Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong Papers (The Dallas Way), 1975-2004Add to your cart.

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Collection Overview

Title: Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong Papers (The Dallas Way), 1975-2004Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1975-1997
ID: 01/ AR0887
Primary Creator: Young, Louise
Other Creators: Armstrong, Vivienne
Extent: 3.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged in an alphanumeric format by date. Series 1: Papers contains questionnaires, meeting minutes, correspondence, clippings, photographs and articles. Series 2: Audio Recordings contains interviews with Dallas candidates for mayor and city council elections.
Date Acquired: 10/00/2016. More info below under Accruals.


The Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong Collection is an LGBT collection which primarily contains organizational documents from the Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas, as well as the Dallas Gay Political Caucus and the Dallas Gay Alliance/Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Contains the papers, photographs, newsletters, articles and clippings of Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong. The range of materials reflect time in the Dallas Gay Political Caucus, the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, as well as the Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas. Campaign brochures, questionnaire information or interviews with candidates during the elections are included. The collection also contains articles from various publications during the 1980s and early 1990s concerning LGBT issues.

Photographs of Don Baker, Dick Peeples, and Steve Wilkins as early members of the Dallas Gay Political Caucus are included, as well as photographs of Phil Johnson and Chance West. Photographs of Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong with former Texas Governor Ann Richards are among the images from 1993, along with rare photographs from the 1977 Anita Bryant protest in Houston.

Collection Historical Note

Louise Young was an active member of the Gay Liberation Front in Boulder, Colorado during the 1970’s. Young relocated to Dallas in 1976 with her partner Vivienne Armstrong after her teaching contract at East Central State College was not renewed due to her sexual orientation. Young was hired by Texas Instruments, and in 1993 began a push for workplace equality, a goal that quickly became her primary activism outlet. Since working with Texas Instruments (and Raytheon, the company that purchased their defense contracts in 1997) to develop and implement a non-discrimination policy that covered sexual orientation, Young has helped many other companies create similar policies. Young’s advocacy in workplace equality has gained her national recognition; she was the first female co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Council and a past member of the Out & Equal National Advisory Board.

Vivienne Armstrong received her Master’s in nursing from Texas Women’s University and worked for the Visiting Nurses Association, one of the few health providers to work with people with AIDS in the early days of the epidemic. Dallas Mayor Annette Strauss appointed Armstrong to the Health and Human Services Committee in 1986.

Access Information

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.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2016-077, 2017-043
Acquisition Source: Dr. Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong
Acquisition Method: Gift.
Related Materials:

Resource Center LGBT Collection of the UNT Libraries

Donald F. Baker Collection (The Dallas Way)

Lesbian Gay Political Coalition Papers (The Dallas Way)

Preferred Citation: Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong Papers (The Dallas Way), University of North Texas Special Collections


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