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Robert Clark photographs and papers

 Collection
Identifier: Coll2012-139

Scope and Contents

Photographs, papers, and organizational records of Robert Clark primarily documenting his life and travels, 1992-2003, as well as AIDS organizations in the Illinois and Missouri area, 1991-2001. The collection includes photographs of St. Louis area and national LGBT-related events, photographs of presumed gay or bisexual men from the turn of the 19th century, photograph albums and VHS of Robert Clark and Tom Gibbons' lives and travels together, and home movies from the 1950s. The collection also includes meeting minutes, reports, directories, correspondence, pamphlets, project proposals, program descriptions, financial records, and fliers of AIDS services organizations based in Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio, 1989-2001.

Dates

  • circa 1850-2003

Creator

Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Clark is a gay rights activist from the St. Louis area. He lived in Los Angeles with his partner, Tom Gibbons. Gibbons and Clark were together for more than 50 years and their domestic partnership was recognized by a certificate from the State of California in July 2003. They also received a certificate of commendation from the Mayor of West Hollywood, who declared July 9, 2000, to be Tom Gibbons and Bob Clark Day in the City of West Hollywood in honour of their 50th anniversary.

Extent

4.6 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Photographs, papers, and organizational records of Robert Clark primarily documenting his life and travels, 1992-2003, as well as AIDS organizations in the Illinois and Missouri area, 1991-2001. Robert Clark, a gay rights activist from the St. Louis area, lived with his partner Tom Gibbons for over 50 years.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series:

Series 1. Photographs, circa 1850-1937, 1991-2001

Series 2. Photograph albums of Tom Gibbons and Robert Clark, 1999-2003

Series 3. AIDS-related records, 1989-1999

Series 4. VHS and drawings, circa 1950-2000

Acquisition Information

Photograph albums, VHS, and portraits donated by Alice Clifner, December 17, 2011. Other materials donated by Robert J. Clark at an unknown time.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2014. Accrual processed by Claire Forsyth, 2016.

Creator

Title
Finding Aid to the Robert Clark Photographs and Papers, circa 1850-1937, 1989-2001
Status
Completed
Author
Kyle Morgan, 2014; Claire Forsyth, 2016.
Date
© 2014; 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Initial processing of this collection was funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

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

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