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Terry Wilsey Papers on the Las Vegas, Nevada LGBT Community (MS-00472)

Abstract

The Terry Wilsey Papers on the Las Vegas, Nevada LGBT Community (1979-2002) are comprised of records from the Las Vegas Gay Switchboard, the Nevadans for Human Rights, and other LGBT community groups based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The collection contains newsletters, agendas and meeting minutes, informational pamphlets, as well as photographs, programs, and a VHS recording of local theatre productions.

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Date
1979-2002
bulk 1983-1985
Extent
0.23 Cubic Feet (1 box)
0.21 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Papers
Related People/Corporations
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Collection is open for research, with the exception of materials that are restricted to protect personally identifiable information. Restrictions are noted at the file level of this inventory and will be open for research use January 1, 2059.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Terry Wilsey Papers on the Las Vegas, Nevada LGBT Community (1979-2002) are comprised of records from the Las Vegas Gay Switchboard, the Nevadans for Human Rights, and other LGBT community groups based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The collection contains newsletters, agendas and meeting minutes, informational pamphlets, as well as photographs, programs, and a VHS recording of local theatre productions.

Biographical / Historical Note

Organizer and activist Terry Wilsey has been active in the Las Vegas, Nevada community since the late 1970s. Wilsey served as the president of the organization Nevadans for Human Rights and helped reignite the group after its period of inactivity from 1980-1981. Nevadans for Human Rights served to connect the gay community of Las Vegas and also promoted political and social efforts for gay rights. In 1982 Wilsey restarted the Nevada Gay Times, a second iteration of the Vegas Gay Times newspaper. Wilsey organized the first Vegas Pride event in 1983, a seminar held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and a joint enterprise of Nevadans for Human Rights, the Gay Academic Union, and the Metropolitan Community Church. Wilsey was a speaker at the first pride event and served as the organization's media contact for Las Vegas Pride in 1984. Wilsey co-founded the group "Aid for AIDS in Nevada" in 1984. In addition to his involvement in Las Vegas Pride, Nevadans for Human Rigths, and the Nevada Gay Times, Wilsey also volunteered for the telephone support charity the Las Vegas Gay Switchboard, contributed to the Stonewall Democratic Club of Southern Nevada, and supported the Gay Academic Union at UNLV.

Sources:

Friess, Steve. "Into the Light." Desert Companion. September 2011. Accessed July 28, 2014. http://www.desertcompanion.com/article.cfm?ArticleID=204

McBride, Dennis. "Aids in Southern Nevada." Out History. 2010. Accessed July 28, 2014. http://outhistory.org/exhibits/show/las-vegas/articles/aids-southern-nv

McBride, Dennis. "Las Vegas' First Gay Pride Celebration." Out History. 2009. Accessed July 28, 2014. http://outhistory.org/exhibits/show/las-vegas/articles/first-pride

McBride, Dennis. "Nevadans for Human Rights." Out History. 2009. Accessed July 28, 2014. http://outhistory.org/exhibits/show/las-vegas/articles/nhr

Arrangement

Material remains in original order.

Related Collections

The following resources may provide additional information related to the materials in this collection:

Strutt Hurley Collection on the Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. (SNAPI) and Las Vegas Gay Pride, 1989-2000. MS-00466. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ted Lenhart Collection on the LGBT Community, 1990-2001. MS-00484. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dennis McBride LGBTQ Poster and Sign Collection, 1984-2012. MS-00842. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preferred Citation

Terry Wilsey Papers on the Las Vegas, Nevada LGBT Community, 1979-2002. MS-00472. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NvLN::MS00472
Acquisition Note

Materials were donated in 2002 and 2007 by Terry Wilsey via Dennis McBride; accession number 2003-017.

Processing Note

Material was processed by Special Collections staff. In 2014, as part of a legacy finding aid conversion project, Hannah Robinson wrote the collection description and entered the data into ArchivesSpace. In 2018, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Sarah Jones rehoused the materials and revised the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.

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