May 9, 2013

As mentioned in previous newsletters, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries is proud to be the recipient of a generous grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC).  Through this grant, we will be able to catalog and make accessible hundreds of collections never before available to the public.

And things are moving along fast!  ONE has already processed more than 60 collections through the NHPRC grant, and researchers are now able to access:

  • The records of Beth Chayim Chadashim, the nation’s first LGBTQ synagogue founded in Los Angeles in 1972.  As a progressive community of LGBTQ Jews, BCC was also a pioneer in creating the first gender-neutral prayer book.


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Beth Chayim Chadashim, date unknown. Beth Chayim Chadashim. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
  • The papers and photographs of Lynn Edward Harris, an actor, lecturer and intersex person who was also the winner of the Costa Mesa Junior Miss pageant in 1968.  Born intersexed, Harris was raised as female but later became an intersex advocate and spokesperson after going through a number of legal battles resulting from not having a legal gender.


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Lynn Edward Harris decorating a Christmas tree after winning the Costa Mesa Jr. Miss 1968 pageant. 1968.  Lynn Edward Harris Papers. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
  • The records and photographs from Southern California Woman for Understanding, founded in 1976 and formed to create a supportive environment for women and lesbians.  The collection includes hundreds of photographs and editorial content used in the publication of the organization’s newsletter.


SCWU Board of Directors 5th Anniversary, 1981. Southern California Woman for Understanding Records. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
  • The records from the International Association of Black and White Men Together, founded in 1980 to foster supportive environments where racial and cultural barriers can be overcome.  A BWMT group first formed in San Francisco in 1980, and within the first year, 30 chapters sprung up in cities throughout the US.


 BWMT, Photograph by Pat Rocco, c. 1980s. Pat Rocco Photographs. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
  • Manuscripts and drawings from the Underground Erotic Graphics and Literature Collection, anonymously (and crudely) published collection of gay male erotic short stories created between the 1940s-80s.  Sometimes with illustrations, sometimes not, these short fictional works were photocopied numerous times and distributed secretly as result of growing censorship in the 1950s.



Illustration from “Outhouse Story,” date unknown. Underground Erotic Graphics and Literature Collection. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries


As well as records from:

  •  ACLU gay rights attorneys Susan McGreivy and Jon Davidson
  • Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Artists
  • Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays
  • Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
  • Lambda Literary Foundation
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA)
  • Long Beach Center
  • Outfest
  • Riverside Coalition Against Discrimination
  • Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club
  • Los Angeles Shanti

And the personal papers of:

  • Arch Brown
  • Daniel Warner
  • Gregg Strom
  • Henry Gerber
  • Jesse Jacobs
  • Jim Yousling
  • Joan Corbin
  • John Paul Hudson
  • Robert Craig
  • Scott Masters
  • Sidney Bronstein
  • Steve Berman
  • Valerie Johnson

ONE would like to thank the NHPRC for their generous grant and ONE’s many donors for your continued support.