Collection  |  Manuscript/Mixed Material Frank Kameny papers,

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Frank Kameny papers,
Correspondence, case files, legal records, organization records, subject files, printed matter, and other papers relating to Kameny's work as an activist, organizer, and counselor in the gay rights movement. Reflects the politicization of the gay rights movement as its priorities shifted from education and information to social action and legal reform. Documents Kameny's activities as cofounder and official of the Mattachine Society of Washington, involvement in District of Columbia politics, and work as administrative counsel in trials chiefly concerning discrimination in civil service employment, military service discharges, and security clearance issues. Includes material relating to the cases of Donald Lee Crawford, Robert Lee Fultun, Richard L. Gayer, Leonard Matlovich, Bruce Chardon Scott, Otis Francis Tabler, Otto H. Ulrich, and Benning Wentworth.
Includes records of the Mattachine Society of Washington and other Mattachine societies. Other organizations represented include East Coast Homophile Organizations, Gay Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., Gay Rights National Lobby (U.S.), and National Gay Task Force.
A file pertaining to Jack Baker, gay activist from Minnesota, includes correspondence, Baker's marriage certificate, a legal file, and other papers. Pertains chiefly to Baker's military discharge, successful run for student body president at the University of Minnesota, and his 1971 legal marriage in Minnesota to Mike McConnell that led to Baker v. Nelson, an important case in the fight for gay marriage rights. Reflects the differing attitudes held by gay organizations on the coasts and in the Midwest.
Correspondents include Jack Baker, Barbara Gittings, Anthony Grey, Barbara Grier (pseud. Gene Damon), Foster Gunnison, Richard Inman, Morris Kight, Dick Leitsch, Larry Littlejohn, Morty Manford, Robert A. Martin, Jr. (pseud. Stephen Donaldson), Jack Nichols (pseud. Warren D. Adkins), Elaine Noble, Clark P. Polak, Edward Sagarin (pseud. Donald Cory Webster), Richard LaMar Schlegel, Bruce Chardon Scott, Don Slater, Kay Tobin (Kay Tobin Lahusen), United States Civil Service Commission, Bruce R. Voeller, Arthur Cyrus Warner (pseud. Austin Wade), Randy Wicker (Charles Hayden Gervin), and Shirley E. Willer. Kameny family correspondence reflects attitudes of family members to Frank Kameny and to his homosexuality and activities as a gay activist.
Contributor Names
Kameny, Frank, 1925-2011.
Mattachine Society of Washington.
Subject Headings
-  Baker, Jack,--1942
-  Baker, Jack,--1942---Correspondence
-  Crawford, Donald Lee
-  Fulton, Robert Lee
-  Gayer, Richard L
-  Gittings, Barbara,--1932-2007--Correspondence
-  Grey, Antony,--1927-2010--Correspondence
-  Grier, Barbara,--1933-2011--Correspondence
-  Gunnison, Foster,--1925-1994--Correspondence
-  Inman, Richard,--1926-1985--Correspondence
-  Kight, Morris,--1919-2003--Correspondence
-  Leitsch, Dick--Correspondence
-  Littlejohn, Larry--Correspondence
-  Manford, Morty,--1950-1992--Correspondence
-  Martin, Robert A.,--1946-1996--Correspondence
-  Matlovich, Leonard
-  McConnell, Mike,--1942
-  Nichols, Jack--Correspondence
-  Noble, Elaine,--1944---Correspondence
-  Polak, Clark P.,--1937-1980--Correspondence
-  Sagarin, Edward,--1913-1986--Correspondence
-  Schlegel, Richard LaMar--Correspondence
-  Scott, Bruce Chardon--Correspondence
-  Scott, Bruce Chardon
-  Slater, Don,--1923-1997--Correspondence
-  Tabler, Otis Francis
-  Tobin, Kay--Correspondence
-  Ulrich, Otto H.,--1935-2001
-  Voeller, Bruce R.--Correspondence
-  Warner, Arthur Cyrus,--1918-2007--Correspondence
-  Wentworth, Benning
-  Wicker, Randy--Correspondence
-  Willer, Shirley E.,--1922---Correspondence
-  Kameny family--Correspondence
-  East Coast Homophile Organizations
-  Gay Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C
-  Gay Rights National Lobby (U.S.)
-  Mattachine Society of Washington
-  National Gay Task Force
-  United States Civil Service Commission--Correspondence
-  Civil service--United States
-  Discrimination--United States
-  Discrimination in employment--United States
-  Gay liberation movement--United States
-  Gay men--Family relationships
-  Gay rights--United States
-  Gays--Employment--Law and legislation--United States
-  Gays--Government policy--United States
-  Gays--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
-  Gays--Political activity--United States
-  Gays--United States
-  Gays--United States--Societies, etc
-  Gays--Washington (D.C.)--Societies, etc
-  Gays in the civil service--United States
-  Gay military personnel--United States
-  Homophobia--United States
-  Homosexuality--Law and legislation--United States
-  Homosexuality--United States
-  Homosexuality--United States--Societies, etc
-  Lesbians--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
-  Lesbians--United States
-  Military discharge--United States
-  Same-sex marriage--United States
-  Security clearances--United States
-  Social action--United States
-  United States--Armed Forces
-  United States--Social conditions--1945
-  Washington (D.C.)--Politics and government
-  Arranged in eleven series. Series 1: Correspondence, 1950-2006; Series 2: Case File, 1948-2005; Series 3: Legal File, 1944-2005; Series 4: Organizations, 1953-1999; Series 5: Subject File, 1843-2005; Series 6: Speeches and Writings, 1962-1997; Series 7: Miscellany, 1948-2005; Series 8: Addition, 1939-2012; Series 9: Restricted, 1964-1992; Series 10: Classified, 1976-1977; and Series 11: Oversize, 1964-1983.
-  Gift, Kameny Papers Project, 2006-2010.
-  Gift, estate of Frank Kameny, 2012.
-  Audio recordings transferred to Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division.
-  Gay rights activist. Full name: Franklin E. Kameny.
-  Collection material in English.
-  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at
56,300 items.
161 containers plus 2 oversize and 1 classified.
65 linear feet.
Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
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