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Collection Scope and Content Note


The collection consists of correspondence (1975-1979 only), address and date books (1968-1979 only), biographical and publicity press releases, interview transcripts, itineraries, clippings, military documents and certificates, brochures, membership and contributor lists, financial statements, photographic prints and negatives, slides, videotapes, audiotapes, and plaques.

Subjects include David Goodstein's publishing of the Advocate, his interviews with political leaders pertaining to gay rights and activism issues, and his role as a spokesperson and leader of the gay rights movement, in which capacity he traveled widely in the United States establishing political contacts. A main issue is the Concerned Voters of California's response to the anti-gay "Briggs Initiative," in which Goodstein was involved. Other subjects include the "Advocate Experience," the John Tunney election campaign, a gay retirement center, the Privacy Act, and Dade Count, Florida's anti-gay activity. There are many photographs and slides of show horses and fine art, and of Goodstein and his friends at Cornell University, and traveling in the United States and abroad. The correspondence is sometime accompanied by an index to the correspondents. Persons figuring prominently in the collection include Art Agnos, John Tunney, Werner Erhard, and in interviews, Pete McCloskey, Percy Sutton, John Burton, Leo Ryan, and Edward Koch.

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