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Manuel boyFrank papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2013-028

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, writings, and subject files of Manuel boyFrank, 1916-1984. The correspondence comprises letters written to and by boyFrank, including correspondence with Henry Gerber, Frank McCourt, and ONE Incorporated. The writings consist of unpublished stories written by boyFrank. The subject files consist of clippings, transcribed texts from published materials, correspondence, photographs, and notes and writings by boyFrank on various topics.


  • 1916-1984


Conditions Governing 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.


Manuel boyFrank was born on May 21, 1900, and raised in Oklahoma. Official records list him as Manuel Boyfrank, ONE Incorporated records list him as Monwell Boyfrank, and occasional correspondence has him using Manuel Boy Frank or Manuel boy Frank; however, he most commonly signed his correspondence as Manuel boyFrank. boyFrank served overseas in World War I, then remained enlisted in the armed forces with stints in the Army, Navy, and Coast Guard until retiring, line-of-duty-disabled, in 1940. boyFrank went to New York in 1930 where he met gay activist pioneers Henry Gerber and Frank McCourt, but upon his retirement in 1940, he moved to Southern California where he remained until the final years of his life. He held various jobs in Southern California before joining the Los Angeles Civil Service, from which he retired in 1965. boyFrank became a Vice President on the board of ONE Incorporated in 1964 and remained an officer until 1968. boyFrank died January 13, 1982.


4 Linear Feet (8 boxes.)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, writings, and subject files of Manuel boyFrank, 1916-1984. Manuel boyFrank was a military serviceman, ONE Incorporated board member, unpublished writer, and gay activist. The collection includes his 1940s correspondence with early gay activist pioneers Henry Gerber and Frank McCourt as well as his 1950s and 1960s correspondence with ONE Incorporated.


Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Related Archival Materials

Henry Gerber Collection, Coll2013-034, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

ONE Incorporated Records, Coll2011-001, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Separated Materials

The newsletter, Contacts Commentary (June-September 1939), by Henry Gerber, has been separated to the ONE Archives newsletter collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013. Additional materials added by Kyle Morgan, 2015.

  • Erotic catalogs and promotional material were separated and added to collection of like materials.
Finding aid to the Manuel boyFrank papers, 1916-1984
Kyle Morgan
(c) 2013
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Description is in English.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

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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