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Virginia Apuzzo Papers, 1956-2012
15 boxes (15 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 711

Abstract:
Catholic nun; Lesbian activist; AIDS activist; National Gay and Lesbian Task Force director. Correspondence, reports, news coverage, speeches and speech notes, financial records, and photographs. The Papers particularly well document the burgeoning AIDS crisis of the 1980s and the political response. The Papers also show well how the Gay and Lesbian Movement grew over time and gained wider acceptance as personified by this one woman's rise in relative political power from the State House in Albany to the White House in DC. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
  • Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works created by Virgina Appuzo in this collection. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Virginia (Ginny) Apuzzo (b.1941) was raised in the Bronx, graduated with a B.A. from SUNY New Paltz and an M.A. from Fordham University, and entered a convent at the age of 26. After leaving the convent, Apuzzo came out publicly as a lesbian, taught at Brooklyn College, and dove head first into movement politics. Working with the then-named National Gay Task Force, Apuzzo worked to have a gay and lesbian plank included in the 1976 Democratic Party platform. Subsequently, she became the Director of the Task Force, directing much of her attention to the AIDS crisis. Apuzzo's impressive political accomplishments led to two decades of political appointments, first with the Cuomo New York state administration and then the Clinton administration, where she was appointed Assistant to the President for Administration and Management, making her the highest ranking out lesbian in national government office to date. Apuzzo left this post in 1999 when she rejoined the Task Force as the first holder of the Virginia Apuzzo Chair for Leadership in Public Policy. In 2005, she was one of the founders of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center which opened in 2007 in Kingston, New York. Also in 2007, then Govenor Eliot Spitzer appointed Apuzzo to the NYS Commission on Public Integrity where she served through 2011. She lived for many years in Kingston, New York before moving to Florida in 2013.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers include correspondence, reports, news coverage, speeches and speech notes, financial records, and photographs and document particularly well the burgeoning AIDS crisis of the 1980s and the political response and also show how the Gay and Lesbian Movement grew over time and gained wider acceptance as personified by this one woman's rise in relative political power from the State House in Albany to the White House in DC.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.
  • Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works created by Virgina Appuzo in this collection. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Virginia Apuzzo Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Virginai Apuzzo beginning in 2013. Periodic additions to the collection are expected.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, 2013


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English


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Subjects
  • AIDS (Disease) -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Apuzzo, Virginia
  • Civil rights -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- Sources
  • Clinton, Bill, 1946-
  • Cuomo, Mario, 1932-
  • Gay rights -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Homosexuality -- Law and legislation -- United States
  • Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
  • Lesbians -- Political activity -- New York (State)
  • Lesbians -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Lesbians activists -- United States -- Sources
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (U.S.)
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government
  • Nuns -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Political activists -- United States -- Biography
  • Political campaigns -- New York (State) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Presidents -- United States -- Staff -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Women college teachers -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women in politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources


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