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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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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.


(2014, May 16). Dallas Voice: A timeline. Dallas Voice. Retrieved from

Dennis Vercher III. (2006, October 13). Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from

Highleyman, L. (2006, October 5). Dallas Voice editor Dennis Vercher. The Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved from

Jacobson, S. (2001, August 19). Journalist Describes Battle with AIDS. Amarillo Globe News. Retrieved from

Wilonsky, R. (2006, September 28). A Voice Silenced. Dallas Observer. Retrieved from

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

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 5: Clippings, Brochures, and Artifacts, 1988 - 1994Add to your cart.
Barcode: 600746
Item 1: Brochure, undatedAdd to your cart.
This is a health care reform brochure for safeguarding the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Item 2: Power and Pride in the New Texas: The Allan G. Calkin Fund Appointements Project Letter, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas Poster, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: The Dallas Morning News Newspaper Clipping, 1990-02-02Add to your cart.
Item 5: Michael Smerick Statement, 1991-08-09Add to your cart.
Item 6: Letter to Mr. Gilbert Casillas, 1991-05-19Add to your cart.
Item 7: The New York Times Newspaper Clipping, 1992-05-31Add to your cart.
Item 8: The New York Times Newspaper Clipping, 1992-11-16Add to your cart.
Item 9: The New York Times Newspaper Clipping, 1992-11-13Add to your cart.
Item 10: The New York Times Newspaper Clipping, 1992-11-15Add to your cart.
Item 11: Out and About Program for the National Lesbians, Gays, and Texas Journalism Conference, 1994-02-11-1994-02-13Add to your cart.
Item 12: Gay and Lesbian Studies Bestseller Catalogue, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Alternatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
This is a copy of Alternatives, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association newspaper.
Item 14: The Lobby Report, 1994Add to your cart.
This is a copy of The Lobby Report, The Newsletter of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas.
Item 15: Transcript of Dawn Miller Phone Call, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Transcript of M. William Nelson Phone Call, 1994-05-05Add to your cart.
Item 17: Endorsement of LGPC [Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor], undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 18: Transcript of Ed Oakley Phone Call, 1991-11-14Add to your cart.
Item 19: Transcripts of Howard Okon Phone Calls, 1991-11-13Add to your cart.
Item 20: Newspaper Clipping, 1991-10-25Add to your cart.
Item 21: AIDS Update, 1996-03Add to your cart.
This is a copy of the newsletter of the Foundation for Human Understanding.
Item 22: Remember Their Names-The Names Project Quilt: A National AIDS Memorial Folder, 1988-10-07-1988-10-10Add to your cart.
Item 23: Remember Their Names Program, 1988-10-07-1988-10-10Add to your cart.
Item 24: Cedar Springs Merchants Draft, 1999-08-10Add to your cart.
Item 25: Medical Form, 1993Add to your cart.
This is a medical report on adult with allegation of HIV infection form.
Item 26: Stadlanders Pharmacy Brochure, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 27: Campaign Goals, 1993Add to your cart.
Item 28: The New York Times Newspaper Clipping, 1990-05-26Add to your cart.
Item 29: The Dallas Morning News Newspaper Clipping, 1992-07-18Add to your cart.
Item 30: The Dallas Morning News Newspaper Clipping, 1992-07-17Add to your cart.
Item 31: The Leadership Conference for Leadership Lambda Brochure, 1994-06-03-1994-06-04Add to your cart.

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