April 28, 2014

Newly available collections are constantly popping up at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, and researchers can now access thousands of historic records and photographs from previously untouched collections.

An “underground celebrity,” Miles Everitt became known for his photography of nude African American men often against a black background. Everitt was born in 1912 in Oregon and later moved to Los Angeles between 1920 and 1930. After serving in World War 2, he began photographing African-American male models and learned to develop his own film and slides to avoid the censorship and confiscation of works by film developers. Little else is known about Everitt.  The Jack Fritscher and Patricia Morrisroe biographies of Robert Mapplethorpe mention Mapplethorpe meeting Everitt in Los Angeles during the late 1970s or early 1980s; and—according to biographer Morrisroe—Everitt is said to have been a major influence in Mapplethorpe’s work. The bulk of Everitt’s collection dates from the early 1960s to the late 1980s. He used a variety of camera equipment and film formats, and he experimented with shooting outdoors, various backgrounds, and stop-motion photography. Everitt deeded his collection to ONE Archives upon his death in 1994, and the collection includes thousands of photographic prints, negatives, slides, and related documents representing 30 years of his work.

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Miles Everitt. Proof Sheet, 1972. Gelatin silver print. Miles Everitt Photographs. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

The Christopher Street West Association (CSW) was formed in 1970 to organize a parade to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. The concept of a celebratory parade, championing the right to march, and naming of the association were the result of a collaborative effort by community leaders Reverend Bob Humphries, Morris Kight, and Reverend Troy Perry. The first parade did come about easily, however.  That year, the Los Angeles Police Commission required bonds totaling over $1.5 million. The ACLU was contacted and Attorney Herbert Selwyn appealed the Commission’s demand before the Superior Court of California. The court ordered the issuing of the permit and charged the police department with the responsibility to protect the parade participants as any other citizen. CSW became the first and only organization to obtain a parade permit for its 1970 commemorative parade, which marched down Hollywood Blvd. In 1979 the festival and parade were moved to an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, later known as the City of West Hollywood.  The collection includes photographs, slides, clippings, analysis of media coverage, fliers, videocassettes, resolutions, and other material documenting every parade and festival from 1970 to 2010.

 

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The USC entry in the 1995 Pride parade, celebrating 25 years of Pride. Christopher Street West Association (CSW) Records. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Latina lesbian women and their supporters march in an early 1980s Pride parade.
Latina lesbians and their supporters march in an early 1980s Pride parade. Christopher Street West Association (CSW) Records. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

These and several other collections are now available for research thanks to the generous financial support of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Find out more about the archival collections at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries here.

 

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