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Finding Aid to the California Proposition 6 Briggs Initiative Collection, 1977-1980 Coll2011.018
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  • Biographical / Historical
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Contents

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: California Proposition 6 Briggs Initiative collection
    creator: Bay Area Committee Against the Briggs Initiative (Organization)
    creator: Kight, Morris
    creator: No on the Briggs Initiative Committee (Organization)
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011.018
    Physical Description: 5.5 Linear Feet 3 boxes, 2 cartons, and 1 flat box.
    Date (inclusive): 1977-1980
    Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, legislative and legal documents, pamphlets, flyers, photographs, financial records, meeting minutes, event posters, petition forms, memoranda, speakers' manuals, volunteer forms, and other material documenting the campaign to defeat California Proposition 6, introduced by State Senator John Briggs in 1978. The initiative's intent was to require the dismissal of public school teachers and schoolworkers who "engaged in advocating, soliciting, imposing, encouraging or promoting of private or public homosexual acts."

    Biographical / Historical

    Beginning in 1977, California State Senator John Briggs from Fullerton authored and introduced State Ballot Initiative 6, also known as the Briggs Initiative, for the November 1978 election. The initiative's intent was to prohibit hiring or requiring the dismissal of public school teachers and schoolworkers who "engaged in advocating, soliciting, imposing, encouraging or promoting of private or public homosexual acts." Proposition 6 was defeated in the November 1978 election with 58.4 (No) to 41.6 (Yes) percent.

    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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was separated from the ONE Subject Files Collection, Coll2012-001. A portion of the collection was donated by Morris Kight. The donor and date of the remaining materials are unknown.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] California Proposition 6 Briggs Initiative Collection, Coll2011-018, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama, with assistance from Cooper Moll, October 2014.

    Related Materials

    California Human Rights Advocates Records, Coll2013-035, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
    Coalition for Human Rights (Los Angeles) Records, Coll2011-025, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California
    James Goltz and Jean Wood Ethnographic Fieldwork Research on the Committee Against the Briggs Initiative, Los Angeles Chapter, Coll2014-003, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
    Morris Kight Papers and Photographs, Coll2010-008, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club Records, Coll2013-006, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    New Alliance for Gay Equality (New AGE) Records, Coll2011-058, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, legislative and legal documents, pamphlets, publicity flyers, photographs, financial records, meeting minutes, event posters, petition forms, memoranda, speakers' manuals, volunteer forms, and other material documenting the campaign to defeat California Proposition 6, also known as the Briggs Initiative, in 1978. The bulk of the collection documents the activities of the three groups organized to oppose the initiative: the No on the Briggs Initiative Committee (NOBIC) and the Committe Against the Briggs Initiative/Los Angeles (CABI/LA), both based in Los Angeles, and the Bay Area Committee Against the Briggs Initiative (BACABI) based in San Francisco. The collection also includes legal papers and other material documenting the activists' lawsuits filed against the Briggs Initiative in an attempt to remove it from the November 1978 ballot.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Discrimination in employment
    Gay teachers
    Homosexuality -- Law and legislation -- California
    Lesbian teachers
    Briggs, John V.
    Bay Area Committee Against the Briggs Initiative (Organization)
    Kight, Morris
    No on the Briggs Initiative Committee (Organization)