The Homophile Movement: Papers of Donald Stewart Lucas, 1941-1976

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The phrase "Homophile Movement" refers to organizations and political strategies employed by the GLBT community prior to the era of confrontational activism of the 1970s. Donald Stewart Lucas was a gay rights pioneer, leader of the Mattachine Society, and in later years advocate for the poverty stricken. These records shed light on the trials and tribulations of a gay man during the 1950s and 60s, highlight efforts to move society towards acceptance and equality, and document the development of a variety of homophile organizations, particularly the Mattachine Foundation, the Mattachine Society, Pan-Graphic Press, the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, the Society for Individual Rights, and the Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco. Lucas’ also focused his activism on a number of anti-poverty programs and initiatives that are well documented.

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  • The strength of the collection lies in the administrative and work files of the Mattachine Society, the Mattachine Review, Pan-Graphic Press, and the Central City Target Area of the San Francisco EOC.
  • Includes: correspondence, meeting minutes, constitutions and by-laws, newsletters, manuscripts, financial documents, reports, statistics, legal decisions, surveys, counseling records, funding proposals, and subject files.