Guide to the Joan Giuffre Papers 2017.016
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 17, 2018.
English
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Table of Contents
Summary Information …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Biographical Note ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Scope and Contents ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
Arrangement ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
Administrative Information ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
Controlled Access Headings ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
Bibliography ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6
Collection Inventory ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6
Guide to the Joan Giuffre Papers 2017.016
– Page 3-
Summary Information
Repository: Local History & Genealogy Division
Creator: Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley
Title: Joan Giuffre papers
ID: 2017.016
Date [inclusive]: 1977-2000, bulk 1977-1978
Date [bulk]: bulk 1977-1978
Physical Description: 0.3 Cubic Feet 2 clam shell legal size document boxes
Language of the
Material:
English
Mixed Materials
[box]:
1-2
Abstract: This collection consists of the papers of Joan Giuffre, regarding
the first National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas in 1977.
The materials are dated between 1977 and 2000, with a bulk of the
materials dated between 1977 and 1978. The materials consist of
brochures, pamphlets, newsletters, programs, and other publications
from the first National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas.
Preferred Citation
Joan Giuffre Papers, [box#:folder#]. Local History and Genealogy Division. Central Library of
Rochester and Monroe County N.Y.
^ Return to Table of Contents
Biographical Note
Joan Giuffre was a LBGTQ activist. She attended the first National Women’s Conference in Houston,
Texas in 1977. Giuffre was also involved in the Black Rose Production Company and the Empty Closet.
Giuffre worked at the age of ten in Rochester’s Arena Theater. She toured with the last vaudeville show
ever to play the United States and closed the last of the great vaudeville theaters. After moving to New
York City she began to focus more on political activisim in the civil rights and peace movements. When
Guide to the Joan Giuffre Papers 2017.016
– Page 4-
she returned to Rochester she began to volunteer with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley until 1979.
when she founded a small theater group called “Rising” with Sue Cowell. Giuffre founded BlackRose
Productions in 1987 with Susan David, and Janet Barberio.
^ Return to Table of Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of the papers of Joan Guiffre, regarding the first National Women’s Conference
in Houston, Texas in 1977. The materials are dated between 1977 and 2000, with a bulk of the materials
dated between 1977 and 1978. The materials consist of brochures, pamphlets, newsletters, programs, and
other publications from the first National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas.
The subjects of the pamphlets and brochures are the National Women’s Conference, women in business,
women against violence against women, the status of American women, and women’s rights. The
publications are Proposed National Plan of Action, The Spirit of Houston: The First National Women’s
Conference – An Official Report to the President, the Congress, and the People of the United States, The
Daily Breakthrough: Where Women are News newsletter, and articles from the Democrat and Chronicle,
the Houston Chronicle, the New York Times, and the Houston Post regarding the National Women’s
Conference.
The collection also contains flyers, programs, and pledge cards related to the Gay Alliance, LBGTQ
community organizations, and events.
^ Return to Table of Contents
Arrangement
This collection consists of two boxes.
^ Return to Table of Contents
Administrative Information
Publication Statement
Local History & Genealogy Division
Guide to the Joan Giuffre Papers 2017.016
– Page 5-
115 South Ave.
Rochester 14604
585-428-8370
lochistref@libraryweb.org
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, 100 College Avenue, Suite
100, Rochester, New York 14607 on August 16, 2016 [Acquisition number 2017.016].
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this collection.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use in any current or future manifestations must be
obtained in writing from the Rochester Public Library Local History and Genealogy Division.
Processing Information
This project was made possible by a grant from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York
State Archives, a program of the State Education Department.
Processing Information
This collection was kept in the original order it was received in. All metal fasteners were removed and
any acidic papers were placed in their own envelopes.
Processing Information
According to deed of gift, any duplicates or items found unsuitable to the RPL collections and not
retained should be returned to the donor. Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, 100 College Ave., Suite
100, Rochester, New York 14607.
Custodial History
The envelope labeled “JG-1” contains paperwork that states “Items are from Susan David-They are
items from Joan Giuffre’s Collection and that is how the files should be identified – Joan Giuffre
Collection.”
^ Return to Table of Contents
Guide to the Joan Giuffre Papers 2017.016
– Page 6-
Controlled Access Headings
• Women’s rights — New York (State) — History
• Women — Societies and clubs
• Women — Social conditions — 20th century
• Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley
• National Women’s Conference (U.S.) (1977 : Houston, Tex.)
Bibliography
Miller, M.L. “Women Produce Two Gay Plays.” Empty Closet (Rochester, NY), October 1987.
^ Return to Table of Contents
Collection Inventory
Title/Description Instances
Pamplets, 1977, undated box 1 folder 1
Newsletters, 1977-1978 box 1 folder 2
National Plan of Action, 1977 box 1 folder 3
“The Spirit of Houston”, 1978 box 1 folder 4
Report on the Genesee Region Women’s Meeting Speak-Out, 1977 box 1 folder 5
Conference newsletters, 1977 box 2 folder 1
National Women’s Conference program, 1977 box 2 folder 2
Conference ephemera, 1977 box 2 folder 3
Media coverage, 1977 box 2 folder 4
Miscellaneous, 1978-2000 box 2 folder 5

10 2017-016 Joan Giuffre papers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *