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Christopher Street West Association records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2012-134

Scope and Content

Photographs, slides, clippings, analyses of media coverage, fliers, VHS (TM) videocassettes, resolutions, certificates, and award plaques from the Christopher Street West Association (CSW). The collection documents the pride parade and festivals held in Los Angeles and later West Hollywood, California. The records document the transformation of a simple evening parade with few vehicles and marchers attended by a few thousand, to a three day festival and a parade with music and floats attended by over a half million people.

The bulk of the collection consists of photographs from the 1980s and 1990s documenting the festivities as well as other CSW and pride events. The other events include award programs, kick-off and volunteer thank you parties, pride association conferences, pride runs/races, retreats, and a memorial service. The collection also includes records of various other events or programs sponsored or collected by CSW, including sporting events.


  • 1970-2010



The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish material must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives as the physical owner of the material. Note that permission to publish does not constitute copyright clearance. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials from the copyright holder(s).

Administrative History

The Christopher Street West Association (CSW) was formed in 1970 to organize a parade to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. The concept of a celebratory parade and naming of the association were the result of a collaborative effort by community leaders Reverend Bob Humphries, Morris Kight, and Reverend Troy Perry.

For the first parade the Los Angeles Police Commission required bonds totaling 1.5 million dollars and $1,500 for police overtime. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was contacted and attorney Herbert Selwyn appealed the commission's demand before the Superior Court of California. The court ordered the issuing of the permit and charged the police department with the responsibility to protect the parade participants. CSW became the first organization to obtain a parade permit for a pride parade.

In 1973 the Los Angeles parade was suspended; however, in 1974 new leaders coalesced to organize the annual parade with the addition of a pride festival, conceived by Pat Rocco. The parade and later the festival continued in Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard through 1978. In 1979 the festival and parade were moved to an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, west of Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard. In 1984 the residents of this unincorporated section of Los Angeles County voted to incorporate as the City of West Hollywood.

In 1993 CSW opened an 8-unit apartment building, Casa del Sol, for low income persons living with AIDS. The project was the first to receive funding from the United States department of Housing and Urban Development specifically to provide housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

CSW has also participated in regional and international pride organization events including the Consolidated Association of Pride, Incorporated (CAPI) and the International Association of Pride Organizations (InterPride).

"History of Christopher Street West / LA Pride." LA PRIDE LGBT Pride in West Hollywood. 2012 Web. 31 July 2012.

Souvenir Pride Program 1972 and 1975


12 Linear Feet ([2 archives boxes, 3 archives cartons, 1 oversized archives carton, 49 box-binders, 5 flat boxes, and 1 shoe box])

Language of Materials



Photographs, slides, clippings and analyses of press coverage, fliers, resolutions, certificates, and award plaques from the Christopher Street West Association (CSW). Formed in 1970 CSW was the first pride organization in the United States to obtain a city permit for its parade. In 1973 the parade was suspended, in the following year the parade resumed and a festival was added to the celebration. The parade was held on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles until 1978, after which it was moved to Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.


The collection is arranged by the following series:

Series 1. Festival and parade photographs

Series 2. Professional photographers

Series 3. Festival and parade 35mm slides

Series 4. CSW events photographs

Series 5. Headshots and publicity photographs

Series 6. Records and ephemera

Series 7. Medals, plaques, and ribbons

Acquisition Information

The records of the Christopher Street West Association were received prior to 2010.

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Jeanne Córdova Papers and Photographs, Coll2008-064, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Jim Kepner Papers, Coll2011-002, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Morris Kight Papers and Photographs, Coll2010-008, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Pat Rocco Photographs and Papers, Coll2007-006, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Bill Wuzzy Spaulding Papers, Coll2013-097, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Adele Starr Collection on Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Coll2009-012, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

William S. Tom Photographs, Coll2008-017, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Jason Wittman Los Angeles Event Photographs, Coll2012-102, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Seperated Materials

Removed to ONE Audio Collection

ARR0382 untitled

ARR0383 A new gay dawning

Removed to ONE Directory Collection

Business Alliance of Los Angeles 1999

Frontiers Yellow Pages 2007

Gay and Lesbian Community Yellow Pages 2005-2006

LA Weekly West Hollywood Directory 2000

Removed to ONE Newspaper Front Pages Collection

Press Telegram [Long Beach, California] 2007

San Francisco Chronicle 2007

Removed to ONE Periodical Collection

Adelante 2007

Advocate 2007

Blade 2001-2008

Blur 2001

The Bottom Line 2006

Buck Rodgers' Happenings May 1986

Buzz 1999-2006

Circuit Noize 2001

Creating Change [National Gay and Lesbian Task Force] 2006

Cybersocket 2001-2008

Desert Daily Guide 2005

Divas 2000-2007

Express 2001

Fab! 2001-2006

Female FYI 2001

Flavor 2003

Frontiers 2000-2009

GLT Gay & Lesbian Times 2002-2008

Gorgeous 2007

Hero 1998

HRC Quarterly 2000

HX Magazine 2006

Jane and Jane Magazine 2008

In Los Angeles Magazine 2000-2009

Instinct 2006-2007

LN Lesbian News 1999-2009

The Leather Journal 2001-2006

Metro Source 2000-2008

Noize Magazine 2008

Odyssey 2008

Out 2006-2007

Out & About 1992-1993

Outlook 2000

Outworld 2003

Poz 2007

Pride 2001-2005

Proud Parenting 2001

Pulp Magazine 2006

Revista Adelante 2001-2003

Samtaka 2000-2001

Scene 2006

Talk 2006

Ten Percent 2003

Tentaciones 2000-2001

Voice 1993

Removed to ONE Poster Collection

See ONE poster database for a complete list of CSW posters

Removed to ONE Pride Program Collection

Auckland, New Zealand 2001

Brooklyn, New York 2000-2006

Chicago, Illinois 2000-2006

Des Moines, Iowa 2006

Denver, Colorado 2000

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1986-2000

Las Vegas, Neveda 1997-2006

Long Beach, California 1990-2008

Manchester, England 2000

Minneapolis, Minnesota 1985

Montreal, Canada 2001

New York, New York 1999-2006

North Hampton, Massachusetts 2006

Orange County, California 1991

Palm Spring, California 2000-2006

Phoenix, Arizona 2000-2006

Reykjavík, Iceland 2001

Saint Louis, Missouri 2000-2001

San Diego, California 2000-2006

San Fernando Valley, California 2006

San Francisco, California 1999-2003

South Bay [Redondo Beach, California] 1993

Vienna, Austria 1999

Removed to ONE Program Collection

AIDS Service Center [Pasadena, California] 1998-1999

Business Alliance of Los Angeles 1999-2003

Equality California Awards [Los Angeles] 2007

Gay Asian Support Network 1999

Gay Destinations Montreal 2006

Jersuleum Open House 2006

Los Angeles Gay Rodeo 2006-2008

Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2003-2006

Santa Monica AIDS Project 1999

Sydney, Australia Mardi Gras 1999

The Village at Ed Gould Place [L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center] 1998

West Hollywood Mardi Gras 1999-2000

Removed to ONE realia collection

CSW Plastic Mugs 1983-1992

Removed to ONE T-Shirt & garment collection

See ONE garment database for a complete list of CSW garments such as hats, t-shirts, etc

Removed to ONE video collection

Unity &·more in '84: The Los Angeles gay pride parade, VV2817

Unity & more in '84: Festival promo tape, VV2818

1985 CSW parade for CSW from Frank Stevens 4-Star, VV2819

CSW presents the 1986 gay pride celebration, VV2820

CSW 1986 highlights (solar), VV2821

CSW 16th annual gay pride parade, VV2822

CSW 1986 public service announcement, VV2823

Proud - strong - united CSW promo tape 1987 gay pride celebration, VV2824

CSW pride parade (raw footage), VV2825

CSW pride parade (reel l/2, reel 2/2), VV2826-VV2827

CSW awardee clips, VV2828

CSW promo tape, VV2829

CSW board of directors seminar (reels 1-4, 5-7), VV2830-VV2831

CSW 1988 parade highlights, VV2832

CSW 1989 award banquet LOGO, VV2833

CSW 1989 news clips, VV2834

CSW 1989 pride parade, VV2835

CSW 1989 pride parade VV2836

CSW 1989 volunteer party, VV2837

CSW 1989 news clips, VV2838

CSW 1990 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2839

CSW Los Angeles 1991 together in pride VV2840-VV2841

CSW main stage entertainment #1 1991, VV2842

CSW main stage entertainment #3, #4, #5 1991, VV2843-VV2845

CSW 1991 gay & lesbian pride festival, VV2846

CSW 1991 gay & lesbian pride festival, VV2847

Pride = power CSW 1992 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2848

CSW 1992 Gay pride festival, VV2849

CSW 1994 gay pride, VV2850

CSW 1995 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2851

CSW 1995 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2852

CSW 1996 pride, VV2853

CSW 1997 pride parade, VV2854

CSW 1998 pride parade, VV2855

CSW 1999 West Hollywood gay & lesbian pride celebration, VV2856

CSW 2001 pride odyssey parade VV2857-VV2858

CSW 2001 pride parade VV2859

CSW 2002 pride parade- "Family, amore & paz" VV2860-VV2862

CSW 2004 pride parade, VV2863

Speaking the vision, VV2864

For love and and for life the 1987 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights, VV2865

Sally Jesse Raphel: Lesbian mothers, VV2866

Oprah: Coming out, VV2867

Long Beach lesbian & gay parade, VV2868

San Francisco lesbian/gay freedom day main stage, VV2869

San Francisco lesbian/gay freedom day parade tape, VV2870

Spectrum news (Santa Ana, Calif.), VV2871

Eyewitness news (AB 101), VV2872

Diana Ross "I will survive", VV2873

CSW 1997 gay & lesbian pride parade, VV2874

Hello...pride LA 2004, VDD0687

Christopher Street West pride [2005], VDD0688

2006 CSW LGBT Pride Parade, VDD0689

2007 CSW LGBT Pride Parade, VDD0690

Christopher Street West LGBT pride parade, VDD0691

GLAAD interviews, VV2875

Long Beach 2000 lesbian & gay pride celebration public service announcement, VV2876

2000gether Sydney gay & lesbian mardi gras parade, (1/2) VV2877

Into the Streets Documentary of the demonstration following Governor Pete Wilson's of Assembly Bill 101 (AB101), VV2878

West Hollywood City counsel meeting, VV2879

Time Out with Jimmy Palmieri, VV2880

The Donlavy dance company, VV2881

Pat Underwood tour of farm, VV2882

CSW award winners, VV2883

CSW Los Angeles pride pride promo, VV2884

Howard & Dave promo tape #1, VV2885

Voter registration, VV2886

LaRouche initiative, VV2887

Search alliance, VV2889

Sydney gay pride promo, VV2890

Jewelry by Ponce commercial, VV2891

Pride '89: Birds of a feather, VV2892

Orange county cultural pride, VV2893

Stonewall 25: Voice of pride & protest, VV2894

Gay games from a to q, VV2895

Dennis Lamaar, VV2896

March on Washington highlights 1987, VV2897

Pride marches in central and eastern Europe, VDD0692

Processing Information

Collection processed by Devon Moffat, Stefan Ogbac, and Michael C. Oliveira, April 2014.

The albums of photographs document the parade as well as other CSW events. Inorder to keep the albums whole the albums were either placed in the Festival and parade series or the CSW events photographs series depending on the primary focus of the albums.

The images and documents of CDs and DVDs have been transferred to the server.

Finding Aid to the Christopher Street West Association Records
Michael C. Oliveira
© 2014
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Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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