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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.View associated digital content.
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 3: GLAAD - Nieto, undated - 1997Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 600748
Folder 1: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains news releases and advertisements for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Folder 2: Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains memorandums, bulltins, press releases, and correspondence for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Folder 3: Gay Motocross, 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains story drafts, notes, and rules for professional competition for gay motocross. An AIDS health care brochure and guide was removed from this folder due to size and placed in box 3.
Folder 4: Human Rights Campaign Fund (HRCG), 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains news releases, letters to the editor, Momentum, the news publication of the Human Rights Campaign Fund, cosponsors of civil rights amendments act of 1991 for the Human Rights Campaign Fund.
Folder 5: Karpf, Ted, 1988Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains correspondence.
Folder 6: Kaufman vs. Coughlin, 1997-1998Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains transcripts of phone calls, notes, and legal proceedings for Kaufman v Coughlin.
Folder 7: Mythe Kirven and Margaret Kirven, 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains photocopies of newspaper clippings and notes on Mythe Kirven and Margaret Kirven.
Folder 8: KNON-FCC Fine, 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains notes for the KNON-FCC fine.
Folder 9: Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas (LGPC), 1988-1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains membership forms, notes, candidate screenings, meeting minutes, press releases, finical reports, and a deputy registers handbook for the Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas.
Folder 10: Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas (LGPC) - Screenings, 1992Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains donation flyers, screening and endorsement procedures, legislative candidate questionnaire, candidate screening schedule, and drawings for the Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas.
Folder 11: Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL), 1992Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains press releases for the Lesbian/Gay Lobby of Texas. A project letter for the Allan Calkin Fund Appointment was removed from this folder due to size and is in box 3.
Folder 12: Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL), undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains bulletins, statistics, and by laws for the Lesbian/Gay Lobby of Texas. A poster was removed from this folder due to size and is in box 3.
Folder 13: Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL) - Second Lobbyist, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains notes for the Lesbian/Gay Lobby of Texas.
Folder 14: Lesbian Visionaries, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains information and a cartoon for the lesbian visionaries.
Folder 15: Lifestyles Budget Forms, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains Dallas Voice standard proofreading marks and lifestyles budget forms.
Folder 16: Living Tribute, 1990Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains correspondences, news conference transcripts, mock ups of the area and plaques, letters to the editor, notes, and photocopies of newspaper clippings. A newspaper clipping was removed from this folder due to size and is box 3.
Folder 17: Log Cabin-Meyer Endorsement, 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains clippings, notes, and news releases for the log cabin-Meyer endorsement.
Folder 18: Richard Longstaff, 1983Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains the appeal of petition for the naturalization of Richard Longstaff, medical procedures, newspaper clippings, and a draft.
Folder 19: March on Austin, 1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains a brochure, a map, press releases, schedule of events, invitations, goals, and a booklet for March on Austin.
Folder 20: March on Austin, 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains notes, a transcript of a speech, financial statements, and agendas for March on Austin.
Folder 21: March on Austin - Fund Controversy, 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains a to-do list, newsletters, memorandums, stories, notes, transcripts of phone calls, newspaper clippings for March on Austin. A letter was removed from this folder due to size and is in box 3.
Folder 22: Massage, 1990Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains correspondence and a chapter from the Texas Department of Heath on Massage Therapist.
Folder 23: Massage Licensing Law, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains article 4512K from Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes and the Massage Therapy Act.
Folder 24: Phil Matthews, 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains notes and a poster about Phil Matthews.
Folder 25: McCullough, David, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains notes on David McCullough.
Folder 26: Meadowwood Ranch, 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains a facsimile transmittal sheet from The Arizona Daily Star.
Folder 27: Military (Gays in the Gulf), 1992Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains transcripts of phone calls, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and notes on gays in the military. Four newspaper clippings were removed from this folder due to size and are in box 3.
Folder 28: Mixner, David, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains a photocopy of a newspaper clipping and a transcript of a phone call from David Mixner.
Folder 29: Mohr, Richard, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains news releases, a transcript of a speech, and notes on Richard Mohr.
Folder 30: Moore vs. Roberts, et. al., 1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains the plaintiffs' original complaint and a business card for Moore v Roberts, et. al.
Folder 31: Muhammad, Khalid, 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains newspaper clippings, story drafts, notes and flyers about Khalid Muhammad.
Folder 32: Municipal Elections, 1993Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains press releases, research, city councle candiates information, financial documents, advertisements, brochoures, correspondence, and statemengs about the municipal elections.
Folder 33: Music Poo Poo, 1997Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contain advertisements, posters, press releases, and biographies of Lea Delaria, Men out Loud, and Michelle Malone.
Folder 34: National Coming Out Day, 1988Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains press releases and photocopies of newspaper clippings about National Coming Out Day.
Folder 35: National Coming Out Day, 1990Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains advertisement rates for the Dallas Voice, newspaper clippings, notes, and news releases about National Coming Out Day.
Folder 36: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), 1989-1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
 
Folder 37: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), 1992Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains press releases, statement of Urvashi Vaid at the gay and lesbian voice press conference, a list of statements from republican, information on a protest of the International Lesbian and Gay Association for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Folder 38: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), 1990-1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains press releases, flyers, and legislatives summaries for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Folder 39: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), 1989-1990Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains policies, local trends, victimization studies, incident descriptions, and official and community responses for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Folder 40: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) - Melinda Paras, 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains news releases for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Folder 41: National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains a schedule for the NLGJA conference, a questionnaire, a brochure, and a takeout menu for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. A program for the NLGJA conference, The Lobby Report, Alternatives, and a book catalog were removed due to size and are in box 3.
Folder 42: National Minority Aids Council, 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains a newsletter for the National Minority Aids Council.
Folder 43: Mark William Nelson Bankruptcy, 1992Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains correspondence, transcript of proceedings for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas - Dallas Division of Mark William Nelson.
Folder 44: Nelson - Probate Case, 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains transcripts of proceedings of the U.S. Bankruptcy court for the Northern District of Texas- Dall Division of Mark William Nelson, transcript of proceeding of the Dallas County Probate court or PWA Coalition of Dallas Inc. D/B/A Aids Services Dallas and Donald J. Maison jr. v Mark William Nelson, an excerpt of the Houston Law Review, an excerpt of Texas Disciplinary Rules, and correspondence. Transcripts of phone calls have been removed from this folder due to size and are in box 3.
Folder 45: State Bar vs. Nelson, 1992-1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains a disciplinary petition and judgment of commission for layer discipline v Mark William Nelson, transcripts of proceedings for the commission bankruptcy court, news release, photocopies of newspaper clippings, transcripts of proceedings for The State Bar of Texas v Mark William Nelson, transcript of the complaint against Mark William Nelson, and memos.
Folder 46: Nelson - Tebedo Clinic, 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains a transcript of a phone call and a list of clinical trials pertaining to the Nelson - Tebedo Clinic.
Folder 47: Nelson - Tebedo Community Clinic for AIDS Research, 1989-1990Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains information on, press releases, AIDS clinical trials pamphlet, study notes, correspondence, flyers, and an LGPC endorsement for the Nelson - Tebedo Community Clinic for AIDS Research.
Folder 48: Network Q, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains press releases for Network Q.
Folder 49: News Releases, 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains press and news releases.
Folder 50: Nieto vs. Clark, Thomas, et. al., 1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This folder contains a copy of Texas Supreme Court Journal, Cater v Gulf Oil Corporation, and press releases for Nieto v Clark, Thomas, et. al.

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