Records of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Union (GLBTAU)
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Scope and Contents
Noncurrent records of the GLBTAU and a collection of gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender magazines and newsletters, nearly all published in the United States, were transferred to the University of Iowa Archives, October 22, 1996. The records consist of six cartons of correspondence and subject folders, including newsletter issues, photographs, and publications.
The records concern homosexuality, bisexuality, gender identity issues, related health and political issues, and social activities, especially pertaining to University of Iowa students. Other GLBT student organizations in Iowa and other Midwestern states are represented, along with the University of Iowa Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Staff and Faculty Association.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Union (GLBTAU), a student organization at the University of Iowa, was founded in 1970 as the Gay Liberation Front, said to be the first homosexual student organization officially recognized at a university in the United States. Its name was changed in 1978 or 1979 to Gay People’s Union, in ca. 1993 to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual People’s Union, and later still to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Union.
Related organizations, such as the GLBT law students' association Outlaws, are represented in the Organizations and Clubs Vertical Files (RG 01.15.04), University Archives
North American Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies Conference (6th: 1994: University), Inqueery, intheory, indeed: [conference program of] the sixth North American Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies Conference. Iowa City: The University of Iowa, 1994.
Box Contents List
Clippings from Daily Iowan newspaper
Constitution of Gay People’s Union (draft)
Gay couples or partners
Gay People’s Union, flyers and brochures
Gay legal defense and political lobbies, equal rights
Gay/lesbian non-student groups information and newsletters
Gay youth articles
General information, homosexuality
Healthy baby campaign
Lectures/speakers/performers and other resources
Midwest Gay Pride Conference
National Gay Alliance for Young Adults
National Reaching Out Day, October 10, 1993
Newspaper clippings and press releases
Outreach support group posters etc., Gay People’s Union
Posters and local social events
Report of the gay/lesbian/bisexual student, staff, and faculty survey of 1991
Prepared packet of bulletins, business records, educational materials, etc., ca. 1985 -- 1986
Student groups, other than University of Iowa
University of Iowa Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Staff and Faculty Association
“In Queery/In Theory/ In Deed”, the 6th North American Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Studies Conference, 1994
Outlook Iowa City, 2007-