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BLK (Magazine) Collection

Identifier: AR0909

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  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

This collection contains originals and photocopies of BLK magazine, a free, monthly publication about the black LGBT community. Content includes interviews, histories, politics, social issues, and culture.


  • Creation: 1988-1994
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1989-1991

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

BLK was created in 1988 by African-American graphic designer Alan Bell to fill a gap in the LGBT news publication community, separating itself from the "infotainment" of other black LGBT publications. It ran for nearly 6 years and expanded from its initial run in the Los Angeles area to cover nationwide and international news, including publication in Canada. It also featured interviews with prominent African-American figures within and with ties to the LGBT community, such as singer Patti LaBelle and Phill Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute.

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Language of Materials



Copies of BLK, the national black lesbian and gay newsmagazine.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Physical Access Requirements

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

Source of Acquisition

Alan Bell

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions


BLK (Magazine) Collection
Nicole Yatsonsky
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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