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Finding Aid to the Dignity/San Francisco Records, 1972-2005
BANC MSS 2002/73 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Dignity/San Francisco records
    Date (inclusive): 1972-2005
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2002/73 c
    Creator : Dignity (San Francisco)
    Extent: Number of containers: 7 cartons Linear feet: 8.75
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Contains administrative files, and worship and liturgy files. Administrative files include correspondence, board and committee meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, brochures, and Biennial Convention programs. Worship and Liturgy files include service scripts, schedules, lectionaries, readings, and programs for Sunday service. Also contains newsletters, flyers, readings, and meeting minutes from other Dignity chapters including the national chapter and the East Bay chapter.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dignity/San Francisco Records, BANC MSS 2002/73 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Gays--California--San Francisco
    Lesbians--California--San Francisco
    Sexual orientation and social conflict collection

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Dignity/San Francisco papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Tom Kaun on May 9, 2000.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Iris Donovan in 2004; additions by Alison E. Bridger in 2007.

    Chronology

    1969 Father Patrick X. Nidorf arranges meetings in Southern California for Catholic homosexuals to worship eventually becoming Dignity/USA
    1973 Dignity/Bay Area is formed.
    1982 Dignity/Bay Area changes its name to Dignity/San Francisco.
    1983 Archdiocese of San Francisco asserts that the homosexual lifestyle is "morally unacceptable"
    1988 St. Boniface, in light of 1983 Archdiocese's assertion, expels Dignity/San Francisco's membership from participation in services.
    1989-1993 Services held at Dolores Street Community Church.
    1993-present Services moved to Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church after fire at Dolores Street Community Church.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains administrative files, and worship and liturgy files. Administrative files include correspondence, board and committee meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, brochures, and Biennial Convention programs. Worship and Liturgy files include service scripts, schedules, lectionaries, readings, and programs for Sunday service. Also contains newsletters, flyers, readings, and meeting minutes from other Dignity chapters including the national chapter and the East Bay chapter.
    The papers cover Dignity/San Francisco's relationship with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and its shift from the Bay Area chapter to the San Francisco Chapter.
    The newspaper clippings cover not only Dignity/San Francisco, but also Catholicism and homosexuality in general. Of note are essays by Father Henry Fehren, Kevin Gordon, and Paul Giurlanda.