This collection contains materials from the life of Roy Birchard, who was a leader in the early years of the Metropolitan
Community Church. He served in a number of leadership roles in various locations, including New York and San Francisco. The
materials include working files, personal papers, correspondence, newsclippings, periodicals, audiotapes, videotapes, photographs,
and computer disks.
Adrian Roy Birchard was born in Middlebury, Vermont, to Adrian Birchard and Winifred Marion Killoran on July 26, 1943. Birchard
grew up in nearby Shoreham, graduating from high school in 1961. He received his A.B. from Berea College, Kentucky, 1965,
majoring in English; and B.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1969. He was ordained in June 1969 by the Addison
Association, Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ. Birchard returned to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison, entering a Ph.D. program in English. While there, he came out as gay and became an activist for gay rights. He
returned to New York and worked, 1970-75 for the Department of Mission Interpretation of the United Presbyterian Church as
an administrative assistant and copy editor.
23 boxes, 1 folio
19 linear ft.
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Collection is open for research. Four boxes are restricted. Boxes 11, 13, and 14 are closed until 2031. Box 12 is closed until