University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Bettie Naylor Papers, [circa 1920s]-2012

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Naylor, Bettie (1927-2012)
Title: Naylor, Bettie, papers
Dates: [circa 1920s]-2012
Abstract: The Bettie Naylor Papers, [circa 1920s]-2012, consist mainly of Naylor's personal and professional correspondence during her years as a gay rights and women's rights lobbyist.
Accession No.: 2012-272; 2016-284
OCLC No.: 953415636
Extent: 4 ft., 10 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Wichita Falls native Bettie Naylor (1927-2012) was a Texas lobbyist and gay rights advocate for more than 30 years. She was a founding board member of the Human Rights Campaign and a founder of both the Texas and National Women's Political Caucus groups. Her lobbying firm Bettie Naylor and Associates took on clients to support gay rights, marriage equality, and female politicians; in addition, Naylor’s pro bono advocacy work supported the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas.

In 2012, the city of Austin, Texas, renamed a five-block stretch of 4th Street "Bettie Naylor Street" in her honor.

Scope and Contents

The Bettie Naylor Papers, [circa 1920s]-2012, consist mainly of Naylor's personal and professional correspondence during her years as a gay rights and women's rights lobbyist. The papers include printed materials and correspondence related to lobbying and fund-raising, as well as photographs of Naylor with state officials and personal photographs. Also included are DVDs and VHS tapes of events and award ceremonies.

Separated to the Library Unit are newspapers with profiles of Naylor and gay rights issues, including The Texas Triangle, The Austin Chronicle, Austin Business Journal, and Dallas Voice. Also separated to the Library Unit are two 1938 volumes of Naylor's Epic Century.

Separated to the Artifacts Unit are military medals and insignia belonging to Van Naylor, Naylor's former husband.


Access Restrictions

Use of video and digital material by appointment only; please contact repository for more information.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Naylor, Bettie.
Gays -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Gay rights -- United States.
Homosexuality--Law and legislation--United States.
Homosexuality--Social aspects--United States.
Lesbian activists--United States.

Related Material

See also Texas Human Rights Foundation Records, 1978-1992, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifact and Library units.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bettie Naylor Papers [circa 1920s]-2012, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, June 2016.

Detailed Description of the Papers


Stored onsite at SRH:

2E1018 A/V media
7 CDS and DVDs: photographs, computer files, television news, 2006-2012
10 VHS tapes
Dyke TV, 1993
The C.A. Naylors, 1994
Millennial March on Washington, 2000
Honoring Bettie Naylor, HRC Black Tie Dinner, 2000
Three awards ceremonies, 2000
Bettie's 75th. 2002
Ann Richards, undated
Bettie Naylor master tapes 1 and 2, undated
LGRL 16th birthday party and Bettie Naylor roast, undated


Stored offsite at LSF:

2012-272/1 Books
American Woman, by Pam Fleischaker, 2001
My Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, 1997
Two Women, by Marianne Fredriksson, 1999
Love without conditions: Reflections of the Christ Mind, by Paul Ferrini, 1994
What I Want Next… 30 Minutes to Reveal Your Future, by Cathy Bonner, 2006
Crapshoot Justice : Politics, Money, and the Texas Judiciary, by Sam Kinch, Jr. with Susan Borreson Brewer, 2003
Poems, Poet on Watch, "ART" direction by Angela Williamston, 1999
Texas Women in Politics, a project of Sarah Weddington, Jane Hickie and Deanna Fitzgerald, 1977
Passion's Shadow, by Nicole Conn, 1995
Claire of the Moon, by Nicole Conn, 1993
Natural Blonde, by Liz Smith, 2000
Texas Political Memorabilia, by Chuck Bailey with Bill Crawford, 2007
Year books
Coyote 1943, Senior class of Wichita Falls Senior High School, 1943
Coyote 1944, Senior High School, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1944
Wai-Kun, Hardin Jr. College, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1945
Wai-Kun, Hardin Jr. College, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1946
2012-272/2 Professional
Texas Lobby Directories, 1997-1998, 2000-2009
Legislative handbooks and committee rosters compiled by Texas Legislative Service, 1997-2010
Telephone Log Books, undated
Bettie Naylor and Associates office stationery, 2008 and undated
Senate proclamation in memory of Bettie Naylor, [circa 2012]
Habitat for Humanity's Bettie Naylor Pride Build in Austin Proclamation, October-December, 2009
Honors and Awards, 2000
Directories and contact information, 1995-2004
"Dildo Bill," safe sex devices correspondence; misc. sexuality materials, 1999-2002
Script "Don't Drown," correspondence and speech, 2004 and undated
"Betty" band press materials, Myers-Briggs printed materials and notes, 1992-1999
Printed materials, invitations, programs, 2000-2006
Correspondence, 1994-2006
Ann Richards inaugural materials, 1991
Lobbyist registration materials, 1997-2007
Desert of the Heart, film investment, 1982
William A. Scott, policy and biographical materials, 1993-2000
Printed materials, invitations, programs, 2000-2006
2012-272/3 Personal
Van Naylor papers (Wichita County Fair ribbons and prizes, notebook, notes, etc.), 1936-1940
Wedding shower guest book 9 1/2" X 7", 1946
Sharron Naylor baby book, 8 1/2" X 11", [circa 1950s]
The secret admirer adventure, September 27, 2002
Unedited transcript - Bettie Naylor, undated
Cards and correspondence, [circa 2005]
Correspondence: (1 of 3) Greeting cards, notes, photographs, 1993-2007 and undated
Correspondence (2 of 3): Greeting cards, notes, photographs, 2006-2007 and undated
Correspondence (3 of 3): 80th birthday cards, 2007
Correspondence: 80th birthday notes, 2007
Identification cards, 1977-2011
Printed materials: Event programs and clippings, 1998-2012
Correspondence, astrological charts, 1995-1997
Receipts for purchases, 1997-2002
Invitation design, photographs, undated
Sharron Naylor correspondence and photographs, 1933-1980
2012-272/4 Photographs
Photographs, [circa 1920s]-1986 and undated
Photographs, [circa 1950s]
Photographs, [circa 1970s]
Human Rights Campaign Benefit, March 18, 2000
Photographs and negatives, 2003 and undated
Photographs, 1946-2002 and undated
Photographs, 1982-1984 and undated
Framed photographs (with Ann Richards, Hillary Clinton, Phyllis Diller, etc…) , undated
2012-272/5 Oversized materials
Scrapbook, 10 1/2" X 12 1/2 ", [circa 1920s-1950s]
Bettie and Van Naylor wedding photographs (5), 11" X 14", 1946
Printed materials, 1946-2007
Texas House resolution honoring Hazel Lloyd, 1987
Photographs with Ann Richards, Bob Bullock (4), [circa 1990s]
Newspapers, 2000-2007
2012-272/6 Rolled photographs and diplomas
School photograph, [circa 1930s]
Bettie Jo Steele, junior high and high school diplomas, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1941-1944
Eisenhower Junior High School, San Antonio, Texas, 1968