Collection Scope and Content Note
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The Bruce Voeller collection consists of correspondence, reprints and photocopies of
reports, periodicals, and the practical and perfunctory unsolicited mailings of
information by a large number of organizations, associations, and gay special
interest groups, all of which concern themselves with gay and lesbian issues of
health care, activism and politics, public awareness, celebration, and fundraising.
These mailings display the varied statements of information and notification,
invitations, and assertions of need and concern in gay and lesbian society, from the
liberation and matters of entitlement and empowerment, to its recognition of and
dealing with AIDS, both politically and medically. Several hundred American gay and
lesbian organizations and groups are represented in the collection. Voeller's role
in the transfer of the Mariposa Education and Research Foundation's Archives to
Cornell University, and the establishment of David B. Goodstein's bequest is
documented in the correspondence. Also included is the typescript of prose fiction
by Voeller, "Murder at McGurk."
Also, files pertaining to the Responsive Gay Collective, the Gay Media Alliance,
demonstrations in New York City, the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee,
the 1979 Gay Pride Celebration in New York City, the Lesbian and Gay Neighbors of
Lower Manhattan, and the Chelsea Gay Association.
Also, photographs of Voeller with other gay activists and sexuality researchers
including Evelyn Hooker, staff of the National Gay Task Force, David McWhirter,
Andrew Mattison, and Jean O'Leary; Voeller's research files on condoms and the
prevention of sexually transmitted diseases; Voeller's articles on topics of botany,
sexually transmitted diseases, and gay fathers and gay rights; and Voeller's files
from the gay rights movement and his work with the Mariposa Foundation,
Files on botany include a small collection of dried plant specimens.