The history of LGBT communities in Orange County, California, is an important and ever-growing collection focus here at UCI Special Collections and Archives. Last year we featured materials from our LGBT archival collections in our “LGBT Communities in Orange County: Highlights from the Archival Collections” exhibit in Langson Library, and hosted a reception with honored guests who donated their historical documents, photos, and ephemera to the archives.
One of the newest collections donated to our LGBT archives contains the records of the Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO, also known as ECCOPAC). ECCO is a political action committee run completely by volunteers that promotes LGBT rights in Orange County. Established in 1982, it is one of the oldest LGBT PACs in California. This collection includes materials from ECCO’s annual awards dinner, including posters and programs. The 180+ Reporter newsletter and additional ECCO newsletters and reports from 1998-2005 are included, as well as photographs, campaign posters, banners, stickers, and t-shirts.
See the finding aid for the collection on the Online Archive of California here.
For more information about supporting the efforts of preserving LGBT history, please see our brochure Documenting the LGBT Communities in Orange County.