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
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.
Capacity Building Project
Civil Rights Organizations
Creating Change Conference
Federal Legislative Lawyer
"Fight the Right" Project
Gays in the Military
Lesbian Health Project
Peri Jude Radecic's Lobbying
Project Open Employment/Survey of
Urvashi Vaid's Files
Series III. Policy
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
Director's Files: John D'Emilio,
Director's Files: Urvashi Vaid,
Urvashi Vaid: Subject Files
Urvashi Vaid: Audiotapes
Urvashi Vaid: Media Issues
Director's Files: Sean Cahill,
Sean Cahill: Reports and
Badgett, Lee and GLBT
National Religious Leadership
Yang, Alan: Public Opinion
Project: From Wrongs to Rights
Series IV. Subject Files
The fourth series, which is the largest, comprises all the subject files from the Task
Force, dating back to its beginning.
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
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.
Here are files on political parties and presidential elections, 1980 to 1992, including
results from NGLTF conducted surveys of presidential candidates, campaign mailings, and
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,
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
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.
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
Oversize and odd-sized
Audiotapes (the ones from box
Publications by NGLTF and
Series VII. Microfilms
Boxes 202-206, 262-265
Primary Source Microfilm's
Microfilm of material in the collection in 2000, at the time of the Primary Source
Microfilm project, but not included in their commercial product.