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Affirmations Lesbian/Gay Community Center Records, 1989-2004

5 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Affirmations Lesbian/Gay Community Center was established in 1989 to serve as a resource to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the greater Detroit area. The records consist of meeting minutes, correspondence, and written records pertaining to Affirmations’ fundraising, programming, membership and advocacy activities. Select events are also documented by photographs.

This collection reflects the operational and planning activities for Affirmations Lesbian/Gay Community Center. It is divided into nine series: Background, Governance, Administration, Grants and Fundraising, Programming, Membership and Volunteers, Advocacy, Publicity, and Photographs. The majority of the collection has been arranged alphabetically by topic and chronologically within files.


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.


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.