B.L. Engineering, Inc. Archive (0504) The B.L. Engineering Inc. archive contains the papers of the civil engineering firm B.L. Engineering, Inc., including contracts, project files, financial records, plans and drawings. The firm, founded in 1969 and owned by the Cuban American Carlos Sebastian Lorente, worked on projects throughout Los Angeles and the region.
Backus (Jim and Henny) Collection (2026) Collection consists of screenplays in which either Jim Backus (1913-1989) or Henny Backus (1911- ) appeared, from 1940 to 1967. Includes radio scripts for The Jim Backus Show and recordings of the War Department Jubilee radio programs of the 1940s.
Bagley (Charles Leland) papers (0016) This collection contains the personal papers of Charles Leland Bagley, along with records pertaining to the American Federation of Musicians. Bagley was a musician and lawyer who lived in Los Angeles and who was active in the AFM Local 47 until his retirement in 1959. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, union publications, and ephemera.
Bainter (Fay) Collection (2077) Collection consists of stills and photographs, from 15 films and 20 stage plays; scripts of 15 stage plays and 6 television shows in which the actress Fay Bainter (1892-1968) appeared. Also includes personal documents, clippings and correspondence.
Bak (Sunny) photography collection (Coll2013.037) The collection includes Bak's medium format color transparenices/unmounted slides of Ashley Herrin and Catherine Angiel and alternative layouts for the June 21, 1993,
Newsweek cover story, "Lesbians Come Out Strong." The collection also contains Bak's images of lesbian women and couples on 10% Productions and G Gallery greeting cards, postcards and posters. Bak photographed hundreds of entertainers including members of 10,000 Maniacs, Madonna, and Philippe Saisse. She may be most well-known for her work on the Beastie Boys album,
Licensed to Ill.
Barber School of Speech scrapbook (0270) The Barber School of Speech scrapbook contains clippings, announcements, programs, notes, cards, and other types of printed ephemera, 1901-1980 (bulk 1922-1940), collected by Julia Barber, founder and director of the school. The scrapbook documents the activities of Mrs. Barber, a dramatic reader and speech coach, and her colleagues and pupils--their performances, recitals, debates, commencements, and public speaking appearances, both in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States.
Bard (Leland) collection on Michael Seyfrit (Coll2006.007) Musical compositions and published writings by composer Michael Seyfrit (1947-1994), including four instrumental compositions, a guide to the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection at the Library of Congress, and the piano and vocal scores and other materials relating to the musical
The Desert Peach, written with Donna Barr and T. Brian Wagner.
Barnes (B.W. Grant) papers (Coll2013.036) Reports and administrative files from the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), subject and research files, and personal papers (bulk, 1970-2000) from Attorney B.W. Grant Barnes. The collection includes extensive subject files pertaining to Barnes' research in international human rights laws; records documenting his work in the Individual Rights Section of the LACBA; and his personal writings, correspondence and other material documenting his involvement in numerous gay and lesbian organizations.
Barr (James) papers (Coll2008.043) Manuscripts, correspondence, clippings and photographs relating to gay author James W. Fugaté (1922-1995), who under the pseudonym James Barr, wrote the groundbreaking novel,
Quatrefoil (1950), as well as other gay-themed works, including a volume of short stories,
Derricks (1951), and a play,
Game of Fools (1955). The collection also includes manuscripts of short stories and of articles he contributed to homophile periodicals such as
Der Kreis and the
Mattachine Review; correspondence with his publishers and homophile organizations such as ONE, Inc.; and photographs of Fugaté dating back to 1952.
Barth (R. L.) Papers (0161) Manuscripts, paste-ups and file copies of small press poetry published by Barth ca. 1980-88; correspondence with poets Turner Cassity, Dick Davis, John Finlay, Charles Gullans, X. J. Kennedy, Janet Lewis, Timothy Steele, and Wesley Trimpi.
Bartron (Harry) papers (Coll2008.054) Writings, manuscripts, publications and photographs documenting the life of pantomime artist and poet Harry Bartron from 1927 to 2006. The bulk of the collection dates from 1978 to 2005 and consists of poetry exploring in particular Bartron's Roman Catholic faith and his homosexuality. Additional materials include liturgical materials, written for the Los Angeles chapter of Dignity/USA; autobiographical reminiscences; correspondence; and materials documenting Bartron's daily activities and his career as a pantomimist and his work as an advocate for GLBT seniors. The photographs include images of Bartron in costume and in performance, as well as photographs and snapshots of family and friends.
Beck (Brian Kevin) papers (Coll2013.119) Information packets, workshop material, letters to the editor, clippings, flyers, poetry, and gay organization material, circa 1970-2007, from writer and educator Brian Kevin Beck from Whitewater, Wisconsin. Included are articles and manifesto-like writings regarding homosexuality, homophobia, and the intersections of art and activism.
Bell (Alphonzo) papers (0215) Alphonzo Bell, Jr. (1914-2004) was a United States Congressman who represented the 27th and 28th Congressional Districts - which encompassed the communities of Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, and West Los Angeles - between 1961 and 1977. Materials within the collection date from the 1930s to the 1980s and document Bell's political career.
Bentley (Ester F.) photographs and papers (Coll2013.017) Photographs, negatives, correspondence, awards, clippings, audiocassettes, a videocassette, buttons, a banner, and memorabilia, circa 1940-2003, from lesbian activist, community organizer and social worker, Ester F. Bentley. The collection documents Bentley's professional career in community organizing in Kentucky and California, often working with disabled children. In particular, this collection also includes hundreds of photographs of Bentley and her friends and family throughout Bentley's life.
Berman (Lila) papers (0418) The Lila Berman papers consist of correspondence, memorandums, reports, and notes, collected and created by Lila Berman, that document the establishment and provision of mental health services in the Los Angeles area, 1965-1998. The bulk of the collection covers the passage of various mental health insurance bills in the California Assembly and State Senate, and the activities of the California Council on Mental Health's Citizens Advisory Council, of which Berman was the first chair.
Berman (Steve) papers (Coll2012.141) The Steve Berman papers are a collection of notes, correspondence, and personal information created and maintained by the psychologist and activist in the 1970s and 1980s. The bulk of the collection, from 1980-83, chronicles Berman’s life during and after college as he pursued his career in psychology and worked for greater rights and recognition for the gay and Jewish communities.
Berstl (Julius) papers (0031) Literary archive of the German emigre author and playwright Julius Berstl (1883-1975). The collection includes typescripts, manuscripts, personal and professional correspondence, personal and biographical documents, theater memorabilia, and a small number of literary journals, both in English and in German. Julius Berstl was born on August 6, 1883 in Bernburg, Germany to a theatrical family. Upon graduation from university, he became the dramaturg, or literary advisor, of the renowned Barnowsky Theaters in Berlin from 1909-1924. From 1924-1936, Berstl worked as dramaturg for the Berlin Gustav Kiepenheuer Theaters. During this period, Berstl wrote two of his most well-known plays: "Chu the Sinner" and "Dover-Calais." But with the rise of Hitler and the increasing restrictions on the creative arts, Berstl emigrated in 1936 to England. In 1943 he became a scriptwriter for the London BBC, for which he wrote over 60 radio dramas. He retired from his work at the BBC in 1951 and moved to New York City, where he began to write novels in earnest. His wife told him that after she died he should move to Santa Barbara; after she passed away in 1964, he kept with her wishes and moved. He lived in Santa Barbara until he passed away in 1975.
Beverly Foundation records (0420) The Beverly Foundation records, 1978-2008, consist of founding documents, Executive Committee and Board of Trustees meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, reports and publications, and 35mm slides from Walter H. Ettinger's book "Fitness after 50". The Beverly Foundation was formed on November 13, 1978 to (1) pilot, test and demonstrate innovative community programs that support the autonomy of older adults, (2) foster nationwide progress in long-term care administration and clinical care, and (3) conduct interdisciplinary research into systems and methods of care.
Bickford (Charles) Collection (2124) Collection consists of scrapbooks, stills, radio transcriptions, clippings, publicity, photographs, and correspondence of the actor Charles Bickford (1889-1967) covering the period 1925-1967. Also includes theatre programs and awards.
Bieler Press broadsides (6042) This collection consists of a single broadside, "Rabbits Do Not Know What They Want", printed by Bieler Press for Granary Books (1986) and a suite of broadsides "intended to be an introduction to three local publishers of literature who practice the time-honored craft of letterpress printing," Bieler Press, The Hermetic Press, and Midnight Paper Sales Press.
Biscailuz (Eugene) scrapbooks (0216) This collection contains photograph scrapbooks kept by Eugene Biscailuz during his tenure as Los Angeles County Sheriff, as well as scrapbooks of newspaper clippings kept by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Biscailuz joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1907 and became Sheriff of Los Angeles County in 1932. He retired from the force in 1958.
Black and White Men Together records (Coll2012.171) The collection consists of the organizational records of the International Association, National Association, and regional chapters of Black and White Men Together, 1981-2006. Most of the records comprise those compiled by Charles Stewart as co-chair of the International Association, 1982-1983, and as a member of the Los Angeles chapter, 1981-1984. The collection also includes awards collected by former member and National Association co-chair Paul Cloutier and some post-1984 regional and national files by member Ken Pavlick. Black and White Men Together engages in educational, political, cultural and social activities as a means of dealing with racism, sexism, homophobia, and HIV/AIDS discrimination.
Blankenchip (John Edward) papers (0356) Papers of John Edward Blankenchip, professor emeritus of the USC School of Theatre. Blankenchip joined USC in 1955, just a decade after the drama department was founded by playwright and director William C. DeMille, and continued to teach classes in directing and experimental theatre at the school until a month before he died at the age of 89. Born in Independence, Kan., in 1919, he earned a BFA in design and directing from Carnegie Mellon University in 1941. He immediately went to Yale University, attaining an MFA in design and directing in 1943. For the next three years, first as assistant to designer Harry Horner and then on his own, he designed scenery, costumes and lighting both on and off Broadway. From Broadway, Blankenchip moved to teaching. After eight years on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, he decided to spend his 1955 sabbatical working as a designer at USC. James H. Butler, then head of the drama department, offered him a teaching position. Blankenchip accepted and had been teaching at USC ever since. Blankenchip founded, produced and directed Festival Theatre USC-USA, a company comprised of USC students and alumni who were the first American artists to perform on the Fringe of the Edinburgh International Festival. From 1966 to 2005, the company mounted 23 seasons on the Fringe; performed in London, Amsterdam and Paris; and completed three tours for the AMERIKA houses in Germany for the U.S. State Department. He received Fringe First Awards for the British premieres of Buried Child and Follies. He directed the acclaimed production of Vivien at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in London, off Broadway and in Los Angeles at the Tiffany Theatre. Blankenchip also designed at Tanglewood, the Guild Opera and the La Jolla Playhouse. and he directed and designed for the Ebony Showcase. He was Ray Bradbury's preferred designer at his Pandemonium Theatre Company. Blankenchip's professionalism manifested itself through former students who have gone on to successful careers both in and out of the theatre. He played a key role in developing the original BFA and MFA theatre programs at USC, and from nearly the beginning, has been vital to the School of Theatre's growing excellence. He died on April 1, 2009 after a brief illness.
Block (Martin F.) papers (Coll2006.001) Materials documenting Martin F. Block's activities as a writer, founder and first editor of
ONE Magazine, and as a board member of the Celebration Theatre, Hollywood, in the 1980s. The collection includes unpublished poetry and prose 1938-1953 and 1982-1984, by Block, Howard Griffin, and Ramon Mendez, as well as correspondence, clippings, ephemera, and a transcript of an interview relating to Block's career, personal life, and to the founding of ONE, Inc.
Boden (Reynold) Papers (0102) Collected sermons of Rev. Reynold B. Boden (1893-1965), British-born lecturer at USC on comparative religion, 1936-1953.
Bodybuilding photographs (Coll2013.109) The collection consists of 35mm slides and photographic prints of Mr. America, Mr. California, and other bodybuilding events in Southern California and Tijuana, Mexico, circa 1970-2000.
Bogardus (Emory) papers (0264) Papers, correspondence, and manuscripts of monograph of Dr. Emory Stephen Bogardus, the founder of the USC Department of Sociology and the School of Social Work, Dean Emeritus of The Graduate School at the University of Southern California, and world-renowned authority on "social distance".
Bonner (Charles) Papers (0023) Typescripts of Bonner's (1896-1965) novels Legacy (Knopf, 1940), Angel Casey (Knopf, 1941), and Ambition (Coward-McCann, 1946). Charles Bonner was born in 1896 in Brooklyn, NY. He was a newspaper reporter, and became a publicist in 1923. His first novel, The Fanatics, was published in 1932. Bonner moved to California in 1935 and became a full time writer of stories, novels, and screenplays. His novel Legacy was made into a film Adam Had Four Sons in 1941. He died in 1965.
Bottini (Ivy) papers (Coll2009.005) Journals, correspondence, contracts, clippings, notes, minutes, fliers, pamphlets, photographs, audiovisual material, etchings, t-shirts, buttons, and other material from comedian, artist and lesbian feminist, Ivy Bottini. One of the founding members of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Bottini was a married mother of two before coming out as a lesbian in 1968. She has been a community leader for numerous activist causes and organizations, including the No on Briggs and No on LaRouche campaigns, the Los Angeles Police Department's Gay and Lesbian Police Advisory Task Force, AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, and the affordable LGBT senior housing project, Triangle Square. The bulk of Bottini's collection is material relating to her comedy career, her consciousness-raising seminars, and her work for NOW and various LGBT causes. The collection also includes her art works; recordings of a radio program she hosted, called
It's a Gay Life; and her collection of t-shirts and buttons from feminist and LGBT organizations.
Bowles (Paul) Papers (0132) Correspondence, periodical appearances, tape recordings; typed draft and galleys for Bowles's autobiography, Without Stopping (Putnam, 1972). Also includes 1 large folder of scores, autographed programs, and manuscripts of Paul Bowles materials, donated by pianist Hannetta Clarke, who performed with Bowles on occasion. Some of those performances are documented in the papers.
Boydell (Fred) papers (Coll2008.047) Recollections and other autobiographical materials by Fred Boydell (1906-1987), recounting his experiences growing up gay in Scotland, his emigration to California in 1969, and his life as an older gay man in Hollywood.
boyFrank (Manuel) papers (Coll2013.028) 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.
Boyle (T. Coraghessan) typescripts (0152) Typescript drafts of the story, "The Zoo," written 1971-73 and first published in Texas Quarterly (Spring 1978). T. Coraghessan Boyle (b.1948) is a member of the USC faculty.
Bradbury (Bruce E.) papers (Coll2008.022) Photographs, correspondence, and other materials relating to the life and family of Bruce Bradbury (1923-1992). The documents include family correspondence, photographs, and 8-mm home movies. Other photographs, correspondence, and materials document Bradbury's service in the United States Merchant Marine, his creative writing (including a typescript of his novel
Who Are You, Billy Bingleman?), and his interest in motorcycles and tattoos.
Bradbury (Ray) papers (0160) Collection contains signed typescripts of Ray Bradbury's short stories "The Everlasting Clock," "The Man Upstairs," "Powerhouse," and "Skeleton." Also included in the collection are his introduction to Jules Verne's Mysterious Island and six letters from Bradbury to Dorothy Faulkner, dated 1950-1962.
Brahm (John) Collection (2092) Collection consists of annotated shooting scripts, 2 television scripts, stills and photographs of stage productions from the director John Brahm (1893-1982).
Braudy (Leo) papers (0297) Typescripts and galleys of Dr. Braudy's early monographs "Narrative form in history and fiction: Hume, Fielding & Gibbon" (1970), "Focus on Shoot the piano player" (1972), and "The world in a frame: what we see in films" (1976). Copies of radical newspapers and journals from the 1960s and 1970s.
Bridges (Sandie) scrapbook (5279) Scrapbook created by USC alumna Sandie Bridges. Includes photographs, clippings, programs, notes, and keepsakes documenting Bridges' undergraduate life.
Briggs (Benjamin Bennett, M.D.) family papers (0394) Dr. Benjamin Bennett Briggs was a horticulturist and medical doctor who originally came to California from Ohio during the Gold Rush but returned to Ohio where he married and established a medical practice. He later returned to California to continue with horticultural pursuits and was one of the founders of La Crescenta, where he hoped to establish a health resort. Though he died before he could accomplish all his dreams, today's Crescenta-Canada valley was home to many sanitariums and health resorts owing to its excellent quality of air. Briggs is also remembered for having started the first school in the valley, the first church, the first public park, and the first full-time medical practice in the area. Shedding light on the daily lives of one of Southern California's pioneer families, the Briggs family papers is a small but historically important resource.
Bromilow (Peter) collection on gay motorcycle clubs (Coll2013.086) Event flyers, paste-ups, programs, notes and membership certificates from Southern California gay motorcycle clubs, 1967-1994, collected by Peter Bromilow. The collection documents Bromilow's participation in several gay motorcycle clubs, dating back to the 1960s.
Bronson (Lillian) papers (0126) This collection contains ephemera, correspondence, and clippings documenting the career of stage and film actress Lillian Bronson (1902-1955). Bronson appeared in more than eighty films and was Fonzi’s grandmother on the television show Happy Days.
Bronstein (Sidney) papers (Coll2013.007) Manuscripts, notebook journals, photographs, correspondence, drawings, poetry and other material, 1939-1968, from gay artist and poet, Sidney Bronstein. Though little is known about Bronstein, materials in the collection document his contributions to gay and lesbian publications, as well as his sexual interest in servicemen. This interest is revealed in his art works and in a journal, or log book, detailing information about each of his sexual encounters with servicemen.
Brown (Arch) collection (Coll2012.146) The collection consists of flyers, press materials, playbills, advertisements, reviews, and occasional administrative records for Arch Brown's films and plays, 1973-2007. Arch Brown has published and/or produced award-winning plays and film, written theater criticism and essays on media and the arts, and is a founder of the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation and of G-MAN, the Gay Men’s Arts Network.
Brown (Rayner) Papers (1002) This collection contains the music scores, manuscripts and books of American composer, organist and teacher, and USC alumnus Rayner Brown (1912-1999). American organist, composer, and teacher Rayner Brown was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1912, and died in Los Angeles, California in 1999. He earned his BM and MM at USC, and served as the principle organist for the Wilshire Presbyterian Church from 1941 to 1977.
Brown (Ross) theater photographs (0314) This collection contains stereoscopic and 35mm slides and black and white photographs taken of Los Angeles theatre and ballet performances. The photographs in the collection were taken by Ross Brown, who photographed performances in Southern California in the 1940s and 1950s.
Bukowski (Charles) papers (0155) Drafts of Women, Factotum, Ham on Rye, Post Office, and Barfly; screenplays based on Bukowski's (1920-1994) fiction; periodical appearances; tape recordings; ephemera.
Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project records (0226) The collection spans from 1938 to 1997 and consists of items related to the redevelopment of Bunker Hill: legal documents, reports, studies, brochures, proposals, serials, books, photographs, design proposals, and Community Redevelopment Agency studies.
Burke (Billie) Papers (2114) Collection consists of 240 production stills from Burke films; miscellaneous publicity and promotional photographs; 50 radio scripts;3 scrapbooks of clippings; and personal photographs, concerning the actress Billie Burke (1885-1970), all covering 1907-19.
Burke (Yvonne Brathwaite) papers: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (0218.2) The Yvonne Brathwaite Burke papers contain the records of the political activities of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, University of Southern California Gould Law School alumna, state and federal legislator, and county official. Included in this collection are the records from Burke's second tenure on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (1992-2008).
Burns and Allen Collection (2024) Collection consists of 82 volumes of radio scripts (1932-1950); 57 volumes of television scripts (1950-1958) for The Burns and Allen Show; 12 scrapbooks and 11 boxes of clippings; 600 disc recordings; 220 16mm films of The Burns and Allen Show. This represents work of radio and television personalities and actors George Burns (1896-1996) and Gracie Allen (1902-1964) from 1931-1959.
Burton (Jay) Collection (2028) Collection consists of 150 sketches and scripts for The Texaco Star Theatre (1948- 1953); 36 sketches and scripts for The Buick-Berle Show (1954-55); 76 scripts for The Perry Como Show (1955-59); 4 scripts for The Julius Larosa Show (1957); 11 volumes of monologues for Milton Berle. Covers work of writer Jay Burton (d. 1993) from 1948-1959.
Busendorfer (Albert P.) papers (Coll2013.062) Manuscripts, scripts, notebooks, clippings and magazines, anthologies, organizational flyers and other material, 1986-2009, from gay writer, Albert P. Busendorfer. The collection includes Busendorfer's published and unpublished short stories, poetry and novels. Materials also document his involvement in senior citizen organizations.
Button (John) nude male drawings (Coll2013.015) The collection consists of drawings of nude men made by John Button in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Button's nude drawings are documents of his connections with gay culture which included his presence in the initial stages of the Mattachine Society and the formation of ONE Incorporated.