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Fred Boydell papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2008-047

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of computer printouts of materials written by Boydell between 1984 and 1987. The bulk of these materials consists of Boydell's reminiscences, covering his life in Scotland from 1906 to 1969, his sexual awakening and experiences, his marriage and daughter, and his first years in Los Angeles. Sex and I, extracted from his autiobiography, recounts his sexual experiences to the age of six; Sex and Sammy is a fictionalized version of this account. Joly's bar contains Boydell's recollections of one of the oldest gay bars in Los Angeles. The correspondence includes printouts of two letters from 1984, to friends or family members, relating to music synthesizers. The ONE Inc. materials include Boydell's proposal to catalog the organization's audio-visual materials.


  • 1984-1986



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).


Fred Boydell was born in Scotland on September 9, 1906, the son of a dairy farmer. His father died when Boydell was thirteen, and he was apprenticed to a manufacturer. He eventually settled near Glasgow. Although he realized he was gay before his teens, he married in his 30s; his wife, who was aware of his sexual orientation, died after approximately ten years, leaving a young daughter. In 1969, facing mandatory retirement, Boydell accepted the invitation of a friend, an antiques dealer in Los Angeles, to move to California and help him run the business. In Los Angeles, he became involved with the Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts (SPREE). He later volunteered his services with ONE, Inc. He died in Los Angeles in February 1987.

Source: Fred Boydell Papers, Coll2008-047, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.


.4 Linear Feet (1 archive carton)

Language of Materials



Recollections and other autobiographical materials by Fred Boydell (1906-1987), recounting his experiences growing up gay in Scotland, his emigration to California in 1969, and his life as an older gay man in Hollywood.

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, June 30, 2008.

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

Materials added to the collection by Kyle Morgan, 2015.

Finding aid of the Fred Boydell Papers, 1984-1987
Michael P. Palmer
© 2008
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Finding aid written in: English

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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