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Archives and Manuscripts documenting Gay history in Idaho

in the Boise State University Library



Special Collections in the Boise State University Library holds a number of archival and manuscript collections documenting the history and experience of gay people living in Idaho.  The following is a list of  those collections, with brief descriptions.  Follow the links to more detail. Refer also to An Idaho Gay Bibliography, which lists books, articles, and films that document gay life in Idaho from the 19th century to the present day.


An article about the Library's gay archives appeared in the university's Focus magazine, Summer 2003.



BGLAD publications, 1996-2010 (University Publications: Student Organizations: BGLAD)
   Miscellaneous handbills and flyers distributed by BGLAD (Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians and Allies for Diversity), a student organization at Boise State University.


Boise Gay Pride programs, 1990-2010  (in MSS 192, Box 4)
   Program booklets, magazines, and handbills, for the annual Gay Pride rally, parade, and festival in Boise, Idaho.


Brian Bergquist papers, 1971-2000 (MSS 176)
   Personal and organizational papers of a gay activist in Boise, Idaho, in the 1990s.


Dallas Chase papers, 1991-2004 (MSS 227)
   Correspondence, newspaper clippings, organizational literature, and other papers, written or collected by Chase,

a lesbian activist, relating to gay rights issues and public controversies in Boise, Idaho, particularly Proposition One, the "anti-gay initiative," which was defeated in a statewide referendum in 1994


Gay Life collection, 1978-2010 (MSS 192)
   Handbills, flyers, brochures, programs, photos, t-shirts, buttons, and other memorabilia, documenting the activities of the gay community, principally in Boise, Idaho, but including scattered items from other Idaho locales as well.


Idaho Statesman photograph collection (MSS 111)
   More than one million images (mainly negatives) taken by the Idaho Statesman’s photographers from 1950 through 1993, arranged by date, chiefly of scenes, news events, and people in Boise, Idaho.  It includes photos of Gay Pride parades, gay bars, and other events, and some relating to court/criminal proceedings, involving the gay community.  The Library maintains an internal computerized index of the photo collection.  Ask the archivists to search for Gay or Homosexual.


Martini collection, 1980-2005 (MSS 245)
   Chiefly memorabilia relating to Douglas Flanders’ activities as the female impersonator / drag queen "Martini" in Boise, Idaho. Includes programs of coronations and other events held by the Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho.


No On One collection, 1992-1994 (MSS 224)

   Articles and editorials (chiefly photocopies) clipped from newspapers both within and without Idaho about Proposition 1, a referendum question on Idaho’s 1994 general election ballot known as the anti-gay initiative; together with photos by Deborah Graham documenting the Don’t Sign On / No One One campaign.


Records of Your Family, Friends, and Neighbors  (MSS 211)
    Organizational records of a gay lobbying/political activist organization in Boise, Idaho.


Records of The Community Center, 1983-1998 (MSS 183)
   Chiefly minutes of the board of directors and treasurers’ reports, of the gay community center in Boise, Idaho.


Records of Triangle Connection, 1989-2011 (MSS 303)

   Newsletters and meeting notice of a civic and social organization for gay men and women in Boise, Idaho


Spontaneous Productions collection, 1997-2007 (MSS 188)
   Play programs, announcements, posters, videotapes, and other memorabilia, of a gay theater company in Boise, Idaho.



Prepared July 2011


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