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Title: Christopher Street West Association records
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.134
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material:
12.0 linear feet.
[2 archives boxes, 3 archives cartons, 1 oversized archives carton, 49 box-binders, 5 flat boxes, and 1 shoe box]
Date (inclusive): 1970-2010
Photographs, slides, clippings and analyses of press coverage, fliers, resolutions, certificates, and award plaques from the
Christopher Street West Association (CSW). Formed in 1970 CSW was the first pride organization in the United States to obtain
a city permit for its parade. In 1973 the parade was suspended, in the following year the parade resumed and a festival was
added to the celebration. The parade was held on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles until 1978, after which it was moved to
Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.
Christopher Street West Association.
Removed to ONE Audio Collection
A new gay dawning
Removed to ONE Directory Collection
Business Alliance of Los Angeles 1999
Frontiers Yellow Pages 2007
Gay and Lesbian Community Yellow Pages 2005-2006
LA Weekly West Hollywood Directory 2000
Removed to ONE Newspaper Front Pages Collection
Press Telegram [Long Beach, California] 2007
San Francisco Chronicle 2007
Removed to ONE Periodical Collection
The Bottom Line 2006
Buck Rodgers' Happenings May 1986
Circuit Noize 2001
Creating Change [National Gay and Lesbian Task Force] 2006
Desert Daily Guide 2005
Female FYI 2001
GLT Gay & Lesbian Times 2002-2008
HRC Quarterly 2000
HX Magazine 2006
Jane and Jane Magazine 2008
In Los Angeles Magazine 2000-2009
LN Lesbian News 1999-2009
The Leather Journal 2001-2006
Metro Source 2000-2008
Noize Magazine 2008
Out & About 1992-1993
Proud Parenting 2001
Pulp Magazine 2006
Revista Adelante 2001-2003
Ten Percent 2003
Removed to ONE Poster Collection
See ONE poster database for a complete list of CSW posters
Removed to ONE Pride Program Collection
Auckland, New Zealand 2001
Brooklyn, New York 2000-2006
Chicago, Illinois 2000-2006
Des Moines, Iowa 2006
Denver, Colorado 2000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1986-2000
Las Vegas, Neveda 1997-2006
Long Beach, California 1990-2008
Manchester, England 2000
Minneapolis, Minnesota 1985
Montreal, Canada 2001
New York, New York 1999-2006
North Hampton, Massachusetts 2006
Orange County, California 1991
Palm Spring, California 2000-2006
Phoenix, Arizona 2000-2006
Reykjavík, Iceland 2001
Saint Louis, Missouri 2000-2001
San Diego, California 2000-2006
San Fernando Valley, California 2006
San Francisco, California 1999-2003
South Bay [Redondo Beach, California] 1993
Vienna, Austria 1999
Removed to ONE Program Collection
AIDS Service Center [Pasadena, California] 1998-1999
Business Alliance of Los Angeles 1999-2003
Equality California Awards [Los Angeles] 2007
Gay Asian Support Network 1999
Gay Destinations Montreal 2006
Jersuleum Open House 2006
Los Angeles Gay Rodeo 2006-2008
Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2003-2006
Santa Monica AIDS Project 1999
Sydney, Australia Mardi Gras 1999
The Village at Ed Gould Place [L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center] 1998
West Hollywood Mardi Gras 1999-2000
Removed to ONE realia collection
CSW Plastic Mugs 1983-1992
Removed to ONE T-Shirt & garment collection
See ONE garment database for a complete list of CSW garments such as hats, t-shirts, etc
Removed to ONE video collection
Unity &·more in '84: The Los Angeles gay pride parade, VV2817
Unity & more in '84: Festival promo tape, VV2818
1985 CSW parade for CSW from Frank Stevens 4-Star, VV2819
CSW presents the 1986 gay pride celebration, VV2820
CSW 1986 highlights (solar), VV2821
CSW 16th annual gay pride parade, VV2822
CSW 1986 public service announcement, VV2823
Proud - strong - united CSW promo tape 1987 gay pride celebration, VV2824
CSW pride parade (raw footage), VV2825
CSW pride parade (reel l/2, reel 2/2), VV2826-VV2827
CSW awardee clips, VV2828
CSW promo tape, VV2829
CSW board of directors seminar (reels 1-4, 5-7), VV2830-VV2831
CSW 1988 parade highlights, VV2832
CSW 1989 award banquet LOGO, VV2833
CSW 1989 news clips, VV2834
CSW 1989 pride parade, VV2835
CSW 1989 pride parade VV2836
CSW 1989 volunteer party, VV2837
CSW 1989 news clips, VV2838
CSW 1990 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2839
CSW Los Angeles 1991 together in pride VV2840-VV2841
CSW main stage entertainment #1 1991, VV2842
CSW main stage entertainment #3, #4, #5 1991, VV2843-VV2845
CSW 1991 gay & lesbian pride festival, VV2846
CSW 1991 gay & lesbian pride festival, VV2847
Pride = power CSW 1992 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2848
CSW 1992 Gay pride festival, VV2849
CSW 1994 gay pride, VV2850
CSW 1995 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2851
CSW 1995 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2852
CSW 1996 pride, VV2853
CSW 1997 pride parade, VV2854
CSW 1998 pride parade, VV2855
CSW 1999 West Hollywood gay & lesbian pride celebration, VV2856
CSW 2001 pride odyssey parade VV2857-VV2858
CSW 2001 pride parade VV2859
CSW 2002 pride parade- "Family, amore & paz" VV2860-VV2862
CSW 2004 pride parade, VV2863
Speaking the vision, VV2864
For love and and for life the 1987 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights, VV2865
Sally Jesse Raphel: Lesbian mothers, VV2866
Oprah: Coming out, VV2867
Long Beach lesbian & gay parade, VV2868
San Francisco lesbian/gay freedom day main stage, VV2869
San Francisco lesbian/gay freedom day parade tape, VV2870
Spectrum news (Santa Ana, Calif.), VV2871
Eyewitness news (AB 101), VV2872
Diana Ross "I will survive", VV2873
CSW 1997 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2874
Hello...pride LA 2004, VDD0687
Christopher Street West pride , VDD0688
2006 CSW LGBT Pride Parade, VDD0689
2007 CSW LGBT Pride Parade, VDD0690
Christopher Street West LGBT pride parade, VDD0691
GLAAD interviews, VV2875
Long Beach 2000 lesbian & gay pride celebration public service announcement, VV2876
2000gether Sydney gay & lesbian mardi gras parade, (1/2) VV2877
Into the Streets Documentary of the demonstration following Governor Pete Wilson's of Assembly Bill 101 (AB101), VV2878
West Hollywood City counsel meeting, VV2879
Time Out with Jimmy Palmieri, VV2880
The Donlavy dance company, VV2881
Pat Underwood tour of farm, VV2882
CSW award winners, VV2883
CSW Los Angeles pride pride promo, VV2884
Howard & Dave promo tape #1, VV2885
Voter registration, VV2886
LaRouche initiative, VV2887
Search alliance, VV2889
Sydney gay pride promo, VV2890
Jewelry by Ponce commercial, VV2891
Pride '89: Birds of a feather, VV2892
Orange county cultural pride, VV2893
Stonewall 25: Voice of pride & protest, VV2894
Gay games from a to q, VV2895
Dennis Lamaar, VV2896
March on Washington highlights 1987, VV2897
Pride marches in central and eastern Europe, VDD0692
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[Box/folder #, or item name] Christopher Street West Association Records, Coll2012-134, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives,
USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
The records of the Christopher Street West Association were received prior to 2010.
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Researchers wishing to publish material must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives as the
physical owner of the material. Note that permission to publish does not constitute copyright clearance. ONE National Gay
& Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold copyright. It is the responsibility
of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials from the copyright holder(s).
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
The collection is arranged by the following series:
Series 1. Festival and parade photographs
Series 2. Professional photographers
Series 3. Festival and parade 35mm slides
Series 4. CSW events photographs
Series 5. Headshots and publicity photographs
Series 6. Records and ephemera
Series 7. Medals, plaques, and ribbons
Collection processed by Devon Moffat, Stefan Ogbac, and Michael C. Oliveira, April 2014.
The albums of photographs document the parade as well as other CSW events. Inorder to keep the albums whole the albums were
either placed in the Festival and parade series or the CSW events photographs series depending on the primary focus of the
The images and documents of CDs and DVDs have been transferred to the server.
Scope and Content
Photographs, slides, clippings, analyses of media coverage, fliers, VHS (TM) videocassettes, resolutions, certificates, and
award plaques from the Christopher Street West Association (CSW). The collection documents the pride parade and festivals
held in Los Angeles and later West Hollywood, California. The records document the transformation of a simple evening parade
with a few cars and marchers attended by a few thousand to a three day festival and parade with music and floats attended
by over a half million people.
The bulk of the collection consists of photographs from the 1980s and 1990s documenting the festivities as well as other CSW
and pride events. The other events include award programs, kick-off and volunteer thank you parties, pride association conferences,
pride runs/races, retreats, and a memorial service. The collection also includes records of various other events or programs
sponsored or collected by CSW, including sporting events.
The Christopher Street West Association (CSW) was formed in 1970 to organize a parade to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots.
The concept of a celebratory parade and naming of the association were the result of a collaborative effort by community leaders,
Reverend Bob Humphries, Morris Kight, and Reverend Troy Perry.
For the first parade the Los Angeles Police Commission required bonds totaling 1.5 million dollars and $1,500 for police overtime.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was contacted and Attorney Herbert Selwyn appealed the Commission's demand before
the Superior Court of California. The court ordered the issuing of the permit and charged the police department with the responsibility
to protect the parade participants as any other citizen. CSW became the first and only organization to obtain a parade permit
for its 1970 commemorative parade.
In 1973 the Los Angeles parade was suspended; however, in 1974 new leaders coalesced to organize the annual parade with the
addition of a pride festival, conceived by Pat Rocco. The parade and later the festival continued in Hollywood on Hollywood
Boulevard through 1978. In 1979 the festival and parade were moved to an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, west
of Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard. In 1984 the residents of this unincorporated section of Los Angeles County voted to
incorporate as the City of West Hollywood.
In 1993 CSW opened an 8-unit apartment building, Casa del Sol, for low income persons living with AIDS. The project was the
first to receive funding from the United States department of Housing and Urban Development specifically to provide housing
for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
CSW has also participated in regional and international pride organization events including the Consolidated Association of
Pride, Incorporated (CAPI) and the International Association of Pride Organizations (InterPride).
"History of Christopher Street West / LA Pride."
LA PRIDE LGBT Pride in West Hollywood. 2012 Web. 31 July 2012. http://www.lapride.org/about/history.html
Souvenir Pride Program 1972 and 1975
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Gay pride celebrations--California--Los Angeles
Gay pride parades--California--Long Beach
Gay pride parades--California--Los Angeles
Gay pride parades--California--Orange County