White, Mel and Daryl Lach Collection

Span Dates: 1974-2015
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 22 linear feet


Materials related to Mel White’s ministry and LGBTQ advocacy, particularly in relation to Fundamentalist Christianity, and supported by Daryl Lach’s extensive collection. These include sermons, correspondence, documents related to non-violent protest and direct actions, fundraising and other materials related to organizations both for and against acceptance of LGBTQ people in the Christian community, clippings, video cassettes, audio cassettes, DVDs and teaching materials. The bulk of the materials are from the 1990s and early 2000s.

Hist/Bio Note

James Melville "Mel" White is an influential author, filmmaker, spokesman and clergyman raised as an Evangelical Christian. In his fifties, he became an effective and outspoken advocate for gay rights, openly confronting Evangelical leaders for their anti-homosexual rhetoric. For more information, see his profile. Daryl Lach has extensively collected in the area of "Voices of the Christian Right in American Politics and Culture at the Turn of the 21st Century."

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available through the Online Archives of California. An inventory of the collection is also available at https://cdn.calisphere.org/data/13030/64/c8794b64/files/WhiteLachinventory-092220.pdf .


The collection is held at the Graduate Theological Union. Berkeley, California 94709


White, Mel | MCC | Evangelical | Soulforce | Author/editor | Activist (religious institutions)