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Finding aid to the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation records, 1984-2005

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2012

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

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Los Angeles Shanti Foundation.
Title
Los Angeles Shanti Foundation Records
Collection no.
Coll2012.164
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1990-2003
Date [inclusive]
1984-2005
Extent
3.6 linear feet., 3 archive boxes + 2 archive cartons.
Language
English
Abstract
Meeting minutes, reports, photographs and negatives, videocassettes, publicity material, publication editorial materials, public service announcement production records, Spanish-language material, trophies, a floppy disk and other administrative records (1984-2005) from the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, the first group in Southern California to provide direct services to people with AIDS. Founded in 1983, LA Shanti was a non-profit relief organization that provided emotional support groups and services for those suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Los Angeles Shanti Foundation Records, Coll2012-164, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Administrative History

Founded in 1983 by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, or LA Shanti, was the first group in Southern California to provide direct services to people with AIDS. This non-profit relief organization provided emotional support groups and services for those suffering from the effects of the AIDS/HIV crisis. With a particular emphasis on minority groups from socioeconomically troubled backgrounds and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community, LA Shanti sought out the marginalized in a time of great confusion and tragedy. The name "shanti," which loosely translates from Sanskrit as "inner peace through understanding," emblematized the organization's mission: of providing a compassionate, accepting environment and support network for people with HIV/AIDS.

LA Shanti offered programs that targeted individuals suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS, as well as the family, friends, and lovers who suffered by proxy. Some of the particular programs provided by LA Shanti included weekly on-going support groups for HIV-positive men and women, significant others, serodifferent couples, multiple loss, HIV-negative people, Spanish-language speakers, lesbians living with life-threatening Illness; one-to-one counseling opportunities; and monthly HIV forums. Education, in preventative as well as recuperative care, was also a central focus at LA Shanti.

Some staple LA Shanti events included Los Angeles Shanti Hug Day, a "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" benefit series, a wine tasting and auction series, anniversary celebrations, and the annual "Hug-A-Hunk" event series. Through the orchestrated efforts of physicians, caring volunteers, administrative workers, celebrities, and universities, LA Shanti possessed a $1.5 million annual budget, over 35 full-time staff and hundreds of volunteers at the peak of its activity.

LA Shanti ended its operations in 2006.

Source: Los Angeles Shanti Foundation Records, Coll2012-164, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of meeting minutes, reports, photographs and negatives, videocassettes, publicity material, publication editorial materials, public service announcement production records, Spanish-language material, trophies, a floppy disk and other administrative records (1984-2005) from the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, the first group in Southern California to provide direct services to people with AIDS. The materials document LA Shanti's activities from 1984-2003. The majority of the materials were created or collected by Paul Lerner who served on staff in various capacities, including public relations and development.

The General Administration Series comprises administrative records, photographs, trophies and a floppy disk that document LA Shanti's many activities, particularly public relations, fundraising, and event planning. The Videocassettes Series includes VHS, Betacam and U-matic cassettes produced by and about LA Shanti. This series includes public service announcements produced by LA Shanti.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2012
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 Information

Donated by Joanne Jackson, January 10, 2008.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Monica Ramsy and Loni Shibuyama, November 2012.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

The following materials have been separated from this collection and cataloged into ONE Archives' collection of periodicals and programs:

Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos, 14th Anniversary Awards and Installation Banquet program, November 4, 1995

Heartspace newsletters, 1991-1995

LA Shanti Volunteer newsletters, 1995-1997

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • AIDS (Disease)
  • AIDS (Disease)--Patients, Services for--California--Los Angeles County
  • AIDS activists--California--Los Angeles
  • Community health services--California

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1.  General administration 1984-2005   2.2 linear feet

Series Description

This series comprises meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, photographs and negatives, publicity material, publication editorial materials, Spanish-language material, fundraising information, event planning material, community resource information, a floppy disk and other administrative records from the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, 1984-2005. The majority of the materials were created or collected by Paul Lerner.

Arrangement

Staff meeting minutes and memoranda, as well as annual reports, are placed at the beginning of this series. The remaining files are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Staff meetings and memoranda 1994-1997   [3 folders]

1 1-3

 Annual reports 1991-2003   [2 folders]

1 4-5

 AltaMed 1994 

1 6

 Alternatives 1992-1995 

1 7

 Annual meeting 1995 

1 8

 Awards 

Box Folder

 Award certificates and commendations 1984-2005 

1 9
Box Item

 Trophies 1987-2003 

5 1-7
Box Item

 Shanti Foundation Ralph Scafer Award 1987 

5 1

 Red Ribbon Memorial Service presented to LA Shanti December 29, 1996 

5 2

 With Deep Appreciation for Your Dedicated Service: to John Maguire, Board Chair September 14, 1998 

5 3

 Bet Tzedek-The House of Justice Citation July 29, 2000 

5 4

 First Annual Mary Kay Jewell Award: In Recognition & Appreciation of Mary Kay Jewell May 2, 2001 

5 5

 First Annual Rich Starr Award: In Recognition & Appreciation of Rich Starr September 10, 2001 

5 6

 Larry Hess Award in Recognition & Appreciation for Federico Jimenez September 15, 2003 

5 7
Box Folder

 Aware HIV Talk Radio 1993-1994 

1 10

 Brochures, flyers and clippings circa 1985-2005 

1 11

 California Endowment 2000-2002 

1 12

 The Constance Bultman Wilson Foundation 1994 

1 13

 Correspondence 2000 

1 14

 Department of Health and Human Services. "Managing Issues" draft copy July 1994 

1 15

 Events 1990-2003 

Box Folder

 "AIDS in Los Angeles: a 20-year Journey" poster June 5, 2001   [1 oversize folder]

3 1

 Anniversary celebration programs 1993-1994 

1 16

 Anniversary celebration programs and publicity 1995-2003 

1 17

 Anniversary celebration, 10th 1992-1993 

1 18

 Bergman Group event 2002-2003 

1 19

 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1995-1999 

1 20

 Hollywood Supports 1994-1997 

1 21

 Hug-a-Hunk 1990-1992 

1 22

 LA Shanti Hug Day 1996   Includes photographs.

1 23

 One Hand, One Heart program 1990 

1 24

 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert benefit 1993-1997 

1 25

 Sunset Junction Street Fair 1991-1993 

1 26

 Valentine's ball 1992 

1 27

 Wine tasting and auction 1992-1998 

1 28

 Wine information March 18, 2001 

1 29

 Wine event photographs Undated   [1 oversize folder] Includes photographs and negatives.

3 2

 Other 1996-2003 

1 30
Box Folder

 Floppy disk Undated   1 floppy disk (3 1/2 in.)

3 8

 Heartspace [newsletter] editorial materials January-June 1994   [4 folders] Includes negatives and photographs.

1 31-34

 Heartspace [newsletter] photographs and negatives March-August 1993   [2 oversize folders]

3 3-4

 HIV epidemiology program report, Los Angeles County 2001 

1 35

 Holiday ornament 1997 

1 36

 Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 1993-1995 

1 37

 Job applicants 1995-1996 

1 38

 A memorial celebration for John Maguire December 2, 1998 

2 1

 Notes Undated 

2 2

 Ortiz, Christopher Hucks 2002-2003 

2 3

 Public Allies 2003 

2 4

 Public service announcement circa 1990-2000   [2 folders]

2 5-6

 Publicity and advertising 1991-2000 

2 7-22
Box Folder

 Ad Club LA 1993 

2 7

 Advertisements 1993-1997 

2 8

 Advertising 1991-1997   [3 folders]

2 9-11

 Hollywood Reporter 1993-1994 

2 12

 Independent newspapers 1992-1994 

2 13

 Press releases 1998-2000 

2 14

 Publicity packets 1995-1996 

2 15

 Publicity Club of Los Angeles (PCLA) 1992-1995 

2 16

 Public Communicators of Los Angeles (PCLA) 1995-1997 

2 17

 Public Relations Society of America 1995-1997   [2 folders]

2 18-19

 PRSA Prism Awards; category 16: websites 1996 

2 20

 Tearsheets, Peter Allen 1993   [2 folders]

2 21-22

 Ralph M. Parsons Foundation annual report 2000   [1 oversize folder]

3 5

 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2001 

2 23

 San Fernando Valley, Community Consultation Center (CCC) 1991-1997   [2 folders]

2 24-25

 Seattle Treatment Education Project (STEP) 1994-1995 

2 26

 Spanish-language materials 1993-1995 

2 27

 Strategic planning, development and fundraising 1991-2001   [3 folders]

2 28-30

 Town Hall Los Angeles 1994-1995 

2 31

 T-shirt order 1991-1994 

2 32

 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 1993-1994 

2 33

 Update from the International AIDS Conference 1994 

2 34

 UPS Foundation 2000 

2 35

 Vidas Positivas 1994-1997 

2 36

 Whirry (Robert) consultation 1999-2001   [1 oversize folder]

3 6

 Women (and children) for positive living 1993-1996 

2 37

 Workspace Hollywood March 2002 

2 38

 Unidentified portrait 1996   [1 oversize folder] 2 contact sheets: b&w.

3 7

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Series 2:  Series 2.  Videocassettes circa 1985-2005   21.0 videocassettes.

Series Description

This series comprises videocassettes by and about Los Angeles Shanti, circa 1985-2005. It includes programs and public service announcements produced by LA Shanti, as well as news coverage about LA Shanti events and AIDS issues.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Item

 C-TV coverage: LA Shanti 17th tribute gala, John Sheehan circa 2000   1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

4 1

 Healthcare Update with Bill Rosendahl (show #1770) June 29, 2000   1 videocassette (VHS) (59 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

4 2

 Jamie; ACT UP; Donahue Undated   1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

4 3

 LA Shanti logo; 3 client testimonial spots Undated   1 videocassette (U-matic) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

4 4

 LA Shanti [public service announcement] April 1994   1 videocassette (U-matic) (2 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

4 5

 LA Shanti Foundation logo, inferno layoff May 10, 1998   1 videocassette (Betacam) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

4 6

 Los Angeles Shanti Foundation CR#1-9; SR#1-2; Hr. 1; Vt. 1 April 28, 1998   1 videocassette (Betacam) (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

4 7

 Los Angeles Shanti Foundation CR#10-13, 1-4; SR#2-4; hr. 2; vt. 2 April 28, 1998   1 videocassette (Betacam) (53 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

4 8

 Merv Griffin; Line Renaud Undated   1 videocassette (VHS) (15 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

4 9

 Second annual LA Shanti Hug Day, TV public service announcement Undated    1 videocassette (VHS) (1 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

4 10

 Shanti Heartspace: show #1 Undated   1 videocassette (U-matic) (25 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

4 11

 Shanti Heartspace: show #2 Undated   1 videocassette (U-matic) (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

4 12

 Shanti Heartspace: show #3 Undated   1 videocassette (U-matic) (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

4 13

 Shanti Heartspace: show #4 Undated   1 videocassette (U-matic) (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Scope and Contents note

Includes guests Dina Bachelor Evan and Xauer Hall.

4 14

 Shanti Heartspace: show #5 Undated   1 videocassette (U-matic) (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Scope and Contents note

Includes guests Barbara Crofford, David Edwards, and Jose Josio.

4 15

 Shanti public service announcements February 19, 1994   1 videocassette (U-matic) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Scope and Contents note

Includes Larry Sartorius, Joan Howard, and Louis Dixon.

4 16

 Shanti tape #4 + 7; hr. 2 Undated   1 videocassette (Betacam) (36 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

4 17

 Taller Vidas Positivas de LA Shanti Undated   1 videocassette (U-matic) (1 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

4 18

 Tribute to Joe Layton (tape 2 of 3) April 20, 1995   1 videocassette (U-matic) (55 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

4 19

 VH-1 Good News People, LA Shanti segment August 22, 1994   1 videocassette (U-matic) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

4 20

 Without Defenses Undated   1 videocassette (VHS) (16 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

4 21

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