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Gay Library Project records
1998-12  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gay Library Project records
    Dates: 1981-1983
    Collection Number: 1998-12
    Creator/Collector:
    Extent: .2 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94105
    Abstract: 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.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

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

    Preferred Citation

    Gay Library Project records. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

    Biography/Administrative History

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains records of the Gay Library project, an effort to form a gay and lesbian library in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Gay Library Project Records document the Project’s system of operation, membership, and board of directors. The classifications folder has subject headings of gay material and a subject classification system for gay history (i.e. sex clubs, drag balls, theater, gay children). 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.

    Indexing Terms

    Homosexuality in literature.
    Gay and lesbian studies.
    Homosexuality--California--San Francisco Metropolitan Area--History.

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