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South Eastern Michigan Gay and Lesbian Association Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002357
Records of the association show the organization's evolution as a group. Activities are documented and material includes membership directories, conference and promotional materials, meeting minutes, publications, and photographs.

Important Subjects: Gay community Gay men Gay rights--Michigan--Periodicals. Gay rights movement Gays--History--20th century. Homosexuality. Lesbians—Michigan

Important Names: Nita Firestone Thomas (Tom) Smith

Dates

  • 1976 - 2011
  • Majority of material found within 1982 - 1988

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (1 SB, 1 MB)

Abstract

The South Eastern Michigan Gay and Lesbian Association (SEMGLA) was formerly known as the Association of Suburban People (ASP). Primarily a gay male social organization, the group originally held meetings in Berkley, Michigan. Organization activities included fundraising, a political action committee, and collaboration with the Whitman-Brooks foundation to produce a conference called, “Establishing a Positive Gay & Lesbian Identity.” In an effort to recruit more women to the organization, ASP officers encouraged Nita Firestone to join them in a leadership position. By the mid-1980s, with increased visibility in the community, ASP evolved into Michigan’s largest LBGT educational organization and in 1985 changed its name to more accurately reflect its mission.

Records of the association show the organization's evolution as a group. Activities are documented and material includes membership directories, conference and promotional materials, meeting minutes, publications, and photographs.

History

The South Eastern Michigan Gay and Lesbian Association (SEMGLA) was formerly known as the Association of Suburban People (ASP). Primarily a gay male social organization, the group originally held meetings in Berkley, Michigan. Organization activities included fundraising, a political action committee, and collaborat ion with the Whitman-Brooks foundation to produce a conference called, “Establishing a Positive Gay & Lesbian Identity.” In an effort to recruit more women to the organization, ASP officers encouraged Nita Firestone to join them in a leadership position. By the mid-1980s, with increased visibility in the community, ASP evolved into Michigan’s largest LBGT educational organization and in 1985 changed its name to more accurately reflect its mission.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

Nita Firestone donated The South Eastern Michigan Gay and Lesbian Association Records to the Walter P. Reuther Library in September 2012.

Related Materials

Ernest L. Horne Papers; Bernard Firestone Papers

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Leslie Van Veen on October 17, 2012.
Title
Guide to the South Eastern Michigan Gay and Lesbian Association Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Leslie Van Veen.
Date
2012-10-17
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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Detroit MI 48202 USA