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Finding Aid to the Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) Records, 1966-1970

Finding aid prepared by Danielle Perez-Granado, (c) 2013

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

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Personal Rights in Defense and Education.
Title
Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) records
Collection no.
Coll2013.077
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1966-1968
Date [inclusive]
1966-1970
Extent
0.4 linear feet., 1 archive carton.
Language
English
Abstract
Articles of incorporation, by-laws, reports, proposals, minutes, meeting notices, photographs, event flyers and tickets, membership flyers, correspondence, and organizational documentation related to Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE), 1966-1970, a Los Angeles gay activist organization.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) records, Coll2013.077, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Historical Information

Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) was an organization created on July 7, 1966. Founded by Steve Ginsburg, the first PRIDE president, along with a group of chairmen operating numerous divisions. PRIDE's goals were twofold: to alter the relationship between the police and the gay community and to provide social events for the gay community outside of the bar scene. The exclusively male group had a legal division, headed by Mike Kinghorn; a citizenship division, headed by Tony Penter; a social division, headed by Jerry Kass; a community services division, headed by Jim Kepner; a special activities division, headed by Don Felton; and a publications division, headed by Bill Rand. During the first year of operation PRIDE conducted meetings, social dances, a legal defense fund, a bridge club, a bowling team, a hiking club, and a discussion group. PRIDE created a pocket lawyer booklet and a newsletter that would become the Los Angeles Advocate. PRIDE was key in organizing the first gay demonstration against police brutality with other local groups at the Black Cat bar in the Silver Lake neighborhood. After the first year Ginsburg resigned and the president position was eventually given to Jerry Joachim. There's a lack of documentation from the second year. Due to internal conflicts the group officially disbanded exactly 2 years after their creation on July 7, 1968.

Sources:

1.1, Accomplishments and a look at the future, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) records, Coll2013.077, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

1.7, Dissolution of PRIDE, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) records, Coll2013.077, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes articles of incorporation, by-laws, reports, proposals, minutes, meeting notices, photographs, event flyers and tickets, membership flyers, correspondence, and organizational documentation related to the Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) organization. Organized in 1966 and operating for two years, PRIDE was a male organization with the goals of altering the relationship between the police and the gay community as well as providing social events for gay men outside of bars.

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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

Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Danielle Perez-Granado, August 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Promotional materials

Personal Name(s)

  • Ginsburg, Steve, -2007
  • Jerry Joachim
  • Kepner, Jim, (James Lynn Kepner, Jr.), 1923-1997

Subject(s)

  • Gay activists
  • Gay liberation movement--California--Los Angeles
  • Gay men

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  PRIDE organizational records 

Scope and Contents

This series contains articles of incorporation, by-laws, reports, proposals, minutes, meeting notices, photographs, event flyers and tickets, membership flyers, correspondence, and organizational documentation related to Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE), 1966-1970.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Accomplishments and a look to the future 1967 

1 1

 Articles of incorporation 1966 

1 2

 By-laws circa 1966-1968 

1 3

 Chairman reports and proposals 1966-1968 

1 4

 Clippings circa 1966-1968 

1 5

 Demonstration flyers 1967 

1 6

 Dissolution of PRIDE 1968 

1 7

 Division correspondence and documentation 1966-1968 

1 8

 Event flyers 1966-1968 

1 9

 Event tickets, pocket lawyer, and business cards circa 1966-1968 

1 10

 Kepner, Jim correspondence to Donn Teal 1970 

1 11

 Meeting announcements 1966-1968 

1 12

 Meeting minutes, budgets, notes, and proposals 1966-1968 

1 13

 Membership flyers and correspondence 1966-1968 

1 14

 Minutes of PRIDE board of directors meetings and press release 1967-1968 

1 15

 Newsletters 1966-1968 

1 16

 Organizational correspondence 1966-1968 

1 17

 Photographs circa 1966-1968   6 b&w photographs.

Scope and Contents

Photographs of Jerry Joachim, Sgt., Capt. Crumley, Jim Kepner, Chet Sampson, Jerome Stevens, and John Taylor.

1 18

 What's in a name? undated 

1 19

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