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Dignity/USA Records

Finding aid prepared by Yolanda Alaniz, © 2007

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Dignity, Inc.
Title
Dignity/USA records
Collection no.
Coll2007.004
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1971-1988
Date [inclusive]
1956-2002
Extent
47.8 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
(94 archive boxes).
Language
English
Abstract
Records of Dignity/USA, the oldest organization for Roman Catholic members of the GLBT community, from it's founding in 1969 until the early 1990s. The materials include correspondence, minutes, motions, and work papers of the organization's Board of Directors and House of Delegates; records of Dignity's biennial National Conventions; correspondence files of Dignity officers, including Joseph Killian (Joe Gilgamesh), the first elected president of Dignity; and extensive subject files, containing correspondence, reports, press releases, notes, copies of magazine and newspaper articles, and other materials relating to Dignity's day-to-day operations, its efforts to obtain recognition from the Roman Catholic hierarchy, both within the United States and at the Vatican, of the spiritual needs of gays and lesbians, and its active participation in the secular movement for the recognition of GLBT civil rights. Additional materials include records of the regions and chapters into which Dignity is divided; the materials relating to the Los Angeles chapter, always the largest in the organization, are particularly extensive. The collection also includes a collection of photographs and slides documenting the history of Dignity, and extensive files of newsletters published by the national office and by each region and chapter.

Preferred Citation

Box #, folder #, Dignity/USA records, Coll2007-004, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Administrative History

Early in 1969, Father Patrick X. Nidorf, an Augustinian priest and psychologist in San Diego, began a ministry for gay and lesbian Roman Catholics as an extension of his professional work. He chose the name "Dignity" to stress his basic goal: to bring dignity into the spiritual and social lives of gay and lesbian Catholics. Word of Nidorf's ministry spread, first by word of mouth, then through advertisements Nidorf placed in the Los Angeles Free Press and (beginning in January 1970) the Advocate. To guard against the possibility of religious fanatics or homophobes disrupting or dominating meetings, Nidorf required the return of a completed application form, and, when in doubt, a personal interview. The monthly gatherings were open only to individuals over 21 years of age, with a membership card issued by Nidorf; annual dues were $5. Nidorf also issued a simple monthly newsletter.

Although the early meetings alternated between San Diego and Los Angeles, Nidorf soon moved all meetings to Los Angeles, where the great majority of participants lived. In May 1970, Nidorf asked Bob Fournier to draw up a constitution-known as the Statement of Position and Purpose-for Dignity, and in June appointed him first General Chairman of the organization. In September, Dignity held its first meeting on church property, in the basement auditorium of St. Brendan's parish in Los Angeles.

The membership became increasingly active and early in 1971, against Nidorf's advice, sought recognition from the diocese of Los Angeles. However, coadjutor archbishop Timothy Manning found Dignity's principles "untenable", and ordered Nidorf to cease his activities with the group. Nidorf therefore resigned, and the leadership of Dignity passed permanently into lay hands. Despite Nidorf's resignation, interest in Dignity continued to grow, and to spread across the country: in November 1971, Dignity/Louisville became the first chapter of Dignity outside Southern California. In February 1972, Dignity held its first annual meeting, electing Joe Killian (known in Dignity as Joe Gilgamesh) president. The organization at the time had 198 members, including 25 priests, four brothers, and two seminarians; 108 members lived in the Los Angeles area, the others in twenty states and the District of Columbia, as well as seven foreign countries. In March 1972, Dignity/Los Angeles (which separated from San Diego and became a separate chapter in the fall of that year) began meeting at the Los Angeles Community College Newman Center. Later in 1972, Gilgamesh formed the Administrative Services Group (ASG) to oversee all aspects of Dignity outside of Los Angeles. Pat Allen was made responsible for overseeing all chapters outside of the Los Angeles area. In September and October Gilgamesh and Allen toured the East Coast in support of Dignity, and by the end of the year the organization had ten chapters, in Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Louisville, Chicago, Washington, DC, New York, and Boston. In 1973, Dignity held its first Biennial Convention in Los Angeles.

Dignity allied itself with clergy and working with the gay and lesbian community, including Sister Jeannine Gramick, and Fathers John McNeill, SJ, Eugene Boyle, and Charles Curran, and with the Salvatorian Order's Gay Ministry Task Force. It also received support from the National Federation of Priests Councils and the National Assembly of Religious Brothers. In 1975, Dignity published Father Robert Nugent's Homosexuality: A Worksheet for Catholics , and  Homosexual Catholics: A Primer for Discussion , by Sister Jeannine Gramick and Fathers Robert Nugent and Tom Oddo. In October 1976, Dignity was an official participant in the "Call to Action" U.S. Bishops' Conference, intended to formulate a five-year plan of social action for the nation's bishops. The conference's resolutions that the church actively seek to serve the pastoral needs of homosexuals and that it fight, in society and within its own structures, discrimination based on sexual orientation, were presented to the National Conference of Bishops the following year. In July 1977, in response to the defeat of a gay rights ordinance in Dade County, Florida, Dignity joined with the Metropolitan Community Church, the National Gay Task Force, and the Gay Rights National Lobby, in sponsoring a National Gay leadership Conference in Denver. At the third Biennial Convention held in Chicago in September 1977, Dignity adopted the structure it retains today: a Board of Directors and House of Delegates, with chapters grouped into regions. As the House of Delegates intended that Dignity eventually be a national organization comprised solely of chapters within the United States, the Canadian chapters that constituted Region XI later formed Dignity/Canada/Dignit? as a separate organization. Also in 1977, Sister Jeannine Gramick and Father Robert Nugent founded new Ways Ministry, a ministry of Reconciliation and Social Justice for Catholic gays and lesbians.

In 1978, in response to Proposition 6, a proposal spearheaded by California State Senator John Briggs to bar homosexuals from teaching in California public schools, Jim Highland, Sister Eileen DeLong and Father Jim Fleck formed Catholics for Human Dignity, the first state-registered political lobby of Catholics advocating human rights for gay people. This group was decisive in helping defeat Proposition 6. Dignity continued to be involved in human right campaigns to benefit the gay community. In 1979, over 350 members of Dignity from 27 chapters participated in the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. That same year Dignity president Frank Scheuren, along with the Rev. Troy Perry and representatives of the National Gay Task Force and Gay Rights National Lobby presented nationwide petitions for Gay Rights legislation to President Jimmy Carter's representatives at the White House. In 1980, in tacit recognition of the importance of its work in the political sphere, Dignity opened a permanent national office in Washington, DC.

Although conservative members of the church hierarchy in the United States had always opposed Dignity and its work, a few prominent bishops, including Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen of Seattle, were supportive, and since its foundation Dignity had been able to engage the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in an ongoing dialog concerning gays and lesbians and the church. The Vatican, however, was opposed to any ministry to the gay and lesbian community, and as early as 1976 withdrew the imprimi potest for Father John McNeill's The Church and the Homosexual, and later forbade him to write or speak on the issue of homosexuality "in any of its aspects". In October 1986, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a  Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, defining homosexuality as "an objective disorder" and banning groups that do not agree with church teachings from using church facilities. As a consequence, Dignity chapters were not permitted to hold meetings or celebrate mass on church property; the first eviction of a chapter took place in December. At the same time, the Jesuit Order instructed Father John McNeill to give up all public ministry to gays and lesbians or be expelled from the Order; McNeill refused to comply. In response, Dignity/USA placed a full-page advertisement in the April 27, 1987, issue of  Newsweek magazine, the first full-page, full-circulation advertisement purchased by a national gay/lesbian organization. Dignity issued its own  Letter on Pastoral Care of Gay and Lesbian Persons, outlining a positive approach to a variety of justice, sexual, and ministry issues affecting gays and lesbians and their families, at the organization's eighth Biennial Convention in Miami in July of that year. Dignity's Task Force on Sexual Ethics, instituted in 1984, issued its report,  Sexual Ethics: Experience, Growth, Challenge, in 1989.

Dignity has continued to play an active role in the movement for gay and lesbian civil rights, sending one of the largest organizational contingents to the 1993 March on Washington, and participating in the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's National Policy Round Table in 1998. It vigorously opposed the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's Some Considerations Concerning the Catholic Response to Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual Persons (1992), which urged bishops to oppose gay and lesbian civil rights laws in such instances as child adoptions, employment of teachers, and military recruitment, as well as the Vatican's  Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons (2003), instructing Catholic politicians and the public to oppose legal protections for same-sex couples. On the other hand, despite its frequent disagreements with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Dignity supported the Conference's  Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to the Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers (1997).

Sources:

Jim Highland. Dignity; a brief history, 1969-1981. 1981.

Highlights of DignityUSA's History, 1969-present, http://www.dignityusa.org/archives.history.html, (last accessed June 20, 2007)

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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection comprises records of Dignity/USA and its predecessors, regions, and chapters, from the organization's founding in 1969 until the early 1990s. The materials relating to the organization's national office include correspondence, minutes, motions, and work papers of the organization's Board of Directors and Board of Consultors (later renamed House of Delegates). The records also contain extensive correspondence files of Dignity officers, including James Bussen, Paul Diederich, Robert Fournier, Tom Sena, Frank Scheuren, and Paul Weidig; the files for Joseph Killian (also known as Joe Gilgamesh), the first elected president of Dignity, are particularly extensive. The national office subject files contain correspondence, reports, press releases, notes, copies of magazine and newspaper articles, and other materials relating to Dignity's day-to-day operations, its efforts to obtain validation for gays and lesbians from the Roman Catholic hierarchy, and its relations with similar groups from other religious denominations and with secular groups in search of civil rights for gays and lesbians. Many of the letters in both the correspondence and subject files vividly illustrate the internal conflict many gay and lesbian Roman Catholics suffered, as they searched for a support system to help them to integrate their sexual orientation with being Catholic. The collection contains extensive records, including minutes, motions, information packets, work papers, programs, and publicity, relating to Dignity's biennial National Conventions. Records for the regions and chapters into which Dignity was divided mirror in format, content, and arrangement those of the national office. The materials relating to the Los Angeles chapter, always the largest in the organization, which acted as a de facto headquarters until the creation of the national office, are particularly extensive. The collection also preserves extensive records relating to Dignity's full-page advertisement in Newsweek magazine for April 27, 1987, in response to the Vatican's October 1986  Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, including correspondence with both  Newsweek and  Time (which refused to publish the advertisement), and favorable and unfavorable replies. The newspaper clippings include articles from the mainstream religious and secular press, as well as from the gay media. The materials also include a collection of photographs and slides documenting meetings and conferences of Dignity, as well as officers and other Dignity activists during the period 1970-1985 in particular. The newsletter files include copies of most of the newsletters published by the national office, as well as near-complete runs of many regional and chapter newsletters, and issues of the quarterly  Insight, published by Dignity's New York chapter.

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Arrangement

  1. Series 1: National Office Files
    • Subseries 1.1: Board of Directors/House of Delegates

    • Subseries 1.2: Correspondence
      • Subsubseries 1.2.1: General Correspondence

      • Subsubseries 1.2.2: Joseph Killlian (Gilgamesh)

    • Subseries 1.3: Subject Files

  2. Series 2: National Convention Files

  3. Series 3: Region Files

  4. Series 4: Chapter Files
    • Subseries 4.1: Chapters

    • Subseries 4.2: Los Angeles, CA, Chapter
      • Subsubseries 4.2.1: General Correspondence

      • Subsubseries 4.2.2: Subject Files

  5. Series 5: Newsweek Avertisement

  6. Series 6: Newspaper Clippings

  7. Series 7: Photographic Materials

  8. Series 8: Publications/Newsletters
    • Subseries 8.1: National/International Newsletters

    • Subseries 8.2: Region Newsletters

    • Subseries 8.3: Chapter Newsletters

  9. Series 9: Ephemera

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2007
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Yolanda Alaniz, November 2006-May 2007.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Dignity, Inc.
  • Dignity/Los Angeles
  • Dignity/USA

Family Name(s)

  • Gilgamesh, Joe (pseudonym for Joseph Killian)
  • Killian, Joseph, 1940-1989

Subject(s)

  • Catholic gays--Canada
  • Catholic gays--United States
  • Gay rights--Religious aspects--Catholic Church
  • Gays--Canada--History--20th Century
  • Gays--Religious life
  • Gays--United States--History--20th Century
  • Homosexuality--History--20th century
  • Homosexuality--Religious aspects--Catholic Church
  • Homosexuality--Religious aspects--Christianity
  • Lesbians--Canada--History--20th century
  • Lesbians--Religious life
  • Lesbians--United States--History--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1: National Office Files Bulk, 1970-1985 1956-2002 (bulk 1970-1985).  (Bulk, 1970-1985)   12.6

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of records of the National Office of Dignity, represented by the Board of Directors, which performed executive functions, and the House of Delegates (originally Board of Consultors), which performed legislative functions. The series is divided into two subseries: (1) Board of Directors/House of Delegates, and (2) Correspondence.

 Subseries 1.1: Board of Directors/House of Delegates 1972-1993   4.6

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains the records of the periodic meetings of the Board of Directors and Board of Consultors/House of Delegates. The materials include meeting minutes, motions, work papers, and election ballots and results. The records are arranged chronologically.

 Motions 1979-1989 

Box Folder

 Board of Directors/Board of Consultors (House of Delegates), Index of motions 1979-1989 

1 1

 Board of Directors/Board of Consultors (House of Delegates), Motions 1979-1980 

1 2

 Executive Board/House of Delegates, Motions October 1980-September 1981, 1983-1985 

1 3

  1972-1979 

Box Folder

 Administrative Service Group Meeting Notes 1972-1973 

1 4

 Board of Directors Meeting Notes 1972 

1 5 - 6

 Board of Consultors (House of Delegates) Work Papers, Boston, MA 1975-1978 

Box Folder

  1975 

1 7

  1976 

1 8

  1977-1978 

1 9
Box Folder

 Board of Consultors (House of Delegates) Minutes, Chicago, IL September 2-5, 1977 

1 10

 Executive Committee Minutes, Chicago, IL October 7-8, 1978 

1 10

 Executive Board Minutes and Motions, Houston, TX February 17-18, 1979 

1 11

 Board of Directors Minutes, San Diego, CA March 11-12, 1978 

1 12

 Executive Board Minutes, San Diego, CA August 29-31, 1979 

1 12

 Executive House of Delegates Minutes, San Diego, CA August 30-31, 1979 

1 12

  1980-1981 

Box Folder

 Executive Board Minutes, Vancouver, BC October 10-13, 1980 

2 1

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Vancouver, BC 1980 

2 2

 Notebook of Elinor Crocker, Secretary, Vancouver, BC 1980 

2 3

 Board of Directors Minutes / Executive Board Minutes, Washington, DC 1980-1981 

2 4

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Washington, DC 1980-1981 

2 5 - 9

 Executive Minutes, Lubbock, TX March 20-23, 1981 

2 10

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Lubbock, TX March 20-23, 1981 

2 11

 Board of Directors Minutes, Philadelphia, PA September 1-7, 1981 

3 1

 Executive House of Delegates Convention Minutes and Motions, Philadelphia, PA September 3-4, 1981 

3 2

 Board of Directors Correspondence (Fifth Biennial International Convention), Philadelphia, PA 1981 

3 3

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Philadelphia, PA 1981 

3 4

  1982 

Box Folder

 Board of Directors Minutes, Denver, CO April 11-13, 1982 

3 5

 Board of Directors Motions, Denver, CO April 10-12, 1982 

3 5

 Board of Directors Minutes, Los Angeles, CA October 8-11, 1982 

3 6

 Executive Board Motions, Los Angeles, CA October 8-11, 1982 

3 7

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Los Angeles, CA September-October 1982 

3 8

  1983 

Box Folder

 Executive Board Minutes and Motions, Atlanta, GA April 30-May 2, 1983 

3 9

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Atlanta, GA 1983 

3 10

 Executive Board Minutes and Motions, Seattle, WA August 30-September 5, 1983 

4 1

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Seattle, WA July-August 1983 

4 2

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Seattle, WA August 1983 

4 3

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Seattle, WA 1983 

4 4

  1984 

Box Folder

 Executive Board Work Papers, Los Angeles, CA January 20-22, 1984 

4 5

 Executive Board Ballots and Motions, Cleveland, OH January-April 1984 

4 6

 Executive Board Notebook, Cleveland, OH January-April 1984 

4 7

 Executive Board Minutes, Cleveland, OH April 28, 1984 

4 8

 Executive Board Work Papers, Cleveland, OH 1984 

4 9 - 10

 Executive House of Delegates July-September 1984 

Box Folder

 Referendem Ballots July 1984 

5 1

 Bylaw Amendment Ballots July-August 1984 

Box Folder

  July 1984 

5 2

  August 1984 

5 3
Box Folder

 Referendum Ballots 1984 

5 4 - 5

 Correspondence September 1984 

5 6
Box Folder

 Executive Board Work Papers, Chicago, IL September-October 1984 

5 7 - 8

 Executive Board Minutes, Chicago, IL October 4-5, 1984 

5 9

 Executive House of Delegates Work Papers, Washington, DC 1984 

5 10

 Special Election Ballot for Secretary December 1984 

5 7

  1985 

Box Folder

 House of Delegates Motions and Ballots January 15, 1985 

6 1 - 4

 Board of Directors Minutes, Richmond, VA April 27-28, 1985 

6 5

 Board of Directors Motions, Richmond, VA April 27-28, 1985 

6 6

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Richmond, VA April 27-28, 1985 

6 7

 Board of Directors Minutes, New York City, NY August 18-25, 1985 

6 8

 Executive House of Delegates Delegate/Alternative/Proxy Signed Forms New York City, NY August 20-25, 1985 

6 9

 Executive House of Delegates Delegate Credentials, New York City, NY August 20-25, 1985 

6 10

 House of Delegates Work Papers, New York City, NY August 20-25, 1985 

6 11 - 12

 Board of Directors Minutes, Houston, TX November 16-17, 1985 

7 1

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Houston, TX November 16-17, 1985 

7 2

  1986 

Box Folder

 Board of Directors Minutes and Motions, Tucson, AZ April 12-13, 1986 

7 3

 Board of Director Work Papers, Tucson, AZ April 12-13, 1986 

7 4

 Board of Directors Minutes, Portland, OR October 11-12, 1986 

7 5

 Board of Directors Motions, Portland, OR October 11-12, 1986 

7 6

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Portland, OR October 11-12, 1986 

7 7

  1987 

Box Folder

 Board of Directors Minutes and Motions, Miami, FL February 7-9, 1987 

8 1

 Board of Directors Minutes and Motions, Bal Harbour, FL July 19-25, 1987 

8 2

 House of Delegates Minutes and Motions, Bal Harbour, FL July 23, 1987 

8 3

 House of Delegates Election Ballots and Results, Bal Harbour, FL July 23, 1987 

8 4

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Miami, FL July 19-25, 1987 

8 5 - 7

 Board of Directors Minutes, Minneapolis, MN November 7-8, 1987 

8 8

 Board of Directors Motions, Minneapolis, MN November 7-8, 1987 

8 9

  1988 

Box Folder

 Board of Directors Minutes and Motions, Philadelphia, PA April 30-May 2, 1988 

9 1

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Philadelphia, PA April 30-May 2, 1988 

9 2 - 3

 Board of Directors Minutes and Motions, Boston, MA October 1-2, 1988 

9 4

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Boston, MA 1988 

9 5 - 6

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Chicago, IL 1988 

9 7

  1989 

Box Folder

 Board of Directors Minutes and Motions, Chicago, IL April 15-16, 1989 

9 8

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Chicago, IL April 15-16, 1989 

9 9

 Board of Directors Minutes and Motions, San Fransisco, CA August 27-September 3, 1989 

10 1

 House of Delegates 9th Biennial Minutes, San Fransisco, CA August 29-31, 1989 

10 2

 House of Delegates Motions, San Fransisco, CA August 29-31, 1989 

10 3

 Board of Directors 9th Biennial Work Papers, San Fransisco, CA August 27-28, 1989 

10 4

 House of Delegates 9th Biennial Work Papers, San Fransisco, CA August 29-31, 1989 

10 5

  1990 

Box Folder

 Board of Directors Minutes and Motions, Los Angeles, CA February 17-19, 1990 

10 6

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Los Angeles, CA February 17-19, 1990 

10 7 - 8

 Board of Directors Minutes and Motions, Washington, DC August 10-12, 1990 

11 1

 Board of Directors Packet, Washington, DC August 10-12, 1990 

11 2 - 3

 Board of Directors Notebook, Washington, DC August 10-12, 1990 

11 4

 Board of Directors Work Papers, Washington, DC August 10-12, 1990 

11 5

  1991 

Box Folder

 Board of Directors Minutes and Motions Washington, DC February 16-18, 1991 

11 6

 Board of Directors Minutes, Washington, DC August 25-September 1, 1991 

11 7

 House of Delegates 10th Biennial Minutes, Washington, DC August 27-29, 1991 

11 8

 House of Delegates Delegate Credentials, Washington, DC August 27-29, 1991 

11 9 - 10

  1993 

Box Folder

 Board of Directors Work Papers, New Orleans, LA July 24-28, 1993 

11 11

 Subseries 1.2: Correspondence Bulk, 1971-1985 1971-2002 (bulk 1971-1985)  (Bulk, 1971-1985)   3.4

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries consists of the correspondence sent and received by the Dignity leadership. It is divided into two subsubseries: (1) General Correspondence, and (2) Joseph Killian.

 Subsubseries 1.2.1: General Correspondence Bulk, 1971-1985 1971-2002 (bulk 1971-1985)  (Bulk, 1971-1985)   2.1

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subsubseries comprises the correspondence sent and received by Dignity officers, in particular the president, secretary, treasurer, newsletter editor, and various executive aides. The topics of correspondence include internal administrative matters, the formation of new chapters, emotional and moral support for individuals, and general information about the organization. Correspondence with the Roman Catholic hierarchy can be found in the Bishops Correspondence files; letters attacking the organization, for homophobic or other reasons, can be found in the Derogatory files. The materials include foreign correspondence. The records retain their original alphabetical arrangement.

Box Folder

 A. 1971 

12 1

 Acceptance (Australia) 1978-1982 

93 1

 Allen, Pat 1972-2000 

12 2

 B 1987 

12 3

 Bishops Correspondence 1973-1981, 1983, 1985-1987 

Box Folder

  1973-1975 

93 2

  1976-1981, 1983, 1985-1987 

93 3
Box Folder

 Burns, Peggy 2000-2002 

12 4

 Bussen, James (Jim) 1980-1989 

Box Folder

  1980-1981, 1985-1986 

12 5

  1987 

12 6 - 7

  1987 

93 4

  1988 

12 8 - 9

  1988 

93 5

  1989 

12 10
Box Folder

 C 1982-1988 

12 11

 Carton, Judy 1983-1984 

12 12

 D 1987-1988 

12 13

 Derogatory 1979-1988 

Box Folder

  1979-1981 

13 1

  1982-1988 

13 2

 Ink magazine December 1986 

64 1 Oversize

 Roses magazine June 2, 1979, November 1, 1985 

64 2

  1987 

64 3

 Diederich, Paul 1973-1982 

Box Folder

  1973-1975 

13 3

  1976-1979 

13 4

 Correspondence with Pat Allen 1973-1982 

Box Folder

  1973-1974 

93 6

  1975 

93 7

  1976-1979 

93 8

  1980-1982 

93 9

  no date 

93 10
Box Folder

 E 1988 

13 5

 F 1986-1987 

13 6

 Fleck, Jim 1978-1980 

13 7

 Fournier, Robert (Bob) 1971-1977 

Box Folder

  1971-1977 

13 8

 Speeches 1971-1977 

93 11

 Letters to Editors 1971 

Box Folder

 The Advocate 1971 

13 9

 Catholic World &  U.S.Catholic 1971 

13 10

 Los Angeles Free Press 1971 

13 11

 Marriage 1971 

13 12

 The Monitor 1971 

13 13

 Victor 1971 

13 14
Box Folder

 Articles, Dignity Newsletter 1972-1977 

13 15

 Interview with Entertainment West January 14, 1972 

64 4
Box Folder

 G 1986, 1989 

13 16

 Ginder, Richard 1974-1976 

13 17

 H 1988 

13 18

 Hager, John 1983-1985 

13 19

 Harvey, John 1987 

13 20

 Highland, Jim 1980 

13 21

 Inquiries 1981-1988 

Box Folder

 United States 1981-1988 

15 12

 International 1983-1988 

15 13
Box Folder

 International 1972-1987 

13 22

 J 1980 

14 1

 K 1980-1987 

14 2

 L 1979-1980 

14 3

 Long, Derek 1971-1972 

14 4

 M 1977, 1979, 1988 

14 5

 Marks, Marvin 1981-1984 

14 6

 McNaught, Brian 1979 

14 7

 McNeill, John 1976-1980 

93 12

 N 1982 

14 8

 O 1979-1980 

14 9

 Odd, Thomas C. 1979-1980 

14 10

 P 1984, 1987 

14 11

 R 1979, 1983-1984 

14 12

 Roche, Pat 1989, 1991 

14 13

 S 1974-1988 

14 14

 Sena, Tom 1988-1991 

Box Folder

  January-May 1988 

14 15

  June-December 1988 

14 16

  1989 

14 17

  1991 

14 18

 Scheuren, Frank 1978-1984 

Box Folder

  1978-1979 

15 1

  January-February 1980 

15 2

  March-October 1980 

15 3

  1981-1984 

15 4
Box Folder

 Shawley, Paul R 1985 

15 5

 T 1979-1987 

15 6

 Totten, Joe 1979-1980 

15 7

 United Way 1987 

15 8

 Weidig, Paul C 1978-1980 

Box Folder

  1978 

15 9

  1978 

64 7

  1979 

15 10

  1980 

15 11

 Subsubseries 1.2.2: Joseph Killian (Gilgamesh) Bulk, 1970-1974 1970-1990 (bulk 1970-1974)  (Bulk, 1970-1974)   1.3

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subsubseries comprises the correspondence of Joseph Killian, the first acting chairman and president of Dignity. As a principal founder of Dignity, Killian maintained an extensive international correspondence. Topics include administrative matters, new chapter formation, and information requests from the general public and from scholars and students researching homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church. A significant portion of the correspondence with private individuals is of a personal nature, offering support, advice, and personal stories of the dynamics and complexities of being gay and Roman Catholic. The Correspondence with Clergy files contain Killian's correspondence with gay and gay-supportive priests and clergymen of other denominations. The Personal files contain personal materials relating to Killian, including his diary, speeches on the history of Dignity, and the order of service for his funeral mass. The documents are arranged alphabetically by last name, when known; correspondence with individuals whose last name is not known is interfiled using the first name. Killian's correspondence relating to prison reform can be found in Subsubseries 4.4.4: Subject files, "Prison".

 General Correspondence 1970-1985 

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 A 1971-1974 

16 1

 Archangel Award January 20, 1984 

64 5

 B 1970-1976 

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  1970-1971 

16 2

  1972-1976 

16 3
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 C 1971-1974 

16 4

 D 1971-1973, 1977 

16 5

 E 1972-1974 

16 6

 F 1971-1974, 1985 

16 7

 G 1971-1974, 1984-1985 

16 8

 H 1971-1974, 1985 

16 9

 I 1973 

17 1

 J 1971-1973 

17 2

 K 1970-1974 

17 3

 L 1971-1974 

17 4

 M 1970-1976 

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  1970-1971 

17 5

  1972 

17 6

  1973-1976 

17 7
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 N 1971-1973 

17 8

 O 1971-1974 

17 9

 P 1970-1973 

17 10

 R 1971-1973 

17 11

 S 1970-1973 

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  1970-1972 

18 1

  1973 

18 2
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 T 1971-1973, 1985 

18 3

 V 1972 

18 4

 W 1973 

18 5

 Y 1971 

18 6

 Z 1972-1973 

18 7

 Form Letters December 1984 

18 8

 Correspondence with Clergy 1971-1973 

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  1971 

18 9

  1972-1973 

18 10

 Personal 1969-1990 

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 Diary/Ledger/Notes 1969, 1971 

18 11

 Speeches on Dignity's History. 1971-1972 

18 12

 Internal Revenue Service 1973, 1980, 1988 

18 13

 Diet and Health Issues circa 1970-1980 

18 14

 Memorial Service January 17, 1990 

18 15

 Subseries 1.3: Subject Files Bulk, 1972-1985 1956-2001 (bulk 1972-1985)  (Bulk, 1972-1985)   4.6

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries consists of subject files created by the Dignity National Office. A substantial portion of the materials concerns administrative matters, such as membership; chapter formation; boards, committees, and task forces; press releases; Statements of Position and Purpose; and manuals for the Board of Directors and the House of Delegates. Other materials relate to Dignity's activities, such as the March on Washington and lobbying the Vatican on issues relating to homosexuality, as well as scholarly papers on Dignity and its mission, and on homosexuality and the Church. The documents are arranged alphabetically by subject.

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 ABBA House: A Spiritual Center for Gay Catholic Studies 1975 

19 1

 The Advocate 1972-1973, 1979 

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 Articles on Dignity 1972, 1979 

19 2

  September 26, 1973 

69 1

 Advertisements 1976-1988 

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  1976-1978 

19 3

  1980, 1987-1988 

19 4

 AIDS 1987-1988, 1997 

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  1987-1988 

19 5

  1987 

64 8
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 AIDS Education circa 1980s 

20 1

 AIDS National Project 1993 

20 2

 American Library Association 1980 

20 3

 Aguinas Institute 1979 

20 4

 Attorneys 1979 

20 5

 xios NewsletteAr &  Orthodox 1981 

20 6

 Bequests, Wills, Designated Gifts 1987-1988 

20 7

 Bibliography 1966 

20 8

 Black Gay Men February 15-17, 1980 

20 9

 Brochures circa 1970-1980 

20 10

 Brothers of Jonathan (Korea) 1977-1979 

20 11

 Call to Action Conference, Detroit, MI, Work Papers October 21-23, 1976 

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 Work Papers October 21-23, 1976 

20 12

 Work Papers October 21-23, 1976 

64 9
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 Cardinal Griffin Report: Report of the Roman Catholic Advisory Committee on Homosexual Offenses and the Existing Law, England 1956 

20 13

 Cartoon, "The First Surrogate Mother", Chicago Times 1987 

20 14

 Catholics for Human Dignity 1979-1980 

20 15

 Chapter Codes circa 1970-1980 

20 16

 Chapter Formation Manual 1970s 

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  circa 1970s 

20 17 - 18

  1979 

64 10
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 Chapter Charter Form 1984 

21 1

 Chapter List 1986 

21 2

 Church Statements Project 1976 

64 11

 Chapter Survey 1981 

21 3

 Church and the Homosexual 1980 

21 4

 Church Statements Project 1976 

21 5

 Civil Rights 1975 

21 6

 Clergy List 1971, 1974 

21 7

 Committee of 100 Members 1979-1981 

21 8 - 9

 Committees 1979-1980 

21 10

 Communications Committee 1977-1979 

21 11

 Communications Ministry, Inc. 1977, 1980, 1985 

21 12

 Conference for Catholic Lesbians 1983-1984 

21 13

 Constitution and Bylaws, Proposed National 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1983 

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  1972 

21 15

  1973 

21 16

  1977 

21 17

  1978 

21 18

  1983 

22 1 - 2
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 Crocker, Elinor 1979-1980 

22 3

 Defenders (Leather/Levi Committee) 1988 

22 4

 Development Project 1980s 

22 5

 Distributed Peace (Brian McNaught) 1981-1982 

93 13

 Elections of National Officers 1973-1983 

22 6

 Equal Time September 25-October 9, 1992 

69 8

 Eucharistic Congress July 16, 1976 

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 Papers July 16, 1976 

22 7

 Papers July 16, 1976 

64 12

 Evangelization 1979-1980 

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  1979-1980 

22 8

  1979 

64 13
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 Form Letters 1970s 

22 9

 Forward in Unity Conference 1988 

21 14

 Fundraising 1980-1981 

22 10

 Gay Community News, Boston, MA 1975 

22 11

 Gay Cuban Refugees 1980 

22 12

 Gay Groups and Organizations 1974-1976 

22 13

 Gay Marriage circa 1970s 

22 14

 General Store (Dignity order form) 1983 

23 1

 Grant Proposal Application January 5, 1993 

23 2

 Guardian, various articles June 1996 

64 15

 History of Dignity 1969-1984 

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  1969-1981 

23 3

  1970-1973 

94 1

  1984 

23 4
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 Hollywood Assistance League 1961 

23 5

 Homosexual Catholics: a [New] Primer for Discussion 1975-1980 

94 2

 House of Representatives 1977 

23 6

 IBM circa 1970s 

23 7

 Insight: A Quarterly of Gay Catholic Opinion,Correspondence and Press Releases 1970-1980 

23 8

 Integrity Board of Directors 1975-1980 

23 9

 International Liaison 1979-1988 

23 10

 International Offices 1976-1986 

94 3

 Lambda Legal Defense 1980-1984 

23 11

 Landers, Ann 1976 

23 12

 Lesbian 1976 

23 13

 Liturgical (samples) 1972-1979 

23 14

 Lutherans Concerned 1979-1984 

23 15

 Mailings, Masters for 1971-1972 

23 16

 March on Washington 1979 

23 17

 March on Washington 1987 

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 Papers 1987 

23 18

 Photographs 1987 

24 1
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 Manuals for Board and House of Delegates 1970s-1980s 

24 2

 Membership Cards and Forms 1988 

24 3

 Membership Materials 1972-1976 

24 4

 Membership Status 1987 

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  January-May 1987 

24 5

  June-December 1987 

24 6
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 Metropolitan Community Church 1973-1980 

24 7

 Ministerial Guidelines 1973 

24 8

 Monthly Memo 1983-1984 

24 9

 National Catholic Register January 17, 1982 

69 4

 National Catholic Reporter 1980-1981 

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  November 21, 1980 

69 2

  1981 

24 10
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 National Conference of Catholic Bishops 1973 

24 11

 National Conference on Gay & Lesbian Issues October 10-12, 1980 

64 16

 National Convention Project for the Gay Vote 1980 

24 12

 National Council of Catholic Laity 1977 

24 14

 National Day of Prayer June 26, 1976 

24 13

 National Federation of Priests' Councils 1972 

24 15

 National Gay Leadership Conference 1977 

24 17

 National Gay Rights Advocates 1983, 1987 

24 16

 National Gay Task Force 1973-1984 

24 18

 National Office 1983 

25 1

 National Office Staff 1981-1982 

25 2

 New Ways Ministry 1978-1986 

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  1978-1979 

25 9

 The Catholic Review May 19, 1978 

64 17

 Bondings 1978-1986 

64 17

  1980 

25 10

  1984 

25 11
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 New York City News September 7. 1983 

69 5

 New York Daily News June 25, 1984 

69 7

 Newsletter [San Bernardino & Riverside Counties, CA] December 17, 1980 

69 3

 Newsletter Submission Materials 1972-1988 

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  1972 

25 3

  1975 

25 4

  circa 1976 

25 5

  1976 

25 6

  1977-1979 

25 7

  1985, 1987-1988 

25 8
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 Oasis Center 1980 

25 12

 Officers Reports 1982-1983 

25 13

 Open Church Group 1979 

26 1

 Outreach Letter to Priests 1971 

26 2

 Papal Visit 1986-1987 

94 5

 Pastoral Association Program 1972, 1974 

26 3

 Paulist Office for Evangelization 1980 

26 4

 Pen Pal Program 1975-1976 

26 5

 Political Activity 1975-1980 

26 6

 Presbyterians for Gay Concerns 1975-1978 

26 7

 Press 1973-1979 

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  1973-1979 

26 8

  1978 

64 18
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 Press about Dignity 1980-1984 

26 9

 Press List circa 1970s-1980s 

26 10

 Press Releases 1970-1991 

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  1970-1976 

26 11

  1977-1979 

26 12

  1980-1989, 1991 

27 1

 Conventions 1973-1977 

27 2

 Pope 1987 

27 3

 Prison Ministry 1978-1980 1986-1989 

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  1978-1980 

27 4

  1986-1987 

27 5

  1988 

27 6

  1989 

27 7 - 9

 Publicity 1977-1978 

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  1977-1978 

27 10

  September 1978 

64 19
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 Quarterly Report Form 1980, 1981 

27 11

 Real Estate Grant for Dignity Usage October 3, 1984 

64 14

 Reprints 1971-1987 

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 Dignity Publications 1971-1974 

28 1

 Non-Dignity Publications 1972-1987 

28 2

 Research Papers on Homosexuality 1960-1989 

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  1960, 1969-1973 

28 3

  1974-1975 

28 4

  1980-1981, 1989 

28 5
Box Folder

 Retreat Center 1975 

28 6

 Roberts, William, Homosexuality Educational Series 1974-1979 

Box Folder

  1974-1976 

28 7

  1977-1979 

28 8
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 Rosters of Chapters 1980-1984 

28 9

 Salvatorian Justice and Peace Commission 1974 

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  1974 

28 10

  1974 

64 6
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 Sexual Ethics Task Force 1987 

28 11

 Sexually Transmissible Conditions and Diseases 1975, 1981 

28 12

 Sisters in Gay Ministry Association 1980 

28 13

 Society of Priests for a Free Ministry 1971-1973 

29 1

 Special Areas of Ministry Report 1984 

29 2

 Spiritual Committee 1979 

29 3

 Statement of Ideas circa 1970s-1980s 

64 20

 Statement of Position and Purpose; Bylaws 1973-2001 

29 4

 Stationery circa 1970s-1980s 

29 5

 SWIFT Mailing Service 1982-1983 

29 6

 Task Force on Aging, Dignity 1988 

29 7

 Task Force on Gay & Lesbian Youth, Dignity 1984-1987 

29 8

 Task Force on Seal of Confessions 1987 

29 9

 Theological Pastoral Resources: A Packet of Articles on Homosexuality From a Catholic Perspective (booklet) 1974-1977 

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 Booklet April 1977 

29 10

 Work Papers 1974-1976 

29 11

 Floppy Disks April 1977   2 x 8-inch floppy disks

65 16
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 Travel 1986 

29 12

 U.S. Postal Information 1981 

29 13

 Vatican and Homosexuality 1988 

29 14

 Vatican Statements on Sexual Ethics 1975 

29 15

 Wallace, Howard/United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO February 18, 1988 

29 16

 Washington Blade September 9, 1983 September 30, 1983 

69 6

 White House Conference 1980 

94 6

 Women 1987 

29 17

 Women's Concerns Committee (Dignity) 1978-1980 

29 18

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Series 2:  Series 2: National Convention Files 1973-1991   4.2

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains records of Dignity's national and international conventions, generally held biannually. Documents include agendas, attendee information packets, ballots, flyers, hotel, travel, and speaker information, and workshop materials. The materials also include meeting minutes and work papers generated by pre-convention meetings of the Executive Board and the House of Delegates. The series is arranged chronologically.

 Flyers 1973-1991 

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  1973 

30 1

  1975-1978 

30 2

  1981-1991 

30 3

 First National Convention, Hollywood, CA August 31-September 3, 1973 

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 House of Delegates Minutes September 1, 1973 

30 4

 Convention Packet 1973 

30 5

 Work Papers 1973 

30 6 - 8

 Second National Convention, Boston, MA August 29-September 1, 1975 

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 Dignity Convention Article September 13, 1975 

64 21

 Convention Packet 1975 

30 9

 Work Papers 1975 

30 10 - 12

 Third International Convention, Chicago, IL September 2-5, 1977 

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 Correspondence 1977 

31 1 - 2

 Work Papers 1977 

31 3 - 6

 10th Anniversary Convention, San Diego, CA August 31-September 3, 1979 

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 Executive Board Minutes 1979 

31 7 - 8

 House of Delegates Minutes August 30-31, 1979 

Box Folder

  August 30, 1979 

31 9

  August 31, 1979 

31 10
Box Folder

 Correspondence 1979 

32 1 - 3

 Book Orders 1979 

32 4

 Booth Requests 1979 

32 5

 Convention Committee Reports 1979 

32 6 - 7

 Convention Packet 1979 

32 8

 Contracts 1979 

32 9

 Credentials Roster 1979 

32 10

 Hotel Information 1979 

32 11

 Printing Masters 1979 

33 1

 Program 1979 

33 2 - 3

 Publicity 1979 

33 4

 Schedule 1979 

33 5

 Security 1979 

33 6

 Speakers 1979 

33 7

 Taping, Butterfly Media 1979 

33 8

 Fifth Biennial International Convention, Philadelphia, PA September 4-7, 1981 

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 Budget 1981 

33 9

 Convention Committee Reports 1981 

33 12 - 13

 Convention Packet 1981 

34 3

 Correspondence 1981 

33 10

 Credentials 1981 

33 11

 Evaluation Questionnaire 1981 

33 14

 Hotel Information 1981 

34 1

 Logo 1981 

34 2

 Press 1981 

34 6

 Publicity 1981 

65 1

 Registration Information 1981 

34 4

 Speakers 1981 

34 5

 Vendors 1981 

34 7

 Work Papers 1981 

34 8

 Workshops 1981 

34 9

 Sixth Biennial International Convention, Seattle, WA September 2-5, 1983 

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 Advertising 1983 

35 2

 Bank Statements 1983 

35 3

 Budget 1983 

35 4

 Bylaws and Constitution 1983 

35 5

 Convention Committee Minutes June 1982-July 1983 

Box Folder

 Handwritten June 1982-July 1983 

34 10

 Typed June 1982-July 1983 

34 11
Box Folder

 Convention Planning Notebook 1983 

35 1

 Correspondence 1983 

34 12 - 14

 Events 1983 

35 6

 Finance, Chart of Accounts 1983 

35 7

 Forms 1983 

35 8

 Hotel Information 1983 

35 9 - 10

 Mailing 1983 

36 1

 Press Release 1983 

36 2

 Questionnaire Results 1983 

36 3

 Registration Forms 1983 

36 4

 Registration Packet 1983 

36 5 - 7

 Schedule 1983 

36 8

 Slide Presentation (script and slides) 1983 

36 9

 Speakers 1983 

36 10

 Work Papers 1983 

36 11 - 13

 Seventh Biennial Convention, New York, NY August 22-25, 1985 

 Convention Planning Committee Minutes January 1984-July 1985 

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  January-December 1984   Includes committee photograph.

37 1

  February-July 1985 

37 2
Box Folder

 Convention Committee Final Report 1985 

37 3

 Convention Committee Finances 1985 

37 4

 Convention Manual 1985 

37 5 - 8

 Convention Planning Committee Work Papers 1985 

37 9 - 10

 Convention Planning Committee Work Papers 1985 

38 1-3

 Convention Packet 1985 

38 4

 Executive Board August 18-19, 1985 

38 5

 Executive House of Delegates August 20-22, 1985 

38 6

 Resumes for Convention Committee 1985 

38 7

 Eighth Biennial Convention, Bal Harbour, FL July 23-26, 1987 

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 Board of Directors/House of Delegates Convention Schedule July 19-20, 1987 

38 10

 Convention Planning Committee Minutes March 1986-May 12, 1987 

38 8

 Convention Correspondence 1987 

38 9

 Finance Budget 1987 

38 13

 Finances 1987 

38 12

 Hotel Information 1987 

38 14

 House of Delegates Packet 1987 

38 11

 Registration Information 1987 

38 15

 Ninth Biennial Convention, San Francisco, CA August 27-September 3, 1989 

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 Convention Ballots 1989 

39 2 - 3

 Convention Executive Minutes June-October, 1988 

39 1

 Convention Manual 1989 

39 4 - 7

 Convention Packet 1989 

39 11 - 12

 Credentials 1989 

39 8

 Finance Report 1989 

39 9

 Keeping the Story Alive: A Handbook for Dignity Chapters 1989 

39 10

 Schedule 1989 

39 13

 Work Papers 1989 

39 14

 10th Biennial Convention, Washington, DC August 29-September 1, 1991 

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 Work Papers 1991 

39 15

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Series 3:  Series 3: Region Files Bulk, 1977-1988 1973-2000 (bulk 1977-1988)  (Bulk, 1977-1988)   2.7

Series Scope and Content Summary

According to the state in which they were located, Dignity chapters were assigned to one of eleven regions, each of which had its own administrative organization, including a regional House of Delegates. This series contains the records of each region. The materials for each region vary in scope and content, but include correspondence, meeting minutes, and conference records. Region newsletters, originally filed here, were removed and now form Subseries 8.2: Regional Newsletters. This series is arranged numerically by region; within each region the materials are arranged chronologically. The regions, and the states that belong to them, are as follows:

Region I
 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Region II
 New Jersey, New York
Region III
 Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, West Virginia
Region IV
 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern Virginia, Tennessee
Region V
 Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
Region VI
 Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Region VII
 Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Region VIII
 Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region IX
 California, Nevada
Region X
 Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Region XI
 Canada

 Region I 1978-1989 

 Correspondence 1978-1988 

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  1978-1979 

40 1

  1980 

40 2

  1981 

40 3

 Information Requests 1983-1984 

40 4

 Inquiries 1987-1988 

40 5

 Regional House of Delegates Meeting Minutes and Notes 1982-1989 

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  1982-1983 

40 6

  1984-1985 

40 7

  1986-1987 

40 8

  1988-1989 

40 9

 Region II 1977-1988 

 Correspondence 1977-1988 

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  1977 

40 10

  1978 

40 11

  1979 

40 12

  1980 

40 13

  1981 

41 1

  1982 

41 2

  1983-1984 

41 3

 Information Requests 1983-1984 

41 4

 Inquiries 1987-1988 

41 5

 Region III 1978-1988 

 Correspondence 1978-1988 

Box Folder

  1978-1979 

41 6

  1983-1984 

41 7

 Inquiries 1987-1988 

41 8

 Regional House of Delegates Meetings Minutes and Notes 1978-1984 

Box Folder

  1978-1980 

41 9

  1981 

41 10

  1982-1984 

41 11

 Region IV 1977-1988 

 Correspondence 1978-1988 

Box Folder

  1978-1979 

41 12

  1980 

41 13

  1981-1982 

41 14

  1984-1986 

42 1

 Information Requests 1983-1984 

42 2

 Inquiries 1987-1988 

42 3

 Regional House of Delegates Meetings Minutes and Notes 1977-1980, 1983-1984 

Box Folder

  1977-1980 

42 4

  1983-1984 

42 5

 Region V 1977-1988 

 Correspondence 1977-1988 

Box Folder

  1977-1979 

42 6

  1980 

42 7

  1981 

42 8

  1983-1988 

42 9

 Information Requests 1983-1984 

42 10

 Inquiries 1987-1988 

42 11
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 Regional House of Delegates Meetings Minutes and Notes 1977, 1980, 1985-1986 

43 1

 An Anthology for the Gay & Lesbian Community 1985 

43 2

 Region VI 1977-1988 

 Correspondence 1977-1988 

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  1977, 1982, 1988 

65 2

  1978 

43 3

  1979 

43 4

  1980 

43 5

  1981 

43 6

  1982 

43 7

  1983-1987 

43 8

 Information Requests 1983-1984 

43 9

 Inquiries 1987-1988 

43 10
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 Regional House of Delegates Meeting Minutes and Notes 1984-1985 

43 11

 Region VII 1978-1988 

 Correspondence 1978-1988 

Box Folder

  1978-1980 

43 12

  1981, 1987 

43 13

 Information Requests 1984 

44 1

 Inquiries 1987-1988 

44 2

 Region VIII 1973-1988 

 Correspondence 1973-1988 

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  1973-1977 

44 3

  1980-1982 

44 4

 Information Requests 1982-1984 

44 5

 Inquiries 1987-1988 

44 6
Box Folder

 Regional Meeting Minutes 1980-1981 

44 7

 The Roman Catholic Church in U.S.A. and Canada 1982 

44 8

 Region IX 1975-1996 

 Conferences 1985, 1995 

Box Folder

 Leadership Conference, Los Angeles, CA January 12, 1985 

44 9

 25th Anniversary, Los Angeles, CA June 28-July 2, 1995 

44 10

 Correspondence 1978-1996 

Box Folder

  1978-1996 

44 11

 Information Requests 1983-1984 

44 12

 Inquiries 1987-1988 

44 13

 Regional House of Delegates Meetings Minutes and Reports 1975-1986 

Box Folder

  1977-1978 

44 14

  1981 

44 15

  1982 

45 1

  1984-1986 

45 2

 Region X 1980-2000 

Box Folder

 Pacific Region Conference, Honolulu, HI November 11, 2000 

45 3

 Correspondence 1980-1988 

Box Folder

  1980-1983 

45 4

 Information Requests 1983-1984 

45 5

 Inquiries 1987-1988 

45 6
Box Folder

 Regional House of Delegates Meeting Minutes and Notes 1978-1983 

45 7

 Region XI 1978-1990 

 Conferences 1981-1990 

Box Folder

 Calendars 1985-1987 

45 8

 Fourth Annual Dignity/Canada/Dignite Conference May 17, 1981 

45 9

 Sixth Annual Dignity/Canada/Dignite Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada May 21-24, 1982 

45 10

 Third National Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada May 18-21, 1990 

45 11 - 12

 Third National Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada May 18-21, 1990 

65 3

 Correspondence 1978-1986 

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 Alberta 1985 

46 6

 Calgary 1984 

46 3

 Montreal 1984-1986 

46 4

 Toronto 1978-1986 

45 13

 Winnipeg 1980-1985 

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  1980 

45 14

  1981 

45 15

  1982 

46 1

  1983-1984 

46 2

  1985 

46 5
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 Information Requests 1983-1985 

46 7
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 Regional House of Delegates Meeting Minutes and Notes 1978-1980 

46 8

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Series 4:  Series 4: Chapter Files Bulk, 1973-1987 1971-1998 (bulk 1973-1987)  (Bulk, 1973-1987)   6.5

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains the records of the local Dignity chapters, including chapters in formation. The bulk of the materials relate to the Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, chapters. The Series is divided into two subseries: (1) Chapters (the records of all chapters with the exception of Los Angeles), and (2) Los Angeles.

 Subseries 4.1: Chapters Bulk, 1973-1987 1971-1998 (bulk 1973-1987)  (Bulk, 1973-1987)   3.4

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains the records of the local Dignity chapters and chapters in formation, with the exception of Los Angeles. The records consist of brochures, correspondence, educational materials, fact sheets, flyers, membership materials, minutes, orders of service for masses held for gay and lesbians, political position statements, press releases, and statements of purpose and bylaws. The materials are arranged alphabetically by chapter name, and thereunder chronologically.

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 Alaska 1973 

47 1

 Albany, NY 1979 

47 2

 Arcadia, LA 1982-1984, 1990-1993 

47 3

 Atlanta, GA 1972-1979, 1981 

47 4

 Austin, TX 1979 

47 5

 Australia 1973 

47 6

 Bakersfield, CA 1986 

47 7

 Baltimore, MD 1973-1988 

47 8

 Baton Rouge, LA 1971-1996 

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  1971-1973 

47 9

  1986-1987, 1990-1996 

47 10
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 Birmingham, AL 1980-1981 

47 11

 Boston, MA 1970-1997 

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  1970-1980 

47 12

  1972-1975 

47 13

  1980-1997 

47 14
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 Bronx, NY 1985 

47 15

 Brooklyn, NY 1977-1980 

47 16

 Buffalo, NY 1976-1992 

47 17

 Capital District (Loudonville, NY) 1983-1986 

48 1

 Central Indiana 1986-1994 

48 2

 Central Iowa 1987 

48 3

 Central Maine 1980-1986 

48 4

 Central Massachusetts 1986-1989 

48 5

 Central Ohio 1985 

65 4

 Central Pennsylvania 1970s-1991 

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  1970s-1980s 

48 6

  1976-1979 

48 7

  1981-1991 

48 8

 Chicago, IL 1972-1986 

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 Anniversaries, Conferences 1979-1980 

48 9

 Committees, Membership 1972-1986 

48 10

 Correspondence 1972, 1979-1980 

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  1972, 1979 

48 11

  1980 

48 12
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 Mass for Gay Community 1972-1973 

48 13
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 Cincinnati, OH 1973-1976 

48 14

 Cleveland, OH 1973-1987 

48 15

 Colorado Springs, CO 1984-1986 

48 16

 Columbus, OH 1978-1983 

48 17

 Dallas, TX 1974-1987 

49 1

 Dayton, OH 1975-1987 

49 2

 Denver, CO 1972-1987 

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 Advocate articles 1979 

65 5

 Work Papers 1972-1987 

49 3
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 Des Moines, IA 1979 

49 4

 Detroit, MI 1974-1985 

49 5

 Dupage (Bensenville, IL) 1984 

49 6

 East Bay (Berkeley, CA) 1983-1991 

49 7

 East Central (Champaigne, IL) 1978 

49 8

 Eastern Iowa 1984-1987 

49 9

 Flint, MI, 1975-1991 1975-1991 

49 10

 Fort Lauderdale, FL 1985-1991 

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  1985-1991 

49 11

  1991, 1994 

94 7
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 Fort Meyers, FL 1986-1987 

49 12

 Fort Wayne, IN 1985-1991 

49 13

 Fort Worth, TX 1975-1986 

49 14

 Fresno, CA 1981 

49 15

 Gainesville, FL 1984-1987 

49 16

 Grand Rapids, MI, 1976-1995 1976-1995 

49 17

 Greater Lansing (Haslett, MI), 1988-1995 1988-1995 

49 18

 [Springfield, MA and] Hartford, CT 1975-1986 

49 19

 Honolulu, HI 1977-1987 

49 20

 Houma, LA 1985-1986 

49 21

 Houston, TX 1971-1994 

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  1971-1984 

49 22

  1990-1991 

94 8

  1992 

94 9

  1993 

94 10

  1994 

94 11
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 Indianapolis, IN 1972-1984 

49 23

 Inland Northwest (Spokane and Kirkland, WA) 1978, 1987 

49 24

 Jacksonville, FL 1980-1984 

49 25

 Jersey Shore, NJ 1977-1988 

49 26

 Kansas City 1980, 1985 

50 1

 Knoxville, TN 1984 

50 2

 Lafayette, IN 1984-1987 

50 3

 Lake Charles (Lafayette & Longville, LA) 1980-1985 

50 4

 Las Vegas, NV 1973, 1995 

50 5

 Lexington, KY 1983-1986 

50 6

 Little Rock, AR 1987 

50 7

 Long Beach, CA 1981-1986 

50 8

 Long Island, NY 1978 

50 9

 Louisville, KY 1971-1985 

50 10

 Lubbock, TX 1979-1980 

50 11

 Madison, WI 1980-1986 

50 12

 Merrimack Valley (Methuen, MA) 1984-1988 

50 14

 Metro-New Jersey (Maplewood, NJ) 1974-1987 

50 15

 Miami, FL 1977-1985 

50 13

 Mid-Hudson (LaGrangeville, NY) 1980-1989 

50 16

 Milwaukee, WI 1974-1987 

50 17

 Mission Valley (CA) 1978-1980 

50 18

 Mobile, AL 1980-1987 

50 19

 Montgomery, IL 1983-1986 

50 20

 Muncie, IN 1979-1986 

50 21

 Nassau, NY 1984-1987 

51 1

 New Haven, CT 1980-1987 

51 2

 New Jersey 1977-1988 

51 3-4

 New Mexico 1973-1986 

51 5

 New Orleans, LA 1975-1986 

51 6

 New York City, NY 1972-1989 

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 Minutes and Notes 1972-1984 

51 7

 Bylaws 1988 

51 8

 Correspondence 1972-1989 

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  1972-1973 

51 9

  1975-1979 

51 10

  1985-1989 

51 11
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 Flyers circa 1970s-1980s 

51 12
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 Norfolk, VA 1980-1986 

51 13

 Northeast, PA 1978-1985 

51 14

 Oklahoma City, OK 1972-1993 

51 15

 Omaha, NE 1985-1987 

51 16

 Orange County (CA) 1970-1980, circa 1986 

51 17

 Orlando, FL 1984-1985 

51 18

 Palm Beach, FL 1986, 1990 

52 1

 Philadelphia, PA 1973-1991 

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  1973-1979 

52 2

  1980-1988 

52 3

 Newspaper articles 1991 

65 10
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 Phoenix, AZ 1974-1993 

52 4

 Pittsburgh, PA 1978-1986 

52 5

 Portland, OR 1976, 1984-1987 

52 6

 Princeton, NJ 1980 

52 7

 Providence, RI 1973-1993 

52 9

 Provincetown, MA 1988 

52 8

 Queens (Woodside, NY) 1978-1986 

52 10

 Richmond, VA 1976-1989 

52 11

 Rochester, NY 1975-1986 

52 12

 Sacramento 1974-1986 

52 13

 Saint Louis, MO 1972-1985 

52 14

 Salt Lake City, UT 1977-1986 

52 15

 San Antonio, TX 1976-1985 

52 16

 San Diego, CA 1969-1988 

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 Brochures, Flyers 1970s-1980s 

53 1

 Bylaws, Statement of Purpose 1973, 1987 

53 2

 Correspondence 1969-1988 

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 1969, 1971-1972 1969, 1971-1972 

53 3

  1973 

53 4

  1974-1979 

53 5

  1980-1988 

53 6
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 Newspaper Articles on Dignity 1977, 1983 

65 11

 San Fernando Valley (Van Nuys, CA) 1977-1998 

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  1977-1981 

94 12

  1978, 1998 

53 7

 San Francisco, CA 1970-1995 

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 Bay Area Views circa 1970s-1980s 

53 8

 Bylaws, Statement of Purpose 1984 

53 9

 Correspondence 1970-1990 

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  1970-1977 

53 10

  1973 

53 11

  1980-1990 

53 12
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 Flyers 1970s-1980s 

53 13

 Multicultural Plan 1995 

94 13
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 San Gabriel Valley (Los Angeles, CA) 1980-1986 

53 14

 San Jose, CA 1978-1986 

53 15

 Santa Cruz-Monterey, CA 1981-1982 

53 16

 Sarasota, FL 1985, 1987 

53 17

 Seattle, WA, Correspondence 1972-1993 

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  1972 

53 18

  1976-1977 

53 19

  1983-1988 

53 20

 Letters to the Editor 1977-1978 

65 12
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 Siouxland (Sioux City, IA) 1978-1979 

53 21

 South Carolina (Atlanta, GA) circa 1970s-1980s 

53 22

 Southern Tier (Binghamton, NY) 1986 

53 23

 Stamford, CT 1981 

54 1

 Staten Island, NY 1985-1986 

54 2

 Suffolk, NY 1975-1985 

54 3

 Syracuse, NY 1985-1986 

54 4

 Tampa, FL 1975-1986 

54 5

 Toledo, OH 1977-1988 

54 6

 Tri-Cities (Bay City, MI) 1983-1988 

54 8

 Triangle (Raleigh, NC) 1984-1995 

54 7

 Tucson, AZ 1977-1987 

54 9

 Tulsa, OK 1985-1986 

54 10

 Twin Cities, MN 1972-1991 

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  1972-1977, 1979-1991 

54 11

 Catholic Bulletin May 20, 1977 

65 13

 Metropolis newspaper May 24, 1977 

65 13
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 Vermont circa 1970s-1980s 

54 12

 Washington, DC 1971-1995 

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 Column "Prayers offered way out," by Ann Landers circa 1970s-1980s 

65 14

 Correspondence 1971-1995 

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  1971-1979 

54 13

  1980-1995 

54 14
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 Flyers 1970s-1980s 

54 15

 March on Washington, DC 1987 

54 16
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 Westchester-Rockland, NY 1980-1989 

54 17

 Westside (Los Angeles, CA) 1977, 1984-1986 

54 18

 Wheeling, VA 1985 

54 19

 Wichita, KS 1983-1984 

54 20

 Willamette Valley (Salem, OR) 1981, 1985-1986 

54 21

 Wilmington, DE 1983-1985 

54 22

 Wisconsin 1983-1984 

54 23

 Wyoming 1977-1983 

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 Brochure, Constitution 1977 

54 24

 Correspondence 1978-1980 

54 25

 Meetings 1981-1983 

54 26

 Subseries 4.2: Los Angeles, CA Bulk, 1971-1985 1970-1997 (bulk 1971-1985)  (Bulk, 1971-1985)   3.1

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains the records of the Los Angeles chapter of Dignity, which were separated from those of the other chapters because of their bulk. Although Dignity was founded in San Diego, the Los Angeles chapter, founded later the same year (1969), soon became larger--indeed, from shortly after its inception it has always been the largest chapter in the organization-and functioned as a de facto central administration before the National Office was created. The subseries therefore contains some materials that can be considered appropriate to the National Office. The subseries is divided into two subsubseries: (1) General Correspondence, and (2) Subject Files.

 Subsubseries 4.2.1: Los Angeles Chapter: General Correspondence Bulk, 1971-1985 1970-1997 (bulk 1971-1985)  (Bulk, 1971-1985)   1.8

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subsubseries comprises correspondence sent and received by the national and local officers and members of the Los Angeles chapter. Topics include chapter administrative matters, national issues, and counseling and support of members. The materials are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

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 A 1972-1981 

55 1

 Allen, Pat 1972-1989 

55 2

 B 1972-1988 

55 3

 C 1971-1972 

55 4

 California Legislature 1971 

55 5

 Chesnick, Ray, Jr 1983 

55 6

 Crocker, Elinor 1980-1987 

55 7

 D 1972-1984 

55 8

 Delay, Ted S 1983-1984 

55 9

 E 1982-1983 

55 10

 F 1971-1988 

55 11

 G 1973 

55 12

 Gittings, Barbara 1979 

55 13

 H 1973-1985 

55 14

 Hooker, Evelyn 1971-1972 

55 15

 I 1979 

55 16

 Information Requests 1972-1987 

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  1972-1978 

57 4

  1981-1984 

57 5

  1985 

57 6

  1986-1987 

57 7
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 Inquiries 1972-1973, 1985 

57 8

 International Correspondence 1979-1991 

55 17

 J 1972-1987 

56 1

 K 1972-1984 

56 2

 Kaesbauer, Carla 1978-1979 

56 3

 Keefe, Pat 1973 

56 4

 Kepner, Jim 1982 

56 5

 Kight, Morris 1972, 1980 

56 6

 L 1971-1987 

56 7

 M 1972-1987 

56 8

 N 1972-1985 

56 9

 Nidorf, Pat 1970-1971 

56 10

 O 1972 

56 11

 P 1970-1987 

56 12

 Papers 1994-1997 

56 13

 R 1973, 1987 

56 14

 Reagan, Ronald 1980 

56 15

 S 1971-1985 

56 16

 Scheuren, Frank 1979-1983 

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  1979 

56 17

  1980 

56 18

  1981-1982 

56 19

  1983 

56 20
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 T 1972-1980 

57 1

 U - W 1972-1986 

57 2

 Weidig, Paul 1978-1980 

57 3

 Subsubseries 4.2.2: Los Angeles Chapter: Subject Files Bulk, 1973-1988 1970-1997 (bulk 1973-1988)  (Bulk, 1973-1988)   1.3

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subsubseries comprises original subject files created by the Los Angeles chapter. Subjects include anniversaries/awards, brochures, calendar announcements, committees and groups, educational papers, elections, finances and fundraisings, flyers, meetings, membership, minutes, press releases, reports, and reprints. The materials are arranged alphabetically.

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 Activities 1973-1992 

57 9

 All Together 1976 

65 6

 Anniversaries, Awards 1982-1989 

57 10

 Banquets, Birthdays, 1982-1989 1982-1989 

57 11

 Bay Area Reporter, "Dignity Issues Challenge To Bishops in National Ad" April 23, 1987 

65 8

 Board Members 1977-1983 

57 12

 Brochures 1970-1991 

57 13

 Building Fund 1987-1991 

58 1

 Bylaws 1982, 1994 

58 2

 Calendars 1975, 1997 

58 3

 California Committee on Sexual Law Reform 1972 

58 4

 Campaigns 1970s 

58 5

 Chapter Information Sheet circa 1970s-1980s 

58 6

 Chapter List 1980, 1986 

58 7

 Committees and Groups no date 

58 8

 Dante (Musical Drama) 1980s 

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 Papers 1980s 

58 9

 Poster 1980s 

65 9
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 Educational Papers 1971-1984 

58 10

 Elections 1979-1980 

58 11

 Feminism 1972 

58 12

 Finances 1974-1979 

58 13

 Flyers 1970-1980 

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 Dignity 1970-1980 

58 14

 Non-Dignity 1970-1980 

58 15
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 Frente de Liberacion Homosexual de la Argentina 1973 

58 16

 Fundraising 1993-1994 

58 17

 Gay Activist Youth of Los Angeles 1972 

58 18

 Gay and Lesbian Groups and Organizations 1972-1984 

58 19

 Gay Catholic Groups 1970s-1980s 

58 20

 Gay Liberation Center, West Germany 1972 

58 21

 Gay People and Mental Health 1973 

58 22

 Liturgy 1970s-1990s 

58 23

 Logo 1970s-1980s 

58 24

 Meetings 1974-1993 

59 1

 Membership 1970s-1990s 

59 2

 Mission Statement 1992 

59 4

 Paris Meeting Minutes October. 23-24, 1982 

59 3

 Past Presidents Council 1985 

59 5

 People's Church Reporter 1972 

59 6

 Police 1974 

59 7

 Press Releases 1970-1991 

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  1970, 1978 

59 8

  1982-1983 

59 9

  1984-1988 

59 10

  1991 

59 11
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 Prison 1973 

59 12

 Publicity 1973, 1992 

59 13

 Reports 1979, 1993 

59 14

 Reprints of Newsletter Editorials 1971-1973, 1992 

59 15

 Reprints of articles about Dignity 1977, 1979, 1984 

59 16

 Songs 1984 

59 17

 Statement of Position and Purpose 1970s 

59 18

 Vietnam Veterans Against the War, NYC 1972 

59 19

 What is Dignity (Article) circa 1980s 

65 7

 Women 1977 

59 20

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Series 5:  Series 5: Newsweek Advertisement 1987-1988   1.5

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents the circumstances surrounding a full-page advertisement placed by Dignity in the April 27, 1987, issue of Newsweek magazine at a cost of $25,289.41, in response to the Vatican's October 30, 1986, letter on homosexuality that prohibited Dignity chapters from meeting or celebrating mass on any church property. The materials include correspondence with Newsweek, and with Time magazine, which refused to publish the advertisement. The advertisement elicited considerable response. Many of the supportive replies were accompanied by donations; many of the unfavorable replies, written on clippings of the advertisement itself, are homophobic and full of profanity and sexual epithets.

 Correspondence February-April, 1987 

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 Dignity Members February-March 1987 

60 1

 Time Magazine February-April 1987 

63 6-7

 Newsweek Magazine April-May, 1987 

63 2

 Newsweek Magazine Advertisement April 1987 

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 Magazine Cover and Advertisement April 27, 1987 

63 1

 Transparency/Master of Advertisement 1987 

65 15

 Media Kit 1987 

63 3

 Responses March 1987-1988 

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 Summary Report of Responses (by State) July 16, 1987 

63 8

 Favorable Responses April-November 1987 

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  April 1987 

60 2 - 6

  May 1987 

60 7 - 9

  May 1987 

61 1 - 2

  June-July 1987 

61 3 - 4

  August-November, 1987 

61 5

 Unfavorable Responses March 1987-November 1988 

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  March-April 1987 

61 6 - 8

  May 1987 

62 1 - 2

  June-July 1987 

62 3

  August-December 1987 

62 4

  February-March 1988, November 1988 

62 5

 Photocopies of Redacted Responses 1987 

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 Favorable 1987 

63 4

 Unfavorable 1987 

63 5

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Series 6:  Series 6: Newspaper Clippings Bulk, 1970-1985 1970-1999 (bulk 1970-1985)  (Bulk, 1970-1985)   0.4

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains clippings of newspaper and popular magazine articles relating to Dignity and the Roman Catholic Church's attitude towards, and relations with, homosexuals. Topics include sex; homosexuality in general; the Roman Catholic Church's attitudes towards homosexuality; homosexual priests; abortion and the church; cross burning by the Ku Klux Klan; news about Dignity itself, including conferences, the election of officers, events, the formation of chapters, the celebration of mass, and relations with the local Roman Catholic hierarchy; the attitudes of other individuals and denominations towards homosexuals; and civil rights for homosexuals. The materials are arranged chronologically.

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  1970s-1980s 

66 1

  1970-1973 

66 2

 Advocate September 26, 1973 

69 1

  1974 

66 3

  1975-1979 

66 4

  1980 

66 5

 National Catholic Reporter November 21, 1980 

69 2

 Newsletter [San Bernardino & Riverside Counties, CA] December 17, 1980 

69 3

  1981-1982 

66 6

 National Catholic Register January 17, 1982 

69 4

  1983 

66 7

 New York City News September 7. 1983 

69 5

 Washington Blade September 9, 1983, September 30, 1983 

69 6

  1984 

66 8

 New York Daily News June 25, 1984 

69 7

  1985-1991 

66 9

  1992-1999 

66 10

 Equal Time September 25-October 9, 1992 

69 8

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Series 7:  Series 7: Photographic Materials 1969-1994   0.3

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of photographs of Dignity conferences, conventions, events, meetings, religious services, the Christopher Street West Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival (1972), the musical Dante, street scenes, and Dignity officers and members. The series also includes slides depicting the 1979 San Diego Convention, Dante(musical), and religious blessings. The series is arranged chronologically.

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 Photographs 1969-1974 

67

 Slides 1979-1980 

68

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Series 8:  Series 8: Publications/Newsletters 1970-2000   19.6

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises the newsletters published by the Dignity National Office, and by the organization's individual regions and chapters. It is divided into three subseries: (1) National/International, (2) Regional Newsletters, and (3) Chapter Newsletters.

 Subseries 8.1: National/International Newsletters 1970-2000   0.9

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains the newsletters published by the Dignity National Office, beginning in 1970 as a mimeographed two- to three-page letter, moving to a typeset newsletter format in 1971, to a newspaper format in 1988, and eventually to a journal format in 1990. The newsletters focus on news of national interest, and Dignity activities at the national level. The subseries is organized chronologically.

 National Newsletter 1970-1991 

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 Volume 1 1970-1971 

70 1

 Volume 2 1971-1972 

70 2

 Volume 3 1972-1973 

70 3

 Volume 4 1973 

70 4

 Volume 5 1974 

70 5

 Volume 6 1975 

70 6

 Volume 7 1976 

70 7

 Volume 8 [Dignity International] 1977 

70 7a

 Volume 9 1978 

70 8

 Volume 10 1979 

70 9

 Volume 11 1980 

70 10

 Volume 12 1981 

70 11

 Volume 13 1982 

70 12

 Volume 14 1982 

70 13

 Volume 15 1983 

70 14

 Volume 16 1984 

70 15

 Volume 17 1985 

70 16

 Volume 18 1986-1987 

69 9

 Volume 19 1987-1988 

69 10

 Volume 20 1988 

69 11

 Volume 21 1989 

71 1

 Volume 22 1990 

71 2

 Volume 23 1991 

71 3

 Journal 1992-1999 

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 Volume 24 1992 

71 4

 Volume 25 1993 

71 5

 Volume 26 1994 

71 6

 Volume 27 1995 

71 7

 Volume 28 1996 

71 8

 Volume 29 1997 

71 9

 Volume 30 1998 

71 10

 Volume 31 1999 

71 11

 Dateline 1992-1997, 2000 

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 Volume 1 1992 

71 12

 Volume 2 1993 

71 13

 Volume 3 1994 

71 14

 Volume 4 1995 

71 15

 Volume 5 1996 

71 16

 Volume 6 1997 

71 17

 Volume 9 2000 

71 18

 Subseries 8.2: Regional Newsletters 1980-1993   0.3

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains the newsletters published by the Dignity regions. These newsletters facilitated communication between the director of the region and the chapters regarding discussions and decisions made at national and regional meetings and conferences. The holdings are fragmentary. The subseries is arranged by order of regions.

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 Region II, Volume 1 1980 

72 1

 Region V, Volumes 1-6 1988-1993 

72 2

 Region VI, Nos. 7-9, 11-13 1984-1985 

72 3

 Region VII 1987-1989 

72 4

 Region VIII 1980-1984 

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  1980-1982 

72 5

  1983-1984 

72 6

 Region XI 1977-1984 

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 Montreal 1980 

72 7

 Toronto 1977-1979 

72 8

 Winnipeg 1980-1984 

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  1980 

72 9

  1981 

72 10

  1982 

72 11

  1983 

72 12

  1984 

72 13

 Subseries 8.3: Chapter Newsletters Bulk, 1975-1993 1971-2000 (bulk 1975-1993)  (Bulk, 1975-1993)   18.4

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains the newsletters published by each Dignity chapter. These newsletters give an insight into the various chapter activities such as schedules for mass, rap sessions, socials, as well as financial reports, messages from the chapter president, prayers, poetry, and editorials by various organization officers on the hot topics of the time or on some dispute within Dignity. Issues of chapter newsletters found elsewhere in the collection have been removed and consolidated in this subseries. The names, logos, and mastheads of chapter newsletters often changed over time, and the materials are therefore arranged alphabetically by the name of the chapter, then chronologically. Issues of the periodical Insight: A Quarterly of Gay Catholic Opinion, are included in the file for the New York chapter, which published it.

 Acadiana, Lafayette, LA 1982-1989 

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  1982-1983 

73 1

  1988-1989 

73 2
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 Akron/Canton, OH 1976 

73 3

 Albany, NY 1976-1978 

73 4

 Ann Arbor, MI 1986 

73 5

 Atlanta, GA 1976-1979 

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  1976-1977 

73 6

  1978-1979 

73 7

 Baltimore, MD 1977-1993 

Box Folder

  1977 

73 8

  1985-1989 

73 9

  1992-1993 

73 10

 Baton Rouge, LA 1980-1995 

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  1980-1989 

73 11

  1990-1995 

73 12

 Boston, MA 1974-1989 

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  1974-1975 

73 13

  1977-1978 

73 14

  1986-1989 

73 15

 Brooklyn, NY 1977-1987 

Box Folder

  1977-1978 

73 16

  1987 

73 17

 Buffalo, NY 1978-1993 

Box Folder

  1978-1980 

74 1

  1985-1989 

74 2

  1990-1993 

74 3
Box Folder

 Capital District, NY 1991-1993 

74 4

 Central Indiana 1980-1993 

Box Folder

  1980 

74 5

  1985-1989 

74 6

  1990-1993 

74 7

 Central Pennsylvania 1976-1993 

Box Folder

  1976-1979 

74 8

  1980-1984 

74 9

  1985-1989 

74 10

  1990-1993 

74 11
Box Folder

 Central Valley (Fresno, CA) 1980-1982 

75 1

 Chicago, IL 1972-1993 

Box Folder

  1972-1974 

75 2

  1975-1979 

75 3

  1982-1984 

75 4

  1985-1989 

75 5

  1990-1991, 1993 

75 6

 Cincinnati, OH 1974-1994 

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  1974 

75 7

  1976-1979 

75 8

  1985, 1987-1989 

75 9

  1990-1994 

75 10

 Cleveland, OH 1975-1993 

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  1975-1979 

76 1

  1981 

76 2

  1982-1983 

76 3

  1984-1985 

76 4

  1986-1987 

76 5

  1988-1989 

76 6

  1990-1993 

76 7
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 Columbus, OH 1977-1979 

76 8

 Dallas, TX 1976-1993 

Box Folder

  1976 

76 9

  1985-1989 

76 10

  1990-1993 

76 11

 Dayton, OH 1985-1993 

Box Folder

  1985-1989 

77 1

  1991-1993 

77 2
Box Folder

 Delaware, OH 1984 

77 3

 Denver (CO) 1975-1976, 1980, 1983, 1993 

77 4

 Detroit, MI 1976-1992 

Box Folder

  1976-1978 

77 5

  1980-1984 

77 6

  1985-1987 

77 7

  1988-1989 

77 8

  1990-1992 

77 9
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 DuPage (IL) 1985-1989 

77 10

 Fairfield County, OH 1982 

77 11

 Fargo, ND 1979-1982 

77 12

 Flint, MI 1979-1992 

Box Folder

  1979 

78 1

  1980-1981, 1983-1984 

78 2

  1985-1989 

78 3

  1990-1992 

78 4

 Fort Lauderdale, FL 1975-1994 

Box Folder

  1975-1976, 1979 

78 5

  1980-1982 

78 6

  1986-1989 

78 7

  1991-1994 

78 8

 Fort Wayne, IN 1977-1989 

Box Folder

  1977-1978 

78 9

  1986-1989 

78 10
Box Folder

 Fort Worth, TX 1986 

78 11

 Grand Rapids, MI 1977-1994 

Box Folder

  1977-1978 

78 12

  1990-1994 

78 13

 Honolulu, HI 1977-1997 

Box Folder

  1977 

78 14

  1983, 1986-1988 

78 15

  1990-1994, 1997 

78 16

 Houston, TX 1971-1994 

Box Folder

  1971, 1974-1976 

79 1

  1977-1978, 1980, 1985 

79 2

  1986-1989 

79 3

  1990-1991 

95 1

  1992-1993 

95 2

  1994 

95 3
Box Folder

 JC Bay (Jersey City, NJ) 1978-1979 

79 4

 Jersey Shore, NJ 1978-1992 

Box Folder

  1978-1979 

79 5

  1984-1986 

79 6

  1987-1989 

79 7

  1991-1992 

79 8
Box Folder

 Lafayette, IN 1985-1987 

79 9

 Lansing, MI 1991 

79 10

 Las Vegas, NV 1980 

79 11

 Little Rock, AR 1991-1992 

79 12

 Long Beach, CA 1980-1994 

Box Folder

  1980-1985 

79 13

  1986, 1989, 1990, 1992-1994 

79 14
Box Folder

 Long Island, NY 1978-1979, 1985 

79 15

 Los Angeles, CA 1971-2000 

Box Folder

  no date 

79 16

  1971-1975 

79 17

  1976-1977 

79 18

  1978 

80 1

  1979 

80 2

  1980 

80 3

  1981 

80 4

  1982 

80 5

  1983 

80 6

  1984 

80 7

  1985 

80 8

  1986 

80 9

  1987 

80 10

  1988 

80 11

  1989 

80 12

  1990 

80 13

  1991 

80 14

  1992 

81 1

  1993 

81 2

  1994 

81 3

  1995 

81 4

  1996 

81 5

  1997 

81 6

  1998 

81 7

  1999 

81 8

  2000 

81 9

 Louisville, KY 1984-1992 

Box Folder

  1984-1987, 1989 

81 10

  1990, 1992 

81 11

 Madison, WI 1980-1997 

Box Folder

  1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-1989 

81 12

  1991-1997 

81 13
Box Folder

 Maui, HI 1993 

81 14

 Merrimack Valley (Methuen, MA) 1976-1984 

Box Folder

  1976 

81 15

  1980-1984 

82 1

 Metro-New Jersey (Maplewood, NJ) 1977-1993 

Box Folder

  1977-1979 

82 2

  1985-1988, 1991, 1993 

82 3
Box Folder

 Miami, FL 1976-1978, 1980-1982 

82 4

 Mid-Hudson (LaGrangeville, NY) 1990-1993 

82 5

 Milwaukee, WI 1976-1993 

Box Folder

  1976-1979 

82 6

  1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-1989, 1991-1993 

82 7
Box Folder

 Missoula, MT 1986 

82 8

 Muncie, IN 1985 

82 9

 Nassau, NY 1984-1993 

Box Folder

  1984-1989 

82 10

  1990-1993 

82 11

 New Brunswick, NJ 1986-1994 

Box Folder

  1986-1989 

82 12

  1991-1994 

82 13

 New Haven, CT 1977-1993 

Box Folder

  1977-1978 

83 1

  1985-1987 

83 2

  1990-1993 

83 3

 New Mexico 1980-1993 

Box Folder

  1980, 1985-1986 

83 4

  1993 

83 5
Box Folder

 New Orleans, LA 1986 

83 6

 New York, NY 1973-1991 

Box Folder

  1973-1979 

83 7

  1984-1985, 1988-1989 

83 8

  1990-1991 

83 9

 Insight Quarterly 1976-1980 

Box Folder

 Volume 1 1976-1977 

83 10

 Volume 2 1977-1978 

83 11

 Volume 3 1978-1979 

83 12

 Volume 4 1979-1980 

83 13
Box Folder

 Norfolk, VA 1987, 1991-1992 

83 14

 North Georgia 1991 

83 15

 Northeast, PA 1980-1988 

Box Folder

  1980-1981 

83 16

  1982-1983 

83 17

  1984-1985 

83 18

  1986-1987 

83 19

  1988 

83 20
Box Folder

 Oklahoma City, OK 1985, 1989, 1991-1993 

84 1

 Omaha, NE 1986-1989 

84 2

 Orange County, CA 1977, 1982-1984 

84 3

 Philadelphia, PA 1975-1994 

Box Folder

  1975-1977, 1979 

84 4

  1984-1987 

84 5

  1988-1989, 1994 

84 6

 Phoenix, AZ 1976-1999 

Box Folder

  1976-1978 

84 7

  1989-1994 

84 8

  1995-1999 

84 9

 Pittsburgh, PA 1975-1994 

Box Folder

  1975 

85 1

  1976-1977 

85 2

  1978-1979 

85 3

  1983 

85 4

  1985-1989 

85 5

  1990-1994 

85 6

 Portland, OR 1985-1993 

Box Folder

  1985-1989 

85 7

  1990-1993 

85 8

 Providence, RI 1979-1994 

Box Folder

  1979 

85 9

  1980-1984 

85 10

  1985-1988 

85 11

  1990-1994 

85 12
Box Folder

 Queens (Woodside, NY) 1979 

86 1

 Richmond, VA 1980-1993 

Box Folder

  1980, 1985-1989 

86 2

  1990-1993 

86 3
Box Folder

 Rochester, NY 1980-1982, 1984, 1992 

86 4

 Sacramento, CA 1975-1989 

Box Folder

  1975-1978 

86 5

  1979-1980, 1985-1989 

86 6

 Saint Louis, MO 1977-1994 

Box Folder

  1977-1979 

86 7

  1985-1989 

86 8

  1991-1994 

86 9
Box Folder

 Salt Lake City, UT 1985 

86 10

 San Antonio, TX 1981-1982, 1988-1989 

86 11

 San Diego, CA 1972-1993 

Box Folder

  1972-1973 

87 1

  1974-1975 

87 2

  1976-1977 

87 3

  1978-1979 

87 4

  1980-1981 

87 5

  1983 

87 6

  1984-1985 

87 7

  1986-1987 

87 8

  1988-1989 

87 9

  1990-1991 

87 10

  1992-1993 

87 11
Box Folder

 San Fernando Valley (Van Nuys, CA) 1976-1981 

87 12

 San Francisco, CA 1973-1993 

Box Folder

  1973-1974 

87 13

  1975-1976 

87 14

  1977-1979 

88 1

  1980-1983 

88 2

  1984-1988 

88 3

  1989-1993 

88 4
Box Folder

 San Gabriel Valley (Los Angeles, CA) 1981-1986 

88 5

 San Jose, CA 1986-1992 

88 6

 Santa Cruz-Monterey, CA 1981-1982 

88 7

 Seattle, WA 1975-1993 

Box Folder

  1975-1977 

89 1

  1981 

89 2

  1982-1983 

89 3

  1984-1985 

89 4

  1986-1987 

89 5

  1988-1989 

89 6

  1990-1991 

89 7

  1992-1993 

89 8
Box Folder

 Sioux City, IA 1979-1983 

89 9

 South Jersey, NJ 1981, 1985-1986 

89 10

 Staten Island, NY 1986-1987, 1991-1992 

89 11

 Suffolk, NY 1986-1993 

Box Folder

  1986-1989 

89 12

  1991-1993 

89 13
Box Folder

 Syracuse, NY 1987 

89 14

 Tampa Bay, FL 1984-1991 

Box Folder

  1984-1986 

89 15

  1986-1987 

89 16

  1988-1989 

89 17

  1990-1991 

89 18

 Toledo, OH 1985-1994 

Box Folder

  1985-1988 

90 1

  1989, 1991-1992 

90 2

  1993-1994 

90 3
Box Folder

 Tri-Cities (Bay City, MI) 1985 

90 4

 Tucson, AZ 1977-1988 

Box Folder

  1977-1979 

90 5

  1980-1981, 1983-1984 

90 6

  1985-1988 

90 7
Box Folder

 Tulsa, OK 1991-1993 

90 8

 Twin Cities, MN 1977-2000 

Box Folder

  1977-1978, 1980-1981 

90 9

  1982-1984 

90 10

  1985-1987 

91 1

  1988-1993 

91 2

  1994-1997, 1999-2000 

91 3
Box Folder

 Vermont 1993 

91 4

 Washington, DC 1972-1993 

Box Folder

  1972-1973, 1975-1976, 1977-1979 

91 5

  1982, 1985-1989 

91 6

  1990-1993 

91 7
Box Folder

 West Texas 1977-1978 

91 8

 Westside (Los Angeles, CA) 1980-1989 

Box Folder

  1980-1983 

91 9

  1985-1989 

91 10
Box Folder

 Willamette Valley (Salem, OR) 1985-1989 

91 11

 Wilmington, DE 1987-1990 

91 12

 Worcester, MA 1986-1988 

92 1

 Wyoming 1978-1983 

Box Folder

  1978-1979 

92 2

  1980 

92 3

  1981 

92 4

  1982 

92 5

  1983 

92 6

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Series 9:  Series 9: Ephemera January 16, 1982   0.3

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains a single item: a light blue button commemorating the thirteenth birthday celebration for the organization held at the Frog Pond restaurant in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles in January 1982 (See: Subsubseries 4.4.2, file "Banquets, Birthdays").

Box Folder

 Button issued by Dignity/Los Angeles celebrating the 13th anniversary of Dignity January 16, 1982 

65 17

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Box

 Unprocessed 

96-97

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