Guide to the Brad Brafford Papers MS.R.146

Finding aid prepared by Dawn Schmitz
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
© 2011

Title: Brad Brafford papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.146
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 10.6 linear feet (27 boxes)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1978-1998
Date (inclusive): 1971-2008
Abstract: This collection is comprised of files created by gay rights activist G.C. "Brad" Brafford of Orange County, California, primarily from 1972 until the late 1990s. Included are materials created and distributed by local, regional, and national gay/lesbian and other political advocacy and social support organizations, such as: newsletters, brochures, pamphlets and other publications; fundraising mailings; and fliers and other ephemera. Also included are meeting agendas, notes, and minutes; and correspondence.
Creator: Brafford, Brad


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Brad Brafford Papers. MS-R146. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Brad Brafford, 2009-2010.

Processing History

Processed by Dawn Schmitz, 2011.

Historical Background

G.C. "Brad" Brafford (1929- ) is a gay rights activist and philanthropist in Orange County, California and an active member of several organizations concerned with gay and lesbian rights, AIDS education and support, political activism, women's rights, and electoral politics. In 1972 he was one of the founders of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County (The Center OC), and he went on to serve on its first board of directors. He also served on the executive committee of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Orange County. He was very active in Christ Chapel Metropolitan Community Church in Santa Ana, California, and was involved with several gay social and recreation groups.
Born on May 5, 1929, Brafford was a surveyor by occupation and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He served in the U.S. Navy until he was discharged in 1951 due to his sexual orientation.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection is comprised of files created by gay rights activist G.C. "Brad" Brafford of Orange County, California, primarily from 1972 until the late 1990s. Included are materials created and distributed by local, regional, and national gay/lesbian and other political advocacy and social support organizations: newsletters, brochures, pamphlets and other publications; fundraising mailings; and fliers and other ephemera. Also included are meeting agendas, notes, and minutes; and correspondence.
Regional organizations represented include The Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County (The Center OC), Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) of Orange County, the Gay and Lesbian Rights Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, and Christ Chapel Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). The many issues represented include the U.S. military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy on gay men and lesbians serving in the military; California Proposition 6 (The Briggs Initiative, 1978); and HIV/AIDS activism, education, and support.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 2 series:
  • Series 1. Subject files, 1973-2006, 0.8 linear feet
  • Series 2. Organizations, 1971-2008, 9.8 linear feet
Most of the materials were kept in their original order within files when refoldering, although the order of the files was changed to bring together the files of a particular organization. For the most part, dates on the folders reflect the dates the files were compiled, and the folders may contain a small amount of material from years prior to those indicated.

Separation Note

Issues of Liaison and The Center Connection, the newsletters of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County, were removed from this collection. These newsletters are cataloged separately in Special Collections and Archives. See records in the UC Irvine Libraries catalog ANTPAC.

Related Collections

Related materials can be found in the following collections in the Department of Special Collections and Archives:
  • Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County Records. MS-R118. California.
  • Orange County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Timeline Research Files. MS-R105.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Brafford, Brad -- Archives.
Activists -- California -- Orange County.
AIDS (disease) -- California -- Orange County -- History -- Sources.
AIDS activists -- California -- Orange County -- Archives
Gay rights -- California -- Orange County -- History -- Sources
Gays -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.


Subject files Series 1. Bulk, 1978-1991 1973-2006

Physical Description: 0.8 Linear feet

Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of files on political, social justice, health, and cultural topics, primarily as they relate to the gay and lesbian community. Included are publications, clippings, notes, ephemera, fundraising and legislative correspondence, and other materials.


Arrangement is alphabetical by topic.
Box 1, Folder 1

Anti-gay and anti-feminist fundraising letters and clippings, 1978-1983

Box 1, Folder 2

Gay activism and support literature and notes, 1979-1984

Box 1, Folder 3

Gay and lesbian issues: news clippings and other materials, 1975-1984

Box 1, Folder 4

Health issues: correspondence and newsletters, 1982-1989


HIV/AIDS support, education, and activism: publications, brochures, and other materials,

Box 1, Folder 5

1985-1989 and undated

Box 1, Folder 6

1988-1991 and undated

Box 1, Folder 7


Box 1, Folder 8

Legislative districts (Orange County, California): maps, 1973

Box 1, Folder 9

Long Beach, California, publications, clippings, and other materials, 1982-1994

Box 1, Folder 10

No on Proposition 6 (Briggs Initiative) organizing/campaign materials and notes, 1978


Politics, federal and state (California)


Legislative correspondence and other materials

Box 2, Folder 1-2


Box 2, Folder 3


Box 2, Folder 4

Newsletters, 1990-1991


Religion and sexuality

Box 2, Folder 5

Publications, 1973-1983

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence and fliers, 1994-2001

Box 2, Folder 7

Republicans (California): fundraising letters, 1978

Box 2, Folder 8

Senior citizens issues: newsletters and fliers, 1989 and undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Theater, opera, and film: fliers and other materials, 1978-1980

Box 2, Folder 10

Travel guides, 1998-2006

Box 2, Folder 11

Various topics: clippings (photocopies), 1989-2005


Organizations Series 2. Bulk, 1978-1998 1971-2008

Physical Description: 9.8 Linear feet

Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of publications; ephemera; correspondence; meeting agendas, notes, and minutes; and other materials reflecting Brafford's involvement with social justice, community service, political, religious, and social organizations.


The arrangement is generally alphabetical by the name of the organization or title of the publication and chronologically thereunder. Files named for organizations that have undergone name changes during the time period represented in the materials are filed under the latest name represented. At the end of the list are folders containing a small amount of material from several individual organizations.
Box 3, Folder 1

The Advocate: subscription correspondence, 1978

Box 3, Folder 2

The AIDS Project, Los Angeles: newsletter and other materials, 1985-1992 and undated

Box 3, Folder 3

AIDS Services Foundation, Orange County: newsletters, 1993-2006

Box 3, Folder 4-5

Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Artists in the Entertainment Industry: member correspondence, publications, and other materials, 1983-1989

Box 3, Folder 6

Alyson Gay Men's Book Catalog, 1991


American Civil Liberties Union

Box 3, Folder 7

Membership card and button, 1991 and undated

Box 3, Folder 8

National newsletters and fundraising materials, 1992-2002


American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California

Box 3, Folder 9

Newsletters, 1992, 2002-2003


Lesbian and Gay Rights Chapter

Box 3, Folder 10-11

Newsletters and other materials, 1977-1980

Box 4, Folder 1-7

Newsletters, correspondence, and other materials, 1980-2003

Box 4, Folder 8

Bisexual Center of Southern California: newsletters and other materials, 1979-1982

Box 4, Folder 9

Bishop's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Ministry in the Diocese of Los Angeles: newsletters and other materials, 2001

Box 4, Folder 10

Business and Professional Alliance (Orange County, California): newsletters, 1988-1992

Box 5, Folder 1-9

Business and Professional Association (Los Angeles, California): newsletters, directories, and other materials, 1979-1990

Box 6, Folder 1

California Champions Fund: fundraising and other materials, 1980-1981

Historical Background

The organization raised funds for the California Human Rights Advocates and the Gay Rights National Lobby.
Box 6, Folder 2

California Department of Justice, Women's Rights Handbook, 1976

Box 6, Folder 3

California Human Rights Advocates: newsletter and brochures, 1979-1980

Box 6, Folder 4

Crisis Hotline, 1st Annual Growth Conference: program and notes, 1976

Box 6, Folder 5

Crisis Hotline (Garden Grove, California) training materials, 1975-1978

Box 6, Folder 6-7

Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club newsletters and fliers, 1990-1998


Elections Committee of the County of Orange (ECCO) newsletters and other publications

Box 6, Folder 8-10


Box 7, Folder 1


Box 7, Folder 2

Focus Orange County newspaper, 1971-1974

Historical Background

Early issues indicate no institutional affiliation, but later issues give publisher as the Gay Community Center of Orange County (later the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County).
Box 7, Folder 3

Fund for Human Dignity: fundraising letters and other materials, 1980-1983

Box 7, Folder 4

Gay Academic Union, Los Angeles Chapter: newsletters and other materials, 1979-1981

Box 7, Folder 5

Gay Book Bulletin, 1979

Box 7, Folder 6

Gay Community News subscription materials, 1981

Box 7, Folder 7-8

Gay Games IV (New York, NY): programs, notes, and other materials, 1994


Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

Scope and Content Note

Includes Guide for Media Professionals (circa 1990) and fundraising materials including an audio tape narrated by Harvey Fierstein.
Box 7, Folder 9-12

Newsletters, press releases, and other materials, 1990-1998


Defamation: audio recording undated

Box AV 013, Item A001-A

Archival original

General Physical Description note: 1 audio cassette
Box DM 002, Item A001-U

Use copy

General Physical Description note: 1 sound disc (CD-ROM)
Box DM 001, Item A001-M

Duplicating master copy

General Physical Description note: 1 sound disc (CD-ROM)
Box 7, Folder 13-15

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Veterans of America newsletters, 1993-1997

Scope and Contents note

Includes publications from the national organization and the Orange County/Long Beach chapter.

Gay and Lesbian Center (Los Angeles, California)

Historical Background

Former names include the Gay Community Services Center and the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center.
Box 7, Folder 16

Board of directors report, boycott flier and other materials, 1975

Box 7, Folder 17

Donor materials and newsletters, 1978-1987

Box 7, Folder 18

18th Anniversary Ball program and auction book, 1989

Box 8, Folder 1-6

Newsletters and other materials, 1990-2008


Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County (The Center OC)

Historical Background

Formerly known as the Gay Community Center of Orange County.
Box 8, Folder 7

Growth group program documentation, 1973-1978

Box 9, Folder 1

Public relations notes and other materials, circa 1974

Box 9, Folder 2

Rap groups: notes correspondence, schedules and other materials, 1973-1976

Box 9, Folder 3

Speakers bureau report forms, bibliographies, and other materials, 1975-1976

Box 9, Folder 4

Board of directors correspondence, fliers, and other materials, 1975-1977

Box 9, Folder 5

Youth services program, counseling program, and other program materials and notes, 1976

Box 9, Folder 6

Board of directors notes and other materials, 1976-1977

Box 9, Folder 7

Rap group facilitator training materials and schedules, 1977-1978

Box 9, Folder 8

Board of directors notes and other materials, 1978-1980

Box 9, Folder 9

Newsletters and other materials, 1978-1980

Box 9, Folder 10

Fliers and correspondence, 1978-1981

Box 9, Folder 11-13

Board of directors agendas, minutes, notes and other materials, 1981-1982

Box 10, Folder 1

Hotline meeting notes, rosters, and calendars, 1982

Box 10, Folder 2-3

Board of directors meeting handouts, notes, and public relations materials, 1983

Box 10, Folder 4

Newsletters (staff) and other materials, 1982-1983

Box 10, Folder 5

Patrons of the Center Second Quarterly Report, 1983

Box 10, Folder 6

Hotline notes and training materials, 1983

Box 10, Folder 7-8

Board of directors meeting handouts, fliers, and other materials, 1984

Box 11, Folder 1

Hotline memoranda, notes, and other materials, 1984

Box 11, Folder 2

Press releases and other public relations materials, 1984

Box 11, Folder 3

Event programs, 1988-1991

Box 11, Folder 4-5

Notes, correspondence, and other materials, 1989-1993 and undated

Box 11, Folder 6

Event programs, 1992-2005

Box 11, Folder 7

LifeGuard (HIV/AIDS support and education program) publications, 1997-2004 and undated

Box 11, Folder 8

Annual reports, 1998-1999

Box 11, Folder 9

Volunteer orientation handbook, circa 1998

Box 11, Folder 10

Publications and fliers, 2000-2001 and undated

Box 12, Folder 1

Gay and Lesbian Student Education Union, 1984-1985

Box 12, Folder 2-3

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles: publications and fundraising materials, 1989-1999 and undated

Box 12, Folder 4

Gay Rights Advocates (San Francisco, California) newsletters and other materials, 1979-1981

Box 12, Folder 5-6

Gay Rights National Lobby publications and other materials, 1977-1984

Box 12, Folder 7

Gray Panthers publications, clippings, and fundraising materials, 1978-1981


The Great Outdoors, Orange County/Long Beach chapter newsletters and other materials

Box 12, Folder 8


Box 12, Folder 9

1990, 1999-2001

Box 12, Folder 10


Box 12, Folder 11

Harvey Milk Film Project newsletter and fundraising materials, 1983-1984

Box 12, Folder 12-13

Human Rights Campaign publications, 1982-1999

Historical Background

Former name: Human Rights Campaign Fund.
Box 13, Folder 1

Huntington Beach Ski Club newsletters, fliers, and correspondence, 1973-1974

Box 13, Folder 2

Imperial Court of Orange County: constitution, notes, and certificate, 1974-1976

Box 13, Folder 3

International Society of Interdisciplinary Designers: membership materials, 1981

Box 13, Folder 4-7

International Union of Operating Engineers: publications, labor agreement (1976) and notes, 1975-1980

Box 13, Folder 8

International Women's Year, California State Meeting: fliers, meeting materials, and other materials, 1977 June

Box 13, Folder 9

In the Life (Gay and Lesbian Issues and Culture on National Public Television) publications 1993-2006

Box 13, Folder 10

Jim Kepner's Song and Dance newsletters, 1993-1996

Box 13, Folder 11

Laguna Beach Coalition for Human Rights newsletters, 1978-1979


Laguna Outreach newsletters and other materials

Box 13, Folder 12-13


Box 13, Folder 14


Box 14, Folder 1


Box 14, Folder 2

Laguna Shanti newsletters, 1993-2002

Box 14, Folder 3-4

Lesbian and Gay Academic Union, greater Los Angeles chapter: newsletters, fliers, and other materials, 1982-1984


The Lesbian News (Los Angeles, California)

Box 14, Folder 5-9

1977 August-1982 July

Box 15, Folder 1-4

1982 August - 1985 March

Box 15, Folder 5

Lesbian Rights Project: donor letters, newsletter, and other materials, 1983-1984

Box 15, Folder 6-7

Log Cabin Club (Los Angeles, California): newsletters, fliers, and other materials, 1981-1984

Box 15, Folder 8-10

Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club: newsletters, fliers, and other materials, 1978-1984


Metropolitan Community Church


Christ Chapel congregation (Santa Ana, California)

Box 16, Folder 1-7

Newsletters, meeting notes, correspondence, and other materials, 1979-1985

Box 17, Folder 1-6

Orders of worship, meeting notes, correspondence, newsletters, and other materials, 1985-1998


Southwest District Conference meeting materials

Box 17, Folder 7-8


Box 18, Folder 1



Universal Fellowship

Box 18, Folder 2-3

General Conference XIV (St. Paul, Minn.): program, publication and other materials, 1989

Box 18, Folder 4

General Conference XVI (Phoenix, Ariz.): conference newsletters, 1993

Box 18, Folder 5-6

Publications, 1976-1979, 1998

Box 18, Folder 7

Metropolitan Community Temple: program for Jewish New Year service and Beth Chayim Chadashim pamphlets, 1972-1978 and undated

Box 18, Folder 8

Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles: newsletters and other materials, 1979-1989

Box 18, Folder 9

My Playbook: sex handbooks for men and women, 1975-1976

Box 18, Folder 10

Names Project, Orange County: publications and other materials, 1990-1996

Box 18, Folder 11

National Center for Lesbian Rights publications, 1991-1993

Box 18, Folder 12

National Charities Information Bureau: publications and other materials, 1982-1984

Box 19, Folder 1-4

National Gay Rights Advocates: newsletters and fundraising letters, 1980-1991

Box 19, Folder 5-10

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: publications and fundraising materials, 1977-1999

Historical Background

Former name: National Gay Task Force.
Box 20, Folder 1-4

National Organization for Women: publications and other materials, 1977-1998

Scope and Contents note

Includes newsletters of Orange County chapters.
Box 20, Folder 5

Nine to Five, National Association of Working Women: membership renewal letter, 1983

Box 20, Folder 6

No on Proposition 8 bumper sticker, 2008

Box 20, Folder 7

ONE (Long Beach, California) The Post newspaper, 1993-1994

Box 20, Folder 8-12

ONE Institute/National Gay and Lesbian Archives: newsletters and other materials, 1981-1998

Historical Background

Former names: National Gay Archives, International Gay and Lesbian Archives. (Merger with ONE, Inc. was announced in early 1995).
Box 20, Folder 13

Orange County Coalition for Human Rights, 1977-1980

Box 20, Folder 14-15

Orange County Federation of Lesbian, Gay and AIDS Support Organizations: newsletters, fliers, and brochures, 1995-1999

Box 21, Folder 1-2

Orange County Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival programs and fliers, 1989-2001

Historical Background

Former name: Orange County Cultural Pride.
Box 21, Folder 3

Orange County Gay Men's Chorus programs, 2002-2003

Box 21, Folder 4

Orange County Visibility League newsletter, 1989

Box 21, Folder 5-7

Our World: The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Magazine, 2000-2002


Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Historical Background

Former name: Parents and Friends of Gays.
Box 21, Folder 8

Newsletters (Los Angeles, California) and Orange County chapter fliers, 1978-1981

Box 21, Folder 9-11

PFLAG of Orange County: meeting materials and notes, by-laws, publications and other materials, 1979-1982

Box 22, Folder 1-7

PFLAG of Orange County: meeting minutes, notes, publications, and other materials 1983-1991

Box 22, Folder 8-9

PFLAG national conference (Charlotte, N.C.): notes and meeting materials, 1991

Box 23, Folder 1

PFLAG of Orange County: newsletters and fliers, 1995-2000

Box 23, Folder 2

National newsletters and other materials, 1997-1999

Box 23, Folder 3

People for the American Way newsletters, 1991-1993 and undated

Box 23, Folder 4

Planned Parenthood Association of Orange County: newsletters and pamphlets, 1980-1981 and undated

Box 23, Folder 5-6

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network publications, 2001-2006 and undated

Box 23, Folder 7

Sex Over Forty newsletter, 1995-1998

Box 23, Folder 8

Shakespeare Society of America, Globe Playhouse (Los Angeles, California): fliers and membership materials, 1979-1980

Box 23, Folder 9

Shanti Project (San Francisco and Los Angeles, California): newsletters and other materials, 1983-1986 and undated


The Ski Closet/Arriba Ski Club: meeting minutes, schedules, fliers, and other materials

Box 23, Folder 10-11


Box 24, Folder 1-4

1977-1981, 1991-2007 and undated

Box 24, Folder 5

Society for Senior Gay and Lesbian Citizens: newsletters and fliers, 1982-1985 and undated

Box 24, Folder 6-8

Southern California Women for Understanding: newsletters, fliers, and other materials, 1978-1986, 2004

Box 25, Folder 1

Southern Poverty Law Center: Klanwatch newsletters and other materials, 1980-1985, 1998

Box 25, Folder 2

Spectrum News Network: donor correspondence and other materials, 1990

Box 25, Folder 3-5

Stonewall Democratic Club (Los Angeles, California): newsletters, calendars, and other materials, 1980-1998

Box 25, Folder 6

Telephone directories ( Gay Areas) Pacific Northwest and California, 1983

Box 25, Folder 7

Western Express newspaper (Phoenix, Ariz.), 1991 July

Box 26, Folder 1-4

Whitman-Brooks fliers, newsletters, and other materials 1978-1985

Box 26, Folder 5

Whitman-Radclyffe Foundation newsletters, 1974-1978

Box 26, Folder 6

Whittier Social Network fliers, 2004-2005

Box 26, Folder 7

The Whole Gay Catalog, 1982-1986

Box 26, Folder 8

Yellow Pages (gay), New York/New Jersey and Long Beach/Orange County, circa 1988-1991

Box 26, Folder 9-10

Various gay and lesbian magazines, 1972-1984


Various organizations: publications and other materials

Box 26, Folder 11


Box 27, Folder 1-4

1980-2002 and undated