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Collection #38

Gay Friends and Neighbors, Ltd. (Brooklyn) Records

Date:1983 - 1989
Size:9 inches


Collection was donated by Stephen E. Novak, October 8, 1992, one of the members of Gay Friends & Neighbors / Brooklyn.

Use Restrictions

“Research in the membership forms should be conducted in such a manner as to preclude the identification of individuals mentioned in the records” written by the donor.

Scope and Content

Box 1 consists of membership applications with information collected on each member e.g. types of activities they would like to do, go to a museum,a dance, or activities they would like to volunteer for e.g. editing the newsletter, decorating for the dance, clean up after the dance, just to name a few. Box 2 is more general in content, consisting of minutes of meetings, newspaper articles about GFN/Brooklyn and flyers about events.

History or Bio

Gay Friends & Neighbors/Brooklyn was established in 1983. GFN was a social group of about 400 people living primarily in the Brooklyn area. The main purpose of the group was to provide the Gay & Lesbian Community with a social outlet. This consisted of gatherings which were held on alternate Mondays throughout the year in Park Slope.


Membership list restricted for 30 years.

Folder List

Box 1

1. [ All Club Members ( as of 9/24/89 ) Master List ]
2. A -> F [ alphabetical listings of members ]
3. G -> L
4. M -> R
5.  S -> Z

Box 2

6. [ Photographs taken by Founder Dave Cantrell between 1984 – 1988 ]
7. Core Groups – mins., agenda Financial Statements
8. Newsletters / Calendars
9. Other GFNs
10. Flyers
11. Membership Directories, etc.
12. Press Releases
13. Newspaper Clippings, Articles
14. Gay Pride Festivals: Ad Journals / Programs
15. Gay Pride Festival: Publicity, Flyers, etc.