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Dennis Vercher Collection (The Dallas Way), 1973-1999 | Manuscripts

By Ashley Rankin and E. Aparicio

Collection Overview

Title: Dennis Vercher Collection (The Dallas Way), 1973-1999Add to your cart.
ID: 01/AR0789
Extent: 5.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The first four boxes in this collection are arranged in alphabetical order according to research subject. The last box contains loose research materials that were not received in alphabetical order.
Date Acquired: 00/04/2014

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Abstract

This collection contains materials on topics including legislation information on LGBT court cases and laws, HIV/AIDS, LGBT groups and lobbies, and everyday life for the LGBT community. This collection contains correspondence, financial documentation, handbooks, legal proceedings, membership information, news releases, newspaper clippings, notes, press releases, and transcripts of interviews.

Collection Historical Note

Dennis Vercher III was born in Orange, Texas on January 29, 1953. He graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and became an adjunct instructor in the Lamar communications department while directing the university’s debate team for three years. He then went on to become a radio journalist until he moved to Dallas, Texas in 1981 with his life partner, J. Farron Campbell. He joined the Dallas Voice, a newspaper for the gay community in the Dallas area, in 1985 as a typographer and graphic artist. A year later he was promoted to editor and was the editor from 1986-2006.

He wrote countless stories covering HIV/AIDS issues during the height of the epidemic, important legislations such as battles over non-discrimination ordinances and sodomy laws, and everyday life for the LGBT community. He was also prominently featured on a locally produced public television special about Dallas’ LGBT communities called “Finding Our Voice.” In 1987, Vercher tested positive for AIDS. In 1990 he received a Board of Directors award from the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance.

He was also a longtime member of the Society for Louisiana Irises and edited the organization’s newsletter alongside Campbell. In 1996, he won the society’s Service Award for his work in producing a special publication devoted to modern Louisiana iris hybrids. He served as president of the Texas chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association from 1999 to 2002.  In 2002, he received a Shining Star Award from the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. In 2006, he was honored by the Dallas Tavern Guild, a non-profit association of LGBT bars and night clubs that produces annual events such as the Allan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and Festival in Lee Park, for his contributions to the local community. Vercher died on September 27, 2006 from an HIV/AIDS-related illness, being one of the longest-term HIV survivors in Dallas County.

Sources:

(2014, May 16). Dallas Voice: A timeline. Dallas Voice. Retrieved from http://www.dallasvoice.com/dallas-voice-timeline-10173132.html

Dennis Vercher III. (2006, October 13). Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?n=dennis-vercher&pid=19542528&fhid=2917

Highleyman, L. (2006, October 5). Dallas Voice editor Dennis Vercher. The Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved from http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=1226

Jacobson, S. (2001, August 19). Journalist Describes Battle with AIDS. Amarillo Globe News. Retrieved from http://amarillo.com/stories/081901/fea_journalist1.shtml

Wilonsky, R. (2006, September 28). A Voice Silenced. Dallas Observer. Retrieved from http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2006/09/a_voice_silenced.php

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Leo Cusimano
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Dennis Vercher Collection (The Dallas Way), University of Noth Texas Special Collections

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Box 1: Artists - News Releases, undated - 1997Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 663049
Folder 1: Artists, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: AIDS Articles/Media, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: AIDS Conference - Parkland, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: AIDS - AZT Treatment, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: American Airline - Domestic Partner Benefits, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: AIDS - Dallas, 1991Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: AIDS - Medical and Prevention Studies, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 8: AIDS and President Clinton, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 9: AIDS and Yokohama Conference, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 10: AIDS - Aspirin/Interferon Studies, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 11: AIDS - Episcopal Outreach Ministry, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 12: AIDS - Safe Sex Programs, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 13: AIDS - Cabrera Case (Employment Discrimination), undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 14: AIDS - CHEER DALLAS Fundraising, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 15: AIDS - Dr. Paul Cameron (Discredited Psychologist), undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 16: Apuzzo, Jenny, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 17: Able vs. USA (Challenging DADT), 1997Add to your cart.
 
Folder 18: Asians and Friends, Dallas Inc., undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 19: Southwest Airlines (Nondiscrimination Policy), undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 20: Dallas Arts District - Council Member Greg McDaniel, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 21: AIDS funding - Department of Housing and Urban Development, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 22: AIDS Legal Resource Project (THRF), 1988Add to your cart.
 
Folder 23: AIDS - Deaf AIDS Task Force, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 24: AIDS - Sodomy Laws in USA (Repeals), undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 25: AIDS Ride, 1998Add to your cart.
 
Folder 26: AIDS and Young People, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 27: AIDS - March on Washington, 1993Add to your cart.
 
Folder 28: AIDS - Dallas County Health Department Report, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 29: Americans with Disabilities Act (Legislation), 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 30: Atheists, 1988Add to your cart.
 
Folder 31: ACT UP - New York, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 32: AMFAR - Paul Simon, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 33: AIDS - Alternative Therapies, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 34: AIDS - African American Community, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 35: AIDS Legal Hospice (Training of Volunteers), undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 36: AIDS - AIDS Arms Network and Community Council of Greater Dallas, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 37: AIDS PWA Coalition ("A Place for Us"), undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 38: AIDS Interfaith Network, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 39: AIDS - National Institutes of Health Report, 1993Add to your cart.
 
Folder 40: AIDS in Prisons, 1991Add to your cart.
 
Folder 41: AIDS Resource Center, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 42: AIDS Services Dallas, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 43: AIDS Conference (San Francisco), 1996Add to your cart.
 
Folder 44: AIDS "Absolute Essentials" Program, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 45: AIDS Services Dallas vs. Paul Von Heeder, 1993Add to your cart.
 
Folder 46: AIDS - Vancouver Conference, 1996Add to your cart.
 
Folder 47: DIVA: Dallas Independent Volleyball Association, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 48: Beth El Binah: World Congress, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 49: McMaster Brain Study, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 50: Court Bailiff: Anti-lesbian Remark, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 51: Biddy, Dale (AIDS Resource Center Fire), undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 52: BI-Net, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 53: Buchmeyer, Judge Jerry, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 54: Brown, Randy, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 55: Cathedral of Hope (Capital Campaign and Bond Prospectus), undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 56: "Creating Change," National Gay Task Force Conference, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 57: Department of Health and Human Services, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 58: Metropolitan Community Church, Dallas, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 59: Dallas Chamber Music Marathon, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 60: AIDS - Cryptosporidium and Drinking Water, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 61: Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 62: Coalition of Lesbian and Gay Student Groups, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 63: National Gay Task Force Report of the 100th Congress, 1988Add to your cart.
 
Folder 64: Community Outreach Center, 1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 65: "Confide" and "Orasure", 1996Add to your cart.
 
Folder 66: Van Clyburn Palimony Case, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 67: Dragonflies, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 68: Domestic Partnerships - City of Dallas, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 69: Dallas County Program: Dying at Home and "DNR", undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 70: Deaf AIDS Task Force, 1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 71: Dallas Independent School District: AIDS Education Programs, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 72: Department of Justice Opinion: Rehabilitation Act to HIV-related Illnesses, 1973Add to your cart.
 
Folder 73: Dignity Dallas, 1991Add to your cart.
 
Folder 74: Domestic Partnerships: ACLU Briefing, undatedAdd to your cart.
(ACLU) American Civil Liberites Union
Folder 75: DGA: Violence and Discrimination Study, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 76: DGA: Credit Union, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 77: DAIRE Day Care Center, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 78: Dallas Police Department: Freedom of Information Act, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 79: Employment Discrimination, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 80: Gubernatorial Campaign of Ann Richards, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 81: Gay Voting, 1992Add to your cart.
 
Folder 82: Elections, State, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 83: Dallas County Elections, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 84: National Elections, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 85: Episcopal Bishop Trial, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 86: Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 1992Add to your cart.
 
Folder 87: News Releases (General LGBT Topics), 1991-1992Add to your cart.
 
Folder 88: Gay Terms, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 89: Black Tie Dinner, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 90: Domingues' Antics, undatedAdd to your cart.
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