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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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Description : Originally founded in 1976 as the Imperial Guards of San Francisco, the club served as an unofficial liaison between the Imperial Courts and the Leather-Levi's community. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : Barbary Coasters Motorcycle Club was a gay motorcycle club out of San Francisco, founded in 1966. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : Investiture (SF War Veterans Building) Emperor Michael Bowman & Empress Caresse. The International Imperial Court System (IICS) also known as the International Court System is one of the oldest and largest LGBT organizations in the world. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1965 by José Sarria. This recording relates to the San Francisco chapter. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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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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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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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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Note : Overexposed as in original video. Description : 14th Annual San Francisco Carnaval (Mission St.) Additional Description : Notes on original container: For copies (90 m) Carnaval 1993 Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held in September, that caps San Francisco's "Leather Pride Week". The event started in 1984 and is thought to be California's third-largest single-day, outdoor spectator event. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Note : Audio levels vary. Description : Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held in September, that caps San Francisco's "Leather Pride Week". The event started in 1984 and is thought to be California's third-largest single-day, outdoor spectator event. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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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 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 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 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 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 : The Castro Street Fair is a San Francisco LGBT street festival and fair usually held on the first Sunday in October in the Castro neighborhood, the main gay neighborhood and social center in the city. It was founded by Harvey Milk and the group he led, the Castro Valley Association, in 1974. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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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 : Originally founded in 1976 as the Imperial Guards of San Francisco, the club served as an unofficial liaison between the Imperial Courts and the Leather-Levi's community. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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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 : Audio levels are very low as on original tapes. Description : 1993 Coronation (Gift Center) Emperor Douglas and Empress Velveeta Mozzarella. The International Imperial Court System (IICS) also known as the International Court System is one of the oldest and largest LGBT organizations in the world. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1965 by José Sarria. This recording relates to the San Francisco chapter. Source : 3 Tapes of 3: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual...
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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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Note : Part 1 has a false start and cuts to static for a few seconds at 00:00:39. Part 2 video ends at 01:04:30, music only for last 30 seconds. Description : Folsom Follies is part of the Inter-Club Fund, a group founded in San Francisco in the 1970s. The club allowed those in gay biker and leather communities a space to band together and offer support and financial assistance to each other when needed. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project...
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Description : Originally founded in 1976 as the Imperial Guards of San Francisco, the club served as an unofficial liaison between the Imperial Courts and the Leather-Levi's community. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : Dore Alley, or also known as Up Your Alley Fair, is a leather and fetish event held in San Francisco on the last Sunday of July. It began in 1985 in part to show the public the South of Market neighborhood was already home to strong community and that this community was still active and organized in spite of the AIDS epidemic. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : Folsom Street Fair (FSF) is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held in September, that caps San Francisco's "Leather Pride Week". The event started in 1984 and is thought to be California's third-largest single-day, outdoor spectator event. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Note : No audio until 00:02:48. Description : Leather and Feathers was a costume contest held at the historic leather bar, the SF Eagle in San Francisco. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Note : Part 1 ends abruptly, as on tape but resumes on part 2 around 00:07:00. First 7 minutes of part 2 overlap with the end of part 1. Description : Gala – Candidates Presentation – (CA Club) 1990 Emperor Jerry Coletti and Empress Pat Montclair. The International Imperial Court System (IICS) also known as the International Court System is one of the oldest and largest LGBT organizations in the world. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1965 by José Sarria. This recording...
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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 : Switch Hitters Balls at Victoria Theatre. The Switch Hitters were a gay softball league in San Francisco, and the Victoria Theatre is a theater on 16th Street in the Mission district in San Francisco. Additional Description : Notes on original container: GS2 1991 Amateur Nite. Camera Master. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : The International Imperial Court System (IICS) also known as the International Court System is one of the oldest and largest LGBT organizations in the world. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1965 by José Sarria. This recording relates to the San Francisco chapter. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : Leather and Feathers was a costume contest held at the historic leather bar, the SF Eagle in San Francisco. This recording is likely from Halloween. Additional Description : Notes on original container: Leather and Feathers 1990 SF Eagle. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : Leather and Feathers was a costume contest held at the historic leather bar, the SF Eagle in San Francisco. This recording is likely from Halloween. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Note : No audio until 00:02:27, and no audio in last minute. Description : Originally founded in 1976 as the Imperial Guards of San Francisco, the club served as an unofficial liaison between the Imperial Courts and the Leather-Levi's community. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Note : Audio has buzz throughout. Description : Gala 1993 (California Club) [Emperor Douglas and Empress Velveeta Mozzarella The International Imperial Court System (IICS) also known as the International Court System is one of the oldest and largest LGBT organizations in the world. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1965 by José Sarria. This recording relates to the San Francisco chapter. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project...
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Note : Video has a freeze frame program exit with a slow drop of audio from 00:51:04 which picks back up for total close of program at 00:51:52. Description : The International Imperial Court System (IICS) also known as the International Court System is one of the oldest and largest LGBT organizations in the world. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1965 by Jos̩ Sarria. This recording relates to the San Francisco chapter. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California...
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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 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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Note : First 00:35:30 minutes of part 02 overlap with end of part 1. Description : Barbary Coasters Motorcycle Club was a gay motorcycle club out of San Francisco, founded in 1966. Barbary Coasters 23rd Annual Motorcycle Clubs Awards(Northern & Southern CAL) Additional Description : Notes on original container: Tape 1 - Hi-Fi tape #2 Awards tape #2 Act 2 1987 BC Awards (88); Tape 2 - Master tape Camera #1 Hi-Fi stereo 7987 BC Awards. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: VHS Digitized by the California...
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Note : Some portions have no audio as on original video. Description : Leather and Feathers was a costume contest held at the historic leather bar, the SF Eagle in San Francisco. This recording is likely from Halloween. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : Folsom Follies is part of the Inter-Club Fund, a group founded in San Francisco in the 1970s. The club allowed those in gay biker and leather communities a space to band together and offer support and financial assistance to each other when needed. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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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
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Description : Originally founded in 1976 as the Imperial Guards of San Francisco, the club served as an unofficial liaison between the Imperial Courts and the Leather-Levi's community. Additional Description : Notes on original container: 1993 AWOL GGG: General Shots (SAT) Source : 2 Tapes of 2: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Note : Audio levels vary as on original video. Description : The International Imperial Court System (IICS) also known as the International Court System is one of the oldest and largest LGBT organizations in the world. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1965 by José Sarria. This recording relates to the San Francisco chapter. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topic: californiarevealed