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Charles C. Francis Papers, 1911-2013 | University of North Texas Special Collections

By Robert Lay

Collection Overview

Title: Charles C. Francis Papers, 1911-2013Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:2000-2004
ID: 01/AR0835
Primary Creator: Francis, Charles C.
Extent: 2.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Materials reflect the original arrangement scheme as received from the donor.
Date Acquired: 10/15/2014. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946 -, Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006, Gay rights -- United States, Party affiliation -- Law and legislation, Political campaigns -- United States, Political parties -- History, Political parties -- United States, Rockefeller, David, 1941--, Simpson, Alan K.
Languages: English

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Charles C. Francis Collection includes documentation on the politics of gay rights during George W. Bush’s presidential election and first four years of the Bush administration including protests by the Log Cabin Republicans during the Texas Republican Convention in 1998, the Austin 12 meeting on April 13, 2000, the Bush campaign’s initial outreach to gay Republicans, the creation of the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC), fundraising and campaign contributions, calls for acceptance and party unity from Senator Alan K. Simpson and President Gerald R. Ford, criticism of gays from Rick Santorum and the far right, the Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas,  and President Bush's support for an amendment to the Constitution to ban gay marriage. The collection also documents the advocacy and outreach activities of the Republican Unity Coalition, a gay rights group working to make the Republican Party more inclusive for conservative gays and lesbians. The Charles C. Francis papers are composed of personal notes, emails, print media coverage of the RUC’s activities, press releases, speech drafts, and event-planning documents. Of particular note is the correspondence amongst its principals and other officials. This includes Bush Administration officials Karl Rove and Karen Hughes, as well as President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush; supporters and members of the RUC advisory board Mary Cheney, David Rockefeller, Trammel Crow, Jr., Mary Matalin, Senator Alan K. Simpson, and President Gerald R. Ford; and media figures Andrew Sullivan, Hastings Wyman, and Diane Sawyer.

Collection Historical Note

In the spring of 2000 Charles Francis organized a meeting between Governor George W. Bush and a group of twelve gay and lesbian Republicans who came to be known as the Austin 12. This meeting, the first time any Republican presidential candidate had met publicly with a group of gay Republicans, led Governor Bush to declare that he was “a better man” for having listened to the Austin 12, and raised hopes in the gay community that the Republican Party would become more inclusive. Francis advised the Bush/Cheney presidential campaign staff on issues important to gay and lesbian Republicans. After the election, Francis formed the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC) that included a political action committee dedicated to making sexual preference a non-issue in the Republican Party. The RUC boasted many high-profile members and supporters, including Mary Cheney, former-Senator Alan K. Simpson, and former-President Gerald R. Ford. The Republican Unity Coalition disbanded in 2004 in the wake of President Bush’s public support of a federal marriage amendment and after facing increasing criticism from far-right and family values Republicans. Francis continues to live in Washington, D.C. with his husband. He is currently a Senior Counselor with a public affairs consulting company and also President of the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C., a historical society dedicated to original archival research of LGBT history.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2014-71
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 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Charles C. Francis
Acquisition Method: Donation

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1: 1911-2004Add to your cart.
Ten folders including background information about the donor Charles C. Francis and the political schism between gay and straight Republicans beginning with the protests in response to the Texas GOP barring the Log Cabin Republicans from having a booth at the GOP state convention in Fort Worth, culminating with the founding of the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC), a gay-straight alliance with the goal of making homosexuality a non-issue for the Republican Party.
Barcode: 642851
Folder 1: Charles Francis, Denton Family History, Dallas Upbringing, and Camp Longhorn, 1911-2012Add to your cart.
Briefly records the donor's family history in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and his close, personal friendship with the Bush family, especially George W. Bush.
Item 1: Charles Carter Francis Biography, [undated]Add to your cart.
Brief biographical sketch of the donor, Charles C. Francis.
Item 2: News Clipping, "W. B. Francis Died Suddenly Tuesday", [undated]Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a news clipping recording the passing of W. B. Francis of Denton, TX.
Item 3: News Clippings, "Francis Becomes Magnolia's Attorney," and "Will Francis is Married", December 6, 1911Add to your cart.
Photocopies of two newspaper articles. The first records the appointment of Denton, TX native William H. Francis as general attorney of the Magnolia Petroleum Company. The second is an announcement of William H. Francis' marriage to Frances Lysaght of Weatherford, TX.
Item 4: Photograph of Charlie Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
Photograph of Charles I. Francis, North Texas State University Regent and great uncle of Charles C. Francis. Inscribed on reverse to J. R. Harris, along with a biographical sketch.
Item 5: News Clipping, "Welcome Home, Mr. Secretary", [undated]Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a newspaper photo with caption describing the visit of Assistant Secretary of Defense William H. Francis Jr. to his home in Dallas, TX.
Item 6: Eagle Scout Certification, August 27, 1968Add to your cart.
Charles C. Francis' Eagle Scout certificate
Item 7: Highland Park Junior High School Student Council Certificate, June 1, 1966Add to your cart.
Certificate recognizing Charles C. Francis' service as president and representative of the Student Council for four semesters.
Item 8: Camp Longhorn Token, [undated]Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a Camp Longhorn One Merit token.
Item 9: Camp Longhorn Camper Report, [undated]Add to your cart.
Camp Longhorn report card for Charles Francis.
Item 10: Camp Longhorn Photograph, [undated]Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a photograph of the donor as a child, wearing a Camp Longhorn shirt.
Item 11: Photograph of Charles Francis, 2012Add to your cart.
Photograph of the donor
Item 12: Photograph of President Reagan and Charles Francis, 1984Add to your cart.
Photograph of President Ronald Reagan shaking hands with the donor.
Item 13: Invitation and Program for a Reception Honoring Philip Johnson, 1998Add to your cart.
Dinner to introduce Johnson's new projects in the metroplex: the Cathedral of Hope and the gallery addition to the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. Francis served on the host committee for the event.
Item 14: Email, Bruce Bawer to Charles Francis, January 24, 1998Add to your cart.
Regarding the Cathedral of Hope.
Item 15: Magazine Clipping, 2014Add to your cart.
Clipping from the Scot Times, a publication of the Highland Park Independent School District Alumni, Parents, Grandparents and Friends, featuring a photograph of the 1966 Highland Park Junior High School Student Council, submitted by Charles Francis.
Item 16: Letter, Barbara Bush to Charles Francis, March 25, 1984Add to your cart.
Thank-you note.
Folder 2: Governor Bush and Charles Francis, 1994-1998Add to your cart.
Contains correspondence from George W. Bush regarding Francis' support of Bush's campaign for Governor of Texas and a letter from Francis to Governor Bush about the state GOP barring the Log Cabin Republicans from the convention floor.
Item 1: Letter, George W. Bush to Charles Francis, March 7, 1994Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his support of Bush's candidacy for Governor of Texas. A personal note from Bush is inscribed at the bottom.
Item 2: Letter, Governor George W. Bush to Charles Francis, June 30, 1995Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his support and inviting him to visit the Governor's Mansion.
Item 3: Letter, George W. Bush to Charles Francis, July 6, 1994Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his support.
Item 4: Letter, Charles Francis to George W. Bush, June 8, 1998Add to your cart.
Reacting to state GOP spokesman Robert Black's labeling the Log Cabin Republicans a hate group. Francis also warns Bush of coming national media attention and a planned protest in Fort Worth, TX.
Item 5: Facsimile, Karen Hughes to Charles Francis, June 10, 1998Add to your cart.
Includes a news clipping from Human Events about the Log Cabin Republicans plan to protest outside the state GOP convention in Forth Worth, TX.
Folder 3: Governor Bush - Fort Worth Log Cabin Demonstration, 1998Add to your cart.
Material covers the Log Cabin Republicans' protest outside the GOP convention in Fort Worth in reaction to state GOP spokesman Robert Black's inflammatory criticism of the Republican group.
Item 1: CD-R, "On the Front Lines", July 21, 1998Add to your cart.
These files are hosted by the University of North Texas Digital Library.
Item 2: Email, Walter Olson to BQ Friends List, June 27, 1998Add to your cart.
Noting an article in Human Events that labels Charles Francis as a "homosexual activist."
Item 3: News Clipping, "Log Cabin to lead demonstration", June 12, 1998Add to your cart.
Dallas Voice article about the Log Cabin Republicans' "Rally for Liberty" in Fort Worth, TX.
Item 4: Emailed Articles Sent to Charles Francis, June 11, 1998Add to your cart.
Two articles. The first from the Dallas Morning News concerns Governor Bush's attempt to intervene in the dispute between the state GOP and the Log Cabin Republicans. The second from the Fort Worth Star Telegram describes the Log Cabin Republicans' planned protest in Fort Worth.
Item 5: Draft Letter to Delegates from Dale Carpenter, [undated]Add to your cart.
Describes the division between gay and straight Republicans and reaffirms position that sexual orientation should not be an issue for the Republican Party.
Item 6: Facsimile, "Gay GOP Group Barred from Convention", June 4, 1998Add to your cart.
News release from the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas regarding the rejection of the Log Cabin exhibit booth at the state convention.
Item 7: Facsimile, Dale Carpenter to Trammel Crow, Jr., June 5, 1998Add to your cart.
Letter regarding the planned protest in Fort Worth, thanking Crow for his contribution to the Republican Liberty PAC
Item 8: Facsimile, Dale Carpenter to Trammel Crow, Jr. and and Charles Francis, June 4, 1998Add to your cart.
Proposals for a GOP campaign highlighting the exclusion of the Log Cabin Republicans from the state convention
Item 9: Facsimile, Dale Carpenter to Trammel Crow, Jr., June 16, 1998Add to your cart.
A post-demonstration debrief on how Log Cabin's events and message were received, including Governor Bush's statement urging Republicans to treat one another with dignity and unite behind the conservative philosophy regardless of sexual orientation.
Item 10: News Clipping, "The Fire Next Time", June 20, [1998]Add to your cart.
New York Times article describing the Log Cabin protest in Fort Worth in the context of the national Republican Party's rhetoric concerning gays.
Item 11: Letter, Nancy Brinker to Trammel Crow, Jr., July 20, 1998Add to your cart.
Regarding an effort to set up a meeting between Nancy Brinker and Dale Carpenter
Item 12: New York Times Magazine Article, "Another Bush?", September 13, 1998Add to your cart.
Article exploring Bush's moderate conservatism at the start of the presidential primary season, specifically highlighting his cooperation with the Log Cabin Republicans. [Article is not complete]
Item 13: News Clipping, "Gay Republicans protest convention treatment", [undated]Add to your cart.
Dallas Morning News article about the Log Cabin protest in Fort Worth and the exchanges between Log Cabin protesters and religious counterprotesters.
Item 14: Press Release, "Gay GOP Group Barred From Convention", June 4, 1998Add to your cart.
From the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas regarding the Texas GOP leaders rejecting the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas' application for a booth at the state convention.
Item 15: News Clipping, "The Road to Laramie", [undated]Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Frank Rich about the murder of Matthew Shepard; mentions the anti-gay rally at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth.
Item 16: News Clipping, "The Fire Next Time", June 20, [1998]Add to your cart.
New York Times column by Frank Rich about anti-gay rhetoric within the GOP and the demonstrations at the Texas GOP convention.
Folder 4: Bush '99 - Charles Francis and Gays, 1998-1999Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence between Charles C. Francis and key figures in the Bush Campaign, notably chief campaign strategist Karl Rove and advisor Karen Hughes. The materials document gay Republicans outreach to George W. Bush prior to the beginning of the general election season.
Item 1: Invitation, June 18, 1998Add to your cart.
Invitation from the Host Committee of the National Capital Region for the Re-Election of George W. Bush to a reception in honor of Governor and Mrs. George W. Bush.
Item 2: Email, Walter Olson to Charles Francis, August 24, 1999Add to your cart.
Regarding Olson's appeal to conservatives to oppose the anti-gay pledge circulated in Iowa
Item 3: Email, Karl Rove to Charles Francis, August 24, 1999Add to your cart.
Stating that the Bush campaign will not sign the anti-gay pledge circulated by Bill Horn.
Item 4: Email, Article from the Austin American-Statesman, June 8, 1998Add to your cart.
"Gay Republicans: 'Party hurts itself by excluding us,' Texas GOP refuses to give Log Cabin Republicans exhibit space at convention," by Juan B. Elizondo Jr. (Associated Press).
Item 5: Article, Houston Chronicle, June 6, 1998Add to your cart.
Article covering Texas GOP spokesman Robert Black's criticism of Log Cabin Republicans.
Item 6: Conversation Notes Regarding George W. Bush's Stance on Gays, [undated]Add to your cart.
Document listing points that Charles Francis wants to emphasize to New York Times reporter Rick Berke about Bush's tolerance and handling of gay issues.
Item 7: Facsimile, Charles Francis to George W. Bush and Karen Hughes, April 8, 1999Add to your cart.
Informing Governor Bush about the Francis' interview with Rick Berke.
Item 8: News Article, "High in the Polls and Close to Home, Bush Navigates by the Center Line", April 9, 1999Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Rick Berke about Bush' presidential campaign, including quotes from Charles Francis.
Item 9: Letter, Charles Francis to Mary Matalin, March 8, 1999Add to your cart.
Thanking Matalin for her remarks on Meet the Press promising to "demonize Republicans that gay bash in 2000," and describing his friendship with George and Laura Bush.
Item 10: Letter, Brian O'Leary Bennett to Charles Francis, October 22, 1999Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for the opportunity to advise the Bush campaign and discussing the impact of gay issues on Republican Party politics.
Item 11: Program from a Reception in Honor of Governor and Mrs. George W. Bush, June 18, 1998Add to your cart.
 
Item 12: Email, Karl Rove to Charles Francis, September 22, 1999Add to your cart.
Recommendation from Francis that Governor Bush meet with Kevin Ivers of the Log Cabin Republicans.
Item 13: News Clipping, "High in the Polls and Close to Home, Bush Navigates by the Center Line", April 9, 1999Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Richard Berke.
Item 14: Invitation to a Reception in Honor of Governor and Mrs. George W. Bush, June 22, 1999Add to your cart.
Held by the Host Committee of the National Capital Area in support of the Governor George W. Bush Presidential Exploratory Committee.
Item 15: Letter, George W. Bush to Charles Francis, July 19, 1999Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for serving as vice chair of the D.C. fund-raising reception.
Item 16: Photograph, George W. Bush and Charles Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
Color photograph, inscribed, "To Charles, Best Wishes," and signed.
Item 17: Article, "A Friend Indeed? Governor Bush's gay colleagues hope to influence the would-be GOP presidential nominee", June 8, 1999Add to your cart.
Article from The Advocate.
Item 18: Email, from Mary Matalin to Charles Francis, March 9, 1999Add to your cart.
Matalin's thoughts on the party infighting regarding gay issues.
Item 19: Letter, Lucilo A. Peña to Charles Francis, August 2, 1999Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his remarks in The Advocate, urging gay Republicans to support George W. Bush.
Item 20: Article, "Log Cabin Blues", December 20, 1999Add to your cart.
The Weekly Standard article by Tucker Carlson.
Folder 5: "Thank you for your writings--Look forward to learning," George W. Bush to Charles Francis, April 8, 1998Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Republican Unity Coalition - Inaugural Breakfast, 2000-2001Add to your cart.
Materials documenting the foundation of the Republican Unity Coalition, a gay-straight alliance within the Republican Party. The group formed after the 2000 Presidential election with the goal of making sexual preference a non-issue for the party.
Item 1: News Clipping, "Gays See Bush with Wariness and Optimism", January 26, 2001Add to your cart.
New York Times article concerning the founding of the Republican Unity Coalition.
Item 2: Photograph of the Republican Unity Coalition Breakfast, [January 19, 2001]Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Article, "Wariness and Optimism as Gays View New President", January 26, 2001Add to your cart.
Hardcopy of the online version of the New York Times article on about the formation of the coalition.
Item 4: Printout of the Republican Unity Coaltion Website, August 14, 2002Add to your cart.
Includes the homepage documenting recent coalition activities and The Cody Statement, a declaration of principles put forth by the Republican Unity Coalition.
Item 5: Invitation to the Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: Remarks by Charles Francis, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Prepared remarks, with annotations, for the Republican Unity Coalition breakfast.
Item 7: Table Assignments, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Table assignments from the Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast.
Item 8: Republican National Convention Welcome Letter, July 28, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 9: "I'm a Better Man" Button, 2000Add to your cart.
One button that reads "I'm a Better Man" George W. Bush April 13, 2000
Separation Note: This object has been removed to special housing within box 1 of this collection.
Item 10: "I'm a Better Man" Button, 2000Add to your cart.
One button that reads "I'm a Better Man" George W. Bush April 13, 2000
Separation Note: This object has been removed to special housing within box 1 of this collection.
Item 11: "I'm a Better Man" Button, 2000Add to your cart.
One button that reads "I'm a Better Man" George W. Bush April 13, 2000
Separation Note: This object has been removed to special housing within box 1 of this collection.
Item 12: Article, "Wariness and Optimism Vie as Gays View New President", January 26, 2001Add to your cart.
Hardcopy of the online version of the New York Times article.
Item 13: Article, "Civil Rights: A New GOP 'Tone' on Gay Rights?", May 26, 2001Add to your cart.
Online article from The National Journal about Charles Francis and the founding of the Republican Unity Coalition.
Item 14: News Clipping on Gay Republicans, July 31, 2000Add to your cart.
Brief news item from The Philadelphia Inquirer about the gay and lesbian delegates at the Republican National Convention.
Item 15: Acknowledgement of Gift, December 6, 2007Add to your cart.
Acknowledgement of gift from the National Museum of American History: Kenneth E. Behring Center for the donation of an "I'm a Better Man" button.
Item 16: Article, "GOP Officials Push 'Uniter' Efforts", January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Associated Press article on George W. Bush's desire to unite factions within the Republican Party.
Item 17: Invitation to Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Photocopy of the Inaugural breakfast invitation.
Item 18: Program from the Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Item 19: News Clipping, "Taking Charge in Philly", July 24, 2000Add to your cart.
Clipping of a Robert Novak article about George W. Bush's popularity at the Republican National Convention.
Item 20: Invitation to Republican Unity Coalition Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Item 21: Information Sheet about the Republican Unity Coalition, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Time and place information about the Republican Unity Coalition's Inaugural Breakfast and a brief description of the organization's mission.
Item 22: Republican Unity Coalition Press Release, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Press release about the Republican Unity Coalition's Inaugural Breakfast.
Item 23: Program from the Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Annotated on reverse with information about the guests seated at table seven.
Item 24: Photograph, Mary Matalin at the Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast, [January 19, 2001]Add to your cart.
 
Item 25: Information Card, [January 19, 2001]Add to your cart.
Info card from the Republican Unity Coalition breakfast
Item 26: Invitation to Republican Unity Coalition Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Item 27: Article, "A Question of Loyalty: Will gay Republicans support for the party come at the expense of gay rights?", March 13, 2001Add to your cart.
Article by Chris Bull in The Advocate about the Republican Unity Coalition.
Folder 7: Austin 12 - The Washington Post, April 14, 2000Add to your cart.
News clipping from The Washington Post, "Bush Says He Won't Hesitate to Appoint Gays to Jobs"
Folder 8: Republican Unity Coalition, 2000Add to your cart.
Materials documenting a series of receptions and events during the 2000 President election aiming to unite gay and straight Republicans behind George W. Bush. This includes events held in Los Angeles, CA, Washington DC, and at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Many notable conservative figures headlined these events, including Mary Matalin, Senator Alan Simpson, and Congressman Jim Kolbe.
Item 1: Invitation to The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council, October 20, 2000Add to your cart.
Invitation to an event honoring gay Republicans hosted by the DC Republican Committee.
Item 2: Information Sheet, [undated]Add to your cart.
Information about the Republican Unity Coalition.
Item 3: Facsimile, Invitation to The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council, October 9, 2000Add to your cart.
Fax copy of the cover of the invitation.
Item 4: Article, "Gay Election," Invitation to the Gay and Lesbian Luncheon at the Republican National Convention, Invitation to a Gay and Lesbian Republican Reception in Los Angeles California, Invitation to the Washington D.C. Reception Honoring Gay Republicans, and Photocopy of "A Gay Old Party," article by David Brooks for The Daily Standard, November 19, 2000Add to your cart.
Stapled printouts and photocopies of articles and invitation documenting events in advance of the Presidential election.
Item 5: Note, James C. Langdon, Jr to Charles C. Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
Personal note, "I guess we can all hold our breath for another week!"
Item 6: Note, Joe M. Allbaugh to Charles C. Francis, August 6, 2000Add to your cart.
Thank you note.
Item 7: Invitation to The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council, October 20, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 8: Letter from Charles C. Francis to Jim Cicconi, General Council, AT&T, September 22, 2000Add to your cart.
Request for AT&T to donate to the Republican Unity Coalition and serve as a lead sponsor for the Unity Celebration Honoring Gay Republicans and Supporting Bush/Cheney 2000.
Item 9: Invitation to The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council, October 20, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: List of Sponsors and Host Committee Members, "Gay and Lesbian Republicans of California 2000", August 13, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 11: Invitation to the Gay and Lesbian Republicans Luncheon, July 31, 2000Add to your cart.
Luncheon held during the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia
Item 12: News Clipping, "Bush Considers Political Alliance with Gays", June 6, 2000Add to your cart.
Article from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Item 13: Invitation to The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council, October 20, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Republican Unity Coalition/Gays, 2000-2001Add to your cart.
Materials document the relationship between the Bush Administration and gay Republicans in the first year of the Bush Presidency, including some early criticism of the Republican Unity Coalition from conservatives and the unease of many gay Republicans with President Bush's faith-based initiative.
Item 1: Article, "Bush Admin. Broadens Gay Overtures", October 27, 2001Add to your cart.
Online article from The Washington Post about the reaction of conservative Republicans to Bush's attempts to show that gays are welcome in the party.
Item 2: Article, "Capital Letters", May 10, 2002Add to your cart.
Online article by Hastings Wyman in The Texas Triangle Online about Charles Francis' founding of the Republican Unity Coalition and ongoing work with gay and lesbian advocacy.
Item 3: Photograph, Mary Matalin and Jim Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Photograph, Mary Matalin, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: Portion of Menu with Personal Notes, [undated]Add to your cart.
Inscribed with notes of thanks and encouragement to Charles Francis
Item 6: Portion of Prepared Remarks by Brian Bennett, Gay Delegate to the Republican National Convention, at an Event in Los Angeles, CA, [undated]Add to your cart.
Bennett thanks Charles Francis for using his friendship with George W. Bush to bring acceptance of gays within the party to the forefront.
Item 7: Email, Forwarded Article by Hastings Wyman, December 9, 2000Add to your cart.
Article lists Charles Francis as one of the Top Ten Red, White, and Lavender Leaders for his advocacy work on behalf of gay Republicans.
Item 8: Article, "GOP Breakfast Honors Homosexuals", January 29, 2001Add to your cart.
Online article from World Net Daily, originally published in Human Events, covering remarks by various members of the host committee at the Unity Celebration luncheon.
Item 9: Letter, Jack Oliver, Deputy Chairman of the Republican National Committee, to Charles Francis, December 21, 2001Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his work and looking forward to future cooperation with the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 10: Note, David B. Mixner to Charles Francis, April 26, 2001Add to your cart.
Note marking the meeting of Charles Francis and David Mixner.
Item 11: Email, Karl Rove to Charles Francis, March 23, 2001Add to your cart.
Brief exchange about the number of gay Republicans named to posts in the Bush Administration
Item 12: Note, Scott [Evertz] to Charles Francis, May 1, 2001Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his counsel.
Item 13: Certificate Recognizing Charles Francis' Service on the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Team, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 14: Email, Karl Rove to Charles Francis, July 10, 2001Add to your cart.
Rove and Francis discuss the Salvation Army's ministerial exemption under the 1964 Civil Rights Act in light of media reports of the organization's anti-gay sentiments
Item 15: Facsimile, Charles Francis to Karen Hughes, July 11, 2001Add to your cart.
Letter to arrange a meeting to discuss how gay supporters can help President Bush's faith-based initiative after media coverage equating it with anti-gay sentiment
Item 16: News Clipping, "GOP Group Calls for Tolerance Toward Gays", January 21, 2001Add to your cart.
Article from The Washington Post about Francis and the Republican Unity Coalition's attempt to foster inclusiveness within the Republican Party
Folder 10: "With God on Their Side," by Esther Kaplan, 2004Add to your cart.
Photocopied excerpts from Kaplan's book discussing the influence of Christian fundamentalism on the Bush Administration's handling of gay issues.
Item 1: VHS, "Austin Meeting with Bush, Ch. 8, WFAA Dallas", [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Format: T-120 VHS cassette
Item 2: VHS, "George W. Bush Meets with Gay Republicans," Cable and Network Coverage, April 13-April 14, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Format: TS15 VHS cassette
Item 3: VHS, "Log Cabin Republicans Rally, Fort Worth, Texas", June 13, 1998Add to your cart.
 
Format: T-20 VHS cassette
Box 2: 1999-2013Add to your cart.
Twenty folders documenting Republican Unity Coalition outreach efforts and political activities, including fundraising for the 2002 midterm elections and opposition to a federal marriage amendment. Materials particularly highlight the activities of Francis and advisory board members Alan K. Simpson and Gerald R. Ford, criticism of the gay rights movement from Reverend Fred Phelps and Rick Santorum, Mary Cheney's joining and departure from the coalition, and Mary Matalin's distancing herself from the group.
Barcode: 642852
Folder 1: Gays/Republican Unity Coalition, GOP Convention, Philadelphia, 1998-2000Add to your cart.
Contains mostly press material covering the activities of gay Republicans at the Republican National Convention and during the months leading up to the 2000 election. It focuses on three outreach and fundraising events held in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. in support of gay and lesbian Republicans and the Bush-Cheney ticket.
Item 1: News Clippings from The Washington Blade, August 4, 2000Add to your cart.
"We Shut Them Out," concerning the number of gay Republicans playing prominent roles at the Republican National Convention, and "Something About Mary," about Dick Cheney's openly lesbian daughter
Item 2: News Clipping, "Bush Meets With Gays and Calls it Beneficial", 2000Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a New York Times article about George W. Bush's meeting with the Austin 12 [photocopy is partially obscured]
Item 3: Question and Answer Transcript, "How George W. Bush's Outreach to Gay Americans May Have Won Him the 2000 Election", December 10, 2000Add to your cart.
Neither the participants nor the venue are identified.
Item 4: Andrew Sullivan Article, November 15, 2000Add to your cart.
Online article about Sullivan's decision to vote for George W. Bush and disputing the idea that gays should exclusively support the Democratic Party.
Item 5: Invitation to A Reception and Buffet Luncheon Honoring Gay and Lesbian Republicans, July 31, 2000Add to your cart.
Photocopy of the invitation
Item 6: Invitation to "Gay and Lesbian Republicans, California 2000" Reception, August 13, 2000Add to your cart.
Photocopy of the invitation
Item 7: Invitation to "A Unity Celebration Honoring Gay Republicans and Supporting The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council", October 20, 2000Add to your cart.
Photocopy of the invitation
Item 8: Article, "A Gay Old Party", August 1, 2000Add to your cart.
Article by David Brooks in The Daily Standard
Item 9: Photocopy of Photographs, [July 31, 2000]Add to your cart.
Black and white photographs of Mary Matalin with Jim Francis and Charles Francis
Item 10: Article, "High in the Polls and Close to Home, Bush Navigates by the Center Line", April 9, 1999Add to your cart.
Photocopy of article in The New York Times by Richard Berke [photocopy is partially obscured]
Item 11: Email, Forwarded Article by Hastings Wyman, December 9, 2000Add to your cart.
Article lists Charles Francis as one of the Top Ten Red, White, and Lavender Leaders for his advocacy work on behalf of gay Republicans.
Item 12: Honoring Gay and Lesbian Republicans Program, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 13: List of Sponsors for a Reception for Gay RepublicansAdd to your cart.
 
Item 14: Amtrak Ticket Stub, Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PAAdd to your cart.
 
Item 15: Article, "A Friend Indeed?", June 8, 1999Add to your cart.
Article from The Advocate about gay Republicans' outreach to the Bush campaign.
Item 16: Letter, Charles Francis to Rosemary Haas, August 8, 2000Add to your cart.
Thanking Haas for Abbott Laboratories support of the gay and lesbian Republican luncheon at the Republican National Convention
Item 17: Letter, Charles Francis to Kyra Lendemann, August 8, 2000Add to your cart.
Thanking Lendemann for Merck & Co., Inc.'s support of the gay and lesbian luncheon at the Republican National Convention. Includes copy of the David Brooks article, "A Gay Old Party"
Item 18: Remarks by Charles Francis at the Gay and Lesbian Luncheon, July 31, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 19: Remarks by Mary Matalin at the Gay and Lesbian Luncheon, July 31, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 20: Invitation to the Gay and Lesbian Luncheon at the Republican National Convention, July 31, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 21: Photograph of Charles Francis Speaking at the Gay and Lesbian Republican Luncheon, [July 31, 2000]Add to your cart.
 
Item 22: Article, "A Gay Old Party", August 1, 2000Add to your cart.
Article by David Brooks in The Daily Standard
Item 23: Photograph of Charles Francis Speaking at the Gay and Lesbian Luncheon, [July 31, 2000]Add to your cart.
 
Item 24: Article, "What Welcome Mat?", August 1, 2000Add to your cart.
Article from The Washington Post about the luncheon at the Republican National Convention
Item 25: Photograph of Charles Francis Speaking at the Gay and Lesbian Luncheon, [July 31, 2000]Add to your cart.
Photograph is marked for cropping.
Item 26: News Clipping, "Which Straight Texas Millionaire is Giving Large Sums of Money to Help Gays Fight Conservative Extremists?", July 16, 1998Add to your cart.
Cover story from The Texas Triangle about Trammel S. Crow, Jr.'s donation to the Republican Liberty PAC, the fundraising organization of the Log Cabin Republicans.
Folder 2: Republican Unity Coalition Formation, 2001-2003Add to your cart.
Organizational information about the Republican Unity Coalition, including its goals, major supporters, and media coverage of its chairman, Charles Francis.
Item 1: Republican Unity Coalition Letterhead, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Letter, Gill Foundation Attorney Ted Trimpa to Charles Francis, October 2, 2002Add to your cart.
Confirming the donation of $20,000 to the Republican Unity Coalition.
Item 3: Letter, Stephen Miller, Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, to the Republican Unity Coalition, August 26, 2002Add to your cart.
Confirming the Republican Unity Coalition's approval as a 501(a) tax-exempt organization
Item 4: CD-R, "Republican Unity Coalition", [undated]Add to your cart.
These files are hosted by the University of North Texas Digital Library.
Item 5: Republican Unity Coalition Flowchart, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: Republican Unity Coalition Discussion, March 14, 2001Add to your cart.
Outline of strategy and goals
Item 7: Article, "A New GOP 'Tone' on Gay Rights?", May 26, 2001Add to your cart.
Article from The National Journal about Charles Francis and the founding of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 8: Republican Unity Coalition Membership Letter, [undated]Add to your cart.
Mass mail letter signed by Senator Alan Simpson encouraging membership in the RUC
Item 9: Article, "Gay Conservatives Open New Options", January 29, 2001Add to your cart.
Article from The Detroit News about the Republican Unity Coalition and its goal of finding a place for conservative gays in the Republican Party
Item 10: Republican Unity Coalition Fact Sheet, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 11: Republican Unity Coalition Briefing Book, November 20, 2001Add to your cart.
Notebook containing press coverage and promotional materials from the Republican Unity Coalition, explaining its purpose and goals
Item 12: Invitation to a Reception to Meet Charles Francis, Founder, Republican Unity Coalition, June 10, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Item 13: News Clipping, "Rockefeller to Join Board", May 29, 2003Add to your cart.
Washington Post "On Politics" item by Dan Balz about David Rockefeller joining the board of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 14: Email from Charles Francis, May 29, 2003Add to your cart.
Email containing the text of the Dan Balz piece about David Rockefeller joining the board of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 15: Letter, Arthur R. Jones, Public Policy Manager, K-Mart Corporation, to Charles Francis, June 24, 2002Add to your cart.
Letter confirming donation of $5,000 to the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 16: Republican Unity Coalition Business Card, Charles Francis, Chairman, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 17: News Clipping, "A Major Gay Player in the GOP", May 10, 2002Add to your cart.
Capital Letters article by Hastings Wyman about Charles Francis' work with the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 18: HOBS Award to Charles C. Francis, November 10, 2012Add to your cart.
Remarks presented by Rick Rosendall
Item 19: Postcard, Michael Myers to the Republican Unity Coalition, May 1, 2003Add to your cart.
Postcard thanking the RUC for challenging Senator Rick Santorum's anti-gay rhetoric
Item 20: Invitation to An Evening with Mary Cheney, September 5, 2002Add to your cart.
RSVP card is inscribed with a note from the recipient of the invitation criticizing Mary Cheney and the Republican Unity Coalition's support of the Republican Party
Item 21: Acknowledgement of Gift from Charles C. Francis, December 6, 2007Add to your cart.
Acknowledging the donation of an "I'm a Better Man" button, worn by Republican gay and lesbian supporters of President Bush, to the National Museum of American History
Item 22: Republican Unity Coalition Business Card, Charles Francis, ChairmanAdd to your cart.
 
Item 23: Letter, John Danforth to Charles Francis, April 27, 2005Add to your cart.
Joining the Advisory Board of the Republican Unity Coalition.
Item 24: News Clipping, Washington Wire, June 10, 2005Add to your cart.
News item about John Danforth joining the Republican Unity Coalition Advisory Board.
Folder 3: Bush/"Austin 12" Meeting, March-August 2000Add to your cart.
Contains mostly print media coverage of then Governor George W. Bush's meeting with the Austin 12, with some strategy notes arising from the meeting.
Item 1: Letter, George W. Bush to Charles Francis, May 18, 2000Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for organizing the Austin 12 meeting
Item 2: Letter, Laura Bush to Charles Francis, August 24, 2000Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his friendship
Item 3: Note, Karl Rove to Charles Francis, April 18, 2000Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for organizing the Austin 12 meeting
Item 4: Handwritten Notes from Karl Rove to Charles Francis, 2000Add to your cart.
Campaign strategy notes detailing first and second priority states for gay and lesbian supporters to focus on
Item 5: Email, Karl Rove to Charles Francis, April 7, 2000Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding prominent gay Republicans to showcase at the Republican National Convention
Item 6: Discussion Items for Meeting with Governor George W. Bush, [2000]Add to your cart.
Points of discussion from the Austin 12 meeting
Item 7: News Clipping, "Stakes High for Both In Bush-Gays Meeting", April 13, 2000Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Rick Berke about the Austin 12 meeting.
Item 8: News Clipping, "Gays Visit Bush But His Views Are Unchanged", April 14, 2000Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Alison Mitchell about the Austin 12 meeting
Item 9: News Clipping, "Bush is slow to reach out to heal division in the Republican Party", March 24, 2000Add to your cart.
Wall Street Journal Washington Wire item about George W. Bush's refusal to meet with Log Cabin Republicans
Item 10: News Clipping, "Bush, in Reversal, to Meet With a Gay Republican Group", April 8, 2000Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Frank Bruni
Item 11: News Clipping, "Behind the Scenes at a Bush 'Sensitivity Session'", April 24, 2000Add to your cart.
Newsweek article by Steve Gunderson about the Austin 12 meeting
Item 12: Email, Dale Carpenter to Charles Francis, April 10, 2000Add to your cart.
Carpenter expressing his thoughts to Francis in advance of the Austin 12 meeting
Item 13: News Clipping, "Meeting Pleases Bush, gay supporters", April 14, 2000Add to your cart.
Dallas Morning News article about the Austin 12 meeting
Item 14: News Clipping, "Bush, GOP gays call visit positive", April 14, 2000Add to your cart.
USA Today article about the Austin 12 meeting
Item 15: News Clipping, "Bush Miscalculates on Gay Republicans", April 17, 2000Add to your cart.
New York Times editorial by Jonathan Rauch criticizing the Republican Party's treatment of gays
Item 16: News Clipping, "La Cage au George W.", April 8, 2000Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Frank Rich about the Bush campaign's relations with gay Republicans
Item 17: Agenda and Prepared Remarks, California Republican Party Event, August 13, 2000Add to your cart.
Remarks by Brian Bennett
Item 18: News Clipping, "Bush Considers Alliance With Gays", June 6, 2000Add to your cart.
San Francisco Chronicle article about the Austin 12 meeting
Item 19: News Clipping, "Bush meets with gay Republicans", [undated]Add to your cart.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the Austin 12 meeting
Item 20: News Clipping, "Bush, gay Republican group make amends", April 12, 2000Add to your cart.
Dallas Morning News article about Log Cabin Republicans' criticism of the Austin 12 meeting
Item 21: Austin 12 Button, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Separation: This item has been removed to separate housing within box 1 of this collection.
Folder 4: Republican Unity Coalition Political Action Committee, 2002-2004Add to your cart.
Materials document the Republican Unity Coalition's large donations to Republican candidates during the 2002 midterm elections
Item 1: Donation from the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC) to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), October 15, 2002Add to your cart.
Includes letter from Charles Francis to Bill Frist, chairman of the NRSC
Item 2: Photograph, Presentation of Donation from the Republican Unity Coalition to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Letter, Senator Kit Bond to Charles Francis, December 9, 2002Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his support of the Republican Senate Council
Item 4: Article, "Gay GOPers give big checks to their party", November 10, 2002Add to your cart.
Online "Capital Letters" piece by Hastings Wyman about large donations from the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 5: Email, Charles Francis to Mary Cheney, September 16, 2002Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding midterm election spending priorities for the Republican Unity Coalition; annotated
Item 6: Letter, Congressman Tom Davis, Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, to Eugene Lawson, Jr., Executive Director of the Republican Unity Coalition, October 22, 2002Add to your cart.
Thanking Lawson for the Republican Unity Coalition's donation of $50,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee's Battleground 2002 program
Item 7: Invitation to a Reception Honoring Congressmen Mike Ferguson (R-NJ), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Rob Simmons (R-CT), April 17, [2002]Add to your cart.
 
Item 8: Draft Letter to Republican Unity Coalition ContributorsAdd to your cart.
Thanking supporters and announcing that President Gerald Ford, Mary Cheney, Congresswoman Susan Molinari, and other prominent figures have joined the group's advisory committee
Item 9: Letter, Rosemary Haas, Regional Director of Government Affairs, Abbott Laboratories, to Charles Francis, August 10, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: Letter, Jim Kolbe to the Republican Unity Coalition, October 25, 2004Add to your cart.
Thanking the coalition for its donation to Kolbe's 2004 re-election campaign
Item 11: Email, "JP" to Charles Francis, February 23, 2002Add to your cart.
Pre-publication draft of an article about how the pending McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill will affect the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 12: News Item, "Gays and Lesbians Hugging the GOP", October 19, 2002Add to your cart.
"Inside Washington" item in The National Journal about the Republican Unity Coalition's campaign donations to Republican candidates
Item 13: News Clipping, "More Respect, but Too Few Rights", [undated]Add to your cart.
Article about the Bush Administration's need to act in favor of gay rights
Folder 5: Republican Unity Coalition - "The Cody Statement", 2001Add to your cart.
Materials documenting the Cody Statement, the foundational statement of beliefs for the Republican Unity Coalition and its vision of the Republican Party
Item 1: The Cody Statement: A Declaration of Uniting and Guiding Principles for the Republican Party in the 21st Century, November 20, 2001Add to your cart.
Hardcopy from the Republican Unity Coalition website
Item 2: Article, "The New Face of Gay Power", October 13, 2003Add to your cart.
Time article by John Cloud about the growth of the gay rights movement in Wyoming, featuring a profile of Charles Francis and Republican Unity Coalition chairman Senator Alan Simpson
Item 3: News item, "Big Tent?"Add to your cart.
"Washington Wire" item from The Wall Street Journal online about Senator Alan Simpson's signing of the Cody Statement
Item 4: News Clipping, "A Republican Manifesto", August 30, 2001Add to your cart.
Metro Weekly article by Dale Carpenter about the Cody Statement
Folder 6: President's Advisory Commission on AIDS, 2001-2002Add to your cart.
Material documenting Charles Francis' appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
Item 1: Letter, Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services, to Charles Francis, December 26, 2001Add to your cart.
Invitation to Francis to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
Item 2: Materials from the 19th Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, March 14-15, 2002Add to your cart.
Briefing materials cover sheet and two nametags.
Item 3: Letter, Scott Evertz, Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy, to Charles Francis, February 15, 2002Add to your cart.
Congratulations on appointment to the Advisory Council
Item 4: Email, Jim Kolbe to Charles Francis, January 28, 2002Add to your cart.
Congratulations on appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
Item 5: Email, Jim Glassman to Charles Francis, January 25, 2002Add to your cart.
Congratulations on appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
Item 6: Email, Dale [Carpenter] to Charles Francis, January 25, 2002Add to your cart.
Congratulations on appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
Item 7: Public Contact Information for the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 8: Letter, Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services, to Charles Francis, November 25, 2002Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his service on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
Item 9: News Clipping, "Bush to name conservative, gays to AIDS panel", February 1, 2002Add to your cart.
Washington Blade article about President Bush's appointments to the Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
Folder 7: Bill Simon/Lou Sheldon/Mary Cheney, August-September 2002Add to your cart.
Materials concerning a fundraising event featuring Mary Cheney. This folder also documents Bill Simon's invitation to host the fundraiser and eventual disinvitation after attacks by Lou Sheldon.
Item 1: Invitation to "An Evening with Mary Cheney", September 5, 2002Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Invitation Draft, "An Evening with Mary Cheney", September 5, 2002Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Press Release, "Bill and Cindy Simon to Serve as Honored Guests at Republican Unity Coalition Fundraiser", August 8, 2002Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Article, "Simon dropped from fundraiser", November 10, 2002Add to your cart.
Online article from The Redding Record Searchlight about Bill Simon being dropped from the fundraiser after reversing his position on gay rights with Lou Sheldon.
Item 5: Email to Charles Francis, September 3, 2002Add to your cart.
Email contains the text of Bill Simon's letter to Senator Ray Haynes, regarding Simon's stance on the Marriage Protection Pledge
Item 6: Invitations to "An Evening with Mary Cheney", September 5, 2002Add to your cart.
Three invitations
Folder 8: "Cody Republicans" - Time, October 2003Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Note from John Cloud to Charles Francis, October 10, 2003Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his help in writing the Time article about gay Republicans in Wyoming
Item 2: Article, "The New Face of Gay Power", October 13, 2003Add to your cart.
Time article by John Cloud about the growth of the gay rights movement in Wyoming, featuring a profile of Charles Francis and Republican Unity Coalition chairman Senator Alan Simpson
Folder 9: President Ford/Republican Unity Coalition, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder consists of correspondence exchanged among Charles Francis, President Gerald R. Ford, and former Senator Alan K. Simpson, concerning such issues as Ford's support of equality for gays, the federal marriage amendment, and prominent Republicans joining the coalition's advisory board
Item 1: Letter, President Gerald Ford to Charles Francis, March 6, 2003Add to your cart.
Ford wishing Francis luck in the case of Lawrence v. Texas, and telling Francis that he won't sign a New York Times op-ed on the case because he had already signed an op-ed on an unrelated matter and did not want to dilute his influence on either case.
Item 2: Letter, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, [undated]Add to your cart.
Thanking Ford for his support and asking him to join the Republican Unity Coalition in opposing a marriage definition amendment to the U.S. Constitution; letter is inscribed with a note from Francis to Senator Alan Simpson making the same request
Item 3: News Clipping, "The Washington Wire", February 8, 2002Add to your cart.
Item about President Gerald Ford joining the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 4: Letter, Senator Alan Simpson to President Gerald Ford, December 10, 2001Add to your cart.
Thanking Ford for supporting the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 5: Republican Unity Coalition News Posts, June 14, 2002Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a printout of the Republican Unity Coalition website's news page, featuring stories about RUC supporters President Gerald Ford, Senator Alan Simpson, and Mary Cheney
Item 6: Organizational Biography of the Republican Unity Coalition, [undated]Add to your cart.
Written by Charles Francis
Item 7: Republican Unity Coalition's People, June 1, 2002Add to your cart.
List of Coalition founders and supporters
Item 8: News Clipping, "Ford praised for backing gay equality", January 5, 2007Add to your cart.
Washington Blade article about the passing of President Ford, noting his stance on gay issues and Republican Party unity
Item 9: Letter, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, March 9, 2004Add to your cart.
Francis explaining to Ford the Republican Unity Coalition's stance in regards to gay marriage and a proposed Constitutional amendment that would define marriage
Item 10: Letter, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, July 8, 2003Add to your cart.
Informing Ford of Mary Cheney's departure from the advisory board, Trammel Crow, Jr.'s joining the advisory board, and a Newsweek interview with Senator Alan Simpson
Item 11: Facsimile, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, May 29, [2003]Add to your cart.
Faxed Washington Post "On Politics" piece by Dan Balz noting criticism of Marc Racicot for meeting with the Human Rights Campaign, Senator Rick Santorum's comparison of gay sex to incest, and the addition of David Rockefeller to the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 12: Letter, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, February 10, 2002Add to your cart.
Thanking Ford for joining the Republican Unity Coalition advisory board
Item 13: Email, Charles Francis to others, October 29, 2001Add to your cart.
Emailed Detroit News item about Ford's call for equal treatment for gays
Item 14: Letter, Senator Alan Simpson to President Gerald Ford, December 12, 2001Add to your cart.
Facsimile of letter inviting Ford to join the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 15: Facsimile, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, May 29, [2003]Add to your cart.
Faxed Washington Post "On Politics" piece by Dan Balz noting criticism of Marc Racicot for meeting with the Human Rights Campaign, Senator Rick Santorum's comparison of gay sex to incest, and the addition of David Rockefeller to the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 16: Letter, Charles Francis to David Rockefeller, May 7, 2003Add to your cart.
Invitation from Francis to join the Republican Unity Coalition advisory board
Item 17: Letter, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, [undated]Add to your cart.
Asking Ford to support the Republican Unity Coalition's opposition to a Constitutional amendment defining marriage
Item 18: Editorial, "Missing the Point on Gays", September 5, 2003Add to your cart.
Washington Post editorial by Senator Alan Simpson arguing against a federal marriage amendment.
Item 19: Letter, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, January 21, 2003Add to your cart.
Letter accompanying the Republican Unity Coalition's amicus brief in Lawrence v. Texas, forwarded to Ford for his review. [Brief does not appear in this folder]
Item 20: Letter, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, March 9, 2004Add to your cart.
Soliciting Ford's thoughts on the issue of a Constitutional marriage amendment
Item 21: News Clipping, "On the Record", November 22, 2002Add to your cart.
Item from The Washington Blade featuring a quote from President Ford in response to a question about his serving on the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 22: Republican Unity Coalition Website, August 14, 2002Add to your cart.
Hardcopies of the Republican Unity Coalition's news page, the Cody Statement, and list of supporters
Item 23: Letter, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, March 3, 2003Add to your cart.
Letter accompanying a draft op-ed for Ford's review. [draft does not appear in this folder]
Item 24: Note from Senator Alan Simpson to Charles Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
Note from Simpson accompanying the op-ed draft to be forwarded to President Ford
Item 25: Letter, Charles Francis to President Gerald Ford, July 8, 2003Add to your cart.
Informing Ford of Mary Cheney's departure from the advisory board, Trammel Crow, Jr.'s joining the advisory board, and a Newsweek interview with Senator Alan Simpson
Folder 10: Republican Unity Coalition, 2003Add to your cart.
Materials cover some internal deliberations over post-midterm issues, including Lawrence v. Texas
Item 1: Letter to the Republican Unity Coalition Friends and Advisory Board from Charles Francis and Donald Capoccia, July 30, 2003Add to your cart.
Thanks for continued support and updates on Lawrence v. Texas and the federal marriage amendment
Item 2: Article, "Bush takes middle-ground approach on gay issues", August 27, 2003Add to your cart.
Online article published on the website of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas about Charles Francis' friendship with President George W. Bush and the latter's treatment of gay issues
Item 3: Email, Charles Francis to Jackie Calmes, November 13, 2003Add to your cart.
Forwarded message from Lyn Nofziger clarifying his position on gay marriage
Folder 11: Senator Santorum/Matalin, April 2003Add to your cart.
Materials documenting the Republican Unity Coalition response to Senator Rick Santorum's comparison of gay sex to bestiality and incest
Item 1: Press Release, "Republican Unity Coalition Statement on Senator Santorum", April 23, 2003Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Ticket for Bill Signing Ceremony for HR 1298, the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003, May 27, 2003Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Email, Charles Francis to Scott Evertz, Ari Fleischer, and Karl Rove, April 24-28, 2003Add to your cart.
Email exchange about how the White House should respond to Senator Rick Santorum's comments about gay sex
Item 4: News Clipping, "Adultery, Incest, Whatever", April 24, 2003Add to your cart.
Washington Post editorial about Senator Rick Santorum's comments on gay marriage
Item 5: News Clipping, "A Republican Group Demands That Senator Apologize to Gays", April 24, [2003]Add to your cart.
New York Times article about the Republican Unity Coalition's call for Senator Rick Santorum to apologize for his remarks
Folder 12: Mary Cheney/Mary Matalin, 2002-2013Add to your cart.
This folder documents the series of events that followed Mary Cheney's joining the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition, including attacks from the right wing of the Republican party, Cheney's departure, and Matalin's rebuke of the RUC
Item 1: Email, Mary Matalin to Charles Francis, August 21, 2002Add to your cart.
Brief note about Matalin's meeting with Mary [Cheney]
Item 2: Invitations to "An Evening with Mary Cheney", June 15, 2002Add to your cart.
Six invitations
Item 3: Note from Mark Robertson to Charles Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
Handwritten note about the possibility of a Mary Cheney interview with Diane [Sawyer]
Item 4: Note from Diane Sawyer to Charles Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: Note from Fred S. Zeidman, Chairman, United State Holocaust Memorial Council, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: Letter, Charles Francis to Senator Alan Simpson, April 11, 2002Add to your cart.
Mary Cheney joining the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 7: Email, Mary Cheney to Charles Francis, March 18, 2002Add to your cart.
Cheney agreeing to join the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 8: Email, Mary Cheney to Charles Francis, March 19, 2002Add to your cart.
Request for a meeting in Washington D.C.
Item 9: Email, Mary Cheney to Charles Francis, March 25, 2002Add to your cart.
Discussing what Cheney's role in Republican Unity Coalition projects will be
Item 10: Letter, Senator Alan Simpson to Charles Francis, May 26, 2002Add to your cart.
Regrets that he cannot attend the Evening with Mary Cheney event
Item 11: Invitation to "An Evening with Mary Cheney", June 15, 2002Add to your cart.
Two invitations
Item 12: Email, Mary Cheney to Charles Francis, March 20, 2001Add to your cart.
Encouraging Francis' work and requesting copies of a letter from Senator Alan Simpson
Item 13: Invitation to "An Evening with Mary Cheney", June 15, 2002Add to your cart.
Photocopy of invitation
Item 14: News Clipping, "Mary Cheney joins 'gay-straight' GOP group", April 26, 2002Add to your cart.
Washington Blade article about Mary Cheney joining the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 15: White House Tex-Mex Day Menu, April 18, 2002Add to your cart.
Menu with handwritten note about Mary Cheney joining the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 16: News Clipping, "Mary Cheney joins 'gay-straight' GOP group", April 26, 2002Add to your cart.
Washington Blade article about Mary Cheney joining the Republican Unity Coalition advisory board
Item 17: News Clipping, "This Just in...", April 23, 2002Add to your cart.
Washington Post item about Mary Cheney joining the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 18: News Clipping, "Setting the Stage: On the day before the ceremony, Washington bustling with activity", January 20, 2001Add to your cart.
Dallas Morning News article about preparations for President Bush's inauguration, noting the activities of the Republican Unity Coalition and the Log Cabin Republicans
Item 19: Invitation to "An Evening with Mary Cheney", June 15, 2002Add to your cart.
 
Item 20: News Clipping, "Gays Wonder: Where's Mary Cheney?", [2000]Add to your cart.
National Journal article speculating whether Mary Cheney would play a role at the Republican National Convention
Item 21: Article, "Mary Cheney Joins Homosexual Activist Group", April 30, 2002Add to your cart.
Online article from Concerned Women of America reproduced by the Culture and Family Institute critical of the Republican Unity Coalition and of Mary Cheney's joining the advisory board
Item 22: Email, Mary [Cheney] to Charles Francis, July 8, 2003Add to your cart.
Francis and Cheney discuss the reasons for Cheney resigning from the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 23: Email, Mary Cheney to Charles Francis, May 19, 2003Add to your cart.
Resigning from the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 24: Articles, "Supreme Opponent" and "Mary and Mary: still contrary", July 8, 2003Add to your cart.
Two articles published in The Advocate. The first discusses Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's opposition to gay rights in light of the Lawrence v. Texas decision; the second is about Mary Cheney and Mary Matalin withdrawing public support for gay issues after criticism from conservative Republicans
Item 25: Article, "Something about Mary", February 23, 2004Add to your cart.
Newsweek article about Mary Cheney's activities with the Republican Unity Coalition and subsequent departure ahead of the 2004 reelection campaign
Item 26: Editorial, "Fishwrap: Throw a Hissy Fit, Why Don't You?", September 4, 2002Add to your cart.
Online post from ChronWatch highly critical of the Republican Unity Coalition and other gay rights supporters within the Republican Party
Item 27: Email, Mary Cheney to Charles Francis, June 3, 2004Add to your cart.
Discussing errors in The Advocate article and how the Republican Unity Coalition should handle questions about Cheney's reasons for leaving the advisory board
Item 28: Email to Charles Francis, June 3, 2003Add to your cart.
Emailed article about Mary Cheney leaving the Republican Unity Coalition advisory board
Item 29: News Clipping, "Cheney family feud", November 22, 2013Add to your cart.
Washington Blade article covering the dispute between Mary and Liz Cheney over gay marriage during Liz Cheney's Senate campaign; article mentions Cheney's departure from the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 30: "Meet the Press" Transcript, May 11, 2003Add to your cart.
Tim Russert interview with Mary Matalin and James Carville, in which Matalin defends Senator Rick Santorum and accuses the Republican Unity Coalition of repeating the Democratic party's interpretation of the remarks
Folder 13: Lawrence v. Texas, 2003Add to your cart.
Concerns the Republican Unity Coalition's amicus brief in Lawrence v. Texas and reactions to the decision
Item 1: Brief of Amicus Curiae, Republican Unity Coalition and the Honorable Alan K. Simpson in Support of Petitioners, January 16, 2003Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Item 2: Letter, President Gerald Ford to Charles Francis, March 6, 2003Add to your cart.
Ford wishing Francis luck in the case of Lawrence v. Texas, and telling Francis that he won't sign a New York Times op-ed on the case because he had already signed an op-ed on an unrelated matter and did not want to dilute his influence on either case.
Item 3: Draft Article, "RUC Files Amicus Brief in Lawrence v. Texas", September 17, [2002]Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Press Release, "Republican Unity Coalition Files Supreme Court Brief Challenging Texas 'Sodomy' Law", September 16, [2002]Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: News Clipping, "Justices, 6-3, Legalize Gay Sexual Conduct in Sweeping Reversal of Court's '86 Ruling", June 27, 2003Add to your cart.
New York Times article covering the decision in Lawrence v. Texas
Item 6: News Clipping, "Gays Celebrate, and Plan Campaign for Broader Rights", June 27, 2003Add to your cart.
New York Times article covering reactions from the gay community to the Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas
Item 7: Brief of Amicus Curiae, Republican Unity Coalition and the Honorable Alan K. Simpson in Support of Petitioners, January 16, 2003Add to your cart.
Three copies
Folder 14: Charles Francis and Lawrence v. Texas, Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter, 2012Add to your cart.
Photocopied excerpts from Carpenter's book about the case
Folder 15: Republican Unity Coalition - No Endorsement, 2004-2005Add to your cart.
Materials documenting same-sex marriage as a hot button issue during the 2004 reelection campaign and the Republican Unity Coalition's withholding its endorsement of President George W. Bush
Item 1: Article, "On Same-Sex Marriage, Bush Failed the Public and Himself", March 6, 2004Add to your cart.
National Journal article on the Bush administration's handling of gay issues
Item 2: News Clipping, "Gay and Republican, But Not Necessarily Disloyal to the President", March 9, 2004Add to your cart.
New York Times article about the gay supporters of President George W. Bush
Item 3: Invitation to Holiday Reception at the White House, December 1, 2005Add to your cart.
Sent to Charles Francis; declined
Item 4: News Clipping, "For Better or Worse: Marriage's Stormy Future" and "What Partisans Embrace, Politicians Fear", November 23, 2003Add to your cart.
Two New York Times articles exploring the politics of same-sex marriage
Item 5: Draft Press Release, "Republican Unity Coalition (RUC) Withholds Endorsement", [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: Invitation to the 2004 Republican National Convention, June 9, 2004Add to your cart.
Sent to Charles Francis, on behalf of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush; declined
Folder 16: Senator Alan K. Simpson, 2001-2003Add to your cart.
Largely correspondence between Simpson and Charles Francis about Republican Unity Coalition activities, particularly Simpson's advocacy and his response to vitriolic criticism from the Westboro Baptist Church; includes several editorials written by Simpson defending gay rights and calling for inclusion within the Republican party
Item 1: Article, "Lawrence v. Texas", March 26, 2003Add to your cart.
Wall Street Journal online article by Senator Alan Simpson
Item 2: Letter, Charles Francis to Senator Alan Simpson, December 21, 2000Add to your cart.
Inviting Simpson to serve as Master of Ceremonies at the Republican Unity Coalition inaugural luncheon; attached are photocopies of news clippings about the Austin 12 meeting, a summary of the goals of the Republican Unity Coalition, and analysis of the percentage of the gay vote captured by the Bush campaign in 2000
Item 3: News Clipping, "It's called awareness, we're all God's children", May 4, 2001Add to your cart.
Washington Blade article about Senator Alan Simpson's support of gay rights and inclusion within the Republican Party; [first page of article is missing]
Item 4: News Clipping, "Simpson Heads GOP'S Gay Outreach", April 23, 2001Add to your cart.
Washington Post item noting Senator Alan Simpson as honorary chairman of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 5: Article, "Long Overdue: Gays find cheerleader in Simpson", May 4, 2001Add to your cart.
Washington Blade online article about Simpson's advocacy work on behalf of gay Republicans and becoming honorary chairman of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 6: List of Supporters of the Republican Unity Coalition, June 30, 2002Add to your cart.
From the Coalition website
Item 7: Article, "The Advocate's Coolest Straight [People]", December 24, 2002Add to your cart.
Advocate item covering Senator Alan Simpson's work with gay and lesbian activists in Washington, D.C.
Item 8: Letter, Charles Francis to Senator Alan Simpson, December 21, 2000Add to your cart.
Inviting Simpson to serve as Master of Ceremonies at the Republican Unity Coalition inaugural luncheon; attached are photocopies of news clippings about the Austin 12 meeting, a summary of the goals of the Republican Unity Coalition, and analysis of the percentage of the gay vote captured by the Bush campaign in 2000 [photocopies of the previous document, item 2]
Item 9: Letter, Senator Alan Simpson to Charles Francis, April 19, 2006Add to your cart.
Simpson answering Francis' question about the reception of the film Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming
Item 10: Letter, Charles Francis to Senator Alan Simpson, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 11: CD-R, "Simpson on President Ford", [undated]Add to your cart.
These files are hosted by the University of North Texas Digital Library.
Item 12: Letter, Senator Alan Simpson to David Rockefeller, [undated]Add to your cart.
Invitation to Rockefeller to join the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 13: News Clipping, "Simpson Bashes Back", [undated]Add to your cart.
[Washington Post] item about Westboro Baptist Church's criticism of Simpson's work with the Republican Unity Coalition and Simpson's response
Item 14: Letter, Senator Alan Simpson to Reverend Fred Phelps, November 21, 2003Add to your cart.
Facsimile of Simpson's response to Phelps' criticism of his work with the Republican Unity Coalition and threats to stage demonstrations in Casper, Wyoming
Item 15: News Clipping, "Bigotry That Hurts Our Military", March 14, 2007Add to your cart.
Washington Post editorial by Senator Alan Simpson about Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Item 16: Draft, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell...A Second Look", [undated]Add to your cart.
Draft editorial by Senator Alan Simpson
Item 17: Letter, Senator Alan Simpson to Charles Francis, November 4, 2003Add to your cart.
Concerning Reverend Fred Phelps
Item 18: Handwritten Notes, November 21, 2003Add to your cart.
Note from Senator Alan Simpson faxed to Charles Francis
Item 19: Letter, Charles Francis to Senator Alan Simpson, December 1, 2003Add to your cart.
Concerning the Washington Post item about Simpson's exchange with Reverend Fred Phelps
Item 20: Handwritten Notes, April 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Notes from Senator Alan Simpson faxed to Charles Francis
Item 21: Op-Ed by Senator Alan Simpson, April 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Editorial about homophobia from far-right political groups
Item 22: Letter, Alan Simpson to Charles Francis, June 24, 2001Add to your cart.
Concerning the Cody Statement
Item 23: News Clipping, "Pro-gay Republicans issue 'Cody Statement'", August 31, 2001Add to your cart.
Washington Blade article
Item 24: News Clipping, "Missing the Point on Gays", September 5, 2003Add to your cart.
Washington Post editorial by Alan Simpson
Item 25: Article, "The Advocate's Coolest Straight People", December 24, 2002Add to your cart.
Advocate item covering Senator Alan Simpson's work with gay and lesbian activists in Washington, D.C.
Item 26: Handwritten Notes, March 3, 2003Add to your cart.
Note from Alan Simpson faxed to Charles Francis
Item 27: Draft Op-Ed for Consideration of President Gerald R. Ford, February 20, 2003Add to your cart.
Annotated editorial draft
Item 28: Letter, Charles Francis to Senator Alan Simpson, [undated]Add to your cart.
Planning the Republican Unity Coalition's amicus brief in Lawrence v. Texas
Item 29: News Clipping, "Lawrence v. Texas", March 26, 2003Add to your cart.
Wall Street Journal editorial by Senator Alan Simpson
Item 30: Op-Ed, "Lawrence v. Texas", May 1, 2003Add to your cart.
Senator Alan Simpson's Wall Street Journal editorial reproduced on the Republican Unity Coalition's website
Item 31: Email "The Dignity of Free Persons Upheld by Court", June 26, 2003Add to your cart.
From Charles Francis, announcing the Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas
Item 32: Article, "Cody Republicans", August 24, 2001Add to your cart.
From the Republican Unity Coalition website, about the Cody Statement
Item 33: Op-Ed, "Missing the Point on Gays", September 5, 2003Add to your cart.
Washington Post editorial by Senator Alan Simpson
Item 34: Letter, Alan Simpson to Charles Francis, January 31, 2007Add to your cart.
Asking Francis for advice on how to proceed.
Folder 17: George W. Bush and Marriage Amendment, 2004Add to your cart.
Contains news media coverage of the reaction of gay Republicans to President George W. Bush's support of a Constitutional amendment to define marriage
Item 1: Article, "Can This Marriage Be Saved?", April 11, 2004Add to your cart.
New York Times Magazine article about the reaction of Log Cabin Republicans to President George W. Bush's support of a federal marriage amendment
Item 2: News Clipping, "Conservative Groups Differ on Bush Words on Marriage", January 22, 2004Add to your cart.
New York Times article about the federal marriage amendment
Item 3: News Clipping, "Bush Backs Bid to Block Gays from Marrying", July 31, 2003Add to your cart.
New York Times article
Folder 18: Republican Unity Coalition - The End, 2004-2009Add to your cart.
Documents the closing of the Republican Unity Coalition, including a San Francisco Chronicle retrospective on the Austin 12, email correspondence from friends and supporters of the Coalition thanking Francis for his advocacy efforts
Item 1: News Clipping, "Bush's Squandered Opportunity", January 23, 2009Add to your cart.
Washington Blade editorial by Charles Francis after the dissolving of the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 2: Email, Kelly Young to Charles Francis, October 11, 2004Add to your cart.
San Francisco Chronicle article concerning the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 3: Email, Charles Francis to Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle, October 15, 2004Add to your cart.
Thanking Lochhead for the well-written article
Item 4: News Clipping, "Washington Wire", February 27, 2004Add to your cart.
Wall Street Journal item about state-level pushback on the federal marriage amendment and the boost it has given to Democratic Party fundraising; features a quote from Charles Francis
Item 5: Article, "A Falling Out Among Friends', March 8, 2004Add to your cart.
Newsweek article about the Austin 12's loss of faith in President George W. Bush
Item 6: News Clipping, "Bush appointee resigns over marriage issue", March 5, 2004Add to your cart.
Washington Blade article about Donald Capoccia's resigning as Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
Item 7: Email, Bob Gray to Charles Francis, October 11, 2004Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for what he started with the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 8: Email, Jonathan Rauch to Charles Francis, October 11, 2004Add to your cart.
Responding to the San Francisco Chronicle article and expressing disappointment in President George W. Bush
Item 9: News Clipping, "How gay GOP group lost its faith in Bush", October 10, 2004Add to your cart.
San Francisco Chronicle article by Carolyn Lochhead and Zachary Coile; a retrospective on the work of the Austin 12 on the eve of the 2004 Presidential election
Item 10: News Clipping, "On Gay Marriage, Bush May Have Said All He's Going To", March 1, 2004Add to your cart.
New York Times article about the President George W. Bush's announcement supporting a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage
Item 11: Letter, Mary Matalin to Charles Francis, May 25, 2006Add to your cart.
Inviting Francis to attend a fundraising reception for the Lewis "Scooter" Libby Legal Defense Fund
Folder 19: "Inside George W. Bush's Closet," Politico, 2014Add to your cart.
 
Folder 20: Charles Francis, After Republican Unity Coalition, 2007-2014Add to your cart.
 
Item 1: Magazine Clipping, "They Were Always in My Attic", 2007Add to your cart.
American Heritage article about Francis' effort to preserve the papers of Frank Kameny at the Smithsonian.
Item 2: Article, "Gay Men and the Presidents Who Loved Them", June 24, 2014Add to your cart.
Daily Beast article by James Kirchick about the gay Presidential advisors, featuring George W. Bush and Charles Francis.
Item 3: Article, "Uncovered Papers Show Past Government Efforts to Drive Gays From Jobs", May 21, 2014Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Matt Apuzzo about Charles Francis' effort to collect public records of anti-gay employment policies in the government.
Folder 21: Marriage Announcement, September 16, 2013Add to your cart.
Announcing the marriage of J. Stephen Bottum and Charles Carter Francis

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