondence 1973-1974 

8 13

 Accounting records 1973-1974 

Box Folder

  1973 

8 14

  1974 

8 15
Box Folder

 Bank statements September 1973-September 1975 

8 16

 Los Angeles County Council/Consortium of Free Clinics 1972-1975 

Box Folder

 Contract and correspondence 1972-1974 

8 17

 Funding proposal 1973 

Box Folder

 Proposal September 1973 

8 18

 Drafts September 1973 

8 19

 Materials 1973 

8 20
Box Folder

 Final reports 1973-1974 

8 21

 Requisition books April 23-July 27, 1973 

8 22

 Bank statements September 1974-August 1975 

8 23

 Accounting materials 1974 

8 24

 Clinics 1969, 1973-1974 

Box Folder

 Foothill Free Clinic 1969, 1973-1974 

8 25

 Harbor Free Clinic 1973-1974 

8 26

 Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic 1973-1974 

9 1

 Long Beach Free Clinic February-May 1973 

9 2

 North Hollywood Free Clinic 1973-1974 

9 3

 Open Door Drug Clinic 1973-1974 

9 4

 Pomona Open Door 1973-1974 

9 5

 South Bay Free Clinic 1973-1974 

9 6

 Women's Clinic 1973-1974 

9 7

 Subsubseries 5.2.2: Alcoholism Program for Women (APW) 1974-1977   0.9 linear foot

Subsubseries Scope and Content

This subsubseries comprises funding proposals, grant applications, correspondence, and financial and accounting records relating to the three-year, almost $1 million grant obtained by Lillene Fifield and Brenda Weathers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism from its inception in 1974 until it was removed from Center jurisdiction and transferred to the newly incorporated Alcoholism Center for Women in June 1975. The materials include copies of articles of incorporation and by-laws for the Alcoholism Center for Women, as well as correspondence relating to the Alcoholism Center's assumption of authority for incurring debts on behalf of the program. One copy of the original 1974 funding proposal has been updated with additions through June 1977, and may have served as a model for the unsuccessful funding proposal for the Comprehensive Program of Community Service to Alcoholic Women and Men submitted to the Los Angeles county Office of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in 1977 (Subseries 3.4).

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 Funding proposal 1974 

9 8

 Funding proposal 1974 (with additions through June 1977) 

9 9

 Grant application February 1974 

Box Folder

 Grant application February 1974 

9 10

 Original letters of support February 1974 

9 11
Box Folder

 Budget and accounting papers 1974-1975 

9 12

 Correspondence 1974-1975 

9 13

 Evaluation 1974-1975 

Box Folder

 Funding proposal and contract 1974 

9 14

 Report and work papers 1975 

9 15
Box Folder

 Facilities 1974-1975 

9 16

 Local mileage sheets 1974-1975 

9 17

 Miscellaneous 1974-1975 

9 18

 Purchase orders 1975 

Box Folder

 #297-332 1975 

9 19

 #333-351 1975 

9 20

 #360-385 1975 

9 21

 #386-429 1975 

9 22

 #447-500 1975 

10 1

 #501-538 1975 

10 2

 #539-599 1975 

10 3

 #600-725 1975 

10 4
Box Folder

 Alcoholism Center for Women 1974-1975 

10 5

 Subsubseries 5.2.3: Alcoholism Needs Assesment (ANA) 1975   0.2 linear foot

Subsubseries Scope and Content

This subsubseries contains the funding proposal, contract, correspondence, reports, accounting papers, and other materials relating to a three-month, $30,000 study carried out in 1975 by the Center on behalf of Los Angeles County to evaluate the incidence and nature of alcoholism in the gay and lesbian community in the County and how these individuals could best be served. This study provided the information on which the Center's later Alcohol Abuse Program was based.

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

Box Folder

 Accounting papers 1975 

10 6

 Contract 1975 

10 7

 Correspondence 1975 

10 8

 Funding proposal 1975 

10 9

 Interviewer invoices 1975 

10 10

 Miscellaneous 1975 

10 11

 Monthly reports 1975 

10 12

 Staff 1975 

10 13

 Subsubseries 5.2.4: Alcohol/Drug Abuse Program 1970-1979   0.4 linear foot

Subsubseries Scope and Content

This subsubseries comprises contracts, studies, correspondence, and administrative papers relating to the Center's Alcohol/Drug Abuse Program, in particular to the activities of the Van Ness House, a separately incorporated institution administered by the Center as an adult residential care facility for the rehabilitation of alcoholics, with funding from the Los Angeles County General Revenue Sharing (GRS) Program. The materials include studies on alcohol and drug abuse in the gay and general communities in Los Angeles; floor plans, schedules, and rules for the residents of Van Ness House; and a large file on the Center's successful efforts to obtain a zoning variance for the House. Additional materials on the Los Angeles County GRS Program can be found in Subseries 3.4.

Arrangement

Chronological.

 Alcohol/Drug abuse in the gay and general communities 1972-1978 

Box Folder

  1972-1976 

10 14

  1977-1978 

10 15

 Alcohol/Drug Abuse Program. Los Angeles County General Revenue Sharing (GRS) 1974-1976 

Box Folder

 Contracts (I-44e) 1974-1976 

10 16

 Contract correspondence 1974-1976 

10 17

 Correspondence 1974-1979 

Box Folder

  1974-1976 

10 18

  1978-1979 

10 19

 Van Ness House 1970-1976 

Box Folder

 California and Los Angeles County adult residential care facility regulations 1970-1972 

10 20

 Correspondence 1973-1975 

10 21

 Schedule and rules 1973 

10 22

 California Department of Rehabilitation contract 1974-1976 

10 23

 Zoning variance application 1975-1976 

10 24

 Subseries 5.3: C.E.T.A. 1974-1981   0.6 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains records of the Center activities supported by the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), first enacted in 1973, which provided block grants to state and local governments to assist economically disadvantaged, unemployed, or underemployed persons by offering training and full-time jobs for a period of 12 to 24 months in public agencies or private not for profit organizations. The Center received funding under CETA titles I, IIb, and VI, from both the City and the County, from 1975 (for the calendar year 1976) through March 1981. While some of the funds were used for job training and placing workers elsewhere, most of the monies were used to hire Center staff. The documents include funding proposals, correspondence, reports, job announcements and descriptions, and publicity materials.

Arrangement

Divided into City and County CETA, City CETA, County CETA, and general files; thereunder ordered chronologically.

Box Folder

 CETA (City & County). Title I. Comprehensive Program of Employment Services funding proposal 1974 

10 25

 CETA (City) 1975-1980 

 Title VI 1975-1977 

Box Folder

 Funding proposal 1975 

10 26

 Call for proposal 1977 

11 1

 Funding proposal January 1977 

11 2

 Funding proposal recommendations 1977 

11 3

 Funding proposal appeal June 1977 

11 4

 Funding proposal appeal work papers June 1977 

11 5

 Funding proposal re-evaluation August 1977 

11 6

 Funding proposal December 1977 

11 7

 Correspondence 1975-1978 

Box Folder

  1975 

11 8

  1976 

11 9

  1977 

11 10

  1978 

11 11
Box Folder

 Title IIb 1980 

11 12

 CETA (County) 1974-1981 

Box Folder

 Pomona funding proposal 1974 

11 13

 Title I. Correspondence 1975-1977 

11 14

 Correspondence 1976-1980 

11 15

 Title IIb 1980 

11 16
Box Folder

 Miscellaneous 1974-1980 

11 17

 Project accomplishment reports February-September 1978 

11 18

 Correspondence 1980-1981 

11 19

 Subseries 5.4: Educational Outreach 1973-1978   0.2 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises materials relating to the Center's outreach to the non-gay community. The bulk of the documents consists of Speakers' Bureau correspondence, scheduling speaking engagements for Center representatives in school and college classes, and before civic groups. The materials also include general administrative and publicity materials for both the program and the Speakers' Bureau.

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

Box Folder

 Educational Outreach Program 1974-1978 

11 20

 Speakers' Bureau no date 

11 21

 Speakers' Bureau. Correspondence 1973-1977 

Box Folder

  1973 

11 22

  1974 

11 23

  1975 

11 24

  1976 

11 25

  1977 

11 26

 Subseries 5.5: Employment 1974-1981, 1987   3.0 folders

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains fragmentary materials relating to the Center's employment services program. The materials include several monthly employment program reports from 1978, two letters from prospective employers, and several program brochures.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 Correspondence 1974-1981 

11 27

 Monthly Reports 1978 

11 28

 Job Training 1987 

11 29

 Subseries 5.6: Food 1971-1972, 1983   2.0 folders

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises two folders, the first containing a Center guide on securing welfare rights and California State Department of Public Social Services directives from 1971-1972 on the state's Food Stamp Program, the second a Center brochure from 1983, advertising a proposed End Hunger in Hollywood project, to be administered by the Center in conjunction with the End Hunger Network.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 Welfare/Food Stamps Information 1971-1972 

11 30

 Hunger Project 1983 

11 31

 Subseries 5.7: Hotline/Switchboard 1973-1979   1.0 folder

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries consists of a single file, containing correspondence and resumes submitted in 1975 for the positions of hotline/crisis intervention worker and reception worker.

Box Folder

 Hotline/Switchboard 1973-1979 

11 32

 Subseries 5.8: Housing 1971-1977   0.25 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises materials relating to the Center's short-term emergency housing program. The materials include the proposal, contract, and correspondence, 1975-1976, for the Center's Interim Housing Program, funded by the Los Angeles County General Revenue Sharing (GRS) Program. The bulk of the subseries comprises intake forms and index cards of residents, 1971-1973, for the Center's "Liberation Houses" at 1322 North Van Ness (later converted to an adult residential care facility for the rehabilitation of alcoholics), 1323 North Las Palmas, and 750 South Oxford (the first two houses were for males, the last for females). The cards, originally arranged separately for each house, were found in disarray, and have been rearranged in a single alphabetic series. The records also include rosters and rent status sheets, 1973, for Union House, located at 1819 South Union.

Arrangement

General program, then individual houses, the latter arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

 Papers circa 1972-1976 

11 33

 Interim Housing Program. Los Angeles County Department of Urban Affairs. General Revenue Sharing (GRS) 1975-1976 

Box Folder

 Funding Proposal 1975 

11 34

 Contract 26400 (I-44h) and correspondence 1975-1976 

11 35

 Staffing 1975-1976 

11 36

 Liberation Houses 1971-1973 

Box Folder

 Intake forms 1973 

11 37

 Residents, A-B 1971-1973 

11 38

 Residents, C-H 1971-1973 

11 39

 Residents, J-P 1971-1973 

11 40

 Residents, R-Y 1971-1973 

11 41
Box Folder

 Union House 1973 

11 42

 Fountain House 1976-1977 

11 43

 Subseries 5.9: Legal Services 1975-1983   2.0 folders

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains two files of materials relating to legal services offered by the Center. One file contains flyers and brochures detailing the Center's legal services, and a press release with photograph, 1983, from the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman relating to the establishment of a Lawyer Referral Service at the Center with funds made available through Edelman. The other file contains correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports, relating to the formation of a Legal Advisory Board (also called Gay Legal Clinic) at the Center in 1978.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 Legal Services circa 1973-1983 

12 1

 Legal Advisory Board/Gay Legal Clinic 1978 

12 2

 Subseries 5.10: Medical 1973-1983   1.6

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises materials relating to the Center's medical program, including the men's Venereal Disease Control Program (VDCP) and the men's and women's general medical clinics. Although the VDCP was instituted in 1972, the bulk of the records do not begin until the medical program received public funding in 1974. The subseries is divided into four subsubseries: (1) General, (2) California Regional Medical Program (CRMP), (3) Venereal Disease Control Program (VDCP; from 1977: Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Program, STDCP), and (4) Women's Clinic.

 Subsubseries 5.10.1: General 1973-1975   5.0 folders

Subsubseries Scope and Content

This subsubseries contains records relating to the Center's medical program in general. The materials include correspondence, health facility licenses and permits, accounting papers, and staff lists.

Arrangement

Chronological.

 Correspondence 1973-1974 

Box Folder

  1973 

12 3

  1974 

12 4
Box Folder

 Health facility licenses and permits 1973-1975 

12 5

 Accounting papers 1975 

12 6

 Staff lists no date 

12 7

 Subsubseries 5.10.2: California Regional Medical Program (CRMP) 1974-1976   0.3 linear foot

Subsubseries Scope and Content

The California Regional Medical Program provided funding for the administration of the Center's medical program, including the VDCP and both men's and women's clinics, from late 1974 through January 1976. The materials include the funding proposal and contract, correspondence, reports, staff lists, monthly invoices, and financial and accounting materials.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 California Regional Medical Program Profile 1974 

12 8

 Funding proposal 1974 

12 9

 Contract 1974-1976 

12 10

 Correspondence 1974-1976 

Box Folder

  1974 

12 11

  1975-1976 

12 12
Box Folder

 Staff 1974-1975 

12 13

 Service guidelines 1974 

12 14

 Reports 1975-1976 

12 15

 Monthly invoices February 1975-January 1976 

12 16

 Accounting materials 1975 

12 17

 Audit 1975 

12 18

 Subsubseries 5.10.3: Venereal Disease Control Program (VDCP; from 1977: Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Program, STDCP) 1974-1983   1.0 linear foot

Subsubseries Scope and Content

The VDCP was initiated in October 1972, and received its first public funding, a grant of $130,460, from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services in November 1974. The materials include funding proposals and contracts, reports, program evaluations, correspondence with Los Angeles County health officials, memoranda and internal correspondence relating to the day-to-day operations of the program, staff recruiting and training, budgets and accounting papers, and information flyers, brochures, and studies on various venereal diseases. The reports to the Los Angeles County Health Department give a detailed picture of the VDCP's activities, which included a mobile unit that visited gay bath houses. The staffing files from September 1974, the Center's first mass hiring of paid staff, include the resumes of many people who were already volunteering at the Center, and several of those applying or hired would have long careers there.

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

Box Folder

 AIDS information no date 

12 19

 Budget and accounting papers 1974-1975 

12 20

 Clinic fee schedules 1975 

12 21

 Contracts 1974-1976 

12 22

 Correspondence 1975-1978 

Box Folder

  1975 

12 23

  1976 

12 24

  1977 

12 25

  1978 

12 26

 Evaluation 1974-1978 

Box Folder

  1974-1975 

12 27

  1977-1978 

12 28
Box Folder

 Forms no date 

12 29

 Funding proposals 1974-1978 

Box Folder

  1974 

12 30

  1975 

12 31

 Letters to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors supporting continued funding of program circa 1975 

12 32

  1976 

12 33

  1977 

12 34

  1978 

12 35
Box Folder

 Furniture and equipment inventory 1975 

12 36

 Invoices to Los Angeles County 1974-1976 

12 37

 Job announcements and resumes 1975-1983 

12 38

 Medi-Cal forms 1973-1975 

12 39

 Memos and internal correspondence 1974-1979 

Box Folder

  1974 

13 1

  1975 

13 2

  1976 

13 3

  1977 

13 4

  1978 

13 5

  1979 

13 6
Box Folder

 Men's clinic 1974-1976 

13 7

 Mileage 1975-1976 

13 8

 Personnel rosters and schedules no date 

13 9

 Program outline and budget, FY 1977/78 1977 

13 10

 Publicity 1972-1979 

13 11

 Reports (Los Angeles County Health Department) 1974-1978 

Box Folder

  1974 

13 12

  January-June 1975 

13 13

  July-September 1975 

13 14

  December 1975-1976 

13 15

  1978 

13 16
Box Folder

 Staff training 1974-1978 

13 17

 Staffing September 1974   2.0 folders

13 18-19

 Venereal disease information circa 1975-1977 

13 20

 Work plan and budget, FY 1978/79 1978 

13 21

 Subsubseries 5.10.4: Women's Clinic 1975-1977   0.3 linear foot

Subsubseries Scope and Content

This subsubseries contains records of the women's medical clinic operated by the Center. The bulk of the materials consists of records relating to the clinic's family planning operations, funded by the Los Angeles Regional Family Planning Council (LARFPC). These records consist of contracts, correspondence, and financial and accounting papers. Other materials, which relate to the clinic's general medical services, include memoranda and correspondence. Additional materials relating to the women's clinic may be found in Subsubseries 5.10.1 and 5.10.2.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 Memos and correspondence 1975-1977 

13 22

 Management and financial planning 1976 

13 23

 Los Angeles Regional Family Planning Council (LARFPC). 1975-1977 

Box Folder

 Contracts 1975-1976 

13 24

 Correspondence 1975-1977 

Box Folder

  1975 

13 25

  1976 

13 26

  1977 

13 27
Box Folder

 Financial and accounting papers 1975-1977 

13 28

 Budgets 1976 

13 29

 Subseries 5.11: Mental Health Services 1971-1991   0.4 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises materials relating to the mental health services provided by the Center. The bulk of the records relate to a proposed (but never realized) affiliation between the Center and Resthaven Community Mental Health Center in 1974, and to Los Angeles County's funding of the Center's AIDS-Affected Mental Health Outreach Program between 1987 and 1991.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 Mental Health Services 1971-1979 

13 30

 Resthaven Community Mental Health Center 1972-1974 

Box Folder

  1972-1974 

13 31

 United States Department of Health, Education & Welfare. National Institute of Mental Health. Outreach to Resthaven Community mental Health Center Funding Proposal 1974 

13 32

 Affiliation Agreement between Resthaven Community Mental Health Center and Gay Community Services Center 1974 

13 33

 AIDS-Affected Mental Health Outreach Program. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 1987-1991 

Box Folder

 Contract 57170 1987-1988 

13 34

 Contract 57170 1988-1989 

13 35

 Contract 60695 1989 

13 36

 Contract 63753 1990 

14 1

 Pre-Negotiation Contract Package 1991 

14 2

 Contract 65095 1991 

14 3

 Subseries 5.12: Political Activity 1971-1982   4.0 folders

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains records documenting the Center's activities in promoting equal rights for homosexuals. The materials include correspondence from 1975 with California assembly leaders on the decriminalization of consensual private sex acts; with Los Angeles City Councilwoman Peggy Stevenson on improving relations between the Los Angeles Police Department and the gay community; and establishing liaison with Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and District Attorney John Van De Kamp. Other records include materials from conferences of the California Committee on Sexual Law Reform (1971-1972), the National Coalition of Gay Organizations (1972), and the National Gay Alliance (1976).

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 Political Activity 1972-1982 

14 4

 California Committee on Sexual Law Reform. Conferences 1971-1972 

14 5

 National Coalition of Gay Organizations 1972 

14 6

 National Gay Alliance. Bi-Centennial Gay Conference, Washington, DC October 10-14, 1976 

14 7

 Subseries 5.13: Prison, Probation and Parole 1972-1977   0.2 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains materials documenting the Center's Prison, Probation and Parole Program, which targeted gay prisoners-including those incarcerated for consensual sexual activities decriminalized in California in 1976-and assisted their reintegration into society with counseling, temporary housing (at the Fountain House, renamed in 1976 the "Stepping Stone"), and job counseling and placement. The materials include correspondence with prisoners, probation officers, and prison officials, and the proposal, contract, and correspondence relating to the funding of the program by the Los Angeles County General Revenue Sharing (GRS) Program.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 Correspondence and memos 1972-1976 

14 8

 Staffing and volunteers 1974-1975 

14 9

 Los Angeles County General Revenue Sharing (GRS) circa 1974-1976 

Box Folder

 Funding proposal March 1975 

14 10

 Contract 25601 (I-44g) 1975-1976 

14 11

 Contract 27555 (I-44g) 1976 

14 12

 Contract correspondence 1976 

14 13

 Papers circa 1974-circa 1976 

14 14
Box Folder

 Reports 1976 

14 15

 Charles Hutchinson 1977 

14 16

 Don Patterson 1977 

14 17

 Subseries 5.14: Resource and Referral 1978-1980   0.5 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains logs of information/referral requests made to the Center from May through September 1979; a resource binder for 1980-1980, with information on gay and lesbian-and gay and lesbian supportive-institutions, organizations, and businesses, categorized by type; and additional resource questionnaires for circa 1979-1980, arranged alphabetically.

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

 Information/referral request log May-September 1978 

Box Folder

  May-June 1978 

14 18

 Information/referral request log July-September 1978 

14 19
Box Folder

 Resource and referral brochure no date 

14 20

 Resource binder 1979-1980   2.0 folders

14 21-22

 Resource flip file cards no date 

14 23

 Resource questionnaires no date 

Box Folder

 A-B no date 

14 24

 C-D no date 

14 25

 G-H no date 

14 26

 I-J no date 

14 27

 K-L no date 

14 28

 M-N no date 

14 29

 Q-R no date 

14 30

 S-T no date 

14 31

 X-Z no date 

14 32

 Subseries 5.15: Self-Development 1971-2005   0.3 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries documents the Center's work in promoting the self-development of members of the gay and lesbian community, particularly through (1) professional counseling, (2) peer counseling, and (3) group programs, including consciousness raising groups, growth groups, and rap groups. The materials include brochures, correspondence, memoranda, studies on various aspects of counseling and group dynamics, evaluations of the Center's programs, and calendars and flyers relating to the on-going groups and workshops available at the Center. Calendars, flyers, and other materials relating to fundraising events, art exhibition opening receptions, and other one-time events not part of an on-going series can be found in Series 4.

Arrangement

General, counseling, groups and workshops.

Box Folder

 Brochures no date 

14 33

 Correspondence 1971-1974 

14 34

 Counseling no date 

Box Folder

 Gays with disabilities no date 

14 35

 Transvestites and transexuals no date 

14 36
Box Folder

 Peer counseling 1972-1978 

14 37

 Group programs no date 

Box Folder

 Consciousness raising groups no date 

14 38

 Growth groups no date 

14 39

 Rap groups no date 

15 1

 Groups and workshops 1972-2005 

Box Folder

  1972 

15 2

  1973 

15 3

  1979 

15 4

  1980 

15 5

  1981 

15 6

  1982 

15 7

  1983 

15 8

  1984 

15 9

  1985 

15 10

  1987 

15 11

  1991 

15 12

  1992 

15 13

  1993 

15 14

  1994 

15 15

  1995 

15 16

  1996 

15 17

  1997 

15 18

  2000 

15 19

  2004 

15 20

  2005 

15 21

 Groups and workshops no date 

15 22

 Groups no date 

Box Folder

 Gay fathers no date 

15 23

 Parents of gay people no date 

15 24

 Subseries 5.16: Volunteer Program 1975-1981   1.0 folder

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries consists of a single folder relating to the Center's recruitment, training, and utilization of volunteers. The materials include correspondence with potential volunteers, publicity brochures and flyers, and procedures for the intake, orientation and placement of volunteers.

Box Folder

 Volunteer Program 1975-1981 

15 25

 Subseries 5.17: Women's Services 1973-1993   0.2 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises materials relating to the Center's provision of services to women. The documents include notices of women's staff meetings, 1973-1974; publicity materials for women's dances and lesbian raps, 1973-1982; the proposal and contract for the Lesbian Resource Program for Self-Development, funded by the Los Angeles County General Revenue Sharing (GRS) Program, 1975-1976; materials on the Lesbian Resource Program's successors, the Women's Resource Program, 1977-1980, the Women's Information and Skills Project, 1980, the Women's Referral Project, 1981, and Lesbian Central, established in 1981; correspondence, flyers, and other materials on the Incest Awareness Program, 1977-1980; and a brochure on women's services offered by the Center, issued by the Women's Issues Task Force in 1992. The materials are fragmentary.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 Women staff meetings 1973-1974 

15 26

 Women's dances 1973-1975 

15 27

 Lesbian raps 1974-1982 

15 28

 Women's Services. Miscellaneous 1974-1981 

15 29

 Women's newsletters 1974 

15 30

 Lesbian Resource Program for Self-Development. Los Angeles County General Revenue Sharing (GRS) 1975-1976 

Box Folder

 Funding proposal 1975 

15 31

 Contract 28453 (V321) 1976 

15 32
Box Folder

 Lesbian Resource Program [for Self-Development] no date 

15 33

 Incest Awareness Project 1977-1980 

15 34

 Women's Resource Program 1977-1980 

15 35

 Women's Information and Skills Project 1980 

15 36

 Women's Referral Project 1981 

15 37

 Lesbian Central 1981-1986 

Box Folder

  1981 

15 38

  1982 

15 39

  1983 

15 40

  1986 

15 41

 Lesbian Central no date 

15 42
Box Folder

 Women's Calendar 1992-1993 

15 43

 Women's Issues Task Force 1992 

15 44

 Subseries 5.18: Youth Services 1972-1983, 1997   0.25 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains documents relating to the Center's youth services programs, known in its earliest years as Gay Youth of Los Angeles. The materials include correspondence, flyers, questionnaires, meeting minutes, position papers, and extensive manuscript. The earliest records appear to have come from the files of Center staff members Jay Fisher and Dacus Haining. The file on the 1972 Southwestern Regional Conference of the National Coalition of Gay Organizations contains considerable material on the Conference's Youth Platform. The materials also include papers of the national Gay Student Center and the Gay Student Council of Southern California, 1972-1973; a manual for Center youth workers, circa 1972; and papers of the Center's Youth Task Force, 1976-1977. Personal papers of both Fisher and Haining can be found in Series 7.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Box Folder

 Gay Youth. General 1972-circa 1985 

15 45

 Gay Youth of Los Angeles 1972-1983 

Box Folder

  1972 

15 46

 Correspondence 1972-1983 

15 47
Box Folder

 National Gay Student Center 1972-1973 

15 48

 Gay Student Council of Southern California 1972 

15 49

 National Coalition of Gay Organizations. Southwestern Regional Conference (SWR/NCGO) 1972 

15 50

 FPS; the Youth Liberation news service 1973 

15 51

 Project Youth manual of operations no date 

15 52

 Gay Youth Task Force 1976-1977 

15 53

 Youth Services 1997 

15 54

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Series 6:  Series 6; Publications 1971-1997   0.3 linear foot

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises publications by the Center. Most of these publications, such as Center News (which suffers from numbering inconsistencies), and  Outreach,  Outside and Inside, and  Vanguard, are general newsletters intended for a public readership. Others, such as  In-House News and  Monday Morning Memo, address the internal staff. Several Center programs published their own newsletters, some for a public readership (  Lesbian Central Newsletter,  Empowerment Times,  P.C.P. Newsletter [Peer Counseling Program], and  Reach), others (  Medical Services Newsletter and  Men's Clinic Newsletter) for staff alone. Most titles are represented by only one or two issues.

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

Box Folder

 Annual Plan and Budget 1995/96 

15 55

 Annual Report 1985/86, 1986/87, 1988/89-1990/91, 1993, 1994/95, 1999 

15 56

 Center News, 1 no date 

15 57

 Center News, 1 no date 

15 58

 Center News, 3 no date 

15 59

 Center News, 5 1986 

15 60

 Center News, 6 1987 

15 61

 Center News, 7 1988 

15 62

 Center News, 8 1989 

15 63

 Center News, 9 1990 

15 64

 Center News, 10 no date 

15 65

 Center News, 11 no date 

15 66

 Center News, 12 1991-1992 

15 67

 Center News, 13 1992-1993 

15 68

 Center News, 13 1993 

15 69

 Center News 1995 

15 70

 Center News 1996 

15 71

 Center News 1997 

15 72

 Communicator (Staff), 1 1974 

15 73

 Empowerment Times 1994, no date 

15 74

 Gay Community Services Center 1971 

15 75

 GCSC, 1 1979 

15 76

 In-House News 1986 

15 77

 L.A. What's Gay? 1979 

15 78

 Lesbian Central Newsletter 1987-1989 

15 79

 Medical Services Newsletter 1975 

15 80

 Men's Clinic Newsletter 1979 

15 81

 Monday Morning Memo 1981 

15 82

 Outreach 1973 

15 83

 Outside and Inside 1978 

15 84

 P.C.P Newsletter 1974 

15 85

 Reach (Youth Department and Information Desk) 1984 

15 86

 Vanguard 1997 

15 87

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Series 7:  Series 7: People 1946-1979, 1992   0.3 linear foot

Series Scope and Content

This series contains materials concerning individuals connected in one way or another with the Center. Approximately half the materials document activities related in one way or another to the Center: in particular, Morris Kight's files contain notes and correspondence relating to his many activities at the Center, and Ed Edelman's file contains correspondence, press releases, and photographs relating to his active support on the County Board of Supervisors for the Center and its programs. The other materials document activities not necessarily related to the Center, including personal correspondence of Jay Fisher, of the Youth Services Program; adoption and other legal papers of Dacus Haining, as well as correspondence from his work with the Services to Juveniles Committee in New Orleans prior to his employment by the Center; and festivities surrounding the arrival of June Herrle's child. Ken Bartley's file includes a curriculum vitae, copies of his letter resigning from the Center, and articles of incorporation for Sun Family, Incorporated, which Bartley used following his resignation to pursue a career in music production and marketing. Richard Nash's file contains copies of several articles by him on gay identity and Unitarian Universalism.

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

Box Folder

 Biographies circa 1972 

15 88

 Bartley, Ken 1974-1981 

15 89

 Berman, Steve 1982 

15 90

 Edelman, Ed 1975-1992 

15 91

 Fisher, Jay. Personal Correspondence 1972 

16 1

 Haining, Walton Dacus 1946-1972 

Box Folder

 Personal papers 1946-1972 

16 2

 Services to Juveniles Committee (New Orleans) 1971-1972 

16 3
Box Folder

 Herrle, June 1972 

16 4

 Kepner, Jim 1979 

16 5

 Kight, Morris 1972-1973 

Box Folder

  1972 

16 6

  1973 

16 7
Box Folder

 Kilhefner, Don circa 1972-1977 

16 8

 McGaw, Steve 1974 

16 9

 Nash, Richard 1973 

16 10

 Park, Mary Jane 1979 

16 11

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Series 8:  Series 8: Subject Files 1973-1981   0.4 linear foot

Series Scope and Content

This series contains a small number of original subject files found among the Center records. These files relate, inter alia, to workshops on health and gay awareness, free clinics in California, older gays, sex law reform, sexism, and transsexuals. The police file contains correspondence, memoranda, flyers, and other materials relating to the Center's work to stop the harassment of gays and lesbians by the Los Angeles Police Department. Linda Poverny's PhD thesis is a study of the organizational issues that faced the Center during its first decade.

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

Box Folder

 California Community Health Seminar 1974 

16 12

 Free Clinics in California, Profile of 1974 

16 13

 Gay Archives 1977 

16 14

 Gay Awareness. Workshop materials no date 

16 15

 Gay Community of Concern (Gay People's Union at Stanford and Whitman-Radcliffe Foundation) 1973-1974 

16 16

 Older Gays 1975 

16 17

 Police 1971-1981 

16 18

 

Poverny, Linda Marlene.  The Organizational life cycle and the adaptation process: a case study of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center. PHD Thesis (University of Southern California)

 1984   3.0 folders

16 19-21

 Prisons 1975 

16 22

 Sex laws and reforms no date 

16 23

 Sexism / Sexual discrimination 1974 

16 24

 Transexuals 1975 

16 25

 Women's Community Hotline no date 

16 26

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Series 9:  Series 9: Ephemera circa 1972-1981   1.0 folder

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises two Center staff badges, a flyer for the Center's Gay Help-Line, and a button from the Center's 1981 "Declare Our Independence" campaign to free itself from dependence on government grants to fund regular staff positions.

Box Folder

 Ephemera circa 1972-1981 

16 27

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Box

 Unprocessed 

19-23

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