The Orange County Pride festival took place last Saturday, August 11 in Santa Ana. We setup a booth for the day and shared information about our LGBT archival and manuscript collections with organizations and individuals at the Pride festival. We have been building collections that document the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities in Orange County for some time. We had a great day sharing information, making connections and having fun! Thanks very much to the Pride festival organizers, we appreciate your support, encouragement and enthusiasm.
The UCI Libraries has recently awarded two $500 Archival Research Fellowships, to Rebecca Huey and Jennifer Henry. The awards are given to students who submit a completed research paper that was based on extensive archival research in Special Collections and Archives. These two outstanding papers have been published in the UCI Libraries’ instance of eScholarship, in a new series titled Archival Research Fellowship Papers. Congratulations to Rebecca Huey and Jennifer Henry!
Rebecca Huey, the undergraduate student Fellowship winner, submitted the paper “Protest in Practice: The University of California, Irvine’s Place in the Anti-Vietnam War Movement from 1965 to 1970.” Completed for Humanities Core 1C (Spring 2012, Instructor Christine Eubank), her paper explores the tactics of resistance employed by students and faculty at several college campus during the anti-Vietnam War movement. It focuses on the uniquely peaceful and open character of the protests that took place on the UCI campus. Rebecca will be a second year undergraduate student at UCI in the Fall. Currently unaffiliated within the School of Biological Sciences, she is originally from Torrance, CA and she enjoys cross-country running and playing soccer in her free time.
Jennifer Henry, the graduate student Fellowship winner, submitted the paper “The Private City: Irvine (Company), California.” Completed for American Legal History (Spring 2012, Professor Christopher Tomlins) her paper describes privatization of land use regulation in Irvine, California as a descendent of the technique of using private companies to undertake the government function of colonization. Jennifer will begin her third year of law school at UCI in the Fall. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Macalester College, awarded cum laude. She is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary Jurisdiction, Power, and the Frontiers of Empty Space Reading Group through the UCI Center in Law, Society, and Culture and recipient of the Jackson Lewis Scholarship. She is a Research Assistant for Professor Bob Solomon, serves on the Law Review as a Senior Notes Editor, competed in Moot Court, and has served on the Student Faculty Appointments Committee. She greatly enjoys pro bono work with the Community Economic Development Unit at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and hopes to be a professor some day in the future.
The UCI Libraries collect archival and manuscript materials from significant individuals and organizations to support original research. Our archival collections contain unique primary sources and are available in the Special Collections and Archives Department.
Earlier we introduced our efforts to provide researchers with access to unprocessed collections. We will continue to share brief information about recently “exposed” collections here in the “New & Noteworthy Collections” blog. Below are a number of LGBT collections that are now available. For additional information contact Special Collections and Archives at (949)824-3947 or email@example.com.
MS-R122, George Raab Collection
This collection consists of material collected by George Raab, a resident of Laguna Beach, California, about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender causes from 1984-1996. Included are newsletters, correspondence, notes and newspaper clippings related to his involvement in those causes. There are also issues of The Newsletter, a publication of Laguna Outreach, Inc., ECCO, a publication of the Elections Committee of the County of Orange, and material on the Statewide Domestic Partnership Registration Bill. Extent 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
MS-R123, Art Balderrama Files on the 1988 AIDS Walk Orange County
This collection consists chiefly of Art Balderrama’s papers related to the 1988 AIDS Walk Orange County, for which he served on the Board of Directors. Also included are minutes of meetings of the Lesbian/Gay/Feminist Leadership Federation of Orange County (LGFFOC) and a document detailing opposition to Proposition 102. Extent 0.1 linear feet (1 box)
MS-R124, Dick Hitt Files on Gays and Lesbians in Orange County, California
This collection contains materials collected by Dick Hitt from 1978-2006, documenting gay and lesbian employees of Disneyland, California. Included are newsletters, flyers, reports, brochures, photographs, correspondence and printed and non-printed ephemera. Many document the activities of the PRIDE organization at Disney and other Disney Diversity related events and publications. Extent 0.4 linear feet (2 boxes)
MS-R136, Joan Ariel Collection of Lesbian Periodicals
This collection consists of lesbian and women’s liberation newsletters and journals from 1970-1994 accumulated by Joan Ariel, Women’s Studies Librarian and a Women’s Studies faculty member at the University of California, Irvine. Extent 0.6 linear feet (2 boxes)
Earlier we introduced our efforts to provide researchers with access to unprocessed collections. We will continue to share brief information about recently “exposed” collections here in the “New & Noteworthy Collections” blog. Below are a number of Regional History collections that are now available. For additional information contact Special Collections and Archives at (949)824-3947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MS-R086, Judy B. Rosener Papers
This collection comprises papers from Judy B. Rosener documenting three of her roles: President, Amigos de Bolsa Chica environmental organization, Commissioner in the South Coast Regional Commission, and Professor in the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. Included are newsletters, memoranda, newsclippings, reports, publications, transcripts and audiorecordings of meetings, research materials, and writings. Extent 32.6 linear feet (33 boxes).
MS-R090, Frank and Frances Robinson Files on Upper Newport Bay Preservation
This collection consists Frank and Frances Robinson’s research materials relating to issues surrounding the proposed land swap between Orange County, California and the Irvine Company that would have allowed the latter to develop the Upper Newport Bay. Included are court materials relating to the subsequent trial and electioneering and publicity as well as subsequent activities in the development of the Upper Newport Bay as a nature preserve. Extent 32.3 linear feet (29 boxes).
MS-R092, Therese Lynn Files on California Federation of Business and Professional Women
This collection contains files accumulated by Therese Lynn documenting the activities of the Orange County chapters of the California Federation of Business and Professional Women organization, particularly the Saddleback Valley chapter. Included are newsletters, newspapers, brochures, and printed ephemera. Files also document the work of related organizations such as the Orange County Commission on the Status of Women and the National Organization for Women, and issues such as the Equal Rights Amendment legislation. Extent 4.6 linear feet (7 boxes).
MS-R093, Ronald H. Chilcote Papers
This collection consists of the papers of Ronald H. Chilcote, resident and civil activist of Laguna Beach, California documenting his involvement with the Laguna Beach Unified School District and school board, Temple Hills Community Association, Laganza Farm, Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., South Laguna Civic Association, LANO, and the Crystal Cove Association. Included are brochures and flyers, catalogs, correspondence, financial reports, legal incorporation documents, meeting materials, newsletters, planning documents, reports, and news clippings documenting Laguna Beach community issues and politics. Extent 33.6 linear feet (34 boxes).
MS-R095, Wendy Griffin Files on Women’s Rights Activism
This collection consists of the files of activist and sociologist Dr. Wendy Griffin, documenting women’s rights activities in Orange County, California between 1974 and 1992. Topics include the push for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive freedom, and the effects of the “new right.” There is also information about her work to publicize the motives and anti-women’s rights voting record of California State Senate Minority Leader William Campbell. Materials included are newspaper clippings, brochures, newsletters, flyers, reports, U-matic videocassettes, and correspondence. Extent 0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
MS-R097, Felix Schwarz Files on the Orange County Human Relations Commission
This collection comprises the files of Felix Schwarz, a member of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Human Relations Council. Materials include bulletins, reports, emails, and board of directors’ meeting agendas. Extent 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
The Orange County Aerial Photograph Collection (MS-R087) provides a unique bird’s eye perspective of Orange County during the first half of the 20th century. The collection consists of approximately 721 black-and-white aerial photographs of Orange County, California produced in 1938-1949 and 1965. The photographs were produced for the USDA in conjunction with the Western Region Laboratory (1938), Agriculture Adjustment Administration (1942), Soil Conservation District of California (1952-1953) and Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (1965).
Most of the photos measure approximately 9”x7”; however, the 1952-1953 and the 1965 series of photos measure 23”x23”. Several of the photos include hand written notes on the pages indicating street names and land purposing. Some of the identifiable areas are Santiago Canyon, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Newport Beach. This collection is open for research and may provide important contextual information regarding regional land use and development including its relation to national surveys and projects such as the development of the interstate highway system.