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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Organizations,

II. Community Mobilization and Protests, 1975-1984

III. Gay/Lesbian Subject Files, 1979-1986

IV. Printed Materials, 1975-1984

Austin History Center

Janna Zumbrun Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Zumbrun, Janna
Title: Janna Zumbrun Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1974-1988
Bulk Dates: 1977-1982
Abstract: Janna Zumbrun was a prominent gay/lesbian and women's issues activist in Austin, Texas. Her papers highlight her work with the Citizens for a United Austin, the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus, the City of Austin Human Relations Commission, and the Austin Lesbian Feminist Organization during the 1970s and 1980s. LGBT issues documented in the collection include AIDS awareness, the Austin Fair Housing Ordinance and discrimination against gays and lesbians by Austin businesses.
Identification: AR.2000.023
Quantity: 1.6 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

During the 1970s and 1980s Janna Zumbrun worked to eliminate discrimination and prejudice against and defend the human and civil rights of lesbians and gays in Austin, Texas. She was very active as a leader or member of several local organizations and commissions including the Citizens for a United Austin, Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus, City of Austin Human Relations Commission, Austin Lesbian Feminist Organization (originally known as the Austin Lesbian Organization) and the Texas Women's Political Caucus. Her work at the local level led to her to being selected to attend the 1980 National Democratic Party Convention in New York.

The City of Austin Human Relations Commission (HRC) advises and consults with the City Council on all matters involving racial, religious or ethnic discrimination and devises practices to promote equal opportunity. It is an advisory body on non-discrimination policies, aid in forming local community groups, investigates complaints of prejudice and discrimination and conduct educational programs. Janna was appointed to the HRC in October of 1975 as an open member of the Austin Lesbian Organization and she held the position until 1981. Soon after her appointment the HRC recommended an equal access Public Accommodation Ordinance that included sexual orientation as one of the protected statuses. She also held the position of chairperson of the Housing Subcommittee of the HRC and was active in crafting the recommendations to City Council concerning the Fair Housing Ordinance in 1977. These recommendations were not adopted by the City Council (a watered down version was passed) and the issue would be taken up again by the Human Relations Commission in the early 1980s.

The Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus (ALGPC) was formed in 1978 to organize Austin area lesbians and gay men to combat arbitrary discrimination on such bases as sex, race, age, physical handicap, economic condition with particular focus on discrimination based on sexual orientation. Janna was a founding member of the organization and served in several capacities within the ALGPC from co-chair to recorder. The organization held speaker events with such guests as the Austin Police Department Liaison Officer and the COA Human Relations Department; endorsed political candidates and held candidate forums; registered public response to discrimination issues and mobilized the gay and lesbian community members to protest; published a newsletter and raised money for lesbian/gay causes.

The Citizens for a United Austin (CUA) was formed in 1981 to fight an anti-gay housing measure proposed by a group called the Austin Citizens for Decency (ACD). ACD collected nearly 20,000 signatures of Austin voters to force an initiative election on an ordinance that would read "It shall not be unlawful to deny housing on the basis of sexual orientation." The Austin City Council set the election to vote on this ordinance for January 16, 1982. Members of the ALGPC approached business and political leaders to form a coalition to fight the proposed ordinance in an effort to make the campaign less like a vote for a lesbian and gay issue and focus on basic civil rights. Janna served as the Campaign Director of the CUA was the only ALGPC member on the board. The proposed measure was rejected by Austin voters with 63% voting against the proposal. Several months later the Austin City Council amended the Fair Housing Ordinance to provide protection on the basis of sexual orientation, age, parenthood, creed and marital status.

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Scope and Contents

The collection primarily contains the papers of gay and lesbian political and civil rights organizations that Janna Zumbrun was associated with during the 1970s and the 1980s. The bulk of the Organizations series (1974-1988) consists of the general office files, financial records, campaign messaging and marketing materials (text and audio/visual), and newspaper clippings of the political action committee Citizens for a United Austin. Of interest are the audio recordings of paid political announcements by City Council members Charles Urdy and Roger Duncan, County Commissioner Jimmy Snell, Constable Margaret Gomez, Monsignor Lonnie Reyes, and Wilhelmina F. Delco encouraging people to get out to vote and to vote against the proposed ordinance. Also included in this series are the administrative files, correspondence, event flyers, newsletters and distributed information of the Austin Lesbian and Gay Political Caucus; memorandum, correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports concerning the Austin Fair Housing Ordinance being discussed by the City of Austin Human Relations Commission; as well as a limited amount of flyers and fact sheets about an assortment of other Austin lesbian and gay organizations.

The Community Mobilization and Protests series (1975-1986)includes AIDS Awareness Week press releases, event flyers, correspondence, planning materials and the City of Austin Proclamation proclaiming the week of April 1-8, 1984 AIDS Awareness Week. Also included in this series are correspondence, newspaper clippings and legal documents pertaining to the protests and legal action against the Austin American-Statesman and the Driskill Hotel Cabaret disco for violating the City of Austin ordinance prohibiting discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation.

The Gay/Lesbian Subject Files series (1978-1986) contains reports, news clippings, event flyers and distributed information about AIDS, the Citizens Against Pornography, Gay/Lesbian events and anti-gay politicians. The Printed Materials series (1975-1981) includes a sampling of gay/lesbian community newspapers and newsletters as well as newspaper clippings about gay and lesbian issues.

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Arrangement

Arranged into 4 series:
I. Organizations
II. Community Mobilization and Protests
III. Gay/Lesbian Subject Files
IV. Printed Materials

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Zumbrun, Janna.
Organizations:
Austin (Tex.). Human Relations Commission.
Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus.
Citizens for a United Austin.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
AIDS (Disease)--Texas--Austin.
Discrimination in housing--Texas--Austin--Law and legislation.
Gay men--Civil rights--Texas--Austin.
Lesbians--Civil rights--Texas--Austin.
LGBT.

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Related Material

General Collection

A 352.09764 AU76OH 1981 Ordinance no. 81 : an ordinance amending ordinance no. 770825-F, known as the fair housing ordinance of the City of Austin

A 352.09764 AU76OH 1977 Ordinance no. 770825-F : an ordinance declaring the policy of the City to be in furtherance of the right of each individual to provide a dwelling for such person

A 305.90664 GA From Closet to Crusade: The Struggle for Lesbian-Gay Civil Rights in Austin, Texas, 1970-1982.

Austin Files

Citizens for a United Austin AF H4500 (13)

Austin Lesbian Feminist Organization AF H2030 (1)

Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus AF H2030 (5)

Archives and Manuscripts Collections

AR.Z.08 Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus Papers

Periodicals Collection

The collection contains a sampling of Austin gay and lesbian community newspapers and newsletters. Additional titles and issues of LGBT-oriented titles are available in the Periodicals Collection.

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Separated Material

The following items have been separated to the appropriate collections.

General Collection

Thompson, Jennifer. Message and Channel Variables in Political Advertising: Citizens for a United Austin's Fair Housing Campaign, Austin, Texas, Jan. 1982.

Opinion Analysts, Inc. Austin Fair Housing Survey

Opinion Analysts, Inc. Austin Fair Housing Attitudes Survey II, 1981

Commission on the Status of Women Hearing, September 30, 1975

Notes on Campaign Techniques for Women Candidates and Managers, 1976

Periodical Collection

The Austin Lambda Newsletter

Gay Academic Union: South Central Region Newsletter

AustinDyke

Our Time Has Come: A Lesbian Feminist Publication

Goodbye to All That: A Lesbian Feminist Publication

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Janna Zumbrun Papers (AR.2000.023). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2000/065

Donation Date: 2000

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

This collection was well organized and in most cases folder headings already existed. Original order and folder headings were maintained, notations were added in parenthesis if original folders headings were unclear.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Organizations,

Citizens for a United Austin, 1980-1987
General Office Files, 1981-1982
Box Folder
1 1 Administrative information, 1981-1982
2 Executive Committee meetings, 1981
3 Correspondence-incoming, 1981-1982
4 Correspondence-outgoing, 1981-1982
5 Thank yous, 1982
Financial Records, 1981-1987
Box Folder
1 6 Budget information, circa 1981-1982
7 Receipts and deposits, 1982
8-11 Vouchers for PAC periods, 1981-1984
12 PAC reports, 1981-1987
Subject Files, 1981-1982
Box Folder
1 13-14 Fair Housing Ordinance newspaper clippings, 1981-1982
Campaign Messaging and Marketing, 1980-1982, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Bulk mailing, 1981-1982
Campaign ads (video recordings), 1982, undated
2 Originals (distributed information), circa 1981-1982
3 Mailing lists, 1980, undated
4 Media campaign, 1981-1982
5 Media interviews and appearances, 1981-1982
6 Public Address Inc (public relations company), 1981-1982
7 Press releases-general, 1981-1982
8 Press releases-elected officials, 1982
Box
4 Political announcements and radio spots (audio recordings), circa 1982
Box Folder
2 9 Speaker's bureau, 1981, undated
10 (Supporters)-Honorary Executive Committee, 1981, undated
11 (Supporters)-Clergy, 1981
12 Targeting, 1981, undated
13 Television, 1981-1982
14 Button stuff, undated
15 City Council Fair Housing Ordinance hearing photographs, 1981
Election, 1982, undated
Box Folder
2 16 E-day information (election day), circa 1982
17 Election results, 1982
18 Election law information, undated
Opposition, 1980-1982, undated
Box Folder
2 19 Austin Citizens for Decency and Campaign to Preserve Liberty (distributed information), 1981-1982
20 "Gay Power, Gay Politics" (CBS news broadcast), 1980-1981, undated
Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus, 1977-1988
Box Folder
3 1 Administrative materials, 1979-1983, undated
2 Correspondence, 1980-1984
3 City Council questionnaire, circa 1980-1981
4 March on Washington, 1979
5 Monthly letters (and distributed information), 1979-1985, undated
6 Newsletters, 1979-1987, undated
7 Projects and events, 1977-1988
Human Relations Commission, 1974-1981, undated
Box Folder
3 8-9 Fair Housing Ordinance, 1974-1981, undated
Austin Lesbian Feminist Organization, undated
Box Folder
3 10 Press release and distributed information, undated
11 Assorted organizations, 1977-1979, undated

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II. Community Mobilization and Protests, 1975-1984

Box Folder
3 12 AIDS Awarenss Week, 1984
13 Austin American-Statesman discrimination, 1975-1976
14 Driskill Hotel Cabaret disco, 1978-1980

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III. Gay/Lesbian Subject Files, 1979-1986

Box Folder
3 15 AIDS, 1983-1985
16 Citizens Against Pornography, 1985-1986
17 Events, 1978, undated
18 Politics, 1982

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IV. Printed Materials, 1975-1984

Box Folder
3 19 Gay community newsletters/newspapers, 1976-1984
20 Newspaper clippings, 1975-1981

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