Jeanine Wittcke Papers, 1988-2002

Overview of the Collection

Wittcke, Jeanine
Jeanine Wittcke Papers
1988-2002 (inclusive)
1992-1996 (bulk)
.4 cubic feet, (1 document case)
Collection Number
Mss 2988-19
Documents, flyers, brochures, rosters, printed emails, marketing and political materials, and correspondence related to Portland, Oregon, activist Jeanine Wittcke and her involvement in LGBT causes and organizations during the early 1990s. Includes materials relating to the 1993 lesbian/gay march on Washington, D.C., and the Employee Association for Gay and Lesbian Employees of US West.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Jeanine Wittcke was involved in lesbian and gay activism in the Portland, Oregon, area in the 1990s and 2000s, and participated in the lesbian/gay march on Washington, D.C., in 1993. As a telephone worker at US West in Portland, she helped to organizae the Employee Association for Gay & Lesbian Employees of US West (EAGLE). She also served on the board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains assorted materials related to LGBT organizations in and around Portland, Oregon, and the 1993 lesbian/gay March on Washington. Organizations represented include: EAGLE (Employee Association for Gay & Lesbian Employees of US West); GLAPN (Gay & Lesbian Archive of the Pacific Northwest, of which Wittcke was a board member); "No On 9" campaign; and PRIDE At Work.

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

Jean Wittcke papers, Mss 2988-19, Oregon Historical Society Davies Family Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is arranged in a single series.

Acquisition Information

Acquired June 2013, Library accession 27950

Separated Materials

Additional audio materials have been sent to the Oral History collection; additional physical objects (lapel pins, buttons and branded pens) have been sent to the Oregon Historical Society Museum.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Jeanine Wittcke PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1993 March On Washington
Assorted materials related to the 1993 lesbian/gay March on Washington, including preparatory memos, brochures and business cards obtained at the March itself, and newsletter articles.
Damsel Fly Fisherwomen
Member rosters of a sports affinity group for female fly fisherwomen.
Materials generated by and for the Employee Association for Gay & Lesbian Employees of US West. Also includes US West artifacts (a directory and strategy guide for US West operators).
Eugene Pride program
Undated program from PRIDE celebration of Eugene/Springfield.
circa 1992
Evelyn Hall Memorial
Program from memorial for noted member of Portland LGBT community.
GLAPN Email Correspondence
Printouts of several emails with (or cc:ing) Jeanine Wittcke in her role as a member of the board of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest.
LGBT Marketing Materials
Assorted direct mail pieces targeted at an LGBT audience:
  • Shocking Gray catalog;
  • Check Us Out (paper check designs)
  • Small Potatoes (singer/songwriter Fred Small)
  • Otherwise (Women's Books & Resources)
LGBT military organizations
Direct mail appeals related to Veterans for Human Rights and The Campaign for Military Service.
circa 1993
LGBT political issues (national)
Direct mail appeals & brochures from several national LGBT organizations; also correspondence to Wittcke from Sen. Mark O. Hatfield and President Bill Clinton.
circa 1993
LGBT political issues (Oregon)
Letter to Wittcke from Mayor Vera Katz re: followup to an in-person meeting in May 1995; also direct mail literature from the Democratic Party of OR, focused on an LGBT audience.
circa 1995
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force "Military information kit"
Military policy fact sheet produced by NGLTF with reference to national military policy as it affected gays & lesbians serving in the armed forces.
circa 1993
No On 9 (Assorted Materials)
Various flyers, newspapers, opinion pieces, correspondence and direct mail appeals related to the opposition of Ballot Measure 9 and the Oregon Citizens Alliance (OCA).
circa 1992
Oregon State LGBT Community (assorted)
Assorted brochures, questionnaires, newsletters, and direct mail appeals related to a variety of LGBT causes and organizations in the state of Oregon.
circa 1992
1992 Lesbian and Gay Labor Network (Pride At Work) Union Guidebook; several issues of Pride At Work/AFL-CIO newsletter.
1990; 2000-2002
Queer Catholics
Draft pages of papers re: LGBT community & the Catholic Church, some of which are attributable to Jeanine Wittcke.
"Report on gay & lesbian youth in Seattle" (1988)
Copy of 1988 report faxed to Wittcke in 1990.
Tampa Correspondence
Correspondence to Wittcke from Peggy Brereton & Elaine Walsh of St. Petersburg, Florida, re: gay and lesbian politics in that state. Includes "The Buycott Handbook: An Economic Response to a Civil Rights Violation" and other LGBT publications.
WSU Application
Correspondence to Wittcke from Washington State University in Pullman, WA re: her (unsuccessful) application to serve as Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Allies Program at WSU.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Gays--Oregon
  • Lesbians--Oregon
  • Telephone companies--Employees--Oregon

Personal Names

  • Wittcke, Jeanine--Archives

Corporate Names

  • Employees Association for Gay and Lesbian Employees of US West
  • Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest

Geographical Names

  • Oregon--Politics and government--1951-