Joyce D. Meyer Papers, 1961-2018
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Brief Description:

Papers of Joyce D. Meyer include information from her school years at Gale Elementary School and copies of the Sullivan High School Streak underground newspaper and the Chicago Jewish Youth Council Social Action Newsletter. This series contains records of Meyer's coursework and teaching assistantship during her time at the University of Illinois (1970s-1980s). As a feminist and LGBT rights activist, Meyer collected flyers, articles, and newspaper clippings about the Equal Rights Amendment (1980) and the Grassroots Group of Secon Class Citizens (1982-1983). Meyer's 1982 Sangamon County Jail journal and correspondence are maintained within this record series. Multiple petitions and letters and Meyer's work with WEFT, Parkland College Lesbian/Gay Organization, the Women's Resources Center's Feminist Activity Academy, and the Archives Research Center are also included. Newspaper clippings, campaign information, and primary results document Meyer's run for Champaign City Council in 1990-1991.

The record series also contains chains used for original Days of Rebellion (June 1982), an anti-apartheid armband (Artifact #601), and multiple protest buttons and stickers are included.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 41/20/271
Created by: Joyce D. Meyer (1957-)
Volume: 0.6 cubic feet
Acquired: 02/13/2018. 6/8/2018
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Arrangement: Thematical and chronological order.
Biographical Note for Joyce D. Meyer (1957-) : Meyer attended the University of Illinois in the late 1970s and early 1980s, where she studied political science (BA 1981) and social work (MS 1984). Her feminist interests and activism began while Meyer was in high school. By the 1980s, Meyer participated in many activist groups, like the Grassroots Group of Second Class Citizens who protested for the Equal Rights Amendement and the Divest Now movement which demonstrated against apartheid in South Africa. In 1990, Meyer became the first openly gay candidate to run for Champaign City Council. She served as a part-time faculty member at Parkland College 1993-2012 where she sponsored the Native American film series and was active in the part-time faculty union.
Subject Index
Equal Rights Amendment
Hillel Foundation
Illinois Politics
LGBT Community
LGBT Students
Student Activism
Student Protests
Acquisition Notes: Joyce D. Meyer