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Finding Aid to the Pride Foundation records, bulk 1973-1983 Coll2011.071
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  • Administrative History
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Pride Foundation records
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011.071
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.8 linear feet. 6 archive boxes + 2 archive cartons + 1 flat archive box.
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1973-1983
    Date (inclusive): 1966-1984
    Abstract: Articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, correspondence, reports, legal referral documents, contractual agreements, resolutions, clippings, flyers, publicity material, legal papers, financial records, photographs, telephone and visitor logs, municipal agency documents, real estate records, position statements and other material, 1966-1984, documenting the activities of the Pride Foundation, founded in San Francisco in 1973. Pride Foundation was a community organization that provided legal assistance and educational, health and social services to San Francisco's gay and lesbian community. The collection also includes administrative records from the Pride Center at 330 Grove, the gay community center founded and operated by the Pride Foundation.
    creator: Pride Foundation (San Francisco, Calif.).

    Administrative History

    The Pride Foundation was founded on August 8, 1973 in San Francisco and operated by a board of directors. A partial list of the organization's founders include Zane Thomas, B.J. Beckwith, George Mendenhall, Roberta Buba, Charlotte Coleman, John Wahl, Perry Wood, Larry Littlejohn and Paul Hardman. Lee Mentley served on the board's executive committee. Their initial application for tax exempt non-profit status was met with resistance when the Internal Revenue Service concluded that "[the Pride Foundation's] activities carry a serious risk of contributing to a more widespread development of homosexual tendencies among certain segments of the public and a consequent increase in the general prevalence of what is still generally regarded as deviant sexual behavior. As such your activities are contrary to public policy and are therefore, not 'charitable.'" The Foundation disputed that judgement, however, and their tax exempt status was eventually granted. The Foundation served the gay and lesbian community by providing direct legal assistance, especially in cases of discrimination and defamation, engaging in educational research, conducting classes, and providing assistance in social and health services. It provided services such as gay legal referrals, a senior citizens program, a gay tourist and visitors information bureau, health referrals, a coalition to defend gays in the military, art classes, drop-in facilities for youth, job placement, and a social group for older men known as G40+. The Foundation also operated the Top Floor Gallery for local gay artists.
    Beginning in 1976, Foundation Chairman Paul Hardman began requesting the use of 330 Grove Street, which was under the ownership of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. A signed agreement of occupancy was negotiated between the Foundation and the Redevelopment Agency that year, and the Foundation began operating Pride Center, their gay and lesbian community services center. Pride Center at 330 Grove served as the Foundation's offices and also provided low-cost meeting spaces for other neighborhood organizations. Due to disputes over funding and occupancy of 330 Grove, Hardman, who had been president and chairman since the organization's founding, was pressured to resign in 1979, increasing internal conflicts within the Foundation's board. Pride Center later moved to a location at 890 Hayes, and the Foundation attempted for years to raise funds to secure a permanent site for the Center.
    The Pride Foundation discontinued operations in the late-1980s.
    Source:
    Pride Foundation Records, Coll2011-071, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Conditions Governing Access

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

    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.

    Acquisition

    The bulk of the collection was donated by Lee Mentley, date of acquisition unknown.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Pride Foundation Records, Coll2011-071, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Formerly boxes 103-049, 103-57C, 104-148, 104-155, and 104-157. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama with assistance from Marc LaRocque and Sana Shuja, August 2013.

    Scope and Content

    This collection includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, correspondence, reports, legal referral documents, contractual agreements, resolutions, clippings, flyers, publicity material, legal papers, financial records, photographs, telephone and visitor logs, municipal agency documents, real estate records, position statements and other material, 1966-1984, documenting the activities of the Pride Foundation and the Pride Center at 330 Grove.
    Included are documents from the Foundation's board of directors and executive committee, and incorporation records documenting the Internal Revenue Services' denial of 501(c)(3) exemption status. The general administrative records document the Foundation's activities such as services for legal referrals, recovery from substance abuse, job placement, housing placement, and women and youth; and advocacy efforts such as an anti-defamation project, police-community relations, fair employment projects and legal cases, and engagement with local and state government on behalf of gay and lesbian rights. The collection also includes records documenting the founding and daily operations of the Pride Center at 330 Grove in San Francisco--particularly, the legal and financial struggles to secure a lasting site for the community center.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in the following series:
    Series 1. Incorporation, board of directors and executive committee records
    Series 2. Administrative records
    Series 3. Pride Center at 330 Grove records

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hardman, Paul D., 1923-
    Littlejohn, Larry
    Mentley, Lee
    Pride Center.
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Correspondence
    Discrimination in employment
    Gay activists--United States--California
    Gay and lesbian rights
    Gay community--California--San Francisco
    Gays--Services for
    Legal assistance to gays--United States.
    Legal assistance to lesbians--United States.
    Legal documents
    Lesbian activists
    Lesbians--Services for
    Minutes
    San Francisco (Calif.)