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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Records of the Pride Center
    Dates: 1972 - 2018
    Collection Number: UA0081
    Creator/Collector: Robert E. Kennedy Everett M. Chandler GLSU Gay Student Union Pride Center Associated Students Inc. (ASI)
    Extent: 3 linear feet, 6 boxes
    Online items available
    Repository: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. University Archives
    San Luis Obispo, California 93407
    Abstract: Documents related to the development and activities of the Pride Center and the former Gay Student Union.
    Language of Material: English


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    Publication Rights

    Digital copies are provided to researchers for the purpose of study, research, and personal use only, unless otherwise specified in writing. Materials that are the property of Cal Poly Special Collections and Archives require written permission prior to publication. No complete collection may be reproduced. For print and online publication, please visit our Reproduction Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/support/sca-policies/reproduction/. Special Collections and Archives reserves the right to review all reproduction requests and to withhold permission if scanning would endanger the material, would violate copyright law, or would violate institutional restrictions.

    Preferred Citation

    Records of the Pride Center. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. University Archives

    Acquisition Information


    Biography/Administrative History

    Historical Note: Although there was an LGBTQIA presence on campus at an earlier date, 1972 is the first recorded effort to develop a formal presence on campus. In 1972 students began the process of applying for a Gay Student Union (GSU), creating a formal association with the original bylaws dated in the fall of 1974. Facing resistance from campus administration and other campus constituents, as well as from the public, following a five year court battle that involved the state Attorney General, the GSU was granted official recognition as a student organization by the University and by the Associated Students, Inc. in 1976. The Gay Student Union was a membership organization developed to provide a forum for the study of “homosexuality on campus and community level”. The organization provided a forum for discussion and intellectual development for the gay community and the campus as a whole. Despite initial resistance to the organization, many community members and organizations on and off campus were in support of the GSU including local churches and CSU students, professors, and staff. Records in this collection wee collected by the staff and students of the Cal Poly Pride Center and transferred to the archives in 2018.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Documents related to the development and activities of the former Gay Student Union and the present-day Pride Center. Includes bylaws, minutes, surveys, event announcements, and correspondence in opposition to the formation of the GSU from campus administration and ASI (Associated Students, Inc.) as well as other campus constituents. Includes photocopies of newspaper clippings from campus and community papers documenting the LGBTQIA experience on campus, later documentation of authorization of the GSU, and a letter of support from President Bill Clinton. Includes documentation of GSU members work to oppose legislation denying rights on the basis of sexual orientation and the Gay Campus Community Hotline; campus flyers for events such as National Coming Out Day, human rights, and LGBTQIA and gay rights activism.

    Indexing Terms

    Associated Students Inc. ASI
    Gay and Lesbian Alliance
    San Luis Obispo
    Promotional flyers

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