01/AR0914 Guide to the David Collins Papers David Collins Papers Finding Aid Authors: Nicole Yatsonsky.

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2018-12-10
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Guide to the David Collins Papers 2014/2017 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection David Collins Papers 2014-2017 01/AR0914 Collins, David. 5.00 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/
The draft pages and research materials of David Collins for his 2017 non-fiction book, Accidental Activitists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas, published by the University of North Texas Press.
Biographical Information:

David Collins taught English for forty years at Westminster College in Missouri. He has had unrestricted access to all materials related to the story of Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, including legal communications and documents, and conducted extensive interviews with Mark and Vic and others involved in the case. He lives in Pineville, North Carolina.

In 2013, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, partners for sixteen years, joined a lawsuit in their state of Texas to challenge the 2005 constitutional amendment that prohbited same-sex marraige. Two years later, with the 2015 passage of Obergefell v. Hodges by the United States Supreme Court, gay marriage was made legal at the federal level and they were finally allowed to wed.

[Source: UNT Press book page]

Access Terms

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

Topical Term: Gay rights--United States
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Gift

Accruals:

2018-058

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:

David Collins Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections

Related Materials:

Marriage Equality Collection

Donald F. Baker Collection (The Dallas Way)

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

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

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged into Series by Chapter and General Research. Research specific to indvidual chapters is kept with those chapters in Series 1, as per the original order.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the research materials and draft pages of David Collins's 2017 book, Accidental Activitists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas. David spoke with Mark and Vic starting in 2014 to gather their story and timelines, which are chronicled within the book. Dates cover from Mark and Vic's lives and their relationship from the 1960s through 2016, including the social and legal history and environment around the issue of marriage equality during that time. Collins continued his research into 2016 until the book saw its publication in August 2017. Research materials include: emails between Collins, Mark, and Vic; their interviews and phone call conversations; letters and Facebook posts; news reports and print sources; legal documents; external biographical information; and Collins's personal observations from his time with Mark and Vic, as well as during important legal arguments. Draft pages depict various iterations and edits of the chapters, including those that were absorbed into other chapters or did not make it into the final published version.

Detailed List of Contents id229835 Chapters Scope and Contents

Contains draft pages and research material specific to individual chapters

id229832 1 712375 id229840 1 1 Prologue 2014-2016 id229841 1 2 Chapter 1 2015-2017 id229842 1 3 Chapter 2 (1 of 2) 2014-2017 id229843 1 4 Chapter 2 (2 of 2) 2016 id229844 1 5 Chapter 3 (1 of 4) 2014-2016 id229845 1 6 Chapter 3 (2 of 4) 2014-2016 id229846 1 7 Chapter 3 (3 of 4) 2015-2016 id229847 1 8 Chapter 3 (4 of 4) 2014-2016 id229848 1 9 Chapter 4 (1 of 2) 2014-2017 id229849 1 10 Chapter 4 (2 of 2) 2015 id229850 1 11 Chapter 5 2014-2015 id229851 1 12 Chapter 6 (1 of 3) 2015 id229852 1 13 Chapter 6 (2 of 3) 2015 id229853 1 14 Chapter 6 (3 of 3) 2015-2016 id229833 2 712376 id229855 2 1 Chapter 6 - Legal (1 of 4) 2015 id229856 2 2 Chapter 6 - Legal (2 of 4) 2015-2016 id229857 2 3 Chapter 6 - Legal (3 of 4) 2015-2016 id229858 2 4 Chapter 6 - Legal (4 of 4) 2015-2016 id229859 2 5 Chapter 6 - Other 2015 id229860 2 6 Chapter 7 (1 of 2) 2015 id229861 2 7 Chapter 7 (2 of 2) 2015-2016 id229862 2 8 Chapter 7 - Draft 2015 id229863 2 9 Chapter 7 - Legal (1 of 2) 2015 id229864 2 10 Chapter 7 - Legal (2 of 2) 2015 id229897 2 11 Chapter 7 - Used 1 2015-2017 id229898 2 12 Chapter 7 - Used 2 2015-2016 id229834 3 712377 id229865 3 1 Chapter 8 2015-2017 id229866 3 2 Chapter 8 - Post-Decision 2015 id229877 3 3 Chapter 8 - Back to "Normal" 2015 id229878 3 4 Chapter 8 - Kim Davis (1 of 2) 2015-2016 id229879 3 5 Chapter 8 - Kim Davis (2 of 2) 2015 id229880 3 6 Epilogue (1 of 2) 2015-2016 id229881 3 7 Epilogue (2 of 2) 2015-2016 id229882 3 8 Current Drafts - Prologue-Chapter 2 2014-2016 id229883 3 9 Current Drafts - Chapter 3-5 2015-2016 id229884 3 10 Current Drafts - Chapter 6-Epilogue 2015-2016
id229836 General Research Scope and Contents

Contains separate articles, legal documents, and notes from the overall book research.

id229876 4 712378 id229900 4 1 Chapters Not Written/Included (1 of 2) 2015-2016 id229901 4 2 Chapters Not Written/Included (2 of 2) 2015-2016 id229902 4 3 Chronologies 2014 id229903 4 4 FOIA Request 2015 id229904 4 5 Interview/Phone Notes 2015-2016 id229947 4 6 Legal - 5th Circuit 2014-2015 id229948 4 7 Legal - 6th and 7th Circuit 2014-2016 id229949 4 8 Legal - Background 2014-2015 id229950 4 9 Legal - Case Reference - B-L 2016, undated id229951 4 10 Legal - Case Reference - Missouri 2014-2015 id229952 4 11 Legal - Case Reference - R-W 2015, undated id229953 4 12 Mary Banauto 2015-2017 id229955 4 13 "Obergefell" Transcript 2015 id229956 4 14 Official Documents (1 of 2) 2013-2016 id229899 5 712379 id229907 5 1 Official Documents (2 of 2) 2014-2015 id229908 5 2 Outlines 2014-2016 id229909 5 3 Photographs - Paper Copies 2014-2016 id229910 5 4 Printed Articles/Information (1 of 2) 2014-2016 id229911 5 5 Printed Articles/Information (2 of 2) 2014-2016 id229961 5 6 Proposal 2014-2015 id229962 5 7 Retrospective: How Gay Marriage Won 2015 id229963 5 8 Rewrites/Revisions 2016-2017 id229964 5 9 Statistics 2014-2016 id229965 5 10 Supreme Court Information 2015-2016 id229966 5 11 Unfiled Correspondence 2014-2016 id229967 5 12 Unfiled Documents/Notes 2015-2016