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Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen collection


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center
Tobin, Kay, b. 1930
Gittings, Barbara, 1932-2007
Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen collection
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3.3 Linear Feet ((9 document boxes), plus 23 Cubic feet (1 object and and 2 crates))
Barbara Gittings (1932-2007) was an active member of the LGBT rights movement from the 1960s until her death. She worked as editor of The Ladder: A Lesbian Review. In the early 1970s, she was instrumental in lobbying the American Psychiatric Association to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness. Kay Tobin Lahusen (b. 1930) is a photojournalist, editor, author of  The Gay Crusaders, and an active member of the gay and lesbian rights movement. The Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen collection, 1955-2009, includes primarily printed materials relating to gay and lesbian issues and organizations, and audiovisual material that documents attitudes and strategies prevalent in the Homophile Movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Barbara Gittings (1932-2007) and Kay Lahusen (b. 1930) were longtime activists and Philadelphia residents. Their relationship began in the early 1960s, after they met at a Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) picnic in Rhode Island in 1961.

Barbara Gittings attended her first DOB meeting in 1956 during a vacation in Los Angeles. Two years later, she helped to found DOB-New York, the first lesbian organization on the East Coast. In the mid-1960s, she edited DOB's magazine, The Ladder: A Lesbian Review. Gittings co-organized and marched in the annual July 4 homophile pickets called Reminder Day and held at Independence Hall between 1965 and 1969. In the early 1970s, she was instrumental in lobbying the American Psychiatric Association to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness. Troughout the 1970s and 1980s, she was a driving force behind the American Library Association's lesbian and gay caucus.

Kay Lahusen (alias Kay Tobin) joined DOB-New York in 1961. She contributed photographs, articles and her editing skills to The Ladder from 1961 to 1963. Lahusen's photographs of 1960s homophile protests have been widely published and have appeared in numerous exhibits. In 1969, she was one of the twelve founding members of the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) in New York. She is the author of  The Gay Crusaders (New York: Paperback Library, 1972). Lahusen used the pseudonym "Kay Tobin" in her gay community activities during the 1960s and 1970s.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of materials collected by Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen relating to lesbian and gay issues and organizations. These materials have been grouped into subject files, periodicals, photographs, audiovisual recordings and artifacts.

Subject files in the collection reflect Gittings' and Lahusen's engagement in civil rights groups and their related research. They include newspaper clippings on lesbian and gay issues, pamphlets, brochures, and ephemera from lesbian and gay groups. Subject titles that were created by the donors or under their supervision have been preserved wherever present.

Gittings was a key figure in the American Library Association's (ALA) Task Force on Gay Liberation, the first gay caucus within a professional organization, despite the fact that she was not a librarian. A significant portion of this series documents Gittings' activities as coordinator of this group. Much of it consists of material related to the task force's publication, A Gay Bibliography. Other organizations represented in this series include regional chapters of the Mattachine Society, Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) and the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB). National coalitions and conferences of the homphile movement in which Gittings actively participated include East Coast Homophile Organizations (ECHO) and North American Conference of Homophile Organizations (NACHO). Philadelphia area organizations and groups devoted to the interests of gay and lesbian individuals are also represented here and they include Le-Hi-Ho (Lehigh Valley Homophile Organization), the Janus Society of America and the Philadelphia Christian Homophile Church.

Legal records related to discrimination cases can be found here and one particularly well represented in this collection is that of Donald Lee Crawford. These detailed case records involve security clearance appeals in which Gittings served as legal counsel to Crawford along with Franklin Kameny.

Throughout her career as an activist, Gittings maintained an extremely busy public speaking schedule, routinely addressing a wide range of public forums, such as university groups and professional organizations. These engagements are also represented in this series. Several homophile student organizations are documented in the subject files, particularly those formed in the early 1970's in the Philadelphia area. Other broad categories in the subject files include parenting, employment, religion and psychiatry. The series also contains many clippings directly related to Gittings and Lahusen. They include editorial work, interviews and items related to their legacy, such as the dedication of a Gittings collection within the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Periodicals in the collection are arranged alphabetically. Gitting and Lahusen donated numerous books and periodicals to the archives during their longtime involvement with the William Way Community Center. Researchers with an interest in publications produced by the LGBT community, particularly in the Philadelphia area, should consult the archives' periodicals collection. Many of these sets were completed and augmented by periodicals donated by Gittings and Lahusen. The items found in this series duplicate those in the main periodical collection and reflect a sample of the donors' collecting interests.

Photographs in the collection are arranged chronologically. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs in this series were taken by Kay Tobin Lahusen. The copyright to Lahusen's photographs is held by New York Public Library, but the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives has been given limited rights for reproduction and use. The copyright to the photographs taken by Nancy Tucker at the last annual Reminder Day picket in 1969 is held by the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Kay Lahusen worked as a professional photographer in the course of her career as a journalist and writer. She documented the activities of the homophile movement, from the earliest Reminder Day pickets in mid-1960s Philadelphia, to the "zaps," or protest actions of the New York and Philadelphia chapters of the radical GAA in the early 1970s. In the process of gathering material for her 1971 book, The Gay Crusaders, Lahusen produced audio interviews and photographic portraits and some of these can be found in this collection. Other notable events that she documented were Philadelphia's first Gay Pride march, in 1972, and the exhibits and events mounted by the GAA and the ALA Task Force on Gay Liberation at conferences of the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Her photographs of the latter include iconic images of a landmark event: the testimony of "Dr. Anonymous," the Philadelphia psychiatrist John E. Fryer, instrumental in the "instant cure," the APA's decision to remove homosexuality from its official list of mental illnesses. The years 1980-2009 are more sparsely represented, and these photographs primarily document Gittings and Lahusen attending public events, as well as photographs of exhibits they created in collaboration with the William Way LGBT Community Center. Photographs taken right before Gittings' death, in 2007, include the dedication of the Pennsylvania state historic marker at the site of the Annual Reminder Day pickets. Researchers interested in photographs created by Lahusen might also want to consult the digitized portion of the Gittings and Lahusen collection published online by the NYPL. Many, but not all, of the photographs in this collection are duplicated there. Additional information may be gleaned from notes made by Lahusen or under Lahusen's direction, on the physical prints.

The audio materials in this collection, which include audio reels, compact discs, and audiocassettes, span the years 1955 to 1970 with the bulk recorded 1965 to 1970. These audio materials are copies of original reel-to-reel tapes recorded by Gittings and Lahusen, which were loaned by their creators to the William Way LGBT Community Center in 1992 for the purposes of copying. The recordings in this collection, document attitudes and strategies prevalent in the Homophile Movement. The movement's public face is preserved in tapes of conferences and meetings, as well as activists' talk show appearances and lectures. The movement's private face is reflected in interviews for The Ladder: A Lesbian Review, and in brainstorming sessions among activists such as Gittings, Franklin Kameny and Jack Nichols (as "Warren Adkins"). Mainstream attitudes toward homosexuality are preserved in speeches by theologians, lawyers and mental health professionals during conferences of the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), the Mattachine Society of New York, the East Coast Homophile Organizations (ECHO) and other homophile groups. A significant group of recordings is made up of interviews conducted by Lahusen in the process of working on  The Gay Crusaders, and they include public figures such as Jack Nichols, Jim Owles and Ruth Simpson. A smaller portion of the collection consists of radio shows with a focus on the gay community and a still smaller portion preserves symposia on homosexuality sponsored by such organizations as the Greater Hartford Council of Churches. Short fragments of private interviews conducted while Gittings worked as editor of  The Ladder are also present and they include conversations with Ernestine Eckman and Rose Wheaton. The video portion of the collection documents appearances of Gittings on "Dyke TV" in the early 1990s. Additional notes on the length and quality of the recordings, as well as their contents and the way they were originally grouped are occasionally present on the items' containers.

The final series lists the artifacts that are part of this collection. They include buttons, textiles, a lock of hair and an antique music stand used by Gittings, a lifelong enthusiast of Baroque and Renaissance music. Of special note is a handmade felt arm badge. The badge, identifying Gittings as a speaker at Philadelphia's 1972 Gay Pride march, can be seen in Lahusen's photographs of that event. Finally, this series contains a set of panels created by Gittings with help from others for a series of exhibits designed for conferences. These include the display "Gay, Proud and Healthy: The Homosexual Community Speaks," shown at the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) May 1972 conference in Dallas. Other panels include elements from two exhibits created on behalf of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLF). These are "Homophobia: Time for a Cure" for the 1976 APA conference in Miami and "Gay Love: Good Medicine" for the 1978 APA conference in Atlanta. Other panels include elements used for the ALA Task Force on Gay Liberation Gay Book Award ceremony at the 1972 ALA conference in Dallas and some were exhibited at the Atlantic City conference of the National Association of Social Workers. They consist of photographs and informative text adhered to a backing support and they can be seen in Lahusen's photographs of those events.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center

Finding Aid Author

Alina Josan

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives of the William Way LGBT Community Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen. 1991, 1995, 1997, 2007, 2008, 2014. Music stand, gift of Raquel Garcia, 2015.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections:Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen collection, 1965-2007. Coll. 7645.

New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division: Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen gay history papers and photographs, 1855-2009. Mss. Coll. 6397.

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives: Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen Collection, 1962-2007. Coll. 2008-069.

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives: Kay Tobin Lahusen photographs, circa 1965-1972. Coll. 2012.074.

University of Minnesota Libraries. Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies: Barbara Gittings papers, 1967-2006. Tretter. 225.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Tobin, Kay, b. 1930
  • Gittings, Barbara, 1932-2007
  • Gay liberation movement
  • Gays
  • Homosexuality
  • Journalists
  • Lesbians
  • Lesbian activists
  • Sexual minorities

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Collection Inventory

Subject files.

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AIDS: Education and libraries, press clippings, 1987, 1993.

1 1

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Includes statements, resolutions and brochures, such as "What if you are...arrested?", 1964-1973, undated.

1 2

American Library Association (ALA) Task Force on Gay Liberation: "Gays in Library Land, the Gay and Lesbian Task Force of the American Library Association" by Barbara Gittings, 1990.

1 3

American Library Association (ALA) Task Force on Gay Liberation: Includes bibliographies, 1971-1985.

1 4

American Library Association (ALA) Task Force on Gay Liberation: Includes correspondence, book, film and periodical reviews, booksellers' and publishers' promotional material and catalogs, book lists and the Task Force publication, A Gay Bibliography, 1971-1986.

1 5

American Library Association (ALA) Task Force on Gay Liberation: Material found inside books donated by Gittings and Lahusen, "per B.G., keep together", includes reviews submitted to Gittings, many printed in Library Journal and Publishers' Weekly, correspondence with publishers, editors and reviewers and publishers' promotional material , 1976-1986, undated.

1 6

American Psychiatric Association (APA): Includes press clippings and "Gay, Proud and Healthy" information flyer, 1969, 1971, undated.

1 7

Atkinson, Ti-Grace: "Lesbianism and feminism", 1970.

1 9

Bell, Robert. T.: Reprints of articles published in sociology journals, 1962-1965.

1 10

Biographies: By and about Gittings and Lahusen, 1970-2006, undated.

1 11

Blair, Ralph: Material related to Penn State University survey questionnaire, 1970.

1 12

Book reviews, 1965-1972.

1 13

Cataldi, Dino: Letter from Barbara Gittings to John A. DiPietro regarding Cartaldi's business license, 1989 November 24.

1 14

Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee: Includes announcements, press clippings and flyers, 1973-1976, undated.

1 15

Ars Moriendi: Brochure and benefit concert program for Philadelphia organization dedicated to education about death and care for the dying. Founded by John E. Fryer. , 1975 February 23.

1 8

Columbia University Student Homophile League: Press clipping and declaration, 1971, undated.

1 16

Council on Equality for Homosexuals: Stationery and brochure, 1968.

1 17

Council on Religion and the Homosexual, Inc. publications: Churchmen Speak Out on Homosexual Law Reform and  A Brief of Injustices, 1965-1967.

1 18

Crawford, Donald Lee: Records related to appeals for Crawford's security clearance case (OSD 66-88), 1960-1967.

1 19

Crawford, Donald Lee: Records related to appeals for Crawford's security clearance case (OSD 66-88), 1965-1968.

1 20

Crime: Press clipping, New York Times, 1969.

2 1

Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) - New York: Includes newsletters, flyers, and manuscript comments on contents of issues of The Ladder, 1969-1970, undated.

2 2

Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) - Philadelphia: Newsletters, 1967-1968.

2 3

East Coast Homophile Organizations (ECHO): Press clipping and editorial comments on "How to Handle a Federal Interrogation", undated.

2 4

Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO): By-laws, resolution and letter, 1970, undated.

2 5

Employment: Press clippings and Corinthian Foundation publication, Homosexuality and Employment. Essays on Homosexuality Nr. 4, 1970.

2 6

Exhibits and performances by Kay Tobin Lahusen: Typescript of puppet play and clipping regarding "Opening the Closet Door" photo exhibit at the Wilmington Institute Library, 1977, 2001.

2 7

Families: Includes press clippings, event announcements, and publications from PFLAG and Lambda Rising, 1974-1984.

2 8

Farrall Instrument Company: Catalog, Spectrum of Behavior Modification Instruments, 1971.

2 9

Films: Promotional and distribution literature, reviews and screening events, including films by Jan Oxenberg, Iris Feminist Collective, Charles Chic Thompson, Kenneth Robinson and Lilli Vincenz, 1964-1998, undated.

2 10

Fluckiger, Fritz: Copies of personal letters from Barbara Gittings, 1967-1968.

2 11

Gagnon, John R.: Institute for Sex Research, Indiana University, 1965, undated.

2 12

Gay Academic Union: Includes annual conference promotional material, 1974-1975, undated.

2 13

Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) - New York: Includes information flyer from zap on Harper's Magazine and Kay Tobin Lahusen letter to the editor, 1970-1971, undated.

2 14

The Gay Crusaders: Reviews of Kay Tobin Lahusen's book, 1972.

2 15

Gay Media Project, Philadelphia, 1975.

2 16

Gay parents: Press clippings, 1973.

2 17

Gay Pioneers: Press kit for Philadelphia Equality Forum screening events, 2004.

2 18

Gay Pride Week: Municipal proclamations, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, 1976 June.

2 19

Gays at Drexel University: Announcement, 1975.

2 20

Grants: Articles related to fundraising for libraries, 1976, undated.

2 21

Grier, Barbara (as Gene Damon): Bibliographies, 1962, undated.

2 22

"Heterophilia, Its Causes and Cures": Satirical conference announcement by Frances Doughty, Tee Corinne and Alma Routsong, circa 1983.

2 23

Homophile Action League (HAL) - Philadelphia: Includes correspondence and Barbara Gittings 1970 speech to the Pennsylvania State Democratic Platform, 1969-1972, undated.

2 24

Homophile Youth Movement: Letter from Bernard Lewis to Dr. Charles W. Socarides, 1969 March 31.

2 25

Hop Brook Commune, New Salem, Massachusetts: Includes Gay Community Pamphlets and advertisements for calamus-derived products, 1975, undated.

2 26

Humor: Newspaper strips and cartoons, 1972-1978.

2 27

International organizations: Riksförbundet för sexuellt likaberättigande (RFSL) in Sweden, report by Michael Holm, publications from the Albany Trust and the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) in the United Kingdom, 1965, undated.

2 28

The Janus Society of America, Philadelphia, 1965.

2 29

Jury duty: Correspondence between Irene Cotton and Edward J. Bradley regarding Philadelphia facilities, 1981.

2 30

Kameny, Franklin: "Kameny for Congress" campaign material, circa 1971.

2 31

Kameny, Franklin: Open letter to Dr. Morton Friedman, 1968 February 18.

2 32

Kuda, Marie: Curriculum vitae and introductory letter, circa 1982.

2 33

Le-Hi-Ho (Lehigh Valley Homophile Organization), Bethlehem, PA: Includes workshops, events and Gittings lecture, 1970, undated.

2 34

Legal records: Includes papers and other background materials for multiple cases, including "Transsexuals, Society and the Law" and "Custody Rights of Lesbian Mothers", 1971-1977.

2 35

Legal records: Primarily related to civil and criminal cases, 1977-1982.

2 36

Legislation: Includes clippings and press releases regarding anti-discrimination policies, 1971-1981, undated.

3 1

Literature: Includes poetry by Don Marquis and Sonia Sanchez, 1996, undated.

2 2

Mattachine Society - Eastern and Midwest: Newsletter and clipping. 1965, 1967., 1965-1967.

3 3

Mattachine Society - New York: Newsletters and letter from Franklin Kameny to Mandolin Cervantes, 1965-1969.

3 4

Mattachine Society - Philadelphia: Announcement and statement of purpose, undated.

3 5

Mattachine Society - Washington, D.C.: Includes statements, press releases, and material related to action against blackmail, 1963-1969, undated.

3 6

Medical care: Medical Dimensions article on doctor-patient relationships, recommends lectures by Barbara Gittings, 1972.

3 7

Michigan State elections: Candidate list, 1974.

3 8

Military: Includes pamphlets and brochures published by the American Armed Forces Association, the Gay Liberation Front, San Francisco and the Society for Individual Rights, 1966-1968, undated.

3 9
Box Folder

Mombello, Ronald: Pamphlet, To Come Out: An Alternative for the Young Adult Male with a Homosexual Preference and letter from John Cunningham 1977.

3 9a
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National Gay Task Force: Includes correspondence, newsletter, Gittings member profile, anti-discrimination resolutions of various organizations, and supporting material such as studies and personal testimonies, 1969-1978, undated.

3 10

National Organization for Women (NOW): Unanimous Lesbian Caucus Resolution, 1971-1975.

3 11

National Organizations: Material documenting the activities of numerous civil rights groups, professional associations and community centers, including Gay Liberation Front, Gay Nurses Alliance, National Coalition of Gay Activists, Queens Liberation Front, Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile, Metropolitan Community Church, Gay Journalists Caucus and Bloomington Gay Alliance, 1968-1976, undated.

3 12

Nebraska Personnel and Guidance Association (NPGA): Barbara Gittings speaking engagement, 1978 September 29.

3 13

North American Conference of Homophile Organizations (NACHO) and National Planning Conference of Homosexual Organizations (NPCHO): Includes resolution, report and letter from Gittings to Ralph Blair regarding survey based study, 1966-1968, undated.

3 14

Penn State University: The Alternative, published by the Homophiles of Penn State, material related to Colloquy 1971 and talks by Gittings, Franklin Kameny and Ralph Blair, 1971.

3 15

Pennsylvania Commonwealth: Includes Governor Milton J. Schapp anti-discrimination order and Pennsylvania gay rights platform proposal, 1975-1979, undated.

3 16

Personal: Ephemera related to travel, entertainment and dining. Includes maps, menus, Stonewall Chorale concert program and brochure for Harlequin Marionettes, Philadelphia, 1973-1985, undated.

3 17

Personal: Memorial services, Barbara Gittings. Includes Philadelphia Chamber Chorus memorial concert program, 2007.

3 18

Personal: Memorial services and obituaries. John E. Fryer, Jack Nichols, Randy Shilts, 1994, 2003, 2005.

3 19

Philadelphia Gay Community Center Project: Brochure and Philadelphia Tribune article, 1972, undated.

3 20

Philadelphia Human Relations Commission on City Council of Philadelphia Bill Nr. 1275: Typescript of Gittings testimony at hearings, 1974 June 5.

3 21

Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: Programs, 1999, 2001.

3 22

Philadelphia organizations and events: Includes Reminder Day, Gay Health Consortium of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Christian Homophile Church, Philadelphia Women's Liberation Center, Philadelphia Gay Liberation Front, Philadelphia Gay Movement Conference and Philadelphia Women's National Abortion Action Coalition, 1968-1978, undated.

3 23

Press clippings, Barbara Gittings: Inauguration of Pennsylvania historic marker at Independence Hall in Philadelphia Gay News, 2005.

9 1

Press clippings, Barbara Gittings: Includes articles about Barbara Gittings from The Lincoln Star,  The Philadelphia Tribune and  Au Courant, 1969-2006.

3 24

Press clippings, Barbara Gittings: Includes articles about Barbara Gittings from Philadelphia Gay News and proof of biography by Lahusen for  Before Stonewall, 1999-2006, undated.

3 25

Press clippings, Barbara Gittings: Interview, "Gay Liberation: From Task Force to Round Table." American Libraries, "Librarians of the Century" issue, 1999.

4 1

Press clippings, Barbara Gittings: "Library Opens Gittings Collection," Philadelphia Gay News, 2001.

4 2

Press clippings, Barbara Gittings: "The Undeclared Witch Hunt," Gittings quoted in article on Benning Wentworth and the Industrial Clearance Review Office. Harper's Magazine, 1969, November.

4 3

Press clippings, Barbara Gittings: "When Women Love Other Women: A Frank Discussion of Female Homosexuality", discussion between Gittings, Dr. Mary Calderone and Dr. Wardell Pomeroy. Reprint from Redbook magazine, 1971 November.

4 4

Press clippings, Barbara Gittings: "Gay Groups Speak Out" Harriton High School speakers, Gay Dealer, 1970.

4 5

Press clippings, Kay Tobin Lahusen: Material related to "Honoring Gay Pioneers, Seven Superheroes" exhibit at the William Way Community Center, 2005 May.

4 6

Press clippings, Kay Tobin Lahusen: Trends magazine, cover by Lahusen, 1973 July-August.

4 7

Press clippings: Topics include Fidelifacts, student homophile organizations, and stage productions, 1963-1973.

4 8

Press clippings: Topics include health care, employment, Elaine Noble, Gay Nurses Alliance, Howard J. Brown and the National Gay Task Force, 1966-1984.

4 9

Press clippings: Topics include Jeannace Freedman, Stonewall riots, the Franklin Kameny congressional campaign religion, GAA zaps and "the Rockefeller 5", 1963-1976.

4 10

Psychiatry: American Orthopsychiatric Association Annual Meeting program. Includes Gay Liberation roundtable and "Homosexuality and the 70's" workshop, 1974.

4 11

Psychiatry: Press clippings, newsletters, reports and papers, including "An Evaluation of the Bieber Study on Homosexuality" by Fritz A. Fluckiger, 1964-1973, undated.

4 12

Radical America catalog, 1971 Winter-Spring.

5 1

Religion: Includes press clippings, announcements, publications of the Mattachine Society such as Homosexuality and the Church by Reverend W. Wood, Gittings speaking engagement and typescript of Rev. Henry H. Wiesbauer script. 1966-1978., 1966-1978.

5 2

Salvation Army, Booth Parenting Center. Architectural proposal, Schlosser and Rivera Associates, 1978.

5 3

Security clearances: Clipping regarding Benning Wentworth case, counseled by Gittings and Franklin Kameny, 1969 August 20.

5 4
Box Folder

Silvestre, Tony: Memo to Barbara Gittings about the book The New Couple: Women and Gay Men 1980 June 25.

5 4a
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Society for Individual Rights: Pamphlet, Everything Gay Men Know About Gay Women, undated.

5 5

Speaking engagements: Typescripts and promotional material for Gittings' lectures. Include engagements at the Philadelphia Ethical Society Monday Night Forum, the Fourth Annual Christopher Street Liberation Day March and the Philadelphia Urban Forum, 1965-1973, undated.

5 6

Stonewall riots: Press clippings, 1969.

5 7
Box Folder

Taylor, John: Article, "Elias Petropoulos: A Presentation" from Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, Vol. VIII, No. 4, Winter 1981 and letter 1982 July 11.

5 7a
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Teachers: Includes Women on Words and Images "Sex Stereotypes in Elementary School Readers" report and Gay Teachers Association newsletters, 1970-1974, undated.

5 8

Television and theater productions: Press clippings and releases, including "Homosexuals: Out of the Shadows" and response to controversial episode of Marcus Welby M.D., 1966-1974.

5 9

Temple University, Paley Library: Press clipping, 1972 April 18.

5 10

Tretter Collection: Includes conference program and newsletters of the The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at University of Minnesotta, 2005-2006.

5 11

United States National Student Association: Includes correspondence with Barbara Gittings and "Gays on Campus", 1974-1975.

5 12

The Universities and the Gay Experience: Conference proceedings including keynote address by Gittings at 1973 New York City conference, 1974.

5 13

University courses: Materials related to LGBT studies, including University of Nebraska, University of Montana, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh and Swarthmore College, 1972-1973, undated.

5 14

University of Maryland: Sex Symposium program, Barbara Gittings speaking engagement, 1969-1970.

5 15

University organizations: Includes materials related to Barbara Gittings speaking engagements, student homophile organizations, and campus life, 1970-1974.

5 16

West Side Discussion Group: Summary of NPCHO activities, 1967 October.

5 17

Writings by Gittings and Lahusen: "Lesbians and the Gay Movement," bibliography and chronology of the 1960s pickets entitled "The Earliest Gay Pickets", 2004-2005. Undated.

5 18


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The Angolite. Louisiana State Penitentiary, includes article on Angola library, 1985 May-June.

5 19

Armed Forces Informer. American Armed Forces Association, 1976, Jan-April, June.

5 20

Come Out! Kay Tobin Lahusen, staff researcher, 1969 November.

5 21

Edcentral: A Journal of Educational Change. Educational resource guide. Eugene, OR, 1976 June.

5 22

Gay Academic Union Journal: Gai Saber, 1974 Spring-Summer.

5 23

Gay Flames: A Bulletin of the Homofire Movement, 1970 December.

6 1

Gay People and Mental Health: A Monthly Bulletin, Minneapolis, MN, 1972-1973.

6 2

Mother. Stanford, CA, 1971, June-September.

6 3

motive. "Lesbian-Feminist Issue" and "Gay Men's Liberation and Last motive", 1972.

6 4

Our Community. Includes American Library Association (ALA) Gay Task Force meeting announcement. Dallas, TX, 1971 June.

6 5

Philadelphia Gay News: Detour, 2003 July.

6 6

Rational Living: The Journal of the Institute for Rational Living, Inc., 1966 February.

6 7

Rising Up Crazy: By and for people who have been on the receiving end of psychiatry for too long, 1973 Spring.

6 8

The Shingle. Philadelphia Bar Association, 1976 May.

6 9

Social Action: Civil liberties and homosexuality, an issue in Christian responsibility, 1976 December.

6 10

The Stonewall Report. Stonewall Treatment Center, Seattle WA newsletter, 1973 Fall.

6 11

Visions Today, 2002 Summer.

6 12

Vocations for Social Change. Canyon, CA, 1971 January-February.

6 13

Wicce: A Lesbian-Feminist Newspaper, 1974 Spring-Summer.

6 14


Photographic prints.

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Annual Reminder Day picket, Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Franklin Kameny and spectators, Leo Skir, 1965 July 4.

6 15

Annual Reminder Day picket, Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Barbara Gittings and Randy Wicker, Jack Nichols, 1966 July 4 and circa 1966-1967.

6 16
Box Folder

Franklin Kameny, Lilli Vincenz and Jack Nichols on WOOK's "Controversy" hosted by Dennis Richards. Washington DC 1967.

10 1
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Annual Reminder Day picket, Independence Hall, Philadelphia. By Nancy Tucker. Copyright held by the Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation (Lesbian Herstory Archives), Brooklyn, 1969 July 4.

6 17
Box Folder

Barbara Gittings and Franklin Kameny attending security clearances hearing at the Pentagon. 1970 March 30.

10 2
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New York University demonstration, Loeb Student Center, 1970 May.

6 18

Homophile Action League (HAL) - Philadelphia members at Christopher Street Liberation Day parade. New York City, 1970.

6 19

Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) and Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Times Square Demonstration. Arthur Bell talks to NBC, circa 1970-1971.

6 20

March on Albany. Arnie Kantrowitz. Albany, NY, 1971 March 14.

6 21

Franklin Kameny congressional campaign finish and dance. Includes Barbara Gittings, Arnie Kantrowitz and Randy Wicker, 1971 March.

6 22

Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) - Philadelphia, group portrait and informational flyer. Zap on Dr. Samuel Hadden's talk at La Salle College, Philadelphia, PA, 1971 December 9.

6 23

American Library Association conference (ALA), Task Force on Gay Liberation kissing booth. Dallas, TX, 1971.

6 24

Barbara Gittings on the David Susskind Show. "Promotional photo supplied by the show", 1971.

6 25

Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) - New York. Zap on Board of Education, 1971.

6 26

Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) - New York. Zap on Fidelifacts. New York City, 1971.

6 27

Rutgers University Gay Liberation Conference, including members of GAA - New York, 1971.

6 28

Vito Russo, 1971.

6 29

American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference. Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) - Philadelphia, "Gay, Proud and Healthy" exhibit, Barabara Gittings, Franklin Kameny, Phil Johnson and spectators. Dallas,TX, 1972.

6 30

American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference. John E. Fryer (as "Dr. Henry Anonymous"), Barbara Gittings and Franklin Kameny. Dallas, TX, 1972.

6 31

Philadelphia Gay Pride. March and speakers, including Barbara Gittings, 1972.

6 32

Jim Owles. New York City Council campaign, 1973.

6 33

Barbara Gittings and Keith Kamm at "Gays and the Federal Government" conference, Washington, DC, 1975.

6 34

Jeffrey Escoffier and Howard Dumont, spring 1976 Gay Alternatives cover shoot. By Joe McGlone, 1976.

6 35

Mary Jo Risher and Ann Foreman, circa 1977-1978.

6 36

Barbara Gittings testifies "probably at Philadelphia City Hall regarding anti-discrimination bill. 1970's or early 80's". By Harry R. Eberlin, circa 1970-1985.

6 37

Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen. New York City Pride Parade, circa 1985-1987.

6 38

Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Task Force rally to protest Bower v. Hardwick decision, 1986 September 16.

6 39
Box Folder

Candlelight Walk for AIDS. Philadelphia, PA 1986 September 25.

10 3

Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. 1987 October 11.

10 4
box folder

Philadelphia Pride Parade, 1990 June.

6 40

Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen. Includes dedication of Pennsylvania state historical marker at Independence Hall and "Stonewall 25" march. By Ray Harriman, Wayne Marquardt and unknown, 1994-2005, undated.

6 41

"Pride Outside", William Way Community Center Archives exhibit, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, 1996 June.

6 42

Barbara Gittings and Jim Carmichael, author of "Daring to find our Names", 1999.

6 43

"Standing Tall before Stonewall", William Way Community Center exhibit, Philadelphia. Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen, 2000.

6 44

Kay Tobin Lahusen holding American Libraries Association (ALA) Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Roundtable shirt and photographs of clippings (5th Annual Reminder Day notice, 1969, Village Voice), 2009, undated.

6 45

Group listening to man reading near monument, undated.

6 46
Box Folder

Rusel Silkey and Barbara Gittings undated.

10 5

Digital images.

box folder

Lahusen photographs (CD-ROM), undated.

6 47

Jack Nichols. Autobiography (unfinished). Photos, "Family, friends, lovers, comrades". Copyright, Jack Nichols (CD-ROM), 1934-1996.

6 47

Jack Nichols. Viewpoints, news, features, interviews. Copyright GayToday. (CD-ROM), 1997 February-2003 May.

6 47

Audiovisual material.

Compact discs.

box disc

Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) convention, 1964.

7 20-24

Gay Activists Alliance (GAA). The Dick Cavett Show, 1970 November 29.

7 1

Gay Activists Alliance (GAA), New York. Election speeches. Includes remnants of an erased interview., 1970 December 10.

7 13

Gay Activists Alliance (GAA), New York. Zap on Harper's Magazine and television coverage, 1970 October 27.

7 10-12

The Gay Crusaders. Interview conducted by Kay Tobin Lahusen for her book. Jim Owles with John Hunter, 1971 November 1.

7 6-9

The Gay Crusaders. Interview conducted by Kay Tobin Lahusen for her book. Ruth Simpson, 1971 January 10.

7 8

The Gay Crusaders. Interviews conducted by Kay Tobin Lahusen for her book. Jack Baker with Rosalyn Regelson, 1970.

7 14-16

The Gay Crusaders. Interviews conducted by Kay Tobin Lahusen for her book. Jack Baker, phone interview, segues into Michael McConnell interview, 1971 January 6.

7 17-19

The Gay Crusaders. "Supplementary interviews." Interviews conducted by Kay Tobin Lahusen for her book. Foster Gunnison, Jim Owles, Craig Rodwell, Marty Robinson and Arthur Evans, circa 1971.

7 5

Gittings, Barbara. Lesbian panel, David Susskind Show. New York air date. 45 min, 1971 October 10.

7 1-3

Gittings, Barbara. Draft counseling by phone. 25 min, undated.

7 4

Gittings, Barbara. Interview. 39 min, undated.

7 3-4

Catholic University of America Symposium. A gay (though not necessarily gay-positive) ex-priest from Ohio speaks at a Catholic University of America Symposium on homosexuality and theorizes that the church turned him homosexual. Includes remnant of an erased recording. 4 min, 1970 November 13.

7 2

Titus, Gary. Surviving portion of interview conducted by Kay Tobin Lahusen. 16 min, undated.

7 4

Virginia Graham Show, circa 1970.

7 12

Tape reels.

box reel

"Interview with older lesbian." Approx 10 min, undated.

7 1

Rose Wheaton interview. 3 3/4 copy made from 1 7/8 ips original, undated.

7 2

Sound cassettes.

box cassette

Barry Farber Show. WOR radio, NY. Topic: homosexuality, security clearance and gay people in performing arts. Panel: homophile activists Kameny, Franklin, Barbara Gittings and actress Ann Loring. Approx. 2 hrs. 35 min. ., 1967.

8 35-36

BBC documentary, undated.

8 20

Crawford, Donald Lee. Appeal, circa 1966-1969.

8 51

Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), 1964.

8 40-44

David Susskind Show. "Gay professionals on Susskind". Incomplete, 1974.

8 57

David Susskind Show. Topic: homosexuality. Panelists: psychiatrist Dr. Lawrence Hatterer; Dick Leitsch, president of the Mattachine Society of New York; and psychoanalyst Dr. Alexander Lewn. The unnamed gay young man who speaks from the audience is Randy Wicker. Approx. 80 min, 1967.

8 1-2

DC Conference conclusion (may refer to NPCHO), 1967 August.

8 45

East Coast Homophile Organizations (ECHO). 2nd annual conference. Washington DC, 1964 October 10 -11.

8 29-34

East Coast Homophile Organizations (ECHO). Sunday sessions, 1965.

8 7-8

Eckstein, Ernestine. Interview, 1965.

8 16-18

Frank Ford Show (1 of 3), undated.

8 37-39

Frank Ford Show (2 of 3), undated.

8 58

Frank Ford Show (3 of 3), undated.

8 7

Frank Ford Show, WKBS TV. Kameny, Dr. Stanley (Psychiatrist), Conrad, Clark Polak, Rev. Robert Matheson, Harry Levitan (lawyer), Barbara Gittings. Open mike tape, some viewers' reactions audible, 1965.

8 44

Gerassi, John, author of The Boys of Boise, speaks in Philadelphia. Introduced by Clark Polak. "Probably a speech to the Janus Society/Homosexual Law Reform Society. Contextualizes homophobia within broader societal issues", circa 1967-1968.

8 40

Gittings, Barbara. Interviewed by Steven Capsuto in her Philadelphia home. Kay Tobin Lahusen also present, 1991 January 6.

8 59-60

Greater Hartford Council of Churches, 1967 October 23.

8 46-48

Grey, Anthony. Speech to U.S. homophiles and introduction by W. Dorr. Legg, 1967 October 25.

8 54

Grey, Anthony. Speech to U.S. homophiles given at the Ethical Culture Society, New York City. Event sponsored by the Erickson Educational Foundation. Grey played an active role in the movement which led to the 1966 reform of British laws regarding homosexuality. "Very different from October 25 speech. "Approx. 75 min, 1967 October 27.

8 4-5, 55

Homosexual News, WBAI radio, NY. 1970 February 19. Announcer: Barbara Gittings. Jess Stearn, WOR radio, circa 1964.

8 13

Homosexual: A New Minority, episode 2, undated.

8 52-53

"The Homosexuals," episode of the television series CBS Reports, 1967.

8 13-14

Jazz and pop music from side B of "Dr. X" reel, undated.

8 56

Kameny, Franklin at American University Hillel, 1969 October 7.

8 14-15

Kameny, Franklin at first meeting of Columbia University Student Homophile League. Dr. Franklin Kameny's speech at the first general meeting of the Columbia University Student Homophile League. Question-and-answer session is incomplete on original tape. Approx. 90 min, 1967 December 4.

8 3, 45

Kameny, Franklin. "Frank's basic lecture." Includes discussion, circa 1967-1968.

8 50-51

Mattachine Forum, speaker Dr. Fluckiger, critique of the Bieber study, discussion of gay bars and constitutional rights, talk by Dr. Ruitenbeek, undated.

8 18-20

Mattachine Forum. "Religion and the Homosexual", undated.

8 48-49

Mattachine Society, New York. Speaker, Dr. Rubin, undated.

8 20-21

Mead, Margaret. Speech, Columbus, OH. 30 min, 1955 October 9.

8 37

"Millie continued", undated.

8 65

Murray Burnett Show - Barbara Gittings and Clark Polak. WPEN-AM radio (Philadelphia). Recording begins approx. 11:30 pm. Topic: homosexuals' fight for equal rights. Guests: Clark Polak (executive secretary of the Homosexual Law Reform Society) and Barbara Gittings (former editor of  The Ladder: A Lesbian Review). Includes commercials and news break. Approx. 60 min, 1967 February 8.

8 6

National Planning Conference of Homosexual Organizations (NPCHO). Kansas City, MO, Saturday and Sunday sessions and debates, including resolution and sickness debates, 1966 February.

8 8-13

National Planning Conference of Homosexual Organizations (NPCHO) Washington, DC, 1967 August 17-19.

8 21-28

Nichols, Jack (as Warren Adkins) and Barbara Gittings at Bucknell University. "Speech is Frank's", circa 1967.

8 50-51

Regelson, Rosalyn at WSDG on homosexuality in theatre. West Side Discussion Group. 1 hour, 1968.

8 36-37

This Week. Rediffusion - London. With Bryan Magee. Topic: Homosexuality. Approx. 55 min, 1965.

8 29

"Three Lesbians interview Dr. X", undated.

8 15-16

Wheaton, Rose, undated.

8 61-64

Video cassettes.

box videocassette

Dyke TV. Barbara Gittings (1 of 2), 1994.

7 1

Dyke TV. Barbara Gittings (2 of 2), 1994.

7 2

Dyke TV. Barbara Gittings. Total running time, 5:20, undated.

7 3



Buttons: Includes Penguin Place, "Glad to be Gay" and March on Washington, 1987 October 11, undated.


Commemorative souvenirs: Includes key chains, magnets, balloon, cheerleading pompom, and silicone bracelets, undated.


Decals: Includes Kameny congressional campaign, circa 1971, undated.


Exhibit panels, elements from exhibits that include "Gay, Proud and Healthy," American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference, 1972, Dallas, Gay Book Awards, American Library Association (ALA) conference, 1972, Chicago, "Homophobia: Time for a Cure", American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference, 1976, Miami and "Gay Love: Good Medicine", American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference, 1978, Atlanta, 1972-1978.


Hair: Lock of Kay Tobin Lahusen's hair, undated.


Ink stamp: "MOW Philadelphia Work Group, 206 N. 35th St. Philadelphia", undated.


Music stand: Antique wood and brass telescopic music stand with lyre shaped sheet music support, undated.


Promotional ephemera: Paper fans for television show, "Queer as Folk", 2000.


Textiles: Includes "Spkr" arm badge and "Grand marshall" sash, circa 1972, undated.