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We Are Family (WAF) records

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 0212

Collection Overview

The collection consists of the records of We Are Family (WAF) from 1992 to 2015.The collection includes board meeting files, financial records, strategic planning files, correspondence, event files, resource files, and promotional materials, documenting WAF’s mission of supporting LGBTQI youth in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. Board meeting files contain agendas, minutes, hard copies of emails, notes, and budget statements relating to the operation of the organization. Financial records document the financial status of WAF and include tax documents, bank statements, donation records, and grant applications. There are also strategic planning files relating to executive director searches and plans for the future of WAF, which include hard copies of emails, planning meeting agendas and minutes, and notes.

Correspondence includes mailings, letters, cards, and printed copies of emails relating to LGBTQI youth media coverage and fundraising. Event files include information about events hosted by WAF, containing photographs, invitations, notes, financials, activity instructions, event guidelines, and a plaque honoring Tom Myers awarded at a WAF event. There are also resource files relating to organizations and topics relevant to WAF’s mission, containing brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings. Promotional materials include brochures, newsletters, fliers, and bumper stickers that provide information on WAF and its mission to the public. Where possible, original folder titles have been retained.

Dates

  • 1992-2015

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Historical Note

We Are Family (WAF) is a nonprofit organization that provides support, resources, and leadership development opportunities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex (LGBTQI) and straight ally youth. Founded in 1995 by Tom Myers after his son came out as gay, the organization initially focused on the use of direct mail to provide information to people that LGBTQI youth might seek out for counsel and support. In 1997 the organization moved into its first office space located at 93 Spring Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. That same year WAF began SafeSpace, a support group for LGBTQI youth, which continues to this day. In 1997, Warren Redman-Gress was hired, later becoming the executive director, and working at WAF until 2000. In 1998 and 1999, WAF co-hosted the “Growing Up Gay” conference with PFLAG, Lowcountry AIDS Services, and the Lowcountry Gay & Lesbian Alliance. From around 2002 to 2006, WAF had offices at 327 Folly Road, Unit B in Charleston. From the end of 2006 through 2010, WAF had no paid staff or physical office space. Melissa Moore became the executive director in 2010 and continued in that position through 2018. In 2018 WAF briefly partnered with the City of Charleston to operate the “All of Us” day center at 529 Meeting Street in Charleston. That same year the organization moved out of that location to 1801 Reynolds Avenue, Unit B in North Charleston, South Carolina, where they had their offices and a thrift store, Closet Case Thrift Store. Housed in the same building is the Alliance for Full Acceptance and Charleston Pride, the location acting as a resource center for the Charleston-area LGBTQI community. Nijeeah Richardson became the executive director of WAF in 2019.

Extent

1.67 linear feet (4 document boxes, 2 DVDs)

Abstract

Board meeting files, financial records, strategic planning files, correspondence, event files, resource files, and promotional materials documenting the activities of We Are Family (WAF), a North Charleston, South Carolina-based nonprofit organization that provides support, resources, and leadership development opportunities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex (LGBTQI) and straight ally youth.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Board meeting files, 1995-2012
  2. Financial records, 1995-2012
  3. Strategic planning files, 1997-2006
  4. Correspondence, 2000-2015
  5. Event files, 1998-2015
  6. Resource files, 1992-2013
  7. Promotional materials, 1996-1997, circa 2013

Acquisition Information

Materials donated in 2018 by We Are Family.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Related materials in Special Collections include an Interview with Melissa Moore, February 19, 2019 (Mss LGBTQ-OH-034).

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Thayer, November 2019.

Source

Creator

Title
Inventory of the We Are Family (WAF) Records, 1992-2015
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Rebecca Thayer; finding aid created by: Rebecca Thayer
Date
2019
Description rules
Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supported the processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections
College of Charleston Library
66 George Street Charleston
Charleston South Carolina 29424
(843) 953-8016