Biography / Administrative History
Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Allen Chamberlin LGBTQ newspaper collection
Collection number: MS0024
19.5 linear feet
Center for Sacramento History
Sacramento, California 95811-0229
Abstract: The Allen Chamberlin LGBTQ Collection is 20 boxes in size and contains different types of publications such as magazines,
newspapers, fliers, and newsletters. Divided into four series, the collection is organized chronologically. Allen Chamberlin
had subscriptions with Mom... Guess What!, Patlar Gazette, The Sacramento Star and Outword Magazine which were important Sacramento
Physical location: 2F2-4
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research use.
All requests to publish or quote from private manuscripts held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted
in writing to the archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH as the owner of the physical items and
is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the patron. No permission
is necessary to publish or quote from public records.
[Identifcation of item and/or item number], [box and folder number], Allen Chamberlin LGBTQ newspaper collection, MS0024,
Center for Sacramento History.
Transferred from Allen Chamberlain on June 25, 1984 to the Center for Sacramento History.(Accession # 2008/009, 2012/030,
2000/97, 1984/123, 2004/074, 1999/139, 2016/042, 2013/043, 2002/029).
Collection was processed by Ari Green on August 5, 2019
Biography / Administrative History
Allen Chamberlin is a Sacramento resident that lived in Sacramento throughout the 1970s to the present. Chamberlin witnessed
a time period where an influx of people moved to Sacramento for more affordable living. This was also the beginning stages
of the development of the Sacramento LGBT Community. In 2000, Chamberlin donated a series of periodicals that highlight the
development and creation of the LGBT scene in Sacramento.
The first newspaper dedicated to the LGBT community launched in 1966 and went by the name of The Association for Responsible
Citizenship. In 1977, Gibbous Rising was launched by publishers Barbara Ward and Roxanne Mitchell. A year later, Linda Birner
established the newspaper and magazine Mom…Guess What! It became the most popular newspaper throughout Sacramento to inform
the LGBT community about businesses, recreational activities and nightlife that were LGBT accepting.
Scope and Content of Collection
This collection is divided into two series: LGBT Periodicals and Sacramento Periodicals. However, majority of the collection
primarily documents the developing and maintaining of the LGBT Community in Sacramento, California. Donated by Sacramento
resident, Allen Chamberlin, the collection consists of periodicals that trace the birth and rise of the LGBT Community in
Sacramento as well as the rise of other Sacramento neighborhoods. The collection covers forty years of Sacramento LGBT history,
California law making, and the local Sacramento scene. Topics and subjects included in the collection are LGBT community building,
gay entrepreneurship, HIV/AIDS education and California laws regarding Homosexuality.
The LGBT Periodicals are a compilation of newspapers, magazines and fliers in the form of print. Dating back to the late 1970s
to 2016, the periodicals showcase testimonials, picnic ads, realtor ads, bars, restaurants, clubs, sporting activities and
local laws that relate to or embrace the LGBT community.
The Sacramento Periodicals are a compilation of magazines in the form of print that are dedicated to informing Sacramento
residents about the events and changes taking place in Sacramento. This portion of the collection extends from October 2001
to November 2015.
The scope and content of this collection is geographically situated in Sacramento in neighborhoods such as Land Park, East
Sacramento and Midtown.
The following series scope and content notes only offers selected highlights, please see the container list for a full listing
of the series contents.
Series 1 - LGBT Periodicals comprises primarily material documenting the LGBT community in the Greater Sacramento Area. Through
these publications, the growing LGBT community was able to share resources and events that welcomed their presence. From news
about laws being passed regarding sexuality to local picnics, members of the LGBT community knew that they could rely on these
periodicals to keep them updated on the local scene.
Subseries 1.1 Gay Sacramento Fliers
Subseries 1.2 Gibbous Rising Newspaper
Subseries 1.3 Patlar Gazette Newspaper
Subseries 1.4 The Sacramento Star
Subseries 1.5 Mom... Guess What! Newspaper
Subseries 1.6 Outdoor Adventures of Sacramento
Subseries 1.7 Outword Magazine
Subseries 1.8 Valley Rainbow Magazine
Subseries 1.9 Gloss Magazine
Subseries 1.10 Jane and Jane Magazine
Series 2 - Sacramento Periodicals comprises primarily material documenting the life and scene in Sacramento from the late
1980s well into 2015. Through these periodicals, articles about the local laws, state laws and even national law
Subseries 2.1 East Sacramento Newspaper
Subseries 2.2 Senior Magazine
Subseries 2.3 California Technology News Magazine
Subseries 2.4 Submerge: Music, Art, Lifestyle Magazine
Subseries 2.5 California Capital Airshow Magazine
Subseries 2.6 The Far Files Magazine
Subseries 2.7 Her Life Magazine
Subseries 2.8 Land Park Monthly Magazine
Subseries 2.9 Wirehed Magazine
Subseries 2.10 Midtown Magazine
Subseries 2.11 Because People Matter Newspaper
Subseries 2.12 Capital Public Radio Quarterly Newsletter
Subseries 2.13 Sacramento Spotlight Magazine
Subseries 2.14 The Master Report Newspaper
Subseries 2.15 Edible Sacramento Magazine
Subseries 2.16 Best of Sacramento Central Magazine
Subseries 2.17 Northern California's Connected Now Magazine
Subseries 2.18 Sacramento Parent Magazine
Subseries 2.19 Bonnie Magazine
Subseries 2.20 KVIE Channel 6 Program Guide
Subseries 2.21 Inside East Sacramento Newspaper
Subseries 2.22 Comic Press Newspaper
Subseries 2.23 Sacramento News and Review Newspaper
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Gibbous Rising (Association)
Gays -- Periodicals
Lesbians -- Periodicals
Gay Liberation Movement -- California -- Periodicals
Homosexuality -- California -- Newspapers
Sacramento (Calif.) -- Newspapers
Gay Activists -- California -- Newspapers
Women's Rights -- California
AIDS (Disease) -- Social Aspects
KVIE (Television station: Sacramento, Calif.)