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   Container / Location    Title
Series I. Administrative Files [series]:
Files from the top-level of Human Rights Campaign (Fund) administration, including files of executive directors, presidents, and Boards, and files relating to membership, fundraising, and planning, including plans for HRC's office building. Currently, there is no separate subseries for founding documents. Articles of incorporation, bylaws and their revisions, and other key records relating to the founding and development of HRC(F) as an organization can be found in the Education Department's 20th Year History Project files (Series VII). Files regarding various mergers with other organizations are also found primarily in the 20th Year History Project files.

Note that most of the official records of the HRC(F) Board of Directors, Board of Governors, and Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board have not yet been transferred to the archives, and the use of Board and Executive Director files is currently restricted.

Executive Staff [subseries]:
Included here are the correspondence, subject files, and other files maintained by each head of HRC(F).  Currently it consists primarily of the records of Elizabeth Birch, with scattered files from others. The early files contain a lot of correspondence from long-time Administrative Assistant Farley Peterson. These boxes are not yet open for research use. HRC has yet to determine the length of their restriction.

Early files of Stephen Endean, 1970-1985, came with Gay Rights National Lobby files HRC inherited and are in Series II. Additional Endean files may be found in the Fairness Fund and Field Division files in Series V and in the Right to Privacy Foundation files in Series VIII. Some files from Steve Endean's tenure as HRC Treasurer and a few additional files from executive directors Vic Basile and Tim McFeeley are in the 20th Year History Project files (Series VII).

  54, 78, 79  
Stephen R. Endean, 1980-1983 [subseries]:
Vic Basile, 1983-1989 [subseries]:
  79, 108-109  
Tim McFeeley, 1989-1995 [subseries]:
  94-98, 100, 103-107, 110-113, 116-121, 128  
Elizabeth Birch, 1995-2004

Harvey Hurdle (Chief Operating Officer), 2001-2005

Cheryl Jacques, 2004

  54, 79, 82-84, 93, 127  
Board Materials [subseries]:
Included here are the agenda, minutes, and correspondence from Board meetings, drafts of reports they produce, and other files produced by HRC's Board of Directors, Board of Governors, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board. Note that most of these vital records have not yet been transferred to the archives, and their use is currently restricted. Some memoranda from the Board are found throughout the collection, in the files of various departments and units of HRC(F).

  1, 54-56, 70  
HRC Legal Department, 1997-2000

  1, 59, 65-67, 69, 70, 127  
Reports and Operations [subseries]:
Annual reports, financial reports, staff rosters and staff reports, personnel manuals, and other files from the overall operation and administration of the agency. Additional annual reports were cataloged separately in a collection titled "Miscellaneous Human Rights Campaign periodicals and newsletters."

Membership and Fundraising [subseries]:
Included here are files from HRC(F)'s efforts to encourage membership, including files from the Insider Program, later the Federal Club, and the Sustainer Program.  Much of the work to encourage new members happened at the local level at events planned by the Constituent Mobilization Division and Field office, so researchers should look in those series too.  Also here is documentation of HRC's communication with its members, including member feedback on issues, both protest and support. The direct marketing files show HRC's efforts at communicating with members and appealing for funds through the years. Also included are correspondence and files from the Development Department. Records containing financial information are restricted for 25 years from date of creation.

  1, 127  
Membership Programs [subseries]:
Member Feedback on Issues [subseries]:
  3, 28  
Direct Mail Examples [subseries]:
  1, 58, 61, 66-67  

  1, 101, 130  
HRC Office Building, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W. [subseries]:
Files relating to the design, building, furnishing, and funding of HRC's building, which opened in 2003, including correspondence regarding awards won. Except for the two folders in Box 1 and two folders in Education Director Kim Mill's files in Series VII, these files are not yet open for research use. Blueprints to existing HRC facilities will be restricted to permission of HRC.

Series II. Gay Rights National Lobby (GRNL) and Stephen R. Endean files, 1970-1985 [series]:
GRNL was founded in 1976 and merged with HRCF in 1985.  This series contains files of Steve Endean, 1970-1985, and records of the Gay Rights National Lobby 1976-1985, including founding documents; GRNL board meeting packets, 1976-1985; other administrative files; files from GRNL's lobbying work in the US Congress, mostly on immigration reform; and files from the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forums, 1984-85, and other projects. Endean kept files about lesbian and gay civil rights issues in various localities around the country, 1978-88. His files also contain correspondence from 1981-85, including his resignation letter from GRNL.

GRNL's subject files on related organizations and on HIV and AIDS appear to have been transferred to HRC and then maintained by HRC staff for some time. These files are found in Series III: Legislative and Public Policy.

  4, 127  
Stephen R. Endean Files [subseries]:
  5, 54-57, 127  
Administration [subseries]:
Lobbying [subseries]:
  5, 127  
Projects [subseries]:
Series III. Legislative and Public Policy, 1975 - [series]:
These administrative, subject, and candidate files and the files of two staff members, E. Rosenthal and S. Smith, document the legislative and public policy work of HRC(F) from 1980 to 2005. The records indicate that at least from 1989 to 1995, this work was undertaken by the Public Policy Department. The Public Policy Department held subject files with material dating back to 1975. HRCF's Legislative Reports and Weekly Updates (1989-1991) provide insight into the issues HRCF was tracking and the information subscribers were receiving. There are three separate subject files: one on organizations, started by GRNL; one on HIV/AIDS, including youth and school issues; and one on the military, including the Don't Ask/Don't Tell policy. S. Smith's files document HIV and AIDS related work of HRCF in the mid-late 1980s.

Lobbying, 1980-1989 [subseries]:
Documents legislative and national political issues of concern to HRCF during these years.

Eric Rosenthal's Files, 1980-1988 [subseries]:
E. Rosenthal's files, 1980 - 1988, document work of the departments (variously named over the years) that dealt with legislative, judicial and public policy issues and connections with the Triangle Institute, GRNL, and HRCF. They also document various state initiatives in the late 1980s.

  7-12, 85-86, 127  
Public Policy Department, Administrative and Subject Files, 1975-1995 [subseries]:
Files on the activities of this department and the issues it kept track of, mostly from 1989 to 1995, including files on the 103rd Congress (1993-1994), people of color, legislation on hate crimes and health care reform, Congressional non-discrimination pledges, and issues of anti-bullying, anti-violence, and condom availability in schools.

Legislative Reports and Weekly Updates, 1988-1991 [subseries]:
Organizational Subject Files Inherited from GRNL, 1976-1988 [subseries]:
  13, 14  
HIV and AIDS [subseries]:
Steve Smith's Files, 1985-1990 [subseries]:
  11, 14-16, 127  
Military, 1984-1996 [subseries]:
This subseries includes information regarding the U.S. Navy's admission of Negroes in 1942.

Political Races [subseries]:

Series IV. Constituent Mobilization Division, 1980-1988 [series]:
These are files of the unit that acted as a political action committee (PAC), dispersing funds and mobilizing citizen support for HRC-endorsed candidates for the U.S. Congress and other federal offices, 1980-1988. In 1988, the work of this unit folded into the new Field Division.

Series V. Grassroots Organizing and Mailgrams [series]:
Included here are HRC(F)'s efforts to mobilize citizens to send messages to Congress at key times.  HRCF adopted this approach when it merged with Steve Endean's Fairness Fund in 1988 and created SpeakOut and a Field Division for grassroots organizing.  The records of the Fairness Fund are also included here.

  18, 58-59  
Fairness Fund, 1986-1988 [subseries]:
Steve Endean created the Fairness Fund (FF) in December 1986 to fight right-wing amendments in Congress and encourage positive federal legislation relevant to the gay and lesbian community by providing overnight constituent mail to national political leaders. FF fund staff wrote the text for letters and mailgrams and arranged to have them delivered on behalf of concerned individuals. FF tried to capitalize on the large crowd at the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. These records include organizational vital records (including article of incorporation, bylaws, and the 1988 merger documents), FF board meeting documents, and correspondence.

Field Division and Speak Out, 1988 - [subseries]:
When the Fairness Fund merged with HRCF in 1988, HRCF created a Field Division for grassroots organizing, and Steve Endean returned to lead this unit. Some of this kind of work had been formerly conducted by the Constituent Mobilization Division, and some of the files here may have originated with the Constituent Mobilization unit. Endean created Speak Out to carry on the constituent mail functions of the Fairness Fund.

The records in this series document the work of the Field Division, including event materials, grassroots lobbying, education, the Marches on Washington in 1987, 1988, and 1989, state based activities, and Speak Out. They include the records of Seth Kilbourn, National Field Director, 2000-2004.

  18, 21, 54-59, 61, 63, 65, 67-69, 78  
Administrative [subseries]:
  22, 23, 54, 78, 127  
Subject Files [subseries]:
National Organizations
  23-27, 80  
Field Division, State-by-State Files, pre-1998 [subseries]:
  23, 61-62, 64-72, 122-127  
Field Division Events, 1988-2007 [subseries]:
National Field Director Seth Kilbourn Files, 2000-2004 [subseries]:
  29, 54-56, 59-60, 69, 71-76, 78  
  29, 54-59, 73-74, 77  
Subject Files
  29, 54-56, 60, 75-76, 127  
Series VI. Communications and Marketing [series]:
This series documents the media statements, publications, and other communications, both print and on-line, of the Human Rights Campaign Fund and HRC. It contains press releases and publications from the Communications Department, 1980-2004. Kim Mills worked here in 1996-1998 and gathered together these historical files. David Smith was the Director of the Communications Department in 2004. In a 2005 restructuring, he became the Vice President of Programs, a unit that includes both the Communications and Marketing Division and the Public Education and Outreach Division (formerly the Education Department.) Some HRC publications were cataloged separately and are listed at the bottom of this guide.

  30, 54-55, 60, 69, 97, 114, 127, 129  
Press Releases and Publications [subseries]:
Series VII. Education and Outreach, 1980-2004 [series]:
Documenting the education and outreach activities of HRC(F), this series contains the records of the Education Department, which became the Public Education and Outreach Division in 2005. Most of the files come from Kim Mills, who was the Education Director from 1998 to 2004. The department files include the director's correspondence, 1998-2004, her speeches, and two disks of her computer files, as well as some photographs and various organization-wide administrative materials. The Education Department was in charge of HRC's web site until the creation of an Information Technology unit in 2004, and the files here show web trend statistics and work on web redesign, 1997-2004.

Various important administrative documents, including bylaws and merger documents, can be found in the Education Department's 20th Year History Project files.

Other subseries contain subject files used in the creation of educational materials by and for HRCF staff on issues including the military, family, health, religion, and National Coming Out Day. Workplace files document WorkNet (HRC's Internet portal for workplace information), HRC's Business Council, and issues such as Exxon Mobile's corporate polices.

  30, 32, 56, 59-60, 79  
Education Department Files [subseries]:
HRC Web Site [subseries]:
  10, 33, 34, 54-58, 60, 64, 71, 78  
20th Year History Project [subseries]:
  10, 35-37, 57, 60  
Subject Files and Clippings [subseries]:
Military, 1991-1993 [subseries]:
  38, 54-55, 70, 72-73, 127  
Workplace [subseries]:
Business Council [subseries]:
Family Net [subseries]:
  31, 102  
Health [subseries]:
  35, 74  
Religion [subseries]:
Marriage [subseries]:
  35, 127  
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) [subseries]:
Series VIII. Research [series]:
Records from the predecessor organization, Right to Privacy Foundation, and HRC's nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) units devoted to research and analysis:  the Human Rights and Health Fund, The Triangle Institute (TTI), and the HRC Foundation.

  39, 54-55, 127  
Right to Privacy Foundation (RPF), 1981-1989 [subseries]:
Records of the Right to Privacy Foundation, founded by Steve Endean, which researched anti-discrimination in employment, the federal Gay Civil Rights Bill, and HIV/AIDS discrimination. Consists mostly of administrative records. Also includes files on civil rights and direct marketing materials showing efforts at raising money to support their HIV and AIDS related lobbying work.

  40, 78  
Human Rights and Health Fund (HRHF) Inherited Files, 1977-1985 [subseries]:
Past polls and correspondence collected and used by the Human Rights and Health Fund and its successors.

Human Rights and Health Fund (HRHF), 1986-February 1988 [subseries]:
Created in 1986, the Human Rights and Health Fund and its successors, the Triangle Institute and then the HRC Foundation, have been nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations that support the work of HRC through research, educational efforts, and outreach.

Included under the Human Rights and Health Fund are administrative files and issue files on gay politics, key races, polling data, minority AIDS outreach, and MEDPAC clippings. Some project files were passed along to The Triangle Institute and are merged with those files.

  40, 57-59, 78  
HRHF Administration [subseries]:
The administrative files include R. Brady's chronological correspondence files, budgets and financial reports, articles of incorporation and bylaws, the application for 501(c) 3 status, and notes from Board of Directors meetings.

HRHF Issues

  39, 40, 59  
The Triangle Institute (TTI), Mar. 1988-1995 [subseries]:
In March 1988, HRHF changed its name to The Triangle Institute (TTI) and was active under this name until 1995. Its programs included the Electoral Research Project (ERP), the MEDPAC project focused on disseminating reliable information related to the AIDS crisis, and after 1993, the National Coming Out Day Project (NCOD). Documented here are TTI's fund raising through grant applications and direct marketing and HRHF/TTI Board meeting packets and some of its project files. The files on the Electoral Research Project and on AIDS projects include earlier work done by HRHF. The current documentation is limited to activities from 1986 to 1988.

NCOD files are in a separate subseries. Other important TTI documents can be found in the Education Department's 20th Year History Project files (series VII).

HRC Foundation [subseries]:
In 1995, TTI became the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Programs funded in part or in full through the Human Rights Campaign Foundation include: the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Outreach Program, Family Project, Workplace Project, National Coming Out Project, Religion and Faith Program, and the HRC Research Institute.

Workplace and WorkNet project files and some National Coming Out Day files are found under the Communication and Education series. Foundation bylaws and two folders with articles about HRC Foundation events and staff can be found in the Education Department's 20th Year History Project files (series VII). No additional records from the HRC Foundation have been transferred to the archives yet.

AIDS Research, 1981-1998 [subseries]:
The collected files related to AIDS research generated and collected by HRC's 501c units, including administrative files and correspondence about the AIDS Federal Policy Act and other issues documenting the work of this unit, MEDPAC packets (press clippings related to HIV and AIDS issues), reports issued by other agencies, subject files, and files related to the publication Guide to Public Health: Principles to Protect HIV-related Confidentiality and Prevent Discrimination, Washington, DC: Association of State and Territorial Health Officers, 1988. Files on AIDS are also found throughout the collection.

Administration [subseries]:
MEDPAC [subseries]:
Reports [subseries]:
Subject Files [subseries]:
Guide to Public Health Practice: Principles to Protect HIV-Related Confidentiality and Prevent Discrimination

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) Files, 1987- [subseries]:
This subseries contains the inherited files of the original organization that started National Coming Out day in 1987 and the files after 1993, when the Human Rights Campaign Fund took it over. The NCOD merger documents can be found in the Education Department's 20th Year History Project files (series VII).

Inherited files, NCOD organization, 1988-1993 [subseries]:
  50-51, 60-63  
Subject Files
  51-52, 62  
Media Coverage
HRC's NCOD project, 1993-1999 [subseries]:
  52, 65-69  
Subject Files
  39, 53  
Media Coverage

  78, 79  
Lois Reckitt, Board Member, Files [subseries]:
Reckitt was a Board member of both the Human Rights and Health Fund and TTI. Her files include documents about organizational name changes and mission statements. All Board files are currently restricted.

Studies [subseries]:

Series IX. Multimedia [series]:
  19, 20, 32, 43, 44, 81, 99, Mapcases  
Artifacts [subseries]:
This subseries contains various plaques and posters, HRC election merchandise, various buttons, large census maps, cloth banners, and blueprints for the 2003 new office building (restricted to permission of HRC).

  32, 42, 45-49, 99  
Audiovisual Materials [subseries]:
This subseries contains many HRC-produced videos, including public service announcements, tributes to staff members, National Coming Out Day clips, campaign advertisements, and various other materials. Also found in this subseries is HRC's CD "Being Out Rocks."

  127, 129, 131  
Series X. Miscellaneous [series]:
  127, 129  
Newspapers and magazines [subseries]: