Finding aid to the Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) records Coll2013.023

Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.
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Title: Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) records
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.023
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 linear foot. 1 archives box
Date (inclusive): 1977-2012
Abstract: Newsletters, newsletter distribution records, meeting files, membership records, photographs, correspondence, receipt books, and press and promotional material of Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG), 1977-2012. A/PLG was created in 1980 to meet the needs of gay men and women of Asian and Pacific heritage and to provide a support system in their relations with their families and communities.
creator: Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends.
creator: Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Processing Information

Formerly box A240. Collection processed by Kyle Morgan.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) Records, Coll2013-023, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Scope and Contents note

Newsletters, newsletter distribution records, meeting files, membership records, photographs, correspondence, receipt books, and press and promotional material of Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG), 1977-2012. Although most of the records are dated after the organization's founding in 1980, the records include a proposal for a group called the Gay Asian Association from 1977.

Administrative History

Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) was created in 1980 to meet the needs of gay men and women of Asian and Pacific heritage and to provide a support system in their relations with their families and communities so as to understand and accept each other with caring and pride. The idea of forming an organization for gay Asians had been discussed before 1980, but an important impetus came from gay liberation pioneer Morris Kight, who then had an Asian partner. A/PLG strives to enhance identity, pride, personal growth, competence, empowerment, and leadership skills as well as inform its members of political and social issues. Other goals include building solidarity between Asian gay men and lesbians and between native Asian-Americans and those who had emigrated from other countries. The organization provides support groups, seminars, and social events for its members. In 1997, the name changed to its current form, Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends.
Sources:
Wat, Eric. The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles. 2002.
Liebman, Roy. "Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends is turning 30!!" Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends website. http://www.apgf.org/a-pgf-history/. Accessed March 5, 2013.

Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was donated by Milt Owens and Fred Bradford.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Asian American gays
Asian American lesbians
Newsletters

Box 1, Folder 1

Administrative records, general 1984-1995

Box 1, Folder 16

Color 35mm slides by Milt Owens undated

General Physical Description note: [Twenty-seven slides]
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1980-1981

Box 1, Folder 3

Gay Asian Association proposal 1977

Box 1, Folder 4-6

Meeting records 1991-2005

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 1, Folder 7-8

Membership applications 1990-1996

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 9-13

Newsletters of A/PLG 1981-2001

Physical Description: [5 folders]
Box 1, Folder 14-15

Newsletter distribution records 1985-1990

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 17

Press and promotional material 1986-2012

Box 1, Folder 18

Receipt books 1980-1985

General Physical Description note: [Four books]