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Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Rights Press Photographs collection

Identifier: MSS 458

Scope and Contents

The collection of gay, lesbian, and bisexual rights press photographs is comprised of images from protests and demonstrations in various United States cities. Some photographs have typewritten or handwritten descriptions on the back, and some include press stamps.


  • Creation: 1970 - 1992

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

The Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Rights photographs in this collection were taken for various newspapers and press photo agencies, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Detroit Free Press, Keystone Press Agency, Field Enterprises, the St. Petersburg Times, and the Boston Herald.

Some of the photographs are credited to specific photographers, including: Mike Adaskaveg, Bryan Alpert, Brian Alpert, Bierman, Bob Black, Barbara Haddock, Graff, Mark Ivins, and Jonathan Wiggs.

Three of the photos from 1977 depict protests directed at the singer Anita Bryant. Bryant's campaign against an anti-discrimination ordinance in Dade County, Florida, turned into a nationwide anti-gay rights campaign. The Dade County ordinance was repealed due to Bryant's campaign. The gay community's counter-protest included a boycott of Florida Citrus products, since Bryant was their spokesperson at the time.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box) : 15 photographs

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged chronologically by year.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased from Tomberg Rare Books (Greenwich, Connecticut) in August 2014.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sarah McLusky in 2015.

Finding aid for the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Rights Press Photographs collection
4 Published And Cataloged
Finding aid prepared by Sarah McLusky in 2015. Updated by Eli Landaverde in 2022.
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Revision Statements

  • 2022-09-26: Finding aid revised to update title, description, and dates.

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA