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Finding Aid for the Morris Kight Papers, 1975-1993
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Morris Kight Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1975-1993
    Collection number: 354
    Creator: Kight, Morris
    Extent: 380 boxes (185 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Morris Kight was an early advocate of integration and began his career as an underground gay liberationistin 1967. He was a spokesperson in the Gay Liberation Front of Los Angeles, helped found the Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade Committee, was a co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center and a member of the California State Democratic Central Committee. The collection contains correspondence, videotapes, directories, guides, catalogues, publications, and printed material chronicling Kight's activities related to gay liberation and support of the Los Angeles gay community.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Morris Kight, 1993, 1995.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Morris Kight Papers (Collection 354). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Born in Texas, Kight was an early advocate of integration; involved with Southern Christian Leadership Conference; graduated, U.S. Career Service Training School, 1942; arrived in Los Angeles, 1957, beginning career as underground gay liberationist; in 1967 member of Dow Action Committee, opposing defoliants; spokesperson in the Gay Liberation Front of Los Angeles; helped found Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade Committee; co-founder Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center; member of California State Democratic Central Committee; later member of Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and advocate for seniors; recipient, ACLU Eason Monroe Award, 1982.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains correspondence, videotapes, directories, guides, catalogues, publications, and printed material chronicling Kight's activities related to gay liberation and support of the Los Angeles gay community. Also includes California gay publications, as well as articles and awards documenting his participation in other progressive causes.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Articles about and awards for Mr. Kight.
    2. Audio cassettes.
    3. Correspondence, mailings, ephemera, etc.
    4. Gay directories.
    5. Gay festival.
    6. Gay merchandizing catalogues.
    7. Gay themed t-shirts and hats.
    8. Los Angeles County Human Rights Commission papers.
    9. National gay publications.
    10. Northern California gay publications.
    11. Southern California gay publications.
    12. Turner Studios realia.
    13. Video cassettes.
    14. 'Zines.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kight, Morris--Archives.
    Gay/Lesbian Community Services Center.
    Gays' writings.
    Gay liberation movement--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.