Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

M. Robert Schwab Collection:

An inventory of records at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Schwab, Morton ["Mort"] Robert Israel
Title M. Robert Schwab Collection
Dates: 1971-1986
Identification MSS 344
Extent 1 box
Language Materials are in English
Repository Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

The collection consists of 1 box of writings and press clippings concerning Robert Schwab and his activities as a leader of the Gay Rights movement in Houston and the Texas Human Rights Foundation in the 1970s and 1980s.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes official material from the case of Baker v. Wade and the associated media campaign including audio tapes, snapshots of Schwab and friends, and a portrait of Donald F. Baker.


One box of writings, press clippings, photographs, and audio tapes.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the M. Robert Schwab Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Baker, Donald F.
Ooteghem, Gary Van
Schwab, Morton ["Mort"] Robert Israel

Subjects (Organizations)

Houston Human Rights Rally
Houston’s Gay Political Caucus
Texas Human Rights Foundation


Baker v. Wade
Gay liberation movement

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

M. Robert Schwab Collection. MSS 344. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Detailed Description

Robert Schwab Collection

Box Folder
1 1 M. Robert Schwab: Writings; including autobiographical notes.
2 M. Robert Schwab: C.V.
3 M. Robert Schwab: Press clippings, death, memorial service.
4 Gary van Ooteghem
5 Baker v. Wade: Media plan (including cost), Timeline 1975-1983, P.R. list of appendices.
6 Baker v. Wade: Texas Human Rights Foundation, Pro-Gay religious business organization.
7 Clippings: general gay issues and opinions 1976-1985.
8 Copy: Time magazine September 8, 1975/Upfront July 7, 1978, September 29, 1978, Photocopy, Issue 95 "Waging Peace".
9 Article: Journal of Marketing, July 1971 "Social Marketing: an approach to planned social change".
10 Article: Public Relations Handbook "Winning public support for an idea or cause".
11 "Questions and Answers about homosexual" Pamphlet by Dallas Gay Political Caucus.
12 National Gay Task Force, List of Gay Rights reference materials; press response to Supreme Court sodomy ruling.
13 Letter to State Board of Human Resources, Texas Department of Human Resources regarding Sexual Abuse Case Study 2/2/81; letter to Mr. M. Schwab from Criminal Justice Center regarding Child Sexual Abuse 5/11/81.
14 Copy: Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated Penal Code sections 19.01 to 27, 1974 and Volume 2, 1985.
15 Excerpt from THRF Fundraising brochure "What 21.06 Does"; excerpt from Kinsey Report: Sexual behavior in the human male.
16 Extract (pages 3 and 4) NGTF Action Report; excerpt from Harris Poll, the dimensions of privacy; part of Dr. Cameron's pamphlet, "Murder, violence & homosexuality".
17 Baker v. Wade: 553 F. supp. 1121 (1982) Federal Supplement.
18 Baker v. Wade: Memorandum Opinion 8/17/82.
19 Baker v. Wade: Supplemental Opinion 4/3/84; Baker v. Wade: Extracts marked for media campaign.
20 Baker v. Wade: Appeal 8/26/85 Synopsis.
21 Baker v. Wade: Appeal petition for certiorari 1/18/86.
22 Gay Political Caucus.
23 Texas Human Rights Foundation: Articles of Incorporation; Annual Reports; Schwab Award.
24 Clippings: FBI surveillance of gay organizations.
25 Debate on criminalization of private homosexual acts, Texas House of Representatives.
26 Houston Human Rights Rally 6/16/77; Houston Town Meeting 6/25/78; Public relations materials.
27 National Gay Task Force, News January 1975 - June 1976; Answers to Employer's Questions, corporate survey.
28 Gay bibliography -- American Library Association -- Summer 1975.
29 M. Robert Schwab: Miscellaneous notes; notes on cassettes.
30 Audio tape: Radio talk show on Baker v. Wade.
31 Audio tape: RS on The Rushlo Show, KTRH, 11/8/82.
32 Audio tape: RS as speaker at a news conference.


Box Photograph
1 1 Robert Schwab, 1976
2 - 4 Robert Schwab with friends, 1979
5 Robert Schwab with friends, Houston Gay Pride Week parade, 1980
6 - 9 Robert Schwab with friends
10 Donald F. Baker