Austin History Center

Gail McDonald Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: McDonald, Gail
Title: Gail McDonald Papers
Dates: 1977-1992
Abstract: The Gail McDonald Papers document the lesbian and gay rights movement from 1977-1992 in Austin, Texas, through correspondence, clippings, and financial records. McDonald was co-chair of the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus (ALGPC) from 1991-1993.
Accession number: AR.2016.010
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Gail McDonald was co-chair of the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus (ALGPC) in Austin, Texas from 1991-1993. Prior to her involvement in ALGPC, McDonald was an attorney. She had lived in Austin for 24 years by the time she became co-chair of ALGPC in 1991. Little else is known about her.

Scope and Contents

This is a very small collection of materials. There are two items documenting ERAmerica: correspondence and an invitation from 1977. Materials pertaining to the March on Austin for Lesbian/Gay Equal Rights include a promissory note and correspondence from 1989. McDonald had given a loan to the March on Austin Organizing Committee. News clippings and correspondence from 1992 document McDonald's involvement with the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus (ALGPC).


Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
McDonald, Gail.
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus.
Gay rights--Texas--Austin.
Gays--Texas--Austin--Social conditions.
Political activist--Texas--Austin.
Austin (Tex.)--Social conditions.
Document Types
Financial records.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF Subject - Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus H2030 (5)
  • 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 Eric Jason Ganther, From Closet to Crusade: The Struggle for Lesbian-Gay Civil Rights in Austin, Texas, 1970-1982. 1990.

Periodicals Collection

  • Gay Austin, 1976-1979
  • Connections, 1979-1983
  • Austin Lambda Newsletter, 1979-1989
  • Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Concerns, Inc., 1992-1993
  • aGLIFF: Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, 1989-2013
  • ALGPC Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus, 1989-1990
  • ALLGO Pasa!, 1999
  • Austin Lesbian Organization, 1975
  • Austin Lesbian-Gay Political Caucus Newsletter, 1979-1994
  • Dimensions, 1989-1992
  • Entre Amigos / Among Friends Update, 1997
  • Gay Academic Union Newsletter, 1975-1976
  • Goodbye to All That, 1975-1978
  • Integrity / Austin News: Gay and Lesbian Episcopalians & Their Friends, 1986
  • The Left Hand(filed under Austin Lesbians Speak Out), 1987-1990
  • Lesbian / Gay Rights Lobby of Texas Quarterly Newsletter, 1988
  • Lobby Report, The, 1989-1990
  • Lone Star Lesbians, 1977-1978
  • Our Time Has Come: A Lesbian Feminist Publication, 1978

Archives & Manuscripts

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gail McDonald Papers (AR.2016.010). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2016/013

Donation Date: 2016 March 30

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus, July 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Gail McDonald Papers, 1977-1992

Box Folder
1 1 ERAmerica, 1977
2 March on Austin for Lesbian/Gay Equal Rights; Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus (ALGPC), 1989-1992