The collection is open to the public.
Roger Troen was an early out-of-the-closet gay activist in Portland and Multnomah County. He ran unsuccessfully for the Oregon House of Representatives in 1972 as the first openly gay candidate for a state office Oregon.
The collection includes national magazines containing articles about homosexuality or gay civil rights; a variety of local publications from Oregon (primarily Portland) and Washington; clippings from local newspapers about gay rights issues; files on gay organizations, including the Oregon Gay Alliance; correspondence; and miscellaneous political information from the 1970s.
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.
Roger Troen collection, Mss 2988-2, Oregon Historical Society Research Library
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Letters to Roger Troen and various gay organizations he was associated with
Children of Zeis
Committee to Free Larry Slovak
Gay Liberation Front--Stationary
Oregon Gay Alliance (Albany)--Newsletter
Oregon Gay Alliance (Klamath Falls)--Newsletter
Oregon Gay Political Caucus--Endorsements
Parents' Action Team Against Gay Influence
Portland Gay People's Alliance (Portland State University)--Newsletter
Portland Gay Liberation Front--Clippings, flyers, circulars
Portland Town Council
Clippings, flyers, ephemera (including "An idea whose time has come")
Gay Rights (newsletter)
A legislative guide to gay rights
Radical Women (Seattle)--Manifesto
Universal Life Church of the Living Example--Stationary
Advocate (with article "Portland OKs gay rights")
|1975 January 15|
Includes May 29-June 4, 1973 and July 24, 1973.
|1973 May - July|
Miscellaneous papers from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Capitol Forum (Salem)
Includes August and September 1978 and letter of July 25, 1978.
Includes issues of March 1974, April 1974, October 1974, December 1974, June 1976, June 1977, and July 1977.
|1974 March - 1977 July|
Includes an article urging Blacks to oppose Gay rights. Black-oriented newspaper.
|1977 March 9|
Clinton Street Quarterly
Winter 1979 issue.
Includes May 1971, February 1972, January 1973, and April 1974.
|1971 - April 1974|
Includes "Homosexuals in Revolt"
|1971 December 31|
Northwest Gay Review (Portland)
Includes issues of October 1974, November 1974, November 1975, July 1976, March 1977, and January/February 1978.
|1974 October - 1978 January/February|
Old Portland Today
Oregon Liberator newsletter
Oregonian, Oregon Journal, Northwest Magazine
Includes miscellaneous articles on Gay issues.
Includes "Homosexuality Today: What parents Want to Know"
PDC Ideal Magazine
Includes "Anita Bryant: The Woman Behind the Controversy"
Includes issue of August 10-23, 1974; December 21, 1974-January 3, 1975; June 23-29, 1977. Bi-weekly publication, later a weekly.
|1974 August - 1977 June|
Miscellaneous Portland newsletters
Includes newsletters and clippings.
Includes "The Healthy Homosexual"
Flyers and newspapers from various Seattle groups.
Seattle newspaper: May/June 1973 to February 1974.
Includes solitary article, "The Mind of the Mass Murderer." Concerns Texas mass murderer Dean Corll and the sex ring he operated.
|1973 August 27|
Includes "I am a Homosexual: The Gay Drive for Acceptance" (feature about Air Force Sergeant Leonard Matlovich)
|1975 September 8|
Vanguard(Portland State University publication)
Includes gay poetry and response in the form of letters to the editor in the April 23, 1974 issue.
|1974 April 2|
Note that the year is not contained in the newspaper, but reference in article to "Friday, November 20" gives year via perpetual calendar.
|1970 December 4-9|
Unidentified local Gay newspaper
Includes portion of paper dating to late 1978 or early 1979, since it refers to the defeat of the Briggs Initiative in California and the Seattle anti-Gay measure, both on the November 1978 ballot.
General press clippings
Includes clippings from mainstream newspapers concerning Gay issues.
Includes an unidentified button including a pink triangle logo, and one for Gay Pride Week in 1975.
Singer vs. Hara, Brief of Respondent
Includes brief of respondent (Hara) in Washington court suit brought by two Gay men attempting to marry.
Includes newspaper article and letter concerning the case of Lesbian teacher Peggy Burton. The letter is one of thanks to Burton for her appearance on a local television program and is signed by Arlene Schnitzer.
Miscellaneous flyers and brochures dealing with business or services for the Gay/Lesbian community.
Campaign for state representative
Includes miscellaneous information on Roger Troen's 1978 run for Oregon House of Representatives.
Campaign brochures for Emily Ashworth's race for Governor of Oregon in 1978 and Vern Cope's for Portland City Council, undated.
Civil Rights, General
Includes flyers and newspaper articles regarding miscellaneous aspects of civil rights on the basis of sexual orientation.
Includes newspaper articles, flyers, and miscellaneous information on 1977 Eugene sexual orientation anti-discrimination ordinance and the 1978 referendum thereon.
"Free Blue Turner" (Men Against Sexism)
Flyer regarding prisoner Blue Turner and his involvement with Men Against Sexism.
Unidentified stencils of text and graphics.
Includes flyers, programs, and other material from Portland, not easily identifiable in many cases.
Governor's Task Force
Meeting minutes of the Governor's Task Force on Sexual Preference and related material.
House Bill 2930, 1973 Session
Includes a bill that would have outlawed housing, employment, and public accommodations discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill was voted on by the Oregon House in 1973 and lost. This was the first sexual orientation anti-discrimination bill ever to be voted on by a state legislative body in U.S. history.
Includes letter requesting assistance in researching the life of Alberta Lucille Hart for his upcoming book Gay and Lesbian Almanac, dated February 26, 1978.
National Gay Pride Week
Includes "One Share Gay Pride, 1971" and flyer for Summer Climax '71, Labor Day Weekend Campout.
Photos (unlabled) and a Portland V.D. Clinic card
Miscellaneous information on political events.
Includes lists of Gay organizations and other resources.
Miscellaneous flyers for Gay/Lesbian social events.
Campaign flyer for Oregon House of Representatives, 1972, and correspondence, 1978
Washington (State) information
Includes informational sheets from Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham.