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L1990.03 The Gary Rees Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: L1990.03 The Gary Rees Papers
    Dates: 1973-1990
    Collection Number: L1990.03
    Creator/Collector: Gary Rees
    Extent: .5 linear feet
    Repository: Lambda Archives of San Diego
    San Diego, California 92116
    Abstract: Gary Rees was prominent San Diego businessman and a dedicated member of the LGBT community. Rees came to San Diego as an ensign in the Navy in 1971 and became one of the co-founders of The Center while still serving in the military. Rees also helped establish The Center’s military counselling program and served as The Center’s Executive Director following his discharge as an officer from 1974-1975. Rees was highly invested in San Diego’s LGBT community and was deeply involved with community programs. He was chairman and director of San Diego Walks for Life, one of the founders of the AIDS Assistance Fund, and a co-founder of the Lesbian and Gay Archives (now known as Lambda Archives). Rees actively fundraised for the Center, AIDS Walk, the Briggs Initiative, and any other civil rights cause or political campaign that benefitted the LGBT community. As a fundraising effort, Rees created the Nifty Fifty Club in which businesses or individuals pledged $50 a month for a year to pay for costs relating to San Diego Walks for Life. Gary Rees died on August 13, 1990 of complications relating to AIDS at the age of 43.
    Language of Material: English


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    Preferred Citation

    L1990.03 The Gary Rees Papers. Lambda Archives of San Diego

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Gary Rees Collection is divided into 12 folders: Miller Parker, Jess Jessop, David Eliot, Clippings of Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Tiger, Update, Biographies, Gays in Advertising, Signs of Life, GSDBA, Fundraising, and Aids Walk/Walk for Life. These folders contain newspaper articles and clippings, letters, flyers, Update newsletters, military documents, GSDBA materials, AIDS Walk materials, and Walk for Life materials.

    Indexing Terms

    Gay Center for Social Services
    AIDS Walk
    Robert "Jess" Hall Jessop
    San Diego