- Roscoe, Will
- Will Roscoe papers
- 1975-2006 (inclusive)19752006
- 0.2 linear feet, (35 digital files (197 MB))
- Collection Number
- Mss 796
- This collection includes the Lambda newsletter published at The University of Montana-Missoula from 1975-1976, a scrapbook of Lambda activities, a 1976 interview with founding member, Will Roscoe, and Roscoe's undergraduate papers papers relevant to the life and challenges of being homosexual as a student and citizen in the 1970s.
- University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
- Access Restrictions
Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Will Roscoe grew up in Missoula, Montana. In 1975 he helped found the Lambda Alliance at the University of Montana-Missoula. It was Montana's first LGBT organization. He served as an intern at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 1976, and the following year he formed the Oregon Gay Alliance, a statewide coalition of LGBT groups. After relocating to San Francisco in 1978, he organized a successful campaign to obtain United Way membership for the Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley, the first LGBT social service agency in the nation to receive that status. He subsequently worked with Harvey Milk in the "No on 6" campaign against the Briggs Initiative. After attending the first Radical Faerie gathering in Arizona in 1979, he became colleagues with Harry Hay, co-founding Nomenus, which operates a LGBT retreat center in southern Oregon.
In 1995 he edited and published a selection of writings by Hay, the "father" of the gay liberation movement. Roscoe's first book, The Zuni Man-Woman, received the Margaret Mead Award of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology, as well as the Lambda Literary Award for gay men's nonfiction. In 2003, he received a Monette-Horowitz Achievement Award for research and scholarship combating homophobia. His book, Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love, received a Lambda Literary Award in 2005.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection includes paper and digital copies of the Lambda newsletter published at The University of Montana-Missoula from 1975-1976, a scrapbook of Lambda activities with clippings, letters, and photographs, and a 1976 interview with founding member, Will Roscoe. The collection also includes digital copies of Will Roscoe's undergraduate papers relevant to the life and challenges of being homosexual as a student and citizen in the 1970s. Also included are digital copies of Will Roscoe's high school history paper about Frank Little, press surrounding a later plagiarized version, and a 2006 article about Frank Little by Roscoe.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Missoula-Montana.
[Name of document or photograph number], Will Roscoe Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Digital files require software that can open and read Portable Document Format files and JPEG image files
Will Roscoe created and/or held the materials prior to donation.
Donated by Will Roscoe, May 2008.
Print materials were placed into folders by the processor. Digital files received on CDRom were transferred to local storage.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1/1||List of Missoula Gay History
Materials donated by Will Roscoe with brief background on "Gay Liberation in
A digital version of this file is available.
A digital version of the newsletters are available.
|1/3||Summary of Lambda activities||1975-1976|
|1/4||Lambda scrapbook of clippings,
photos, and letters
A digital version of the scrapbook is available.
|1/5||Will Roscoe interview transcript||1976|
|electronic file||Undergraduate paper titled “15,000 Niggers or Homophobia in Missoula”||1975|
|electronic file||Undergraduate paper titled “Let My People Come Out: Meanings of Homosexuality”||1975|
|electronic file||Undergraduate paper titled “A Project for the Creation of a Sexual Minorities Counseling Service”||1975|
|electronic file||Undergraduate paper titled “Lambda Help Line”||1976|
|electronic file||“Sometimes I Still Feel…Like a Freak, A Collection of Writings”||1975|
|electronic file||“The Murder of Frank Little: ‘An Injury to One is an Injury to All,’” a paper written to fulfill a high school history requirement||1973|
|electronic file||Various articles concerning the plagiarized Frank Little edition, including October 8, 2006 Butte Standard article by Will Roscoe (reprinted in the Helena Independent)||2003-2006|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Gay college students--Montana--Missoula
- Gay college students--Montana--Missoula--Societies, etc.
- Roscoe, Will--Archives
- University of Montana--Missoula--Alumni and alumnae
- University of Montana--Missoula--Students--Societies, etc.
- Lambda Alliance (University of Montana) (contributor)