Table Of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1: Political Campaigns 1984-2002

Series 2: Media Coordinator/Press Secretary 1984-1987

Series 3: Lobbyist Work for the Equal Rights Amendment 19821984

Series 4: Subject Files 1978-2003Undated

Series 5: Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council 1989-2005Undated

Series 6: Empire State Pride Agenda 1987-1992Undated

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LIBBY POST PAPERS (APAP-045), 1978-2005




Descriptive Summary

Title: Libby Post Papers
Date: 1978-2005
Physical Characteristics: 4.18 cubic ft.
Abstract: The Libby Post Papers contain political campaign documents, professional correspondences, news clippings, meeting minutes, agendas, document drafts, press releases, news letters, civil activism notes, and other materials that document her involvement securing various LGBT rights and with political organizations, as well as the general LGBT community in Albany, NY.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: The materials in the collection are in English.
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

Libby Post has served as press secretary, campaign manager, and media coordinator for various politicians and organizations in New York State's Capital Region. Her academic credentials include an MA in political communications from the State University of New York at Albany. Post's political consulting and public relations firm, Communication Services,[1] has worked with a number of Democratic candidates in their quests for elected office. Post's work is a combination of her profession as media coordinator and her own political activism. Her early work as part of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Working Group on the state level--a group within the ERA Task Force chaired by Democratic State Assemblywoman May W. Newburger--can be traced in the records back to 1982.

In political campaigns, Post served as Press Secretary for Assemblywoman May W. Newburger (Democrat--Great Neck); Press Secretary for the Ed Bloch campaigns against incumbent Republican Gerald B.H. Solomon from New York's 24th Congressional District; and as Press Secretary for Sheila Healy, 6th District Democratic candidate for the Albany County Legislature. Post has continued to work with Albany-area candidates, including Sharon Ward in her 6th Ward Democratic primary campaign and Nancy Burton's campaigns for City Comptroller in 1993 and 1997. Post worked extensively with Helen Desfosses in her 1997 and 2001 campaigns for City Council President. In 2002, Post helped organize fundraising with the Women for McCall-Mehiel group campaigning for Carl McCall during his run for New York State Governor.

In 1986, Post became Media Coordinator for Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Inc., which "lobbies on behalf of Planned Parenthood and other family planning groups." During her tenure as Media Coordinator for Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Inc., Post provided news coverage and press releases on behalf of the lobbying efforts of the group, and in 1987, she covered the 10 year anniversary conference celebrated by Family Planning Advocates of New York State. Also in 1987, Post became Press Secretary for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc., providing press releases regarding the "Speak Out Rally" held in Albany, New York on March 9, 1987.

Post has also done a great deal of work with several Capital Region organizations promoting gay and lesbian rights. She served as co-chair of the Albany-based New York State Lesbian and Gay Lobby in 1989 and oversaw its merger in 1990 with FAIRPAC, a New York City based organization, to become the Empire State Pride Agenda. In 1994 she became a board member of the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council (CDGLCC). She became president of CDGLCC (now referred to as the Capital Pride Center) in April 1999, and later served as president emeritus beginning in April 2004. Post continues to be active in the LGBT community, and currently contributes to a LGBT political blog on the Albany Times Union website.

Note: 1. Additional information about Community Services is available at http://www.commservices.net/csindex.html/.

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Scope and Content Information

The Libby Post Papers primarily hold Post's press releases created for politicians and political interest groups. Campaign materials for Ed Bloch's 1984 bid for Congress, document Bloch's record on various issues with editorial letters regarding his candidacy, voting records, and "Bloch For Congress" newsletters. Materials for Helen Desfosses' campaigns for city council president are extensive, covering most aspects of the campaign, including items from within the campaign such as planning documents and volunteer lists. The materials for Nancy Burton primarily document her actions during time as city comptroller between the 1993 and 1997 campaigns in news clippings and press releases. Campaign materials for Sheila Healy's bid for Albany County 6th District Legislator are limited to a campaign brochure and seven press releases publicizing Healy's political record. Materials for Carl McCall are limited to announcements and invitation lists for a fund raising breakfast. Sharon Ward's campaign materials for 1989 consist of a campaign plan for the 6th District Democratic primary.

Press releases for New York State Assemblywoman May W. Newburger that Post created as press secretary, outline Newburger's stand on public issues with quotes, voting records, and information on Newburger's activities. Also included are files of press coverage and news clippings discussing Newburger, not all of which were the result of Post's press releases. Post's role as media coordinator for Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Inc., is documented by press releases, press coverage, notes regarding the preparation of a conference, and an agenda for the organization's 10th anniversary celebration. Press releases for, and press coverage clippings regarding, the New York Coalition on Domestic Violence, highlight Post's role in the organization, especially her work with the "Speak Out Rally" held on March 9, 1987. Post's lobbyist work for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is documented in notes of meetings and administrative materials of the ERA "Working Group", which lobbied for passage of the Amendment. The ERA files also include press coverage and press releases that trace the progress of ratification during this year. There are no records of Post's work for ERA before or after 1984.

The Subject Files that Libby Post collected on various issues relate to her work and public interests and include news clippings and informative literature on homosexuality, child abuse, Planned Parenthood (affiliated with Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Inc.), gay rights, legislative matters regarding reproduction, and state law. The fifth series consists of papers collected during Post's tenure as President of the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, 1999-2003. It includes documents relating to the running of the council, such as policy statements and financial paperwork, as well as public relations materials like event announcements and press releases. The final series contains correspondences, agendas, policies, meeting minutes, and other materials related to the Empire State Pride Agenda.

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Arrangement of the Collection

All series are arranged chronologically. The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 - Political Campaigns, 1984-2002
Subseries 1: Ed Bloch, 1984
Subseries 2: Sheila Healy, 1987
Subseries 3: Nancy Burton, 1989-1997
Subseries 4: Helen Desfosses, 1997-2001
Subseries 5: Sharon Ward, 1989
Subseries 6: Carl McCall, 2002
Series 2 - Media Coordinator/Press Secretary, 1984-1987
Series 3 - Lobbyist Work for the Equal Rights Amendment, 1982, 1984
Series 4 - Subject Files, 1978-2003, Undated
Series 5 - Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, 1989-2005, Undated
Series 6 - Empire State Pride Agenda, 1987-1992, Undated

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted with the exception of one folder in Series 5 noted in the container list.

Copyright

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Bloch, Ed
Burton, Nancy
Desfosses, Helen
Healy, Sheila
McCall, Carl
Post, Libby
Ward, Sharon

Corporate Bodies

Capital Pride Center
Empire State Pride Agenda

Subjects

Community organization--New York (State)
Equal rights amendments--United States
Gay rights--New York (State)
Sexual minorities--New York (State)

Places

New York (State)--Politics and government
New York (State)--Social conditions

Genres and Forms

Brochures
Bylaws (administrative records)
Calendars
Clippings
Correspondence
Minutes
Newsletters
Photographs
Posters

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, box, folder, Libby Post Papers, 1978-2005. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Post Papers).

Acquisition Information

Libby Post donated all items in this manuscript group to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, in May 1994, May 2003, December 2005, and June 2006.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Rita M. Mignacca
Date: © 1998 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: June 1999 - This collection was further processed and the arrangement further updated by Kevin Glick; October 2004 - This collection was further processed and the arrangement further updated by Joshua Hauck Whealton; July 2013 - This collection was most recently processed by Chloe Pfendler. Updates include creation of an EAD finding aid and the processing of all the materials from the 2005 and 2006 donations to the collection.

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Container List

Series 1: Political Campaigns, 1984-2002 1.66 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series documents Libby Post's involvement with the political campaigns of six Democratic candidates: Ed Bloch, Sheila Healy, Nancy Burton, Helen Desfosses, Sharon Ward and Carl McCall.
Subseries 1: Ed Bloch, 1984
Arranged chronologically.
Ed Bloch's 1984 campaign for Congress includes the press kit with endorsement letters, biographical information on the candidate, voting records of his opponent, press releases, campaign brochures, a series of "Bloch for NYS State Congress" newsletters, and news clippings regarding the election campaign.
Box Folder
1 1 New York State Congressional Campaign, 1984
Subseries 2: Sheila Healy, 1987
Arranged chronologically.
Sheila Healy's 1987 campaign for Albany County Legislator for the 6th district includes one campaign brochure and seven 1-page newsletters on constituent services and campaign issues.
Box Folder
1 2 6th District Democrat Candidate-Albany County Legislature, 1987
Subseries 3: Nancy Burton, 1989-1997
Arranged chronologically.
Nancy Burton's 1993 and 1997 campaign for City Comptroller includes campaign plans as well as press releases and news clippings from Nancy Burton during her 1993-1997 term as Comptroller. Electronic copies of the 2001 campaign website are available upon request.
Box Folder
1 3-4 City Comptroller, 1989-1997
Subseries 4: Helen Desfosses, 1997-2001
Arranged chronologically.
Helen Desfosses' 1997 and 2001 City Council President campaigns include campaign plans, news clippings relating to the campaign, donor and volunteer lists, press releases, endorsement letters, petitions, and photographic contact sheets.
Box Folder
1 5 City Council President Campaign, Volunteer and Donor Lists, 1993-1997
6 City Council President Campaign, Statement of Financial Disclosure, 1995, 1997
7 City Council President Campaign, Endorsements, 1997
8 City Council President Campaign, Fundraising, 1997
9-10 City Council President Campaign, Fundraising Flyers, 1997
Box Folder
2 1 City Council President Campaign, Fundraising Response, 1997
2 City Council President Campaign, Meetings and Campaign Plans, 1997
3 City Council President Campaign, Memos and Press Releases, 1997
4 City Council President Campaign, News Clippings, 1997
5 City Council President Campaign, Petitions, 1997
6 City Council President Campaign, Planning, 1997
7 City Council President Campaign, Theme and Message Literature, 1997
8 City Council President Campaign, Contact Shoots, ca. 1997
9-11 City Council President Campaign, 2001
Oversized Folder
1 1 Campaign Sign, ca. 2001
Subseries 5: Sharon Ward, 1989
Arranged chronologically.
Sharon Ward's 1989 6th Ward City Council campaign contains the campaign plan for the Democratic primary.
Box Folder
2 12 6th Ward Democratic Primary, June 1989
Subseries 6: Carl McCall, 2002
Arranged chronologically.
Carl McCall's 2002 campaign for New York Governor includes the announcements and invitation lists for a breakfast fundraiser with the Women for McCall-Mehiel organization.
Box Folder
2 13 New York Governor Campaign, Women for McCall-Mehiel, September 2002
Series 2: Media Coordinator/Press Secretary, 1984-1987 0.17 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains material relating to Libby Post's two positions as Press Secretary; for New York State Assemblywoman May W. Newburger and Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Inc. The folders on Newburger include 1984-1985 news clippings and 1985 press releases and related coverage. The folders on Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Inc. contain press releases prepared by Post, notes on preparing for a press conference, documentary material regarding a 10th anniversary celebration, and news clippings regarding the New York State Coalition on Domestic Violence "Speak Out Rally" in 1987.
Box Folder
1 1 May Newburger - New York State Assembly Woman Press Coverage, 1984
2 Family Planning Advocates of New York State - Press Conference, November 14, 1985
3-4 May Newburger - New York State Assembly Woman Press Coverage, 1985
5 Family Planning Advocates of New York State - Press Releases, 1985-1986
Box Folder
2 1 New York Coalition Against Domestic Violence - "Speak Out Rally" - Albany, NY, March 9, 1987
2 New York Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Press Coverage, March 9-10, 1987
3 Family Planning Advocates of New York State 10th Anniversary Conference, 1987
4 Family Planning Advocates of New York State - Press Releases, 1987, Undated
Series 3: Lobbyist Work for the Equal Rights Amendment, 1982, 1984 0.17 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series documents Libby Post's lobbyist work for the Equal Rights Amendment, and includes Post's handwritten notes from meetings of the ERA "Working Group", memos from May Newburger (as chairperson), studies and reports on the ERA, and statistics on support of groups and organizations. It also includes editorials on the ERA, news clippings of the NYS Assembly debate on, and the Senate rejection of, the ERA, notes from an ERA press conference, and the records of the press conference with then Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo regarding ERA.
Box Folder
1 1 Women's Action Alliance - NYC Area Mailing List, 1982
2 Assembly Debate, May 21, 1984
3 Press Conference, June 12, 1984
4 Senate Rejection-Press, June 12, 1984
5 Madeline Rochen's Op-Ed Piece, June 14, 1984
6 News Clippings - "Momentum Articles", June 19, 1984
7 Press Conference with Gov. Mario Cuomo, June 20, 1984
8 Commentary Clips by Reporters, 1984
9 Editorials, 1984
10 Press/Last Week of 1984 Session, 1984
11 Working Group, 1984
Series 4: Subject Files, 1978-2003, Undated 1.58 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series predominantly contains newspapers and news clippings on subjects including homosexuality, child abuse, Planned Parenthood, gay rights, reproduction issues survey, and state law.
Oversized
2 Buffalonian, Libby Post, Editor-in-Chief, 1978
Box Folder
1 1 Child Abuse, 1985
2 Planned Parenthood NY State Survey on Reproduction, 1985
3 News Clippings on Reproductive Issues, Organizations, Surveys, Legislation, 1985-1986
4 Fund for Human Dignity, The First National Lesbian and Gay Education Conference, 1988
5 Newspaper: Hardcopy: For the Common Good, March 1989
6 News Clippings: Homosexuality and Women's Issues, 1989
Oversized Folder
1 2 San Francisco Sentinel 20th Anniversary Look at Stonewall, 1989
Box Folder
1 7 Niagara County Notes, 1989, Undated
8 Sappho's Isle Column, 1989-1992, Undated
9 Lesbians and Gays for Cuomo, 1990, Undated
10 Civil Rights, 1990-1991, Undated
Oversized
2 Sappho's Isle with Column by Libby Post, 1990-1992
Box Folder
1 11 Lesbian/Gay Perspective Piece, 1991
Oversized Folder
1 3 Metroland Profile of Jim Perry, 1991
Box Folder
1 12 Troy: Sandvidge/PBA Flap, 1991
13 Calendar Supplies, 1991-1993, Undated
14 Newspaper: Craft Fair, May 31, 1992-June 12, 1992
15 "The Bridge" Newsletter, 1992
16 "Storage Bedfellows" Article, Empire State Report, 1992
17 "Colorado Faces Rights Battle" and Letters to the Editor, 1992, Undated
18 Shenedehowa High School Student Discrimination, 1999
19 Healthy Capital District Initiative, 1999, Undated
20 Promotions, 1999, Undated
21 Roland Hollins Case, 2000-2001
22 Statement of Client Rights, 2002
23 Times Union Daily News Budget, 2002
Box Folder
2 1-2 Capital Leadership, 2002-2003, Undated
3 "Badge of Courage" Newsletter, 2003
4 "Build a Better Board" Participant Workbook, 2003
Oversized Folder
1 4 Boom Profile of Libby Post, 2004
Box Folder
2 5 Development Plan, Undated
6 Family Celebrations Wedding Catalog, Undated
7 "Inside Out" Pamphlet, Undated
8 New York State Lesbian and Gay Lobby Brochures, Undated
9 Samples From Kendra Fantiff, Undated
Series 5: Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, 1989-2005, Undated 0.99 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains documents produced during Libby Post's term as President of the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council (CDGLCC) from April 1999-April 2004. It includes financial statements, internal correspondence, statements of official policy and procedure, publications, announcements and information about events such as Capital Pride and Empire State Pride Agenda Lobby Day. The agendas, minutes and reports presented from both CDGLCC board and committee meetings are found together in the Meetings, Agenda and Reports April, 2001-April 2003 folder. Much of the material from 2000 and earlier was organized into a three-ring binder and has been retained in its original order and categories.
Box Folder
1 1 Awards, 1988
2 Lobby Day, Organizing Workshop, 1989
3 Stonewall Coalition, 1989
4 Binder, Grants, 1993-1999
5-7 Financial Documents, 1994-1996, 1999-2000, 2002-2003, Undated
8 Binder, Rainbow Society, 1995-1999
9 By-Laws, Policies, and Reports, 1996-1999, 2001-2003, Undated
10-11 Capital Pride (1-2 of 3), 1998-1999, 2001-2003, 2005
Box Folder
2 1 Capital Pride (3 of 3), 1998-1999, 2001-2003, 2005
2-3 Correspondences and Memorandums, 1998-2003, 2005, Undated
4 Binder, Legislation Reception, May 18, 1999
Oversized Folder
1 5 commUNITY, May-August 1999, December 2001-January 2002
Box Folder
2 5 Board Orientation Session, 1999
6 Direct Mail, 1999
7 CDGLCC Board of Directors Manual, 1999, Undated
8 CDGLCC Partners, 1999, Undated
9 Binder, Grants, 1999-2000
10 Binder, United Airlines and SEFA and Linkages, 1999-2000
11 CommUnity News Journal, 1999-2000
12 GLSEN Documents, 1999-2000
13 Meeting Minutes, Agendas, and Reports, 1999-2001, 2003, Undated
14 CDGLCC Publications and Announcements, 1999-2003
15 Notes From Retreats, 1999, 2001-2002, Undated
16 CDGLCC Events, 1999-2000, 2002, 2004, Undated
17 CDGLCC Financial Statements, 1999, 2001-2004
18 Community Health Issues Survey, 2000, Undated
19 Binder, Youth Program and Scholarship, ca. 2000
Box Folder
3 1 CDGLCC Nomination Process, 2001
2 CDGLCC Financial Audit, 2001, 2002
3 Phase 1: Capital Campaign Report, 2001-2002
4 Rebranding Notes, 2001-2002, Undated
5 Employee Evaluations, 2001-2003, Undated
6 Empire State Pride Agenda Lobby Day, May 2002
7 Corporate Calls, 2002
8 D/B/A Certificate, 2002
9 Donor Reception List, 2002
10 Journal Ads, 2002
11 Small Business Council Awards, 2002
12 Executive Director Search - RESTRICTED, 2002-2003, Undated
13 Awards Dinner, 2002-2005
14 Sonda Legislative Debate Transcript, January 30, 2003
Oversized Folder
1 6 commUNITY, May-December 2003
Box Folder
3 15 Community Walk, 2003
16 State of The State Report, 2003
17 Survey of Needs and Services, 2003
Oversized Folder
1 7 V-Ball: The Red and White Party, 2003
Box Folder
3 18 Job Postings, 2003, Undated
Artifact-Box
1 Ribbon, Button and Lanyard from Capital Pride, 2003, Undated
Box Folder
3 19 Suzanne Westenhoefer, 2003, Undated
Oversized Folder
1 8 commUNITY, February 2004-February 2005
Box Folder
3 20 Clippings, Undated
21 Committee Information, Undated
22 Cynthia M. Swadba Profile, Undated
23 Development Audit Request, Undated
24 Gays at the Races, Undated
25 Tulip Fest Information Booth, Undated
Series 6: Empire State Pride Agenda, 1987-1992, Undated 0.5 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series predominantly contains meeting minutes, agendas, correspondences, and other materials related to the Empire State Pride Agenda.
Box Folder
1 1 Dick Dadey/Executive Director Reports, 1987, 1989, 1990-1992, Undated
2 Mailing List Information, 1988
3 Consolidation Information, 1989-1990, Undated
4 Fundraising, 1989-1991, Undated
5 Sol-C-3 Information, 1989, 1991, Undated
6 Clippings, 1989-1992, Undated
7 Board Membership/Information, 1990
8 Marketing Plan, 1990, Undated
9 Domestic Partnership, 1990-1991
10 Newsletters, 1990-1991
11 AIDS Budget/90 Freeze, 1990-1991, Undated
12 Board Correspondence, 1990-1991, Undated
13 Director's Goals and Evaluation Forms, 1990-1991, Undated
14 Bias Bill, 1990-1992, Undated
15 Financial Information, 1990-1992, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Meeting Minutes, 1991
2 Nominations Committee, ca. 1991
3 Conservative Caucus Letters and Marques Rodriguez Trial, 1991, Undated
4 Events, 1991, Undated
5 Federal Express Receipts, 1991, Undated
6 Legislative Reports, 1991, Undated
7 Lobbying/PAC/org.info, 1991, Undated
8 NYC Re-districting, 1991, Undated
9 PAC Guidelines/ Recommendations, 1991, Undated
10 Press Releases, 1991-1992, Undated
11 Agendas and Memorandums, 1992
12 NGLTS' National Lobby Days Report, 1992
13 Perry Institute, 1992
14 Updates, Correspondences, Press Releases, and Issues, 1992
15 Civil Rights Reports and Diversity Articles, 1992, Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Multi-Cultural Development, 1992, Undated
2 Committee Structure, Undated
3 Empire State Pride Agenda Needs Assessment, Undated
4 Executive Director Photo, Undated
5 Proposed By-Laws, Undated

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