About this Collection

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Archive aT UNT is a repository for records documenting the history and culture of the LGBT communities in the South and the Southwest. This major collecting initiative documents  people, places, and events through primary source materials, including letters, photographs, newspapers and magazines, scrapbooks, diaries, audio-visual materials, organizational records, posters, flyers and objects.

Most current scholarship on LGBT history is based upon the stories of large LGBT communities in cities like New York and San Francisco. Meanwhile, the stories of Southern and Southwestern LGBT communities are mostly unheard. The experience of LGBT people in Texas and the Southwest has not been explored with the same emphasis that scholars have placed on other communities, partially because of the lack of adequate resources for humanities scholars to use and interpret. Texas holds the fourth largest LGBT population in the U.S.  Documenting and preserving the history of the regional LGBT community is critical for a comprehensive understanding on this topic.

Materials from the UNT LGBT archive have been used in documentaries, feature filmS, and research papers presented at national and international conferences.

Highlights include:

Resource Center LGBT collection

The Resource Center collection is the largest collection of LGBT history in north Texas and documents significant people, organizations and events such as the Circle of Friends, the first Dallas Pride Parade, the Dallas Buyer’s Club, Baker vs. Wade, the Gay Urban Truth Squad, Dallas Gay Alliance and much more. The collection also contains many collections of personal papers including those of John Thomas, Don Baker and Karen Estes. 

The Dallas Way collection

The Dallas Way is a north Texas based organization with a mission to collect and preserve GLBT history. Through a partnership with UNT, the Dallas Way collection at UNT contains on-going project records, oral histories, and relevant historical materials collected by Dallas Way members. The Dallas Way has contributed multiple collections to the LGBT Archive including the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus collection and the Dallas Gay Alliance collection

The Charles Francis collection

The Charles C. Francis Collection includes documentation on the politics of gay rights during George W. Bush’s presidential election and first four years of the Bush administration including protests by the Log Cabin Republicans during the Texas Republican Convention in 1998, the Austin 12 meeting on April 13, 2000, the Bush campaign’s initial outreach to gay Republicans and the creation of the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC).

The Dallas Voice newspaper collection, 1984-present

The Dallas Voice is a weekly LGBT newspaper in continuous publication since 1984. The archive contains every print edition of the paper ever published. In addition, the archive contains digital editions from 2005 to the present, made available to the public through the UNT Digital Library.

Betty Fairchild papers

Betty Fairchild wrote one of the first books for parents of gay children and was a founding member of P-FLAG chapters in Denver and Washington D.C. Her collection contains her journals, photos, and correspondence.

Dallas NAMES Project collection

The Dallas NAMES project committee coordinated the creation and display of quilt squares in memory of local AIDS victims. This collection contains a photo archive of squares contributed to the National AIDS Memorial Quilt and the organizational records of the local committee. 

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