Resource Center LGBT Collection of the UNT Libraries, 1940-2011
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Brief Description:

The collection contains materials donated by and relating to individuals working to support AIDS causes and equal rights in the LGBT community.  Organizational leaders such as John Thomas, Don Baker, Bill Nelson, Terry Tebedo, William Waybourn, and Mike Richards contributed papers, court cases, and personal artifacts. These materials provide a personal perspective of the individuals impacted by AIDS in the 1980s and 1990sand the effect those experiences had on friends, family, and the community. The collection also contains organizational contributions from notable LGBT activists such as Dianne Hardy-Garcia, Louise Young, Vivienne Armstrong and Jamie Schield. Also included are documents relating to Dallas Gay Alliance vs. Dallas County (1989), a case in which Ron Woodroof, Alliance leadership, and attorneys representing the Dallas Gay Alliance filed suit for discriminatory practices against AIDS patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

This collection contains a variety of documents and multimedia objects: personal papers, awards, artifacts, periodicals, newspapers, office files, newsletters, medical information, videotapes, cassette tapes, compact discs, DVDs, photographs, slides, and court documents. Included in the collection are publications such as The Advocate, Christopher Street, Out, T.W.I.T. (This Week In Texas), Dallas Voice, Curve, Genre, POZ, Lesbian Connection, and others featuring articles on sexuality, entertainment, local events, politics, biographies, health, and other matters concerning the LGBT community.  Due to the nature of the Resource Center and its primary goal, HIV and AIDS-related publications also embody a significant share of the collection. The collection also includes various materials and artifacts representing several LGBT events, including t-shirts, buttons, banners and other items from the Tanquery’s Texas AIDS Ride, Lone Star Ride, Black Tie Dinner, Gay Games, Razzle Dazzle Dallas, March on Washington, and National Coming Out Day. These materials reflect the contributions of organizations operating on local and national levels such as Team Dallas, Stonewall, Turtle Creek Chorale, Texas Gay Rodeo Association, Cathedral of Hope, and the Dallas Gay Pride Association.

Held at:
University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library
1155 Union Circle # 305190
Denton, TX 76203
Record Series Number: 01/AR0756
Volume: 643.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Materials are arranged into seven series. Series 1: Resource Center Records contains papers and records for the Resource Center, which includes the John Thomas Gay and Lesbian Center, the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic and the Phil Johnson Historic Archives and Research Library. Series 2: Phil Johnson Collection contains materials originating from Phil Johnson. Series 3: Publications contains periodicals, newspapers, newsletters, directories, HIV/AIDS resources, and other published materials. Series 4: Audio and Visual Materials contains videotapes, cassettes, recordings, slides and photographs.  Series 5: Organizations contains items relevant to each of the organizations in this collection. Series 6: Personal Collections contains materials associated with individuals. Series 7: Artifacts contains all artifacts from organizations as well as individual items.
Access Restrictions: Portions of this collection are restricted to protect sensitive information.
Subject Index
Dallas County (Tex.)
Gay rights--United States.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/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 Notes: Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.  Boxes 16-25, 38-61, 104-189, 204-289, 317-331, 338, 343-390, 399-410, 539-547, 549-561, 564-565, 567-571, 573-579, 581-582, 584-594, 600, 602-604, 606, 609-610, 613-615, 617-620, 624, 626 and 629-632 are housed in the Research Collections Library.
Acquisition Notes: Resource Center  Gift
PreferredCitation: Resource Center LGBT Collection of the UNT Libraries, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revisions: This finding aid was revised in October 2017 by C. Jacobs to clarify the collection content and standardize dates.