Paul D. Hardman papers

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GLBT Historical Society
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2020


Descriptive Summary

Title: Paul D. Hardman papers
Dates: 1973-1995
Collection Number: 1996-06
Creator/Collector: Hardman, Paul D., 1923-
Extent: 1 carton, 1 box (1.4 linear feet)
Repository: GLBT Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94103
Abstract: This collection documents the political and professional life of activist Paul D. Hardman. It includes correspondence, research notes for Hardman’s book "Homoaffectionalism: Male Bonding from Gilgamesh to the Present," materials relating to the Alexander Hamilton Post of the American Legion, legal papers, and subject files. It also contains some materials from the Pride Foundation and Hardman’s newspaper, "California Voice."
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research. Funding for processing this collection was provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Preferred Citation

Paul D. Hardman papers. GLBT Historical Society

Acquisition Information

Gift of Arch Wilson in March 1996.

Biography/Administrative History

Paul D. Hardman was a World War II Navy vet and a longtime activist for LGBT veterans. He was born in New York City in 1923. In 1985 he founded the Alexander Hamilton Post 448 of the American Legion in San Francisco, which was the first predominantly LGBT post in the nation. He was also one of the founders of the Pride Foundation and the publisher and editor of California Voice. Hardman died at the age of 72 in San Francisco in 1996.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection documents the political and professional life of activist Paul D. Hardman. It includes correspondence, research notes for Hardman’s book "Homoaffectionalism: Male Bonding from Gilgamesh to the Present," materials relating to the Alexander Hamilton Post of the American Legion, legal papers, and subject files. It also contains some materials from the Pride Foundation and Hardman’s newspaper, "California Voice." The subject files relate primarily to gays and lesbians in the United States military. Legal papers consist of anti-discrimination lawsuits filed by the Pride Foundation and the Alexander Hamilton Post. Carton 1 contains correspondence, 1975-1995; book and research material, 1982-1986; materials related to the Alexander Hamilton Post 448, 1984-1995, California Voice, 1979-1984, and Hardman’s political and professional affiliations, 1975-1994; and subject files, 1980-1994. Box 1 has subject files, 1982-1994 and legal papers, 1973-1985.

Indexing Terms

Gay men
Veterans