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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

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 4: Oak Lawn Committee - Workout, 1988 - 1999Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 600747
Folder 1: Oak Lawn Committee, 1991-1992Add to your cart.
This folder contains proposed district ordinance revisions, notes, photocopies of newspaper clippings, letters, newspaper clippings, proposed amendments to recommendations of city plan commission, speech by Alan Rose, and correspondence for Oak Lawn. A transcript of a phone call was removed from this folder due to size and is in box 3.
Folder 2: Oak Lawn Map, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains newspaper releases and notes for Oak Lawn.
Folder 3: Parigi's, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains a biography of Stephan Pyles, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and notes for Parigi's.
Folder 4: Parkland Lawsuit, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains notes on the Parkland lawsuit and an excerpt from Hastings Center Report.
Folder 5: Parkland Lawsuit - Affidavits, 1990Add to your cart.
This folder contains affidavits for Buck Buckingham, Ron J. Anderson, M.D., Stefanie Held, and David Martin for the Parkland lawsuit.
Folder 6: Parkland Lawsuit - Anderson's Deposition, 1989Add to your cart.
This folder contains the oral deposition of H. Leon Anderson for the Parkland lawsuit.
Folder 7: Parkland Lawsuit - Class Action, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains the plaintiffs' first amended original complaint - class action for Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc., Ronald Dickson Woodroof, Benjamin James Wakefield, James Doe, Irving Riddle, Bill R. Seals, and Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc. as next friend for 7 John Does v. Dallas Country Hospital District D/B/A Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Folder 8: Parkland Lawsuit - Correspondence, 1988Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Parkland Lawsuit - Dallas County Hospital District's Amended Response and Brief, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains the Dallas County Hospital district's amended response and brief for Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc., et.al. v. Dallas County Hospital District D/B/A Parkland Memorial Hospital, et. al.
Folder 10: Parkland Lawsuit - Defendant's First Set of Interrogatories, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains the Parkland's first set of interrogatories to the plaintiff Bill R. Seals for Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc., et.al. v. Dallas Country Hospital District D/B/A Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Folder 11: Parkland Lawsuit - Defendants' Responses to Class Certification Motion, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains Defendant Daniel W. Foster, M.D.'s Response to Plaintiffs' motion for class certification for Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc. and Roland Dickson Woodroof, Benjamin James Wakefield, Bill R. Seals, on their own behalf and on behalf of other persons similarly situated v. Dallas County Hospital District and Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Ron J. Anderson, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Memorial Hospital, individuallu and in his official capacity and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Daniel W. Foster, M.D., Chairman of the Department of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, individually and in his official capacity.
Folder 12: Parkland Lawsuit - Dialog, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains copies of Dialog, the newsletter of the Dallas Gay Alliance, that are pertaining to the Parkland lawsuit.
Folder 13: Parkland Lawsuit - Hailey's Deposition, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
This folder contains the oral deposition of Charles E. Hailey, M.D. for the Parkland lawsuit and correspondence from Hailey to Nelson including AIDS statistics.
Folder 14: Parkland Lawsuit - Allan H. Levi's Deposition, 1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: Parkland Lawsuit - News Releases, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains three news release from the Dallas Gay Alliance pertaining to the Parkland lawsuit.
Folder 16: Parkland Lawsuit - Parkland and Other DI's, 1989-1991Add to your cart.
This folder contains transcripts of phone calls and an overview of meetings with Mr. Nightingale.
Folder 17: Parkland Lawsuit - Petition of Revocation of Probate Sentence, 1987Add to your cart.
This folder contains the Petition of Revocation of Probate Sentence for The State of Texas vs. Bill R. Seals.
Folder 18: Parkland Lawsuit - Plaintiff's Memo Opposing In Camera Request, 1980Add to your cart.
This folder contains the memorandum of law in opposition to defendant Dallas County Hospital District's motion for protection in camera proceedings for Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc., et. al. v. Dallas County Hospital District D/B/A Parkland Memorial Hospital et. al.
Folder 19: Parkland Lawsuit - Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains notes and the Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification for Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc., et. al. v. Dallas County Hospital District D/B/A Parkland Memorial Hospital et. al. and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, et. al.
Folder 20: Parkland Lawsuit - Plaintiffs' Original Petition, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains the plaintiffs' original petition, application for appointment of Master and application for temporary restraining order for Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc., Ronald Dickson Woodroof, Benjamin James Wakefield, James Doe, Irving Riddle, Bill R. Seals, and Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc. as next friend for 7 John Does v. Dallas Country Hospital District D/B/A Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Folder 21: Parkland Lawsuit - Precedents on Class Certification, 1982Add to your cart.
This folder contains an excerpt from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Handbook of Senior of Class Action, an excerpt of The Federal Reporter 2D, and an excerpt of The Supreme Court Reporter.
Folder 22: Parkland Lawsuit - Response and Brief in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains Response and Brief in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification for Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc. et. al. v. Dallas County Hospital District, et. al.
Folder 23: Parkland Lawsuit - Temporary Restraining Order, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains temporary restraining order for Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc., Ronald Dickson Woodroof, Benjamin James Wakefield, James Doe, Irving Riddle, Bill R. Seals, and Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc. as next friend for 7 John Does v. Dallas Country Hospital District D/B/A Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Folder 24: Parkland Lawsuit - Whiteness Lists and Pre-Trial Order, 1982Add to your cart.
This folder contains the input of defendants to pre-trial order on class action and the plaintiffs' witness lest for class certification for Dallas Gay Alliance, Inc., et. al. v. Dallas County Hospital District D/B/A Parkland Memorial Hospital et. al. and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Folder 25: Parkland Memorial Hospital Fact Sheets, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 26: Parkland Lawsuit - Ronald D. Woodroof's Deposition, 1988Add to your cart.
 
Folder 27: Parkland Outlook, 1989Add to your cart.
This folder contains two Parkland Outlooks: A Report from the office of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Folder 28: People with AIDS Coalition of Dallas (PWACD), 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains renovation and expansion of non-acute care, intermediate and long term care AIDS residential facilities packet, artist sketch of housing expansion, newspaper releases, and a letter to Mayor Annette Strauss.
Folder 29: Richard Peoples, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains memos, lists of running competitions, and notes about Richard Peoples.
Folder 30: Perot, 1992Add to your cart.
This folder contains transcripts of phone calls and Mr. Perot's statement on Gay and Lesbian Issues.
Folder 31: Personals, 1994-1996Add to your cart.
This folder contains correspondence and notes.
Folder 32: Pneumocystis, 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains an informative letter from Patricia Randall about trimetrexate.
Folder 33: P.O. Box, 1997-1998Add to your cart.
This folder contains a P.O. Box receipt for Dennis Vercher and airline receipts from Landmark Travel.
Folder 34: Protease Inhibitors, 1996Add to your cart.
This folder contains newspaper releases and newspaper clippings for protease inhibitors.
Folder 35: Q-Texas, 2000-2001Add to your cart.
This folder contains invoices and advertisements for Q-Texas.
Folder 36: Queer Comedians, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains a transcript of a phone call, press releases, and notes for queer comedians.
Folder 37: Queer Nation, 1990-1991Add to your cart.
This folder contains press releases and a newsletter for Queer Nation.
Folder 38: Questionnaires - Presidential Candidate Responses, 1992-2005Add to your cart.
This folder contains correspondence, presidential questionnaire responses, a list of campaign headquarters, statements from the candidates, and a gay and lesbian guide to the 1992 democratic presidential candidates.
Folder 39: Questionnaires - Presidential Candidate Responses, 1992Add to your cart.
This folder contains presidential questionnaires response from the presidential candidates.
Folder 41: Leopoldo Jr. Quintanilla, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains photocopies of newspaper clippings, correspondence, notes, and a wanted poster for Leopoldo Jr. Quintanilla.
Folder 42: Razzle Dazzle Dallas vs. C-S Merchants, 1999-2004Add to your cart.
This folder contains transcripts of phone calls and correspondence. A draft for an article was removed from this folder due to size and is in box 3.
Folder 43: Gay Rich, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains transcripts of Gay Rich on the Howard Stern Show, photocopies of newspaper clippings, correspondence, press releases, and notes for Gay Rich.
Folder 44: Lamar Rogers, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains notes on Lamar Rogers.
Folder 45: Romer vs. Evans Majority Opinion, 1996Add to your cart.
This folder contains Supreme Court transcript and syllabus of Roy Romer, Governor of Colorado et. al. Petitioners v. Richard G. Evans et. al., photocopies of newspaper clippings, press releases, Amendment to Victory Means No Rest for the Righteous by Elizabeth Birch, statement of Lambda staff Suzanne B. Goldberg, sketches, Gay GOP Leader Bastin's comments of ruling, and news releases for Romer v Evans Majority Opinion.
Folder 46: Sam Ryan Case, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains press releases and notes on the Sam Ryan case.
Folder 47: John and Nathan Selis, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains notes about John and Nathan Selis.
Folder 48: Shea vs. Tams-Whitmark, 1991Add to your cart.
This folder contains a transcript of a phone call and information on Shea v. Tams-Whitmark.
Folder 49: Sob, Bookstores, etc., 1990Add to your cart.
This folder contains newspaper clippings.
Folder 50: Social Security, 1993Add to your cart.
This folder contains a list of impairments, request for earnings and benefit estimate statement, working while disabled pamphlet, guides on Social Security disability benefits for people with HIV, a guide two understanding social security, a letter to the editor, and notes on Social Security. A form for Social Security was removed from this folder due to size and is in box 3.
Folder 51: Sociologists Lesbian and Gay Caucus (SLGC), 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains articles and notes from Christopher Carrington and Peter Nardi, PhD from the Sociologists Lesbian and Gay Caucus.
Folder 52: Stadlanders Foundation, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains this folder contains press releases for the Stadlanders Foundation. A brochure was removed from this folder due to size and is in box 3.
Folder 53: Stephen F. Austin Gay and Lesbian Alumni, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains correspondence, photocopies of newspaper clippings, notes, press releases, and statements about the Stephen F. Austin Gay and Lesbian Alumni.
Folder 54: Stonewall Department, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains press releases and notes on the Stonewall Department.
Folder 55: Stonewall - Remembering, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains notes on the Stonewall Department.
Folder 56: Straight Spouse Support Group Network, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains notes and drafts for the Straight Spouse Support Group Network.
Folder 57: Team Dallas, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains notes on Team Dallas.
Folder 58: Teens Relating Unique Situations Together (TRUST), 1987Add to your cart.
This folder contains pamphlets, a list of names, notes, a mini quiz, and a reading list for Teens Relating Unique Situations Together.
Folder 59: Texas Association of Lesbian and Gay Elected and Appointed Officials, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains agendas for meetings, photocopies of newspaper clippings, letters, minutes of meetings, committee of assignments, correspondence, objectives, tasks, membership officer information, and statements for Thomas K. Duane.
Folder 60: Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA), 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains notes, transcripts of interviews on the rodeo, and a rodeo program for the Texas Gay Rodeo Association.
Folder 61: Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA) - Financial Reports, 1990Add to your cart.
This folder contains financial reports for the Texas Gay Rodeo Association.
Folder 62: Texas Human Rights Foundations (THRF), 1990Add to your cart.
This folder contains press releases from the Texas Human Rights Foundations.
Folder 63: The International Theatrical Arts Society (TITAS) - Events, 1995Add to your cart.
This folder contains news releases, programs, Mark Morris Dance group staff information, and photocopies of newspaper clippings for The International Theatrical Arts Society's events.
Folder 64: The International Theatrical Arts Society (TITAS) - Stomp, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains photocopies of newspaper clippings, transcripts of phone calls, critiques of stomp, and biographies of the cast for the International Theatrical Arts Society's show Stomp.
Folder 65: Rick Thurmond, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains flyers and photocopies of newspaper clippings for Rick Thurmond.
Folder 66: Trade Patrol, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains notes and emails for Trade Patrol.
Folder 67: Transition Effort, 1992Add to your cart.
This folder contains a letter to Task Force campaign and presidential transition documents pertaining to the transition effort. A list of campaign goals was removed from this folder due to size and is in box 3.
Folder 68: Tubb Killings, 1995Add to your cart.
This folder contains a statement form Edward Tubbs and Clement Dunn.
Folder 69: Tuna Christman, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains a transcript of a phone call with Joe Sears.
Folder 70: Turtle Creek Choral, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains information on Tim Seelig, information on advertisement space, notes, and the budget for Turtle Creek Choral.
Folder 71: Uncommon Heroes, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains background information for Uncommon Heroes.
Folder 72: USS Iowa, 1990Add to your cart.
This folder contains newspaper clippings of USS Iowa. A newspaper clipping has been removed from this folder due to size and is in box 3.
Folder 73: UT Southwestern Clinical Trials, 1995Add to your cart.
This folder contains an excerpt of a community based and long-term care article, outine for an article, and notes for the UT Southwestern Clinical Trials.
Folder 74: Vatican, 1992Add to your cart.
This folder contains newspaper clippings for the Vatican's statements about gay marriage. Newspaper clippings were removed from this folder due to size and is in box 3.
Folder 75: Vercher Certificates, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains certificates from the Dallas Gay Alliance and Oak Lawn Community Service to Dennis Vercher.
Folder 76: Vermont and Gay Marriage, 1999Add to your cart.
This folder contains a transcript of a phone call of Andrea Hilderbrand, emails, articles, information, press releases, and news releases on the Vermont court backing gay marriage.
Folder 77: Vermont Marriage Case, 1999Add to your cart.
This folder contains press releases on the Vermont Marriage Case.
Folder 78: Viatical Scam, 1999Add to your cart.
This folder contains photocopies of newspaper clippings, a draft of an article, an arrest warrant for Michael Lee Davis, and notes on the Viatical Scam.
Folder 79: Viaticals, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains applicant cross-reference checklist. application for a viatical settlement, physician checklist HIV, certificate of mental competency, authorization to release policy information, authorization to release medical records form from Southwestern Viatical.
Folder 80: Viaticals, 1993Add to your cart.
This folder contains information on Bill Crust, Ken Milles, Meir Elair, Wes Crowder, photocopies of newspaper clippings, editor's notes, rough drafts of articles, and notes for viaticals.
Folder 81: Viaticals, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains viatical settlement model act, rough drafts of articles, transcripts of phone calls, notes, and papers from Tony Beacon.
Folder 82: Videx, 1991Add to your cart.
This folder contains news releases, fact sheets, information, programs, and a picture of Videx.
Folder 83: Village Station Incident, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains a newspaper of Men of All Colors Together Dallas, notes, and official incident reports for the Village Station Incident.
Folder 84: Water - Milwaukee, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains questions and answers about cryptosporidium, the city of Dallas memorandum, notes, information, and press releases on Milwaukee water.
Folder 85: Webster vs. Ropro Health Services, 1989Add to your cart.
This folder contains an invitation to a wine tasting and auction, newspaper clippings, and press releases about Webster v Ropro Health Services.
Folder 86: Edmond White, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains notes on Edmond White.
Folder 87: Women's Chorus of Dallas, 1990Add to your cart.
This folder contains notes, press releases, and information on women's chorus of Dallas.
Folder 88: Workout, 1994Add to your cart.
This folder contains notes and news releases about workouts.

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