Harvey Muggy papers, 1966-1991  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Muggy, Harvey, 1941-1991
Harvey Muggy papers
1966-1991 (inclusive)
approximately 1.23 cubic feet (3 boxes, 2 oversize folders)
Collection Number
6233 (Accession No. 6233-001)
Papers of a political organizer and the first openly gay person to run for public office in Seattle
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Harvey Muggy was born in Port Townsend, Washington on February 10, 1944. His mother was of Klallam descent. After graduating from high school in 1962, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the National Defense Service medal. the Navy Unit Commendation medal, and the Vietnam Service medal. He was honorably discharged in 1966 and moved to Seattle shortly after. In 1972, he entered into a partnership in a bar business. He owned and operated a restaurant and lounge from 1979 to 1987 as well as owned apartments and real estate. He was active in politics from the late 1970s until his death on July 25, 1991.

Muggy was the first openly gay person to run for public office in Seattle; he ran for the Washington House of Representatives in 1986. While he lost the election, he remained active in politics. He recruited people from the gay community to fill Democrat Party precinct offices in Seattle and served as the Precinct Committee Officer for the 43rd District from approximately 1982 until 1990. He registered hundreds of voters in Capitol Hill and worked behind-the-scenes on Cal Anderson's election, helping Anderson become the first openly gay state legislator in 1987. Muggy also served as Vice President for the Lesbian and Gay Democrats of Greater Seattle. He managed to register over 1,000 voters in 1990, the year before his death from AIDS.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Maps, newsletters, ephemera, correspondence, photographs, buttons, publications of gay rights organizations in Seattle and nationally. Included are campaign materials from Muggy's 1986 election bid for the Washington House of Representatives.

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Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Family tree, military service documents, personal biography 1966-1991
1/2 News articles 1977-1990
1/3 Eastlake East Tavern recognition 1981
1/4 Eastlake East Tavern award undated
1/5 Dale Carnegie materials and certificate 1986
1/6 Scrapbook 1982-1991
1/7 Correspondence 1980-1986
1/8 Correspondence 1982-1991
1/9 Photographs of Harvey Muggy, undescribed undated
1/10 1986 election bid 1986
1/11 Non-Pacific Northwest serials (miscellaneous single issues) 1964-1969
1/12 Seattle area lesbian and gay event programs 1978-1986
2/1 Handwritten notes by Harvey Muggy 1987-1990
2/2 Lesbian and Gay Democrats Newsletters 1985-1990
2/3 43rd District Coordinator materials 1985-1989
2/4 43rd District Coordinator materials 1982-1990
2/5 Articles and reports on Port Townsend, Washington school 1988-1989
2/6 Calling lists, Democratic Central Committee, primary contests materials 1988-1991
2/7 Dorian Group award 1989
2/8 Button/medallion designs 1990
2/9 Memorials 1991
2/10 Memorials 1991
2/11 Memorial book 1991
3/1 Political lesbian and gay themed buttons: parades, marches, issues, voting 1981-1990
3/2 Miscellaneous gay and lesbian buttons, other miscellaneous buttons undated
3/3 Miscellaneous buttons undated
OS folder 1 Oversize district maps 1984-1989
OS folder 2 Oversize posters 1987

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Gay liberation movement--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Gay politicians--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Muggy, Harvey, 1944-1991--Archives
  • Muggy, Harvey, 1944-1991--Family
  • Muggy, Harvey, 1944-1991--Photographs