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Finding Aid to the Pride Foundation records, bulk 1973-1983

Finding aid prepared by Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Pride Foundation (San Francisco, Calif.).
Title
Pride Foundation records
Collection no.
Coll2011.071
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1973-1983
Date [inclusive]
1966-1984
Extent
8.8 linear feet., 6 archive boxes + 2 archive cartons + 1 flat archive box.
Language
English
Abstract
Articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, correspondence, reports, legal referral documents, contractual agreements, resolutions, clippings, flyers, publicity material, legal papers, financial records, photographs, telephone and visitor logs, municipal agency documents, real estate records, position statements and other material, 1966-1984, documenting the activities of the Pride Foundation, founded in San Francisco in 1973. Pride Foundation was a community organization that provided legal assistance and educational, health and social services to San Francisco's gay and lesbian community. The collection also includes administrative records from the Pride Center at 330 Grove, the gay community center founded and operated by the Pride Foundation.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Pride Foundation Records, Coll2011-071, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Administrative History

The Pride Foundation was founded on August 8, 1973 in San Francisco and operated by a board of directors. A partial list of the organization's founders include Zane Thomas, B.J. Beckwith, George Mendenhall, Roberta Buba, Charlotte Coleman, John Wahl, Perry Wood, Larry Littlejohn and Paul Hardman. Lee Mentley served on the board's executive committee. Their initial application for tax exempt non-profit status was met with resistance when the Internal Revenue Service concluded that "[the Pride Foundation's] activities carry a serious risk of contributing to a more widespread development of homosexual tendencies among certain segments of the public and a consequent increase in the general prevalence of what is still generally regarded as deviant sexual behavior. As such your activities are contrary to public policy and are therefore, not 'charitable.'" The Foundation disputed that judgement, however, and their tax exempt status was eventually granted. The Foundation served the gay and lesbian community by providing direct legal assistance, especially in cases of discrimination and defamation, engaging in educational research, conducting classes, and providing assistance in social and health services. It provided services such as gay legal referrals, a senior citizens program, a gay tourist and visitors information bureau, health referrals, a coalition to defend gays in the military, art classes, drop-in facilities for youth, job placement, and a social group for older men known as G40+. The Foundation also operated the Top Floor Gallery for local gay artists.

Beginning in 1976, Foundation Chairman Paul Hardman began requesting the use of 330 Grove Street, which was under the ownership of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. A signed agreement of occupancy was negotiated between the Foundation and the Redevelopment Agency, and the Foundation began operating the Pride Center at 330 Grove, their gay and lesbian community services center, in December of that year. Pride Center served as the Foundation's offices and also provided low-cost meeting spaces for other neighborhood organizations. Due to disputes over funding and occupancy of 330 Grove, Hardman, who had been president and chairman since the organization's founding, was pressured to resign in 1979, increasing internal conflicts in the Foundation's board. Pride Center later moved to a location at 890 Hayes, and the Foundation attempted for years to raise funds to secure a permanent site for the Center.

The Pride Foundation discontinued operations in the mid-1980s.

Source:

Pride Foundation Records, Coll2011-071, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Scope and Content

This collection includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, correspondence, reports, legal referral documents, contractual agreements, resolutions, clippings, flyers, publicity material, legal papers, financial records, photographs, telephone and visitor logs, municipal agency documents, real estate records, position statements and other material, 1966-1984, documenting the activities of the Pride Foundation and the Pride Center at 330 Grove.

Included are documents from the Foundation's board of directors and executive committee, and incorporation records documenting the Internal Revenue Services' denial of 501(c)(3) exemption status. The general administrative records document the Foundation's activities such as services for legal referrals, recovery from substance abuse, job placement, housing placement, and women and youth; and advocacy efforts such as an anti-defamation project, police-community relations, fair employment projects and legal cases, and engagement with local and state government on behalf of gay and lesbian rights. The collection also includes records documenting the founding and daily operations of the Pride Center at 330 Grove in San Francisco--particularly, the legal and financial struggles to secure a lasting site for the community center.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Incorporation, board of directors and executive committee records

Series 2. Administrative records

Series 3. Pride Center at 330 Grove records

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was donated by Lee Mentley, date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Formerly boxes 103-049, 103-57C, 104-148, 104-155, and 104-157. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama with assistance from Marc LaRocque and Sana Shuja, August 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pride Center.

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes

Geographic Name(s)

  • San Francisco (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Hardman, Paul D., 1923-
  • Littlejohn, Larry
  • Mentley, Lee

Subject(s)

  • Discrimination in employment
  • Gay activists--United States--California
  • Gay and lesbian rights
  • Gay community--California--San Francisco
  • Gays--Services for
  • Legal assistance to gays--United States.
  • Legal assistance to lesbians--United States.
  • Legal documents
  • Lesbian activists
  • Lesbians--Services for

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Incorporation, board of directors and executive committee records 1972-1983 

Series Description

This series includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, reports, correspondence, voting ballots, financial and tax records, resumes, and other records, 1972-1983, from Pride Foundation's board of directors and executive committee. This series includes records documenting the Internal Revenue Services' denial of 501(c)(3) exemption status and the Foundation's subsequent protest.

Arrangement

Articles of incorporation and bylaws are at the beginning of this series. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Articles of incorporation and bylaws 1973-1983   [2 folders]

1 1-2

 Articles of incorporation and IRS exemption 1974-1975 

1 3

 Bylaws 1982-1983 

1 4

 Board of directors minutes 1973-1981   [6 folders]

1 5-10

 Board of directors and executive committee materials 1973-1983   [7 folders]

1 11-17

 Board of directors and executive committee correspondence and memoranda 1973-1983 

1 18

 Board of directors members and election 1973-1977 

1 19

 Board of directors' reports 1973-1974 

1 20

 Board resignations 1978-1980 

1 21

 Executive committee 1973-1980 

1 22

 Executive secretary 1974-1979   [2 folders]

1 23-24

 Executive secretary's report 1974-1975 

1 25

 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Franchise Tax Board 1973-1982   [2 folders]

1 26-27

 IRS dispute 1974 

2 1

 IRS dispute, protest 1974 

2 2

 Planning meetings and bylaw drafts 1972-1973 

2 3

 President, Del Dawson 1974-1979 

2 4

 Resumes of Pride Foundation board of directors 1979 

2 5

 Tax forms 1973-1979 

2 6

 Treasurer's reports 1975-1979   [2 folders]

2 7-8

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Series 2:  Series 2. Administrative records 1966-1984 

Series Description

This series includes correspondence, reports and proposals, legal referral documents, contractual agreements, resolutions, clippings, flyers, publicity material, legal papers, financial records, photographs, municipal agency documents, personnel records, membership information, position statements, manuscripts, and other material, 1966-1984, regarding the Pride Foundation's many services and advocacy efforts. Materials document the Foundation's activities such as services for legal referrals, recovery from substance abuse, job placement, housing placement, and women and youth; and advocacy efforts such as an anti-defamation project, police-community relations, fair employment projects and legal cases, and engagement with local and state government on behalf of gay and lesbian rights. Notably, this series includes correspondence with the Foundation's members and clients, as well as records documenting a complaint that the Pride Foundation filed against the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company (PT&T) regarding discriminatory hiring practices.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Acceptance House 1976-1978 

2 9

 Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) license information and bylaws 1979 

2 10

 Alcohol services circa 1973-1983 

2 11

 Anders, Thad habeas corpus 1978 

2 12

 Anti-defamation project 1973-1974 

2 13
Box Item

 Anti-defamation project; David [Lind] complaint, October 30 incident circa 1973-1974   1 audiocassette.

9 5
Box Folder

 Anti-defamation committee; Humanist Society; pro-gay Newsweek article 1974 

2 14

 Assembly Bill 1 (AB 1) Day 1979-1981 

2 15

 Bay Area Urban League 1981 

2 16

 Boston University School of Law victimless crime report 1975 

2 17

 Briggs Initiative "No on (Proposition) 6" 1978-1980 

2 18-20

 Brochures 1981 

2 21

 Brown and Associates 1972-1982 

2 22

 Caen, Herb 1973-1975 

2 23-24

 California Democratic Council 1977 

2 25

 California Human Rights Advocates (CHRA) 1979-1981 

2 26

 CAST training workshop materials, revisions 1979 

2 27

 Clippings 1973-1979 

2 28-30

 Clippings regarding lawsuits 1973-1974 

2 31

 Coalition to Defend Gays circa 1973-1983 

2 32

 Community Board Program 1981-1983 

2 33

 Community Law Week legal information 1980 

2 34

 Community service committee 1982 

2 35

 Community United Against Violence (CUAV) self-defense classes 1983 

2 36

 Contracts and agreements 1978-1981 

2 37

 Correspondence and memoranda 1973-1983 

3 1-7

 Correspondence regarding legal matters 1974-1982 

3 8

 Correspondence with legislators 1975-1979 

3 9

 Correspondence with the mayor 1981-1982 

3 10

 Correspondence with prisoners 1976 

3 11

 Democratic Convention 1973-1974 

3 12

 Electrical inspection 1983 

3 13

 Employee timesheets 1977 

3 14

 Employment discrimination project 1973-1975 

3 15

 Employment, housing, youth; monthly reports 1978-1979 

3 16

 Employment laws 1973 

3 17

 Events 1973-1983 

3 18

 Fair employment practices committee 1973-1976 

3 19

 Fair Employment Practice Commission 1970-1975 

3 20-21

 Feather and Leather Follies 1973 

3 22

 Federal legal cases 1976 

3 23

 Financial contributions 1974-1983 

3 24

 Financial credit agreements 1981-1982 

3 25

 Financial records 1973-1983 

3 26-28

 Financial records 1973-1981 

8 2-4

 Financial reports 1982 

3 29

 Flyers and announcements 1977-1979 

3 30

 Frameline 1979-1982 

3 31

 Fundraising 1973-1982 

3 32-33

 G40 Plus Club circa 1973-1983 

3 34

 Gay Freedom Day committee corp complaints 1978-1979 

3 35

 Gay groups sign-in sheets 1974 

3 36

 Gay legal referral service 1975-1980 

3 37-39

 Gay legal referral service 1977-1980 

4 1-2

 Gay legal referral service, client no-shows 1978-1979 

4 3

 Gay legal referral service, homosexual information 1973-1977 

4 4

 Gay legal referral service oversight committee 1977-1980 

4 5-6

 Gay media project 1973 

4 7

 Gay organizations, general information 1977-1980 

4 8

 Gays in business 1973-1974 

4 9

 General accounting ledger; Acceptance House 1977-1979 

8 1

 Haley, Jim 1982-1983 

4 10

 Hardman, Paul D. 1976-1984 

4 11

 Hardman, Paul D. "The Pride Foundation in Full Circle" circa 1973-1983 

4 12

 Hardman, Paul vs. Superior Court of California 1976 

4 13

 Harvey Milk Memorial Services Center proposal for funding 1980 

4 14

 Hayes Valley Community Development 1981-1982 

4 15

 Health organizations information 1974-1978 

4 16

 Health fair 1982-1983 

4 17

 History of Pride Foundation 1973-1979 

4 18

 Hotel tax controversy 1978 

4 19

 Hotels, residences 1981 

4 20

 Job applications 1976-1983 

4 21

 Job placement 1982-1983 

4 22

 KSAN special programming 1978-1979 

4 23

 Legal case documents, information 1974-1978 

4 24

 Letterhead, forms (blank) and templates 1982 

4 25

 Little people's workshop 1982 

4 26

 Mailing lists and contacts 1974-1982 

4 27

 Media contacts and information 1972-1979 

4 28

 Membership committee 1974 

4 29

 Metropolitan Community Church 1980 

4 30

 Miesen, Don articles 1972-1974 

4 31

 Military information to change discharge circa 1973-1983 

4 32

 Mission Planning Council circa 1973-1983 

4 33

 Molinari proposal, file 463-73, non-victim crimes 1973-1974 

4 34

 National gay health education program 1982 

4 35

 Neighborhood Advisory Board 1983 

4 36

 Newsletter editorial copy 1981-1982 

4 37

 Non-discrimination ordinance 1971-1974 

4 38

 Non-gay newsletters and mailers 1977 

6 3

 Notes 1973-1975 

4 39-40

 Organizational chart 1979 

4 41

 Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company (PT&T); Pride Foundation complaint to San Francisco Human Rights Commission 1973-1976 

4 42-46

 Patients' rights 1982 

4 47

 Permits and regulations 1970-1979 

4 48

 Personnel committee 1982 

4 49-50

 Personnel manual 1983 

5 1-2

 Photocopy log statistics 1983 

5 3

 Photograph circa 1975-1985   1 photograph: b&w.

Scope and Contents

Group portrait of Pride Foundation's board of directors and staff, including John Schmidt, Jordan Lee, Larry Littlejohn, Perry Wood, Don Knutson, John Vaisey, Perry George, Jim Thies, Robert Guttman, Jerry Taylor, Leslie Plesh, Jimmy Locker, Paul Hardman, Larry Long, Lee Mentley, John Whal and other unidentified individuals.

9 1

 Photographs circa 1973-1983   3 photographs: b&w.

Scope and Contents

Exterior shots of an unidentified building.

5 4

 Police complaints 1978-1983 

5 5

 Police incident reports, blanks circa 1973-1983 

5 6

 Police matters 1974-1976 

5 7

 Press releases 1973-1982 

5 8

 Primary prevention component, monthly reports 1974 

5 9

 Program proposal, Kevin Johnson 1982 

5 10

 Psychiatrists; American Psychiatric Association (APA) sickness theory; endoctrine theory 1973-1979 

5 11

 Public relations, reports, solicitations 1977-1979 

5 12

 Publications project, reprints 1971-1973 

5 13

 Publicity 1974-1982 

5 14

 Real estate 1979 

5 15

 Resumes for employment 1978-1982 

5 16

 San Francisco Art Commission 1976 

5 17

 San Francisco Business & Professional Women, Inc. 1982-1983 

5 18

 San Francisco city and county litigation 1975-1980 

5 19

 San Francisco Community Development Program 1979-1983 

5 20

 San Francisco Department of Public Health, Mental Health Services Bureau of Alcoholism 1978 

5 21

 San Francisco Fair and Exposition 1982-1983 

5 22

 San Francisco Human Rights Commission 1973-1983 

5 23-25

 San Francisco Planning Commission circa 1973-1983 

5 26

 San Francisco Police Department 1973-1979 

5 27

 San Francisco Police Department funding proposal 1972-1979 

5 28

 San Francisco Redevelopment Agency 1977-1979 

5 29

 San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Directory of Minority Construction Contractors 1981-1982 

5 32

 San Francisco Redevelopment Agency vs. Pride Foundation 1979 

5 30-31

 San Francisco Sheriff's Department 1974 

5 33

 Senate Bill 39 (SB 39) 1973-1974 

5 34

 Services for the homeless 1982 

5 35

 Sexual techniques circa 1973-1983 

5 36

 Society for Individual Rights (SIR), general information 1966 

5 37

 Society for Individual Rights position paper 1975-1979 

5 38

 Substance abuse services oversight committee 1980 

5 39

 Surveys of San Francisco people 1978 

5 40

 Teddy-Bear Pledges 1982 

5 41

 Telecommunications system 1982 

5 42

 Television, radio, movies 1972-1978 

5 43

 Tourist information circa 1973-1983 

5 44

 Tours circa 1973-1983 

5 45

 United States federal government 1975-1979 

5 46

 United Way 1980 

5 47

 United Way survey 1978-1979 

5 48

 Womens press project 1980 

5 49

 Women's services 1982 

5 50

 Women's services; Buena Vista Women's Services newsletter 1980 

6 1

 Youth services 1978-1983 

6 2

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Series 3:  Series 3. Pride Center at 330 Grove records 1973-1984 

Series Description

This series includes visitor and volunteer sign-in logs, telephone logs, real estate records, building contruction proposals and floor plans, capital campaign documents, reports, advisory board and development records, space rental lease agreements, and other records, 1973-1984, documenting the founding and daily operations of the Pride Center at 330 Grove in San Francisco, the gay and lesbian community center operated by the Pride Foundation. Materials document the Foundation's legal and financial struggles to secure a lasting site for the community center; the daily activities of the Center's volunteers; and the affliated organizations housed in 330 Grove, such as the Top Floor Gallery, the Senior Citizens' Center, and the Women's History Research Center.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Activities 1978 

6 4

 Administration, general 1973-1983 

6 5-6

 Advisory board 1981-1983 

6 7-8

 Alterations Project circa 1973-1983 

6 9

 Blueprints and floor plans circa 1975-1985 

9 2-4

 Building committee 1977-1983 

6 10-11

 Building lawsuit 1976-1980 

6 13

 Building rental applications 1979 

6 12

 Capital campaign information and correspondence 1981-1982 

6 14

 Case statement for "Pride Center" 1982 

6 15

 Construction 1981-1983 

6 16

 Development committee circa 1973-1983 

6 17

 Director's report 1979 

6 18

 Fight for 330 Grove 1976-1979 

6 19-21

 Fine Line Construction 1983 

6 22

 Furnishing and equipment committee 1982 

6 23

 In-kind services circa 1973-1983 

6 24

 Index to files 1979 

6 25

 Joplin, Missouri 1976 

6 26

 Mailing list 1977-1982 

6 27

 Notice to vacate 1980 

6 28

 Operations committee 1982-1983 

6 29

 Post-building closure 1980-1983 

6 30

 "Pride Center Report" 1982 

6 31

 Project 20 circa 1973-1983 

6 32

 Publicity 1979 

6 33

 Rainbow flags 1983 

6 34

 Senior citizens' center 1982 

6 35

 Senior nutrition 1982 

6 36

 Senior oversight committee 1982-1984 

6 37

 Senior program 1980-1983 

6 38-39

 Senior trips program 1982 

6 40

 Space rental 1979 

6 41

 Space rental agreements 1978 

6 42-43

 Space rental agreements, letters of intent 1977-1979 

6 44

 Space rental, key log 1982-1983 

7 1

 Space rental leases 1981-1983 

7 2

 Space rental, potential tenants 1982 

7 3

 Telephone log 1978 

8 5

 Telephone logs circa 1978-1983   [3 folders]

7 4-6

 Telephone switchboard index 1979 

7 7

 Temporary rentals 1979-1982 

7 8

 Tenants 1982-1983 

7 9

 Top Floor Gallery 1978 

7 10

 Visitor sign-in sheets 1978-1979 

7 11-15

 Volk, Don, manuscript 1982 

7 16

 Volunteer application forms 1981-1982 

7 17

 Volunteer attendance records 1977-1979 

7 18

 Women's History Research Center 1979 

7 19

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