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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 : 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 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 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 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 : 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) .
Topic: californiarevealed
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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 : 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) .
Topic: californiarevealed