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Finding aid to the Cliff Anchor Papers, 1916, 1950s-2000 GLC 49
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Series 1 Personal Correspondence and Papers, 1950s-2000, undated

Physical Description: 17.0 folders

Arrangement

Arranged into four subseries: General Personal Correspondence, Volunteer Projects, Materials Related to Tom Dooley, and Materials Related to Leonard Matlovich.Arranged chronologically, this subseries comprises various correspondence from Anchor’s family and friends.
 

Subseries 1A General Personal Correspondence, 1950s-2000, undated

Physical Description: 12.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises various correspondence from Anchor's family and friends.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 1

multiple dates, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

1950s-1960s

Box 1, Folder 3

1970s

Box 1, Folder 4

1980-1985

Box 1, Folder 5

1986-1989

Box 1, Folder 6

1990

Box 1, Folder 7

1990-1992

Box 1, Folder 8

1992-1993

Box 1, Folder 9

1994-1995

Box 1, Folder 10

1995-1996

Box 1, Folder 11

1996

Box 1, Folder 12

1997-2000

Box 1, Folder 13

Subseries 1B Volunteer Projects, 1989-1996

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises correspondence, flyers, and other papers related to Anchor's more prominent volunteer projects in the gay rights and military spheres, including the Wall of Restitution art installation and Anchor's participation as a U.S. Delegate at Large to NATO Conferences in 1989 and 1990.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
 

Subseries 1C Materials Related to Tom Dooley, 1960-1998, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises Anchor's remembrances of his relationship with Tom Dooley, and clippings related to Dooley's legacy. It also includes a copy of the book Dr. Tom Dooley's Three Great Books (New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1956, 1958, 1960), with handwritten recollections by Anchor.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 14

Materials Related to Tom Dooley, 1960-1998, undated

Box 1, Folder 15

Dr. Tom Dooley's Three Great Books. Copy of inscription by Anchor, undated

 

Subseries 1D Materials Related to Leonard Matlovich, 1980-1999, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises material related to Anchor's spouse Leonard P. Matlovich, including correspondence between Anchor and Matlovich's parents, and memorial planning and service documents. Several newspaper and magazine clippings honoring Matlovich's memory are also included.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 16

Materials Related to Leonard Matlovich, undated

Box 1, Folder 17

Materials Related to Leonard Matlovich, 1980-1999

 

Series 2 Professional Correspondence and Papers, 1950s-2000

Physical Description: 54.0 folders + 1 oversized folder

Arrangement

Arranged into seven subseries: General Professional Correspondence, Speeches and Editorials, Alexander Hamilton Post #448, KRJB Radio, Intelligence papers, Campaign for Sonoma County Supervisor, and Certificates and Awards.
 

Subseries 2A General Professional Correspondence, 1950s-2000, undated

Physical Description: 16.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises various correspondence related to Anchor's activity within the military and various organizations, including gay rights and veterans groups.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 2, Folder 1

undated

Box 2, Folder 2

1950s

Box 2, Folder 3

1960s

Box 2, Folder 4

1970s

Box 2, Folder 5

1980-1985

Box 2, Folder 6

1986-1989

Box 2, Folder 7

1990

Box 2, Folder 8

1991

Box 2, Folder 9

1992

Box 2, Folder 10

1993

Box 2, Folder 11

1994

Box 2, Folder 12

1995

Box 2, Folder 13

1996

Box 2, Folder 14

1997

Box 2, Folder 15

1998

Box 2, Folder 16

1999-2000

 

Subseries 2B Speeches and Editorials, 1973-2000, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises the text of speeches that Anchor delivered at public speaking events. It also includes letters to the editor and editorials authored by Anchor that were published in various newspapers, including the Russian River Times.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 2, Folder 17

undated

Box 2, Folder 18

1973-2000

 

Subseries 2C Alexander Hamilton Post #448, 1980s-1999, undated

Physical Description: 14.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises correspondence, newsletters, meeting agendas, member directories, and other documents related to the American Legion Alexander Hamilton Post #448 based in San Francisco, California, the first openly gay and lesbian post in the nation. Anchor served as Vice Commander and Press Officer of this post.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 2, Folder 19

undated

Box 2, Folder 20

1980s

Box 2, Folder 21

1990-1991

Box 2, Folder 22

1992

Box 2, Folder 23

1993

Box 2, Folder 24

1994

Box 2, Folder 25

1995

Box 3, Folder 1

January-March 1996

Box 3, Folder 2

April 1996

Box 3, Folder 3

May-November 1996

Box 3, Folders 4-5

December 1996

Box 3, Folder 6

1997

Box 3, Folder 7

1999

 

Subseries 2D KRJB Radio, 1960s-2000, undated

Physical Description: 14.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises correspondence, radio show play lists, legal documents, and publicity related to the radio station KRJB-FM based in Monte Rio, California, which Anchor operated from 1969 to 1985 with the assistance of Robert Booth.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 3, Folders 8-9

undated, multiple dates

Box 3, Folder 10

multiple dates

Box 3, Folder 11

1960s

Box 3, Folder 12

1970-1976

Box 3, Folder 13

1977-1978

Box 3, Folder 14

1979

Box 3, Folder 15

1980

Box 3, Folder 16

1981

Box 3, Folder 17

1982

Box 3, Folder 18

1983

Box 3, Folder 19

1984

Box 3, Folder 20

1985

Box 3, Folder 21

1986-2000

 

Subseries 2E Military Intelligence Papers, 1984-1999, undated

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises material (including diaries of operations) related to Anchor's military intelligence missions for the U.S. Government: one a secret mission in Panama in 1990 to deliver classified documents, the other a 1991-1992 mission spying on arms dealers in the Middle East. Anchor's correspondence with federal intelligence agents is also included.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 4, Folder 1

undated

Box 4, Folder 2

1984-1991

Box 4, Folder 3

1992

Box 4, Folder 4

1994-1999

 

Subseries 2F Campaign for Sonoma County Supervisor, 1987-1989, undated

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises clippings, correspondence, publicity, research, and other materials related to Anchor's 1988 campaign for Sonoma County Supervisor, 5th District, against incumbent Ernie Carpenter.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 4, Folder 5

undated

Box 4, Folder 6

November 1987–April 1988

Box 4, Folder 7

May 1988–October 1989

Box 4, Folder 8, Oversize-folder 1

Subseries 2G Certificates and Awards, 1960-1999, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 folder + 1 oversized folder

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises certificates and awards earned by Anchor throughout his professional life, primarily from military and law enforcement positions.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
 

Series 3 Clippings, 1950s-2000

Physical Description: 12.0 folders

Arrangement

Arranged into three subseries: Articles Written by Anchor, Clippings about Anchor, and General Clippings.
Box 4, Folder 9

Subseries 3A Articles Written by Anchor, 1974-1996

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises general articles written by Anchor. Editorials and letters to editors of publications are filed in Subseries 2B (Speeches and Editorials).

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 4, Folders 10-11

Subseries 3B Clippings about Anchor, 1966-1999, undated

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises press appearances by Anchor in newspapers and magazines.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
 

Subseries 3C General Clippings, 1950s-2000

Physical Description: 9.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises a vast array of articles chronicling gays in the military, anti-gay religious figures, media programming, and general gay rights issues.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 4, Folder 12

1950s-1960s

Box 4, Folder 13

1970s-1980s

Box 4, Folder 14

1990-1991

Box 4, Folder 15

1991-1992

Box 4, Folder 16

1992-1993

Box 4, Folder 17

1993-1994

Box 4, Folder 18

1994-1995

Box 4, Folder 19

1996

Box 4, Folder 20

1997-2000

 

Series 4 Audiovisual Materials, 1977-1997

Physical Description: 21.0 videotapes + 3 audiotapes

Scope and Contents

This series comprises VHS video tapes and audio tapes featuring Anchor and issues related to gays in the military.

Arrangement

Arranged by format and then chronologically.
 

VHS tapes

Physical Description: 21.0 videotapes
Box 5, Item 1

Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force. U.S.A. Home Video. Dramatized version of Leonard Matlovich's discrimination suit against the military, 1977

Box 5, Item 2

People are Talking. San Francisco-based TV talk show with an audience segment featuring Anchor sharing his experience coming out to his adopted son, December 15, 1990

Box 5, Item 3

"KFTY." (1) TV news footage of Anchor returning his military awards in protest of federal anti-gay policies. (2) KOVR TV news interview with outed soldier Col. Dave Eckert, 1991

Box 5, Item 4

KFTY-TV. (1) Sonoma county Board of Supervisors Meetings and debate about rejecting Gay Pride Week resolution (Anchor can be spotted in the meeting). (2) Footage of 1st Annual Santa Rosa Gay Pride Parade, June 1991

Box 5, Item 5

Congressman Frank Riggs Interview with Lt. Col. Cliff Anchor. Taped at Anchor's home in Guerneville, CA, August 24, 1991

Box 5, Item 6

Veterans Day Sacramento. 1991 rally and speakers (uncredited home footage), 1991

Box 5, Item 7

Gay Veterans Day, Sacramento. TV news footage: KCRA-3, KXTV-10, KOVR-13, November 7, 1992

Box 5, Item 8

Tribute to Lesbian and Gay Veterans 2nd Annual Event. Producer: RJ Finley, November 7, 1992

Box 5, Item 9

Swann/ACLU vs. Navy Video Highlights. Includes printed contents list. Footage of Anchor's colleague Tom Swann in his fight against discrimination in the U.S. Navy, December 1992-October 1994

Box 5, Item 10

A Right to Serve? Gays in the Military. KEYT-TV/ABC documentary (one master and one dub copy), 1993

Box 5, Item 11

Alexander Hamilton Post #448 Press Conference. TV news coverage, February 1993

Box 5, Item 12

March on Washington Events. GLBVA speakers, 1993

Box 5, Item 13

"Requiem for Unknown LGB Soldiers." Memorial Day 1993. (1) KPIX and KGO news coverage of protest event featuring excerpts of Anchor's speech. (2) Public access cable channel discussion show "Class Struggle," featuring Anchor and gay veteran Chris Bowman as guest speakers, 1993

Box 5, Item 14

GLAAD/SFBA home footage of Requiem for Unknown LGB Soldiers event. Memorial Day 1993, 1993

Box 5, Item 15

March on Washington (Part One). Home footage by John DeSalvio of Gay Lesbian & Bisexual Veterans of America (GLBVA) events, April-May 1993

Box 5, Item 16

March on Washington (Part Two). Home footage by John DeSalvio of the general rally and featured speakers, April-May 1993

Box 5, Item 17

Straight from the Heart. Documentary featuring religious leaders discussing homosexuality, 1994

Box 5, Item 18

"The Gay Catholic Paradox." Andrew Sullivan speaking event at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, February 2, 1995

Box 5, Items 19-20

ONE Institute Interview with Cliff Anchor (2 parts). Includes a printed listing of contents and topics discussed, July 2, 1996

Box 5, Item 21

"In the Life." 1997 PBS special about gay struggles in America. Includes a very brief Matlovich epitaph and photo of Anchor, 1997

 

Audiotapes

Physical Description: 3.0 audiotapes
Box 5, Item 22

KRJB Halloween Promo. Anchor announcing on his radio station. Includes "Morning Theater" radio drama program with Anchor voicing the characters, 1980

Box 5, Item 23

"Mrs. Matlovich". Answering machine tape with various messages. Includes a recorded casual phone conversation with Leonard Matlovich's parents, undated

Box 5, Item 24

National Guard News. Anchor announcing KRJB news program under the name of Mike Erickson, January 1983

 

Series 5 Photographs and Negatives, 1959-1999

Physical Description: 6.0 folders
Box 6, Folder 1

Subseries 5A Personal Photographs, 1965-1999

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises general personal photographs of Anchor with family and friends.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 6, Folder 2

Subseries 5B Tom Dooley Photographs, 1959, undated

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises photographs of Tom Dooley.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 6, Folder 3

Subseries 5C Leonard Matlovich Photographs, 1966-1997

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises photographs of events at Leonard Matlovich's memorial, as well as several photographs of Matlovich himself.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
 

[AIC Leonard P. Matlovich, receiving Bronze Star, Vietnam 1966] [graphic], 1966

 

[Cliff Anchor and others in front of memorial for Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, USAF] [graphic], June 1995

 

[AIC Leonard P. Matlovich, receiving Bronze Star, Vietnam 1966] [graphic], 1966

Box 6, Folder 4

Subseries 5D Military Photographs, 1967-1998

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises photographs of Anchor in uniform at various military events.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
 

[Capt. Monroe, USAF, Sgt. Dennis McCune, Lt. Col. Cliff Anchor, WO Tom Norton, Sgts Tom Thompson & Max Woerner in front of memorial for Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, USAF] [graphic], 1993

 

[Sgt. Dennis McCune, Lt. Col. Cliff Anchor and Tom Norton] [graphic], 1993

Box 6, Folder 5

Subseries 5E Radio Station Photographs, 1963-1995

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises photographs taken at Anchor's radio station, KRJB FM in Monte Rio, California.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 6, Folder 6

Negatives, 1961-1999

 

Artifacts, Series 6 1916, 1950s-1999 (bulk, 1950-1999)

Physical Description: 18.0 items

Scope and Contents

Artifacts include Anchor's British passport, a Medal of Merit and one Membership Achievement Medal from the Alexander Hamilton Post #448, a beret with pin of Alexander Hamilton Post #448, a few award plaques from the California National Guard, a single chevron shoulder patch, a memorial plaque for Leonard P. Matlovich, buttons, and a bumper sticker. It also includes a copy of the photo-documentary book One Million Strong: the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights (Boston: Alyson Publications, 1993), which features handwritten recollections by Anchor. Also includes an application for Joe Boyanosky for the Knights of Pythias.
Box 6, Folder 7

British passport, 1950s

Box 6, Folder 8

Medal of Merit (1) and Membership Achievement Medal (1) from Alexander Hamilton Post #448, undated, 1999

Box 6, Folder 9

Beret with pin (Alexander Hamilton Post #448), 1996, undated

Box 6, Folder 10

Bronze Social Security badge with SSN and military title, undated

Box 6, Folder 11

Chevron/Eagle shoulder patch, undated

Box 6, Folder 12

Bumper Sticker: "Action=Life, Silence=Death," undated

Box 6, Folder 13

Sticker: "My Name is Mike and I'm Queer," 1997

Box 6, Folder 14

Button: Tom Ammiano for School Board, undated

Box 6, Folder 15

Button: Frisco Disco/Dance Your Ass Off Inc., undated

Box 6, Folder 16

Name tags (2), 1989-1990

Box 6, Folder 17

Wallets (2) with identification cards, undated

Box 6, Folder 18

One Million Strong by Cece Cox, Lisa Means and Lisa Pope (Boston: Alyson, 1993). Inscribed by Cliff Anchor to son, Robert Booth 1993

Box 6, Folder 19

Knights of Pythias application for Joe Boyanosky, Leonidas Lodge No. 36, Scio, Oregon, December 26, 1916

Box 6

Award Plaque: Outstanding Support of California National Guard, 1984

Box 6

Award Plaque: Outstanding Support of the Broadcast Section, California Army National Guard, February 1979-July 1985

Box 6

Memorial plaque for Leonard P. Matlovich

Oversize-folder 2

Poster: Lesbian & Gay Freedom Festival, Washington, D.C. (signed by Anchor's friends), June 1996

Oversize-folder 3

Thank you "card" for Anchor signed by the attendees of one of his talks, 1994

 

Appendix A: List of San Francisco postcards removed to the San Francisco History Center postcard collection

 

Freedom SF event at Galleria Design Center

 

California Masonic Memorial Temple

 

Market Street and Woolworth's

 

Powell at Market Street

 

Cable Car Turntable on Powell Street

 

Lombard Street

 

Cable Car on Hyde Street