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Mel White and Daryl Lach Collection (CLGS)
GTU 2015-08-02  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mel White and Daryl Lach Collection (CLGS)
    Dates: 1974-2015
    Collection Number: GTU 2015-08-02
    Creator/Collector: White, Mel (James Melville), 1940- Lach, Daryl, 1950- Nixon, Gary Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948 King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 Soulforce, Inc. Metropolitan Community Church
    Extent: 22 linear feet (27 boxes)
    Repository: Graduate Theological Union
    Berkeley, California 94709
    Abstract: James Melville "Mel" White is an influential author, filmaker, spokesman and clergyman raised as an Evangelical Christian. In his fifties, he became an effective and outspoken advocate for gay rights, openly confronting Evangelical leaders for their anti-homosexual rhetoric. Daryl Lach has extensively collected in the area of "Voices of the Christian Right in American Politics and Culture at the Turn of the 21st Century."
    Language of Material: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union 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 reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Mel White and Daryl Lach Collection (CLGS) . Graduate Theological Union

    Acquisition Information

    “The Mel White and Daryl Lach Collection” belongs to the larger archival collection of The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS) at Pacific School of Religion, a member school of The Graduate Theological Union. Materials received in 2013. The GTU Archives is the designated repository.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Mel White (1940- ) and Daryl Lach (1950- ) are significant figures in LGBTQ advocacy, particularly in relation to Fundamentalist Christianity.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Materials related to Mel White’s ministry and LGBTQ advocacy, particularly in relation to Fundamentalist Christianity, and supported by Daryl Lach’s extensive collection. These include sermons, correspondence, documents related to non-violent protest and direct actions, fundraising and other materials related to organizations both for and against acceptance of LGBTQ people in the Christian community, clippings, video cassettes, audio cassettes, DVDs and teaching materials. The bulk of the materials are from the 1990s and early 2000s.

    Indexing Terms

    Gays -- Religious life
    Gays -- United States -- Biography
    Evangelicalism -- United States
    Fundamentalism -- United States
    Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
    Homosexuality -- United States
    United States -- Moral conditions
    White, Mel (James Melville), 1940-
    Falwell, Jerry, 1933-2007
    Robertson, Pat (Marion Gordon), 1930-
    Soulforce, Inc.
    Metropolitan Community Church

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