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Finding aid to the Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) records

Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan, (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
Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends.
Creator
Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays.
Title
Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) records
Collection no.
Coll2013.023
Date [inclusive]
1977-2012
Extent
1.0 linear foot., 1 archives box
Language
English
Abstract
Newsletters, newsletter distribution records, meeting files, membership records, photographs, correspondence, receipt books, and press and promotional material of Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG), 1977-2012. A/PLG was created in 1980 to meet the needs of gay men and women of Asian and Pacific heritage and to provide a support system in their relations with their families and communities.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) Records, Coll2013-023, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Administrative History

Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) was created in 1980 to meet the needs of gay men and women of Asian and Pacific heritage and to provide a support system in their relations with their families and communities so as to understand and accept each other with caring and pride. The idea of forming an organization for gay Asians had been discussed before 1980, but an important impetus came from gay liberation pioneer Morris Kight, who then had an Asian partner. A/PLG strives to enhance identity, pride, personal growth, competence, empowerment, and leadership skills as well as inform its members of political and social issues. Other goals include building solidarity between Asian gay men and lesbians and between native Asian-Americans and those who had emigrated from other countries. The organization provides support groups, seminars, and social events for its members. In 1997, the name changed to its current form, Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends.

Sources:

Wat, Eric. The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles. 2002.

Liebman, Roy. "Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends is turning 30!!" Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends website. http://www.apgf.org/a-pgf-history/. Accessed March 5, 2013.

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Scope and Contents note

Newsletters, newsletter distribution records, meeting files, membership records, photographs, correspondence, receipt books, and press and promotional material of Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG), 1977-2012. Although most of the records are dated after the organization's founding in 1980, the records include a proposal for a group called the Gay Asian Association from 1977.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

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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 Milt Owens and Fred Bradford.

Processing Information

Formerly box A240. Collection processed by Kyle Morgan.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Newsletters

Subject(s)

  • Asian American gays
  • Asian American lesbians

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Administrative records, general 1984-1995 

1 1

 Color 35mm slides by Milt Owens undated   [Twenty-seven slides]

1 16

 Correspondence 1980-1981 

1 2

 Gay Asian Association proposal 1977 

1 3

 Meeting records 1991-2005   [3 folders]

1 4-6

 Membership applications 1990-1996   [2 folders]

1 7-8

 Newsletters of A/PLG 1981-2001   [5 folders]

1 9-13

 Newsletter distribution records 1985-1990   [2 folders]

1 14-15

 Press and promotional material 1986-2012 

1 17

 Receipt books 1980-1985   [Four books]

1 18

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