Finding Aid to the Pride Foundation records, bulk 1973-1983 Coll2011.071

Finding aid prepared by Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
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Title: Pride Foundation records
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011.071
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.8 linear feet. 6 archive boxes + 2 archive cartons + 1 flat archive box.
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1973-1983
Date (inclusive): 1966-1984
Abstract: Articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, correspondence, reports, legal referral documents, contractual agreements, resolutions, clippings, flyers, publicity material, legal papers, financial records, photographs, telephone and visitor logs, municipal agency documents, real estate records, position statements and other material, 1966-1984, documenting the activities of the Pride Foundation, founded in San Francisco in 1973. Pride Foundation was a community organization that provided legal assistance and educational, health and social services to San Francisco's gay and lesbian community. The collection also includes administrative records from the Pride Center at 330 Grove, the gay community center founded and operated by the Pride Foundation.
creator: Pride Foundation (San Francisco, Calif.).

Administrative History

The Pride Foundation was founded on August 8, 1973 in San Francisco and operated by a board of directors. A partial list of the organization's founders include Zane Thomas, B.J. Beckwith, George Mendenhall, Roberta Buba, Charlotte Coleman, John Wahl, Perry Wood, Larry Littlejohn and Paul Hardman. Lee Mentley served on the board's executive committee. Their initial application for tax exempt non-profit status was met with resistance when the Internal Revenue Service concluded that "[the Pride Foundation's] activities carry a serious risk of contributing to a more widespread development of homosexual tendencies among certain segments of the public and a consequent increase in the general prevalence of what is still generally regarded as deviant sexual behavior. As such your activities are contrary to public policy and are therefore, not 'charitable.'" The Foundation disputed that judgement, however, and their tax exempt status was eventually granted. The Foundation served the gay and lesbian community by providing direct legal assistance, especially in cases of discrimination and defamation, engaging in educational research, conducting classes, and providing assistance in social and health services. It provided services such as gay legal referrals, a senior citizens program, a gay tourist and visitors information bureau, health referrals, a coalition to defend gays in the military, art classes, drop-in facilities for youth, job placement, and a social group for older men known as G40+. The Foundation also operated the Top Floor Gallery for local gay artists.
Beginning in 1976, Foundation Chairman Paul Hardman began requesting the use of 330 Grove Street, which was under the ownership of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. A signed agreement of occupancy was negotiated between the Foundation and the Redevelopment Agency that year, and the Foundation began operating Pride Center, their gay and lesbian community services center. Pride Center at 330 Grove served as the Foundation's offices and also provided low-cost meeting spaces for other neighborhood organizations. Due to disputes over funding and occupancy of 330 Grove, Hardman, who had been president and chairman since the organization's founding, was pressured to resign in 1979, increasing internal conflicts within the Foundation's board. Pride Center later moved to a location at 890 Hayes, and the Foundation attempted for years to raise funds to secure a permanent site for the Center.
The Pride Foundation discontinued operations in the late-1980s.
Source:
Pride Foundation Records, Coll2011-071, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was donated by Lee Mentley, date of acquisition unknown.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Pride Foundation Records, Coll2011-071, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Processing Information

Formerly boxes 103-049, 103-57C, 104-148, 104-155, and 104-157. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama with assistance from Marc LaRocque and Sana Shuja, August 2013.

Scope and Content

This collection includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, correspondence, reports, legal referral documents, contractual agreements, resolutions, clippings, flyers, publicity material, legal papers, financial records, photographs, telephone and visitor logs, municipal agency documents, real estate records, position statements and other material, 1966-1984, documenting the activities of the Pride Foundation and the Pride Center at 330 Grove.
Included are documents from the Foundation's board of directors and executive committee, and incorporation records documenting the Internal Revenue Services' denial of 501(c)(3) exemption status. The general administrative records document the Foundation's activities such as services for legal referrals, recovery from substance abuse, job placement, housing placement, and women and youth; and advocacy efforts such as an anti-defamation project, police-community relations, fair employment projects and legal cases, and engagement with local and state government on behalf of gay and lesbian rights. The collection also includes records documenting the founding and daily operations of the Pride Center at 330 Grove in San Francisco--particularly, the legal and financial struggles to secure a lasting site for the community center.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Incorporation, board of directors and executive committee records
Series 2. Administrative records
Series 3. Pride Center at 330 Grove records

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hardman, Paul D., 1923-
Littlejohn, Larry
Mentley, Lee
Pride Center.
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Correspondence
Discrimination in employment
Gay activists--United States--California
Gay and lesbian rights
Gay community--California--San Francisco
Gays--Services for
Legal assistance to gays--United States.
Legal assistance to lesbians--United States.
Legal documents
Lesbian activists
Lesbians--Services for
Minutes
San Francisco (Calif.)

 

Incorporation, board of directors and executive committee records Series 1. 1972-1983

Series Description

This series includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, reports, correspondence, voting ballots, financial and tax records, resumes, and other records, 1972-1983, from Pride Foundation's board of directors and executive committee. This series includes records documenting the Internal Revenue Services' denial of 501(c)(3) exemption status and the Foundation's subsequent protest.

Arrangement

Articles of incorporation and bylaws are at the beginning of this series. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 1-2

Articles of incorporation and bylaws 1973-1983

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 3

Articles of incorporation and IRS exemption 1974-1975

Box 1, Folder 4

Bylaws 1982-1983

Box 1, Folder 5-10

Board of directors minutes 1973-1981

Physical Description: [6 folders]
Box 1, Folder 11-17

Board of directors and executive committee materials 1973-1983

Physical Description: [7 folders]
Box 1, Folder 18

Board of directors and executive committee correspondence and memoranda 1973-1983

Box 1, Folder 19

Board of directors members and election 1973-1977

Box 1, Folder 20

Board of directors' reports 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 21

Board resignations 1978-1980

Box 1, Folder 22

Executive committee 1973-1980

Box 1, Folder 23-24

Executive secretary 1974-1979

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 25

Executive secretary's report 1974-1975

Box 1, Folder 26-27

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Franchise Tax Board 1973-1982

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 1

IRS dispute 1974

Box 2, Folder 2

IRS dispute, protest 1974

Box 2, Folder 3

Planning meetings and bylaw drafts 1972-1973

Box 2, Folder 4

President, Del Dawson 1974-1979

Box 2, Folder 5

Resumes of Pride Foundation board of directors 1979

Box 2, Folder 6

Tax forms 1973-1979

Box 2, Folder 7-8

Treasurer's reports 1975-1979

Physical Description: [2 folders]
 

Administrative records Series 2. 1966-1984

Series Description

This series includes correspondence, reports and proposals, legal referral documents, contractual agreements, resolutions, clippings, flyers, publicity material, legal papers, financial records, photographs, municipal agency documents, personnel records, membership information, position statements, manuscripts, and other material, 1966-1984, regarding the Pride Foundation's many services and advocacy efforts. Materials document the Foundation's activities such as services for legal referrals, recovery from substance abuse, job placement, housing placement, and women and youth; and advocacy efforts such as an anti-defamation project, police-community relations, fair employment projects and legal cases, and engagement with local and state government on behalf of gay and lesbian rights. Notably, this series includes correspondence with the Foundation's members and clients, as well as records documenting a complaint that the Pride Foundation filed against the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company (PT&T) regarding discriminatory hiring practices.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 2, Folder 9

Acceptance House 1976-1978

Box 2, Folder 10

Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) license information and bylaws 1979

Box 2, Folder 11

Alcohol services circa 1973-1983

Box 2, Folder 12

Anders, Thad habeas corpus 1978

Box 2, Folder 13

Anti-defamation project 1973-1974

Box 9, Item 5

Anti-defamation project; David [Lind] complaint, October 30 incident circa 1973-1974

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette.
Box 2, Folder 14

Anti-defamation committee; Humanist Society; pro-gay Newsweek article 1974

Box 2, Folder 15

Assembly Bill 1 (AB 1) Day 1979-1981

Box 2, Folder 16

Bay Area Urban League 1981

Box 2, Folder 17

Boston University School of Law victimless crime report 1975

Box 2, Folder 18-20

Briggs Initiative "No on (Proposition) 6" 1978-1980

Box 2, Folder 21

Brochures 1981

Box 2, Folder 22

Brown and Associates 1972-1982

Box 2, Folder 23-24

Caen, Herb 1973-1975

Box 2, Folder 25

California Democratic Council 1977

Box 2, Folder 26

California Human Rights Advocates (CHRA) 1979-1981

Box 2, Folder 27

CAST training workshop materials, revisions 1979

Box 2, Folder 28-30

Clippings 1973-1979

Box 2, Folder 31

Clippings regarding lawsuits 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 32

Coalition to Defend Gays circa 1973-1983

Box 2, Folder 33

Community Board Program 1981-1983

Box 2, Folder 34

Community Law Week legal information 1980

Box 2, Folder 35

Community service committee 1982

Box 2, Folder 36

Community United Against Violence (CUAV) self-defense classes 1983

Box 2, Folder 37

Contracts and agreements 1978-1981

Box 3, Folder 1-7

Correspondence and memoranda 1973-1983

Box 3, Folder 8

Correspondence regarding legal matters 1974-1982

Box 3, Folder 9

Correspondence with legislators 1975-1979

Box 3, Folder 10

Correspondence with the mayor 1981-1982

Box 3, Folder 11

Correspondence with prisoners 1976

Box 3, Folder 12

Democratic Convention 1973-1974

Box 3, Folder 13

Electrical inspection 1983

Box 3, Folder 14

Employee timesheets 1977

Box 3, Folder 15

Employment discrimination project 1973-1975

Box 3, Folder 16

Employment, housing, youth; monthly reports 1978-1979

Box 3, Folder 17

Employment laws 1973

Box 3, Folder 18

Events 1973-1983

Box 3, Folder 19

Fair employment practices committee 1973-1976

Box 3, Folder 20-21

Fair Employment Practice Commission 1970-1975

Box 3, Folder 22

Feather and Leather Follies 1973

Box 3, Folder 23

Federal legal cases 1976

Box 3, Folder 24

Financial contributions 1974-1983

Box 3, Folder 25

Financial credit agreements 1981-1982

Box 3, Folder 26-28

Financial records 1973-1983

Box 8, Folder 2-4

Financial records 1973-1981

Box 3, Folder 29

Financial reports 1982

Box 3, Folder 30

Flyers and announcements 1977-1979

Box 3, Folder 31

Frameline 1979-1982

Box 3, Folder 32-33

Fundraising 1973-1982

Box 3, Folder 34

G40 Plus Club circa 1973-1983

Box 3, Folder 35

Gay Freedom Day committee corp complaints 1978-1979

Box 3, Folder 36

Gay groups sign-in sheets 1974

Box 3, Folder 37-39

Gay legal referral service 1975-1980

Box 4, Folder 1-2

Gay legal referral service 1977-1980

Box 4, Folder 3

Gay legal referral service, client no-shows 1978-1979

Box 4, Folder 4

Gay legal referral service, homosexual information 1973-1977

Box 4, Folder 5-6

Gay legal referral service oversight committee 1977-1980

Box 4, Folder 7

Gay media project 1973

Box 4, Folder 8

Gay organizations, general information 1977-1980

Box 4, Folder 9

Gays in business 1973-1974

Box 8, Folder 1

General accounting ledger; Acceptance House 1977-1979

Box 4, Folder 10

Haley, Jim 1982-1983

Box 4, Folder 11

Hardman, Paul D. 1976-1984

Box 4, Folder 12

Hardman, Paul D. "The Pride Foundation in Full Circle" circa 1973-1983

Box 4, Folder 13

Hardman, Paul vs. Superior Court of California 1976

Box 4, Folder 14

Harvey Milk Memorial Services Center proposal for funding 1980

Box 4, Folder 15

Hayes Valley Community Development 1981-1982

Box 4, Folder 16

Health organizations information 1974-1978

Box 4, Folder 17

Health fair 1982-1983

Box 4, Folder 18

History of Pride Foundation 1973-1979

Box 4, Folder 19

Hotel tax controversy 1978

Box 4, Folder 20

Hotels, residences 1981

Box 4, Folder 21

Job applications 1976-1983

Box 4, Folder 22

Job placement 1982-1983

Box 4, Folder 23

KSAN special programming 1978-1979

Box 4, Folder 24

Legal case documents, information 1974-1978

Box 4, Folder 25

Letterhead, forms (blank) and templates 1982

Box 4, Folder 26

Little people's workshop 1982

Box 4, Folder 27

Mailing lists and contacts 1974-1982

Box 4, Folder 28

Media contacts and information 1972-1979

Box 4, Folder 29

Membership committee 1974

Box 4, Folder 30

Metropolitan Community Church 1980

Box 4, Folder 31

Miesen, Don articles 1972-1974

Box 4, Folder 32

Military information to change discharge circa 1973-1983

Box 4, Folder 33

Mission Planning Council circa 1973-1983

Box 4, Folder 34

Molinari proposal, file 463-73, non-victim crimes 1973-1974

Box 4, Folder 35

National gay health education program 1982

Box 4, Folder 36

Neighborhood Advisory Board 1983

Box 4, Folder 37

Newsletter editorial copy 1981-1982

Box 4, Folder 38

Non-discrimination ordinance 1971-1974

Box 6, Folder 3

Non-gay newsletters and mailers 1977

Box 4, Folder 39-40

Notes 1973-1975

Box 4, Folder 41

Organizational chart 1979

Box 4, Folder 42-46

Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company (PT&T); Pride Foundation complaint to San Francisco Human Rights Commission 1973-1976

Box 4, Folder 47

Patients' rights 1982

Box 4, Folder 48

Permits and regulations 1970-1979

Box 4, Folder 49-50

Personnel committee 1982

Box 5, Folder 1-2

Personnel manual 1983

Box 5, Folder 3

Photocopy log statistics 1983

Box 9, Folder 1

Photograph circa 1975-1985

General Physical Description note: 1 photograph: b&w.

Scope and Contents

Group portrait of Pride Foundation's board of directors and staff, including John Schmidt, Jordan Lee, Larry Littlejohn, Perry Wood, Don Knutson, John Vaisey, Perry George, Jim Thies, Robert Guttman, Jerry Taylor, Leslie Plesh, Jimmy Locker, Paul Hardman, Larry Long, Lee Mentley, John Whal and other unidentified individuals.
Box 5, Folder 4

Photographs circa 1973-1983

General Physical Description note: 3 photographs: b&w.

Scope and Contents

Exterior shots of an unidentified building.
Box 5, Folder 5

Police complaints 1978-1983

Box 5, Folder 6

Police incident reports, blanks circa 1973-1983

Box 5, Folder 7

Police matters 1974-1976

Box 5, Folder 8

Press releases 1973-1982

Box 5, Folder 9

Primary prevention component, monthly reports 1974

Box 5, Folder 10

Program proposal, Kevin Johnson 1982

Box 5, Folder 11

Psychiatrists; American Psychiatric Association (APA) sickness theory; endoctrine theory 1973-1979

Box 5, Folder 12

Public relations, reports, solicitations 1977-1979

Box 5, Folder 13

Publications project, reprints 1971-1973

Box 5, Folder 14

Publicity 1974-1982

Box 5, Folder 15

Real estate 1979

Box 5, Folder 16

Resumes for employment 1978-1982

Box 5, Folder 17

San Francisco Art Commission 1976

Box 5, Folder 18

San Francisco Business & Professional Women, Inc. 1982-1983

Box 5, Folder 19

San Francisco city and county litigation 1975-1980

Box 5, Folder 20

San Francisco Community Development Program 1979-1983

Box 5, Folder 21

San Francisco Department of Public Health, Mental Health Services Bureau of Alcoholism 1978

Box 5, Folder 22

San Francisco Fair and Exposition 1982-1983

Box 5, Folder 23-25

San Francisco Human Rights Commission 1973-1983

Box 5, Folder 26

San Francisco Planning Commission circa 1973-1983

Box 5, Folder 27

San Francisco Police Department 1973-1979

Box 5, Folder 28

San Francisco Police Department funding proposal 1972-1979

Box 5, Folder 29

San Francisco Redevelopment Agency 1977-1979

Box 5, Folder 32

San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Directory of Minority Construction Contractors 1981-1982

Box 5, Folder 30-31

San Francisco Redevelopment Agency vs. Pride Foundation 1979

Box 5, Folder 33

San Francisco Sheriff's Department 1974

Box 5, Folder 34

Senate Bill 39 (SB 39) 1973-1974

Box 5, Folder 35

Services for the homeless 1982

Box 5, Folder 36

Sexual techniques circa 1973-1983

Box 5, Folder 37

Society for Individual Rights (SIR), general information 1966

Box 5, Folder 38

Society for Individual Rights position paper 1975-1979

Box 5, Folder 39

Substance abuse services oversight committee 1980

Box 5, Folder 40

Surveys of San Francisco people 1978

Box 5, Folder 41

Teddy-Bear Pledges 1982

Box 5, Folder 42

Telecommunications system 1982

Box 5, Folder 43

Television, radio, movies 1972-1978

Box 5, Folder 44

Tourist information circa 1973-1983

Box 5, Folder 45

Tours circa 1973-1983

Box 5, Folder 46

United States federal government 1975-1979

Box 5, Folder 47

United Way 1980

Box 5, Folder 48

United Way survey 1978-1979

Box 5, Folder 49

Womens press project 1980

Box 5, Folder 50

Women's services 1982

Box 6, Folder 1

Women's services; Buena Vista Women's Services newsletter 1980

Box 6, Folder 2

Youth services 1978-1983

 

Pride Center at 330 Grove records Series 3. 1973-1984

Series Description

This series includes visitor and volunteer sign-in logs, telephone logs, real estate records, building contruction proposals and floor plans, capital campaign documents, reports, advisory board and development records, space rental lease agreements, and other records, 1973-1984, documenting the founding and daily operations of the Pride Center at 330 Grove in San Francisco, the gay and lesbian community center operated by the Pride Foundation. Materials document the Foundation's legal and financial struggles to secure a lasting site for the community center; the daily activities of the Center's volunteers; and the affliated organizations housed in 330 Grove, such as the Top Floor Gallery, the Senior Citizens' Center, and the Women's History Research Center.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 6, Folder 4

Activities 1978

Box 6, Folder 5-6

Administration, general 1973-1983

Box 6, Folder 7-8

Advisory board 1981-1983

Box 6, Folder 9

Alterations Project circa 1973-1983

Box 9, Folder 2-4

Blueprints and floor plans circa 1975-1985

Box 6, Folder 10-11

Building committee 1977-1983

Box 6, Folder 13

Building lawsuit 1976-1980

Box 6, Folder 12

Building rental applications 1979

Box 6, Folder 14

Capital campaign information and correspondence 1981-1982

Box 6, Folder 15

Case statement for "Pride Center" 1982

Box 6, Folder 16

Construction 1981-1983

Box 6, Folder 17

Development committee circa 1973-1983

Box 6, Folder 18

Director's report 1979

Box 6, Folder 19-21

Fight for 330 Grove 1976-1979

Box 6, Folder 22

Fine Line Construction 1983

Box 6, Folder 23

Furnishing and equipment committee 1982

Box 6, Folder 24

In-kind services circa 1973-1983

Box 6, Folder 25

Index to files 1979

Box 6, Folder 26

Joplin, Missouri 1976

Box 6, Folder 27

Mailing list 1977-1982

Box 6, Folder 28

Notice to vacate 1980

Box 6, Folder 29

Operations committee 1982-1983

Box 6, Folder 30

Post-building closure 1980-1983

Box 6, Folder 31

"Pride Center Report" 1982

Box 6, Folder 32

Project 20 circa 1973-1983

Box 6, Folder 33

Publicity 1979

Box 6, Folder 34

Rainbow flags 1983

Box 6, Folder 35

Senior citizens' center 1982

Box 6, Folder 36

Senior nutrition 1982

Box 6, Folder 37

Senior oversight committee 1982-1984

Box 6, Folder 38-39

Senior program 1980-1983

Box 6, Folder 40

Senior trips program 1982

Box 6, Folder 41

Space rental 1979

Box 6, Folder 42-43

Space rental agreements 1978

Box 6, Folder 44

Space rental agreements, letters of intent 1977-1979

Box 7, Folder 1

Space rental, key log 1982-1983

Box 7, Folder 2

Space rental leases 1981-1983

Box 7, Folder 3

Space rental, potential tenants 1982

Box 8, Folder 5

Telephone log 1978

Box 7, Folder 4-6

Telephone logs circa 1978-1983

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 7, Folder 7

Telephone switchboard index 1979

Box 7, Folder 8

Temporary rentals 1979-1982

Box 7, Folder 9

Tenants 1982-1983

Box 7, Folder 10

Top Floor Gallery 1978

Box 7, Folder 11-15

Visitor sign-in sheets 1978-1979

Box 7, Folder 16

Volk, Don, manuscript 1982

Box 7, Folder 17

Volunteer application forms 1981-1982

Box 7, Folder 18

Volunteer attendance records 1977-1979

Box 7, Folder 19

Women's History Research Center 1979