McNaught, Brian Papers

Span Dates: 1970-2004
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 21.6 cubic ft.


Correspondence, subject files, newspaper clippings, resumes, manuscripts, notes, audiocassettes and videocassettes and other material documenting McNaught's career as a sexuality activist, a church activist, writer, and sensitivity trainer. Topics include the controversy of gays in the Catholic Church, AIDS training and awareness, homophobia in the workplace, and gay rights. Includes numerous letters from appreciators and detractors of McNaught's work, newspaper articles about McNaught, and copies of his books and video programs. Also includes a daily diary kept during a hunger strike and civil rights battle with the Catholic Church in Detroit, 1974. In addition to the Catholic Church, organizations figuring prominently in the collection include The National Council of Churches, the United States Catholic Conference, the Call to Action, Catholics for Gay Rights, Dignity, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the Workshop on Sexuality at Cazenovia, and the Boston Mayor's Committee on AIDS. Publications in which McNaught appears include The Michigan Catholic (in which his column "Write On" appeared), and Esplanade. Correspondents include Malcolm Boyd, Barbara Gittings, Elaine Noble, David McWhirter, Tim McFeeley, Troy Perry, Jack Baker, Lester Kirkendal, and Sol Gordon. Also, reports, pamphlets, journals, books, and ephemera on social and political aspects of sexuality, homosexuality and AIDS. Materials and final report of The Boston Project, "a year long study by the City of Boston, in conjunction with the Gay and Lesbian Community, of how we might better meet the needs of this often neglected constituency," for which McNaught served as Liaison to the gay and lesbian community.

Hist/Bio Note

See his biography in the Profiles Gallery of this website.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available online.


This collection is located in the Human Sexuality Collection at Kroch Library, Cornell University.


Catholic (Roman) | McNaught, Brian | Dignity | AIDS | Author/editor | Boston | Detroit | Massachusetts | Michigan | Bryant, Anita