A Guide to the Texas Human Rights Foundation Records, 1978-1992
Founded in 1977 by Robert "Mort" Schwab, the Texas Human Rights Foundation is devoted to protecting the human rights of Texans, with the primary goal of ending discrimination against homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals, and persons living with AIDS and HIV.
The Texas Human Rights Foundation Records, 1978-1992, include office files, correspondence, printed material, newspaper clippings, financial records, and audio and video cassettes. These records pertain to human rights and gay rights case law, public policy, human rights events and awards, gay and lesbian issues, AIDS awareness, fundraising, and grants. Additionally, the records include issues of the Dallas Voice, the gay and lesbian newspaper of Dallas, as well as of the Texas Triangle. The records also pertain to the Texas Lesbian Conference, 1991, and to the landmark case Baker v. Wade, which ruled that the penal code prohibiting consensual sex between homosexual adults was unconstitutional because it violated the constitutional rights of privacy and equal protection.
Legal case files in this collection are restricted. Contact repository for more information.
Texas Human Rights Foundation Records, 1978-1992, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection is unprocessed. Contact repository for more information.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers