Finding aid to the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation records, 1984-2005 Coll2012.164

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama
Processing this collection has been funded by generous grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and Wells Fargo.
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Title: Los Angeles Shanti Foundation Records
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.164
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.6 linear feet. 3 archive boxes + 2 archive cartons.
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1990-2003
Date (inclusive): 1984-2005
Abstract: Meeting minutes, reports, photographs and negatives, videocassettes, publicity material, publication editorial materials, public service announcement production records, Spanish-language material, trophies, a floppy disk and other administrative records (1984-2005) from the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, the first group in Southern California to provide direct services to people with AIDS. Founded in 1983, LA Shanti was a non-profit relief organization that provided emotional support groups and services for those suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS.
creator: Los Angeles Shanti Foundation.

Administrative History

Founded in 1983 by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, or LA Shanti, was the first group in Southern California to provide direct services to people with AIDS. This non-profit relief organization provided emotional support groups and services for those suffering from the effects of the AIDS/HIV crisis. With a particular emphasis on minority groups from socioeconomically troubled backgrounds and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community, LA Shanti sought out the marginalized in a time of great confusion and tragedy. The name "shanti," which loosely translates from Sanskrit as "inner peace through understanding," emblematized the organization's mission: of providing a compassionate, accepting environment and support network for people with HIV/AIDS.
LA Shanti offered programs that targeted individuals suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS, as well as the family, friends, and lovers who suffered by proxy. Some of the particular programs provided by LA Shanti included weekly on-going support groups for HIV-positive men and women, significant others, serodifferent couples, multiple loss, HIV-negative people, Spanish-language speakers, lesbians living with life-threatening Illness; one-to-one counseling opportunities; and monthly HIV forums. Education, in preventative as well as recuperative care, was also a central focus at LA Shanti.
Some staple LA Shanti events included Los Angeles Shanti Hug Day, a "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" benefit series, a wine tasting and auction series, anniversary celebrations, and the annual "Hug-A-Hunk" event series. Through the orchestrated efforts of physicians, caring volunteers, administrative workers, celebrities, and universities, LA Shanti possessed a $1.5 million annual budget, over 35 full-time staff and hundreds of volunteers at the peak of its activity.
LA Shanti ended its operations in 2006.
Source: Los Angeles Shanti Foundation Records, Coll2012-164, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Joanne Jackson, January 10, 2008.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Los Angeles Shanti Foundation Records, Coll2012-164, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Processing Information

Collection processed by Monica Ramsy and Loni Shibuyama, November 2012.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of meeting minutes, reports, photographs and negatives, videocassettes, publicity material, publication editorial materials, public service announcement production records, Spanish-language material, trophies, a floppy disk and other administrative records (1984-2005) from the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, the first group in Southern California to provide direct services to people with AIDS. The materials document LA Shanti's activities from 1984-2003. The majority of the materials were created or collected by Paul Lerner who served on staff in various capacities, including public relations and development.
The General Administration Series comprises administrative records, photographs, trophies and a floppy disk that document LA Shanti's many activities, particularly public relations, fundraising, and event planning. The Videocassettes Series includes VHS, Betacam and U-matic cassettes produced by and about LA Shanti. This series includes public service announcements produced by LA Shanti.

Separated Materials

The following materials have been separated from this collection and cataloged into ONE Archives' collection of periodicals and programs:
Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos, 14th Anniversary Awards and Installation Banquet program, November 4, 1995
Heartspace newsletters, 1991-1995
LA Shanti Volunteer newsletters, 1995-1997

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

AIDS (Disease)
AIDS (Disease)--Patients, Services for--California--Los Angeles County
AIDS activists--California--Los Angeles
Community health services--California

 

General administration Series 1.  1984-2005

Physical Description: 2.2 linear feet

Series Description

This series comprises meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, photographs and negatives, publicity material, publication editorial materials, Spanish-language material, fundraising information, event planning material, community resource information, a floppy disk and other administrative records from the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, 1984-2005. The majority of the materials were created or collected by Paul Lerner.

Arrangement

Staff meeting minutes and memoranda, as well as annual reports, are placed at the beginning of this series. The remaining files are arranged alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 1-3

Staff meetings and memoranda 1994-1997

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 1, Folder 4-5

Annual reports 1991-2003

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 6

AltaMed 1994

Box 1, Folder 7

Alternatives 1992-1995

Box 1, Folder 8

Annual meeting 1995

 

Awards

Box 1, Folder 9

Award certificates and commendations 1984-2005

Box 5, Item 1-7

Trophies 1987-2003

Box 5, Item 1

Shanti Foundation Ralph Scafer Award 1987

Box 5, Item 2

Red Ribbon Memorial Service presented to LA Shanti December 29, 1996

Box 5, Item 3

With Deep Appreciation for Your Dedicated Service: to John Maguire, Board Chair September 14, 1998

Box 5, Item 4

Bet Tzedek-The House of Justice Citation July 29, 2000

Box 5, Item 5

First Annual Mary Kay Jewell Award: In Recognition & Appreciation of Mary Kay Jewell May 2, 2001

Box 5, Item 6

First Annual Rich Starr Award: In Recognition & Appreciation of Rich Starr September 10, 2001

Box 5, Item 7

Larry Hess Award in Recognition & Appreciation for Federico Jimenez September 15, 2003

Box 1, Folder 10

Aware HIV Talk Radio 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 11

Brochures, flyers and clippings circa 1985-2005

Box 1, Folder 12

California Endowment 2000-2002

Box 1, Folder 13

The Constance Bultman Wilson Foundation 1994

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence 2000

Box 1, Folder 15

Department of Health and Human Services. "Managing Issues" draft copy July 1994

 

Events 1990-2003

Box 3, Folder 1

"AIDS in Los Angeles: a 20-year Journey" poster June 5, 2001

Physical Description: [1 oversize folder]
Box 1, Folder 16

Anniversary celebration programs 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 17

Anniversary celebration programs and publicity 1995-2003

Box 1, Folder 18

Anniversary celebration, 10th 1992-1993

Box 1, Folder 19

Bergman Group event 2002-2003

Box 1, Folder 20

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1995-1999

Box 1, Folder 21

Hollywood Supports 1994-1997

Box 1, Folder 22

Hug-a-Hunk 1990-1992

Box 1, Folder 23

LA Shanti Hug Day 1996

General Physical Description note: Includes photographs.
Box 1, Folder 24

One Hand, One Heart program 1990

Box 1, Folder 25

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert benefit 1993-1997

Box 1, Folder 26

Sunset Junction Street Fair 1991-1993

Box 1, Folder 27

Valentine's ball 1992

Box 1, Folder 28

Wine tasting and auction 1992-1998

Box 1, Folder 29

Wine information March 18, 2001

Box 3, Folder 2

Wine event photographs Undated

Physical Description: [1 oversize folder]
General Physical Description note: Includes photographs and negatives.
Box 1, Folder 30

Other 1996-2003

Box 3, Folder 8

Floppy disk Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 floppy disk (3 1/2 in.)
Box 1, Folder 31-34

Heartspace [newsletter] editorial materials January-June 1994

Physical Description: [4 folders]
General Physical Description note: Includes negatives and photographs.
Box 3, Folder 3-4

Heartspace [newsletter] photographs and negatives March-August 1993

Physical Description: [2 oversize folders]
Box 1, Folder 35

HIV epidemiology program report, Los Angeles County 2001

Box 1, Folder 36

Holiday ornament 1997

Box 1, Folder 37

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 1993-1995

Box 1, Folder 38

Job applicants 1995-1996

Box 2, Folder 1

A memorial celebration for John Maguire December 2, 1998

Box 2, Folder 2

Notes Undated

Box 2, Folder 3

Ortiz, Christopher Hucks 2002-2003

Box 2, Folder 4

Public Allies 2003

Box 2, Folder 5-6

Public service announcement circa 1990-2000

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 7-22

Publicity and advertising 1991-2000

Box 2, Folder 7

Ad Club LA 1993

Box 2, Folder 8

Advertisements 1993-1997

Box 2, Folder 9-11

Advertising 1991-1997

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 2, Folder 12

Hollywood Reporter 1993-1994

Box 2, Folder 13

Independent newspapers 1992-1994

Box 2, Folder 14

Press releases 1998-2000

Box 2, Folder 15

Publicity packets 1995-1996

Box 2, Folder 16

Publicity Club of Los Angeles (PCLA) 1992-1995

Box 2, Folder 17

Public Communicators of Los Angeles (PCLA) 1995-1997

Box 2, Folder 18-19

Public Relations Society of America 1995-1997

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 20

PRSA Prism Awards; category 16: websites 1996

Box 2, Folder 21-22

Tearsheets, Peter Allen 1993

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 3, Folder 5

Ralph M. Parsons Foundation annual report 2000

Physical Description: [1 oversize folder]
Box 2, Folder 23

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2001

Box 2, Folder 24-25

San Fernando Valley, Community Consultation Center (CCC) 1991-1997

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 26

Seattle Treatment Education Project (STEP) 1994-1995

Box 2, Folder 27

Spanish-language materials 1993-1995

Box 2, Folder 28-30

Strategic planning, development and fundraising 1991-2001

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 2, Folder 31

Town Hall Los Angeles 1994-1995

Box 2, Folder 32

T-shirt order 1991-1994

Box 2, Folder 33

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 1993-1994

Box 2, Folder 34

Update from the International AIDS Conference 1994

Box 2, Folder 35

UPS Foundation 2000

Box 2, Folder 36

Vidas Positivas 1994-1997

Box 3, Folder 6

Whirry (Robert) consultation 1999-2001

Physical Description: [1 oversize folder]
Box 2, Folder 37

Women (and children) for positive living 1993-1996

Box 2, Folder 38

Workspace Hollywood March 2002

Box 3, Folder 7

Unidentified portrait 1996

Physical Description: [1 oversize folder]
General Physical Description note: 2 contact sheets: b&w.
 

Videocassettes Series 2.  circa 1985-2005

Physical Description: 21.0 videocassettes.

Series Description

This series comprises videocassettes by and about Los Angeles Shanti, circa 1985-2005. It includes programs and public service announcements produced by LA Shanti, as well as news coverage about LA Shanti events and AIDS issues.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 4, Item 1

C-TV coverage: LA Shanti 17th tribute gala, John Sheehan circa 2000

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box 4, Item 2

Healthcare Update with Bill Rosendahl (show #1770) June 29, 2000

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (VHS) (59 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box 4, Item 3

Jamie; ACT UP; Donahue Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box 4, Item 4

LA Shanti logo; 3 client testimonial spots Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Box 4, Item 5

LA Shanti [public service announcement] April 1994

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (2 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Box 4, Item 6

LA Shanti Foundation logo, inferno layoff May 10, 1998

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (Betacam) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box 4, Item 7

Los Angeles Shanti Foundation CR#1-9; SR#1-2; Hr. 1; Vt. 1 April 28, 1998

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (Betacam) (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box 4, Item 8

Los Angeles Shanti Foundation CR#10-13, 1-4; SR#2-4; hr. 2; vt. 2 April 28, 1998

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (Betacam) (53 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box 4, Item 9

Merv Griffin; Line Renaud Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (VHS) (15 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box 4, Item 10

Second annual LA Shanti Hug Day, TV public service announcement Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (VHS) (1 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box 4, Item 11

Shanti Heartspace: show #1 Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (25 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Box 4, Item 12

Shanti Heartspace: show #2 Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Box 4, Item 13

Shanti Heartspace: show #3 Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Box 4, Item 14

Shanti Heartspace: show #4 Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Scope and Contents note

Includes guests Dina Bachelor Evan and Xauer Hall.
Box 4, Item 15

Shanti Heartspace: show #5 Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Scope and Contents note

Includes guests Barbara Crofford, David Edwards, and Jose Josio.
Box 4, Item 16

Shanti public service announcements February 19, 1994

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Scope and Contents note

Includes Larry Sartorius, Joan Howard, and Louis Dixon.
Box 4, Item 17

Shanti tape #4 + 7; hr. 2 Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (Betacam) (36 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box 4, Item 18

Taller Vidas Positivas de LA Shanti Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (1 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Box 4, Item 19

Tribute to Joe Layton (tape 2 of 3) April 20, 1995

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (55 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Box 4, Item 20

VH-1 Good News People, LA Shanti segment August 22, 1994

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (U-matic) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Box 4, Item 21

Without Defenses Undated

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (VHS) (16 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.