Elaine Noble election campaign collection
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of brochures, pamphlets, campaign administrative records, newspaper clippings, a campaign scrapbook, materials from opponents' campaigns, correspondence, ephemera, flyers, mock-ups for campaign papers, two issues of "The Noble News," press releases, and stationery, 1974-1976, pertaining to Elaine Noble's 1974 democratic campaign for Massachusetts House of Representatives. The materials were collected by Steven Patt, who served as Noble's campaign treasurer.
- 1974 - 1976
- Patt, Steven L. (Collector, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Biographical / Historical
Elaine Noble (born January 22, 1944) is an American politician and the first openly lesbian candidate to run for a state legislature position. She attained her BA degree in fine arts at Boston University and later studied at Emerson College and Harvard University. Prior to her involvement in politics, Noble was involved in LGBT activism in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1974 Noble ran for office representing the 6th Suffolk District Massachusetts House of Representatives. Although her campaign was subject to public scrutiny and harassment, her efforts were successful. On New Year's Day 1975 Noble was sworn into office by governor Michael Dukakis making her the first openly LGBT candidate elected to state-level office in the United States. She served two terms as representative for the Fenway-Kenmore and Blackbay neighborhoods in Boston, MA. Noble was among the first delegation of gays and lesbians invited to the White House to discuss issues related to the LGBT community on a national level. In 1978 she ran for United States Senate, but came in fifth in the primary race. In 1986 Noble was instrumental in the opening of the Pride Institute, a LGBT drug and alcohol treatment center in Minneapolis, MN. In 1990 she lost a campaign for Cambridge, MS City Council. More recently she has worked in real estate and healthcare administration. Noble currently resides in Florida.
0.4 Linear Feet (1 carton.)
Language of Materials
Brochures, pamphlets, campaign administrative records, newspaper clippings, a campaign scrapbook, materials from opponents' campaigns, correspondence, ephemera, flyers, mock-ups for campaign papers, two issues of "The Noble News," press releases, and stationery, 1974-1976, pertaining to Elaine Noble's 1974 democratic campaign for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Noble was the first openly gay or lesbian political candidate elected to a state office.
This collection is arranged alphabetically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Steven L. Patt, August 3, 2012.
The following have been separated to the ONE periodical collection: Gay Community News, Vol. 1, No. 31 (January 26, 1974) Gay Community News, Vol. 2, No. 1 (July 29, 1974)
Collection processed by Cooper Moll, November 2014.
- Finding Aid to the Elaine Noble Election Campaign Collection, 1974-1976
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- Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.