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Elizabeth "Betty" Fairchild Papers, 1920-2010 | University Archives

By Ashley Rankin

Collection Overview

Title: Elizabeth "Betty" Fairchild Papers, 1920-2010Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1990-2009
ID: 01/AR0762
Primary Creator: Fairchild, Betty (1921 - 2010)
Extent: 16.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged by material type.
Date Acquired: 10/00/2013. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: AIDS (Disease) -- United States, Diaries -- Authorship, Diarists, Fairchild, Betty, Gays -- United States -- Family relationships, Parents of gays -- United States
Languages: English

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This collection contains artist books, journals, memoirs, papers, photo albums, photos, scrapbooks, and writing books from Betty Fairchild.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

A majority of this collection is comprised of the journals and written works authored and compiled by Betty Fairchild; dream journals, personal recollections, fictional tales, and descriptions of experiences in Hawai'i, Korea, and Bolinas are all included. Additionally, stories written during Ms. Fairchild's period of LGBT activism can be read. After a personal move, Ms. Fairchild discarded many of her writings and poems up until 1981, therfore the collection does not include any of her earliest works and begins in the mid-80s.

Biographical Note

Betty (Allen) Fairchild was born September 4, 1921 to Dwight and Adelma Allen in Niagara Falls, New York and died November 7, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. She married Bill Fairchild at the age of 20 and had five children, Michael, Blaine, Brian, Barbara, and Elizabeth. She was involved in Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAGL) and additionally co-authored Now That You Know – A Parent's Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children which was one of the first books to address the issues for parents through the coming out process.

Subject/Index Terms

Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Accruals: 2013-35
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Betty Fairchild
Acquisition Method: Gift
Related Materials: Resource Center LGBT Collection, Dallas Voice Archives
Preferred Citation: Elizabeth "Betty" Fairchild Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was revised in September 2017 by Hailey LaRock to clarify the collection content, amend spelling errors and dates, and add other missing information.
Other Note: Publications were transferred to Rare Book and Texana Collection.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 3: Visual ArtAdd to your cart.
Box 13: Art BooksAdd to your cart.
Barcode: 50395
Folder 1: Sketch Book I, 1997-06-11-1997-09-12Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sketch Book II, 1997-10-15-1997-06-26Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sketch Book III, 1997-06-10-1999-03-16Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Art Notebook, 1997-06-06-1997-06-19Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Art Records, 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Box 14: Art FoliosAdd to your cart.
Barcode: 706643
Folder 1: Self Portraits, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Figure Drawing, 1997-06-21-1997-08-13Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Figure Drawing Classwork, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Painting Sketchbook, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Still Life, 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Box 15: Watercolor Calendar, 1998-2007Add to your cart.
Barcode: 706484

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