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Finding aid to the Black and White Men Together records, 1981-2006

Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan, © 2012

Processing this collection has been funded by generous grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and Wells Fargo.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
International Association of Black and White Men Together.
Title
Black and White Men Together records
Collection no.
Coll2012.171
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1981-1984
Date [inclusive]
1981-2006
Extent
1.6 linear feet., 1 archives box + 1 archives carton
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of the organizational records of the International Association, National Association, and regional chapters of Black and White Men Together, 1981-2006. Most of the records comprise those compiled by Charles Stewart as co-chair of the International Association, 1982-1983, and as a member of the Los Angeles chapter, 1981-1984. The collection also includes awards collected by former member and National Association co-chair Paul Cloutier and some post-1984 regional and national files by member Ken Pavlick. Black and White Men Together engages in educational, political, cultural and social activities as a means of dealing with racism, sexism, homophobia, and HIV/AIDS discrimination.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Black and White Men Together Records, Coll2012-171, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Administrative History

Founder Mike Smith began the first Black and White Men Together (BWMT) group in San Francisco in January 1980. Over the summer, groups emerged in Chicago, Boston, and New York, and by the next year, chapters had sprung up in 30 cities across the United States as well as in 3 international locations. The first BWMT conference occurred in San Francisco in 1981 out of which formed the International Association of Black and White Men Together (IABWMT).

Charles Stewart was elected to a one year term as co-chair of the IABWMT in 1982. He had been a member of the Steering Committee for the Los Angeles BWMT chapter, secretary of the Gay and Lesbian Police Advisory Task Force, vice-president of the board of directors of the National Gay Archives, and chairman of the Community Support Committee of Christopher Street West.

Renamed in 1986 as the National Association of Black and White Men Together, the organization, as of 2012, remains a nationwide network that fosters supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome. BWMT engages in educational, political, cultural and social activities as a means of dealing with racism, sexism, homophobia, and HIV/AIDS discrimination.

Sources:

National Association of Black and White Men Together. http://www.nabwmt.org/aboutus.html. Accessed 10/16/2012.

Box 2, folder 8, Black and White Men Together Records, Coll2012-171, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the organizational records of the International Association, National Association, and regional chapters of Black and White Men Together (BWMT), 1981-2006. Most of the records comprise those compiled by Charles Stewart as co-chair of the International Association, 1982-1983, and as a member of the Los Angeles chapter, 1981-1984. His materials consist of board records, by-laws, convention records, correspondence, editorial records, educational and political committee records, election records, financial records, project files, subject files, collaboration files, membership records, status reports, promotional material, clippings, and general administrative records. Unless otherwise identified, all non-BMTW organizational listings should be assumed to be subject and/or collaboration files.

The post-1984 records primarily consist of both National Association and regional chapter promotional materials, awards, convention materials, and clippings. These files include awards donated by former member and National Association co-chair Paul Cloutier and some regional and national files donated by member Ken Pavlick.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2012
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.

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 Information

Most of the records in this collection comprise those compiled by Charles Stewart, 1981-1984, although the date and method of the donation is unknown. Although most of the post-1984 records are from unidentifiable sources, two exceptions are the awards gifted by Paul Cloutier in 2012, and some materials in the National, convention, and regional files, notably of the Detroit and Washington D.C. chapters, gifted by Ken Pavlick in 2012.

Processing Information

Records in the collection primarily came from Charles Stewart's Black and White Men Together materials. His International Association of Black and White Men Together and Los Angeles chapter records have been noted when evident. His records have been supplemented with Paul Cloutier's and Ken Pavlick's Black and White Men Together collections as well as from records from the ONE Subject Files collection.

Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2012.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Black and White Men Together newsletters:

Black & White Men Together, no.6 ( July-August 1980).

Black & White Men Together, special edition, no. 8 1/2.

International Association of Black & White Men Together, The Board Memo, no.5, 6, 7, 8 (May-August, 1983).

National Association of Black & White Men Together, The Board Memo, no.19 (July 1985).

National Association of Black & White Men Together, v.21, no.2 (Summer 2003).

Black & White Men Together Atlanta (May 1984).

Black & White Men Together Baltimore (September 1987).

Black & White Men Together Chicago, v.2, no.5, 6, 7, 10; v.3, no.1 (December 1982-February 1983, May 1983, October 1983).

Black & White Men Together Detroit, v.25, no.10 (October 2006).

Black & White Men Together East Coast, Network News (October 1981).

Black & White Men Together Eastern Region, Network News, no.6 (February 1982; March 1983).

Black & White Men Together Eastern U.S. Region, Network News (December 1981); no. 4 (1982).

Black & White Men Together Houston (May 1983).

Black & White Men Together Long Beach (May 1986).

Black & White Men Together Los Angeles , v.3, no.10 (October 1983); v.16, no.18 (July 1985).

Black & White Men Together Memphis (January-February, March-April, August-September, October-November 1983; March, November 1985; January 1986).

Black & White Men Together Milwaukee (March, April, May, July, September, October 1983; January, April 1984).

Black & White Men Together Greater Omaha Area, v.1, no.1, no.5 (1983).

Black & White Men Together Philadelphia, v.3, no.11 (November 1983); v.4, no.3 (March 1984).

Black & White Men Together San Diego, v.3, no.4, 5, 7 (April-July 1983).

Black & White Men Together Washington D.C. (November 1981).

G.R.E.A.T. Men of the Rockies, v.3, no.1 (January 1983).

Y.O.U. Your Own Understanding (January 1982).

Other periodicals:

Blacklight, v.4, no. 1 (October 1982), no. 3 (1983).

Brother, v.1, no.2 (Summer 1983).

Civil Liberties, no.345 (February 1983).

East West Winds, v.1, no.1 (July-August 1983).

Gay Community News, v.11, no.15 (October 1983).

Gay Press Association, v.3, no.2.

GLLU Unidad, v.2, no.3 (April-May 1983).

International Gay Association, bulletin 83/1.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. (Summer 1982).

The Lesbian News, v.8, no.8 (March 1983).

The Log, (January 1983); v.2, no.11 (April 1984).

MECLA, (Fall 1982, Spring 1983, Winter 1983, Mid-Winter 1984).

Ohio Pride, no.5 (August 15th-28th, 1983).

Paz y Liberacion, no.4 (March 1983), no.5 (November 1983).

People of All Colors Together Newsquarters, v.1, no.1 (1985).

SCWU, v.7, no.1 (February-March 1983).

Stonewall Speaks, no.56 (February 1984).

Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance Flyer, v.5, no.1 (April 1984).

Ten Percent, v.5, no.4 (March 1984).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Association of Black and White Men Together.

Personal Name(s)

  • Stewart, Charles

Subject(s)

  • African American gay men
  • Gay activists
  • Racially mixed people

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Other Finding Aids

"Men of All Colors Together Boston records, 1980-1999--M68." Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department. www.lib.neu.edu/archives/collect/findaids/m68find.htm.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Black and White Men Together 1981-2006  (Bulk, 1981-1984)

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder

 Awards 1981-1991 

Acquisition Information

All awards except for the 1991 certificate were gifted by Paul Cloutier.

1 1

 Board agenda, International Association 1982-1983 

1 2

 Board ballots, International Association 1982-1983 

1 3

 Board memoranda, International Association 1983 

1 4

 The Bulletin, editorial, International Association 1983 

1 5

 By-laws, International Association 1982 

1 6

 By-laws, Los Angeles chapter 1981-1982 

1 7

 Conferences and conventions 1981-2002 

1 8

 Convention, International Association 1983 

1 9

 Convention, 25th Anniversary, National Association 2005 

Acquisition Information

Records gifted by Ken Pavlick.

1 10

 Correspondence received, Charles Stewart 1982-1983 

1 11

 Correspondence sent, Charles Stewart, International Association 1982-1983 

1 12

 Educational/political committee, International Association 1982-1983 

1 13

 Editorial board, International Association 1982-1983 

1 14

 Elections, International Association 1983 

1 15

 Expenses and accounts, International Association 1982-1984 

1 16

 Fine Focus project 1983 

1 17

 Form letters, standard memoranda, and stationary, International Association 1982 

1 18

 Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center (GLCSC) 1984 

1 19

 Gay Rights National Lobby (GRNL) 1983-1984 

1 20

 General administration, International Association 1982-1983   [3 folders]

1 21-23

 General administration, National Association 1986-2001 

1 24

 International Gay Association 1983 

1 25

 Just Business project 1982-1983 

1 26

 Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Press Association 1984 

1 27

 Los Angeles gay community 1984 

1 28

 Membership, International Association 1982 

2 1

 Multi-Ethnic Gay/Lesbian Exchange (MEG/LE) 1982-1985 

1 29

 Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA) 1983-1984 

2 2

 National Association of Business Councils (NABC) 1982-1983 

2 3

 National Association of Gay and Lesbian Democratic Clubs 1983-1984 

2 4

 National Gay Archives 1983 

2 5

 National Gay Task Force (NGTF) 1983 

2 6

 Pacific Coast Network 1983 

2 7

 Press materials 1983-1985 

Scope and Contents note

Includes press releases and clippings.

2 8

 Quarterly 1983, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Founded in San Francisco (Calif.) in 1980, it was originally called "BWMT Newsletter." Expanded and renamed "The Quarterly" within couple of years. Includes typescript of interview with Charles Stewart, published interviews with Stewart and Julius M. Johnson

2 9

 Regional chapters and networks 1982-2006   [2 folders]

2 10- 11

 Rosters 1981-1984 

Scope and Contents note

Includes telephone, membership, mailing, field associates, and affiliate group lists.

2 12

 Southern Christian Leadership Conference 1983-1984 

2 13

 Status reports, International Association 1982-1983 

2 14

 Subject files, general 1983-1984 

2 15

 Tax exempt status 1981-1983 

2 16

 Telecon memos 1983 

2 17

 Working drafts, assorted content 1983 

2 18

 Work in progress, assorted content undated 

2 19

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