Wide Open Town History Project records

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
657 Mission Street, #300
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 777-5455
reference@glbthistory.org
http://www.glbthistory.org/
2013


Descriptive Summary

Title: Wide Open Town History Project records
Dates: 1930s-2002
Collection Number: 2003-05
Creator/Collector: Boyd, Nan Alamilla, 1963-
Extent: 4.8 linear feet (9 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: This collection contains research files and oral histories from Nan Alamilla Boyd’s groundbreaking history of queer San Francisco to 1965, “Wide Open Town.” Highlights of the collection include audiotapes of 41 separate interviews, some with transcripts; and photographs and archival materials donated by Boyd’s subjects, which date back to the 1930s.
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research. Funding for processing this collection was provided by the National HHistorical Publications andRecords Commission (NHPRC).

Publication Rights

Copyright has been transferred to the GLBT Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

Wide Open Town History Project records. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

Acquisition Information

Gift of Nan Alamilla Boyd in 2003 and 2010.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains research files and oral histories from Nan Alamilla Boyd’s groundbreaking history of queer San Francisco to 1965, “Wide Open Town.” Highlights of the collection include audiotapes of 41 separate interviews, some with transcripts; and photographs and archival materials donated by Boyd’s subjects, which date back to the 1930s. Boxes 1 to 5 contain research files. These include Boyd’s notes, photocopies of primary sources that date back to the 1950s, academic articles about LGBT history and a small amount of professional correspondence. Boxes 6 and 7 contain materials related to the oral histories, including release forms, letters, notes and transcripts. These are arranged alphabetically. There are also research files on bars, people and organizations. These include portions of Boyd’s interviews, interviews by other scholars, academic articles and news clippings. Boxes 8 and 9 include a guide to queer bars in the Bay Area compiled by Eric Garber; photographs and archival materials donated by Boyd’s interview subjects; and photographs, page proofs and other materials related to “Wide Open Town.” Boxes 10 and 11 (Oversize) contain audiotapes of oral history interviews and performances.

Indexing Terms

Homosexuality--California--San Francisco Metropolitan Area--History.
Gay and lesbian studies.
Lesbian bars--California--San Francisco.
Oral history recordings

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