Rick Mechtly cinema clippings collection
Scope and Content
The bulk of the collection consists of articles, columns, and reviews regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender actors, motion pictures, and film festivals. Mechtly culled clippings from a variety of mainstream and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender magazines and newspapers, 1966-2011. The clippings includes Jack Babuscio's column, Screen Gays, Stephen Bourne's articles and columns, and many others. To a lesser extent the collection contains correspondence from Bourne and others to Mechtly.
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.
While living in Hollywood, California, in the early 1970s, Rick Mechtly discover Vito Russo's column in the New York newspaper, GAY. Enthralled by Russo's pithy remarks, Mechtly started to assemble a collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film related articles, columns, and reviews. After GAY folded, Mechtly wrote the editor, Jack Nichols, asking him to forward a letter to Russo. Russo contacted Mechtly in 1978 and they briefly chatted about Mechtly's preservation of Russo's columns. Russo insisted that Mechtly had the beginnings of a collection and suggested he make himself the "community's clipper." For more obscure clippings, Russo put him in touch with Peter Lowry, founder of the New York City Gay Film Festival, and Brenda Webb, founder of the Chicago Gay Film Festival.
In 1981 Russo suggested that Mechtly share some of his oldest clippings with Larry Horne. Horne and others at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) were planning the first Los Angeles International Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival, which later became known as Outfest. In 1987 Mechtly and Horne finally met at the festival.
In early 1988 Mechtly contacted Russo, inquiring about his inspiration for gay film writing. As he suspected, Russo was greatly influenced by Jack Babuscio, a writer for London’s Gay Times. Mechtly offered to collect the (recently deceased) Babuscio's columns, in their entirety, for Russo. Of the nearly ninety columns, Mechtly already possessed three dozen. From there, he sought help from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, where another three dozen columns were uncovered. And at the recommendation of Horne, he contacted Stephen Bourne from the British Film Institute in London. Bourne assisted Mechtly in recovering the remaining columns. Upon receiving this gift, Russo called Mechtly to express his gratitude for the Babuscio collection.
Edited from Rick Mechley's text by Stacy Syroka
3.8 Linear Feet (3 records boxes)
Language of Materials
Clippings of articles, columns, and reviews regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender actors, motion pictures, and film festivals. The clippings were culled from a variety of mainstream and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender magazines and newspapers, 1966-2011. Mechtly began collecting film clippings in the 1970s. Vito Russo introduced Metchly to other columnists and film festival directors to further the collection of clippings.
This collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Columns and correspondence
Series 2. Clippings
Deed of gift dated, December 15, 2012.
Collection processed by staff, December 2012.
- Finding Aid of Rick Mechtly Cinema Clippings
- Michael C. Oliveira
- © 2012
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- Description is in English.
- Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.