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GLBT Historical Society

The GLBT Historical Society collects, preserves, exhibits and makes accessible to the public materials and knowledge to support and promote understanding of LGBTQ history, culture and arts in all their diversity. Founded in 1985, we are recognized internationally as a leader in the field of LGBTQ public history. The GLBT Historical Society is a registered 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization.

Contact Information:  
GLBT Historical Society Archives & Research Center 
989 Market Street 
Lower Level San Francisco, CA 94103 
Telephone: (415) 777-5455
Email: reference@glbthistory.org

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Elsa Gidlow  (29 December 1898 – 8 June 1986) was a British-born, Canadian-American poet, freelance journalist, philosopher and humanitarian. She is best known for writing  On A Grey Thread  (1923), possibly the first volume of openly  lesbian love poetry  published in North America.  In the 1950s, Gidlow helped found  Druid Heights , a bohemian community in  Marin County, California .  She was the author of thirteen books and appeared as herself in the documentary film,  Word Is...
Topics: Elsa Gidlow, lesbian, GLBT Historical Society, San Francisco, poetry, book, 1923, LGBTQ,...
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Description : Oral history of Nello Carlini, who discusses moving to San Francisco in 1961 and being fired from his job for being gay.   Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Carlini_Nello11-18-1995_web.pdf Call Number:  95-105 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Discrimination in employment--California--San Francisco, Oral History,...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Note:  Portions of these tapes are silent. Description: Oral history of Donna Jackson, a lesbian military veteran from San Diego who challenged the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy during the Gulf War by openly declaring her homosexuality. Call Number:  95-008 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, Oral History, U. S. Military, military, lesbian
Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Oral history interview with Orvis Bryant, a California gay man who discusses San Francisco bar culture and being a gay male during the mid-20th century in San Francisco.  Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Bryant_Orvis8-15-1994_web.pdf Call Number:  94-030 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Gay men, Oral History, bar culture, gay male, 1950s, 1960s
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description:  Oral history of Edd Dundas discussing his life as a young gay man in San Francisco and California in the 1950's and 1960's. Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Dundas_Edd5-28-1996_web.pdf Call Number: 96-017 Digitized by the   California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, Gay men, Oral History
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Craig Daley in which he discusses his life as a gay male in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood and topics around gay bar culture.  Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Daley_Craig2-19-1995_web.pdf Call Number:  95-038 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, Gay men, Oral History, San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs,...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Robert Dinsmore discussing growing up gay in California and life in San Francisco.  Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Dinsmore_Robert9-19-1994_web.pdf Call Number:  94-034 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Oral History, gay male, education, childhood, 1950s, bar culture
Source: 4 Tapes of 4: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Kate Dyar (Dyer) discussing military life during Don't Ask, Don't Tell and Zoe Dunning who declared her homosexuality while attending Stanford and serving in the military.  Call Number: 95-005 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, Oral History, U. S. Military, military, lesbian, Zoe Dunning, politics,...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Phyllis Christopher, a lesbian photographer whose works document lesbian sexual exploration in San Francisco.  Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Christopher_Phyllis10-19-94_web.pdf Call Number:  95-079 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Feminism, Oral History, Sexuality, lesbian
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Winifred Briggs, a California native and resident who discusses being a lesbian in World War II, as well as AA, US Army Nurses, and same sex relationships in the 1940s 1950s. Call Number:  95-01 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Oral History, World War II, military, AA, US Army Nurses, relationships, 1940s,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history interview with Andrew Canepa, a Stockton, CA native who discusses growing up a gay man in a Catholic family and his involvement with the Metropolitan Community Church in San Francisco, a church that has a specific outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families and communities. Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Canepa_AndrewLouis8-12-2000_web.pdf Call Number:  00-005 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project...
Topics: californialightandsound, Christianity, Gay men, Oral histories, gay male, religion, MCC
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Zoe Dunning, a northern California resident who attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business and publicly announced her homosexuality while serving in the military during Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  Call Number: 95-01 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Oral History, World War II, lesbian, military, family, Janet Reno, legal issues
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Dick Hague, an Oakland-based LGBTQ elder who speaks about growing up a gay man in the 1950s and 1960s within the Bay Area and what it was like socializing in San Francisco bars during a time when being gay was a crime.   Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Hague_Dick8-19-1994_web.pdf Call Number:  94-041 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Oral History, 1950s, 1960s, bar culture, homophile, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Source: 5 Tapes of 5: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history interview with William Theophilus Brown, an American artist and prominent member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. He discusses being a gay male in World War II as well as his time in graduate school at UC Berkeley in the 1950s and working as a painter in California.  Transcript: http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Brown_WilliamT7-8-1994_web.pdf Call Number:  94-032 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Gay military personnel, Oral History, 1940s, 1950s, military, gay male
Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Note: Parts 2 and 3 have s peed problems, recorded into tape. Description:  Oral history interview with Jordan "Fluffy" Green in which he discusses his life as an African-American queer youth activist in San Francisco, including his time with San Francisco-based LGBTQ youth organization called LYRIC. Also mentioned are Black Coalition on AIDS and Men Against Patriarchy conference. Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Green_Jordan3-19-2005_web.pdf Call Number:...
Topics: californialightandsound, Gay men--California--Political activity, Oral History, Queer youth...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description:  Oral history with Jack Fertig aka Sister Boom Boom (conducted by Roland Schembari) who was a member of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence. In 1982, Sister Boom Boom ran for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and later, in 1983, ran for Mayor against Diane Feinstein which led to the Sister Boom Boom Law, a San Francisco ordinance requiring candidates to use only their legal names on the ballot. This interview discusses Fertig's life in San Francisco as a gay man....
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Topics: californialightandsound, Civil rights, Oral History, Race, Ethnicity, Religion, homophile, Gay Men,...
Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history interview with Eugene Carles, a 2nd generation San Francisco native who discusses being a gay male during World War II and San Francisco gay bar culture during a time of police raids.  Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Carles_Eugene6-17to20-1994_web.pdf Call Number:  94-015 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Gay military personnel, Oral History, gay male, military, 1950s, bar culture
Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audiocassette
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Description : Oral history of Dick (William) Gayer (conducted by Paul Gabriel) discussing the Homophile movement in Northern California, especially Gayer's involvement with the lawsuit Council on Religion and the Homophile v. PT&T held before Commissioner Vukasin in San Francisco, 1969. Call Number: 02-168 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, Gay liberation movement--California--San Francisco, Gays--Legal status,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Larry Howell as part of the Go West Migration Project, in which he discusses growing up as a gay man and moving to California -- first to Los Angeles and then to San Francisco -- during the 1960s and 1970s. Call Number:  98-040 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Oral History
Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history with Clyde Evans (conducted by Phil Miller) who discusses his life as a gay man in Oakland, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, and Placer County, CA. People: Clarkson Crane, Omar Khahyam. Places: Placer County, Auburn, Michigan Bluff, Grass Valley, Oakland, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, North Beach, Monkey Block. Processes/themes: family heritage, ethnicity, mining, sexual awakening, sexual experiences. Transcript:  ...
Topics: californialightandsound, Oral History, San Francisco Bay, San Francisco Bay Area, Sexuality
Source: 5 Tapes of 5: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Jim Eilers (conducted by Peter Toscani) who discusses his time in San Francisco and Monterey, CA, including his involvement around gay liberation and civil rights during the 1960s at San Francisco State University.  Transcript:  http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Eilers_Jim1-31-1998_web.pdf Call Number:  98-047   Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, AIDS (disease), Oral History, U. S. Military, Gay Liberation Movement,...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of William Harrison, Empress to San Francisco No. 14. in the Imperial Court System, in which he discusses his relationship to founder of the Imperial Court System Jose Sarria, as well as San Francisco bar culture and his involvement with the Imperial Court across California.  Transcript:   http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Harrison_William_web.pdf Call Number:  98-025 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Oral History, Bars, Imperial Court, military
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Judy (Judith) Helfand, a San Francisco-based award winning film maker and social activist, who discusses her involvement with Queer Nation/San Francisco, an LGBTQ activist organization founded by a group of HIV/AIDS activists.  Call Number:  06-008 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, AIDS (disease)--California Oral History, Queer Nation
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description: Oral history of Bev Hickock [Hickok] and Doreen Brand, a lesbian couple from San Francisco/Berkeley, CA who worked with elderly lesbian groups like the Lavender Seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area and were some of the earliest members to join OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) in California. Transcript:  http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Hickock_BevnBrand_Doreen10-5-1994_web.pdf Call Number:  94-055 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project...
Topics: californialightandsound, Gay military personnel, Oral History, lesbian, military
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description :Oral history of Arthur Evans (conducted by Roland Schembari) in which he discusses his involvement with the Gay Liberation Front as well as his work with Harvey Milk, the Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay Democratic Club, and California Proposition 6 / The Briggs Initiative in 1978. Events: Stonewall Riots, Briggs Initiative, March on Washington. People: Arthur Bell, John Lindsay (New York Mayor), Dick Cavett, Harvey Milk, Harry Hay. Processes/themes: witchcraft, education, childhood, family...
Topics: californialightandsound, Gay community, Oral histories
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : This is an oral history recording of Terry Baum, a California-based feminist playwright who founded Lilith, a San Francisco women's theater collective, in 1974. This recording includes discussion of places such as the San Francisco Women's Building as well.  Terms: sexual awakening, artists, audiences, dyke-speak, linguistics, gay bashing, mural painting; Places: Women's Building; People: Jane Alexander, Erin Blackwell, Lenny Bruce, Caryl Churchill. Call Number:  95-42 Digitized...
Topics: californiarevealed, Oral History
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : Oral history of Patty Colluci, a Fresno, CA native who discusses her life in California as a lesbian.  Transcript:  http://www.glbthistory.org/research/oh/Colucci_Patty3-4-1999_web.pdf Call Number:  99-013 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Oral History, Fresno, lesbian, family, children, employment, rural
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio tape
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Description : An oral history of Vaug[h]n Bearski who discusses being a lesbian in Fresno, CA.  Call Number: 99-009 Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californiarevealed, Oral History, Fresno, lesbian
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio tape