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Textual Records

Wesley C. Uhlman, Subject Files (Record Series 5287-02)
Records from Mayor Uhlman's office (1969-1977) concerning political issues involving the city and the gay community, such as alleged police harassment of gay couples and gay-owned establishments. There is an especially substantial amount about his proclamation of Gay Pride Week in 1977, and the subsequent public response.

  • Box 61, Folders 6-7: Gay Community, 1975-1976
  • Box 61, Folders 8-10: Gay Pride Week Proclamation- Correspondence Supporting (July), 1977
  • Box 62, Folders 1-2: Gay Pride Week Proclamation - Correspondence Supporting, 1977
  • Box 62, Folders 3-6: Gay Pride Week Proclamation- Opposition, 1977
  • Box 63, Folders 1-5: Gay Pride Week Proclamation- Opposition, 1977
  • Box 64, Folders 2-5: Gay Rights, 1977
  • Box 99, Folder 10: Letters to mayors of other cities, 1977
  • Box 149, Folder 10: Seattle Counseling Service for Homosexuals, 1971-1972

Wesley C. Uhlman, Mayoral Proclamations (Record Series 5287-05)
The official record of Mayor Uhlman's proclamation of Gay Pride Week in 1977.

  • Box 1, Folder 33: July, 1977

Jeanette Williams, Subject Files (Record Series 4693-02)
Memorandums, briefings, and meeting minutes from Councilmember Williams' tenure as member of several City Council committees, especially the Human Resources and Judiciary Committee. Special emphasis is given to the development of the Fair Employment Practices and Open Housing Ordinances.

  • Box 55, Folders 2-4: Social Services and Human Rights: Open Housing Ordinance, 1974-1979
  • Box 55, Folder 5: Social Services and Human Rights: Open Housing Amendments - Human Rights Rules, 1975-1977
  • Box 55, Folder 7: Social Services and Human Rights: Fair Employment and Open Housing - Sexual Minorities, 1977

Office of the City Clerk, Initiatives (Record Series 1802-B8)
Records of the Office of the City Clerk, which handles official filing of citizen initiatives.

  • Box 4, Folder 9: Changing Fair Employment Practices Ordinance, Initiative 13, 1978

Charles T. Royer, Subject Correspondence (Record Series 5274-02)
Letters, memoranda, and other records from Mayor Royer's office (1978-1989) concerning political issues involving the city and the gay community.

  • Box 8, Folder 45: Gay Rights, 1980

Charles T. Royer, Legal Subject Files (Record Series 5274-03)
Reports, memoranda, and other records from Mayor Royer's office (1978-1989) concerning political issues involving the city and the gay community. This collection focuses on issues with prominent legal implications, such as the Initiative 13 vote.

  • Box 6, Folders 1-10: Gay Community Issues, 1971-1988

Charles T. Royer, Tom Byers Records (Record Series 5274-13)
Correspondence, memoranda, reports, and studies collected by Royer aide (1978-1987) Tom Byers. The documents relate primarily to health and human services issues, such as the AIDS epidemic then emerging among Seattle's gay community.

  • Box 8, Folder 3: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 1985
  • Box 8, Folder 4: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 1983

Office for Women's Rights, Subject Files (Record Series 8401-01)
Correspondence, memoranda, briefings, surveys, reports, research materials and legislation relating to the Office of Women's Rights, the city organization tasked with the monitoring and enforcement of ordinances relating to equal employment and housing.

  • Box 8, Folder 14: Initiative 13- Fair Employment and Open Housing Ordinance, 1977-1978

Office of Women's Rights, Departmental Publications (Record Series 8401-05)
Newsletters and brochures published by the Office for Women's Rights. It includes several interesting brochures detailing their powers to enforce the Fair Employment Practices and Open Housing Ordinances, though not necessarily in the context of sexual orientation discrimination.

  • Box, 1 Folder 4: Office for Women's Rights Brochures - bias crime, discrimination, sexual harassment, 1995

Ordinances (Record Series 1801-02)
Permanent laws of the City passed by City Council and signed by the Mayor. Search the ordinance database using terms like "homosexual," "gay rights," and "sexual orientation."

  • At least 10 ordinances related to housing, employment, and discrimination during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Clerk Files (Record Series 1802-01)
Materials placed "on file" with the City Clerk as an official City file. Types of records include affidavits, agreements, audits, applications, appointments, contracts, correspondence, annual reports, Mayor's messages and vetoes, petitions, policies and procedures, City publications, and legislation background materials. These records can be generated by elected officials, City agencies, and the general public. Search the clerk file database using terms like "Initiative 13," "gay rights," and "sexual orientation."

  • At least 20 clerk files related to housing, employment, initiatives, organizational and campaign reports, and discrimination during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Publications

Annual Report 1971 (Document 7347)
Authored by the Seattle Counseling Service for Homosexuals and other Sexual Minorities in 1972. 14 pages.

Q and A about AIDS (Document 8799)
Authored by the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health in 1986. 13 pages.

Quarterly AIDS surveillance report / 1st quarter 1987 (Document 8477)
Authored by Seattle-King County Department of Public Health & Department of Social and Health Services in 1987. 13 pages.


Audio Recordings

Selected audio recordings in the Seattle Municipal Archives available for research use. Most recordings indexed to date are of full City Council meetings, Council committee meetings, and public hearings and date principally from 1963 to 1985. Search the Audio Collection Index for terms like "gay," for possible speakers like Tim Mayhew, and specific dates and committee meetings in which important topics are discussed (see the audio search tips for details).


Other Resources

The Tim Mayhew Collection on Gay Rights (1964-1999), held by the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries, documents a broad range of gay organizations in Seattle from the 1960s through the 1980s. The material includes organizational papers such as by-laws, minutes, and correspondence, as well as fliers, newsletters, brochures, programs, and other ephemera.

Gary Atkins' Gay Seattle: Stories of Exile and Belonging (2003) is a history of gay life and community in Seattle from the city's founding into the 1990s. Special attention is paid to the community's rise to political prominence during the late 1960s and 1970s, as well as the internal divisions over strategy and goals that plagued the movement at this time.