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Guide to the Queer Resource Center Records
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Queer Resource Center Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1970-1992
    Collection Number: CU-486
    Creator: Queer Resource Center (University of California, Berkeley)
    Extent: 6 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Queer Resource Center Records, CU-486, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Related Collections

    Title: Queer Resource Center resource files,
    Identifier/Call Number: CU-500

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred from the Queer Resource Center in 1997.

    Administrative History

    The Students for Gay Power was established at the University of California, Berkeley in 1969 to be "a campus group involved in the gay liberation movement." Even its recognition required a ruling by the university's General Counsel, and its first dance in 1970 occasioned correspondence and memoranda about the legality of the event. In 1972 the group changed its name to Gay Students Union, possibly to appear less objectionable and established its first affiliation with the Associated Students, although it received no ASUC funding until 1974. In 1976 it became the Gay Peoples Union, in 1981 it became the Gay and Lesbian Union, and in 1984 it became the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance. A final name change took place in 1988, to the Multicultural Bisexual Gay Lesbian Alliance. These groups held awareness programs as well as a regular schedule of social events for the gay community.
    The Multicultural Lesbian Gay Studies, later the Multicultural Bisexual Lesbian Gay Studies Program, established in 1982, promoted the establishment of lesbian and gay studies courses and academic programs at Berkeley. The Queer Resource center, established in 1992 as a successor group, provided support, referral and information services for the community at Berkeley, documenting the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students at Berkeley and working towards the creation of policies that encompass the experience of these students. The Queer Resource Center inherited the files of its various predecessor organizations.

    Scope and Content Note

    The present organization of the files maintains the order established by the Queer Resource Center. The collection consists of flyers. annual files, program files, minutes and financial reports, and correspondence of the various organizations through 1992. In addition there are files documenting the effort to establish academic courses in what may be called loosely gay studies; these consist of correspondence, planning documents, proposals, and newsletters, as well as some syllabi and course materials.