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Finding Aid to the Fred Parris Collection on Virginia Gay and Lesbian Rights Organizations Coll2014.102
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  • Biographical Note
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Separated Materials
  • Related Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: Fred Parris collection on Virginia gay and lesbian rights organizations
    creator: Parris, Fred (Frederick Walter)
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014.102
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1977-1983
    Abstract: The collection contains materials from the Virginia Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights, 1977-1980, and the Virginia Gay Alliance, 1983. The documents include fliers, meeting information, and minutes of the Virginia Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The collection also contains clippings, Parris' correspondence concerning gay and lesbian rights, and a packet of materials from the Virginia Gay Alliance conference, October 15-16, 1983. Fred Parris was a freelance writer for the Washington Blade and may be best known for his articles written during the mid-1980s calling attention to gay teen suicide.

    Biographical Note

    Frederick Walter Parris was born November 12, 1948 in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1970 he graduated from Kansas University with a degree in journalism. While writing for the University Daily Kansan he received the William Allen White Award for excellence in feature writing. After earning his master's degree from Kansas’s Emporia University in library science, he was employed by the Memphis Public Library system. While in Memphis he was the news editor for a local gay and lesbian newspaper, Gaiety. In 1976 Parris relocated to suburban Washington, D.C. and became active in the gay and lesbian rights movement, and a number of other progressive causes. He was a freelance writer for the Washington Blade through the 1980s. Parris' articles during the mid-1980s on gay teen suicide have been credited with bringing attention to the crisis. In 1989, he took a position with the Houston Public Library, where he served in a number of capacities until his retirement in 2008. He died of congestive heart failure in March 2011.
    Chibbaro, Lou, Jr. "Obituary: Fred Parris, 62." Washington Blade, April 07, 2011. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/04/07/obituary-fred-parris-62/#sthash.mIgNGy2c.dpuf (retrieved October 23, 2014).

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries 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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Letter from Lloyd Ostby in lieu of deed of gift, dated January 04, 2014.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box #, item] Fred Parris Collection on Virginia Gay and Lesbian Rights Organizations, Coll2014-102, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, October 2014.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains the contents of a ring binder compiled by Fred Parris of materials from the Virginia Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights, 1977-1980, and the Virginia Gay Alliance, 1983. The documents include fliers, meeting information, and minutes of the Virginia Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The collection also contains clippings, correspondence concerning gay and lesbian rights, and a packet of materials from the Virginia Gay Alliance conference, October 15-16, 1983.

    Conditions Governing Use

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

    Separated Materials

    Removed to ONE periodical collection:
    Our Own: May 1978, September 1983, October 1983.

    Related Materials

    Unprocessed Fred Parris papers - 4 archvies cartons

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay activists
    Parris, Fred (Frederick Walter)
    Virginia Coalition for Lesbian & Gay Rights
    Virginia Gay Alliance