Austin History Center

Beck Runte Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Runte, Rebecca M. "Beck", 1948-
Title: Beck Runte Papers
Dates: 1974-1992
Abstract: The Beck Runte Papers document the gay rights movement in Austin, Texas, from 1974-1992. Events and organizations are recorded through clippings, administrative records, brochures, fliers, invitations, form letters and newsletters.
Accession number: AR.1991.002
Quantity: 1 linear foot (3 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Beck Runte is a researcher and author who was born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1949. She had a career in public human services from 1971-2000, including working for the Texas Department of Human Services. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979.

In her professional career she served on the board of directors of Executive Women in Texas Government and on various committees for the local and state chapters of the National Association of Social Workers. Now in retirement, she has served on the board of Friends of Bright Leaf and leads guided tours through Bright Leaf Preserve.

She has been very involved in the LGBT community in Austin and served as a member and co-chair of the Austin Lesbian Feminist Organization in the 1970s. She is married to Ann Syptak.

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the gay rights movement in Austin, Texas, from 1974-1992. The files are arranged alphabetically with many of the subjects and organizations documented through clippings, administrative records, brochures, fliers, form letters and newsletters.

The Anita Bryant material documents Bryant's visit to Houston and Austin and the protests by many gay and lesbian rights organizations that occurred in Texas as a result during 1977-1978. Other subjects included are Austin Area Women's Credit Union in 1977-1978, International Women's Year in 1976, and the proposed housing ordinance/discrimination law which was eventually rejected by Austin City Council in the early 1980s.

Organizations that are documented through newsletters, form letters, fliers, and invitations are: Austin Latina/o Lesbian and Gay Organization (ALLGO); Austin Lesbian Feminist Organization (ALFO); Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus (ALGPC); Book Woman and Women & Their Work; Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL); Lone Star Lesbians; Texas Human Rights Foundation; Waterloo Counseling Center; Austin AIDS Project; AIDS Services of Austin; and Womenspace and Out Youth at University YMCA.

There is a small amount of material documenting the Texas Gay Task Force, Texas Gay Conference IV in 1977, Texas Lesbian Conference from 1991-1992, and performances and social events promoting gay rights during the 1980s.


The files are arranged alphabetically.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Runte, Rebecca M. "Beck", 1948-.
Bryant, Anita.
Subjects (Organizations)
Book Woman (Austin, Tex.).
Austin Lambda.
Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus.
Austin Area Women's Credit Union.
Lone Star Lesbians.
AIDS Services of Austin.
Austin Lesbian Organization.
Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas.
Texas Human Rights Foundation.
Austin Latina/o Lesbian and Gay Organization.
Waterloo Counseling Center.
Gay rights--Texas--Austin.
Human rights--Texas--Austin.
Gays--Texas--Austin--Social conditions.
Women in business--Texas--Austin.
AIDS (Disease).
Political activist--Texas--Austin.
Political participation.
Discrimination in housing--Texas--Austin--Law and legislation.
Austin (Tex.)--Social conditions.
Austin (Tex.)--Commerce.
Document Types
Form letters.
Administrative records.
Legal documents.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF Subject - Booksellers and Bookselling - BookWoman - B5070(40)
  • AF Subject - LGBT People - H2030
  • AF Subject - Human Rights - H4600
  • AF Subject - Housing - Fair Housing Ordinance - H4500(11)
  • AF Subject - Mental Health - Waterloo Counseling Center - M3400(30)
  • AF Subject - Women - Womenspace - W5000(12)

General Collection

  • A 070.4493059 IS Constance Denney Israel, Hate Crimes Against Gays/lesbians in the Mainstream Press: An Examination of Six Texas Dailies. 1992.
  • A 301.412 CO Commission on the Status of Women Hearing: September 30, 1975
  • 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
  • A 363.5109764 AU Austin Fair Housing Attitudes Survey II, 1981
  • A 381.45002 HO - The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability by Kristen Hogan, 2016

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

  • Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus Records (AR.Z.018)
  • Janna Zumbrun Papers (AR.2000.023)
  • Gail McDonald Papers (AR.2016.010)
  • AIDS Services of Austin Records (AR.1995.001)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Beck Runte Papers (AR.1991.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1991/001

Donation Date: 1990, 1992

Processing Information

Final processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus, July 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Beck Runte Papers, 1974-1992

Box Folder
1 1 Anita Bryant, 1977-1978
2 Austin Area Women's Credit Union, 1977-1978
3 Austin Latina/o Lesbian and Gay Organization (ALLGO), Gay and Lesbian Tejanos Conference, Lesbiana Latina Retreat, Gay Hispanic coalition of Dallas, 1986-1987, undated
4 Austin Lesbian Feminist Organization (ALFO), 1974-1978
5 Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus (ALGPC), 1979-1992
6 Book Woman and Women & Their Work, 1980-1987, undated
7 Cyclar Calendar, 1976
8 General information, 1976-1992, undated
9 International Women's Year, 1976-1978
Box Folder
2 1 Legal - housing ordinance/discrimination law, 1976-1982
2 Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL), 1990-1991, undated
3 Lone Star Lesbians, 1977-1979
4 Newsletters, 1975-1978
5 Performances, benefits, and social events, 1986-1991, undated
6 Performances, benefits, and social events, 1980-1984, undated
7 Texas Gay Conference IV, 1977
8 Texas Gay Task Force, 1974-1979
Box Folder
3 1 Texas Human Rights Foundation, 1987-1992
2 Texas Lesbian Conference, 1991-1992
3 Upfront America, 1978-1980
4 Waterloo Counseling Center, Austin AIDS Project, AIDS Services of Austin, 1985-1992
5 Womenspace & Out Youth at University YMCA, 1979-1991