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Gay Activists Alliance records

Title
Gay Activists Alliance records, 1970-1983.
Author
Gay Activists Alliance.
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Mixed materialBy appointment onlyAvailable*ZL-208Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328

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c1bc International Gay Information Center Collection (CStRLIN)NYPW90-a26.
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Additional Formats (note)
  • Collection available on microfilm.
Terms of Use (note)
  • Microfilm reproductions must be ordered from Primary Source Microfilm, 12 Lunar Drive, Woodbridge, CT 06525-2398.
Source (note)
  • International Gay Information Center, Inc.
Biography (note)
  • The Gay Activists Alliance was founded in New York City in December of 1969 by dissident members of the Gay Liberation Front who sought to form a militant, non-violent organization dedicated exclusively to the attainment of civil and social rights for gays.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of the International Gay Information Center Archives.
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  • Processed
Call Number
MssCol 1121
Author
Gay Activists Alliance.
Title
Gay Activists Alliance records, 1970-1983.
Description
Originals: 10.5 lin. ft. (7 cartons, 5 boxes).
Copies: 21 reels.
In five series: 1. Committee Files; 2. Topical Files; 3. International List of Gay Organizations and Publications; 4. Printed ephemera; 5. Restricted Records.
Additional Formats
Collection available on microfilm. New York Public Library, *ZL-208.
Summary
Included are correspondence and collateral records of its principal committees including Ad Hoc Into 2, Agitprop, Executive, Fair Employment, Legal Action, Municipal Government, National Gay Movement, and News and Media Relations committees. The records reflect the activities of a homophile organization in New York City which was dedicated to the achievementof civil rights for gays through militant, non-violent means, and which became a leader in the gay liberation movement during its more militant phase following the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
Access
Microfilm must be used in lieu of originals.
Series 5 closed until 2055.
Terms Of Use
Microfilm reproductions must be ordered from Primary Source Microfilm, 12 Lunar Drive, Woodbridge, CT 06525-2398.
Biography
The Gay Activists Alliance was founded in New York City in December of 1969 by dissident members of the Gay Liberation Front who sought to form a militant, non-violent organization dedicated exclusively to the attainment of civil and social rights for gays. During its most active period (1970-74) it lobbied for the passage of a gay rights bill in the City Council of New York, for the enactment of fair employment and housing legislation, for the banning of police entrapment and harassment of gays, and for the repeal of state laws respecting sodomy and solicitation. In achieving its goals it habitually employed aggressive tactics such as picketing, sit-ins and what it called "zaps" or the unexpected confrontation with persons in power. It also encouraged the development of a new gay culture and at its headquarters sponsored dances, cabarets, consciousness-raising meetings and other events. It published a newssheet GAY ACTIVIST. Serving as its presidents were Jim Owles, Richard Wandel, Bruce Voeller, Morty Manford, and David Thorstad. The organization was dissolved in October of 1981.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
Linking Entry
Forms part of the International Gay Information Center Archives.
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Added Author
Manford, Morty.
Owles, Jim.
Thorstad, David.
Voeller, Bruce.
Wandel, Richard.
Found In:
c1bc International Gay Information Center Collection (CStRLIN)NYPW90-a26.
Research Call Number
MssCol 1121
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