Happy Foundation Archives

The Happy Foundation is a non-profit archive dedicated to the preservation of San Antonio’s LGBTQ history. Founder and curator Gene Elder began collecting materials in 1988, ultimately moving the collection to a back room of the downtown gay nightclub Bonham Exchange. The organization is named after Arthur “Happy” Veltman, a San Antonio entrepreneur who died of AIDS in 1988. In addition to owning multiple gay bars, including Bonham Exchange, Veltman was also involved in the development of the San Antonio River Walk and Blue Star Arts Complex. 

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World AIDS Day Die-In (1996)
Home video capturing a die-in demonstration at San Antonio’s Patio of States in observation of World AIDS...
World AIDS Day Die-In (1990)
Home video capturing a die-in demonstration at San Antonio’s Patio of States in observation of World AIDS...
Wedding Cake Liberation Event (2005)
Home video of a Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas event opposing Texas Proposition 2 and its ban on marri...
San Antonio Lesbian Gay Assembly Meeting (1993)
Home video of a 1993 meeting of the San Antonio Lesbian Gay Assembly with updates from the Lesbian/Gay Ri...
San Antonio AIDS Foundation Reception (1991)
Home video capturing the open house reception for the newly renovated San Antonio AIDS Foundation on Marc...
San Antonio Pride (1998)
Home video of the 1998 San Antonio Pride parade and festival, including routines by Cheer Dallas
Oral History of Harassment of San Antonio Gay Bars (1993)
Happy Foundation founder Gene Elder and businesswoman Kay Ford recount stories of police and military har...
Leo Garza Demonstration (1993)
Home video of a demonstration outside San Antonio’s Hertzberg Circus Museum protesting an exhibition feat...
Freethought Forum: Stonewall Riots and LGBTQ Pride (1992)
1992 episode of Freethough Forum, a public-access television program in San Antonio, that considers matte...
Freethought Forum: National Coming Out Day (1992)
1992 episode of Freethough Forum, a public-access television program in San Antonio, that considers Natio...