Important Role of former Nazis in Eastern Germany." 

November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin: Beyond the Daughters of Bilitis

Date Range: 1966-1984
Content: 54,734 pages
Source Library: The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society, San Francisco, CA


Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin are famous for founding the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, one of the most important early lesbian organizations.  Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin: Beyond the Daughters of Bilitis documents many decades of Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin’s work for, and leadership of, the LGBT movement and the women’s rights movement in both in San Francisco and nationally. Included are minutes, correspondence, and notes related to their work with the ACLU, the San Francisco Coalition for Human Rights, the Commission on Crime Control and Violence Protection, the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.  Their work with these oganizations and municipal commissions set the pace not only for California but for the nation on issues including police violence against gay youth, discrimination against LGBT persons in employment, enlightened responses to the victims of the AIDS crisis, and the backlash against affirmative action.  Lyon and Martin were also central to the struggle that pushed the National Organization for Women to an understanding of the centrality of the freedom to sexual expression and items pertaining to this struggle will be found in this Part.  Of particular interest to students of the LGBT and women’s rights movements will be the range of materials that Lyon and Martin collected while researching and promoting their groundbreaking book on domestic violence, Battered Wives.

A variety of materials comprise this collection, including:

  • Meeting minutes
  • Notes
  • Press clippings
  • Reports
  • Mailing lists
  • Correspondence
  • Memoranda

Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin: Beyond the Daughters of Bilitis supports research and course work in LGBT/GLBT Studies; American Studies;  Public Policy; Political studies; Government & Politics; Social history; Human Rights; and Sociology.

Possible Research/dissertation topics include:

  • Lesbianism
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual roles
  • Sex discrimination
  • Women’s Liberation and the Lesbian Movement
  • State and regional human and civil rights activities and legislation

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