David Morris Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
David Morris was active in the gay rights movement in Austin, Texas in the 1970s. He pursued a graduate degree in Romance Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin in the early 1970s and was part of several student organizations during his time at UT that promoted gay rights and human rights, including the National Organization for the Reform of Sodomy Law (NORSL) which Morris helped start in 1972. In 1977 he was part of a march protesting Representative G. W. "Bill" Ceverha's rider to a state appropriations bill which would deny state funds to universities granting campus recognition to gay organizations.
Morris was also involved with the Austin Human Rights Coalition, the Society for the Advancement of Freedom and Equality (SAFE), and the Texas Farm Workers Union. He contributed articles to the free newsletter published by Gay Community Services of the University YWCA/YMCA, Gay Austin which later changed their name to Connections, and briefly served as the news editor for four issues, from February to May 1979. He actively wrote letters to the editors of various newspapers challenging opposing views.
This collection is .1 linear foot, and contains seven folders documenting the LGBTQ/gay rights movement in Austin, Texas, from 1972-1979. Of note are 3 items documenting Representative Ceverha's anti-gay rider in 1977 and the subsequent protests, and the boycott of Coors beer in 1977 over allegations of the company's human rights violations and contributions to right-wing political campaigns. There are a two schedules from the Bread & Roses School for Socialist Education from 1976 and 1977 and Morris' lecture notes for a course on the German homosexual rights movement of the 19th century.
A draft of an organizational statement for the Austin Human Rights Coalition as well as other documentation of the organization's mission and focus in Austin is documented. Clippings and correspondence from 1972-1973 document Morris' involvement in repealing the sodomy law. One item documents the March for Justice following Jose Campos Torres' murder at the hands of police in 1977. There is a small amount of correspondence from 1979 regarding Morris' interview with a gay Texas Farm Workers Union member Julio Coreno. This article appears in the July 1978 issue of Gay Austin as "Gay and Proud, Julio Coreno: a farmworker."
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David Morris Papers (AR.1991.003). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1991/077
Donation Date: 4 October 1991
Processed by Tim Wilder in September 1992. Finding aid created and encoded by Kelly Hanus in July 2017.
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