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Bruce Monroe Collection (The Dallas Way)

Identifier: AR0880

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains buttons, pins and t-shirts from Bruce Monroe. The artifacts in this collection reflect Monroe's LGBT and AIDS activism with various groups throughout the years. Buttons for the Bill Nelson Council, Dallas Gay Alliance, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, GUTS (Gay Urban Truth Squad), HRC (Human Rights Campaign), March on Washington, NAMES Project, Walk for Life and others are part of this collection. T-shirts include the 2005 Lone Star Ride, Gay Urban Truth Squad, Act Up and Positive Peddlers.


  • Creation: 1982-2015
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1983-1993
  • Acquisition: Date acquired: 10/00/2016


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

Bruce Monroe (1956 - 2021), was born in Roswell, New Mexico. Monroe attended college at Texas A&M University in College Station. While working for Channel 13 in Grand Prairie, Texas, Monroe meet Tom Hatfield, a volunteer of the Dallas Gay Alliance and became an active volunteer in political activism for gay rights. Working full-time for the DGA, Monroe's positon on the DGA board was to be involved in editing and publishing its monthly newsletter, called Dialogue, working with Mark Rogers. In the 1980s, Monroe and others formed GUTS (Gay Urban Truth Squad), a group to take public action and lead demonstrations. Demonstrations included, making dummies out of clothes and rags to represent the victims of AIDS, and dropping them off outside the County Health Department offices. Other demonstrations included, drawing about 1,200 chalk outlines around fallen bodies in front of City Hall and also the County Commissioners Court building, representing the number of Dallas AIDS cases.

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Physical Access Requirements

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

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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