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Resource Center LGBT Collection of the UNT Libraries

Identifier: AR0756

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  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials donated by and relating to individuals working to support AIDS causes and equal rights in the LGBT community.  Organizational leaders such as John Thomas, Don Baker, Bill Nelson, Terry Tebedo, William Waybourn, and Mike Richards contributed papers, court cases, and personal artifacts. These materials provide a personal perspective of the individuals impacted by AIDS in the 1980s and 1990sand the effect those experiences had on friends, family, and the community. The collection also contains organizational contributions from notable LGBT activists such as Dianne Hardy-Garcia, Louise Young, Vivienne Armstrong and Jamie Schield. Also included are documents relating to Dallas Gay Alliance vs. Dallas County (1989), a case in which Ron Woodroof, Alliance leadership, and attorneys representing the Dallas Gay Alliance filed suit for discriminatory practices against AIDS patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital. This collection contains a variety of documents and multimedia objects: personal papers, awards, artifacts, periodicals, newspapers, office files, newsletters, medical information, videotapes, cassette tapes, compact discs, DVDs, photographs, slides, and court documents. Included in the collection are publications such as The Advocate, Christopher Street, Out, T.W.I.T. (This Week In Texas), Dallas Voice, Curve, Genre, POZ, Lesbian Connection, and others featuring articles on sexuality, entertainment, local events, politics, biographies, health, and other matters concerning the LGBT community.  Due to the nature of the Resource Center and its primary goal, HIV and AIDS-related publications also embody a significant share of the collection. The collection also includes various materials and artifacts representing several LGBT events, including t-shirts, buttons, banners and other items from the Tanquery’s Texas AIDS Ride, Lone Star Ride, Black Tie Dinner, Gay Games, Razzle Dazzle Dallas, March on Washington, and National Coming Out Day. These materials reflect the contributions of organizations operating on local and national levels such as Team Dallas, Stonewall, Turtle Creek Chorale, Texas Gay Rodeo Association, Cathedral of Hope, and the Dallas Gay Pride Association.


  • Creation: 1940-2011
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1980-2011

Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection are restricted to protect sensitive information.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Resource Center, formerly known as the AIDS Resource Center, traces its beginnings to the 1980s during the onset of the AIDS epidemic.  The Center was founded through a partnership between two key organizations with a goal of providing AIDS care to those in the north Texas area: The Dallas Gay Alliance (formerly known as the Dallas Gay Political Caucus) and the Center's parent organization, The Foundation for Human Understanding.  The Dallas Gay Alliance, now called the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, is an active force behind LGBT activism in north Texas. In addition to publishing AIDS Update, The Foundation for Human Understanding is responsible for a large portion of collection materials.

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643.00 boxes

Language of Materials



This collection contains material from the Phil Johnson Historic Archives and Research Library from the Resource Center. Named after its creator, Phil Johnson, who contributed many of the items in the collection, the Resource Center materials contain information on various subjects and events impacting the LGBT community. The collection also documents LGBT activism and its influence within the Dallas/Fort Worth region and beyond.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged into seven series. Series 1: Resource Center Records contains papers and records for the Resource Center, which includes the John Thomas Gay and Lesbian Center, the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic and the Phil Johnson Historic Archives and Research Library. Series 2: Phil Johnson Collection contains materials originating from Phil Johnson. Series 3: Publications contains periodicals, newspapers, newsletters, directories, HIV/AIDS resources, and other published materials. Series 4: Audio and Visual Materials contains videotapes, cassettes, recordings, slides and photographs. Series 5: Organizations contains items relevant to each of the organizations in this collection. Series 6: Personal Collections contains materials associated with individuals. Series 7: Artifacts contains all artifacts from organizations as well as individual items. 304 boxes are in Willis Library and 332 boxes are in the RCL.

Physical Access Requirements

Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.  Boxes 16-25, 38-61, 104-189, 204-289, 317-331, 338, 343-390, 399-410, 539-547, 549-561, 564-565, 567-571, 573-579, 581-582, 584-594, 600, 602-604, 606, 609-610, 613-615, 617-620, 624, 626 and 629-632 are housed in the Research Collections Library.

Source of Acquisition

Resource Center

Method of Acquisition


Resource Center LGBT Collection of the UNT Libraries
S. Ivie, A. Michalek, A. Montgomery
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of North Texas Special Collections Repository

University of North Texas, Willis Library
1155 Union Circle # 305190
Denton TX 76203 US