Keyword
in
Collection
Date
to
Montrose Voice, No. 321-A, December 16, 1986
File 006
Citation
MLA
APA
Chicago/Turabian
Montrose Voice, No. 321-A, December 16, 1986 - File 006. 1986-12-16. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 26, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5757/show/5749.

Disclaimer: This is a general citation for reference purposes. Please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting of the type of source you are citing. If the date given in the citation does not match the date on the digital item, use the more accurate date below the digital item.

(1986-12-16). Montrose Voice, No. 321-A, December 16, 1986 - File 006. Montrose Voice. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5757/show/5749

Disclaimer: This is a general citation for reference purposes. Please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting of the type of source you are citing. If the date given in the citation does not match the date on the digital item, use the more accurate date below the digital item.

Montrose Voice, No. 321-A, December 16, 1986 - File 006, 1986-12-16, Montrose Voice, University of Houston Libraries, accessed September 26, 2020, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5757/show/5749.

Disclaimer: This is a general citation for reference purposes. Please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting of the type of source you are citing. If the date given in the citation does not match the date on the digital item, use the more accurate date below the digital item.

URL
Embed Image
Compound Item Description
Title Montrose Voice, No. 321-A, December 16, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date December 16, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
Rights In Copyright
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
Item Description
Title File 006
Transcript Vast Array of Gay Literature Available at MCCR Library DECEMBER 16, 1986 / MONTROSE VOICE 5 By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Monlrose Voice Housed in two rooms at Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection, 1919 Decatur, are over 8000 books, and shelves and drawers filled with periodicals up to 30 years old. But the collection here is not just an ordinary church library. One of the two separate collections of the MCCR library, the gay archives, boasts 5000 individual book titles, all with some relevance to gay life. The present archives resulted from MCCR's acquisition of the Texas Gay Archives from Integrity/ Houston and Wilde-n- Stein Books, combined with the church's own collection of gay and lesbian literature. The church's librarian and archivist, Charles (who asked that his last name not be used), began collecting theme books in 1977, and the library has been acquiring an average 7-10 books per week since then. Some are popular, current gay titles; others are rare, obscure or hard to find. Many are duplicates, which are kept separately to be loaned or traded. Charles outlined his painstaking process of acquiring desired books. Usually, books of all types are purchased at giveaway prices at garage sales and public library used book sales. These are then traded to used book stores for titles on a bibliography list kept at the archives. Former Houston gay publications, from left, a copy of "Tke Albatross" from 1965; Volume 1, No. 1 of the prodecessor to the "Montrose Voice," tke "Montrose Star;" and "Contact" a local gay paper from the early 70s Although the process of collecting the books is time consuming, it is usually not expensive. "I have no competition," Charles claims. "There just aren't any stores that buy books." Those that do, he said, pay the traders so low that it is almost a waste of time to bring the books in. For this reason, and because books don't sell quickly at garage sales. Some of the books in MCCR's gay archival collection Because the bibliography used by the library is 10 years old, it must constantly be updated. Charles said he watches for hook reviews that mention a new gay title, and is usually adding new books to the list even as he checks off those that are acquired. Rare books in the archives include many originally published in the 1920s or even earlier.Some covers are inscribed "privately printed." One book. The Turkish Art of Love, whose listed author is Dr. Pinhus Ben Hahum," has a notation on its inside cover indicating that only 2000 copies were printed for private collectors. Another. The Sotadic Zone of Sexual Inversion, was written by Sir Richard F. Burton, a turn-of-the-century British explorer who theorized that climate in certian parts of the world influenced sexual inclinations. Men in Womens Guises, from the 1920s, documents historical instances of female impersonation. Other obscure titles abound. Charles gets the books he uses for trade credit at dirt-cheap prices. "If not for that, I don't think we could have put this library together," he said. Often, especially in Montrose, desired gay books will be found in the sales. Another source of additions is private collections inherited by the church from the estates of persons who have died. Sadly, Charles reported, the latter way of acquiring materials has recently become common. Besides the books, the archives also houses periodicals, photographs, organizational newsletters and relevant newspaper clippings. The periodical collection was expanded greatly when MCCR acquired the Texas Gay Archives, Charles said. On file are national publications and regional newspapers and magazines from over 100 cities. An impressive record of Houston publications dates back to the l.tBOs. The oldest Houston newspaper in the library is the October, 1965, edition of The Alba tross, probably the city's first openly published gay newspaper. The oldest gay periodical on file is a 1954 issue of the Los Angeles paper One. Visitors to the library are allowed to checkout most books, but not periodicals unless the archives has duplicate copies. Persons wanting access may ask the church secretary to open the rooms, Charles said. In addition to the gay collection, MCCR keeps a library of religious literature and art books that rivals any to be found in Houston, Charles said. "Our theology section includes many intellectual quality books that are probably inaccessible outside of a major seminary," he sated. Most religious bookstores and church libraries in town concentrate mainly on "pop theology" and inspirational books, Charles added. MCCR's religious collection contains around 3500 titles. Having the archives at the church is probably a tremendous advantage, the librarian said. "The church is going to be here for at least the next 30 years," he said. "Its budget is about as large as all of the other gay organizations in town put together, except the AIDS groups. To me, this is the most logical, secure location for the collection." Charles said he is against donating any part of the archives to the new city branch library to be built in Montrose. "I don't trust the city library," he said. "There is no absolute control when you donate books to them. If they accept the donations, they might not put them on their selves ... if they do, they can take them off if someone calls them controversial. I'd hate for all of this to be thrown out in a used book sale." The MCCR library accepts donations of any kind of book, but only keeps books with gay/lesbian, religious or self-help/ philosophy themes. Others are used for trade credit. The Montrose Voice If s The Place to Advertise Nervous? or Depressed? The Fabre Clinic of Houston is conducting studies on new medications for the treatment of depression and anxiety. You may qualify for FREE out-patient treatment if you have one or more of these symptoms: 1. Anxious or Fearful 2. Nervous or Shaky Inside 3. Tense or Keyed Up 4. Depressed 5. Low in Energy 6. Hopeless About the Future 7. No Interest in Things 8. 45 Mins. or Longer to Go to Sleep 9. Two or More Nightfime Awakenings 10. Less Than 6 Hours Sleep Per Night This opportunity is available due to testing procedures required by the Food and Drug Administration regarding the development of new medications. For More Information Call 526-2320 M-F 8am-5pm General Auto Repair Tune Ups • Oil Changes • Brakes Tues.-Sat. mMe* Stop smoking- WETS FIGHTING FOR WURUFE American Heart Association V
File Name uhlib_22329406_n321a_005.jpg