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Lesbian and Gay Academic Union records
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  • Administrative History
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Materials
  • Separated Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: Lesbian and Gay Academic Union records
    creator: Gay Academic Union
    creator: Berzon, Betty
    creator: DeCrescenzo, Teresa
    creator: Steele, Gary L.
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011-041
    Physical Description: 3 Linear Feet 3 archive boxes.
    Date (inclusive): 1973-1987
    Abstract: Correspondence, meeting minutes, manuscripts, publicity material, notes, financial records, photographs, membership records, conference administrative records, grant applications, bylaws, articles of incorporation, and other records documenting activities of the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU), 1973 to 1987. Founded in 1973 in New York, New York, the Gay Academic Union consisted of a national network of college and university chapters. In 1978, the national headquarters moved to Los Angeles, California.
    Storage Unit: 1-3

    Administrative History

    The Gay Academic Union (GAU) was founded in New York, New York, in 1973, "to promote and disseminate research on homosexuality and gay people." The GAU consisted of a national network of college and university chapters, totaling a dozen chapters by 1979. In 1978 the GAU's Board of Directors, as well as its annual conference, moved from New York to Los Angeles, California. In the early 1980s, GAU changed its name to the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU). The Los Angeles chapter and National office of the LGAU ceased operations, circa 1987. However, some chapters of LGAU continued into the 1990s.

    Access

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

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Lesbian and Gay Academic Union Records, Coll2011-041, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    A basic collection-level finding aid was created in 2011 for this collection as part of a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Processing of this collection and publication of a folder-level finding aid was completed in December 2014 as part of a project funded by the Council on Library and Information Sciences. This collection was processed by Cooper Moll, December 2014.

    Scope and Content

    This collection comprises correspondence, meeting minutes, manuscripts, publicity material, notes, financial records, photographs, membership records, conference administrative records, grant applications, bylaws, articles of incorporation, and other records documenting activities of the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU), 1973 to 1987. Materials in the collection document activities, including Board of Directors meetings, annual LGAU conferences, public events, and distribution of scholarships. The bulk of the collection comprises scrapbooks and administrative records of the Los Angeles chapter of LGAU, particularly from the period after LGAU's national board of directors moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1978. This collection also includes administrative records and publicity material from other chapters of LGAU.

    Arrangement

    This collection is divided into two series:
    Series 1. National LGAU and Los Angeles chapter records
    Series 2. Other chapter administrative records.

    Related Materials

    Betty Berzon Papers, Coll2011-004, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    Teresa DeCrescenzo Papers, Coll2015-006, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
    Gary L. Steele Papers, Coll2014-032, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Separated Materials

    The following have been separated to the ONE Archives periodical collection:
    About Our Children (1978)
    Books Bohemian, Catalogue No. 5 (April 1979)
    Books Bohemian, Catalogue No. 6 (June 1979)
    California Human Rights Advocates "From the Lobby" (undated)
    Gay Academic Union, Inc.,Los Angeles Chapter, Newsletter (undated)
    Grove Press (Fall 1979)
    Newsletter of the Interdisciplinary Clearinghouse of Gay Research, No. 1 (May 1974)
    Lesbian and Gay Academic Union, Los Angeles Chapter, Newsletter (Winter 1982)
    The L.O.V.E.R. Home Companion Vol. 2 No. 7 (September 1978)
    The L.O.V.E.R. Home Companion Vol. 2 No. 8 (October 1978)
    Making a Difference, National Association of Gay Gerontologists, Vol. 1 No. 1 (July 1978)
    Open Quest Calendar (May-June 1979)
    Open Quest Calendar (November-December 1979)
    Professional Advisory Council calendar (July 1978)
    Professional Advisory Council calendar (September 1978)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay and lesbian studies
    Gays -- Education
    Gays in higher education
    Homosexuality and education -- United States
    Lesbians -- Education
    Gay Academic Union
    Berzon, Betty
    DeCrescenzo, Teresa
    Steele, Gary L.