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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.


Audiotapes, 1973-1980

83 audiotapes (reel-to-reel tapes)


The Audio Materials series (1973-1980, 3 linear feet, 83 tapes) contains reel-to-reel tapes. These tapes were part of the original accession of M.O.H.R. records and, while produced before the founding of the organization, several of those involved with the radio program Gayly Speaking went on to play significant roles in M.O.H.R. after 1977. Topical coverage includes a wide variety of political and social issues which affected the lives of lesbians and gay men in the mid- to late-1970s, as well as the cultural activities of and public service information for the Detroit-area lesbian and gay community.

There are numerous chronological gaps in this series, with representation heaviest and most consistent for the early years of the program, 1973 to 1976. Coverage of the years 1977 to 1980 is very sketchy. The original numbering sequence of the tapes and their broadcast dates, as transcribed from the outside of individual tape boxes, have been retained as an organizational scheme. It should be noted that brackets in these dates have been transcribed as they appear on the boxes. Recording dates have been noted in the container listing when known, as have playback speeds.