Guide to the Gay & Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California Ephemera M0822

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Gay & Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California ephemera
Creator: Gay & Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California
Identifier/Call Number: M0822
Identifier/Call Number: 5769
Physical Description: 5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1965-1994
Abstract: Collection of gay and lesbian memorabilia from the San Francisco Bay Area, including fliers, programs, cards, buttons, and matchbooks.

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Gay & Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California ephemera (M0822). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Contents

Four decades of gay and lesbian memorabilia mostly from the San Francisco Bay Area, including handbills and fliers, programs, membership cards, buttons, matchbooks, and other printed material.
This material was chosen in 1995 by curator Katharine Martinez from the Historical Society's collections (now known as the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Historical Society), and it probably duplicates their holdings. Items were originally saved by a number of anonymous individuals whose interests ranged from leather to drag. Majority of items are handbills in a variety of sizes advertising events, including publicity for cabaret, theater, music, DJs and dances, comedians, sex parties, art exhibitions, films, fundraisers, and balls, as well as political marches and demonstrations. There are also advertising fliers, bar matchbooks, buttons and business cards.
There are also 1960s publications by SIR and the Council on Religion & The Homosexual, and one brochure from the Mattachine Society.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gay liberation movement -- California.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- History.
Gay communities -- San Francisco Bay Area
Gays -- California -- San Francisco -- History
Lesbians -- California -- San Francisco -- History
Society for Individual Rights (SIR)
Sarria, José
ACT UP (Organization)
Theatre Rhinoceros (San Francisco, Calif.)

Box 1

Miscellaneous fliers and posters

Box 2, folder 1-3

Miscellaneous fliers, handbills, invites, etc.

Box 2, folder 4

Miscellaneous fliers, handbills, etc. - Women/Lesbian

Box 2, folder 5

Fliers, A-E

Scope and Contents

Ambush, The Box, Bulldog Baths, Club Rapture, Club Uranus, Colossus, Crew, Crystal Pistol (Chaos, Euphoria), Desire, DNA Lounge, Dreamland, DV8, Eagle, End-Up
Box 2, folder 6

Fliers, F-W

Scope and Contents

Folsom Prison, Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, I-Beam, Mercury, Oasis, Pleasuredome, Product, Trocadero Transfer, Up Press, Walt Whitman Bookshop
Box 2, folder 7


Box 2, folder 8

Business cards, membership cards, tickets, etc.

Box 2, folder 9

AIDS/safe sex

Box 3, folder 1


Scope and Contents

Includes material about ACT UP, Prop 6/Briggs Initiative, AB101, Amnesty International, Diseased Pariah News, police brutality, marches and demonstrations, Alice B. Toklas Memorial/ Harvey Milk Gay Democratic Club, etc.
Box 3, folder 2

Miscellaneous publications

Scope and Contents

Diane Leslie Feinberg - Journal of a Transsexual (World View Publishers, 1980)
The Lavender Lexicon - Strait & Associates, 1964)
Churchmen Speak Out on Homosexual Law Reform (Council on Religion & the Homosexual, 1967)
The Church and The Homosexual, A Report On a Consultation Prepared by Donald Kuhn (Glide Urban Center, second printing 1967)
Society for Individual Rights pamphlets and booklets
Mattachine Society Today brochure (1965)
Gay Social Services Guide: San Francisco Bay Area (United States Mission, 1976)
Jose/Hazel 1958-1978 20th Anniversary Cruise
Box 3, folder 3

Programs (mostly theatre)

Box 3, folder 4

S.I.R. programs circa 1965-1969

Box 3, folder 5-7

Theatre Rhinoceros

Box 3, folder 8

Non-San Francisco event publicity

Box 3, folder 9

Punk/underground music fliers

Scope and Contents

Lunachicks, Tribe8 at Chameleon ; Vomit Launch, The Idiot and TFUL282 at Covered Wagon ; Mudwimmin [etc.] at Female Trouble ; Mudwimmin, Steelpole Bathtub Shred of Dignity under the Bay Bridge
Box 4

Buttons & matchbooks

Box 3, folder 10

Duplicate fliers (see Box 1)