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Collection #24

Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee (CSLDC)

Date:1982 - 1984
Size:3 inches


This is a collection of papers donated by R. Paul Martin relating to his involvement in the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee (CSLDC). The papers were all contained in a briefcase which Mr. Martin had with him at the last CSLDC meeting he attended in 1984. The meeting was unusually raucus and Mr. Martin never went back even though he had been with the committee for more than 10 years. Although the papers came from Mr. Martin, they really reflect the organization not the man.

Scope and Content

This collection is composed of organizational minutes and subcommittee reports from regular meetings of the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee. The records span from 1982 to 1984 and illustrate the planning process of New York City’s annual Gay Pride March.

Included also is material from the 1983 Pride Coordinators Conference held in San Diego. There is also a copy of the CSLDC Constitution. Related collections in the archive are 003 and a folder in the vertical file.

History or Bio

The Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee was the original Gay Pride March committee in New York City. In 1984, after a good deal of contention and controversy the committee disbanded and was replaced by the Heritage of Pride, which has run the march ever since.

Folder List

Box 1

1. [Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee – minutes dating from 11/11/82 to 05/29/84. Personal notes from the meetings accompany many of the minutes. Also included are various treasurers, co-ordinators and subcommittee reports. These are basically in chronological order.]
2. Current CSLDC Related Materials [01/09/84 minutes, float guidelines and 1 piece of misc. correspondence.]
3. [Various Loose Papers – minutes, reports and personal notes spanning 03/83 to 11/84, also contains a small isolated group of papers from 1980.]
4. San Diego Conference ’83 [Second Annual Pride Coordinators National Conference schedule and workshop listing. Also, the National Directory of Pride Committees and the text from the opening address by Harry Hay and keynote speech by Barbara Cameron.]
5. [Various Loose Papers – minutes, reports and personal notes spanning 10/82 to 05/84. A copy of the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee Constitution as well as several pieces of CSLDC correspondence, the Christopher Street Book Shop City Guide, “Central Park Is…” map and the National Gay Task Force Guide Map of Manhattan.]