Guide to the Orange County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Timeline Research Files MS.R.105

Processed by Jayme Hall and Joanna Lamb; machine-readable finding aid created by Joanna Lamb. Finding aid edited by Jolene Beiser in 2019.
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
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Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Title: Orange County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Timeline research files
Creator: Muirhead, Barbara
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.105
Physical Description: 3.8 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1970-2000
Date (bulk): 1991-1996
Abstract: The collection consists of newspaper clippings, publications, and ephemera about Orange County, California's gay and lesbian communities. The materials were collected by multiple individuals as part of the Orange County Historical Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Timeline Project.
Language of Material: English .


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

Orange County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Timeline research files. MS-R105. 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 Richard Hitt and Barbara Muirhead, 2003.

Custodial History

The majority of news clippings from this collection were contributed by Rus Calish. Additional materials were contributed by: Tricia Aynes, Lillian Lobb, Linda Hidy, Alex Wentzel, Ron Rudderro, Joe Wilkins, John Rule, Max Schneider, Ron Smelt, Roger Harrison, Bill La Pointe, Melitas Forster, Ron Kaump, Ted Heier, James Marchese, Pat Walsh, Laural Connor, Cheryl Miller, Terry Stone, Perry Wiggins, Jay Murley, Stuart Baron, Drew Barras, Don Hagan, Sam Warren, Don Odorizzi, and the OC Human Relations Commission.

Processing History

Jayme Hall and Joanna Lamb, 2008-2009.

Historical Background

The Orange County Historical LGBT Historical Timeline Project was started in 1995 by Barbara Muirhead to provide background information to participants of the Orange County Federation of Lesbian, Gay, and HIV/AIDS support organizations. That same year, UC Irvine opened the first Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Resource Center in the University of California System which hosted the first online version of the Timeline. Since the project's inception, researcher Dick Hitt has also contributed information and materials to the collection.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection consists of newspaper clippings, publications, and ephemera about Orange County, California's gay and lesbian communities. The materials were collected by multiple individuals as part of the Orange County Historical Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Timeline Project. The project highlights important people, organizations, and events related to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in Orange County, California. The bulk of the collection comprises newspaper and magazine clippings, with additional photographs, newsletters, correspondence, and ephemera included. The collection is particularly strong in documenting Orange County residents' participation in Laguna Pride Weekend, Gay Games IV, the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Equal Rights and Liberation.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject. Oversize clippings and magazines have been separated and are arranged alphabetically by subject in boxes 5-10.

Separation Note

Some materials from this acquisition were separated to form the following collections:
  • Dick Hitt files on gays and lesbians in Orange County, California. MS-R124.
  • Robert R. Hodges papers. MS-R117.
  • The Center Orange County records. MS-R118.
  • George Raab collection. MS-R122.
  • Art Balderrama papers. MS-R123.
  • Thomas J. Peterson collection on the Elections Committee of the County of Orange. MS-R125.
  • Nancy Phelps files on the American Civil Liberties Union. MS-R132.
  • Patric A. Magee papers concerning transgenderism. MS-R133
  • Mary A. Lynch papers. MS-R134

Processing Note

Duplicates and materials not related to Orange County were not retained.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bisexuals -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.
Lesbians -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.
Gays -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.
Transgender people -- California -- Orange County -- Archives.
Gay liberation movement -- California -- History -- Sources
AIDS (disease) -- California -- Sources.
Scrapbooks -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century
Gay Games



box 4, folder 1-6

News clippings (oversized) 1990-2000

box 1, folder 1

Pamphlets, newsletters, and other materials 1995, 1996, and undated


Bio-Link and Science

box 5, folder 1

News clippings (oversized) 1979-1996


Business and Marketing

box 5, folder 2

News clippings (oversized) 1990-2000

box 1, folder 2

News clippings and Simmons Report Market Research 1990-1991 and undated


Civil rights and activism

box 5, folder 3

News clippings (oversized) 1990-1999


March on Washington

box 5, folder 4

News clippings (oversized) 1993

box 1, folder 3

Photographs 1993

General Physical Description note: 93 4x6 color photographic prints
box 1, folder 4

Negatives 1993

General Physical Description note: 100 film negatives
box 1, folder 5

Program guides, newsletters, and other ephemera 1993


Stonewall Rebellion 25th Anniversary Celebration

box 5, folder 5

News clippings (oversized) 1993-1997

box 1, folder 6

Program guides, pamphlets, and other materials 1994


Education Youth and Boy Scouts

box-folder 5 : 6-7

News clippings (oversized) 1989-2000

box 1, folder 7

News clippings and correspondence 1991-1995, 2000


Gay Games IV

box 5, folder 8

News clippings (oversized) 1993-1994, 1998

box 1, folder 8

Guidebooks 1994

box 1, folder 9-10

Magazines 1994

box 2, folder 1

Newsletters, press releases, and other ephemera 1994


Team Orange County

box 2, folder 2

Newsletters, travel booking, and other materials 1993-1994

box 2, folder 3

Photographic prints 1994

General Physical Description note: 15 4x6 color photographic prints and 8 3x5 color photographic prints
box 6, folder 1-2

Hate crimes, homophobia, and police


News clippings (oversized) 1990-2000

box 2, folder 4

City council resolutions, letters to city council, and other materials 1993


Laguna Pride Weekend

box 6, folder 3

News clippings (oversized)

box 2, folder 5-6

Newspapers 1994-1995

box 2, folder 7

Photographs 1994-1995

General Physical Description note: 68 4x6 color photographic prints and 25 film negatives
box FB-068, folder 2

Posters 1994

box 2, folder 8

Program guides, fliers, and other ephemera 1994-1995


Lifestyle and Coming Out

box 6, folder 4

News Clippings (oversized)


Media and entertainment

box 6, folder 5-6

News clippings (oversized) 1990-1995

box 7, folder 1-4

News clippings (oversized) 1990-2000

box 2, folder 9

News clippings, press releases, and other materials 1991-2000



box 7, folder 5-6

News clippings (oversized) 1992-2000

box 8, folder 1

News clippings (oversized) 1993

box 2, folder 10

Correspondence, pamphlets, and other materials from various organizations 1993, undated

box 2, folder 11

Letters to and from Congress 1993

box 2, folder 12

Operation Lift the Ban newsletters, pamphlets, and other materials 1993


Orange County / Long Beach Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Veterans of America (OC/LB GLBVA)

box 2, folder 13

Membership correspondence, speeches and other ephemera 1993, undated

box 2, folder 14

National newsletters: The Forward Observer 1992-1998

box 2, folder 15

Orange County/Long Beach Chapter newsletters: Reveille! 1993-1997



box 8, folder 2

News clippings (oversized) 1993-1997


Magazines (oversized)

box 8, folder 3

Blade 1994-1995

box 8, folder 4

Gay and Lesbian Times 1994-1995

box 8, folder 5

Lesbian News 1994-1995

box 3, folder 1

Publications from various organizations 1986-1999


Organizations include The Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County, The Human Rights Campaign, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Orange County (OC-PFLAG), The People with AIDS (PWA) Health Group, True Colors, and Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU)

box 3, folder 2

Orange County Historical LGBT Timeline, first online version 2004 July 3

Orange County Historical LGBT Timeline: 2004

box 3, folder 3-4

OC Visibility League and Craig A. Martens scrapbook



box 8, folder 6-7

News clippings (oversized) 1992-2000


Politics and Law

box 8, folder 8

News clippings (oversized) 1992-1996

box 9, folder 1-4

News clippings (oversized) 1991-1995

box 3, folder 5

Newsletters, Gay and Lesbian Inaugural Celebration guidebook, and other materials 1992-1996

box FB-068, folder 1

1992 Election scrapbook 1992


Religion and family values

box 10, folder 1-4

News clippings (oversized) 1978-2000

box 3, folder 6

Newsletters, news clippings, and other materials 1987, 1994-1996, undated