J. Ray Gallagher Papers, 1970-1985 Coll2011.040*

Finding aid prepared by Marc LaRocque
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
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Title: J. Ray Gallagher Papers
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011.040*
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Language of Material: English
Storage Unit: 1
Physical Description: 0.4 linear foot. [6 folders]
Date (inclusive): 1970-1985
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, legal papers, and certificates of gay activist, J. Ray Gallagher, 1970-1985. Part of the collection documents Gallagher's candidacy for public offices, including Santa Monica City Council, Los Angeles County Supervisor, U.S. Congress, and California State Assembly. The bulk of the material consists of letters written by Gallagher to (for the most part) public offices and officials, such as the Santa Monica City Council, Congresspersons and heads of state, regarding numerous topics, from neighborhood concerns to national and foreign policy.
creator: Gallagher, J. Ray

Biographical Note

J. Ray Gallagher was a firefighter and activist whose myriad interests, ranging from gay rights to local and international politics, were expressed in letters sent to numerous public officials and offices. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Gallagher was an outspoken gay candidate for public offices, including Santa Monica City Council, U.S. Congress, and California State Assembly. He left the Los Angeles area in 1985 and moved to Louisville, Kentucky.

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Preferred Citation

J. Ray Gallagher Papers, Coll2011-040, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Processing Information

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In order to provide access to this collection, minimal processing on this collection was expedited in 2011. Date spans were given wherever possible, but do not reflect the most accurate inclusive dates.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, clippings, legal papers, and certificates of gay activist, J. Ray Gallagher. Over the date span of the collection, 1970-1985, Gallagher was a gay candidate for public offices including Santa Monica City Council, Los Angeles County Supervisor, U.S. Congress, and California State Assembly. The bulk of the material consists of letters written by Gallagher to (for the most part) public offices and officials, such as the Santa Monica City Council, Congresspersons and heads of state, regarding numerous topics, from gay civil rights and neighborhood concerns to national and foreign policy.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gay activists
Local government
Political activists