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Name of Creator:Bromfield Street Educational Foundation
Title:Bromfield Street Educational Foundation records
Date:1963-2003 (bulk 1985-1993)
Reference Code:M64
Location Code:65/2-4, 55/3, FF4/D1
Extent:23.8 cubic ft. (44 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the activities of the Bromfield Street Educational Foundation, a voice for the progressive gay community, both in Boston and nationally, between 1973 and 1999. The collection documents the publication of the Gay Community News, as well as the Bromfield Street Educational Foundation's involvement in assisting gay and lesbian prisoners; sponsoring OutWrite, an annual conference for gay and lesbian writers; organizing Off-the-Page, a monthly reading series; and arranging the Queer Progressive Organizing School, a forum to organize the progressive voice in the gay community. Due to an office fire in 1982, substantial documentation pre-dating 1982 is lacking. Records include most issues of the Gay Community News, correspondence, subject files, administrative files, audio cassette tapes, and photographs.
Historical Abstract:The Bromfield Street Educational Foundation was originally established as the Gay Community News in 1973. Until the Bromfield Street Educational Foundation ceased operation in 1999 due to financial difficulties, the Gay Community News was one of the oldest, most progressive, national newspapers in the gay community. Eight Boston gays and lesbians started the newspaper in 1973 to create a community voice for gays and lesbians in the Boston area. In 1978, the Gay Community News became national in scope and distribution. The Bromfield Street Educational Foundation also sponsored other projects, including the Prisoners Project, an effort between 1975 and 1999 to support gays and lesbians in prison; OutWrite, an annual conference between 1990 and 1999 for gay and lesbian writers; Off-the-Page, a monthly reading series between 1993 and 1995 in Boston of gay and lesbian authors; and the Queer Progressive Organizing School, a forum in 1997 to organize progressive gay activists.
System of Arrangement:The collection is organized into five series: Series 1. Administrative Files, Series 2. Gay Community News, Series 3. OutWrite, Series 4. Prisoner Project, and Series 5. Photographs.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Bromfield Street Educational Foundation
  • Gay Community News
  • National Gay News
  • Queer Progressive Organizing School
  • OutWrite

  • Gay activists
  • Gay artists
  • Gay business enterprises -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Gay critics
  • Gay erotic art
  • Gay erotic literature
  • Gay journalists
  • Gay liberation movement -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Gay men -- Conduct of life
  • Gay men's writings
  • Gay men -- Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Gay newspapers
  • Gay press publications
  • Lesbians -- Conduct of life
  • Lesbians -- Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Lesbians' writings
  • Newspaper publishing
  • Prisoners -- Civil rights
  • Prisoners -- Sexual behavior

Conditions Governing Access:Personnel records (box 3, folder 25; and box 5, folders 38 and 44) are restricted for 75 years from their date of creation.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Stein Helmrich, October 2001; updated by Migyeong Geum, November 2012.