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Chamberlin (Allen) LGBTQ Newspaper Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Center for Sacramento History
    Title: Allen Chamberlin LGBTQ newspaper collection
    creator: Chamberlin, Allen
    Identifier/Call Number: MS0024
    Physical Description: 19.5 Linear Feet (21 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1977-2016
    Abstract: The Allen Chamberlin LGBTQ Collection is 21 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 Area newspapers.
    Physical Location: 2F2, 2F3, 2C4
    Language of Material: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Container: 1, 2, 19
    Container: 9-14
    Container: 15-18
    Container: 20-21
    Container: 3-8


    Processed by:
    Ari Green
    Date Completed:
    August 5, 2019
    Encoded by:
    Ari Green


    Collection is open for research use.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item and/or item number], [box and folder number], Allen Chamberlin LGBTQ newspaper collection, MS0024, Center for Sacramento History.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred from Allen Chamberlain in 1984, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2016 to the Center for Sacramento History.(Accession #1984/123, 1997/027, 1999/139, 2000/093, 2000/097, 2002/029, 2004/074, 2008/009, 2012/030, 2013/043, 2016/042).

    Processing Information

    Collection was processed by Ari Green on August 5, 2019

    Biography / Administrative History

    The first newspaper in Sacramento, California 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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    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.)
    Gibbous Rising (Association)