Guide to the Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) Records MS.R.166

Finding aid prepared by Alix Norton with assistance from Audra Eagle Yun
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
949-824-3947
spcoll@uci.edu
© 2013


Title: Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) records
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.166
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.0 Linear feet 6 boxes, 3 XOS folders, 6 XOS banner rolls
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1999-2005
Date (inclusive): 1984-2009
Language of Collection Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: This collection comprises records of the Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) is an all-volunteer political action committee that works on behalf of civil rights, mainly those of women and the LGBT community. The collection includes newsletters, reports, programs, historical information, and correspondence from the organization, as well as posters, photographs, T-shirts, banners, awards, magazines, and video tapes. Most of the material dates from 1999 to 2005.

Access

The collection is open for research. Access to original video cassettes is restricted; researchers must request use copies.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) records. MS-R166. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Eric Dills, 2012.

Processing History

Processed by Alix Norton with assistance from Audra Eagle Yun, 2012-2013.

Historical Background

The Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) is a political action committee that works on behalf of civil rights, mainly those of the LGBT community and women. The organization was founded in 1982 after a group of gay men and lesbians gathered in Orange County to discuss political issues in their community relating to discrimination against homosexuals. Soon it became a licensed political action committee led by founding co-chairs Georgia Garrett-Norris and Dan Wooldridge. Since then, the all-volunteer, non-partisan organization has worked to educate legislators about the issues facing the LGBT community and women in Southern California and all over the country. ECCO holds an annual fundraising dinner to raise awareness and funds, and to recognize community members for their work in support of LGBT rights.

Scope and Content Summary

This collection includes ECCO newsletters, reports, programs, historical information, and correspondence. It also contains subject and research files for volunteers in the organization, including magazines, newspaper clippings, and reports. Invitations, programs, posters, and other materials from the annual Awards Dinner are included from 1984 to 2009. Media materials include photographs and video tapes, and artifacts include T-shirts, stickers, pins, and plaques. Most of the materials date from 1999 to 2005.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 5 series:
  • Series 1. Organizational records, 1995-2004
  • Series 2. Publications, 1998-2005
  • Series 3. Awards, proclamations, and resolutions, 1984-2009
  • Series 4. Subject and research files, 1985-2008
  • Series 5. Photographs, media, and artifacts, 1992-1996

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO).
Gay rights -- California -- Orange County -- History -- Sources
Gays -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.
Lesbians -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.

 

Organizational records Series 1. 1995-2004

Box 1, Folder 1

Histories undated

Box 1, Folder 2

ECCO general files 1995-2003 and undated

Box XOS4 - XOS9, Folder , Folder XOS1

ECCO banners and posters 1993, 2001-2004 and undated

 

Publications Series 2. 1998-2005

Box 1, Folder 3

ECCO newsletters and reports 1998-2005

Box 1, Folder 4

180+ Reporter newsletter 2002-2005

 

Awards Series 3. 1984-2009

Scope and Content Summary

This series contains awards received by ECCO, including plaques and certificates, as well as resolutions and proclamations. Also included are materials from ECCO's annual fundraising dinner and awards ceremony.
Box 1, Folder 5-13, Box 3, Folder 4

ECCO awards dinner 1984-2009

Box 1, Folder 14-15

Awards ceremony programs 2006-200

Box 3, Folder 1-2

Proclamations, resolutions, and certificates 1984-2008

Box 5-6, Folder 

Framed awards and plaques 1991-2007 and undated

 

Subject and research files Series 4. 1985-2008

Box 1, Folder 16

Ephemera 1988-1998 and undated

Box 1, Folder 17

Directories 1985, 2003-2004

Box 3, Folder 7

Newspaper clippings 2004-2008 and undated

Box 1, Folder 19

Newsletters 2004-2005

Box 1, Folder 20-21

Magazines 2002-2007

Folder XOS2 - XOS3, Box 3, Folder 3

Posters 1989, 2002, and undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Attorney General and Presidential reports 1990-1998

Box 3, Folder 6

Assembly Bill No. 849 2005

 

Photographs, media, and artifacts Series 5. 1992-1996

Box 2

Video cassettes 1993 and undated

Physical Description: 4 VHS tapes and 10 U-matic tapes.

Access

Access to original video cassettes is restricted; researchers must request use copies.
Box 1, Folder 22, Box 3, Folder 5

Photographs and cartoons 1992, 1996, and undated

Box 1, Folder 23

Pins and membership applications undated

Box 4

T-shirts 1993 and undated