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Gay and Lesbian Organizations Collection, 1972-1996

Overview of the Collection

Title
Gay and Lesbian Organizations Collection
Dates
1972-1996 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 cubic feet , (2 document cases, 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
Mss 2988-4
Summary
Items include flyers, brochures, press releases, programs, and miscellaneous items for a variety of gay and lesbian organizations, mainly in the Portland, Oregon, area, with a small amount of information from Seattle.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Items include flyers, brochures, press releases, programs, and miscellaneous items for a variety of gay and lesbian organizations, mainly in the area of Portland, Oregon, with a small amount of information from Seattle. Included is an organizing manual for the group RATS (Radical Activist Truth Squad), which later merged with ACTUP/Portland. The organizations deal mainly with civil rights and AIDS issues, but also included is information on the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. Some information is included on the Oregon Citizens Alliance and Measure 9 from 1992, the anti-Gay amendment, as well as the Right to Privacy PAC and No on 9. See Mss 2988-3 for much more detailed information on Measure 9.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Gay and Lesbian Organizations Collection, Mss 2988-4, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  Organizations, circa 1973-1993Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
ACTUP/Columbia
Includes miscellaneous flyers, press releases, meeting notes, and other material about the organization. This group formed from a merger of ACTUP/Portland and RATS (Radical Action Truth Squad).
circa 1992
1/2
ACTUP--General materials
Includes news clippings, resource lists, flyers, and other miscellaneous material not easily identifiable as pertaining to a particular group.
circa 1992
1/3
Educators for Equity mission statement and membership form
undated
1/4
Equity Foundation brochure
circa 1991
1/5
Gay Activists Alliance list of Gay organizations
Listing of organizations (with addresses and telephone numbers) of Gay and Lesbian organizations throughout the United States. Includes a number of organizations in Oregon and Washington. Dated February 1, 1973, with errata and addenda dated March 1, 1973.
1973
1/6
Homophobic Violence Reporting Line and Documentation Project
Report of Lesbian Community Project documenting anti-Gay harassment and violence in the Portland area, July-December 1981.
1991
1/7
Oregon Citizen Alliance newspapers
Two undated newspapers of the OCA urging support for Measure 9. (Also see Mss 2988-3, Right to Privacy PAC and No on 9).
circa 1992
1/8
Portland Gay Liberation Front
"Fact Sheet on Homosexuality" stamped with "Portland Gay Liberation Front,", undated, and Portland Gay Liberation Front newsletter, early 1970s.
circa 1973-1974
1/9
Portland Gay Men's Chorus
Financial donation envelope and season brochures.
1987-1988 1994-1995
1/10
Portland Gay Men's Chorus
Program brochures and cassette tape of "Zillions".
1982-1985
1/11-12
Portland Gay Men's Chorus
Program brochures.
1986-1996
1/13
Portland Gay Men's Chorus
Tickets to "Men in Lights," November 20, 1994.
1994
1/14
Queer Nation/Portland
Flyer titled "Believe It Queer Nation".
undated
1/15
RATS (Radical Activist Truth Squad)
Includes miscellaneous flyers, notes, organizational rules, and other material about the organization (1992-1993). Also includes material on the Oregon Health Plan, particularly as it relates to AIDS (1990-1992).
1990-1993
2/1-4
RATS (Radical Activist Truth Squad) New Member Packet
Materials from a three-ring binder.
Arranged in binder order.
circa 1991
2/5
Second Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth Conference
Flyer for conference in Beaverton, Oregon.
1993 October 28-29

Series B:  General files, 1972-1993Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/6
AIDS and Measure 9
Flyers concerning the impact of Ballot Measure 9 on AIDS programs. (Also see Mss 2988-3, Right to Privacy PAC and No on 9).
1992
2/7
Days Together calendar
Calendar showing Gay and Lesbian families. Photography by Geoff Manasse Photography of Seattle.
1993
2/8
The Gay Insider U.S.A
Book with listings of bars, bathhouses, and organizations throughout the United States. Also includes narrative on each state, giving political and social information related to Gay rights. Includes information on Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Author: John Francis Hunter (New York: Stonehill Publishing, 1972).
1972
2/9
Homo Alert!!!
Press release regarding Arizona Senator John McCain's speech to the Oregon Citizens Alliance, August 30, 1993. (Also see Mss 2988-3, Right to Privacy PAC and No on 9.)
1993
2/10
No on 9--General materials
Includes flyers and peel-off stickers urging opposition to Measure 9 and negative flyers about Lon Mabon and Scott Lively, two leaders of the Oregon Citizens Alliance, the organization promoting Measure 9. (Also see Mss 1988-3, Right to Privacy PAC and No on 9).
circa 1992
2/11
Oregon Health Plan
Includes miscellaneous information about the Oregon Health Plan, mainly as it relates to AIDS.
1991-1992
2/12
Oregon Health Plan newspaper articles
1991-1992
2/13
Seattle Miscellaneous
Seattle area AIDS Resources listing (1990) and QSPIN (Queer Seattle Public Information Network) press release (1992).
1990, 1992