Austin History Center

David Morris Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Morris, David
Title: David Morris Papers
Dates: 1972-1979
Dates (Bulk): 1976-1978
Abstract: The David Morris Papers document the LGBTQ/gay rights movement in Austin, Texas, in the 1970s through news clippings, correspondence, fliers, and administrative records.
Identification: AR.1991.003
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: English, Spanish
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

David Morris was active in the gay rights movement in Austin, Texas in the 1970s. He pursued a graduate degree in Romance Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin in the early 1970s and was part of several student organizations during his time at UT that promoted gay rights and human rights, including the National Organization for the Reform of Sodomy Law (NORSL) which Morris helped start in 1972. In 1977 he was part of a march protesting Representative G. W. "Bill" Ceverha's rider to a state appropriations bill which would deny state funds to universities granting campus recognition to gay organizations.

Morris was also involved with the Austin Human Rights Coalition, the Society for the Advancement of Freedom and Equality (SAFE), and the Texas Farm Workers Union. He contributed articles to the free newsletter published by Gay Community Services of the University YWCA/YMCA, Gay Austin which later changed their name to Connections, and briefly served as the news editor for four issues, from February to May 1979. He actively wrote letters to the editors of various newspapers challenging opposing views.

Scope and Contents

This collection is .1 linear foot, and contains seven folders documenting the LGBTQ/gay rights movement in Austin, Texas, from 1972-1979. Of note are 3 items documenting Representative Ceverha's anti-gay rider in 1977 and the subsequent protests, and the boycott of Coors beer in 1977 over allegations of the company's human rights violations and contributions to right-wing political campaigns. There are a two schedules from the Bread & Roses School for Socialist Education from 1976 and 1977 and Morris' lecture notes for a course on the German homosexual rights movement of the 19th century.

A draft of an organizational statement for the Austin Human Rights Coalition as well as other documentation of the organization's mission and focus in Austin is documented. Clippings and correspondence from 1972-1973 document Morris' involvement in repealing the sodomy law. One item documents the March for Justice following Jose Campos Torres' murder at the hands of police in 1977. There is a small amount of correspondence from 1979 regarding Morris' interview with a gay Texas Farm Workers Union member Julio Coreno. This article appears in the July 1978 issue of Gay Austin as "Gay and Proud, Julio Coreno: a farmworker."


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Ceverha, G. W. "Bill".
Morris, David.
Torres, Jose Campos.
Subjects (Organizations)
Bread & Roses.
Austin Human Rights Coalition.
Texas Farm Workers Union.
National Organization for the Reform of the Sodomy Law.
Society for the Advancement of Freedom and Equality.
Human rights--Texas--Austin.
Gay rights--Texas--Austin.
Austin (Tex.)--Social conditions.
Document Types
Administrative records.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF Subject - Private Schools - Bread & Roses - P7200(23)
  • AF Subject - LGBT People - H2030
  • AF Subject - Human Rights - H4600

General Collection

  • A 305.90664 MA - March on Austin for Lesbian-Gay Equal Rights, 1989
  • A 305.90664 GA - From Closet to Crusade: The Struggle for Lesbian-Gay Civil Rights in Austin, Texas, 1970-1982 by Eric Jason Ganther, 1990

Periodicals Collection

  • Gay Austin, 1976-1979
  • Connections, 1979-1983
  • Austin Lambda Newsletter, 1979-1989

Archives & Manuscripts

  • AR.Z.018 Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus Records
  • AR.2016.010 Gail McDonald Papers
  • AR.2000.023 Janna Zunbrum Papers

Separated Material

River City Rising, Issue 1, Autumn 1978 separated to Periodicals Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Morris Papers (AR.1991.003). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1991/077

Donation Date: 4 October 1991

Processing Information

Processed by Tim Wilder in September 1992. Finding aid created and encoded by Kelly Hanus in July 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

David Morris Papers, 1973-1979

Box Folder
1 1 Representative Ceverha anti-gay legislation, 1977
2 Coors boycott, 1977-1978
3 Bread and Roses School, 1976-1977
4 Austin Human Rights Coalition, 1978
5 National Organization for the Reform of Sodomy Law (NORSL), 1972-1973
6 Society for the Advancement of Freedom and Equality (SAFE) Jose Campos Torres March for Justice, 1977
7 Texas Farm Workers Union, 1978-1979