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Finding Aid to the Richard Davis Papers, 1961-2012

Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan, (c) 2014

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 - Creator
Davis, Richard (Rick), 1948-
Title
Richard Davis Papers
Collection no.
Coll2014.016
Date [inclusive]
1961-2012
Extent
4.0 linear feet., 3 archive boxes + 1 archive binder
Language
English
Abstract
Bibliographic records, clippings, correspondence, court records, fliers, government ordinances, guidelines, mass mailings, medical records, notes, pamphlets, press releases, programs, and training records of Richard Davis, 1961-2012. The papers document Rick Davis' gay political activism in Minnesota in the 1970s, including with the Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights. The papers also document his work in Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s with the Right to Privacy Foundation.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Richard Davis Papers, Coll2014-016, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Richard Davis was born on June 8, 1948, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received a bachelor's degree in speech communications from Hamline University in 1970 and a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1975. Davis came out of the closet in the early 1970s and became involved in the local gay movement on a volunteer basis. He convened and chaired the group that mounted the first pride march in Minnesota; helped lobby the Minnesota legislature for anti-discrimination legislation; was an early founder and co-chair of the Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights (later called the Minnesota Committee for Gay and Lesbian Rights); and was a special advisor for the St. Paul gay rights referendum in 1978. In the fall of 1982, Davis moved to Washington, D.C., as the Director of Education and Research for the Right to Privacy Foundation, the 501(c)(3) counterpart to the Gay Rights National Lobby and the Human Rights Campaign Fund. The job ended in 1983, and after a series of temporary jobs, Davis was hired in 1987 by the Bill Digest section of the Congressional Research Service American Law Division, where he worked there until his retirement in 2010. Davis competed in swimming in the first five Gay Games, 1982-1998, and was an early research subject with the Study to Help the AIDS Research Effort (SHARE) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, one of the four clinical sites of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS).

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Scope and Contents note

Bibliographic records, clippings, correspondence, court records, fliers, government ordinances, guidelines, mass mailings, medical records, notes, pamphlets, press releases, programs, and training records of Richard Davis, 1961-2012. The papers document Rick Davis' gay political activism in Minnesota in the 1970s and Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s, including with the Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights and the Right to Privacy Foundation. In addition, the papers document his involvement in the Study to Help the AIDS Research Effort (SHARE) and include photographs of his participation in the Gay Games.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2014
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

Donated by Richard Davis, July 26, 2012.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Gay Games periodicals and ephemera have been integrated into ONE Archives' collections. See the folder "Gay Games, photocopies of separated objects" to review the separated materials.

Separated to the ONE Archives ephemera collection

Gay Games VI 2002, Sport & Cultural Festival Sydney. (shot glass)

Separated to the ONE Archives periodical collection

The Campaign Fund Report, v.2, no.1, 2.

Capitol Hill, the newsletter of the Gay Rights National Lobby, v.2, no.2, 3, 5; v.3, no.1, 2; v.4, no.1, 4; v.5, no.1.

Chicago Gay Life, v.1, no.18, February 18, 1976.

Christopher Street News (Minneapolis), no.1.

Compete: The Gay Sports Magazine, v.3, no.1-8 (2009); v.4, no.1-10 (2010); v.5, no.1-5 (2011).

Etz Hayyim Newsletter, May 1978.

The Epistle, v.1, no.5, 10; v.2, no.1-5; 1975-1976.

Essays on Homosexuality, no.1, 4.

G.A.Y., v.1, no.1, August 25, 1973.

Gay Activist (New York), October 1973.

Gay Caucus. The United Church of Christ newsletter, v.3, 1-4; v.4, 1-2; 1975-1977.

Gay Community News (Kansas City), v.2, no.1, January 1977.

Gay House newsletter, April, August 1976.

Gay International News, no.2, March 1972.

Gay Literature, no.1, 2, 1975.

Gay Madison, no.6, July 1979.

Gay Rights Newsletter, a journal of news and opinion by Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights. Special Edition: GOP Convention.

Gay Sunshine, no.19, October 1973.

Gay Vue, v.1, no.5, October 2, 1971.

GPU News, v.6, no.1, 2, 3, October-December 1976.

Hero, no. 11 (Oct 2000), no.14-15 (2001).

Into the Courts, the quarterly newsletter of Gay Rights Advocates, June and Fall 1981, Summer 1982.

It's Time, National Gay Task Force newsletter, v.1, no.2-5, special bonus issue; v.2, no.1-4, 6-10, special bonus issue; v.3, 2-5; v.6, no.1-3, 5-7; v.7, 1-8; v.8, 1-3; 1974-1981.

The Loring Park Report, v.1, no.1, February 1979.

Marketplace, v.1, no.1-4, 1980.

Minneapolis Church Chatter, v.2, no.4, April 1980.

Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights, newsletter, December 1975, January-February 1976

MCGR Lesbian/Gay Newsbriefs, September 16, 30, October 14, November 11, 25, December 9, 1977; undated; January 6, 20, February 3, 17, March 10, 24, April 7, 21, May 12, June 2, 23, July 28, August 25, September, November 3, 1978; January 12, March 9, April 6, May 4 (2 different copies), July 6, August 10, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 14, 1979; February 8, March 9, April 18, June 6, August 15, October 3, 28, 1980.

Minnesota Gay Christian, v.1, no.2, December 1976.

News from the Whitman-Walker Clinic, November 10, 1983.

The Northland Companion, v.1, no.1, November 1978.

The Nose Gay, newsletter of the Carleton Gay Friends, v.1, no.1, September 12, 1975.

Pomegranate, Minnesota Committee for Gay and Lesbian Rights, v.5, no.2, June 19, 1981.

Sentinel, v.4, no.25, December 1, 1977.

Share, 1984-2010 (35 issues).

So's Your Old Lady, no.1-4, 1973.

Sports Out Loud: the Best Gay Sports Magazine in the World, v.1, no.3 (Nov/Dec 2007); v.2, no.2-5 (2008).

Together, newsletter of the Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights, v.1, no.1-3, August-September, 1974; August-December 1976, undated.

Tomorrow (Mankato Gay Group), no.6-16, 18-19, 1975-1976.

ULGC Newsletter, University Lesbian/Gay Community at the University of Minnesota, v.1, no.1, Spring 1978; v.2, no.3, Spring 1980.

The Voice, no.21, 23, 24, election extra.

The Washington Blade, v.14, no.10 (March 11, 1983).

Separated to the ONE Archives library

Does Support for Gay Rights Spell Political Suicide? A close look at some long-held myths. Sponsored by the Gay Rights National Lobby and the National Gay Task Force, 1980. (booklet)

Fairchild, Betty. Parents of Gays. Washington, D.C.: Lambda Rising, 1975. (booklet)

A Gay Bibliography, third revision. Task Force on Gay Liberation, Social Responsibilities Round Table, American Library Association, January 1974.

The Gay Blade. Grand Junction, Tennessee: Mailbox Christians.

Human Rights Issues: Fair Employment for Gay People. Consenting Adults Legislation. Sponsored by the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions and the Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights: 1975. (booklet)

Separated to the ONE Archives program and directory collections

Bergeron, Michael A. The Chicago Gay Directory, 1974-1975, fourth edition. Chicago: Advocates of Gay Action Publishign Co-op, 1974.

Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration. Minneapolis: The Gay Pride Comittee, June 16-25, 1978.

Gay Pride 77. Minneapolis: The Gay Pride Committee, 1977.

Gay Pride Week '79: Ten Years After. Minneapolis: The Gay Pride Committee, 1979.

Separated to the ONE Archives calendar collection

The Gay Engagement Calendar 1979, Universe Books, New York.

The Gay Engagement Calendar 1980, The Main Street Press, Inc, Clinton, New Jersey.

The Gay Engagement Calendar 1981, The Main Street Press, Inc, Pittstown, New Jersey.

The Gay Engagement Calendar 1982, The Main Street Press, Inc, Pittstown, New Jersey.

The Gay Engagement Calendar 1983, The Main Street Press, Inc, Pittstown, New Jersey.

The Gay Engagement Calendar 1985, The Main Street Press, Inc, Pittstown, New Jersey.

Separated to the ONE Archives audiovisual collection

Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, 1984-2005, 25 years. Carnegie Institution of Science, May 12, 2009. (DVD)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Gay Games.
  • Gay Rights National Lobby.
  • Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights.

Personal Name(s)

  • Endean, Steve, 1948-1993

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Richard Davis papers 1961-2012 

Box Folder

 Bibliographic records 1972-1981 

1 1

 Clippings, newspapers 1961-1981 

1 2-7

 Clippings, text written by Davis 1974-1975 

1 8

 Correspondence 1973-1991 

1 9

 Gay Games I, San Francisco, documents 1982 

1 10

 Gay Games II, San Francisco, documents 1986 

1 11-12

 Gay Games II, photographs 1986 

4 1

 Gay Games III, Vancouver, documents 1990 

1 13-14

 Gay Games III, Vancouver, photographs 1990 

4 2

 Gay Games IV, New York, documents 1994 

1 15-16

 Gay Games IV, New York, photographs 1994 

4 3

 Gay Games V, documents 1998 

1 17-20

 Gay Games V, photographs 1998 

4 4

 Gay Games, photocopies of separated objects 1982-1998 

1 21

 Gay rights legislative committee records 1973 

1 22

 Gay Rights National Lobby records 1969-1983 

Scope and Contents

Includes GRNL administrative records, goals, objectives, historical information, press releases, and publications, as well as biographical material on Steve Endean.

2 1-7

 Gay rights speaking instructions 1976, undated 

2 8

 Hanson volunteer committee records 1976 

2 9

 Human Rights Campaign fund, press releases and publications 1982-1983 

2 10

 Lobbying and gay rights reference materials 1973-1975 

2 11

 Lobbying records 1969-1978 

2 12-15

 Lobbyist training workshop 1977 

2 16

 Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights records 1974-1980 

Scope and Contents

Includes board records, mailings, handbills, and foundational records.

2 17-22

 National gay rights legislation records 1975-1981 

2 23

 National Gay Task Force, published materials 1975-1981 

2 24-25

 Right to Privacy Foundation records 1972-1985 

2 26-28

 Neuropsychology study 1990 

2 29

 Notes, project records, and biographical material 1974-2012 

2 30

 Project files 1974-1982 

3 1

 St. Paul referendum materials 1974-1978 

3 2

 Study to Help the AIDS Research Effort (SHARE) records 1984-2012 

3 3-8

 Subject files, gay and lesbian 1962-1980 

3 9-10

 Subject files, government ordinances and court records 1974-1983 

3 11

 Subject files, Jack Baker and Mike McConnell 1973 

3 12

 Subject files, political 1976 

3 13

 Subject files, religious 1969-1976 

3 14

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