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Finding Aid to the Atlas Savings & Loan Collection, 1979-1990
GLC 48  
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Description
The collection contains a small amount of Atlas Savings & Loan business correspondence and records including bylaws, publicity, promotional materials, mailings to shareholders. Atlas Savings & Loan Association was the first financial institution established by and for gays and lesbians in the United States.
Background
Atlas Savings & Loan Association was the first financial institution established by gays and lesbians in the United States. John Schmidt, its chairman, along with ten gay directors, including two women, formed Atlas in 1980 in San Francisco. The savings and loan opened for business in November 1981 and identified the gay and lesbian community as its primary market. In August 1982 Atlas opened a branch on 18th and Castro Streets and by January 1985 had three branches in San Francisco. By June 1985 Atlas began to suffer as a result of bad construction loans, joint ventures and shared loans with two other savings and loans. In August 1985 Atlas was declared insolvent. The Federal Home Loan Bank Board took control of the savings and loan in July 1986 and its assets were sold to Empire Savings of New York.
Extent
1 carton 1.0 cubic ft.
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Availability
The collection is open for research. Please call the San Francisco History Center for hours and information at 415-557-4567.