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Anonymous Association of Suburban People officer’s papers, 1973-2004 (majority within 1976-1985)

1 linear foot — 1 oversize folder

The collection was created and collected by an officer of the Association of Suburban People who wishes to remain anonymous. It contains legal papers, correspondence, and other official records of the Association of Suburban People, but concentrates on the organization's social activities.

The collection contains legal papers, correspondence, and other official records of the Association of Suburban People, but concentrates on the organization's social activities. Photographs, flyers, and posters from Hottest Hairy or Hairless Chest Contests, Halloween Contests, and Club Nites are included, events held at the Interchange, the Outlaw, the R & R Saloon, and other Detroit area gay bars.

The collection also includes a collection of matchbooks and matchboxes from gay bars, restaurants, baths, and other businesses in Detroit and surrounding areas, elsewhere in Michigan and Ontario, and to a lesser extent nationwide. A collection of buttons is also included, mainly Detroit gay-related but some from national organizations.

This collection was processed by Douglas M. Haller, ASP Information Officer, 1980-1981. An item listing of the collection with extensive explanatory notes by the processor is appended to this finding aid in the "Additional Descriptive Data" section.


Contemporary History Project (The New Left in Ann Arbor, Mich.) transcripts of oral interviews, 1978-1979

1 linear foot

Transcripts of oral history project relating to the political and social protests of the 1950s and 1960s, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The collection consists of fifty transcripts of oral history interviews relating to political and social protests in Ann Arbor in the 1950s and 1960s. Topics of discussion in the interview include civil rights demonstrations, draft resistance and other opposition to the Vietnam War, feminism and the equal rights movement, alternative lifestyles, gay rights, the drug culture, student rights, and the influence of rock and roll music. The interviewees include Arnie Bachner, Larry Behnke, Frithjof Bergmann, Walter Blackwell, Barry Bluestone, Elise Boulding, Bunyan Bryant, Eric Chester, Tania Cordes, Jerry DeGrieck, Peter Dilorenzi, Richard Feldman, Miriam Flacks, Richard Flacks, Robben Wright Fleming, Madison James Foster, Barbara Fuller, Todd Gitlin, Gail Grigsby, Barbara Haber, William Haber, Tom Hayden, Larry Hunter, Edward James, Sharon Jeffrey, Ken Kelley, Walter Krasny, Diane Kohn, Howard Kohn, John Leggett, Richard Mann, Robert Meeropol, James G. Mellen, Fredrick L. Miller, Martha Prescod Norman, Beth Oglesby, Carl Oglesby, Marge Piercy, Genie Plamondon, Paul Potter, Randy Potts, Nais Raulet, Robert Ross, Ezra Rowry, Gayle Rubin, John Sinclair, Leni Sinclair, Eda Spielman, Milton Taube, Nancy Wechsler, and Marilyn Young.


Daniel R. Sivil Papers, 1940-1993 (majority within 1977-1983)

0.5 linear feet

Daniel R. Sivil was active in the gay and lesbian civil rights and advocacy movement of the 1980s. b He was a founding member of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights and president of the Association of Suburban People, a gay-lesbian organization devoted to social and political activity. Files relating to organizational and advocacy efforts; correspondence with Henry Messer and other activists; and photographs.

The papers of Daniel Ross Sivil provide insight into the gay and lesbian civil rights and advocacy movement of the early 1980s on both a personal and professional level. Sivil's writings and correspondence with peers demonstrates the joys and difficulties of presiding over a grassroots gay and lesbian organization (including fundraising, attracting members, and competing with similar organizations) and lobbying for gay rights in general. The papers have been divided into three series; Activities, Correspondence, and Photographs.


Douglas M. Haller papers, 1978-2011 (majority within 1979-1982)

1 linear foot — 1 oversize folder

Archivist and information officer active in numerous Gay/Lesbian organizations, notably the Association of Suburban People (ASP). The collection relates primarily to Haller’s activities with the Association of Suburban People and includes membership materials, executive board minutes and agendas, reports of the information officer, published material, and files relating to the organization’s political action committee.

The Douglas M. Haller papers reflect mainly to his activities as Information Office and executive board member of the Association of Suburban People in the period of 1978-1982. The collection, arranged and described by the donor, consists of the following series: Biographical / Personal; ASP members and general; ASP newsletters, events and publicity; ASP Executive Board; Information Officer's Reports/General Meetings; Periodical Clippings & Information; Information Officer's Correspondence, Related Publications; Political Action Committee (ASP/PAC); Michigan Democratic Party; and ASP Related and Successor Organizations.


James W. Toy Papers, 1963-2009 (majority within 1971-1994)

28.9 linear feet (in 32 boxes) — 1 oversize folder (Ac)

The collection is a combination of the personal papers of James W. Toy and the records of the university office (originally named Human Sexuality Office, then Lesbian-Gay Male Programs Office, and later Lesbian-Gay Male-Bisexual Programs Office) where he worked for twenty-three years.

The James Toy Papers covering the period from the late 1960s to 1995 have been arranged into three series: Lesbian Gale Male Bisexual Office, Topical Files, and Correspondence. These groupings were created by the processing archivists as there was no apparent order to the materials as they were received. In 2008, two series-Spectrum Center 1998-2004 and The Peninsula Group were added.

The Office of Equity and Diversity series contains materials from Toy's work with that section of the Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action. Materials include meeting agendas and minutes, project files, and notes.


Michigan Organization for Human Rights Records, 1973-1994

13 linear feet (in 14 boxes) — 1 oversize folder — 232.4 GB (online)

A coalition of state and local human rights organizations, served as resource, lobbying and educational agent for organizations and individuals engaged in struggle to eliminate all forms of discrimination, gay and lesbian rights became an early focus of MOHR. Records document founding and administration of the organization and numerous, legislative lobbying efforts and other activities.

The records of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights, measuring 10 linear feet, were donated to the library by M.O.H.R. in four accessions: May 1983, February and September 1994, and September 1998. The audio materials span the time period 1973 to 1980, while the manuscript materials cover the period from 1977 through the disbanding of the organization in Spring, 1994. The records are arranged in eight series: Administrative, Correspondence, Topical, Clippings, the Robert Lundy Papers (two series), Visual Materials, and Audio Materials. The series provide documentation of the founding, growth, and topical interests of a grassroots political and social organization, including the stresses involving fundraising and personality conflicts that occurred as M.O.H.R. experienced rapid growth during the late-1970s and early-1980s.

The two Robert Lundy series (1970-1995, 4 linear feet) were donated to the library in several accessions over a period of years. There is some overlap as each series contains files on legislation, files relating to his work with M.O.H.R., and topical files on issues organizations and events with which he was active in his capacity as M.O.H.R.'s legislation officer.