Collection Info

More Light Presbyterians (for LGBT Concerns)

Span Dates: 1978-2003

Volume: 54 linear ft. (including 127 manuscript boxes )

Description

The More Light Presbyterians (for LGBT Concerns) (MLP) collection consists of records of the MLP Board of Directors, local chapters, membership records, photographs, and personal papers of individual leaders and files concerning the Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly. The collection is organized chronologically within the following series: Background (general background material, brochures, announcements, newsletters, etc.), 44 small boxes; Board of Directors (minutes and other board documents), 1 small box; Bylaws, 1 small box; Chapters, 6 small boxes; Correspondence (restricted), 3 large boxes, 49 small boxes; Finances, 7 small boxes; General Assembly, 10 small boxes; Individuals (including personal papers of our leaders), 8 large boxes; Inmate correspondence (restricted), 7 small boxes; Membership records (restricted), 1 small box; and Photographs, 1 small box. "Restricted" files will not be open to the public for 75 years without written permission from the MLP Board of Directors. Please contact the MLP archivist James D. Anderson for further information about the collection. (contact information listed under "finding aid") Related collections: The James D. Anderson Papers, also in Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives. Anderson was communications secretary and newsletter editor/publisher for PLGC/MLP from 1980 to 2003, and he continues to serve as archivist. This collection includes his personal daily diary spanning the years 1959 to the present, with some gaps in the earlier years, documenting his life as a gay man, and his partner since 1971, his career at Rutgers University and earlier universities, and his active participation in the queer liberation movement within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Hist/Bio Note

See the More Light Presbyterian website for more information about the organization.
http://www.mlp.org/

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available from the MLP archivst James D. Anderson, 1010 Central Avenue, #301, St. Petersburg, FL 33705, thyjim3@juno.com, 727-641-0391.

Location

The records of More Light Presbyterians (formerly Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (PLGC)) are located at Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives.
http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/scua.shtml

Index Terms

More Light PresbyteriansPresbyterianUnited StatesGay spiritualityGay Clergy -- United StatesGay liberation movement -- Religious aspectsGays -- Religious LifeGays -- United States -- History -- 20th Century -- SourcesHomosexuality -- History -- 20th centuryHomosexuality -- Religious aspects -- ChristianitySame-sex marriageTheologians -- United StatesLos Angeles [CA]Glaser, ChrisAnderson, James D.Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay ConcernsPresbyterian Church (USA)