Burt Gerrits papers

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2021


Descriptive Summary

Title: Burt Gerrits papers
Dates: 1975-1998
Collection Number: 1994-26
Creator/Collector: Gerrits, Burt
Extent: 1.95 linear feet
Repository: GLBT Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94103
Abstract: Burt Gerrits (1923-2008) was born in South Dakota, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1941. He served during WWII in the Navy, and his recollections of Navy life as a gay man were included in historian Allan Bérubé’s book Coming Out Under Fire. The bulk of the Burt Gerrits papers consist of materials from three organizations in which Gerrits was active: The Gay Coalition on the Media, The Bay Area March on Washington Committee, and Mobilization Against AIDS.
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Burt Gerrits papers . GLBT Historical Society

Acquisition Information

Gift of Burt Gerrits, 1998-2004.

Scope and Content of Collection

Burt Gerrits (1923-2008) was born in South Dakota, and moved to the Bay Area in 1941. He served during WWII, Burt served in the Navy, and his recollections of Navy life as a gay man were included in historian Allan Bérubé’s book Coming Out Under Fire. Gerrits taught in public schools for 35 years, and was active in many LGBT organizations and events. The bulk of the Burt Gerrits papers consist of materials from three organizations in which Gerrits was active. The Gay Coalition on the Media came together in 1975 to press for fair treatment of gay issues in the various media. The Bay Area March on Washington Committee was formed in 1987 to provide local outreach, fundraising, transportation and publicity in response to the call for a Gay and Lesbian March on Washington. The Mobilization Against AIDS was organized in 1985 to press for increased government funding in the fight against AIDS, to oppose civil rights attacks and to educate the public. The collection also includes materials from many other organizations Gerrits was involved in, and events he participated in, including the Gay Academic Union, the 1984 March on Washington, the University of California Gay & Lesbian Alumni, BANGLE, the Gay Freedom Day Committee and the Pacific Center. The collection also includes Gerrits' World War II sailor pants and his father's World War I uniform. GSSO linked terms: http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GSSO_000374; http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GSSO_005822; http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GSSO_008536; http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GSSO_000521

Indexing Terms

Gay men
Veterans
World War, 1939-1945
AIDS (disease)