The bulk of the collection is the operating policies of the library which lists scope of materials, gifts and exchanges. Also
included in the records are minutes, letters and funding sources.
The idea of creating a library of homosexual reading material and resources started in 1977 with a group of people, including
Terry Mangan who wanted the public to have access to a collection documenting the homosexual experience. With the death of
Mangan, Harvey Milk took over in 1978 and with his assassination Charles Gilman organized a meeting. Funds were made available
by the San Francisco Public Library to establish a gay section in the Eureka Valley branch.