PrideFest Records, 1989-2001

Summary Information
Title: PrideFest Records
Inclusive Dates: 1989-2001

  • PrideFest (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 315

  • 1.1 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
  • 1 videocassette
  • 4 oversize folders

Archival Location:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Miscellaneous collection of records and photographs relating to PrideFest, a nationally recognized festival celebrating the LGBT community that has been held annually in Milwaukee since 1988.

Language: English

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Milwaukee's first Pride event occured when the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) organized a "Gay Pride Week" in January 1971. The event was repeated in 1972 and 1973. While there were sporadic "gay days" and picnics in the late 1970s and 1980s, Milwaukeeans typically traveled to Chicago to observe or march in that city's celebrations. However, Pride events were held in Milwaukee in both 1980 and 1981. The Milwaukee Lesbian/Gay Pride Committee (MLGPC) held its first annual pride event in 1988. In 1994 MLGPC was dissolved and PrideFest, Inc. was created. PrideFest has been held at various locations during its history, including Mitchell Park (1988), Cathedral Square Park (1989-1990), Juneau Park (1991-1993), Veterans Park (1994-1995), and the Henry Maier Festival Park (since 1996). The festival features a diverse range of performers and numerous activities such as a volleyball tournament, parade, religious ceremony, mass wedding/commitment ceremony, and fireworks.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains brochures, flyers, financial records, proclamations, photographs, and a video. Materials date from 1989 to 2001.

Preferred Citation

Citation Guide for Primary Sources

Related Material in the UWM Libraries

Issues of the Pride Guide are available in Special Collections of the UWM Libraries (call number HQ76.3.U5 P75x ).

Administrative/Restriction Information
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection (Wisconsin Statutes 19.21-19.39).

Acquisition Information

PrideFest Milwaukee donated the collection to the Archives in April 2011 (accession 2011-057).

Processing Information

Dan Hauck processed the initial collection in July 2012 (Michael Doylen supervised). Charles Welborn processed additional photographs in April 2013.

Contents List
Box   1
Folder   1
Brochures and Flyers, 1989-2000
Box   1
Folder   2
Financial Statements, 2000-2001
Oversize Folder   1-4
Photograph Displays, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2007
Box   2
Folder   1-10
Photographs, 1995-2001, undated
Box   3
Folder   1-4
Photographs, undated
Box   1
Folder   3
Proclamations, 1990-1998
Video   1
PrideFest Year in Review, 1995
Physical Description: 1 videocassette (VHS)