William S. Tom photographs
Scope and Content of Collection
Slides and photographs, 1964-2006, taken at sporting and Gay Pride events in California, New York, and in Europe; at Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence in New Orleans; at MCC General Conferences; and at gay-oriented events relating to the Asian Pacific community in the Continental US and Thailand. Sporting events include Gymfest, held annually in September at Santa Monica Beach; Gay Games 3 (Vancouver, 1990), 4 (New York, 1994), and 5 (Amsterdam, 1998), and various swim meets and lifeguard and bodybuilding contests held in Southern California. Gay Pride events include Christopher Street West, Los Angeles (from 1972), and pride parades in San Francisco, Long Beach, San Diego, Stonewall 25 (1994) in New York, and Christopher Street Day celebrations in Germany (from 1996), and gay pride events in Thailand (from 1998). MCC General Conferences include Atlanta (1973), Washington, DC (1976), Toronto (1983), Sacramento (1985), St. Paul (1989), and Sydney (1997). The slides predominate for the period 1964-1989; for the period 1989-1994 there is some overlap, with several events documented in both slides and photographs.
- Tom, William S., 1931-2016 (Person)
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
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William S. Tom died on September 27, 2016, in Hollywood, California. He was born on June 5, 1931. The sole surviving brother of James L. Tom, in Oakland, California and the uncle of Dana and Allison Tom. Tom graduated from University of Berkeley with a Bachelors of Science in mathematics and a Master of Business of Administration from California Lutheran College. He worked at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake, California and the Naval Missile Test Center in Point Mugu, California until his retirement. He taught at the Ventura Community College after retirement and volunteered at an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Center in Van Nuys helping seniors with their income tax [forms]. He was a world traveler until his passing with many friends in Southern California, Germany, and Thailand. He was past-president of Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends (A/PGF) and treasurer of International Friendship Conference (IFcon). - "Bill Tom Memorial, November 05, 2016." Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends. http://www.apgf.org/photo-gallery/2016-photo-gallery/bill-tom-memorial-dinner/ (November 09, 2016).
11.8 Linear Feet (7 archive cartons + 9 archive binder boxes)
Language of Materials
Slides and photographs, 1964-2006, taken at sporting and Gay Pride events in California (Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco), New York, and in Europe; at Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence in New Orleans; at MCC General Conferences; and at gay-oriented events relating to the Asian Pacific community in the Continental US and Thailand.
Arranged in two series: (1) slides and (2) photographs, each arranged chronologically.
Gift of William S. Tom, April 1, 2007.
Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, May 22, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Additional collection materials added by Kyle Morgan, 2015.
- Asian Pacific Gays and Friends
- Christopher Street West Association
- Folsom Street (San Francisco, Calif.)
- Gay games (3rd : 1990 : Vancouver, B.C.)
- Gay games (4th : 1994 : New York)
- Gay games (5th : 1998 : Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Gay pride celebrations -- California -- Los Angeles
- Gay pride celebrations -- Germany
- Gay pride parades -- California -- Long Beach
- Gay pride parades -- California -- San Diego
- Gay pride parades -- California -- San Francisco
- Gay pride parades -- Germany
- Gay pride parades -- Thailand
- Gymnastics -- California
- International Friendship Weekend
- Mardi Gras -- New Orleans (La.)
- Tom, William S., 1931-2016
- Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches
- Finding aid of the William S. Tom Photographs Coll2008.017
- Michael P. Palmer
- © 2008
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- Finding aid written in: English