Guide to the East Coast Homophile Organizations Records, 1964-

Collection Overview

The collection includes conference material and a publication, both from 1964.

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Collection Details

Collection Number
East Coast Homophile Organizations records
East Coast Homophile Organizations
0.25 Linear Feet, approx. 200 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

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[Identification of item], East Coast Homophile Organizations Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

ECHO Conference, 1964
Box 1
The Mattachine Society of Washington: Advocating Civil Liberties for the Homosexual, Stephen Bigger, Yale Law School, 1964
Box 1

Historical Note

From In January 1962, representatives of homophile organizations on the east coast met in Philadelphia and agreed to form a loose affiliation called ECHO, for East Coast Homophile Organizations. ECHO organized three successive annual conferences and also undertook sponsorship of the July 4th Annual Reminder picketing at Philadelphia's Independence Hall in 1965. The first annual conference was held in Philadelphia under the theme Homosexuality -- Time for Reappraisal. The second conference was held in Washington, DC in 1964 (not without difficulty as hotels declined to host the event) with the theme Homosexuality - Civil Liberties and Social Rights. The third and final ECHO conference was held in New York City in 1965 with the theme The Homosexual Citizen in the Great Society.

ECHO was a predecessor of the National American Conference of Homophile Organizations. Both organizations served to further the Gay Rights Movement in the United States.

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The East Coast Homophile Organizations Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, May 2011

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2011

Accession 93-316 is described in this finding aid.