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Lou Chibbaro Washington Blade senior reporter files (Lou Chibbaro donation)

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS2395

Scope and Contents

This collection contains reporter's notes (in the form of notebooks, notepads, and subject files); audio cassettes; video cassettes; reel to reel film; reporter badges; professional Rolodex; miscellaneous publications; and newsclippings. The materials date from 1976-2020, with the bulk of the material from 2000-2017.

This collection does not contain physical copies of The Blade newspaper or the administrative records of the publishing operation.

Dates

  • 1976-2020
  • Majority of material found within 1990-2019

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is currently undergoing restriction review. Materials that need to be restricted have been removed from their original folders and placed into restricted boxes. Please contact Special Collections to request materials from Series 1.

Conditions Governing Use

The audiovisual materials in this collection will need to be digitized before researchers can access them. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Biographical / Historical

Lou Chibbaro, Jr. officially joined the staff of the Blade as a full-time news reporter in 1984, but he had been writing for the Washington Blade as a freelance writer since 1977. He has covered many beats for the Blade including the federal agencies, elections, the Supreme Court, Congress and the White House. His reporting has focused on gay civil rights, and gay rights legislation. He has also written about crime and criminal trials involving anti-gay violence and hate crimes.

First published in 1969, The Washington Blade has grown becoming the weekly news source for Washington’s large and visible Gay community. The Blade has been recognized by The Society of Professional Journalists, The American Bar Association, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and others, as a highly professional news organization.

(Note adapted from MS2245, Lou Chibbaro Washington Blade senior reporter files (Washington Blade donation))

Extent

145 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Lou Chibbaro, Jr. is a reporter for The Washington Blade. After starting out as a freelance writer in 1976, he joined the Blade staff full-time in 1984. He has covered many beats for the Blade including the federal agencies, elections, the Supreme Court, Congress and the White House. His reporting has focused on gay civil rights, and gay rights legislation. He has also written about crime and criminal trials involving anti-gay violence and hate crimes.

This collection contains reporter's notes (in the form of notebooks, notepads, and subject files); audio cassettes; video cassettes; reel to reel film; reporter badges; professional Rolodex; publications; and newsclippings. The materials date from 1976-2020, with the bulk of the material from 2000-2017.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: Subject folders, reporters notebooks, and legal pads; Audiovisual materials; and Personal materials.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lou Chibbaro, 2021 (2021.003)

Related Materials

In the Special Collections Research Center: MS2245 Lou Chibbaro Washington Blade senior reporter files (Washington Blade donation)

At the DC Public Library, The People's Archive: Researchers can access digitized versions of The Blade through DCPL's online resources. Not all years are available online, but some maybe available in physical versions.

At the Library of Congress: MSS85786 Lilli Vincenz papers--Vincenz was the founder of The Washington Blade, with Nancy Tucker

Processing Information

The title of this collection was originally "Lou Chibbaro Washington Blade reporter files" but was changed to "Lou Chibbaro Washington Blade senior reporter files (Lou Chibbaro donation)" in April-May 2022. This was done to standardize collection titles across the two Lou Chibbaro/Washington Blade collections and to avoid confusion over the two collections, since they have different donors. The original collection--MS2245--will change from "Washington Blade Lou Chibbaro senior reporter files" to "Lou Chibbaro Washington Blade senior reporter files (Washington Blade donation)."

Processing Information

During processing, box number 26 was skipped and not used. Box 27 comes after Box 25 in Series 1. There is no missing Box 26--it was simply not used.

Title
Guide to the Lou Chibbaro Washington Blade senior reporter files (Lou Chibbaro donation), 1976-2020
Status
In Progress
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America