Gay Library Project records
Title: Gay Library Project records
Collection Number: 1998-12
Extent: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
Abstract: The bulk of the collection is the operating policies of the library which lists scope of materials, gifts and exchanges. Also included in the records are minutes, letters and funding sources.
Language of Material: English
Collection is open for research.
Gay Library Project records. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
The idea of creating a library of homosexual reading material and resources started in 1977 with a group of people, including Terry Mangan who wanted the public to have access to a collection documenting the homosexual experience. With the death of Mangan, Harvey Milk took over in 1978 and with his assassination Charles Gilman organized a meeting. Funds were made available by the San Francisco Public Library to establish a gay section in the Eureka Valley branch.
This collection contains records of the Gay Library project, an effort to form a gay and lesbian library in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Gay Library Project Records document the Project’s system of operation, membership, and board of directors. The classifications folder has subject headings of gay material and a subject classification system for gay history (i.e. sex clubs, drag balls, theater, gay children). The bulk of the collection is the Operating policies of the library which lists scope of materials, gifts and exchanges. Also included in the records are minutes, letters and funding sources.
Homosexuality in literature.
Gay and lesbian studies.
Homosexuality--California--San Francisco Metropolitan Area--History.