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Edgar H. Leoni papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2007-019

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of correspondence, drafts and copies of Leoni's writings, both under his real name and under his pseudonym of Noel I. Garde, research files on the occult and on gays in literature and history, diaries, photographs, and miscellaneous ephemera. The collection is divided into five series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings, (3) Research Files, (4) Personal, and (5) Miscellaneous.


  • 1935 - 1995
  • Majority of material found within 1956 - 1985



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

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).


Edgar Hugh Leoni was born in 1925. He graduated BA from Harvard in 1945, and later earned an MA from Columbia. He worked in the insurance industry in New York City, and retired to Clearwater, Florida.

Leoni's intellectual interests were the work of Nostradamus and the homosexual in literature and history. His Nostradamus: Life and LiteratureNostradamus: Life and Literature (New York 1961) was in its time considered the standard work on the subject. He published on homosexual themes under the name "Noel I. Garde", an anagram of his real name. As Garde he published The Homosexual in Literature (New York 1959) and Jonathan to Gide: The Homosexual in HistoryJonathan to Gide: The Homosexual in History (New York 1964), and contributed articles, book reviews, and notes to both the Mattachine Review and the ONE Institute Quarterly in the late 1950s and early 1960s.


2.8 Linear Feet (7 archive cartons)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of correspondence, writings, drafts, copies, research files, diaries, photographs, and miscellaneous ephemera, of Edgar H. Leoni, author under his real name of Nostradamus: Life and Literature (1961), and under his pseudonym of Noel I. Garde of Jonathan to Gide: The Homosexual in History (1964).

Acquisition Information

Papers donated to the International Gay & Lesbian Archives in 1992 by Edgar H. Leoni.

Separated Materials

Separated to the ONE periodical collection:

HIV/AIDS Surveillance, October 1991.

New Dimensions, v.2, no.2.

Professional Advisory Council calendar, March 1979.

PWA Coaliition Newsline, no.52, February 1990; no.63 March 1991.

SCW News, v.3, no.2, March 1979.

Spinning Off, v.2, no. 12-14, 1979.

You 'N' Rights, San Gabriel Valley Coalition for Human Rights, v.2, no.1, January 15, 1979.

Separated to ONE's non-LGBT magazine cover story collection:

New York, "Q an A on AIDS," v.20, no.12, March 23, 1987.

Separated to the ONE subject files and ONE performing arts collections:

Clippings regarding HIV/AIDS; venereal diseases; gay rights movement; and gay-related theater, books, and film.


Pan Russia Institute of Technical Information. Synopotic Journal: Journal of Abstracts, 18. Physics. 1992.

UFO Literature Reference Guide and Catalog. Arcturus Book Service. 1981.

General Physical Description note

6 archive cartons + 1 archive shoebox.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, December 31, 2007.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Accrual from box 103-295 has been processed Kyle Morgan in 2015.

Finding aid of the Edgar H. Leoni Papers
Michael P. Palmer
© 2008
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Finding aid written in: English
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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Los Angeles California 90007 United States
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