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Bill Todd and Art Bratt Collection

Identifier: MS-0202

Scope and Contents

Bill Todd and Art Bratt gifted their collection of GLAMA material to LaBudde Special Collections in August 2011. Inclusive dates are 1978-2012, with the bulk of materials in the 1987-1991 range, focusing on the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA), an organization to which Todd and Bratt were deeply dedicated. Included are photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, periodicals, news clippings, ephemera, memorabilia, audio and video cassettes. The highlight of this collection lies within the 48 scrapbooks which document the activities, adversities, goals and triumphs of the LGBT community. Of particular interest are two scrapbooks containing material gathered during the National March on Washington, D.C., October 11, 1987. These scrapbooks along with video tapes and photographs record an historical event that culminated in a demonstration reminiscent of the civil rights marches of the 1960s. LGBT Americans and a diverse coalition of their supporters, 200,000 people strong, called for more federal money for AIDS research and treatment and for an end to discrimination against homosexuals. In addition to the 1987 March, there are also photographs and news clipping of the April 1993 March on Washington. There is a plethora of material for any researcher covering a multitude of topics: LGBT issues, AIDS, Politics, Discrimination, Religion, Environmental Issues, etc. Another rich source to reference is the more than 500 periodicals, along with news clippings, covering local, national and world events and stories.

Additional materials were gifted and added to the collection as Addendum 1 in November 2013. Included are additional correspondence, ephemera, publications, and news clippings.

Additional materials were gifted and added to the collection as Addendum 2 in Spring 2015. Included are additional publications, news clippings, posters, and other miscellaneous documents and ephemera.


  • 1969 - 2015

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status is unknown


27 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 26 Manuscript Boxes, 385 Photographs.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Teresa L. Gipson, Stuart Hinds (supervising archivist); Addendums 1 and 2: same.
LaBudde: January 2013; Addendum 1: November 2013; Addendum 2: Spring 2015.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository