Burns (Ken) awards collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
Coll2014-023
Finding Aid Author
Loni Shibuyama
Finding Aid Date
(c) 2014
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description
Description is in <language langcode="eng" scriptcode="Latn">English.</language>
Sponsor
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Dates

  • 1955 – 1998 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 flat archive box.

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Notes

  • Abstract

    Four awards, 1955-1998, given to Ken Burns, former President of the Mattachine Society during the 1950s. Included is a Mattachine Society honorary membership plaque given to Burns in 1955.

  • Historical Note

    Kennith H. Burns grew up in Southern California and briefly attended the University of Southern California before joining the medical corps. After World War II, he began studying for the Episcopal priesthood, but left by the 1950s and was working as an insurance adjuster. In the early 1950s, Burns became a member of the Mattachine Society in Los Angeles. He later became chairman of the Coordinating Council in 1953, and oversaw numerous activities in Mattachine Society chapters in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.

    By 1953, there was a growing schism between the Mattachine's members. In two conventions that year, the membership elected a new slate of leaders including Burns, replacing founder Harry Hay and his followers. Burns was elected President of the Mattachine Society, where he stayed for three years until conflict over the editorial content of the Mattachine Review led him to resign from his office. His lover at the time, Dale Olson, resigned from the Mattachine as well.

    Source:

    Sears, James T. Behind the Mask of the Mattachine: The Hal Call Chronicles and the Early Movement for Homosexual Emancipation. New York: Harrington Park Press, 2006.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Acquisition

    Collection acquired December 29, 2007, donor unknown.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Ken Burns Awards Collection, Coll2014-023, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

  • Processing Information

    Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, May 2014.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection comprises two award plaques, 1 inscribed plate, and 1 award certificate, 1955-1998, given to Ken Burns, former President of the Mattachine Society during the 1950s. Included is a Mattachine Society honorary membership plaque given to Burns in 1955.

  • Arrangement

    This collection is arranged chronologically.

  • Related Archival Materials

    Mattachine Society Project Collection, Coll2008-016, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Instances

  • Type
    Mixed Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    1

Components