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Botts Collection of LGBT History

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

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Ralph Lasher Collection

Eugene Harrington Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Botts Collection of LGBT History, 1973-2014

Predominant Dates:1985-2005

ID: 11/2015-017

Primary Creator: Botts, Charles

Other Creators: Criscione, Larry, Harrington, Eugene, Hatlen, Leif, Lasher, Ralph

Extent: 34.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 09/00/2015. More info below under Accruals.

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The processed portion of this collection consists of 11 boxes and includes Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church (RMCC) documents, as well as photographs and a film of Ralph Lasher. The collection includes RMCC’s financial and administrative documents, as well as flyers and advertisements. It also includes documents from religious conferences and exercises. The photo collection documents the lives of Ralph Lasher and his partner, as well as events at RMCC and in the Houston LGBT community. Also included are the awards and plaques of Eugene Harrington.

Series 3: Unprocessed additions contains an additional 23 boxes of materials belonging to the Botts Collection. 6 boxes are identified as accession #2016-037, while an additional 17 boxes are identified as accession #2017-010. For questions about unprocessed materials in this collection or to request access, contact curator Vince Lee velee@uh.edu .

Biographical Note

In the 1970s, Charles Botts began collecting, preserving, and archiving documents, publications, and other items  of historical significance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities of Houston , southeast Texas, and the United States. He did so informally and eventually under the roof of the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church (RMCC) of Houston, Texas. Mr. Botts amassed a significant collection of items related to the LGBT community and its history. Upon his death in 1994, a handful of dedicated volunteers continued Charles Botts’ work. Larry Criscione became active at this time and is primarily responsible for the expansion of the collection. A great effort was made to assure that the collection is accessible and useful to students, researchers, and journalists needing access to this unique body of information. The volunteers have also put together displays from the materials for numerous functions, in order to educate the public on different aspects of LGBT History.

In 2001 tropical storm Allison flooded large portions of Houston. The church library including the LGBT material collected by Charles Botts were affected as was everything in the church. It was after this storm that Leif Hatlen became involved with the collection. Due to water damage caused by the storm, some of the library materials was destroyed, much of the rest of the materials was water damaged and any system of filing or sorting was lost. Leif began to re-sort the materials, developing lists and indexes in the process. Later in 2005, Mike Kelley (now deceased) began to volunteer with the collection and developed computerized indexes that has been used for the magazines and to organize the individual collections.

In 2011, when it became apparent that Resurrection church’s goals and intentions with respect to the collection differed from those of the volunteers, Larry Criscione formed and incorporated the Botts Collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History, Inc. (Botts Collection). The organization moved to a new location and continues collecting and cataloging items of historical importance to the region’s LGBT community.

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Accruals: Additional materials will be donated to the collection.

Access Restrictions: The processed materials in this collection are open for research. Unprocssed materials from the 2016 and 2017 accessions may be restricted and not available for access. For questions about unprocessed materials in this collection or to request access, contact curator Vince Lee (velee@uh.edu).

Use Restrictions: Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Acquisition Method:

Donated by the Botts Collection of LGBT History, Inc., beginning in 2015.

An additional 6 boxes are identified as accession #2016-037 and are not yet fully processed.

An additional 17 boxes are identified as accession #2017-010 and are not yet fully processed.

Preferred Citation: The Botts Collection of LGBT History. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Ralph Lasher Collection],
[Series 2: Eugene Harrington Collection],
[Series 3: Unprocessed additions],
[All]

Series 1: Ralph Lasher Collection
Box 1
Folder 1: Noche Espiritual Pamphlets
Folder 2: Miscellaneous Prints and clippings
Folder 3: My Offering' envelope book
Folder 4: Pictures and clippings
Folder 5: Noche Espiritual Pamphlets
Folder 6: The Gospel of Thomas
Folder 7: World AIDS Day Service
Folder 8: Miscellaneous Publications
Folder 9: OutSmart Magazines
Folder 10: OutSmart Clippings
Folder 11: Project Noah Papers
Folder 12: "The Gay Harvest" Publication
Folder 13: Resurrection MCC Board of Directors Meeting Papers
Folder 14: MCCR Congregational Meeting Minutes
Folder 15: MCCR Home Groups Minutes
Folder 16: Memorial Book
Folder 17: Book of Memories
Box 2
Folder 1: Binder 1
Folder 2: Binder Share the Miracle
Folder 3: MCCR Policy Template
Folder 4: Archives
Folder 5: Option A Materials
Folder 6: Preprinted Campaign Materials
Folder 7: Camera-Ready Artwork
Folder 8: Discover the Joy Binder
Folder 9: Budgets with a Mission Second Edition
Folder 10: The Abingdon Guide to Building Ministry
Folder 11: 1997 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff
Folder 12: Stewardship Materials
Folder 13: Program Overview VHS
Folder 14-17: Budget Requests 1994
Folder 18: Financial 1986
Folder 19: Teachers Asking Long
Folder 20: Budget Figures
Box 3
Item 1: GLYP, 2010
Item 2: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2000
Item 3: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2002
Item 4: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2003-2004
Item 5: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2008-2009
Item 6: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2001
Item 7: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2005
Item 8: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2006
Item 9: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2004-2005
Item 10: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2006-2007
Item 11: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, Summer 2007
Item 12: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, Winter 2007
Item 13: The Bayou Book, 2002
Item 14: The Bayou Book, 2003
Item 15: GLYP, 2013-2014
Item 16: GLYP, 2011-2012
Item 17: Rainbow Pages, 2009
Item 18: Rainbow Pages, 2011
Item 19: Rainbow Pages, 2012
Item 20: Rainbow Pages, 2005
Item 21: Rainbow Pages, 2006
Item 22: Rainbow Pages, 2007
Item 23: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 1994-1995
Item 24: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 1992-1993
Item 25: GLYP, 2011-2013
Item 26: Austin Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2000-2001
Item 27: Dallas Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2004-2005
Item 28: New York Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2000-2001
Item 29: Austin San Antonio Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2005-2006
Item 30: New Orleans Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages, 2005-2006
Item 31: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, Summer 2006
Item 32: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 1999
Item 33: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 1998
Item 34: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 1997
Item 35: Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, 1996
Item 36: Pride 03 Pamphlet
Item 37: Pride 05 Pamphlet
Item 38: Pride 01 Pamphlet
Item 39: Pride 06 Pamphlet
Item 40: Pride 07 Pamphlet
Item 41: Pride 08 Pamphlet
Folder 42: Pride 12 Pamphlet
Box 4
Folder 1: Photographs: Miscellaneous
Folder 2: Photographs: “Our Yara, E20”
Folder 3: Photographs: “Sausalits, Alcatraz, Homes + Trolley E6”
Folder 4: Photographs: E8
Folder 5: Photographs: “Meadowood, May 20, 1994”
Folder 6: Photographs: “5294 (640ASA) Rest of Ruby’s B’day + Summer + Sheilah 1987”
Folder 7: Photographs: “E16 #13 Alcatraz”
Folder 8: Photographs: “E10 45/7+14”
Folder 9: Photographs: “My 50th Party + Mary + Barbara Holy Union E5”
Folder 10: Photographs: “91835 12-26 Butler, L Jo Anne old church +Mikies 1st memorial E11”
Folder 11: Photographs: “E8”
Folder 12: Photographs: “Mike’s Family + Ferry Ride”
Folder 13: Photographs: “#21 + 26 Mikie in Alabama, by Stream, Mikie + I @ a Church function”
Folder 14: Photographs: MCCR 1997 2000 Folder 1
Folder 15: Photographs: Miscellaneous
Folder 16: Photographs: “Acapulco Christmas-New Year 1965-1966 For Diana 14 YB6”
Folder 17: Photographs: “Mikie’s Memorial Stuff Pic out for my “passport” picture”
Folder 18: Photographs: “Snowland + Angel Falls/Utah”
Folder 19-20: Photograph Album removed from Box 73 L.Butler
Folder 21: Photograph Album removed from Box 73 L.Butler - Wedding
Folder 22: Photographs: “E4 Missouri St. Fain Hou”
Folder 23: Photographs: “Missouri St. Aquafest”
Folder 24: Photographs: “E3 Sandi, Patti, Mikie + Me”
Folder 25: Father John McNeil Tape
Folder 26: F1 Mike portrait
Folder 27: AIDS Memorial Quilt Certificate of Authenticity
Box 5
Folder 1: Weekly Memos John W. Gill, 1988-1993
Folder 2: Committee Meetings, 1991
Folder 3: Board Meetings, 1987-1994
Folder 4: Board Meetings, 1992
Folder 5: Board Meetings, 1993
Folder 6: Committees Miscellaneous
Folder 7: Committee Meetings, 1984
Folder 8: Committee Meetings, 1986
Folder 9: Committee Meetings, 1987-1990
Folder 10: Committee Meetings, 1996-2001
Folder 11: The 12th General Conference
Folder 12: Board of Elders Report
Folder 13: Proposed Budget, 1986-1987
Folder 14-15: The 11th General Conference
Folder 16: General Conference 12, 1985
Folder 17: General Conference 6, 1975
Folder 18: General Conference 8, 1977
Folder 19-21: General Conference 10, 1981
Folder 22: General Conference, 1981-1982
Box 6
Folder 1: Binder 1 Folder 1 Charities and Foundation Board Meetings
Folder 2: Binder 1 Folder 2
Folder 3: Binder 1 Folder 3
Folder 4: Binder 2 Folder 1 Memos and Correspondence
Folder 5: Binder 2 Folder 2
Folder 6: Binder 3 Folder 1 Miscellaneous Foundation Paperwork
Folder 7: Binder 3 Folder 2
Folder 8: Binder 3 folder 3
Folder 9: Binder 3 folder 4
Folder 10: Security Report 2
Folder 11: Security Report 3
Folder 12: Committees/Organizations
Folder 13: Family Care Team
Box 7
Folder 1-2: General Correspondence, 1981-1982
Folder 3: Samaritan Theological Institute
Folder 4: General Conference 5, 1973
Folder 5: General Conference 16, 1993
Folder 6: General Conference 13, 1987
Folder 7: ALERT (AIDS Legislation, Equalization, Research and Treatment) (UFMCC)
Folder 8: The Gay Christian Journal
Folder 9: Board of Directors Binder 1
Folder 10: Board of Directors Binder 2
Folder 11: Board of Directors Binder 3
Folder 12: MCC Home Groups Binder
Folder 13: Dealing With Depression Binder
Folder 14: Miscellaneous Papers
Box 8
Folder 1: Budget and Financial Reports, 1974-1976
Folder 2: Budget and Financial Reports, 1977-1979
Folder 3: Budget and Financial Reports, 1980-1981
Folder 4: Budget and Financial Reports, 1984-1987
Folder 5: Budget and Financial Reports, 1994
Folder 6: Budget and Financial Reports, 1995
Folder 7: Budget and Financial Reports, 1997
Folder 8: Budget and Financial Reports, 1998
Folder 9: Budget and Financial Reports, 1999
Folder 10: Budget and Financial Reports, 2000
Folder 11: Budget and Financial Reports, 2001
Folder 12: Home Study Groups
Folder 13: Group 1 Materials
Folder 14: Group 3 Materials
Folder 15: Group 4 Materials
Folder 16: Group 7 Week 6
Folder 17: Group 14
Folder 18: Group 15
Folder 19: Group 16
Folder 20: Group 17
Folder 21: Group 19
Folder 22: Group 6 Session 2
Folder 23: Group 6 Session 5
Folder 24: Group 8
Folder 25: Group 9
Folder 26: Group 7 Session 4 Part 1
Folder 27: Group Posters 1
Folder 28: Group 11
Folder 29: Group 12 Week 5
Folder 30: Group 13
Folder 31: Smoking Policy Ballots
Folder 32: Smoking Ballots 1990
Folder 33: Security Reports 1
Box 9
Folder 1: Mobley, Carol
Folder 2: RMCC- Mobley, Carol
Folder 3: Twogood, Dick
Folder 4: Lasher, Ralph
Folder 5: Student Clergy Classes
Folder 6: Photographs
Folder 7: Leadership Training
Folder 8: Brochures
Folder 9: Advertising
Folder 10: Habitat for Humanity Superbuild, 2003
Folder 11: News Articles Gay Culture/Lifestyle
Folder 12: Clergy Folder 1
Folder 13: Clergy Folder 2
Folder 14: Financial
Folder 15: Fundraising
Folder 16: Empowerment for Living
Folder 17: Excel
Folder 18: Archive 2000
Folder 19: Archives and Library
Folder 20: Board of Directors
Folder 21: World AIDS Day 2002 Mark Unbehagen
Folder 22: Revision
Folder 23: Special Services Folder 1
Folder 24: Special Services Folder 2
Folder 25: Stole Project
Sub-Series 1: Films
Item 1: Balloons and Steve & Ed's party 7/4/78
Item 2: Texas Renaissance 1978 - Festival
Montgomery ,TX
Item 3: Texas Renaissance Festival, 1977
Montgomery ,TX
Item 4: T.R. Picnic, July 16, 1978
Item 5: POOR J S #1 1975-77
Item 6: POORS #s 2
Item 7: Numbers #5 Fall 1977
Lee @ Nautilus, Hitchhiker Safeway Sweeper - Joe Ringland and Solar Installers Skateboard #s
Item 8: Numbers #2
Counselor, Kroger Center, In Car @ Milby PK, Tatooed, Pictures, See + Wave, Football, Palm Tree Trim
Item 9: Numbers ? Fall 1975
H. H., Wavers & Lookers W.D.C., Milby Park Tsn Blond w/ Necklass Hunky blond(s) @ My 7-11
Item 10: Numbers #6
Item 11: Number #3 Fall 76 Spring 77
The Hulk Married w/ Pipe Post Hole Digger
Item 12: Number 4 Summer 1977 - Fall 1977
Cute Boxy #'s - Buccaneer Collee Green - HYBL + Viking Bee, Super BL @ Mt. Vernon, Fuzzy Blond off Gemini
Item 13: Angels cheerleader tryouts, November 1978
Item 14: Gayday Pride San Francisco 1981
Item 15: Hawaii #'s
Dated probably 80-81 -ldc
Sub-Series 2: Audiocassette tapes
Item 1: MCCR Sanctuary Choir: God with Us
Item 2: Rev. Elder troy Perry “The Gospel According to MCCR” 1 of 2
Item 3: Rev. Elder troy Perry “The Gospel According to MCCR” 2 of 2
Item 4: San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
Item 5: Sun 9-11 Coast Mass Choruses “Whitman Cantata” Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center NYC 1982
Item 6: New York, New York A Broadway Extravaganza with the New York Gay Men’s Chorus
Item 7: A: Foxglove Woman B: La Cage Aux Folles
Item 8: A: A Lesbian Concentrate B: Marge Adam - songwriter
Series 2: Eugene Harrington Collection
OVS_Box 10-11
Item 1: Plaques and Awards
Series 3: Unprocessed additions

An additional 6 boxes are identified as accession #2016-037 and are not yet fully processed.

An additional 17 boxes are identified as accession #2017-010 and are not yet fully processed.

For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact curator Vince Lee (velee@uh.edu).


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Ralph Lasher Collection],
[Series 2: Eugene Harrington Collection],
[Series 3: Unprocessed additions],
[All]

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