Dignity collection, 1980-1998  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Dignity/Portland, Inc. (Portland, Or.)
Title
Dignity collection
Dates
1980-1998 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.5 cubic feet , (7 document boxes)
Collection Number
Mss 2988-5
Summary
Includes financial records, meeting minutes, newsletters, and correspondence of the Portland, Oregon, chapter of the gay and lesbian Catholic organization Dignity. Materials date from the 1980s and 1990s.
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

Dignity is an organization of lesbian and gay Catholics. It was founded in southern California in 1969 by Father Patrick X. Nidorf. The chapter in Portland, Oregon, was established around 1974. It became a part of "District X" comprising the Pacific Northwest.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes financial records, meeting minutes, newsletters, and correspondence, all dating from the 1980s and 1990s. The correspondence is from and to a wide variety of individuals and organizations, much of it concerning local chapter activities. There is also information concerning Dignity/Portland's participation in the PFAB (People of Faith Against Bigotry) organization that helped to fight the Oregon Citizen Alliance's anti-Gay ballot measures in 1992 and 1994. Also includes newsletters of Dignity/Seattle.

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

Dignity/Portland collection, Mss 2988-5, 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:  Minutes of meetings and reports, 1981-1993Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Quarterly reports
1981
1/2
Quarterly reports and Board minutes
1982
1/3
Quarterly report and Board minutes
1983
1/4
Quarterly reports and Board minutes
PLEASE NOTE: These records were stolen while in Dignity possession.
1984
1/5
Quarterly reports and Board minutes
PLEASE NOTE: These records were stolen while in Dignity possession.
1985
1/6
Quarterly meetings
1986
1/7
Monthly meeting minutes
1986-1987
1/8
Meeting minutes and membership
1991, 1994
1/10
Meeting minutes
1992-1993
1/10
Quarterly reports, national
Includes reports of names of members to national office.
1986

Series B:  Newsletters, 1986-1996Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/11
1986
1/12
1987
1/13
1988
1/14
1989
1/15
1990
1/16
1991
1/17
1992
1/18
1993
1/19
Includes only March, April, and September issues.
1994
1/20
Newsletter materials
circa 1994
1/21
Miscellaneous newsletters (some non-Dignity)
1992-1995
2/1-2
Dignity/Seattle newsletters
1992-1996

Series C:  Correspondence, 1981-1998Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Dated correspondence
Box/Folder
2/3
1991-1994
2/4
1995
2/5
1996
Box/Folder
2/6
Undated correspondence
Includes miscellaneous mailings to Dignity without dates on them.
undated
2/7
Correspondence to Dignity/Portland
Mailings from national or other regional offices to Portland chapter.
1991-1997
2/8
Business correspondence
Includes business-related correspondence; some material undated.
1987-1994
2/9
Letters from prisoner
Five letters from an Oregon prisoner to Dignity/Portland. These letters contain almost entirely personal information about the prisoner.
1992-1993
Newletter correspondence
Box/Folder
2/10
1981
2/11
1982
2/12
1984
2/13
1985
2/14
1986
Box/Folder
3/1
Region X (Roman numeral 10) correspondence
Correspondence to and from Dignity Region X (Pacific Region).
circa 1989-1998

Series D:  General files, 1980-1996Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/2
Articles
Includes various articles written by different individuals concerning Dignity and religious issues.
circa 1993
3/3
Bylaws
Copies of the regional and national chapters' bylaws. The regional is undated and the national is dated 1985.
1985; undated
3/4
Catholic Sentinel
Brochures and mission statements concerning St. Philip Neri Parish.
circa 1989-1992
3/5
Constitution/By-laws of Dignity/Portland
circa 1980-1989
3/6
Courage
News articles and miscellaneous information on the Catholic Church group Courage, which attempts to restrain people from engaging in same-sex activity.
circa 1991-1992
3/7
Dignity House of Delegates meeting, Seattle, 1983
Miscellaneous material concerning the 1983 House of Delegates national meeting that was held in Seattle.
3/8
Dignity Region X (roman numeral 10) material
Miscellaneous material concerning Region 10, which includes the Portland and Seattle chapters.
circa 1982
3/9
Dignity/Seattle miscellaneous
Includes flyers and mailings regarding group events.
undated
3/10
Dignity US Chapters listings and map
Mailing addresses of various Dignity chapters in the U.S. and Canada, and a map of the regions.
1980, 1985
3/11
Father Paul--Cassette tape recording of sermon
1987 September 20
3/12
Founders' Award
Award to Dignity for participation in Esther's Pantry.
1986-1987
3/13
Lay-led Liturgies
circa 1993-1994
3/14
Letterhead
undated
3/15
Levada articles
Newspaper articles on the appointment of William Levada as Archbishop of San Francisco.
1995
3/16
Library shelf list
Computer printout of Dignity's library holdings.
circa 1993
3/17
Liturgies
circa 1989-1996
3/18
Liturgies and religious events
Liturgies, marriages, and memorial services.
circa 1993-1995
4/1
March on Washington, OCA (Oregon Citizen's Alliance), and news clippings
Includes newspaper articles, letters to the editor, and other articles related to the 1993 March on Washington; the Oregon Citizens Alliance; and civil rights for Gay and Lesbian people in Oregon.
circa 1993
4/2
Masses and liturgies
Includes miscellaneous Dignity masses and liturgies.
1993-1994
4/3
Membership
Computer printouts of membership lists and miscellaneous material dealing with membership.
1990-1994
4/5
Memorial services
Memorial services for Peter Higgins and Steven Schlitt. Includes death certificate for Schlitt and copy of Probate Record of Higgins, who made a bequest to Dignity/Portland.
1986
4/5
Newsweek
Includes article "Born or bred?" on homosexuality.
1992 February 24
4/6
PFAB (People of Faith Against Bigotry)
Meeting minutes, mission statements, correspondence, and considerable information on the Oregon Citizens Alliance anti-Gay ballot measure, including PFAB brochures opposing them.
1992-1993
4/7
Portland-area phone tree list, annual retreat
1985
4/8
Photographs
Includes miscellaneous photographs, mostly unlabeled, but two with dates of 1992 or 1995 from Dignity retreats. Also included is a letter postmarked November 24, 1992 with a thank-you note and unidentified unrelated photo. All material in this folder was with Dignity/Portland newsletters.
circa 1992, 1995
4/9
Portland unidentified
Includes miscellaneous newsletters, flyers, and reports of Dignity/Portland not otherwise identified.
circa 1995
4/10
President's Award
National office's award to Dignity/Portland for its newsletter, July 30, 1993.
1993
4/11
Pride Foundation grant application
Application from Dignity/Portland for grant money.
1993
4/12
Program flyers and related materials
Includes flyers, correspondence and press releases concerning various political, social, and civic activities of Dignity.
circa 1993-1996
4/13
Ratzinger, Joseph Cardinal--Letter
Letter to bishops from Cardinal Ratzinger on the Catholic Church's position on homosexuality.
1986
4/14
Retreats
Includes miscellaneous information on retreats, meetings with diocesan officials, correspondence, and mailing lists. Also includes packet of unidentified photos.
circa 1986-1993
5/1
Secretary of State correspondence
Correspondence regarding registration of corporate name.
1992-1993
5/2
Social and political events
Flyers, brochures, and correspondence concerning various social and political events in which Dignity/Portland participated.
1992-1996
5/3
St. Philip Neri Parish
Directory of services and programs.
1992
5/4
Sunday Evening Prayer I, Week II
Includes miscellaneous prayers, hymns and other information, most dating to 1994; includes a letter from a priest withdrawing from celebration of mass due to diocesan policy on homosexuality.
circa 1994
5/5
Vatican document 1992
News reports and Dignity responses to Vatican opposition to sexual orientation legislation; also includes unrelated matter on civil rights issues, such as Stonewall 25.
1992

Series E:  Financial records, 1985-1995Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/6
Bank deposit receipts
1989-1993
5/7-12
Bank statements
1979-1984
6/1-2
Bank statements
1985-1986
6/3-9
Canceled checks
1987-1993
7/1
Check stubs
1986-1993
7/2
Deposit records
1985-1993
7/3
General financial records
Includes miscellaneous invoices for printing, ads, receipts for dinners.
1989-1996
7/4
Invoices
Includes miscellaneous bills and invoices for Dignity/Portland.
circa 1993-1995
7/5
IRS 501(c)(3) letter
Letter from IRS documenting Dignity/Portland's tax-exempt status.
1993
7/6
Monthly financial reports
1986
7/7
Order for Dignity checks
undated
7/8-21
Paid receipts
1988-1993; undated
7/22
Savings account
Bank books related to the Dignity/Portland savings account.
1986-1987
7/23
Treasurer's Reports
Includes miscellaneous financial records and reports.
1993

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Gay rights--Oregon.
  • Gays--Legal status, laws, etc.--Oregon.
  • Gays--Oregon--Identity.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Dignity/Portland, Inc.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Politics and government.
  • Portland (Or.)--History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Financial records.
  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Newsletters.
  • Printed ephemera.