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Finding aid to the Susan McGreivy papers, 1975-1990

Finding aid prepared by Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2013

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

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
McGreivy, Susan D., 1939-
Title
Susan McGreivy Papers
Collection no.
Coll2012.138
Date [inclusive]
1975-1990
Extent
0.8 linear foot., 2 archive cartons.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, legal documents, reports, press releases, notes, monthly schedules, articles, clippings, photographs, and personal documents, 1975-1990, of Susan McGreivy, lesbian activist and former civil rights attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California. In the 1980s, McGreivy played a leading role in the ACLU's challenges to a wide range of infractions of gay and lesbian civil rights, including a discrimination case against the Boy Scouts of America and a defense of the women known as the Norton Sound Eight.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Susan McGreivy Papers, Coll2012-138, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Susan McGreivy is a lesbian activist and former civil rights attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California. In the 1980s, McGreivy played a leading role in the ACLU's challenges in a wide range of gay and lesbian civil rights issues, including a discrimination case against the Boy Scouts of America, a defense of the Gay Games against the United States Olympics Committee, and a defense of the women known as the Norton Sound Eight.

Born in 1939, Susan Douglas McGreivy attended high school in Washington, D.C., while participating on the United States Olympic swim team, and received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1961. In the 1960s, McGreivy was a volunteer for the Peace Corps, worked as a teacher in California, and was married, eventually giving birth to two children. In the 1970s, McGreivy attended law school, received her degree in 1977, and began practicing law in the state of California. In the early part of her career, she worked as a law clerk for private practice firms. She became an attorney for the Gay Community Services Center in Hollywood in 1978, and then went on to become a civil rights attorney for the ACLU of Southern California with a focus on gay and lesbian rights. Throughout this time, she was also an activist in the lesbian feminist movement, participating in organizations and events, such as the National Organization for Women and the West Coast Lesbian Conference.

Source:

Box 1, Folder 1, Susan McGreivy Papers, Coll2012-138, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Scope and Contents

The collection comprises correspondence, legal documents, reports, press releases, notes, monthly schedules, articles, clippings, photographs, and personal documents, 1975-1990, from Susan McGreivy, former civil rights attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California. The bulk of the collection is correspondence with McGreivy during her tenure with the ACLU of Southern California.

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Arrangement

A folder with McGreivy's personal documents is at the beginning of the collection. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama, February 2013.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Lesbian & Gay Rights Chapter records, Coll2007-013, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Jon W. Davidson Papers, Coll2013-022, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
  • American Civil Liberties Union

Subject(s)

  • Civil rights--United States
  • Gays--Civil rights
  • Homosexuality--Law and legislation
  • Legal assistance to gays--United States.
  • Legal assistance to lesbians--United States.
  • Lesbians--Civil rights

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Susan McGreivy papers 

Box Folder

 Personal documents 1975-1990   Includes 1 photograph of Susan McGreivy.

1 1

 Adamany, David article 1981 

1 2

 American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) documents 1976-1983 

1 3

 Correspondence and memoranda 1978-1983   [4 folders]

1 4-7

 Correspondence and memoranda 1981-1983   [2 folders]

2 1-2

 Curran (Timothy) v. Mt. Diablo Council of the Boy Scouts of America 1981-1982 

2 3

 Legal documents and research resources 1979-1986   [2 folders]

2 4-5

 Monthly schedules 1980-1981 

2 6

 Request for assistance 1982   Includes photographs.

2 7

 Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles bylaws circa 1983 

2 8

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