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Roger Troen collection, 1970-1979

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Troen, Roger
Title
Roger Troen collection
Dates
1970-1979 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 cubic feet, (4 document boxes)
Collection Number
Mss 2988-2
Summary
Papers of a gay activist of Portland, Oregon. Includes: national magazines containing articles about homosexuality or gay civil rights; a variety of local publications from Oregon and Washington; clippings from local newspapers about gay rights issues; correspondence; and miscellaneous political information from the 1970s.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

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

Roger Troen collection, Mss 2988-2, 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:  Correspondence, 1972-1979Return to Top

Letters to Roger Troen and various gay organizations he was associated with

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1972-1979
1/2
undated

Series B:  Organizations, 1972-1979Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/3
Children of Zeis
undated
1/4
Committee to Free Larry Slovak
1974
1/5
Democratic Party
1978
1/6
Gay Liberation Front--Stationary
undated
1/7
Oregon Gay Alliance (Albany)--Newsletter
1978 January/February
1/8
Oregon Gay Alliance (Klamath Falls)--Newsletter
1978 March-April
1/9
Oregon Gay Political Caucus--Endorsements
undated
1/10
Parents' Action Team Against Gay Influence
1976
1/11
Portland Gay People's Alliance (Portland State University)--Newsletter
undated
1/12
Portland Gay Liberation Front--Clippings, flyers, circulars
circa 1972-1978
Portland Town Council
Box/Folder
1/13
Clippings, flyers, ephemera (including "An idea whose time has come")
circa 1977-1979
1/14
Gay Rights (newsletter)
1977-1979
1/15
A legislative guide to gay rights
1977
Box/Folder
1/16
Radical Women (Seattle)--Manifesto
1973 April
1/17
Universal Life Church of the Living Example--Stationary
undated

Series C:  Publications, 1970-1978Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/18
Advocate (with article "Portland OKs gay rights")
1975 January 15
1/19
Breakdown
Includes May 29-June 4, 1973 and July 24, 1973.
1973 May - July
1/20
Canadian newspapers
Miscellaneous papers from Vancouver, British Columbia.
1972-1973
1/21
Capitol Forum (Salem)
Includes August and September 1978 and letter of July 25, 1978.
1978
1/22
Changing Men(Portland)
Includes issues of March 1974, April 1974, October 1974, December 1974, June 1976, June 1977, and July 1977.
1974 March - 1977 July
1/23
Clarion Defender
Includes an article urging Blacks to oppose Gay rights. Black-oriented newspaper.
1977 March 9
1/24
Clinton Street Quarterly
Winter 1979 issue.
1979
2/1-2
The Fountain(Portland)
Includes May 1971, February 1972, January 1973, and April 1974.
1971 - April 1974
2/3
Lifemagazine
Includes "Homosexuals in Revolt"
1971 December 31
2/4
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
2/5
Old Portland Today
1974 March
2/6
Oregon Liberator newsletter
1972-1978
2/7
Oregonian, Oregon Journal, Northwest Magazine
Includes miscellaneous articles on Gay issues.
1972-1979
2/8
Parents' Magazine
Includes "Homosexuality Today: What parents Want to Know"
1974 March
2/9
PDC Ideal Magazine
Includes "Anita Bryant: The Woman Behind the Controversy"
1978 October
2/10
Portland Scribe
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
2/11
Miscellaneous Portland newsletters
Includes newsletters and clippings.
circa 1972-1978
2/12
Psychology Today
Includes "The Healthy Homosexual"
1975 March
2/13
Seattle materials
Flyers and newspapers from various Seattle groups.
1971-1978
2/14
Stonewall Reports(Seattle)
1975 September
3/2
Thrust
Seattle newspaper: May/June 1973 to February 1974.
1973-1974
3/3
Time
Includes solitary article, "The Mind of the Mass Murderer." Concerns Texas mass murderer Dean Corll and the sex ring he operated.
1973 August 27
3/4
Timemagazine
Includes "I am a Homosexual: The Gay Drive for Acceptance" (feature about Air Force Sergeant Leonard Matlovich)
1975 September 8
3/5
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
3/6
Willamette Bridge
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
3/7
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.
circa 1978
3/8
General press clippings
Includes clippings from mainstream newspapers concerning Gay issues.
1970-1977

Series D:  General files, 1971-1979Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/9
Badges
Includes an unidentified button including a pink triangle logo, and one for Gay Pride Week in 1975.
1975, undated
3/10
Singer vs. Hara, Brief of Respondent
Includes brief of respondent (Hara) in Washington court suit brought by two Gay men attempting to marry.
circa 1973-1974
3/11
Burton, Peggy
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.
1973-1974
3/12
Business/Service flyers
Miscellaneous flyers and brochures dealing with business or services for the Gay/Lesbian community.
circa 1972
3/13
Campaign for state representative
Includes miscellaneous information on Roger Troen's 1978 run for Oregon House of Representatives.
1978
3/14
Campaign literature
Campaign brochures for Emily Ashworth's race for Governor of Oregon in 1978 and Vern Cope's for Portland City Council, undated.
1978; undated
3/15
Civil Rights, General
Includes flyers and newspaper articles regarding miscellaneous aspects of civil rights on the basis of sexual orientation.
1973-1977
3/16
Eugene referendum
Includes newspaper articles, flyers, and miscellaneous information on 1977 Eugene sexual orientation anti-discrimination ordinance and the 1978 referendum thereon.
1977, 1978
3/17
"Free Blue Turner" (Men Against Sexism)
Flyer regarding prisoner Blue Turner and his involvement with Men Against Sexism.
circa 1977-1980
3/18
Gay graphics
Unidentified stencils of text and graphics.
undated
3/19
General materials
Includes flyers, programs, and other material from Portland, not easily identifiable in many cases.
circa 1974-1979
3/20
Governor's Task Force
Meeting minutes of the Governor's Task Force on Sexual Preference and related material.
1976-1977
3/21
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.
1973
4/1
Katz, Jonathan--Letter
Includes letter requesting assistance in researching the life of Alberta Lucille Hart for his upcoming book Gay and Lesbian Almanac, dated February 26, 1978.
1978
4/2
National Gay Pride Week
Includes "One Share Gay Pride, 1971" and flyer for Summer Climax '71, Labor Day Weekend Campout.
1971
4/3
Photos (unlabled) and a Portland V.D. Clinic card
undated
4/4
Political events
Miscellaneous information on political events.
undated
4/5
Resource guides
Includes lists of Gay organizations and other resources.
1972-1976
4/6
Social events
Miscellaneous flyers for Gay/Lesbian social events.
undated
4/7
Troen, Roger--campaign
Campaign flyer for Oregon House of Representatives, 1972, and correspondence, 1978
1972, 1978
4/8
Washington (State) information
Includes informational sheets from Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham.
circa 1972-1976