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Finding Aid to the Christopher Street West Association Records Coll2012.134
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  • Seperated Materials
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Access
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Administrative History

  • Title: Christopher Street West Association records
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.134
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 12.0 linear feet. [2 archives boxes, 3 archives cartons, 1 oversized archives carton, 49 box-binders, 5 flat boxes, and 1 shoe box]
    Date (inclusive): 1970-2010
    Abstract: Photographs, slides, clippings and analyses of press coverage, fliers, resolutions, certificates, and award plaques from the Christopher Street West Association (CSW). Formed in 1970 CSW was the first pride organization in the United States to obtain a city permit for its parade. In 1973 the parade was suspended, in the following year the parade resumed and a festival was added to the celebration. The parade was held on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles until 1978, after which it was moved to Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.
    creator: Christopher Street West Association.

    Seperated Materials

    Removed to ONE Audio Collection
    ARR0382 untitled
    ARR0383 A new gay dawning
    Removed to ONE Directory Collection
    Business Alliance of Los Angeles 1999
    Frontiers Yellow Pages 2007
    Gay and Lesbian Community Yellow Pages 2005-2006
    LA Weekly West Hollywood Directory 2000
    Removed to ONE Newspaper Front Pages Collection
    Press Telegram [Long Beach, California] 2007
    San Francisco Chronicle 2007
    Removed to ONE Periodical Collection
    Adelante 2007
    Advocate 2007
    Blade 2001-2008
    Blur 2001
    The Bottom Line 2006
    Buck Rodgers' Happenings May 1986
    Buzz 1999-2006
    Circuit Noize 2001
    Creating Change [National Gay and Lesbian Task Force] 2006
    Cybersocket 2001-2008
    Desert Daily Guide 2005
    Divas 2000-2007
    Express 2001
    Fab! 2001-2006
    Female FYI 2001
    Flavor 2003
    Frontiers 2000-2009
    GLT Gay & Lesbian Times 2002-2008
    Gorgeous 2007
    Hero 1998
    HRC Quarterly 2000
    HX Magazine 2006
    Jane and Jane Magazine 2008
    In Los Angeles Magazine 2000-2009
    Instinct 2006-2007
    LN Lesbian News 1999-2009
    The Leather Journal 2001-2006
    Metro Source 2000-2008
    Noize Magazine 2008
    Odyssey 2008
    Out 2006-2007
    Out & About 1992-1993
    Outlook 2000
    Outworld 2003
    Poz 2007
    Pride 2001-2005
    Proud Parenting 2001
    Pulp Magazine 2006
    Revista Adelante 2001-2003
    Samtaka 2000-2001
    Scene 2006
    Talk 2006
    Ten Percent 2003
    Tentaciones 2000-2001
    Voice 1993
    Removed to ONE Poster Collection
    See ONE poster database for a complete list of CSW posters
    Removed to ONE Pride Program Collection
    Auckland, New Zealand 2001
    Brooklyn, New York 2000-2006
    Chicago, Illinois 2000-2006
    Des Moines, Iowa 2006
    Denver, Colorado 2000
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1986-2000
    Las Vegas, Neveda 1997-2006
    Long Beach, California 1990-2008
    Manchester, England 2000
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 1985
    Montreal, Canada 2001
    New York, New York 1999-2006
    North Hampton, Massachusetts 2006
    Orange County, California 1991
    Palm Spring, California 2000-2006
    Phoenix, Arizona 2000-2006
    Reykjavík, Iceland 2001
    Saint Louis, Missouri 2000-2001
    San Diego, California 2000-2006
    San Fernando Valley, California 2006
    San Francisco, California 1999-2003
    South Bay [Redondo Beach, California] 1993
    Vienna, Austria 1999
    Removed to ONE Program Collection
    AIDS Service Center [Pasadena, California] 1998-1999
    Business Alliance of Los Angeles 1999-2003
    Equality California Awards [Los Angeles] 2007
    Gay Asian Support Network 1999
    Gay Destinations Montreal 2006
    Jersuleum Open House 2006
    Los Angeles Gay Rodeo 2006-2008
    Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2003-2006
    Santa Monica AIDS Project 1999
    Sydney, Australia Mardi Gras 1999
    The Village at Ed Gould Place [L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center] 1998
    West Hollywood Mardi Gras 1999-2000
    Removed to ONE realia collection
    CSW Plastic Mugs 1983-1992
    Removed to ONE T-Shirt & garment collection
    See ONE garment database for a complete list of CSW garments such as hats, t-shirts, etc
    Removed to ONE video collection
    Unity &·more in '84: The Los Angeles gay pride parade, VV2817
    Unity & more in '84: Festival promo tape, VV2818
    1985 CSW parade for CSW from Frank Stevens 4-Star, VV2819
    CSW presents the 1986 gay pride celebration, VV2820
    CSW 1986 highlights (solar), VV2821
    CSW 16th annual gay pride parade, VV2822
    CSW 1986 public service announcement, VV2823
    Proud - strong - united CSW promo tape 1987 gay pride celebration, VV2824
    CSW pride parade (raw footage), VV2825
    CSW pride parade (reel l/2, reel 2/2), VV2826-VV2827
    CSW awardee clips, VV2828
    CSW promo tape, VV2829
    CSW board of directors seminar (reels 1-4, 5-7), VV2830-VV2831
    CSW 1988 parade highlights, VV2832
    CSW 1989 award banquet LOGO, VV2833
    CSW 1989 news clips, VV2834
    CSW 1989 pride parade, VV2835
    CSW 1989 pride parade VV2836
    CSW 1989 volunteer party, VV2837
    CSW 1989 news clips, VV2838
    CSW 1990 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2839
    CSW Los Angeles 1991 together in pride VV2840-VV2841
    CSW main stage entertainment #1 1991, VV2842
    CSW main stage entertainment #3, #4, #5 1991, VV2843-VV2845
    CSW 1991 gay & lesbian pride festival, VV2846
    CSW 1991 gay & lesbian pride festival, VV2847
    Pride = power CSW 1992 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2848
    CSW 1992 Gay pride festival, VV2849
    CSW 1994 gay pride, VV2850
    CSW 1995 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2851
    CSW 1995 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2852
    CSW 1996 pride, VV2853
    CSW 1997 pride parade, VV2854
    CSW 1998 pride parade, VV2855
    CSW 1999 West Hollywood gay & lesbian pride celebration, VV2856
    CSW 2001 pride odyssey parade VV2857-VV2858
    CSW 2001 pride parade VV2859
    CSW 2002 pride parade- "Family, amore & paz" VV2860-VV2862
    CSW 2004 pride parade, VV2863
    Speaking the vision, VV2864
    For love and and for life the 1987 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights, VV2865
    Sally Jesse Raphel: Lesbian mothers, VV2866
    Oprah: Coming out, VV2867
    Long Beach lesbian & gay parade, VV2868
    San Francisco lesbian/gay freedom day main stage, VV2869
    San Francisco lesbian/gay freedom day parade tape, VV2870
    Spectrum news (Santa Ana, Calif.), VV2871
    Eyewitness news (AB 101), VV2872
    Diana Ross "I will survive", VV2873
    CSW 1997 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2874
    Hello...pride LA 2004, VDD0687
    Christopher Street West pride [2005], VDD0688
    2006 CSW LGBT Pride Parade, VDD0689
    2007 CSW LGBT Pride Parade, VDD0690
    Christopher Street West LGBT pride parade, VDD0691
    GLAAD interviews, VV2875
    Long Beach 2000 lesbian & gay pride celebration public service announcement, VV2876
    2000gether Sydney gay & lesbian mardi gras parade, (1/2) VV2877
    Into the Streets Documentary of the demonstration following Governor Pete Wilson's of Assembly Bill 101 (AB101), VV2878
    West Hollywood City counsel meeting, VV2879
    Time Out with Jimmy Palmieri, VV2880
    The Donlavy dance company, VV2881
    Pat Underwood tour of farm, VV2882
    CSW award winners, VV2883
    CSW Los Angeles pride pride promo, VV2884
    Howard & Dave promo tape #1, VV2885
    Voter registration, VV2886
    LaRouche initiative, VV2887
    Search alliance, VV2889
    Sydney gay pride promo, VV2890
    Jewelry by Ponce commercial, VV2891
    Pride '89: Birds of a feather, VV2892
    Orange county cultural pride, VV2893
    Stonewall 25: Voice of pride & protest, VV2894
    Gay games from a to q, VV2895
    Dennis Lamaar, VV2896
    March on Washington highlights 1987, VV2897
    Pride marches in central and eastern Europe, VDD0692

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    Rob Cole Papers, Coll2009-019, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    Jeanne Córdova Papers and Photographs, Coll2008-064, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    Unprocessed Kent Garvey Photographs, Acc2013-072 ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    Jim Kepner Papers, Coll2011-002, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    Morris Kight Papers and Photographs, Coll2010-008, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    Pat Rocco Photographs and Papers, Coll2007-006, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    Bill Wuzzy Spaulding Papers, Coll2013-097, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
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    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Christopher Street West Association Records, Coll2012-134, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Acquisition Information

    The records of the Christopher Street West Association were received prior to 2010.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Researchers wishing to publish material must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives as the physical owner of the material. Note that permission to publish does not constitute copyright clearance. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials from the copyright holder(s).


    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.


    The collection is arranged by the following series:
    Series 1. Festival and parade photographs
    Series 2. Professional photographers
    Series 3. Festival and parade 35mm slides
    Series 4. CSW events photographs
    Series 5. Headshots and publicity photographs
    Series 6. Records and ephemera
    Series 7. Medals, plaques, and ribbons

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Devon Moffat, Stefan Ogbac, and Michael C. Oliveira, April 2014.
    The albums of photographs document the parade as well as other CSW events. Inorder to keep the albums whole the albums were either placed in the Festival and parade series or the CSW events photographs series depending on the primary focus of the albums.
    The images and documents of CDs and DVDs have been transferred to the server.

    Scope and Content

    Photographs, slides, clippings, analyses of media coverage, fliers, VHS (TM) videocassettes, resolutions, certificates, and award plaques from the Christopher Street West Association (CSW). The collection documents the pride parade and festivals held in Los Angeles and later West Hollywood, California. The records document the transformation of a simple evening parade with a few cars and marchers attended by a few thousand to a three day festival and parade with music and floats attended by over a half million people.
    The bulk of the collection consists of photographs from the 1980s and 1990s documenting the festivities as well as other CSW and pride events. The other events include award programs, kick-off and volunteer thank you parties, pride association conferences, pride runs/races, retreats, and a memorial service. The collection also includes records of various other events or programs sponsored or collected by CSW, including sporting events.

    Administrative History

    The Christopher Street West Association (CSW) was formed in 1970 to organize a parade to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. The concept of a celebratory parade and naming of the association were the result of a collaborative effort by community leaders, Reverend Bob Humphries, Morris Kight, and Reverend Troy Perry.
    For the first parade the Los Angeles Police Commission required bonds totaling 1.5 million dollars and $1,500 for police overtime. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was contacted and Attorney Herbert Selwyn appealed the Commission's demand before the Superior Court of California. The court ordered the issuing of the permit and charged the police department with the responsibility to protect the parade participants as any other citizen. CSW became the first and only organization to obtain a parade permit for its 1970 commemorative parade.
    In 1973 the Los Angeles parade was suspended; however, in 1974 new leaders coalesced to organize the annual parade with the addition of a pride festival, conceived by Pat Rocco. The parade and later the festival continued in Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard through 1978. In 1979 the festival and parade were moved to an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, west of Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard. In 1984 the residents of this unincorporated section of Los Angeles County voted to incorporate as the City of West Hollywood.
    In 1993 CSW opened an 8-unit apartment building, Casa del Sol, for low income persons living with AIDS. The project was the first to receive funding from the United States department of Housing and Urban Development specifically to provide housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
    CSW has also participated in regional and international pride organization events including the Consolidated Association of Pride, Incorporated (CAPI) and the International Association of Pride Organizations (InterPride).
    "History of Christopher Street West / LA Pride." LA PRIDE LGBT Pride in West Hollywood. 2012 Web. 31 July 2012. http://www.lapride.org/about/history.html
    Souvenir Pride Program 1972 and 1975

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay pride celebrations--California--Los Angeles
    Gay pride parades--California--Long Beach
    Gay pride parades--California--Los Angeles
    Gay pride parades--California--Orange County