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Lesbian and Gay Choruses Collection, 1986-1998

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest
Title
Lesbian and Gay Choruses Collection
Dates
1986-1998 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.5 cubic feet , (5 document cases)
Collection Number
Mss 2988-11
Summary
Materials documenting the Portland (Oregon) Gay Men's Chorus, the Portland (Or.) Lesbian Choir, the Bridges Vocal Ensemble, and the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) events. Materials include: programs, sheet music, ephemera, and photographs relating to concerts, tours, and other events of the ensembles.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Portland Gay Men's Chorus and the Portland Lesbian Choir participated in numerous performances in the Portland, Oregon, area and around the United States. Bridges was an organization composed of individual members of both the Gay Men's Chorus and the Lesbian Choir, performing as a separate ensemble. GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) was a national meeting/performance of Gay Men's and Lesbians' choruses throughout the United States. The Portland groups performed at a number of GALA events, notably in Denver, Colorado, in 1992.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Materials include: programs, sheet music, ephemera, and photographs documenting concerts, tours, and other events of the ensembles. A large proportion of the collection consists of scrapbooks assembled by the groups, which include photographs and ephemera from the various events.

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

Lesbian and Gay Choruses Collection, Mss 2988-11, 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:  General files, 1989-1998Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Bridges
Box/Folder
1/1
BMI certificate of compliance
undated
1/2
General materials
undated
1/3
Musical programs
1991-1998
1/4
Musical programs
undated
1/5
Organizational materials
undated
Box/Folder
1/6
Correspondence to "Ms. Schmitt"
undated
GALA
Box/Folder
1/7
General materials
1992, 1998
1/8
Program, Vancouver BC
1990
1/9
Schedules/programs
Combined Gay Men's/Lesbians' Chorus programs in the United States in which the Portland groups participated.
1991-1995
Box/Folder
1/10
Musical Director contract
1995
Portland Lesbian Choir
Box/Folder
1/11
BMI certificate of compliance
1990
1/12
General materials
circa 1989
1/13
Newsletter
1996-1997
1/14
Programs
1990-1998

Series B:  Sheet Music, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Bridges sheet music
Alphabetical by title
Box/Folder
1/15
A-B
undated
1/16
C-G
undated
1/17
H-L
undated
1/18
M-R
undated
1/19
S-Z
undated
Box/Folder
1/20
Fragments of sheet music
undated
1/21
Songs, Portland Lesbian Choir with Portland Gay Men's Chorus
undated
2/1-2/8
Miscellaneous sheet music
undated
3/1-3/3
Miscellaneous sheet music
undated

Series C:  Scrapbooks, 1986-1996Return to Top

Four albums of photos and Portland Gay Men's Chorus and Portland Lesbian Choir programs, 1986-1994; programs for GALA Festivals III, IV and V, 1989, 1982, 1996; and miscellaneous photos of group events, undated.

Albums were disassembled for preservation purposes, but photocopies were made of the original order of the materials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Album 1
Box/Folder
4/1
Photocopies of original album
1986-1990
4/2
Papers from album
1986-1990
4/3-4
Photographs from album
1986-1990
Album 2
Box/Folder
4/5
Photocopies of original album
1990-1991
4/6
Papers from album
1990-1991
5/1
Photographs from album
1990-1991
Album 3
Box/Folder
5/2
Photocopies of original album
1992-1993
5/3
Papers from album
1992-1993
5/4
Photographs from album
1992-1993
Album 4
Box/Folder
5/5
Photocopies of original album
1994
5/6
Papers from album
1994
5/7
Photographs from album
1994
Box/Folder
5/8
Loose photographs found in albums
circa 1996-1997
5/9
Publications found loose in albums
1989-1996