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Dennis Vercher Collection (The Dallas Way)

Identifier: AR0789

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This collection contains materials on topics including legislation information on LGBT court cases and laws, HIV/AIDS, LGBT groups and lobbies, and everyday life for the LGBT community. This collection contains correspondence, financial documentation, handbooks, legal proceedings, membership information, news releases, newspaper clippings, notes, press releases, and transcripts of interviews.


  • Creation: 1973-1999
  • Acquisition: Date acquired: 00/04/2014

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is not restricted.

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

Dennis Vercher III was born in Orange, Texas on January 29, 1953. He graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and became an adjunct instructor in the Lamar communications department while directing the university’s debate team for three years. He then went on to become a radio journalist until he moved to Dallas, Texas in 1981 with his life partner, J. Farron Campbell. He joined the Dallas Voice, a newspaper for the gay community in the Dallas area, in 1985 as a typographer and graphic artist. A year later he was promoted to editor and was the editor from 1986-2006. He wrote countless stories covering HIV/AIDS issues during the height of the epidemic, important legislations such as battles over non-discrimination ordinances and sodomy laws, and everyday life for the LGBT community. He was also prominently featured on a locally produced public television special about Dallas’ LGBT communities called “Finding Our Voice.” In 1987, Vercher tested positive for AIDS. In 1990 he received a Board of Directors award from the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance. He was also a longtime member of the Society for Louisiana Irises and edited the organization’s newsletter alongside Campbell. In 1996, he won the society’s Service Award for his work in producing a special publication devoted to modern Louisiana iris hybrids. He served as president of the Texas chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association from 1999 to 2002.  In 2002, he received a Shining Star Award from the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. In 2006, he was honored by the Dallas Tavern Guild, a non-profit association of LGBT bars and night clubs that produces annual events such as the Allan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and Festival in Lee Park, for his contributions to the local community. Vercher died on September 27, 2006 from an HIV/AIDS-related illness, being one of the longest-term HIV survivors in Dallas County. Sources: (2014, May 16). Dallas Voice: A timeline. Dallas Voice. Retrieved from Dennis Vercher III. (2006, October 13). Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from Highleyman, L. (2006, October 5). Dallas Voice editor Dennis Vercher. The Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved from Jacobson, S. (2001, August 19). Journalist Describes Battle with AIDS. Amarillo Globe News. Retrieved from Wilonsky, R. (2006, September 28). A Voice Silenced. Dallas Observer. Retrieved from

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5.00 boxes

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Arrangement Note

The first four boxes in this collection are arranged in alphabetical order according to research subject. The last box contains loose research materials that were not received in alphabetical order.

Physical Access Requirements

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Source of Acquisition

Leo Cusimano

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions


Dennis Vercher Collection (The Dallas Way)
Ashley Rankin and E. Aparicio
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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