Stan Freitas papers
Scope and Content
This collection contains administrative records, newsletters, correspondence, printed ephemera, notes, photographs, negatives, a plaque, and miscellaneous materials from Stan Freitas, who served as President of the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA) from 1985 to 1987, and was also involved in Aid for AIDS and a number of other activist organizations. The bulk of the material consists of administrative records from SCGBA, which was organized by bar and restaurant owners in 1979 to provide services and support for the Los Angeles gay community. The collection is divided into two series: (1) Southern California Gay Bartenders Association and (2) Other Organizations and Activities. The first series contains the administrative records of the SCGBA, including meeting minutes, newsletters and correspondence, as well as photographs and negatives documenting SCGBA events. The second series documents Freitas' involvement in Aid for AIDS and other community organizations such as The Triangle Project, the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and Sunset Junction. Notably, this series includes minutes, bylaws and reports from Aid for AIDS, mostly dating from 1986 when Freitas was most active in Aid for AIDS and the SCGBA.
- Freitas, Stan (Person)
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
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).
On April 30, 1979, a group of bartenders and bar-associated people met at the Frog Pond Restaurant in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The meeting was called by Michael Varady of the Silver Dollar Saloon and Dale Driscoll to "sensitize bartenders as to what is happening both politically and functionally within and for the gay community [so that those bartenders] could relate to what is happening to their customers." This group was later named the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA). A volunteer social services organization, the SCGBA had monthly meetings at various locations throughout Los Angeles in the years 1979 to 1987. The general membership meetings included group discussion, event planning, community announcements and guest speakers, such as gay and lesbian activists. At SCGBA's most active period, the group raised money for and organized community projects and social events, placed bartenders in jobs, and published a monthly newsletter, The Bar Rag.
Biography for Stan Freitas to be supplied at a later date.
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Language of Materials
Minutes, correspondence, printed ephemera, administrative records, notes, photographs and miscellaneous materials from activist and businessman Stan Freitas, who served as the President of the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA) from 1985 until it ended its operations 1987. The bulk of the collection consists of administrative records of the SCGBA, which was organized by bar and restaurant owners in 1979 to provide support and services for the Los Angeles gay community. The materials in the collection also document Freitas' involvement in AIDS activism and include papers from Aid for AIDS, as well as several other AIDS and gay activist organizations.
Donor and date of acquisition unknown.
Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, July 2, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
- Finding aid of the Stan Freitas Papers Coll2008.032
- Loni Shibuyama
- © 2008
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- Finding aid written in: English