M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

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Finding Aid for the
LIBBY POST
PAPERS, 1982-2004

(APAP-045)

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Rita M. Mignacca
December 1998

Revised by
Kevin Glick
June 1999

Revised by
Joshua Hauck-Whealton
October 2004







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VOLUME: 1.46 cubic feet

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

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


Libby Post Papers
Biographical Sketch

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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 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.

Libby Post has also done a great deal of work with several Capital Region organizations promoting gay and lesbian rights. She became 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. She went on to become president of CDGLCC in April 1999, becoming president emeritus in April 2004.

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Notes

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


Libby Post Papers
Scope & Content Note

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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 like 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 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 relates to her work and to her 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 final series consists of papers collected during Libby Post's time 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 material received from Post in May 1994 and May 2003, is arranged and described in this finding aid. Material totaling 2 cubic feet received in December 2005 and June 2006 has not yet been arranged and described. Contact a staff member for further details.

Related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives include: the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center (APAP-193), Edward Bloch (APAP-115), and Family Planning Advocates of New York State (APAP-044). Additional related collections in the Department are available online at the subject guides for Women, Human Sexuality and Gender Identity, and Public Servants and Politicians. The records of Empire State Pride Agenda were deposited at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library and a finding aid for the collection is available at http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/EAD/htmldocs/RMM07630.html.


Libby Post Papers
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Political Campaigns, 1984-2002, 0.55 cubic ft. Organized chronologically.

This series documents Libby Post's involvement with the political campaigns of six Democratic candidates: Ed Bloch, Sheile Healy, Nancy Burton, Helen Desfosses, Sharon Ward and Carl McCall.

Subseries 1: Ed Bloch, 1984. Organized 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.

Subseries 2: Sheila Healy, 1987. Organized 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.

Subseries 3: Nancy Burton, 1989-1997. Organized 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.

Subseries 4: Helen Desfosses, 1997-2001. Organized 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.

Subseries 5: Sharon Ward, 1989. Organized chronologically.

Sharon Ward's 1989 6th Ward City Council campaign contains the campaign plan for the Democratic primary.

Subseries 6: Carl McCall, 2002. Organized 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.

Series 2: Media Coordinator/Press Secretary, 1984-1987, 0.25 cubic ft. Organized chronologically.

This series contains material relating to Libby Post's two positions as Press Secretary for New York State Assemblywoman May W. Newburger and for Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Inc. The folders on Newburger include 1984 and 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.

Series 3: Lobbyist Work for the Equal Rights Amendment, 1984, 0.15 cubic ft. Organized chronologically.

This series documents Post's lobbyist work for the Equal Rights Amendment, and includes Post's handwritten notes from meetings of the ERA "Working Group", memos from 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.

Series 4: Subject Files, 1982-1992, 0.15 cubic ft. Organized 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.

Series 5: Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, 1999-2004, 0.30 cubic ft. Organized alphabetically.

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 CDGLCC, 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 the original order and categories.


Libby Post Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Political Campaigns, 1984-2002
Subseries 1: Ed Bloch, 1984

Box 1
Folder

Ed Bloch, New York State Congressional Campaign, 1984.


Libby Post Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Political Campaigns Campaigns, 1984-2002
Subseries 2: Sheila Healy, 1987

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

Sheila Healy, 6th District Democratic Candidate, Albany County Legislator, 1987.


Libby Post Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Political Campaigns Campaigns, 1984-2002
Subseries 3: Nancy Burton, 1989-1997

Box 3
Folder

1. Nancy Burton, City Comptroller, 1989-1997.


Libby Post Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Political Campaigns Campaigns, 1984-2002
Subseries 4: Helen Desfosses, 1997-2001

Box 3 (continued)
Folder

2. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Meetings and campaign plan, 1997.
3. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Memos and press releases, 1997.
4. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Planning 1997.
5. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Volunteer and donor lists, 1997.
6. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Fund raising response, 1997.
7. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Theme and message literature, 1997.
8. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Endorsements, 1997.
9. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Petitions, 1997.
10. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Newspaper clippings, 1997.
11. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Fundraising, 1997..
12. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Statement of financial disclosure, 1995, 1997.
13. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Contact Sheets, circa 1997.
14. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Fundraising Flyers, 1997.

Box 4
Folder

1. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, 2001

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Folder

1. Helen Desfosses, City Council President Campaign, Campaign Sign, 2001


Libby Post Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Political Campaigns Campaigns, 1984-2002
Subseries 5: Sharon Ward, 1989

Box 4 (continued)
Folder

2. Sharon Ward, 6th ward Democratic primary, June 1989.


Libby Post Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Political Campaigns Campaigns, 1984-2002
Subseries 6: Carl McCall, 2002

Box 4 (continued)
Folder

3. Carl McCall, New York Governor Campaign, Women for McCall-Mehiel, September 2002.


Libby Post Papers
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Series 2: Media Coordinator/Press Secretary, 1984-1987

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

May W. Newburger, NYS Assemblywoman, Press Coverage, 1984.
May W. Newburger, NYS Assemblywoman, Press Coverage, 1985.
May W. Newburger, NYS Assemblywoman, Press Releases, 1985.
Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Press Conference, Nov. 14, 1985.
Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Press Releases, 1985-1986.
Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Press Releases, 1987, undated
Family Planning Advocates of New York State, 10th Anniversary Conference, 1987.
New York Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "Speak Out Rally," Mar. 9, 1987.
New York Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Press Coverage, Mar. 9-10, 1987.


Libby Post Papers
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Series 3: Lobbyist Work for Equal Rights Amendment, 1984

Box 2
Folder

Equal Rights Amendment, Assembly Debate, May 21, 1984.
Equal Rights Amendment, Press Conference, June 12. 1984.
Equal Rights Amendment, Senate Rejection, Press, June 12, 1984.
Equal Rights Amendment, Madeline Kochen's OP-ED Piece, June 14, 1984.
Equal Rights Amendment, Clips, "Momentum Articles," June 19, 1984.
Equal Rights Amendment, Press Conference with Governor Mario Cuomo, June 20, 1984.
Equal Rights Amendment, Commentary Clips by Reporters, 1984.
Equal Rights Amendment, Editorials, 1984.
Equal Rights Amendment, Press, Last Week of 1984 Session, 1984.
Equal Rights Amendment, Working Group, 1984, undated


Libby Post Papers
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Series 4: Subject Files, 1982-1992.0.20 cubic ft

Box 2 (continued)
Folder

Women's Action Alliance, New York City Area Mailing List, 1982.
Child Abuse, 1985.
Planned Parenthood New York State Survey on Reproduction, 1985.
News Clippings on Reproductive Issues, Organizations, Surveys, Legislation, 1985-1986.
News Clippings, Gay Rights, 1987-1989.
News Clippings, Homosexuality and Women's Issues, 1989.
Newspaper, Hardcopy: For the Common Good, March 1989.
Newspaper, Metroland, May 30-June 5, 1991.
Newspaper, Craft Fair, May 31, June 1-2, 1992.


Libby Post Papers
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Series 5:Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council 1999 - 2003

Box 4 (continued)
Folder

4. CDGLCC, Binder, Legislative Reception, May 18th 1999.
5. CDGLCC, Binder, CommUnity News Journal, 1999-2000.
6. CDGLCC, Binder, Youth Program and Scholarship, circa 2000..
7. CDGLCC, Binder, Affiliates Policy, 1996-1999.
8. CDGLCC, Binder, Rainbow Society, 1995-1999.
9. CDGLCC, Binder, Capital Pride and Gays At The Races, 1999.
10. CDGLCC, Binder, Grants, 1993-July 1999.
11. CDGLCC, Binder, Grants, August 1999-2000.
12. CDGLCC, Binder, Financial Info, 1999-2000.
13. CDGLCC, Binder, United Airlines and SEFA and Linkages, 1999-2000.
14. CDGLCC, Capital Pride, 2001-2003.
15. CDGLCC, Correspondence, March 2000-January 2003.

Box 5
Folder

1. CDGLCC, Empire State Pride Agenda Lobby Day, May 2002.
2. CDGLCC, Financial Audit, 2001, 2002.
3. CDGLCC, Financial Statements, 1999, 2001-2002.
4. CDGLCC, Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Reports, April 2001-April 2003.
5. CDGLCC, Policy and Procedure, December 2001-April 2003.
6. CDGLCC, Publications and Announcements, 1999-2003.
7. CDGLCC, SONDA Legislative Debate Transcript, January 30 2003.

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Folder

2. CDGLCC, CommUnity, May-December 2003
3. CDGLCC, CommUnity, 2004


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