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J. David Latham psychological surveys

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2009-016

Scope and Content of Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of psychological surveys, 1977-1986, on homosexuality within heterosexual marriages, and on gay recovering alcoholics. The collection also includes a small number of audio recordings of interviews on the topic of homosexuality within heterosexual marriages. The remainder of the collection consists of other writings, coursework, printed research materials, correspondence, and administrative materials.


  • 1950 - 1986
  • Majority of material found within 1974 - 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).


James David Latham was born on January 20, 1954. He studied Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, and earned his M.A. in Psychology in April of 1986. The primary focus of his research was homosexuality within heterosexual marriages, but he also did a major study on gay recovering alcoholics. He was a member of the Association of Gay Psychologists, the Speaker's Bureau of the Orange County Gay Community Center, and the Council on Religion and the Homosexual. In addition to being an activist for gay rights, he was also active in the women's movement and the anti-war movement. His work history included positions as a youth director for a church, and as a research coordinator for the Federal Correctional Institution of Terminal Island, California. He died at the age of 32, in April of 1986.


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Language of Materials



Psychological surveys, research papers, correspondence, administrative materials, and printed research materials created by psychologist J. David Latham (1954-1986) in the course of his research on homosexuality within heterosexual marriages, and on gay recovering alcoholics.

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

General Physical Description note

9 record boxes + 2 archive cartons + 1 flat archive box.

Processing Information

Formerly boxes 103-249, 103-340, and 104-55 through 104-61. Collection processed by Stacy Wierenga, December 2, 2009.

Finding aid of the J. David Latham Psychological Surveys Coll2009.016
Stacy Wierenga
© 2010
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Language of description note
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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