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Finding aid of the Lillene H. Fifield Papers

Finding aid prepared by Michael P. Palmer, © 2007

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Fifield, Lillene H., 1941-
Title
Lillene H. Fifield papers
Collection no.
Coll2007.014
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1973-1987
Date [inclusive]
1973-2003 (bulk 1973-1987)
Extent
3.4 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
9 archive cartons + 1 oversize box + 1 oversize flat, (3.4 linear feet).
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Box #, folder #, Lillene H. Fifield papers, Coll2007-014, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Biography

Lillene Henrietta Fifield, social worker, psychotherapist, and lesbian activist, was born in Los Angeles on October 28, 1941, and spent many of her early years in Kansas City, Missouri. Active in civil rights issues since high school, she became active in the gay and lesbian movement after coming out at age 19. She earned her B.A. with honors from California State University Los Angeles in 1971, and her MSW with honors from the University of Southern California, where she was the first openly lesbian student, in 1973. Fifield served as research associate at the Regional Research Institute in Social Welfare, School of Social Work, University of Southern California, from 1972 to 1975, the year her pioneering research on alcoholism in the gay and lesbian community was published. After maintaining a private practice in clinical social work from 1976 to 1979, Fifield moved in 1980 to Roseburg, Oregon, where she was a psychiatric social worker for Douglas County Mental Health. Fifield became involved with the Gay Community Services Center in Los Angeles in November 1971, becoming its principal grant writer; and serving as Vice-Chairman of its Board of Directors in 1974/1975. She also served as first co-chairwoman of the California Women's Commission on Alcoholism, and on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Alcoholism Advisory Board, the California Institute for Human Sexuality, and the California Alcoholism Foundation. She was named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles gay community in 1978, and delivered keynote speeches at the National Council on Alcoholism Annual Forum in Seattle in 1980, at the San Francisco Conference on Alcoholism in the Gay Community in 1985, at and the second National Conference of the National Association of Lesbian & Gay Alcoholism Professionals at Chicago in 1987.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection comprises reports, drafts, notes, publications, correspondence, research files, audio and videotapes, and other materials documenting the career of social worker, psychotherapist, and lesbian activist Lillene H. Fifield (born 1941), relating in particular to her studies of alcoholism in the Los Angeles gay and lesbian community, her involvement with the establishment and early years of both the Los Angeles Gay Community Services Center (now the L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center) and the Alcoholism Center for Women, and her participation in the International Women's Year and the National Women's Conference in Houston in 1977. The collection also contains several videotapes documenting the life and career of gay activist Morris Kight (1919-2003); a pocket diary/appointment calendar, several open reel audio tapes of Lesbian music, and other materials relating to Fifield's lover and fellow lesbian activist, Daphne Hatfield (1937-2006); and a cartoon of gay actor and activist Justin Smith (1921-1986). The collection is divided into 10 series: (1) Writings; (2) Alcoholism; (3) Gay Community Services Center; (4) Research; (5) International Women's Year; (6) Daphne Hatfield; (7) Photographs; (8) Printed Materials; (9) Audio and Video Materials; and (10) Ephemera, Memorabilia, and Artwork.

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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

Gift of Lillene H. Fifield, October 22, 2005, and June 30, 2007.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, October 2007.

In June 2013, open-reel audiotapes were assigned call numbers (ARR####), replacing the box numbers that were assigned to the audiotapes when this collection was originally processed. These items were formerly housed in Box 9 of this collection.

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

L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center Records, Coll2007-010, 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

Personal Name(s)

  • Fifield, Lillene H., 1941-
  • Hatfield, Daphne, 1937-2006
  • Kight, Morris, (Venerable), 1919-2003
  • Smith, Justin, 1921-1986

Subject(s)

  • Alcoholism counseling
  • Community health services--California
  • Gays--Alcohol use
  • Lesbians--Alcohol use
  • Social work with lesbians

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Writings 1975-1987   12.0 folders

Series Scope and Content

The bulk of this series consists of Fifield's published study of alcoholism in the gay and lesbian community, On My Way to Nowhere (1975); a condensed edition,  Alcoholism and the Gay Community (1977); several conference papers derived from the study; and several speeches on alcoholism given by Fifield between 1980 and 1987.

 Fifield, Lillene. On my way to nowhere; alienated, isolated, drunk. An analysis of gay alcohol abuse & an evaluation of alcoholism rehabilitation services for the Los Angeles gay community July 10, 1975 

Box Folder

 Copy 1 (annotated) July 10, 1975   2.0 folders

1 1-2

 Copy 2 July 10, 1975   2.0 folders

1 3-4
Box Folder

 Fifield, Lillene, and Latham, J. David. Alcoholism and the gay community (preliminary draft). Paper presented at California State Psychological Association Convention, Los Angeles March 1977 

1 5

 Fifield, Lillene. Alcoholism and the gay community (preliminary draft). Paper presented at the National Drug Abuse Conference, San Francisco 1977 

1 6

 Fifield, Lillene; Latham, J. David; Phillips, Christopher. Alcoholism in the gay community. The price of alienation, isolation, & oppression. Los Angeles: Gay Community Services Center 1977 

Box Folder

 Printed edition 1977 

1 7

 Typescript edition 1977 

1 8
Box Folder

 Fifield, Lillene; DeCresenzo, Teresa A.; Latham, J. David. Alcoholism and the gay community. Journal of Homosexuality 1978 

1 9

 Alcoholism chapter for book No date 

1 10

 Miscellaneous writings No date 

1 11

 Speeches 1980, 1985, 1987 

1 12

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Series 2:  Series 2. Alcoholism 1974-1984, 2003   22.0 folders

Series Scope and Content

This series consists of reports, drafts, conference and workshop materials, correspondence, photocopies, and other materials created and acquired by Fifield in the course of her research on alcoholism in the gay and lesbian community. Of particular interest are materials relating to Fifield's work on the California Women's Commission on Alcoholism, 1974-1977, and her work with the Gay Community Services Center's Alcoholism Program for Women (APW), which later became the independent Alcoholism Center for Women.

 Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) 1983-1984 

Box Folder

 Miscellaneous 1983-1984 

2 1

 Jael Greenleaf seminar 1983 

2 2
Box Folder

 Alcoholism in the gay community -- California 1976-1980 

7 1

 Articles No date 

Box Folder

 Alcoholism No date 

2 3

 Alcoholism in the gay community No date 

2 4

 Women & alcoholism No date 

2 5
Box Folder

 Benton County Alcoholism Treatment Program No date 

2 6

 California Alcoholism Foundation (CAF) 1974 

2 7

 California Women's Commission on Alcoholism 1974-1977 

Box Folder

 Miscellaneous 1974 

2 8

 The treatment needs of the woman alcoholic: a survey of alcoholism agencies in California 1977 

Box Folder

 Draft 1977 

2 9

 Final 1977 

7 2
Box Folder

 Correspondence 2003 

2 10

 Gay Community Services Center 1975-1981 

Box Folder

 Alcoholism Needs Assessment Project (ANA) 1975 

2 11

 Comprehensive Program of Cummunity Services for Alcoholic Women (APW, later Alcoholism Center for Women) 1974-1981 

Box Folder

 Miscellaneous 1974-1981 

2 12

 Funding proposal (United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare) February 26, 1974   3.0 folders

Box Folder

 Copy 1 February 26, 1974   2.0 folders

3 1-2

 Copy 2 (annotated) February 26, 1974 

3 3
Box Folder

 Forms circa 1974-1975 

7 3
Box Folder

 Los Angeles County Alcoholism Advisory Board 1976-1977 

3 4

 National Association of Gay Alcoholism Professionals (NAGAP) 1980 

3 5

 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism. Alcohol Abuse & Women: A Guide to Getting Help 1978 

3 6

 Replication study. Morales/Graves, Substance Abuse: Patterns & Barriers to treatment for gay men & lesbians in San Francisco 1983 

3 7

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Series 3:  Series 3. Gay Community Services Center 1972-1996   7.0 folders

Series Scope and Content

This series consists of materials relating to Fifield's work with the Gay Community Services Center outside its alcoholism program. The bulk of the materials consists of funding proposals submitted to Los Angeles County healthcare agencies. Other documents include Fifield's 1983 evaluation of the Center's Community Employment Services program, and flyers and other materials relating to the Center's early history. The Miscellaneous folder also contains an article published in Lesbian News in 1996, describing Fifield's pivotal role in the early years of the Center.

Box Folder

 Miscellaneous 1972-1974, 1992, 1996 

7 4
Folder Folder

 Background & introduction 1973 

7 5
Box Folder

 Revenue Sharing proposal (not identified) after July 1973   vol. 2 of 2

3 8

 Los Angeles gay community drug abuse services, 1974-1975. Proposal submitted to the Los Angeles County Department of health Services September 1973 

3 9

 Staffing grant proposal (National Institute of Mental Health) March 15, 1974 

3 10

 Primary prevention in drug abuse: a pioneering program for gay people. Funding proposal to the Los Angeles County Central Health Services Region October 29, 1976 

4 1

 Community Employment Services (CES). Evaluation Report 1983 

4 2

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Series 4:  Series 4. Research circa 1974-1995   14.0 folders

Series Scope and Content

This series consists of notes, workshop materials, photocopied articles, and other materials collected by Fifield in the course of her work, but, with one exception, not related to her work on alcoholism in the gay and lesbian community.

 Articles No date 

Box Folder

 Feminist No date 

4 3

 Gay No date 

7 6
Box Folder

 Articles of incorporation, bylaws 1984 

4 4

 Bibliography No date 

Box Folder

 Gay No date 

7 7 (oversize)

 Women & lesbians No date 

7 8 (oversize)
Box Folder

 Computer data processing code book design No date 

4 5

 Content analysis No date 

4 6

 Evaluation component 1974, No date 

Box Folder

 Gay Community Services Center. Comprehensive community services for alcoholic women {APW, later Alcoholism Center for Women) 1974 

7 9 (oversize)

 General No date 

4 7
Box Folder

 Evaluation materials -- Proposal aids No date 

7 10

 Evaluation workshop No date 

7 11 (oversize)

 Homosexuality: A comprehensive bibliographic search of Psychological Abstracts 1979   2.0 folders

4 8-9

 Institute of Gay & Lesbian Education 1994-1995 

4 10

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Series 5:  Series 5. International Women's Year 1977   10.0 folders

Series Scope and Content

This series consists of notes, planning documents, clippings from newspapers and the popular press, conference packets, and other materials relating to Fifield's participation in the International Women's Year California State Meeting in June 1977, and the California delegation's activities at the National Women's Conference in Houston in November 1977.

 International Women's Year California State Meeting June 16-19, 1977 

Box Folder

 Miscellaneous June 16-19, 1977 

4 11

 Final report June 16-19, 1977 

4 12
Box Folder

 National Organization of Women (NOW) 1977 

4 13

 National Women's Conference. Houston November 18-21, 1977 

Box Folder

 Papers November 18-21, 1977 

5 1

 Binder materials November 18-21, 1977 

5 2

 California delegation November 18-21, 1977 

5 3

 Daily Breakthrough November 18-21, 1977 

5 4
Box

 Lillene Fifield planning sheet 1977 

General note

Rolled.

8
Box Folder

 Miscellaneous November 18-21, 1977 

5 5

 Newspaper clippings November 18-21, 1977 

5 6

 Time /  New York Times Magazine November-December 1977 

5 7

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Series 6:  Series 6. Daphne Hatfield 1973-circa 1980   3.0 folders

Series Scope and Content

This series comprises a small number of items, including an award plaque and pocket calendar/appointment book for 1973, relating to the work of Fifield's partner, Daphne Hatfield, with the Gay Community Services Center.

Box Folder

 Award plaque from Gay Community Services Center circa 1975 

5 8

 Miscellaneous No date 

7 12

 Pocket calendar/appointment book 1973 

5 9

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Series 7:  Series 7. Photographs 1977, undated   2.0 photographs (rolled)

Series Scope and Content

This series consists of two rolled items: (1) an undated color photocopy of a photograph, marked "LAWCC", and (2) a photograph taken at the National Women's Conference at Houston in November 1977.

Box

 LAWCC No date 

General note

Rolled.

8

 National Women's Conference. Houston November 1977 

General note

Rolled.

8

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Series 8:  Series 8. Printed Materials 1969-2003   10.0 folders

Series Scope and Content

This series consists primarily of a small number of Lesbian newsletters, zines, and literary publications. The newspaper clippings comprise several stories of gay and lesbian interest from 1977, and an obituary of Morris Kight, 2003.

Box Folder

 Newspaper clippings 1977, 2003 

6 1

 Amie. The Hourglass 1978 

General note

Poetry.

6 2

 Benston, Margaret. The political economy of women's liberation. Monthly Review September 1969 

6 3

 Come out comix (Mary Wings) 1977 

6 4

 Dynamite damsels (Roberta Gregory) 1976 

6 5

 Grahn, Judy; Cadden, Wendy. The common woman No date 

6 6

 Lesbian voices, vol. 2, no. 1 Winter 1975/76 

6 7

 Ms. mystic, nos. 1-3 1987-1988 

6 8

 Own newsletter, vol. 3, no. 4 Winter 1979 

6 9

 Prickly pear [California State College, San Bernardino]. Poems & stories by: 11 + 12 = 1978 

General note

Signed by Charlene Hoskins.

6 10

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Series 9:  Series 9. Audio & Visual Materials 1973-2001   1.0 archive carton

Series Scope and Content

This series consists of audio tapes, most if not all from the collection of Daphne Hatfield, of lesbian music, and of videotapes on the 1987 March on Washington and on the life of Morris Kight (including interviews with Kight and Torrie Osborn).

 Audio 1973-1974 

Item

 Daphne Hatfield, Tape 1: "Tapdance"; "Beautiful woman"; "Service station"; "Best friend"; "House". KPFK April 23, 1973   1 7-inch, open reel audio tape

ARR0335
Box

 Gay Liberation -- Out of the Closet interview. KNBC; Gay Songs July 1, 1973   1 audio cassette

9
Item

 Vicki Randle, music by Margie Adam: "You took me for a ride"; "Images"; "The time has come"; "Prepare for landing" November 24-25, 1973   1 7-inch, open reel audio tape

ARR0334

 Margie Adam, Songs, Part 2: "Hey in there"; "Something just begun"; "Lost in inner space"; "Come out, come out, wherever you are!"; "Woman of my heart". KPFK April 28, 1974   1 7-inch, open reel audio tape

ARR0336

 Daphne [Hatfield]. Gay Community Services Center circa 1974   1 7-inch, open reel audio tape

ARR0333

 Video 1974-2001 

Box

 It takes all kinds -- Men. CBS 1974   1 1-inch, open reel video tape

9

 It takes all kinds -- Women. CBS 1974   1 1-inch, open reel video tape

9

 Part of the USA! National march on Washington for lesbian & gay rights; the official videotape October 11, 1987   1 VHS video cassette

9

 Life and times profile: Torrie Osborn & Morris Kight No date   1 VHS video cassette

9

 Historic march on Washington. Lifestyle Update Productions October 1987   1 VHS video cassette

9

 Morris Kite [sic] & Torrie Osborn interviews (VHS) No date   1 VHS video cassette

9

 Morris Kite [sic] interview No date   1 VHS video cassette, marked NBA #6

9

 Personal best with Morris Kight March 19, 2001   1 VHS video cassette

9

 Life and times of Morris Kight--Liberator No date   1 VHS video cassette

9

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Series 10:  Series 10. Ephemera, Memorabilia, and Artwork circa 1975-1978   1.0 archive carton

Series Scope and Content

This series contains 2 mugs; buttons, a bumper sticker, ribbons and armbands, and a t-shirt relating to the Women's National Convention at Houston in 1977; a t-shirt from Christopher Street West, 1975; and two additional t-shirts on Lesbian themes. The series includes a cartoon of Justin Smith from early January 1978, given by Smith to Fifield before his death in 1986.

Box

 Bumper Sticker: "A Dollar A Woman To HOUSTON" 1977 

10

 4 buttons: (1) "California Women / Houston IWY 1977"; (2) "..to form a more perfect union" (1977); (3-4) "Pro Plan / Keep Agenda Moving / Let Every Issue Be Heard" 1977, No date 

10

 Cartoon of Justin Smith (1921-1986) January 1978 

General note

Given by Smith to Fifield before his death and given by Fifield to ONE, October 22, 2005.

11

 2 mugs (1 blue, 1 crimson) for Artemis Café No date 

10

 Ribbons, armbands, ID, International Women's Year / Women's National Convention, Houston 1977 

10

 T-shirt: "It's A Gay, Gay World" (Christopher Street West) 1975 

10

 T-shirt: "Women On The Move" (International Women's Year logo) 1977 

10

 T-shirt: "Lesbian National Forest" No date 

10

 T-shirt (athletic, ribbed): "Califia Community" No date 

10

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