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August Collection of the Month: Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. Records

CD cover of a Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C. releaseSpecial Collections is pleased to announce the opening of the records of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., a 30-year-old D.C. institution with more than 225 singing members. You may have seen or heard news coverage of them singing the national anthem on the steps of the Supreme Court following the landmark June 26 decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C. (GMCW) was founded in 1981, inspired by a performance of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at the Kennedy Center. The GMCW performs in venues throughout the D.C. area and has toured nationally and internationally and recorded over a dozen albums.

These organizational records date from 1980-2007, and include programs and posters, recordings, photographs, memorabilia, meeting minutes, fundraising records, and administrative files. This is a rich collection for anyone interested in the performing arts in D.C. Request this collection from Special Collections, and come learn how the group began, browse the programs from their performances, or just listen to some of their CDs from the past 30 years. For more information on this collection, please browse the finding aid at:

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