01/AR0838 Guide to the The Dallas Gay Alliance (The Dallas Way) Dallas Gay Alliance (The Dallas Way), The Finding Aid Authors: S. Ivie.

© Copyright 2021 University of North Texas Special Collections. All rights reserved.

University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, 76203 URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
This finding aid was encoding in EAD by Archon 3.21 from an SQL database source on April 26th, 2021.
Guide to the The Dallas Gay Alliance (The Dallas Way) 1968/1988 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection The Dallas Gay Alliance (The Dallas Way) 1968-1988 01/AR0838 The Dallas Gay Alliance Dallas Gay Political Caucus The Dallas Way 2.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
This collection contains early court cases, photographs, negatives, correspondence and clippings related to the Dallas Gay Alliance.
Administrative History:

The Dallas Gay Alliance was a continuation of the Dallas Gay Political Caucus. Founded in the mid-1970s, the Dallas Gay Political Caucus was first established by Dick Peeples, Steve Wilkins, Louise Young, Don Baker and others. During the early 1980s, the group changed its name to the Dallas Gay Alliance. One part of the group became the Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas. During the 1980s, the Dallas Gay Alliance continued to work towards improving rights for the LGBT population through education and social work as well as its primary focus, developing ways of combatting the AIDS problem.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Topical Term: AIDS (Disease)--United States Gay rights--Texas Gay rights--United States Political party organization--United States
Administrative Information Accruals:

2014-77

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

The Dallas Gay Alliance (The Dallas Way), University of North Texas Special Collections

Related Materials:

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

Lesbian Gay Political Coalition Papers (The Dallas Way), 1993-1998

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains early court cases, photographs, negatives, correspondence and clippings related to the Dallas Gay Alliance. Cases defended by Donald Maison include incidents where gay men were being targeted by the Dallas Police Department for lewd behavior at clubs. Later, the Dallas Gay Alliance vs. the City of Dallas (Parkland Hospital) case, also presented by Maison, was fought, where allegations were brought to the court's attention that AIDS patients were not being provided adequate care by Parkland Hospital. Participants in the case included members of the Dallas Gay Alliance and Ron Woodroof.

In the case of Schwiderski v. The State of Texas, Richard Schwiderski was arrested for public lewdness on October 24th, 1979 in the Village Station bar in Dallas by undercover members of the Dallas Police Department Vice Squad for allegedly having illicit contact with another man while dancing. For the next five years, Schwiderski, along with attorney Donald J. Maison, fought a lengthy appeals process for Schwiderski’s conviction. Though there were five other men arrested that night besides Schwiderski, his case received the most media attention because of his decision to appeal and fight the conviction. Throughout the collection we see testimony from Donald J. Maison, the arresting officers of the Dallas Police Department Vice Squad, character witnesses for Richard Schwiderski, as well as colored photographs of Village Station, police records and arrest reports for Schwiderski and the five other men arrested at the same time.

Detailed List of Contents id116630 1 642817 id116631 1 1 Barbaro's Deposition June 8, 1968 Title:

Barbaro's Deposition, June 8, 1968

Scope and Contents

This folder contains a copy of the depostion of Dr. Daniel John Barbaro in the case of the Dallas Gay Alliance v. The City of Dallas (Parkland Hospital).

id116632 1 2 Court Documents 1 1980-1981 Title:

Court Documents 1, 1980-1981

Scope and Contents

This folder contains appellant's briefs, statement of facts, Don Maison correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings, and Richard Schwiderski correspondence.

id116633 1 3 Court Documents 2 1979-1982 Title:

Court Documents 2, 1979-1982

Scope and Contents

This folder contains newspaper clippings, Don Maison correspondence, notes, graphes, six 4 x 5 colored negatives, six colored slides, invoices, and Dallas Gay Alliance Grievance Committee Packet.

id116634 1 4 Dallas Times Herald-Swanson Article 1979 Title:

Dallas Times Herald-Swanson Article, 1979

Scope and Contents

This folder contains notes and newspaper clippings.

id116635 1 5 Domestic Violence 1988 Title:

Domestic Violence, 1988

Scope and Contents

This folder contains pamphelets, Texas Council on Family Violence Services Directory, newspaper clippings, blank sheets of paper, notes, and newsletters.

id116729 1 6 Luby's Depostion June 8, 1968 Title:

Luby's Depostion, June 8, 1968

Scope and Contents

This folder contains the deposition of Dr. James P. Luby in the case of Dallas Gay Alliance v. The City of Dallas (Parkland Hospital).

id116730 1 7 Previous Testimony and Cross Examinations 1980-1981 Title:

Previous Testimony and Cross Examinations, 1980-1981

Scope and Contents

This folder contains Affidavit of Donald J. Maison, Jr., extracts from court documents, and a Motion to Extend Time for Filing Statement of Facts.

id116731 1 8 Schwiderski, Richard Craig v. State of Texas 1 1979-1984 Title:

Schwiderski, Richard Craig v. State of Texas 1, 1979-1984

Scope and Contents

This folder contains time slips, business cards, notes, Donald J. Maison Fee Sheet, newspaper clippings, memorandums, apellant's briefs, Donald J. Maison correspondence,  Henry Wade correspondence, and check copies.

id116732 1 9 Schwiderski, Richard Craig v. State of Texas 2 1979-1984 Title:

Schwiderski, Richard Craig v. State of Texas 2, 1979-1984

Scope and Contents

This folder contains Court Documents (Motion For Extension of Time, Motion For Appeal, and Motion For Supoeana),  Donald J. Maison correspondence, Appelant's Briefs, notes, check copies, Association of Flight Attendants Personal Record of Richard Schwiderski, Subpoena of Donald J. Maison, Jr., Richard Criag Schwiderski Defendant Personal Data Sheet, court dockets, and checklist for criminal cases.

id116733 2 642816 id116734 2 1 Schwiderski, Richard Craig v. State of Texas 3, Schwiderski (Arrest Reports) 1979 Title:

Schwiderski, Richard Craig v. State of Texas 3, Schwiderski (Arrest Reports), 1979

Scope and Contents

This folder contains newpaper clippings and arrest reports.

id116736 2 2 Schwiderski, Richard Craig v. State of Texas 4, Newspaper Clippings 1980-1981 Title:

Schwiderski, Richard Craig v. State of Texas 4, Newspaper Clippings, 1980-1981

id116737 2 3 Schwiderski, Richard Craig v. State of Texas 5, Photographs 1979 Title:

Schwiderski, Richard Craig v. State of Texas 5, Photographs, 1979

Scope and Contents

This folder contains six 8 x 10 colored photographs of the exterior and interior of the Village Station bar in Dallas.

id116738 2 4 Speedy Trial 1980 Title:

Speedy Trial, 1980

Scope and Contents

This folder contains handwritten notes.

id116739 2 5 Triangle Witnesses 1979-1983 Title:

Triangle Witnesses, 1979-1983

Scope and Contents

This folder contains Expunction of Arrest Records, notes, letter, written testimonies, and Richard Schwiderski's personal resume.