University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Botts Collection of LGBT History



Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Botts, CharlesCriscione, LarryHarrington, EugeneHatlen, LeifLasher, Ralph
Collection Title Botts Collection of LGBT History
Dates 1973-2014
Identification 11/2015-017
Physical Description 11.00 linear feet
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

In the 1970s, Charles Botts began collecting, preserving, and archiving documents, publications, and other items of historical significance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities of Houston , southeast Texas, and the United States. He did so informally and eventually under the roof of the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church (RMCC) of Houston, Texas. Mr. Botts amassed a significant collection of items related to the LGBT community and its history. Upon his death in 1994, a handful of dedicated volunteers continued Charles Botts’ work. Larry Criscione became active at this time and is primarily responsible for the expansion of the collection. A great effort was made to assure that the collection is accessible and useful to students, researchers, and journalists needing access to this unique body of information. The volunteers have also put together displays from the materials for numerous functions, in order to educate the public on different aspects of LGBT History.

In 2001 tropical storm Allison flooded large portions of Houston. The church library including the LGBT material collected by Charles Botts were affected as was everything in the church. It was after this storm that Leif Hatlen became involved with the collection. Due to water damage caused by the storm, some of the library materials was destroyed, much of the rest of the materials was water damaged and any system of filing or sorting was lost. Leif began to re-sort the materials, developing lists and indexes in the process. Later in 2005, Mike Kelley (now deceased) began to volunteer with the collection and developed computerized indexes that has been used for the magazines and to organize the individual collections.

In 2011, when it became apparent that Resurrection church’s goals and intentions with respect to the collection differed from those of the volunteers, Larry Criscione formed and incorporated the Botts Collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History, Inc. (Botts Collection). The organization moved to a new location and continues collecting and cataloging items of historical importance to the region’s LGBT community.


Scope and Contents

This collection includes Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church (RMCC) documents, as well as photographs and a film of Ralph Lasher. The collection includes RMCC’s financial and administrative documents, as well as flyers and advertisements. It also includes documents from religious conferences and exercises. The photo collection documents the lives of Ralph Lasher and his partner, as well as events at RMCC and in the Houston LGBT community. Also included are the awards and plaques of Eugene Harrington.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Correspondence
Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

The Botts Collection of LGBT History. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by the Botts Collection of LGBT History, Inc.

Accruals:

Additional materials will be donated to the collection.


Detailed List of Contents

Ralph Lasher Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Noche Espiritual Pamphlets
2 Miscellaneous Prints and clippings
3 My Offering' envelope book
4 Pictures and clippings
5 Noche Espiritual Pamphlets
6 The Gospel of Thomas
7 World AIDS Day Service
8 Miscellaneous Publications
9 OutSmart Magazines
10 OutSmart Clippings
11 Project Noah Papers
12 "The Gay Harvest" Publication
13 Resurrection MCC Board of Directors Meeting Papers
14 MCCR Congregational Meeting Minutes
15 MCCR Home Groups Minutes
16 Memorial Book
17 Book of Memories
Box Folder
2 1 Binder 1
2 Binder Share the Miracle
3 MCCR Policy Template
4 Archives
5 Option A Materials
6 Preprinted Campaign Materials
7 Camera-Ready Artwork
8 Discover the Joy Binder
9 Budgets with a Mission Second Edition
10 The Abingdon Guide to Building Ministry
11 1997 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff
12 Stewardship Materials
13 Program Overview VHS
14-17 Budget Requests 1994
18 Financial 1986
19 Teachers Asking Long
20 Budget Figures
Box Item
3 1 GLYP 2010
2 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 2000
3 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 2002
4 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 2003-2004
5 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 2008-2009
6 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 2001
7 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 2005
8 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 2006
9 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 2004-2005
10 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 2006-2007
11 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages Summer 2007
12 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages Winter 2007
13 The Bayou Book 2002
14 The Bayou Book 2003
15 GLYP 2013-2014
16 GLYP 2011-2012
17 Rainbow Pages 2009
18 Rainbow Pages 2011
19 Rainbow Pages 2012
20 Rainbow Pages 2005
21 Rainbow Pages 2006
22 Rainbow Pages 2007
23 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 1994-1995
24 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 1992-1993
25 GLYP 2011-2013
26 Austin Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages 2000-2001
27 Dallas Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages 2004-2005
28 New York Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages 2000-2001
29 Austin San Antonio Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages 2005-2006
30 New Orleans Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages 2005-2006
31 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages Summer 2006
32 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 1999
33 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 1998
34 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 1997
35 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages 1996
36 Pride 03 Pamphlet
37 Pride 05 Pamphlet
38 Pride 01 Pamphlet
39 Pride 06 Pamphlet
40 Pride 07 Pamphlet
41 Pride 08 Pamphlet
42 Pride 12 Pamphlet
Box Folder
4 1 Photographs - Miscellaneous
2 Photographs - “Our Yara, E20”
3 Photographs - “Sausalits, Alcatraz, Homes + Trolley E6”
4 Photographs - E8
5 Photographs - “Meadowood, May 20, 1994”
6 Photographs - “5294 (640ASA) Rest of Ruby’s B’day + Summer + Sheilah 1987”
7 Photographs - “E16 #13 Alcatraz”
8 Photographs - “E10 45/7+14”
9 Photographs - “My 50th Party + Mary + Barbara Holy Union E5”
10 Photographs - “91835 12-26 Butler, L Jo Anne old church +Mikies 1st memorial E11”
11 Photographs - “E8”
12 Photographs - “Mike’s Family + Ferry Ride”
13 Photographs - “#21 + 26 Mikie in Alabama, by Stream, Mikie + I @ a Church function”
14 Photographs - MCCR 1997 2000 Folder 1
15 Photographs - Miscellaneous
16 Photographs - “Acapulco Christmas-New Year 1965-1966 For Diana 14 YB6”
17 Photographs - “Mikie’s Memorial Stuff Pic out for my “passport” picture”
18 Photographs - “Snowland + Angel Falls/Utah”
19-20 Photograph Album removed from Box 73 L.Butler
21 Photograph Album removed from Box 73 L.Butler - Wedding
22 Photographs - “E4 Missouri St. Fain Hou”
23 Photographs - “Missouri St. Aquafest”
24 Photographs - “E3 Sandi, Patti, Mikie + Me”
25 Father John McNeil Tape
26 F1 Mike portrait
27 AIDS Memorial Quilt Certificate of Authenticity
Box Folder
5 1 Weekly Memos John W. Gill 1988-1993
2 Committee Meetings 1991
3 Board Meetings 1987-1994
4 Board Meetings 1992
5 Board Meetings 1993
6 Committees Miscellaneous
7 Committee Meetings 1984
8 Committee Meetings 1986
9 Committee Meetings 1987-1990
10 Committee Meetings 1996-2001
11 The 12th General Conference
12 Board of Elders Report
13 Proposed Budget 1986-1987
14-15 The 11th General Conference
16 General Conference 12 1985
17 General Conference 6 1975
18 General Conference 8 1977
19-21 General Conference 10 1981
22 General Conference 1981-1982
Box Folder
6 1 Binder 1 Folder 1 Charities and Foundation Board Meetings
2 Binder 1 Folder 2
3 Binder 1 Folder 3
4 Binder 2 Folder 1 Memos and Correspondence
5 Binder 2 Folder 2
6 Binder 3 Folder 1 Miscellaneous Foundation Paperwork
7 Binder 3 Folder 2
8 Binder 3 folder 3
9 Binder 3 folder 4
10 Security Report 2
11 Security Report 3
12 Committees/Organizations
13 Family Care Team
Box Folder
7 1-2 General Correspondence 1981-1982
3 Samaritan Theological Institute
4 General Conference 5 1973
5 General Conference 16 1993
6 General Conference 13 1987
7 ALERT (AIDS Legislation, Equalization, Research and Treatment) (UFMCC)
8 The Gay Christian Journal
9 Board of Directors Binder 1
10 Board of Directors Binder 2
11 Board of Directors Binder 3
12 MCC Home Groups Binder
13 Dealing With Depression Binder
14 Miscellaneous Papers
Box Folder
8 1 Budget and Financial Reports 1974-1976
2 Budget and Financial Reports 1977-1979
3 Budget and Financial Reports 1980-1981
4 Budget and Financial Reports 1984-1987
5 Budget and Financial Reports 1994
6 Budget and Financial Reports 1995
7 Budget and Financial Reports 1997
8 Budget and Financial Reports 1998
9 Budget and Financial Reports 1999
10 Budget and Financial Reports 2000
11 Budget and Financial Reports 2001
12 Home Study Groups
13 Group 1 Materials
14 Group 3 Materials
15 Group 4 Materials
16 Group 7 Week 6
17 Group 14
18 Group 15
19 Group 16
20 Group 17
21 Group 19
22 Group 6 Session 2
23 Group 6 Session 5
24 Group 8
25 Group 9
26 Group 7 Session 4 Part 1
27 Group Posters 1
28 Group 11
29 Group 12 Week 5
30 Group 13
31 Smoking Policy Ballots
32 Smoking Ballots 1990
33 Security Reports 1
Box Folder
9 1 Mobley, Carol
2 RMCC- Mobley, Carol
3 Twogood, Dick
4 Lasher, Ralph
5 Student Clergy Classes
6 Photographs
7 Leadership Training
8 Brochures
9 Advertising
10 Habitat for Humanity Superbuild 2003
11 News Articles Gay Culture/Lifestyle
12 Clergy Folder 1
13 Clergy Folder 2
14 Financial
15 Fundraising
16 Empowerment for Living
17 Excel
18 Archive 2000
19 Archives and Library
20 Board of Directors
21 World AIDS Day 2002 Mark Unbehagen
22 Revision
23 Special Services Folder 1
24 Special Services Folder 2
25 Stole Project
Films
Item
1 Balloons and Steve & Ed's party 7/4/78
Item
2 Texas Renaissance 1978 - Festival
Montgomery ,TX
Item
3 Texas Renaissance Festival 1977
Montgomery ,TX
Item
4 T.R. Picnic July 16, 1978
Item
5 POOR J S #1 1975-77
Item
6 POORS #s 2
Item
7 Numbers #5 Fall 1977
Lee @ Nautilus, Hitchhiker Safeway Sweeper - Joe Ringland and Solar Installers Skateboard #s
Item
8 Numbers #2
Counselor, Kroger Center, In Car @ Milby PK, Tatooed, Pictures, See + Wave, Football, Palm Tree Trim
Item
9 Numbers ? Fall 1975
H. H., Wavers & Lookers W.D.C., Milby Park Tsn Blond w/ Necklass Hunky blond(s) @ My 7-11
Item
10 Numbers #6
Item
11 Number #3 Fall 76 Spring 77
The Hulk Married w/ Pipe Post Hole Digger
Item
12 Number 4 Summer 1977 - Fall 1977
Cute Boxy #'s - Buccaneer Collee Green - HYBL + Viking Bee, Super BL @ Mt. Vernon, Fuzzy Blond off Gemini
Item
13 Angels cheerleader tryouts November 1978
Item
14 Gayday Pride San Francisco 1981
Item
15 Hawaii #'s
Dated probably 80-81 -ldc
Audiocassette tapes
Item
1 MCCR Sanctuary Choir - God with Us
Item
2-3 Rev. Elder troy Perry “The Gospel According to MCCR”
Item
4 San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
Item
5 Sun 9-11 Coast Mass Choruses “Whitman Cantata” Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center NYC 1982
Item
6 New York, New York A Broadway Extravaganza with the New York Gay Men’s Chorus
Item
7 A: Foxglove Woman, B: La Cage Aux Folles
Item
8 A: A Lesbian Concentrate, B: Marge Adam - songwriter



Eugene Harrington Collection

OVS_Box Item
10-11 1 Plaques and Awards