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Don Slater/Homosexual Information Center collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2013-085

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, membership records, publications, promotional material, clippings, subject files, financial records, and court records of the Homosexual Information Center, 1965-1998. Includes records of the National Planning Conference of Homophile Organizations and the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations, 1966-1970. Also includes the personal correspondence, financial records, medical and insurance records, photographs, and memorial service materials of Don Slater, 1957-1997.

Dates

  • 1957-1998

Creator

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.

Biography

Donald Rutherford Slater was born in Pasadena, California, on August 21, 1923. He served in World War II before rheumatic fever resulted in his honorable discharge. He enrolled at the University of Southern California and received a degree in English literature. In 1951 Slater joined the Mattachine Society, and in 1952 was one of the founders of ONE Incorporated, which published the first national gay and lesbian periodical, ONE Magazine. Actively involved in the publication of the magazine, Slater became managing editor in 1958. A disagreement between Slater and business manager Dorr Legg in 1965 sparked a battle over control of ONE that led to competing ONE publications. When Legg won the right to use the name ONE later that year, Slater started his own organization, the Homosexual Information Center (HIC), and periodical, Tangents. Slater died on February 14, 1997, survived by his partner of over 50 years, Tony Reyes.

Sources:

"Don Slater, 1921-1997: A Gay Rights Pioneer Remembered by his Friends." Homosexual Information Center, 1997.

Hansen, Joseph. A Few Doors West of Hope: The Life and Times of the Dauntless Don Slater. Homosexual Information Center, 1998.

Extent

2.9 Linear Feet (3 boxes.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Correspondence, membership records, publications, promotional material, clippings, subject files, financial records, and court records of the Homosexual Information Center, 1965-1998. Also includes the personal correspondence, financial records, medical and insurance records, photographs, and memorial service materials of Don Slater, 1957-1997. A longtime Los Angeles gay activist, Don Slater was one of the founders of ONE Incorporated in 1952 and the founder of the Homosexual Information Center in 1965.

Acquisition

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Separated to the ONE program and periodical collections

Alert, News from the UFMCC on AIDS Legislation, Education, Research, and Treatment (May 1992).

Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches General Conference XVI (July 18-25, 1993).

ZAP!, published by homophiles of Penn State (December 1974).

Open-reel audiotapes separated to the ONE audiovisual collection

Interviews recorded on 7-inch open-reel audiotapes for the KPFK 90.7 FM show Homosexuality Today.

Dr Clarence Colwell interviewed by Joseph Hansen, January 15, 1970.

Howard Fox, Randy Schroeder, and Ralph Shaffer of the Gay Liberation Front. Moderator: Joseph Hansen. August 11, 1970. (unknown if broadcast)

Ken Gual of SCREW interviewed by Joseph Hansen, Part 1 and 2, March 27, 1970. (2 reels)

Leo E. Laurence interviewed by Joseph Hansen, 1970.

Marcus Overseth interviewed by Joseph Hansen, February 6, 1970. (2 reels)

Other separated recordings

Don Slater lecture on equal rights at California State, Los Angeles. January 15, 1965. 7-inch open-reel audiotape.

Tangents meetings, February 20, 1970, and March 27, 1970. 7-inch open-reel audiotape.

Hay-Burnside-Pine, track 1; HIC board meeting, January 20, 1970, track 2. 5-inch open-reel audiotape.

Processing Information

Formerly box 103-306. Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013.
Title
Finding Aid to the Don Slater/Homosexual Information Center Collection, 1957-1998
Status
Completed
Author
Kyle Morgan
Date
(c) 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
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

Contact:
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Los Angeles California 90007 United States
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