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Finding aid of the Kenneth L. Wiederhold Papers

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, © 2008

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Wiederhold, Kenneth L., 1946-1995
Title
Kenneth L. Wiederhold papers
Collection no.
Coll2007.018
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1962-1994
Date [inclusive]
1951-1995
Extent
10.0 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
6 archive cartons + 1 banker's box + 19 scrapbook album boxes, (10 linear feet).
Language
English
Abstract
Journals and scrapbooks containing photographs, gift cards, newspaper clippings, textiles, ephemera, handwritten notes, and miscellaneous typescripts documenting the life of Kenneth L. Wiederhold, a gay man from Michigan who became an active participant in the Los Angeles gay community from the 1970s through the 1990s. Most of the scrapbooks were compiled by Wiederhold himself, ranging from his early childhood in 1950's Michigan to his death from AIDS in 1995. Some scrapbooks, however, were compiled by a family member or friend after his death. The materials document such events as Wiederhold's time in the Researve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at Michigan State University, vacations and gatherings, participation in gay organizations such as SAGA and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, and his wedding to Drew Staffen in 1994.

Preferred Citation

Kenneth L. Wiederhold papers, Coll2007-018, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Biography

Kenneth L. Wiederhold was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on January 26, 1946, the fourth child of Henry and Freda Wiederhold. He graduated from Creston High School, where he participated in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), in 1964. After graduating from Michigan State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, Wiederhold moved to Los Angeles, where he worked for Blue Cross, and, from the late 1970s, for Citi-Corp Bank, where he rose to the rank of Vice President. In 1977, he enrolled at Pepperdine University, from which he received an MA in Psychology in 1981. Wiederhold and his then partner became involved with EST (Erhard Seminars Training) and the Advocate Experience in the late 1970s, and later were very active with the Recreation Committee of SAGA (Gay Ski, Snowboard and Social Club), of which Wiederhold served as Vice President in 1984-1985 and President in 1985-1986. He was also later involved with the funding and remodeling of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center. After several long-term relationships, in 1994, Wiederhold met Drew Staffen, whom he married at their Los Angeles home in September of that year in front of friends and family. Wiederhold died of AIDS on July 22, 1995.

Source: Ron Morse, Box #24, 1995 Scrapbook, Kenneth L. Wiederhold Papers, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection consists of journals and scrapbooks created by Kenneth L. Wiederhold, a gay man from Michigan who became a businessman and an active participant in the Los Angeles gay community from the 1970s through the 1990s. The earliest materials in the collection date from his childhood in Michigan in the 1950s, and the latest materials come from his memorial after his death in 1995. The collection is divided into two series: (1) Journals and (2) Scrapbooks. The materials document events relevant to Wiederhold's life, including his time in the ROTC at Michigan State University, his participation in the Los Angeles gay community, and his wedding to Drew Staffen in 1994.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2008
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Access

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

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Kenneth L. Wiederhold Trust, April 17, 1996.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, December 29, 2007.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Gay Community Services Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Gay/Lesbian Community Services Center
  • L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center
  • United States--Army--Reserve Officers' Training Corps

Personal Name(s)

  • Staffen, Drew
  • Wiederhold, Kenneth L., 1946-1995

Subject(s)

  • Gays--California--Los Angeles
  • Homosexuality--Social Aspects
  • Same-sex marriage

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Journals 1978 - 1994   0.9

Series Scope and Content

This series consists of daily journals written by Kenneth Wiederhold, dating from 1978 to 1994. They are arranged chronologically.

Box-folder

  1978 

22

  1979 

22

  1980 

22

  1981 

23

  1982 

23

  1983 

23

  1984 

23

  1985 

24

  1986 

24

  1987 

24

  1988 

24

  1989 

24

  1990 

24

  1991 

24

  1992 

24

  1993 

24

  1994 

24

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Series 2:  Series 2. Scrapbooks 1951 - 1995   9.1

Series Scope and Content

This series consists of scrapbooks compiled by Wiederhold or by a member of his family or friends. The scrapbooks contain photographs, gift cards, newspaper clippings, textiles, ephemera, handwritten notes and miscellaneous typescripts relevant to Wiederhold's life. The earliest materials date from Wiederhold's childhood in Michigan in the 1950s, and the latest materials come from his memorial after his death in 1995. The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.

Box-folder

  1951 - 1964   2 scrapbooks

1

  1962 - 1964   3 scrapbooks

2

  1964 - 1976   1 scrapbook

3
Box-folders Folder

 Michigan State University (MSU) Album 1964 - 1965 

21 1-6
Box-folder

  1977   2 scrapbooks

4

  1978   2 scrapbooks

5

  1979   2 scrapbooks

6

  1980   2 scrapbooks

7

  1981   2 scrapbooks

8

  1982   2 scrapbooks

9

  1983   2 scrapbooks

10

  1984   2 scrapbooks

11

  1985   2 scrapbooks

12

  1986   2 scrapbooks

13

  1987   2 scrapbooks

14

  1988   2 scrapbooks

15

  1989   2 scrapbooks

16

  1990   2 scrapbooks

17

  1991   2 scrapbooks

18

  1992   2 scrapbooks

19

  1993   1 scrapbook

20

  1994   1 scrapbook

20
Box Folder

 Ken Wiederhold & Drew Staffen Wedding Album September 4, 1994 

21 7
Box-folder

  1995   1 scrapbook

20
Box Folder

 Untitled b&w photograph found loose Undated 

21 8

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