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Series I. Internal Files
Boxes 1-45, 187-188, 207-209, 258, 266, 291-295

The first series contains administrative files internal to NGLTF, including founding documents, staff reports, Board minutes, press releases, membership and fundraising files, and financial records. These administrative files include correspondence from ten executive directors: Bruce Voeller, Lucia Valeska, C.F. Brydon, Virginia M. Apuzzo, Jeff Levi, Urvashi Vaid, Tori Osborn, Peri Jude Radecic, Melinda Paras, and Kerry Lobel. There are no discrete files on Jean O'Leary, the earliest director. The correspondence files of Bruce Voeller, Virginia Apuzzo, Jeff Levi, Urvashi Vaid, and Kerry Lobel are the most complete; the correspondence files of other Executive Directors do not appear to be comprehensive. Melinda Paras' and Kerry Lobel's extensive "Travel Files" provide a good sense of how much work executive directors conducted outside of the NGLTF offices.

Also included in this series are materials related to the Fund for Human Dignity, a functional adjunct to NGLTF established in 1974 to educate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual community and the general public about "the role of homosexual men and women in our society." The Fund became the first gay organization to receive tax-exempt status. Files from the Fund for Human Dignity that came from the Mariposa Education and Research Foundation Archive are cataloged separately.

Founding and Planning

Board Materials

Executive Directors





Fund for Humanity

Series II. Field Files
Boxes 46-133, 188-194, 209-230, 258, 287-290, 295, 305

The second series features documentation from NGLTF "field" projects. Until about 1995, NGLTF worked on topically focused projects, with state, local, and federal work coordinated by and within these projects. Projects focused primarily on areas outside of Washington, DC. The most comprehensive set of materials come from the Anti-Violence and AIDS Projects, directed by Kevin Berrill and Belinda Rochelle respectively.

The Anti-Violence files include staff reports, strategic planning documents, press releases, notes on congressional hearings and lobbying efforts, information on various antiviolence projects, extensive correspondence, documentation of cases of harassment and violence, and working files from 1977-1993 that provide a clear view of the range of NGLTF's activity in this area. One whole box (54) contains materials related to the Hate Crimes Statistics Act.

The AIDS Project files include subject files on HIV/HTLV-III blood testing, government funding for AIDS research, and the state and episodes of AIDS discrimination. The correspondence documents NGLTF's role in AIDS activism in the early 1980s. Also included are extensive files on the President's Commission on the HIV Epidemic with testimonies and notes. Several files on NGLTF's organizing around World AIDS Day 1989 are also contained in this series. Three boxes contain publications relating to Health and AIDS.

Series two also includes files from Project Open Employment as well as videotapes of a series of workshops on antisodomy legislation organized by Sue Hyde, director of NGLTF's Privacy Project. These tapes include several presentations by ACLU's Nan Hunter and Arthur C. Warner, Director of the American Association for Personal Privacy. Files documenting the work of the Gays in the Military Project, directed by Tori Osborn; the Families/Domestic Partnership Project, directed by Ivy Young; the Capacity Building Project, directed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz; and NGLTF's national organizing conference, Creating Change, are also included in series two.

Information on specific projects is also located in the files of Sharon Kennedy, Peri Jude Radecic, and Urvashi Vaid. Kennedy was involved primarily in work against censorship, especially in the early 1990s. Radecic's files document her work as a lobbyist from 1986 to 1993. Vaid's files cover various administrative matters and legal cases through the 1980s and 1990s. This series also includes background material on civil rights groups and hate groups as well as geographic files organized by state and subject files on public policy issues. Major subjects covered include the arts and censorship, the National Day of Mourning for victims of AIDS, and various antigay ballot initiatives. There are also files on U.S. presidential candidates, antipornography legislation, abortion, the birth control drug Depo Provera, gay and lesbian parents, gay and lesbian journalists, and the gay-baiting of politicians.

AIDS Project

Anti-Violence Project

Campus Project

Capacity Building Project

Civil Rights Organizations

Creating Change Conference

Families/Domestic Partnership Project

Federal Legislative Lawyer

Field Files-not microfilmed

"Fight the Right" Project

Gays in the Military Project

Geographic Files

Hate Groups

Lesbian Health Project

Peri Jude Radecic's Lobbying Files

Privacy Project

Project Open Employment/Survey of Police Forces


Subject Files (alphabetical)

Urvashi Vaid's Files

Series III. Policy Institute
Boxes 134-138, 178, 230-232, 259-261, 266-269, 295

The third series contains files from the NGLTF Policy Institute, self-advertised as "a proactive hub of research, policy analysis, tactical thinking, and strategic initiatives." This series includes files from the directorships of John D'Emilio,Urvashi Vaid, and Sean Cahill. It also includes subject files as well as files concerning some of the Policy Institute's projects and publications, including the Black Pride Survey, National Religious Leadership Roundtables, and Census, Elections, and Public Opinion projects.

General Files


Director's Files: John D'Emilio, 1995-1997

Director's Files: Urvashi Vaid, 1996-2000

Urvashi Vaid: Correspondence

Urvashi Vaid: Subject Files

Urvashi Vaid: Audiotapes

Urvashi Vaid: Media Issues

Director's Files: Sean Cahill, 2001-present

Sean Cahill: Reports and Publications

Badgett, Lee and GLBT Economics

Black Pride




National Religious Leadership Roundtable


Yang, Alan: Public Opinion Project: From Wrongs to Rights


Series IV. Subject Files
Boxes 139-179,195-197,232-256

The fourth series, which is the largest, comprises all the subject files from the Task Force, dating back to its beginning.

Alphabetical Files

These 19 boxes (139-157) are from the years 1972-1984, with a few files up to 1993, and provide a good window into the issues, people and organizations, elections, litigation and legislation NGTF monitored during this time.

Members of Congress Correspondence

This subseries contains correspondence from 1987 to 1993.


This subseries primarily consists of correspondence with regional lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups across the U.S. from 1971 to 1986.

Political Parties/Elections

Here are files on political parties and presidential elections, 1980 to 1992, including results from NGLTF conducted surveys of presidential candidates, campaign mailings, and related clippings.


Correspondence with editors and publishers of magazines, newspapers and newsletters.


These have come in various groupings: general clippings arranged chronologically, 1974-2002; NGLTF clippings arranged chronologically, mostly from 1981-1989; clippings arranged by subject, dating from 1973-1990; and large clippings placed in special oversize boxes, dating from 1983-2000. Included are 175 printed items concerning AIDS, related legislation, its prevention, treatment and all social aspects of the disease, both in the United States and the world.

Additional subject files, 1986-1999.

After 2000, NGLTF sent to the archives 25 boxes of additional subject files from 1986-1999, which include media and public information files, files on federal government issues, and 1992 files on the Pres. Bill Clinton transition policy.

Series V. Photographs
Box 180-185

The fifth series is photographs. These are very useful to researchers seeking images of early lesbian and gay rights leaders, parades, and actions. We have organized the photos into two sub-series. The first, "People," includes photos of former staff, board members, volunteers, individuals who were part of an NGLTF advertising campaign, and people NGLTF had labeled "Famous Gays" and "Famous Hets." The second, "History and Events," includes photos that NGLTF staff and others took at events including the press conference announcing the American Psychiatric Association's changed position on homosexuality in 1973, the International Women's Year convention in 1977, a meeting at the White House in 1977, pride marches in New York City and Washington, DC, and various NGLTF gala events and trips for volunteers. These photos have been indexed to the item level, making the series quite accessible and easy to use.


NGTF History

Series VI. Miscellany

Oversized materials, a few objects, some publications by NGLTF and others, and miscellaneous audiotapes and videotapes are in this series. Many of the publications and audio-visual materials are the products of NGLTF staff's work on antigay violence and AIDS activism.


Oversize and odd-sized items

Audiotapes (the ones from box 179)


Publications by NGLTF and others

Series VII. Microfilms
Boxes 202-206, 262-265

Primary Source Microfilm's product

Non-commercial microfilms

Microfilm of material in the collection in 2000, at the time of the Primary Source Microfilm project, but not included in their commercial product.