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Finding Aid to the Bruce Mirken Papers, 1987-1993

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Mirken, Bruce
Title
Bruce Mirken papers
Collection no.
Coll2013.094
Date [inclusive]
1987-1993
Extent
1.0 linear foot., 1 archive box.
Language
English
Abstract
Minutes, contract agreements, corporate and government reports, correspondence, financial records, clippings, publicity material and other administrative records, 1987-1993, from writer and activist Bruce Mirken. Mirken worked for over 20 years in communications and activism in social justice, drug policy reform, LGBT- and AIDS-related issues, and materials in the collection document his participation in AIDS- and LGBT-related organizations, government agencies and committees.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Bruce Mirken Papers, Coll2013-094, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Bruce Mirken is a writer with 20 years experience in communications and activism in social justice, drug policy reform, LGBT- and AIDS-related issues. Mirken grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Pomona College in 1978. His activist career began in the LGBT community in the campaign against California Proposition 6 Briggs Initiative in 1978, then he went on to participate in a number of social activists movements. He was a regular contributor to periodicals such as San Francisco Chronicle,  AIDS Treatment News,  San Francisco Bay Guardian,  Men's Health,  Bay Windows,  Progressive Media Project, and  Los Angeles Reader; and a contributor to books and anthologies such as  Pot Politics: Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition (2007), T  he Castro: Desire, Promise, Activism (2001),  Sexually Stigmatized Communities (1999), and  Uncommon Heroes (1994), among others. Mirken has worked as a freelance communications consultant and was communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project for eight years.

As of 2013, Mirken lives in San Francisco and is media relations director for the Greenlining Institute, a non-profit public policy organization working for racial and economic justice.

Sources:

Bruce Mirken, LinkedIn, http://www.linkedin.com/in/brucemirken (accessed October 31, 2013).

"Our Team: Bruce Mirken, Media Relations Director," The Greenlining Institute, http://greenlining.org/about-greenlining/our-team/ (accessed October 31, 2013).

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes minutes, contract agreements, corporate and government reports, correspondence, financial records, clippings, publicity material and other administrative records, 1987-1993, from writer and activist Bruce Mirken. Materials in the collection document his activist work and participation in AIDS- and LGBT-related organizations and government agencies, including ACT UP/LA, Californians for AIDS Research and Education (CARE), Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/LA (GLAAD/LA), Los Angeles County AIDS Program, and 1987 March on Washington. Also included are documents related to police-community relations, AIDS research and education, drug research, California legislation, and a national African American gay and lesbian conference.

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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

Formerly box #102-A115. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, October 2013.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

AIDS History Project Collection, Coll2007-015, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Separated Materials

The following have been separated to the ONE Archives periodicals collection:

Caregiver, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Vol. 2, No. 6 (1992).

GLAAD/LA Reports newsletter, 1990 (6 issues).

One audiocassette, "Defamation, Narrated by Harvey Fierstein" (call number AC0558) has been separated from the collection and cataloged in the ONE Archives audiovisual collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Corporate reports
  • Minutes

Subject(s)

  • AIDS (Disease)--California--Los Angeles County
  • AIDS (Disease)--Patients--Medical care
  • AIDS activists
  • Mass media and gays--United States
  • Police--Community relations

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Bruce Mirken papers 

Box Folder

 ACT UP fundraising 1989 

1 1

 AIDS Insurance Reports 1989-1990 

1 2

 AIDS Research Tax Credit Initiative 1988-1990 

1 3

 Californians for AIDS Research and Education (CARE) 1987-1992   [3 folders]

1 4-6

 Clarithromycin/ddC anti-viral drug 1991 

1 7

 Education; right wing clippings 1989-1992   [2 folders]

1 8-9

 Family Diversity, a Project of Spectrum Institute 1990-1991 

1 10

 Gantt, Harvey for Senate (campaign against Jesse Helms) 1990 

1 11

 Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA) 1987-1991   [3 folders]

1 12-14

 Gay police officers; recruiting 1991 

1 15

 Los Angeles County AIDS Program 1991-1992 

1 16

 Los Angeles County AIDS Program, Scott Watanabe 1991-1992 

1 17

 Los Angeles Police Department; anti-gay 1991 

1 18

 Los Angeles Police Department; Chief Daryl Gates  

1 19

 Los Angeles County and USC Medical Center, AIDS Outpatient Center (5P21) 1989-1993   [2 folders]

1 20-21

 March on Washington 1987 

1 22

 National Black Gay and Lesbian Conference 1993 

1 23

 No on 96 and 102 fundraising 1988 

1 24

 West Hollywood Sheriffs; Wittard 1991 

1 25

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