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Gay and Lesbian Archives of Edmonton fonds (GALA) Text
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Civil/Human Rights

This series consists of records described with the following sub-series: GALA Civil Rights Committee; Alberta Human Rights Commission; Canadian Human Rights Commission; Civil Rights Case Files; Human Rights Policies; Issues; Political Party Positions; and Provincial/Canadian Legislation. Information is included on numerous issues around achieving equitable rights for Edmonton’s (and more broadly Alberta’s) gay community, and the series is extensive in the range of gay and lesbian civil and human rights detailed. The textual material includes correspondence, meeting documents, newsletters, briefs and prepared submissions and presentations, and many news clippings and published article references.
The records are arranged as follows:

  • GALA Civil Rights Committee
  • Alberta Human Rights Commission
  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Civil Rights – Case Files
  • Human Rights Policies
  • Issues
  • Political Party Positions
  • Provincial/Canadian Legislation

GALA Civil / Human Rights

The Vocal Minority Music Society/Edmonton Vocal Minority

This series consists of records primarily created by The Vocal Minority Music Society, and includes administrative records as well as records around their activities and associations. There is a collection of published music and a file of photographs related to both the VMS and EVM. Included with the papers are EVM programs and GALA Festival information along with one EVM newsletter

The Vocal Minority Music Society / Edmonton Vocal Minority

Sporting Associations

This series consists of two sub-series: the Edmonton Roughnecks Recreation Association (ERRA) and a subseries of Sporting Associations/Gay Games records. The ERRA records include administrative files, promotional materials, tournament information, and framed and matted team photographs. There are also photographs of social activities, and a framed set of volleyball tournament medals. Included are items of ERRA clothing, including a tee shirt, baseball pants, and baseball socks. The gay games are represented in 6 files (dating 1984-1994), and there is 1 file concerning the Gay and Lesbian Sports Council of Edmonton. Finally there are two files documenting two fundraising events that featuring Olympic athlete, Mark Tewksbury.

GALA Sports Related Organizations

University of Alberta Gay Organizations

This series consists of just five files, but as records accrue, this series is expected to expand. The extant files are all related to GALOC except for one poster pertaining to Women’s Studies on campus. GATE records are described in Series 1, and editions of 'The Pink Triangle' newspaper are listed as part of Series 13. Campus Pride Festival events and activities were kept where they were originally located with the Pride planning files described in Series 5. Finally, one file related to ELGRO mentioned in the history is located with Box 36, folder 54.

University of Alberta Gay Organizations

Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE) / Pride Centre of Edmonton

This series consists of GLCCE records, and one file of Pride Centre records. The files are related to the administration of the Centre, and include correspondence, financial statements, meeting documents, and information resources. A set of five audio cassette tapes are included with the series, involving interviews with individuals significant to the gay movement and history of Edmonton.

Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE) / Pride Centre of Edmonton

AIDS Network/HIV Edmonton

This series consists of the AIDS Network of Edmonton’s administrative files including constitution and certificate of Incorporation; fundraising and educational resources; as well as a sub-series of records related to the Gay Men’s Outreach Committee (GMOC). The records are organized as Administration, Information/Resources and GMOC.

AIDS Network/HIV Edmonton

Gay and Lesbian Awareness (GALA)

This series consists of GALA’s administrative records including their bylaws and constitution, financial statements, meeting minutes and correspondence. In addition, there are copies of GALA grant applications, and records related to a GALA sponsored Symposium entitled “Flaunting It!” held in Edmonton in 1990. The meeting minutes and documents of the GALA-Police Liaison Committee are retained in this series, although after 1994, the Committee broadens its title to the LGBTQ Community/Edmonton Police Service Liaison Committee, and committee records continue until 2005.

Gay and Lesbian Awareness (GALA)

Michael Phair Records

This series consists of files kept by Michael Phair, including correspondence files, an issue related file on police action in parks, and artifacts including a t-shirt and service award plaque. While this is a very small representation of Michael Phair’s work and impact on the growth of Edmonton’s LBGQT community, it must be stated that in almost every series described in the GALA fonds, researchers will glean the importance of Michael Phair’s contributions. He was instrumental in establishing and helping to maintain many of Edmonton’s LGBQT associations, and was a mover and shaker behind collecting, preserving and eventually donating the Gay and Lesbian Archives to the City of Edmonton Archives.
Michael Phair would be the first to recommend that all that he donated be incorporated as part of GALA, and this was achieved with most of what he brought in. The few files listed in this final series are those that could not easily be separated from Phair the individual: correspondence to and from him; his own written notes on specific topics, and his personal artifacts. His donated material included clipping files, subject topic files, and other material, but all was intended as further contributions and accruals for GALA. Needless to say, the researchers studying the history of gay activism in Edmonton will learn about the work and significance of Michael Phair.

Michael Phair

Resources and References

This series, the most extensive of the fonds, consists of the following sub-series: Bibliographies/Directories; Reports and Reference Texts; Articles and Clipping files; Conference information; and Periodicals. The periodicals include both local publications, as well as those published across Canada, in the United States, and elsewhere. For some of the serials, such as The Advocate and Times .10, there are many issues, while others may be represented by just a single issue or volume.
The clipping files, likewise, include some topics that are thick with clippings and articles (such as ‘Civil Rights-Equality Rights’, while others may consist of a single item. It is interesting to consider which subjects were deemed important enough or of broader interest to warrant creating a clipping and article file.
The Conference files provide information on conferences held locally, nationally and internationally, and often consist of promotional brochures, and related correspondence and printed information.

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