Scope and arrangement
The bulk of the papers (1970-78) which are contained in 4 boxes consists of a topical file of research notes, background papers, scripts and clippings of his articles and correspondence reflecting his work as a free-lance journalist reporting on the gay liberation movement. The remainder of the collection consists of papers relating to his work with the Gay Activists Alliance. Included in the topical file is a script of an interview with the English born novelist Christopher Isherwood which Bell conducted in 1972. Correspondents include Fitzroy Davis, Herbert French, Christopher Isherwood, and Morty Manford.
The papers relating to the Gay Activists Alliance include a file of minutes (May-Dec.1970) of meetings (including some minutes in Bell's own hand); correspondence by Bell as chairman of GAA's publicity committee, internal memoranda and other papers relative to the activities of GAA mainly during the period (1970-71) of Bell's active participation. In order to protect the privacy of individual persons some papers have been restricted.