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Finding aid to the Jon W. Davidson papers, 1985-1995

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2013

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

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Davidson, Jon W.
Title
Jon W. Davidson Papers
Collection no.
Coll2013.022
Date [inclusive]
1985-1995
Extent
0.6 linear foot., 1 archive carton.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, notes, intake logs, flyers and other material, 1985-1995, of Jon W. Davidson, former senior staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California. As former head of the Lesbian and Gay Rights Project of the ACLU of Southern California, Davidson was instrumental in numerous ACLU legal actions on behalf of gay and lesbian civil rights. The bulk of the material consists of requests for assistance submitted to the ACLU chapter in the early 1990s.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Jon W. Davidson Papers, Coll2013-022, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Jon W. Davidson is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School. In the early years of his law career, Davidson served as a law clerk, and went on to become associate then partner in private practice in Los Angeles, where he specialized in litigation in the media and entertainment industry. In 1988, he joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, where he served as staff counsel and became head of the Lesbian and Gay Rights Project in that chapter. As head of the Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, Davidson was instrumental in numerous ACLU legal actions on behalf of gay and lesbian civil rights. Following his time at the ACLU of Southern California, Davidson moved on to work as counsel for Lambda Legal in 1995.

As Legal Director at Lambda Legal, "Davidson has been counsel in cases that have won lesbians and gay men the freedom to marry; protect domestic partner benefits against attack; championed the rights of LGBT students; secured asylum for LGBT people persecuted in their home countries; and put an end to HIV-related discrimination in employment, insurance and public accommodations. Davidson also has helped reform antigay practices of the Los Angeles Police Department and was the co-drafter of AB 205, California's Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act."

Source:

"Staff: Jon W. Davidson," Lambda Legal, http://www.lambdalegal.org/about-us/staff/jon-w-davidson (last accessed February 27, 2013).

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Scope and Contents

The collection comprises correspondence, notes, intake logs, flyers and other material, 1985-1995, from Jon W. Davidson, former senior staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California. The bulk of the material consists of intake logs and requests for assistance submitted to the ACLU chapter in the early 1990s.

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Arrangement

This collection is 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 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.

Susan McGreivy Papers, Coll2012-138, 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--California
  • Legal assistance to gays--United States.
  • Legal assistance to lesbians--United States.
  • Lesbians--Civil rights

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Jon Davidson papers 

Box Folder

 Correspondence 1991-1994 

1 1-4
Box Folder

 General 1991-1994 

1 1

 Becker, Bobbi; Metropolitan Water District 1994 

1 2

 Klein, Tom; Boy Scouts of America 1993-1994 

1 3

 Skarda, Richard 1994 

1 4

 Flyers circa 1990-1995 

1 5

 Notes circa 1989-1995   [2 folders]

1 6-7

 Requests for assistance; intake logs 1985-1995   [9 folders]

1 8-16

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