Scope and Content of Collection
Title: National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay
Rights, October 11, 1987, records
Bulk Dates: (bulk
Collection number: Coll2008-002
National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay
Rights Washington, DC, Office
Collection Size: 40 archive cartons + 2 shoeboxes
+ 2 oversize boxes + 1 poster drawer. 17 linear feet.
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Administrative, financial, programmatic and
follow-up records of the national office of the March on Washington for Gay and
Lesbian Rights, held on October 11, 1987.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection:
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in
writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner.
Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in
the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant
copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for
all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).
National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, October 11,
1987, records, Coll2008-002, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los
The records of the March were conveyed to the International Gay and
Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles by Lee Bush, administrator of the March, in
Formerly boxes 103-128, 103-238, 103-244, 103-250, 103-253, 103-258,
103-260, 103-261, 103-263, 103-264, 103-265, 103-269, 103-286, and 103-287.
Collection processed by Ken Megill, CA, and Lawrence Tan,
December 13, 2007;
finding aid prepared by Michael P. Palmer,
February 22, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded
by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records
The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights was held
October 11, 1987. It was one of the largest, if not the largest, demonstration
held in Washington, DC, with an estimated 750,000 people attending. The march
was organized around the theme: "For Love and for Life, We're Not Going
Scope and Content of Collection
The records of the national office of the March on Washington for Gay
and Lesbian Rights (1987) include administrative, financial, programmatic and
follow-up records. The March on Washington had a surplus of $87,028.42,
according to an income statement dated December 31, 1987, of which $67,000 was
distributed to 34 organizations around the country. The collection contains the
applications from the various organizations which demonstrate the breadth of
the gay and lesbian movement at the time. In addition to records of the March
itself, the collection contains records of five days of auxiliary activities,
which included The Wedding of several hundred couples in front of the Justice
Department, the first national display of the Quilt by the Names Project, civil
disobedience in front of the Supreme Court building and meetings of many
groups, including the first national meeting of gay and lesbian archivists. The
collection includes hundreds of responses of individual supporters with names,
addresses and records of contributions as well as several hundred endorsements
from organizations throughout the country and around the world. Five reels of
1/4-inch audio tape of the March are included in the collection.
Arranged in the following series: (1) Administrative Records; (2) Local
Grants; (3) Financial Information; (4) March Program; (5) The Wedding; (6)
Auxiliary Events; (7) Literature; (8) Contacts; (9) Local Committees; (10)
Media Coverage; and (11) Ephemera.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
National March on Washington for
Lesbian and Gay Rights, Washington, D.C., 1987
Civil rights demonstrations -- Washington
Gay liberation movement -- United States