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Finding Aid to the Donald A. Ferguson Papers, 1979-1994

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2014

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
Donald A. Ferguson
Title
Donald A. Ferguson papers
Collection no.
Coll2014.014
Date [inclusive]
1974-1994
Extent
2.7 linear feet., 1 archive box + 1 archive carton + 1 archive flat box.
Language
English
Abstract
Board of directors materials, bylaws, administrative committee records, correspondence, conference material, financial records, event and program records, newsletter copy, and publicity material, 1979-1994, from gay activist Donald A. Ferguson, who served on the boards for the Triangle Gay and Lesbian Foster Parent Association (also known as Triangle Project) and the Whitman-Brooks Foundation.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Donald A. Ferguson Papers, Coll2014-014, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Administrative History

The Triangle Gay and Lesbian Foster Parent Association (also known as Triangle Project) was founded circa 1986 and worked to provide gay and lesbian youth with nurturing foster homes. Among the Triangle Project's activities was training potential gay and lesbian foster parents, and working with agencies such as the Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services to provide homes for at-risk youth. In 1989, the Triangle Project merged with the Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS), which led to disagreements regarding the organization's overall mission. Most of Triangle Projects' original members left, and GLASS went on to become a for-profit housing and service organization, which later dissolved in 2008.

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Administrative History

The Whitman-Brooks Foundation was founded in March 1979 as a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to providing education and support for coming out; providing leadership training for emerging gay and lesbian activists; and fostering a positive gay and lesbian identity for its members. Whitman-Brooks' activities included hosting annual conferences attended by community leaders, educators, and mental health professionals; holding on-going rap sessions and community seminars in a "non-threatening" environment; and providing scholarships and other services.

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Biography

"During the late '70s, through the '80s, and into the early '90s, I was an active member of a number of gay and lesbian organizations in Los Angeles. Most notable, I suppose, would be the Whitman-Brooks Foundation, the first and largest co-sexual gay and lesbian organization providing guidance in coming out, a training program for potential community activists, and education about gay and lesbian issues at two or three major conferences each year held at [University of California, Los Angeles], [University of Southern California], and Occidental College. I served as chair of Whitman-Brooks for several years in the late '80s."

In the 1980s, Ferguson served as chairperson of Whitman-Brooks and was presented with award recognitions in 1985 and 1994.

"The other organization in which I participated was the Triangle Project, the first community organization to address the problem of homeless gay/lesbian youth as well as other youth in need of sympathetic foster homes. For a number of years, we recruited men and women from the community to become licensed and to serve as foster parents for youth referred to us by numerous agencies including the Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services. In the early '90s, due to faltering sources of funding, the Triangle Project was absorbed by GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services)."

Source: Letter from Donald A. Ferguson, dated May 12, 2007.

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Scope and Contents

The collection comprises administrative records, 1979-1994, from gay activist Donald A. Ferguson, who served on the boards for the Triangle Gay and Lesbian Foster Parent Association (also known as Triangle Project) and the Whitman-Brooks Foundation. Included in the Triangle Project's records are bylaws, board of directors minutes, correspondence, publicity material, guidelines and training material for foster parents, and other material documenting their activities, circa 1977-1989. The Whitman-Brooks Foundation's records include board of director minutes and related material, conference and seminar materials, administrative committees records, financial records, event records, and materials documenting collaboration with the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA), 1979-1994.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Triangle Gay and Lesbian Foster Parent Association

Series 2. Whitman-Brooks Foundation

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2014
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

Donated by Donald A. Ferguson, May 12, 2007 and an earlier unknown date.

Processing Information

Formerly boxes A253, 103-246, and 103-262. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, March 2014.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

The following have been separated from the collection and cataloged in ONE's periodical collection and library, respectively:

The Triangle Project Newsletter, 1986-1988 [6 issues].

Wittels, Anne, Ms.ery, Beverly Hills, CA: Wollstonecraft, Inc., 1973.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Triangle Gay & Lesbian Foster Parent Association.
  • Whitman-Brooks Foundation.

Genre(s)

  • Minutes

Subject(s)

  • Coming out (sexual orientation)
  • Foster parents
  • Gay activists
  • Gay and lesbian rights
  • Gay parents
  • Gays--Education
  • Lesbian and gay experience
  • Lesbians--Education

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Triangle Gay and Lesbian Foster Parent Association circa 1977-1989 

Series Description

This series comprises bylaws, board of directors minutes, correspondence, publicity material, guidelines and training material for foster parents, and other material documenting the activities of the Triangle Gay and Lesbian Foster Parent Association (also known as the Triangle Project), circa 1977-1989, in which Donald Ferguson served as a board member.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Board of directors 1985-1989 

2 1-2

 Bylaws and related material 1976-1988 

2 3

 Clippings 1985-1989 

2 4-5

 Correspondence 1987-1989 

2 6

 Flyers, publicity, and mailers 1986-1988 

2 7

 Foster Parent Advisory Committee; Association directory and guidelines 1987-1989 

2 8

 Other organizations, brochures circa 1977-1989 

2 9

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Series 2:  Whitman-Brooks Foundation 1979-1994 

Series Description

This series comprises Whitman-Brooks Foundation's board of director minutes and related material, conference and seminar materials, administrative committee records, financial records, event records, and materials documenting collaboration with the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA), 1979-1994.

Arrangement

Materials in this series were originally stored in binders. The contents of the binders have been foldered in their original order and provided titles based on the bulk of the contents. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box

 Award plaque and recognition certificates to Don Ferguson 1985, 1994 

3
Box Folder

 [Binder #1-5] Board of directors notes 1979-1989 

1 1-8

 [Binder #6] Community issues seminars; Southern California Men's Group 1980-1988 

1 9

 [Binder #7] Conferences 1979-1989 

1 10-12

 [Binder #8] Financial; committees administration 1982-1987 

1 13-14

 [Binder #9] Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA) 1990-1993 

1 15-16

 [Binder #10] Newsletter material 1986-1990 

1 17

 [Binder #11] Raps, events, miscellaneous 1979-1992 

1 18-19

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