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This packet contains a letter from the Cambridge Hospital Patient Accounts Department, addressed to Charles Shively's partner Gordon Copeland, stating that his Free Care status had been denied due to lack of income verification. The letter encloses…

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This document is Timothy Kelleher's Medical Examiner's Certificate of Death. The certificate states that Timothy passed away on December 3, 1977, "en route to the Cambridge Hospital" and the causes are listed as "Coronary Heart Disease" and "Sudden…

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This letter, from Carol to “Dad Copeland,” is written in cursive with red ink, on stationery decorated with a hunting dog in the top left corner. It is likely that “Skip” is Gordon, and Carol is Skip’s wife, writing to her father-in-law. It is dated…

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On verso: Adult Children of Heterosexuals performs their unique brand of high camp, raucous cabaret at Nightstage in Cambridge on July 6 at 8pm. Band members (l to r) Scott Madden, Felice Shays, Lynn Brown, and (bottom) Abe Rybeck will croon to make…

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Pure Polyesther is a hilarious and subversive retelling of the Old Testament story of Esther. The Theater Offensive's purimspiel mixes slapstick, klezmer, cross-dressing, outrageous scenery-chewing, and queer coupling with an earnest message about…

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Gordon Copeland's Certificate of Death records his passing on November 23, 1995. The certificate states that he passed away at age 64, and that the immediate cause of death was "hepato cellular carcinoma" with 3 months between onset and death, and…

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David Peterson came from a conservative family in Indiana. In 1965 Peterson came to the Boston area to attend MIT. One of the first organizations he became involved with was the Homophile Union of Boston (HUB). It was in those years he became friends…

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The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. From 1985 to 1997, the BGMC was under the direction of Robert Barney, who now holds the title of Conductor Laureate. In this photograph, the…

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Am Tikva members seated at tables for Passover Seder at the Brookline Jewish Community Center. The congregation Am Tikva – People of Hope – has been serving the Greater Boston community since 1976, creating an open and welcoming environment where…

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In 1989, founding Artistic Director Abe Rybeck and a group of artist/activists formed The Theater Offensive to expand on the success of the gay men's guerrilla theater troupe, United Fruit Company. The Theater Offensive mounts and produces festivals…

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The founders of the group Daughters of Bilitis, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons, at a gathering in Boston.

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Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons, founders of the national lesbian group Daughters of Bilitis, sitting on a couch chatting with some other women in Boston.

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Photograph by Elsa Dorfman of Robert John Quinn and the Memorial Books of obituaries and memorials to individuals, many of whom died of AIDS or AIDS-related illnesses. About this collection: Many of the obituaries and memorials in this collection of…

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This scan is actually of a xeroxed copy of a postcard saved in Charles' files. On the same sheet of xerox paper was also a studio portrait of Charles' partner, Gordon Copeland, at age 18 months, taken in 1932 in England (close to Gordon's father's…

Coll.12 - Fag Rag Publication.pdf
Published sporadically from 1971 to 1987, Fag Rag was a leading venue for discussions (and oftentimes explicit depictions) of gay male sexuality, gay liberation politics, literature, and history. This collection includes a full run of Fag Rag,…

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Members of the Combahee River Collective take part in a March for Bellana Borde (late 1979 or early 1980, according to information written on the back of the photograph) to protest police brutality directed at communities of color in Boston,…

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In this letter, Charles' mother, Florence, breaks the news that his brother "Butch" (Mearl C. Shively, Jr.) has gotten married to "an awfully nice girl" named Marilyn L. Edwards on March 6 (Marilyn's 19th birthday - year not given). Florence also…

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From this inaugural issue of Gay Community News (known at that time as the Gay Community Newsletter): There has been a long-standing need in the Boston gay community for improved communication between the various gay organizations and the gay…

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From this issue of Gay Community News: This will be the last issue of GCN that will have the appearance of a PTA bulletin. To give you a more concise professional paper, next week we will be switching to offset printing. The paper will be then…

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Leading this issue of Gay Community News is a story about efforts to support, financially and otherwise, the Charles Street Universalist Meetinghouse which, according to an article in this issue, "is best known to the gay community as the closest…

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Leading this issue of Gay Community News is a story about a murder and assault of two patrons of the Other Side bar. Other stories include information about an auction to support the Charles Street Universalist Meetinghouse; a plea from Homophile…

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Leading this issue of Gay Community News are stories about the growing number of reported assaults of GLBT community members. Other stories include discussions of gay community centers and the Charles Street Meetinghouse; information about "State…

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An older woman wearing pearls sips a drink and reads a paper on a pier or dock over the water in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

List of personal property referred to in Gordon Copeland's Last Will and Testament, signed April 5, 1985
This 1-page document is a list of personal property referred to in Gordon Copeland's Last Will and Testament, April 5, 1985. The list refers to 6 items (jewelry, a watch, and a pitcher) to be inherited by Gordon's sister, children, grandchildren, and…

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This document, dated April 5, 1985, is the Last Will and Testament (envelope and 4 page document) of Gordon W. Copeland, Jr. (Charles Shively's partner). Gordon left six precious items to his sister and younger descendants (the list is archived here…

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This type-written letter, from Gordon Copeland (Charles' partner) to the Boston Veterans' Affairs office, requests "to activate a character of service determination to determine my access to VA benefits." The letter is dated July 3, 1979 - during…

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This document is a type-written draft of a letter from Gordon Copeland, addressed to the Secretary of the Air Force, Discharge Review Board. Gordon writes, "I hope that an upgrade of my undesirable discharge will be possible without a personal…

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This is a photocopy of a portrait photograph of Charles' partner, Gordon Copeland, at age 18 months (as noted on the back). He is standing beside a woman in a dress with lace on the shoulders. She may be Gordon's mother (Marie Thompson Copeland), or…

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Abe Rybeck, wearing a blonde wig, standing with two other men, one in a bathrobe, at an outdoor protest. Banners on a wall behind the men read "Hunger Kills As Well As Guns, Stop the Embargo" and "No U.S. War on Nicaragua, Stop the Embargo." Other…

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The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), founded in 1987 in Massachusetts, is a leading advocate and educational organization for promoting the self- definition and free expression of individual gender identity. IFGE is not a support…

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This letter from May 10, 2000 introduces Jack Cornett as the attorney retained to administer the estate of Charles' brother, Stephen C. Shively, and presents a Waiver of Notice of Application to Relieve Estate from Administration. The estate in…

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The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. This photograph is an outdoor group shot of the chorus with four members holding up director Robert Barney in the front.

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Who made this? Photos by Joel BenjaminWhere was it made or acquired? Boston, MAStory There are a number of items in this collection, including work for the Boston Phoenix, AIDS Action Committee and the Mass Department of Health.

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The Chiltern Mountain Club, New England's oldest LGBT outing club, was founded in 1978 by Sturgis Haskins. This photograph shows group a of men walking in the Blue Hills, during the Chiltern Mountain Club's first annual Hike for Life- To Fight Aids.…

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Dignity/Boston was formed in the first waves of the Gay Liberation movement that followed the Stonewall Riots, and has been providing a home for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Catholics, their friends and supporters since 1972.…

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Jenifer Firestone, Paul Hardit, Helena Snow, and James Humphrey pose for a production of the "Ten Percent Revue" called "Walk on Washington." The four actors hold signs reading: "Celebrate Sodomy," "Take Apartheid Apart," Foster Equality," and "$$$…

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View from behind the pitcher toward home plate at a Daughters of Bilitis softball game.

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AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) is an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS (PWAs). ACT UP/Boston was founded in 1987 as a way to focus local efforts in support of the development of AIDS…

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George Nolley, co-chair of Men of All Colors Together, with a panel for the Names Project AIDS quilt commemorating the life of Michael O'Leary (1949-1986), one of the group's members, signed by Men of all Colors Together Boston. Men of All Colors…

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Who made this? LGBTOUT zine committeeWhere was it made or acquired? Toronto, CanadaStory These zines from LGBTOUT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered of the University of Toronto) are currently stored in my extremely full filing cabinet. I…

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This newspaper clipping is most likely from a local newspaper, as it describes Charles as a "Fairfield High School graduate." It briefly notes that Charles (son of Mr and Mrs Mearl Shively at 2117 Tuley Rd) made the undergraduate Dean's List at…

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Sympathy card from Lou Costa in Billerica to Gordon Copeland, November 2, 1990

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Who made this? Magnolia Committee members, St. Louis, MOWhere was it made or acquired? Made in St.Louis, sent to me in 2014Story The Magnolia Committee, of which I was a member, organized the first Pride Parade in St.Louis in 1980. St.Louis was (and…

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This letter is addressed to Charles Shively, and signed by the executive director of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. The letter states that John Mitzel has recommended Charles for membership, and describes the achievements and value of…
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