Guide to the Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center Records MSS-2004-06-07

Jeanette Eaton. Accrual by Michael Lara in 2020.
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
© 2010
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center Records
Identifier/Call Number: MSS-2004-06-07
Physical Description: 14 boxes (5.838 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1906-2008
Abstract: The Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center Records consist of news clippings, newsletters, and magazines. There is a sizeable photographic collection that contains pictures of social events hosted by the Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center, including Gay Pride San José and other social outings.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center Records, MSS-2004-06-07, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing History

Collection processed by Jeannette Eaton, finding aid EAD encoded by Jeannette Eaton, and reviewed by Danelle Moon. Collection number changed from MSS-2010-10-25 to MSS-2004-06-07 in July 2018 by Leilani Marshall. Accrual of National Organization for Women Records processed by Michael Lara, finding aid EAD encoded by Michael Lara, and reviewed by Kate Steffens in February 2020. Folder level description added to Series I-III by Kate Steffens in March 2022.

Organizational History

The Billy DeFrank Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Silicon Valley Center (also known as the Billy DeFrank Gay and Lesbian Community Center) opened its doors on March 1, 1981 in downtown San José, California. The center was posthumously named after Billy DeFrank, the stage name of William Price (1936-1980). From San José, William Price was a well known African-American drag entertainer as well as a prominent gay rights activist who dedicated his talents to the development of gay communities throughout California. He was considered one of the "best-loved goodwill ambassadors" for the LGBT community. At the time LGBT activists were generally influenced by the political legacy of Stonewall. The Stonewall riots, the escalation of a series of violent confrontations between gay rights activists and police that began on June 28, 1969 outside the Stonewall Inn (a bar in New York City), became the genesis of an international gay rights movement focused on social justice and human rights for the LGBT community. The founders of the DeFrank Center concerned with practical challenges and most concerned about the lack of housing and employment protections for lesbians and gay men living in Santa Clara County envisioned transforming the legacy of the Stonewall riots by creating "a place to call home". The grassroots efforts to establish this LGBT center were driven by forces from within the Lambda Association Board of Directors of San José, San Jose Staté University's Women's Center, and other local activists. The center became the fulcrum whereby the large and diverse community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the South Bay could find refuge. The inception of the center's success was marked by an increase in activist support from local political figures such as Mayor Janet Gray Hayes in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The center continues to offer a safe haven for a large and diverse community.
The mission of the Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center is "to strive to be the community's premier resource hub and a recognized leader in promoting health, strength, diversity and inclusiveness". The DeFrank Center affords its members opportunities to develop "positive social identification" and is committed to political advocacy on behalf of the community and to continue the struggle for civil rights. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people of all ages benefit from the resources and support services offered by the center staff of activists and volunteers. The Center facilitates vital sexual education programs through workshops and other social engagements for a broad-based community.
In collaboration with Family and Children Services, the DeFrank Center provides a safe and confidential space for youths to gather and receive counseling, as well as educational and professional medical resources. In addition, another youth centered program, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, helps to empower youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools. The adult programs similarly provide a confidential space for HIV testing, and support groups for men and women, including those for addiction recovery and LGBT elders, as well as groups focused on the family. The DeFrank Center provides community referrals to local agencies that address Aids/HIV, child and teen services, crisis centers, domestic violence, shelters and other similar services.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center Records document the grassroots efforts of its founders to build a community center that supports the vast and diverse needs of the South Bay community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The central mission of the Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center is to work toward promoting a "positive social identification" by promoting civil rights to advance liberty and justice through collaboration and unity.
Bulk Dates 1970-1999


This collection is arranged into four series: Series I, Organizational Records,1979-2008; Series II, Research, Educational Outreach, and Publicity 1943-2000; and Series III, Publications, 1962-1999. Series IV is a accrual of National Organization for Women materials and publications.

Related Materials

Ted Sahl Collection, MSS-2001-01-01
Mark Porsche Papers, MSS-2003-04
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Periodicals Collection 1968-2003, MSS-2005-05

Subjects and Indexing Terms

GLBT studies -- California
LGBT studies
GLBT studies
Queer studies
LGBT studies -- California
Gay rights -- California -- San Jose
Civil rights -- California -- San Jose
Gay rights
Gay and lesbian rights
Gay liberation movement
Gays -- California -- History
Gays -- Civil rights
Gay and lesbian studies
Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center
Bay Area Nonprofit Organization
AIDS activists -- California -- San Jose
Community Action


Series I. Organizational Records (partially restricted) 1979-2008

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents the administrative aspects of the Billy DeFrank Community Center from the Articles of Incorporation to the DeFrank Center Acorn Club Procedures and Correspondence, and Community Center General Regulations. This series also includes information on board members, donors, and volunteers, as well as fundraising proposals and annual reports. Additionally, there are some related documents including budgets and invoices showing expenses that are partially restricted.
A researcher interested in understanding the organizational structural of non-profit organizations and evolving collaboration with associated partners and how resources are allocated might discover connections within administrative operations, mission initiatives, and fundraising efforts.


Files are arranged alphabetically.

Access Note

Files including invoice and financial information are labeled partially restricted.

Subseries 1. Acorn Club 1987-1994

Box 1, Folder 1

Action Items Undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Procedures 1990

Box 1, Folder 3

Promotion Project 1987-1994

Box 1, Folder 4

Receipts January-March 1990

Box 1, Folder 5

Receipts April-June 1990

Box 1, Folder 6

Receipts July-October 1990

Box 1, Folder 7

Receipts November-December 1990

Box 1, Folder 8

Receipts 1991


Subseries 2. Administrative Files 1979-2008

Box 1, Folder 9

Air Conditioning and Heating 1996-1997

Box 1, Folder 10

Administrative Review Committee 1991-1994

Box 1, Folder 11

Apple Library of Tomorrow Program 1989

Box 1, Folder 12

Archives Reports 1990-1996

Box 1, Folder 13

Articles of Incorporation April 11, 1983

Box 1, Folder 14

Bidding Process undated

Box 1, Folder 15

Board of Directors Applications 1982

Box 1, Folder 16

Board of Directors Meetings 1984-1985

Box 1, Folder 17

Board Meetings 1987

Box 1, Folder 18

Board Meetings 1996

Box 1, Folder 19

Board Meetings 1997

Box 1, Folder 20

Budget 1985, 1994

Box 1, Folder 21

Calendars 1989-1999

Box 1, Folder 22

Center Use Regulations undated

Box 1, Folder 23

Church Facilities 1997

Box 1, Folder 24

Classes 1993-1997

Box 1, Folder 25

Contact and Mailing Lists undated

Box 1, Folder 26

Correspondence 1982-1993

Box 1, Folder 27

Course Evaluations 1995

Box 1, Folder 28

Donations 1988-1998

Box 1, Folder 29

Expense Report 1989

Box 1, Folder 30

Facilities Volunteers 1995-1997

Box 1, Folder 31

Flyers and Signs - Copies 1988-1998

Box 1, Folder 32

Flyers and Signs - Masters 1988

Box 1, Folder 33

Forms undated

Box 1, Folder 34

Fundraising 1987, 1998

Box 1, Folder 35

General Maintenance 1988-2008

Box 1, Folder 36

Grant: City of San José Community Development Block Grant 1998

Box 1, Folder 37

Grant: Oracle Employees LAMBDA Club 1995-1996

Box 1, Folder 38

Grant: Sports 1993

Box 1, Folder 39

Grant: Support Group Services 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 40

Grant: Support Group Services - Case Consultations 1993

Box 1, Folder 41

Grant: Support Group Services - Collaborators 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 42

Grant: Support Group Services - Timelines 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 43

Grant Request: Chicago Resource Center 1983

Box 1, Folder 44

Grant Request: The GGBA Foundation 1983

Box 1, Folder 45

Inventory 1996-1997

Box 1, Folder 46

Membership List 1987-1996

Box 1, Folder 47

Newsletter Advertising Layout undated

Box 1, Folder 48

Newspaper Event and Class Announcements 1993

Box 1, Folder 49

Office Files 1998

Box 1, Folder 50

Old Class Sign-up Sheets 1997

Box 1, Folder 51

Personnel Files undated

Box 1, Folder 52

Pest Control: Western Exterminators 1996-1997

Box 1, Folder 53

PFLAG National Conference Participation 1994

Box 1, Folder 54

PG&E 1997

Box 1, Folder 55

Press About DeFrank Center 1986-1996

Box 1, Folder 56

Property Insurance 1996-1997

Box 1, Folder 57

Public Service Announcements 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 58

Reading Room Project Proposal 1990

Box 1, Folder 59

Rental Agreements 1991-1993

Box 1, Folder 60

Scheduling Requests 1993

Box 2, Folder 1

Scheduling Requests (1 of 2) 1994

Box 2, Folder 2

Scheduling Requests (2 of 2) 1994

Box 2, Folder 3

Scheduling Requests (1 of 2) 1995

Box 2, Folder 4

Scheduling Requests (2 of 2) 1995

Box 2, Folder 5

Scheduling Requests (1 of 2) 1996

Box 2, Folder 6

Scheduling Requests (2 of 2) 1996

Box 2, Folder 7

Scheduling Requests 1997

Box 2, Folder 8

Staff Meetings 1989-1998

Box 2, Folder 9

Susan B. Anthony Democratic Club 1979

Box 2, Folder 10

Thank You Requests undated

Box 2, Folder 11

Timecards undated

Box 2, Folder 12

United Way Donation Campaign Correspondence 1990

Box 2, Folder 13

United Way Grant (1 of 2) 1992-1994

Box 2, Folder 14

United Way Grant (2 of 2) 1992-1994

Box 2, Folder 15

United Way Management Training Flyers 1994

Box 2, Folder 16

United Way Week of Caring September 1997

Box 2, Folder 17

Voice Mail undated

Box 2, Folder 18

Volunteer Assessment of the Volunteer Program 1996


Subseries 3. Moonstruck Community Library 1980-1996

Box 2, Folder 19

Bibliographies 1984-1988

Box 2, Folder 20

Book Listings undated

Box 2, Folder 21

Correspondence 1980, 1988-1989

Box 2, Folder 22

Gay and Lesbian Archives and Libraries 1989

Box 2, Folder 23

Gay and Lesbian Bookstores 1989

Box 2, Folder 24

Gay and Lesbian Publishers 1989-1990

Box 2, Folder 25

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual People in History 1987

Box 2, Folder 26

Gay Men's Non-Fiction Holdings 1989

Box 2, Folder 27

Lesbian Fiction Holdings 1989

Box 2, Folder 28

Membership: A-J 1988-1996

Box 2, Folder 29

Men's Fiction 1989

Box 2, Folder 30

Mixed Non-Fiction Holdings 1989

Box 2, Folder 31

National Gay and Lesbian Newspaper and Magazine List 1988

Box 2, Folder 32

Paperwork 1988-1996

Box 2, Folder 33

Periodical Holdings 1989

Box 2, Folder 34

Press Clippings 1988-1989

Box 2, Folder 35

Press Releases 1988

Box 2, Folder 36

San José Public Library Lesbian and Gay Fiction Holdings 1989

Box 2, Folder 37

Want List: Periodicals 1988


Series II. Research, Educational Outreach, and Publicity 1943-2000

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents the diversity of education outreach and programs initiated and endorsed by Billy DeFrank. Scholars interested in documenting AIDS research and HIV educational campaigns will find this series extremely valuable. This series consists of reference, research, and educational resources from conferences such as the Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act Title I Manual (U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Materials also include information on planning committees and task force coalitions such as the Lesbian Connection, Gay and Lesbian Directory for the Area Network of Gay and Lesbian Educators, and papers from The Lambda Association organization. The materials represented provide a snap-shot of the grassroots activism connecting it to the San Francisco LGBTQ+ community through photographs, political ephemera, press clippings, and other printed materials. The photographs document events such as the San José Rally and Gay Pride March and related campaigns. Included is an autographed picture of Joan Baez, a well known folk singer and prominent activist in the struggle for gay and lesbian rights.
The Billy DeFrank Center's activism is connected to the larger gay rights movement, which has a long history throughout California. LGBTQ+ social and political networking arrived on the Hollywood scene in the late 1940s through the prominent homophile organization that came be known as "The Mattachine Society". This reform movement was a dynamic concept and the brainchild of Harry Hay, an actor and music instructor. Hay is credited for framing this society as the "International Bachelors Fraternal Orders for Peace and Social Dignity". The consciousness of this group permeated Southern California and spread to the San Francisco Bay area. Eventually, chapters sprouted up nationwide, advocating legislative reform in the east coast and specifically in Washington D.C. By the 1970s the U.S. Civil Service amended the American Psychological Association definition of homosexuality, no longer delineated as a mental illness.


Files are arranged by subject, then alphabetically.

Subseries 1. AIDS/HIV Research 1981-2000

Box 2, Folder 38

AIDS & KS Foundation Newsletter May-June 1983

Box 2, Folder 39

AIDS Treatment News: Issues 140-149 December 6, 1991 - April 17, 1992

Box 2, Folder 40

Aris Project Annual Report to the Community 1990

Box 2, Folder 41

B-E-T-A (Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS) 1988-1991

Box 2, Folder 42

Boston Public Health Commission Evaluation of the Clinical Impact of New HIV Treatments on the HIV/AIDS Service Delivery System February 1998

Box 2, Folder 43

Dallas County Health and Human Services Comprehensive HIV Service Plan September 1998 - September 2000

Box 2, Folder 44

Dallas County Health and Human Services HIV and AIDS Epidemiological Report April 1, 1998

Box 2, Folder 45

Dallas County Health and Human Services HIV and AIDS Needs Assessment Report May 1988

Box 2, Folder 46

Der Spiegel: AIDS in Asia Issue May 1993

Box 2, Folder 47

Key Components of a Comprehensive AIDS Treatment and Research Program for California 1985-1986

Box 3, Folder 1

Management of HIV Disease Symposium September 20, 1995

Box 3, Folder 2

Management of HIV Disease Symposium September 27, 1996

Box 3, Folder 3

Management of HIV Disease Symposium September 12, 1997

Box 3, Folder 4

Moving Forward: An Assessment of Needs and Services for the Evolving Epidemic of HIV in Massachusetts 1995-1999

Box 3, Folder 5

The Planning Council Courier: A Publication of the Santa Clara County HIV Planning Council Spring 1997

Box 3, Folder 6

Press Clippings 1981-1986

Box 3, Folder 7

Press Clippings January - June 1983

Box 3, Folder 8

Press Releases, Flyers, and Memos 1987-1996

Box 3, Folder 9

Ryan White CARE Act Title I Manual 1997

Box 3, Folder 10

Ryan White CARE Act Title I & II National Technical Assistance Meeting 1996

Box 3, Folder 11

Ryan White CARE Act Title I & II People Living with HIV Disease Sourcebook 1996

Box 3, Folder 12

Ryan White CARE Act Title I & II Technical Assistance Training Guide 1997

Box 3, Folder 13

Ryan White CARE Act Title I & II Training Guide for Planning Council and Consortium Members 1997

Box 3, Folder 14

San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office HIV Seroprevalence Reports 1994-1996

Box 3, Folder 15

Santa Clara County HIV Health Services Governance Task Force Meetings 1998

Box 3, Folder 16

Santa Clara County HIV Health Services Planning Council Health Planning/Needs Assessment Support Proposal January 6, 1999

Box 3, Folder 17

Santa Clara County HIV Health Services Planning Council Reference Binder 1996

Box 3, Folder 18

Treatment Issues: Gay Men's Health Crisis Newsletter on Experimental AIDS Therapies January 1990 - January 1992


Subseries 2. Education and Outreach 1976-1998

Box 3, Folder 19

Addiction Outreach 1988, 1993-1994

Box 3, Folder 20

Addiction Recovery Binder (1 of 2) 1991-1997

Box 3, Folder 21

Addiction Recovery Binder (2 of 2) 1991-1997

Box 3, Folder 22

Affording Equal Opportunity to Gay and Lesbian Students Through Teaching and Counseling Training Handbook 1991

Box 3, Folder 23

Bay Area Network of Gay and Lesbian Educators 1989

Box 3, Folder 24

Bill Wilson Center 1987-1993

Box 4, Folder 1

Brochure Proofs undated

Box 4, Folder 2

Classes 1991-1994

Box 4, Folder 3

Course Evaluations (1 of 2) 1993

Box 4, Folder 4

Course Evaluations (2 of 2) 1993

Box 4, Folder 5

Directory of Gay and Lesbian Professional Groups 1988

Box 4, Folder 6

Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Workshops 1993-1994

Box 4, Folder 7

Events 1980-1998

Box 4, Folder 8

The Gay American Smokeout! 1993

Box 4, Folder 9

Gay Rescue Mission San Francisco 1988

Box 4, Folder 10

Gay and Lesbian Squaredancing Clubs undated

Box 4, Folder 11

The Hetrick-Martin Institute: Home of the Harvey Milk School 1996

Box 4, Folder 12

Holy Trinity Community Church circa 1983

Box 4, Folder 13

Horizons Foundation Grant for Programs for Gay and Lesbian Elders 1993-1994

Box 4, Folder 14

Local Event Flyers 1984-1996

Box 4, Folder 15

National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth 1994

Box 4, Folder 16

Outside Organizations 1976-1996

Box 4, Folder 17

Outside Organizations: Pamphlets 1982-1992

Box 4, Folder 18

Press Release: Open House 1995

Box 4, Folder 19

Press Releases 1989-1997

Box 4, Folder 20

Promotional Materials: Film and Video 1987-1997

Box 4, Folder 21

Queer Youth Lobby Day at the California State Capitol January 3, 1996

Box 4, Folder 22

Queer Youth Lobby Day Resources 1991-1996

Box 4, Folder 23

San José Gay Pride Celebrations 1989-1998

Box 4, Folder 24

Santa Clara County Private School Directory 1995-1996

Box 4, Folder 25

South Bay Lesbian and Gay Business Expo March 12, 1994

Box 4, Folder 26

Theatre Bay Area Sources of Publicity Guide 1992

Box 4, Folder 27

Town Hall Meeting: Community Brain Storming Session May 16, 1998

Box 4, Folder 28

Women's Health Fairs 1995-1997

Box 4, Folder 29

X-TA-C Gay and Lesbian Ski Club 1988-1989

Box 4, Folder 30

Youth Services 1989-1996

Box 4, Folder 31

Youth Services: Pamphlets 1994-1996

Box 4, Folder 32

Youth Training: Mental Health 1986-1996


Subseries 3. Lambda Association 1976-1989

Box 4, Folder 33

Lambda Association Correspondence 1976-1978, 1985

Box 4, Folder 34

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund: Domestic Partner Legislation September 1989

Box 4, Folder 35

Lambda News: Content and Submissions November 1976

Box 4, Folder 36

Lambda News: Content and Submissions August 1977

Box 4, Folder 37

Lambda News: Content and Submissions November 1977

Box 4, Folder 38

Lambda News: Content and Submissions December 1977

Box 4, Folder 39

Lambda News: Content and Submissions January 1978

Box 4, Folder 40

Lambda News: Content and Submissions March 1978

Box 4, Folder 41

Lambda News: Content and Submissions April 1978

Box 4, Folder 42

Lambda News: Content and Submissions June 1978

Box 4, Folder 43

Lambda News: Content and Submissions June 1981

Box 4, Folder 44

Lambda News: Content and Submissions July 1981

Box 4, Folder 45

Lambda News: Content and Submissions August 1981

Box 4, Folder 46

Lambda News: Content and Submissions September 1981

Box 4, Folder 47

Lambda News: Content and Submissions October 1981

Box 4, Folder 48

Lambda News: Content and Submissions November 1981

Box 5, Folder 1

Lambda News: Content and Submissions December 1981

Box 5, Folder 2

Lambda News: Content and Submissions January 1982

Box 5, Folder 3

Lambda News: Content and Submissions February 1982

Box 5, Folder 4

Lambda News: Content and Submissions March 1982

Box 5, Folder 5

Lambda News: Content and Submissions April 1982

Box 5, Folder 6

Lambda News: Content and Submissions May 1982

Box 5, Folder 7

Lambda News Correspondence 1978-1982


Subseries 4. LGBTQ+ Research 1943-1994

Box 5, Folder 8

Anita Bryant and Miami's Anti-Discrimination Ordinance 1977

Box 5, Folder 9

Are Homosexuals Really Different? Thesis 1948, 1990

Box 5, Folder 10

Are Homosexuals Really Different? Thesis Research Files (1 of 2) 1991-1994

Box 5, Folder 11

Are Homosexuals Really Different? Thesis Research Files (2 of 2) 1991-1994

Box 5, Folder 12

F.C.C. Bulletins undated

Box 5, Folder 13

Gay Bars 1984, 1989

Box 5, Folder 14

The Gay Cubans undated

Box 5, Folder 15

Gay and Lesbian Vegetarians 1988

Box 5, Folder 16

Genealogical Research: Treadwell Family 1973

Box 5, Folder 17

Melvin Truss 1985

Box 5, Folder 18

NAMBLA 1978-1981

Box 5, Folder 19

Photo Headshot: Frank Marino as Joan Rivers undated

Box 5, Folder 20

Photo Scrapbook Pages: LGBTQ+ People Throughout History undated

Box 5, Folder 21

Photos: Gay Rights March, San Francisco circa 1980-1985

Box 5, Folder 22

Pomo Afro Homos Performance Troupe 1992

Box 5, Folder 23

Press Clippings: Adoption 1982

Box 5, Folder 24

Press Clippings: Aging 1982

Box 5, Folder 25

Press Clippings: Gay Rights and History 1962-1985, 1993

Box 5, Folder 26

Press Clippings: Mormons 1978, 1983-1985

Box 5, Folder 27

Press Clippings: South Bay Area Gays and Lesbians 1976-1989

Box 5, Folder 28

Publicity Stills from Before Stonewall Documentary circa 1943-1953

Box 5, Folder 29

Religion 1983-1989

Box 5, Folder 30

Signed Photograph of Joan Baez undated

Box 5, Folder 31

Suicide Research undated


Subseries 5. Local Politics and Legislation 1978-1996

Box 5, Folder 32

Art Agnos Anti-Discrimination Bills 1978-1984

Box 5, Folder 33

City of San José Action Plan for the Youth Services Master Plan November 1995

Box 5, Folder 34

City of San José Cultural Organizations 1993

Box 5, Folder 35

City of San José Human Rights Commission 1995-1996

Box 5, Folder 36

City of San José Lesbian and Gay Pride Week Proclamation June 1995

Box 5, Folder 37

Gay Rights Ordinances: Assembly Bill 1 and AB 101 1984, 1991-1992

Box 5, Folder 38

Gay Rights Ordinances: Propositions A & B for San José and Santa Clara Valley 1979-1980

Box 5, Folder 39

Ken Yeager for Assembly Stationary 1996

Box 5, Folder 40

San Francisco Police Code Domestic Partnership Amendment May 22, 1989

Box 5, Folder 41

Santa Clara Valley Coalition for Human Rights Campaign Statements and Forms 1978-1981

Box 5, Folder 42

Santa Clara Valley Coalition for Human Rights Ordinance Committee 1979-1980

Box 5, Folder 43

U.S. Department of the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service Private Sector Involvement Workbook October 1979


Subseries 6. Oversize Materials 1985-1990

Box 11

Christian Voice Anti-Gay Treatise undated

Box 11

The Human Race Walk-a-thon & Run 1985

Box 11

Human Sexuality Book & Journal List 1990

Box 11

Lesbian Mothers Day in the Park 1985

Box 11

Membership Drive 1988

Box 11

Stanford Gay and Lesbian Awareness Week 1985

Box 11

State Ordinances undated

Box 12

Political Reform Buttons undated

Box 13

Photos from Events 1987-1994


Series III. Publications 1962-1999

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents the literary tradition of the gay community, which dates back to the founding of an array of gay and lesbian organizations, periodicals, and newsletters. Scholars interested in the development of the gay community in terms of LGBTQ+ South Bay history as it applies to political and social reform, locally, nationally, and internationally, will find this series engaging while extremely informative. The newsletters and magazines represented here reflect local grass roots concerns while the history can be traced back to the earliest organizations established to defend LGBTQ+ rights.
The formation of Daughters of Bilitis (D.O.B.), the first national lesbian organization founded in San Francisco in 1955, was an important breakthrough for the LGBTQ+ community. The group started with only eight members and included Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, the most well known founding members. The aim of D.O.B. was to offer broad based programming to lesbians and the public to engage in discourse on lesbian lifestyles and community. Part of their struggle for obtaining legal reform inspired this group to push for more research, locally, nationally, and internationally. An east coast chapter soon followed in 1958 in New York. D.O.B. chapters sprouted up all over the United States and as far away as Australia. D.O.B. first national convention was held in San Francisco in 1960.
Out of the early movement emerged a rich body of literature on sexual orientation that germinated identity and community building in a variety of locations throughout the U.S., developing a well communicated network. The newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, magazines, and comics represented in this series reflect the grassroots social activism of the members of the Billy DeFrank Center in the South Bay and their connections within the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Examples include: B.A.R. Bay Area Reporter, A Catalyst for all factions of the Gay Community, and Monterey LGBT Community Center Newspaper. Additionally, there is a smaller subset of religious gay press material such as Insight - A quarterly of Lesbian/Gay Christian Opinion as well as references to the religious gay press magazine The Gay Christian/In Unity Magazine. Other magazines include: Community Capital District Lesbianand Gay Bi-Monthly Magazine, Oblivion San Francisco, and The Gay Alternative. Scholars interested in tracing the South Bay sentiments following the murders of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and County Supervisor Harvey Milk, will find a variety of articles memorializing their deaths. See the article entitled "In Memoriam Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, December 1, 1978" in The Sentinental, Vo. 5 No 24. Unique to the collection is the eclectic comic book selection, Gay Cosmix 2 and Hag Rag-Intergalatic Lesbian Feminist Press.
With the influx of movements and activism in the 1960s, the New Left and feminists contributed to discourse that challenged the role of sexuality, and hegemonic forces within patriarchy. LGBTQ+ activists, often referred to as the gay and lesbian movement, pushed for legal change, state by state, as well as overturned national legislation. Nonetheless, the rise of the religious right posed significant challenges to the gay rights movement.
At the forefront were Christian evangelicals who generally disdained any group that exhibited protests including the New Left, the women's movement, hippies, and anyone part of the counterculture. Anita Bryant, an American singer from 1950s known mostly for her top 40 hits, became an anti-gay crusader. She responded to victories gained in Florida which repealed a law that had prohibited gays from the adoption of children. She went on to establish an organization titled "Save the Children" applying her vilification of lesbians and gay men to legalize Prop 6 in California which would make homosexuals ineligible for employment in the state's public school system. The mobilization of organizational efforts to oppose such legislation provided the momentum needed to counter religious extremism. Ultimately, discrimination actually strengthened the alliance of gay and lesbian organizations and opened up the public arena to what had been a large group of closeted gays. Together, all of these actions to rid society of homophobia led up to homosexual activists picketing the White House and Pentagon in 1965, where for the first time ever, homosexuals protested for their civil rights, including within the military.


Files are arranged alphabetically.
Box 6, Folder 1

Advent: A Publication of Lutherans Concerned, San Francisco Spring 1993-Summer 1994

Box 6, Folder 2

The Advocate March 4, 1986

Box 6, Folder 3

The Advocate: Lifestyle, Entertainment, and Classified Sections 1978-1982

Box 6, Folder 4

After Dark: The National Magazine of Entertainment March 1975-May 1979

Box 6, Folder 5

ARIS Project Newsletter April 1986-Fall 1996

Box 6, Folder 6

At the Center: The Newsletter of the Lambda Community Center, Sacramento March 1991-February 1995

Box 6, Folder 7

Bay Area Reporter: The Catalyst for All Factions of the Gay Community 1971-1974

Box 6, Folder 8

Bay Area Reporter: The Catalyst for All Factions of the Gay Community January-August 1975

Box 6, Folder 9

Baylands Family Circle: Newsletter for LGBTQ+ Parents and Children of the Mid-Peninsula May 1997

Box 6, Folder 10

BAYMEC: Newsletter of the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee January 1990-March 1996

Box 6, Folder 11

The Beacon: A Newsmagazine for the Gay and Lesbian Communities of Long Beach, South Bay, Orange County, and Palm Springs August-September 1989

Box 6, Folder 12

The Beacon: A Publication of Metropolitan Community Church of San José February 1985-January 1997

Box 6, Folder 13

Belles Lettres: A Review of Books By Women 1988-1990

Box 6, Folder 14

Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center News 1982

Box 6, Folder 15

Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center News 1983

Box 6, Folder 16

Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center News 1984

Box 6, Folder 17

Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center News 1985

Box 6, Folder 18

Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center News 1986

Box 6, Folder 19

Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center News 1987

Box 6, Folder 20

Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center News February 1995-October 1996

Box 6, Folder 21

Billy DeFrank LGBT Silicon Valley Community Center News March 1998-February 1999

Box 6, Folder 22

BLK: The National Black Lesbian and Gay Newsmagazine July 1989-December 1993

Box 6, Folder 23

The Buddy Line: Newsletter of the Northern California Rainbow Divers July 1993-February 1994

Box 6, Folder 24

Capitol Hill: The Newsletter of the Gay Rights National Lobby circa 1981

Box 6, Folder 25

Center Lines: A Publication of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Colorado 1990-1993

Box 6, Folder 26

Center Voice: A Publication of the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, NYC 1987-1993

Box 6, Folder 27

The Chainletter: A Publication of Different Spokes San Francisco Bicycling Club for the Gay Community 1993-1994

Box 6, Folder 28

The Challenge: A Publication of the Hayward Equal Rights Organization 1979-1982

Box 6, Folder 29

Christian Life Magazine September 1978

Box 6, Folder 30

The Coalition: The Official Publication of the Santa Clara Valley Coalition for Human Rights October 1977

Box 6, Folder 31

The Coalition Newsletter: A Publication of the Pomona San Gabriel Valley Gay and Lesbian Coalition 1989-1993

Box 6, Folder 32

Community: Newsletter of the Capital District Lesbian and Gay Community Center, New York December 1986-September 1989

Box 6, Folder 33

Community: Newsletter of the Capital District Lesbian and Gay Community Center, New York November 1989-December 1993

Box 6, Folder 34

Crisálida: A Publication of Comunidad Triangulo Rosa, Jalisco, Mexico 1983-1989

Box 6, Folder 35

Data-Boy Magazine October 1974-December 1977

Box 6, Folder 36

Data-Boy Magazine March-June 1978

Box 7, Folder 1

Data-Boy Magazine July-November 1978

Box 7, Folder 2

Data-Boy Magazine December 1978-March 1979

Box 7, Folder 3

Data-Boy Magazine June 1979-July 1981

Box 7, Folder 4

Data-Boy Magazine June 1985-June 1989

Box 7, Folder 5

Desert Views: Newsletter for the Desert Business Association of Coachella Valley March 1980

Box 7, Folder 6

A Different Beat: San Francisco 1976-1977

Box 7, Folder 7

Dignity San José Newsletter: Gay and Lesbian Catholics, Friends, Families and Loved Ones August 1987-June 1991

Box 7, Folder 8

Eclipse: The Shanti Project Newsletter 1987-1992

Box 7, Folder 9

The Edge: The Newsletter for Gays and Lesbians of the Tri-City Area March 1996

Box 7, Folder 10

Educational TV Channel (ETVC) Newsletter, San Francisco March 1987-December 1994

Box 7, Folder 11

Entre Nous (Between Us): A Newsmagazine for Lesbians December 1986-December 1987

Box 7, Folder 12

Entre Nous (Between Us): A Newsmagazine for Lesbians January-December 1988

Box 7, Folder 13

Entre Nous (Between Us): A Newsmagazine for Lesbians January-December 1989

Box 7, Folder 14

Entre Nous (Between Us): A Newsmagazine for Lesbians January-December 1990

Box 7, Folder 15

Entre Nous (Between Us): A Newsmagazine for Lesbians January-December 1991

Box 7, Folder 16

Entre Nous (Between Us): A Newsmagazine for Lesbians January-December 1992

Box 7, Folder 17

Entre Nous (Between Us): A Newsmagazine for Lesbians January-December 1993

Box 7, Folder 18

Entre Nous (Between Us): A Newsmagazine for Lesbians January-December 1994

Box 7, Folder 19

Entre Nous (Between Us): A Newsmagazine for Lesbians January-December 1995

Box 7, Folder 20

Entre Nous (Between Us): A Newsmagazine for Lesbians September-December 1996

Box 7, Folder 21

GALA Review: Gay and Lesbian Atheists, San Francisco July 1989

Box 7, Folder 22

The Gaybook, Eighth Edition 1989

Box 7, Folder 23

The Gay Alternative 1973-1976

Box 8, Folder 1

Gay Chicago Magazine March-December 1980

Box 8, Folder 2

Gay Chicago Magazine April-October 1981

Box 8, Folder 3

Gay Chicago Magazine April-July 1982

Box 8, Folder 4

Gay Chicago Magazine May 9, 1991

Box 8, Folder 5

Gay Comix 1981-1984

Box 8, Folder 6

Gay Comix 1985-1987

Box 8, Folder 7

Gay Fathers San Francisco Newsletter July 1988

Box 8, Folder 8

Gays and Lesbians in Business in Santa Cruz County Directory 1995

Box 8, Folder 9

Gerald Gardner's The Streaking Book 1974

Box 8, Folder 10

Girlfriends: The Magazine of Lesbian Enjoyment July 1994-August 1995

Box 8, Folder 11

GLENews: Gay and Lesbian Employee Network June 1986-June 1987

Box 8, Folder 12

The Grapevine: Newsletter for the Isis Barter Network 1989

Box 8, Folder 13

Ha-Yonah/The Dove: The Newsletter of Congregation Ahavat Shalom December 1987-May 1989

Box 8, Folder 14

Hag Rag: Intergalactic Feminist Press May 1991-June 1992

Box 8, Folder 15

Hag Rag: Intergalactic Feminist Press July 1992-March 1993

Box 8, Folder 16

High Tech Gays Newsletter 1991-1996

Box 8, Folder 17

Homosexual Information Center Newsletter #40, Louisiana 1989

Box 8, Folder 18

IDS Networks: A Publication of the International David Society August 1984-April 1985

Box 8, Folder 19

In Unity and The Gay Christian: The News and Opinion Journal of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches July 1973-December 1976

Box 8, Folder 20

In Unity and The Gay Christian: The News and Opinion Journal of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches June 1977-September 1979

Box 8, Folder 21

Insight: A Publication of Metropolitan Community Church, Los Angeles June 1979

Box 8, Folder 22

Insight: A Quarterly of Lesbian/Gay Christian Opinion Winter 1978-Winter 1980

Box 8, Folder 23

Integrity: Gay Episcopal Forum January 1976-February 1979

Box 8, Folder 24

International Gay and Lesbian Archives Bulletin Spring-Summer 1991

Box 8, Folder 25

It's Time: Newsletter of the National Gay Task Force 1979-1981

Box 8, Folder 26

The Jewish Gaily Forward: A Publication of Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco July 1988-February 1994

Box 9, Folder 1

Lesbian Connection December 1982-January 1983

Box 9, Folder 2

Lesbian Connection March-June 1987

Box 9, Folder 3

Lesbian Connection January-October 1989

Box 9, Folder 4

Lesbian Connection March/April 1990

Box 9, Folder 5

Lesbian Connection September-December 1991

Box 9, Folder 6

Lesbian Connection January-October 1992

Box 9, Folder 7

Lesbian Connection January-February 1993

Box 9, Folder 8

Lesbian Connection January-December 1994

Box 9, Folder 9

Lesbian Connection Winter Catalog November-December 1995

Box 9, Folder 10

The Lesbian News: Los Angeles March 1983

Box 9, Folder 11

Lesbian News: Santa Cruz May-November 1988

Box 9, Folder 12

Liaison: Newsletter of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County June 1985-November 1986

Box 9, Folder 13

Liaison: Newsletter of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County April 1987-December 1988

Box 9, Folder 14

Liaison: Newsletter of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County January 1989-May 1990

Box 9, Folder 15

Mattachine Review November 1962

Box 9, Folder 16

MCC News: A Publication of Metropolitan Community Church, Connecticut August 1978-July 1979

Box 9, Folder 17

Men's Country: An Independent Newsmagazine Serving the Gay Community of Colorado 1976

Box 9, Folder 18

Metroline: News for the Gay Community 1985, 1990

Box 9, Folder 19

The Mid-County Post May 30-June 12, 1995

Box 9, Folder 20

Milwaukee Calendar: Wisconsin's Gay Guide to Entertainment October 1980-May 1981

Box 9, Folder 21

Mirror: The Teen Voice in Santa Clara Valley February 1995

Box 9, Folder 22

Montrose Activity Center Newsletter: Serving the Lesbian and Gay Community of Houston August 1989-August 1990

Box 9, Folder 23

Moral Majority Report 1980-1983

Box 9, Folder 24

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Newsletter Spring 1996

Box 9, Folder 25

News of Integrity: The Gay and Lesbian Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real April-August 1993

Box 9, Folder 26

News and Views for Santa Cruz: From the Santa Cruz Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community Center June 1995

Box 9, Folder 27

The News: Atlanta's Oldest Publication for the Lesbian/Gay Community 1991-1993

Box 9, Folder 28

The Newsletter: A Publication of the Redwood Empire Veterans Council for American Rights and Equality February 1988-October 1989

Box 9, Folder 29

Newspaper Articles 1969-1970

Box 9, Folder 30

Newspaper Articles 1975-1979

Box 9, Folder 31

Newspaper Articles 1980-1982

Box 9, Folder 32

Newspaper Articles 1983-1986

Box 9, Folder 33

Newspaper Articles 1991-1996

Box 9, Folder 34

N.O.W. News: San José/South Bay April 1985, October 1988-December 1989

Box 9, Folder 35

Oblivion: The San Francisco Bay Area's Queer Arts, Entertainment, and Information Guide March-December 1996

Box 9, Folder 36

Oblivion: The San Francisco Bay Area's Queer Arts, Entertainment, and Information Guide February-June 1997

Box 10, Folder 1

Odyssey Magazine December 1993-January 1994

Box 10, Folder 2

Our Time: Newsletter of Oklahomans for Human Rights June 1980-November 1981

Box 10, Folder 3

Out Magazine August 1979-May 1981

Box 10, Folder 4

Out Magazine October 1996

Box 10, Folder 5

Out Now! Northern California's Gay Newspaper August 1993, March-May 1995

Box 10, Folder 6

Outlook: A Gay and Lesbian Video Magazine (VHS) June 1990

Box 10, Folder 7

P-FLAG Newsletter: Peninsula Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays 1989-1994

Box 10, Folder 8

Pacific Friends: South Bay December 1986-June 1996

Box 10, Folder 9

Pages: The ARIS Project Newsletter November 1990-February 1992

Box 10, Folder 10

The Paper: Monterey County's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Newspaper June-July 1995

Box 10, Folder 11

Partners: The Newsletter for Gay and Lesbian Couples January 1989-December 1992

Box 10, Folder 12

RFD: Radical Faerie Digest Autumn-Winter 1974

Box 10, Folder 13

RFD: Radical Faerie Digest Spring-Winter 1975

Box 10, Folder 14

RFD: Radical Faerie Digest Spring-Winter 1976

Box 10, Folder 15

RFD: Radical Faerie Digest Spring-Winter 1977

Box 10, Folder 16

The Rainbow Report: The Monthly Newsletter of the Society for Senior Gay and Lesbian Citizens June 1983-April 1985

Box 10, Folder 17

SAGE (Senior Action in a Gay Environment) Newsletters and Calendars 1983-1993

Box 10, Folder 18

San Francisco Bay Times: The Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Newspaper and Events Calendar for the Bay Area May 18, 1995

Box 10, Folder 19

The Sentinel: San Francisco's Gay Newspaper - George Moscone and Harvey Milk Memorial Issue December 1, 1978

Box 10, Folder 20

Seventeen Magazine June 1995

Box 10, Folder 21

Shangri-La Coronation Weekend Booklet, Portland, Oregon 1979

Box 10, Folder 22

Shasta Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association Newsletter Winter 1996

Box 10, Folder 23

Sisterspirit Newsletter October 1986-October 1996

Box 10, Folder 24

Sisterspirit Newsletter June-August 1997

Box 10, Folder 25

The Slacker's Guide to A-We're-Ness undated

Box 10, Folder 26

The Society of Janus 1983

Box 10, Folder 27

Tales of the Closet Comic Book 1987

Box 10, Folder 28

Task Force Report: Newsletter of the National Gay Task Force 1981-1983

Box 10, Folder 29

Task Force Report: Newsletter of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 1986-1990

Box 10, Folder 30

Through the Window: A Chapbook by John A. Broyles 1984

Box 10, Folder 31

Together: A Publication of the Sioux Empire Gay and Lesbian Coalition 1987-1988

Box 10, Folder 32

The Torch: The Revolutionary Newspaper of White Christianity July 1977

Box 10, Folder 33

The Torch: News and Information for Gay People in Fort Wayne, Indiana October 1986-February 1988

Box 10, Folder 34

Trikone: A Publication for Gay and Lesbian South Asians November 1987-August 1989

Box 10, Folder 35

Uncommon Voices: Bay Area Career Women Newsletter 1993-1996

Box 10, Folder 36

Update Classifieds September 1987

Box 10, Folder 37

Valley Views: San José February 1993

Box 10, Folder 38

Vector: A Voice for the Homosexual Community July 1970-September 1972

Box 10, Folder 39

The Voice of Vietnamese Lesbians and Gays Newsletter April 1993

Box 10, Folder 40

Where It's At: East Coast Gay Guide undated

Box 10, Folder 41

Yo! Youth Outlook: Journal of Youth Life in the Bay Area May-July 1996


Series IV. National Organization for Women Records 1906-1983

Abstract: Series IV contains a collection of N.O.W. related documents and publications collected by Convenor Dee Keys. Documents include form letters, instructional kits for club meetings, and N.O.W. ephemera.


Each subseries is separately arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Contents

Series IV contains two subseries, Subseries 1. N.O.W. Organizational Records, and Subseries 2. Publications. Included in Subseries 1 is a Starting a N.O.W. Convenors Kit, new member materials, chapter correspondence and form letters, and N.O.W. ephemera. The Starting a Convenors Kit is a box that was mailed to Dee Keys containing instructions along with N.O.W. programs, policies and administrative documents. Also included in Subseries 1 is a new memeber folder containing documents that are intended for a new N.O.W. member to become familiar with, such as programs and policies as well as informative reading lists. A file with chapter correspondence and form letters from the nation office of N.O.W. is contained in Subseries 1. The topics in the documents include abortion, poverty and welfare, divorce, and women's liberation. Subseries 1 also contains programs from two N.O.W. State of California conventions and one N.O.W. National Convention program. Lastly, Subseries 1 contains ephemera from N.O.W. chapter meetings and events. Subseries 2 contains publications such as Our Bodies Our Selves, Notes from the Third Year of Women's Liberation, Circle One Self Health Handbook, 51% Publications magazines, Chrysalis magazines, Women: A Journal of Liberation magazines and a Burr McIntosh Monthly magazine.
Bulk Dates: 1970-1983

Subjects and Indexing Terms

National Organization for Women
Women's Rights
Box 14

Subseries 1. N.O.W. Organizational Records 1971-1975

Box 14, Folder 1

Starting a N.O.W. Chapter Convenor Kit 1971-1974

Box 14, Folder 2

New N.O.W. Member Folder 1971-1974

Box 14, Folder 3

N.O.W. Chapter Correspondence 1973-1974

Box 14, Folder 4

California N.O.W. State Conventions 1973-1974

Box 14, Folder 5

7th National Conference 1974

Box 14, Folder 6

N.O.W. Ephemera c.1975

Box 14, Folder 7

Sunnyvale - South Bay Chapter c. 1975

Box 14

Subseries 2. Publications 1906-1983

Box 14, Folder 8

Burr McIntosh Monthly 1906

Box 14, Folder 9

Our Bodies Our Selves 1971

Box 14, Folder 10

Notes from the Third Year: Women's Liberation 1971

Box 14, Folder 11

Circle One Self Health Handbook 1973

Box 14, Folder 12

51% Publications 1973-1974

Box 14, Folder 13

N.O.W. Conscious Raising Handbook 1974

Box 14, Folder 14

Chrysalis 1977-1978

Box 14, Folder 15

Women: A Journal of Liberation 1978-1983