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International Gay and Lesbian Archives records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2012-002

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises minutes, reports, corporation papers, correspondence, legal papers, financial records, collections management records, publicity material, exhibition material, photographs, ephemera, audiocassettes, computer disks and exhibition displays from the International Gay and Lesbian Archives (IGLA), 1979-1994, an archive dedicated to collecting materials related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. It should be noted that the primary scope of this collection includes IGLA materials up until it merged with ONE Institute in the Fall of 1994. Some materials in this collection, however, extend beyond the 1994 merger.

The Incorporation and Board of Directors Series includes articles of incorporation, minutes, correspondence and other files pertaining to the activities of IGLA's board of directors.

The Administration Series includes materials relating to the on-going and day-to-day activities of IGLA's staff and volunteers, including--but not limited to--fundraising, membership, donor relations, newsletter publication, office maintenance, personnel and volunteer administration.

The Collections Management and Projects Series includes material documenting IGLA's archival collections, as well as the historical and educational manuscripts and projects that are produced from those collections.

The General Correspondence Series comprises correspondence between IGLA and its members, donors, researchers and others.

The Financial Records Series comprises budget and financial statements, as well as tax return documents.

The Promotional Material and Events Series comprises flyers, mailers, press releases and other material related to IGLA's special events and public programs. This series also includes extensive artists files related to IGLA's 1986 event, "Naked Eyes: A Celebration of Gay Men's Visual Art."

The Photographs Series comprises photographs, negatives and slides documenting IGLA and its activities.

The Audiotapes and Floppy Disks Series comprises audiocassettes with an interview with Jim Kepner and a lecture with board member, Ernie Potvin; and floppy disks, mostly with computer files of IGLA's catalog and database.

The Poster and Exhibition Panels and Displays Series includes promotional posters and signage for IGLA; as well as exhibition displays on gay and lesbian history.

The Awards and Realia Series comprises commendation certificates, an award plaque and buttons.

Dates

  • 1958 - 2002
  • Majority of material found within 1979 - 1994

Creator

Access

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

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish material must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives as the physical owner of the material. Note that permission to publish does not constitute copyright clearance. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials from the copyright holder(s).

Administrative History

In 1942 in San Francisco, Jim Kepner started collecting books on the gay and lesbian experience. It soon turned into a small private collection, which he then took with him to Los Angeles, then to New York, then to San Francisco again, before eventually settling in Los Angeles in 1951.

By the 1970s, after amassing a larger library of gay- and lesbian-related books and materials in his Torrance, California, apartment, Kepner began allowing researchers access to his collection. In 1975, he named it the Western Gay Archives (WGA). In 1979, a board of directors was created, the collection was incorporated in the State of California as the National Gay Archives: Natalie Barney/Edward Carpenter Library (NGA), and the materials were moved to an office at 1654 North Hudson Avenue in Hollywood, California. The archives changed its name to the International Gay & Lesbian Archives: Natalie Barney/Edward Carpenter Library (IGLA) in 1984. In 1988, the collection was moved to another office space on Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood.

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Kepner served as curator of IGLA. The operations were maintained by its board of directors, minimal staff and group of volunteers. In the Fall of 1994, the board of directors of IGLA and ONE Institute voted to merge the GLBT archival collections and libraries from both organizations. The boards of directors merged as well, and the resulting organization was named the ONE Institute/International Gay and Lesbian Archives.

Source: "Jim Kepner board materials and notes," Box 1, Folder 29, International Gay and Lesbian Archives Records, Coll2012-002, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Extent

28.5 Linear Feet ([14 archive boxes + 9 archive cartons + 6 archive shoeboxes + 3 archive binders + 1 mapcase drawer.])

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Minutes, reports, corporation papers, correspondence, legal papers, financial records, collections management records, publicity material, exhibition material, photographs, ephemera, audiocassettes, floppy disks and exhibition displays from the International Gay and Lesbian Archives (IGLA), an archive dedicated to collecting materials related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. The archives began as a result of Jim Kepner's efforts collecting GLBT materials beginning in the 1940s. In the 1970s, Kepner began allowing researchers into his apartment to conduct research on GLBT history. By 1975, he named his collection the Western Gay Archives (WGA); and in 1979, it was incorporated as the National Gay Archives: Natalie Barney/Edward Carpenter Library (NGA) and moved to offices in Hollywood, California.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Incorporation and board of directors

Series 2. Administration

Series 3. Collections management and projects

Series 4. General correspondence

Series 5. Financial records

Series 6. Promotional materials and events

Series 7. Photographs

Series 8. Audiotapes and floppy disks

Series 9. Posters and exhibition panels and displays

Series 10. Awards and realia

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were primarily created and collected by Jim Kepner, founder of the International Gay and Lesbian Archives (IGLA). Other portions of the collection were created by various members of IGLA's Board of Directors and staff, including--but not limited to--Gary Hundertmark, Walter Williams, Gary Steele, Olaf Odegaard, Pat Allen, David Moore, Donna Smith and others. In 1994, IGLA merged with ONE Institute to form the organization renamed ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. Additional personal materials from Kepner's estate were transferred to ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives following his death in 1997.

Related Materials

Jim Kepner Papers, Coll2011-002, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Processing Information

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Formerly boxes 103-009, 103-048, 103-057, 103-070, 103-155, 103-299, 103-329, 103-A142, 103-A143, 104-017, 104-018, 104-019, 104-021, A242, A243, A244, A245, A265. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, March 2012.
Title
Finding Aid to the International Gay and Lesbian Archives Records, 1958-2002
Status
Completed
Author
Loni Shibuyama
Date
(c) March 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is inEnglish.

Repository Details

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

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