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Finding aid of the Allen Young Papers

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, © 2008

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Young, Allen, 1941-
Title
Allen Young papers
Collection no.
Coll2008.004
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1977-1979
Date [inclusive]
1975-1987
Extent
6.2 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
3 archive boxes + 3 archive cartons + 2 oversize flat boxes, (6.2 linear feet).
Language
English
Abstract
Manuscripts, survey responses, correspondence, galley proofs, notes, and miscellaneous typescripts created and collected by writer, journalist and activist Allen Young. The bulk of the collection consists of materials relating to the gay male portion of The Gay Report: Lesbians and Gay Men Speak Out About Sexual Experiences & Lifestyles (1979), the first comprehensive survey of the homosexual community, which Young co-authored with writer Karla Jay. The collection also includes materials relating to the article, "The Gay Report on Sexually Transmitted Diseases," published in the  American Journal of Public Health (1981), on which Young collaborated with Karla Jay, Don Barrett and William W. Darrow.

Preferred Citation

Allen Young Papers, Coll2008-004, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Biography

Allen Young was born in Liberty, New York in 1941, and spent his childhood on a poultry farm in the Catskill Mountains. An openly gay writer, journalist and activist, he earned an MA from Columbia School of Journalism and a second MA from Stanford University's Institute of Latin American Studies. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from the Inter-American Press Association, which allowed him to live and research in Brazil and Chile. Young has written on gay liberation, politics and Latin America for numerous publications, including The Advocate,  Gay Sunshine,  The Body Politic,  Fag Rag,  Christian Science Monitor,  The New York Times and the  New Left Review (London). He has also been a staff writer for  The Washington Post and the  Liberation News Service, and was once characterized by the CIA as an "infamous homosexual writer."

In 1970, Young met lesbian writer, Karla Jay, with whom he shared similar interests in the gay liberation movement. The two began a professional partnership and went on to collaborate on several projects. Together they edited a few seminal books, including Out of the Closest: Voices from Gay Liberation (1972),  After You're Out: Personal Experiences of Gay Men and Lesbian Women (1975), and  Lavender Culture (1978). In 1977, Young and Jay began researching and writing  The Gay Report: Lesbians and Gay Men Speak Out About Sexual Experiences & Lifestyles (1979), which is described as "the first comprehensive survey of the homosexual community."

In 1973, Young moved to Royalston, in rural Massachusetts, where he has lived as a writer and antiwar and community activist. In 1983, he founded Millers River Publishing Company, which focused on publishing books of regional interests. After retiring, Young continued to be an active community advocate for protecting the farms and forests of his rural Massachusetts home. In 2004, he received the Writing and Society Award from the University of Massachusetts English Department, honoring a distinguished career of commitment to the work of writing in the world. In addition to his collaboration with Karla Jay, Young is the author of twelve other books, including Gays Under the Cuban Revolution (1981) and  North of Quabbin Revisited: A Guide to Nine Massachusetts Towns (2002).

As of March 2008, Allen Young continues to live in Massachusetts.

Sources: Allen Young Papers, Coll2008-004, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Jay, Karla and Allen Young. The Gay Report: Lesbians and Gay Men Speak Out About Sexual Experiences & Lifestyles. New York: Summit Books, 1979.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of manuscripts, survey responses, correspondence, galley proofs, notes and miscellaneous typescripts created or collected by writer, journalist and activist, Allen Young. The collection is divided into two series: (1) The Gay Report and (2) Other Publications and Miscellaneous Material. The first series, which forms the bulk of the collection, relates to the research and publication of  The Gay Report: Lesbians and Gay Men Speak Out About Sexual Experiences & Lifestyles, the first comprehensive survey of the homosexual community, based on a 1977 survey of over 5,000 gay men and lesbian women, which Young co-authored with writer Karla Jay and published in 1979. The materials relate primarily to the gay male portion of the study (the lesbian materials are in Box 22, Karla Jay Papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, New York Public Library). The second series consists of material not directly related to  The Gay Report. It includes manuscripts and correspondence relating to the article, "The Gay Report on Sexually Transmitted Diseases," on which Young collaborated with Karla Jay, Don Barrett and William W. Darrow, which was published in the  American Journal of Public Health in 1981, as well as  The Millers River Reader, a book Young edited and published through his Millers River Publishing Company in 1987.

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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

Donor and date of gift unknown.

Processing Information

Formerly housed in boxes 103-105; 103-112; 103-113; 104-009 and 104-2. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, March 13, 2008.

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

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Related Materials

Related Material

Allen Young Papers, Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00520 (last accessed, December 1, 2009).

Karla Jay Papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, New York Public Library, http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/spe/rbk/faids/jay.html (last accessed, March 13, 2008).

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Jay, Karla, 1947-
  • Young, Allen, 1941-

Subject(s)

  • Gay men--Health & social issues--United States
  • Gay men--Sexual behavior
  • Homosexuality--Research--United States
  • Sex surveys--United States
  • Sexual behavior surveys--United States

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. The Gay Report 1976 - 1984   6.0 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content

This series contains material related to the research and publication of The Gay Report: Lesbians and Gay Men Speak Out About Sexual Experiences & Lifestyles. It is divided into three subseries: (1)  The Gay Report [book], (2) Sexuality Survey and (3) Correspondence.

 Subseries 1.1. The Gay Report 1976 - 1979   2.9 linear feet.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries includes manuscripts, galley proofs, publicity materials, and notes directly related to the publication of The Gay Report. The bulk of the materials consists of the chapters written by Young himself. Most of the notes are those of Don Barrett, a social-science computer specialist who tallied the questionnaire results in 1978.

Box Folder

 "Sex Book" Prospectus circa 1976 - 1977 

1 1

 Manuscripts circa 1978 

Box Folder

 Chapter One Draft circa 1978 

1 2

 [Chapter 7] "The Social Lives of Gay Men" circa 1978 

1 3

 [Chapter 15] "Gay Male Fantasies and Masturbation" circa 1978 

1 4

 [Chapter 17] "Gay Male Hang-ups and Anxieties" circa 1978 

1 5

 Miscellaneous Draft Pages circa 1978 

1 6

 Appendix circa 1978 

1 7
Box Folder

 Don Barrett's Coding Instructions 1977 

5 1 (oversize)

 Don Barrett's Notes 1978 

5 2 (oversize)

 Galley Proofs (1 of 3) 1978 

6 1 - 9

 Galley Proofs (2 of 3) 1978 

7 1 - 20

 Galley Proofs (3 of 3) 1978 

8 1 - 20

 Advance Uncorrected Proof 1979 

1 8

 Publicity 1977 - 1979 

5 3 (oversize)

 Subseries 1.2. Sexuality Survey 1977   2.9 linear feet.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises the gay male and lesbian sexuality surveys and the responses collected from over 4,000 gay men and 1 lesbian woman (the majority of the lesbian portion of the study is not included in this collection). The 1977 questionnaire, which provided the data for The Gay Report, is divided into two parts: "Part One" is the short answer section of the survey, and "Part Two" is the long answer, or essay, section. The "Part Two" responses are arranged by Respondent number (#E5000 – 9961) or by survey question numbers (Question #1 – 26).

Box Folder

 Gay Male Questionnaire 1977 

1 9

 Lesbian Questionnaire 1977 

1 10

 Gay Male Survey Part One Responses 1977 

5 4 - 6 (oversize)

 Gay Male Survey Part Two 

 Respondents 1977 

Box Folder

 #E5000 - 5099 1977 

1 11

 #E5100 - 5199 1977 

1 12

 #E5200 - 5299 1977 

1 13

 #E5300 - 5399 1977 

1 14

 #E5400 - 5499 1977 

1 15

 #E5500 - 5550 1977 

1 16

 #E5551 - 5599 1977 

1 17

 #E5600 - 5650 1977 

1 18

 #E5651 - 5699 1977 

1 19

 #E5700 - 5799 1977 

1 20

 #E5800 - 5850 1977 

1 21

 #E5851 - 5899 1977 

1 22

 #E5900 - 5950 1977 

2 1

 #E5951 - 5999 1977 

2 2

 #E6000 - 6099 1977 

2 3

 #E6100 - 6199 1977 

2 4

 #E6200 - 6250 1977 

2 5

 #E6251 - 6299 1977 

2 6

 #E6300 - 6350 1977 

2 7

 #E6351 - 6399 1977 

2 8

 #E6400 - 6450 1977 

2 9

 #E6451 - 6499 1977 

2 10

 #E6500 - 6599 1977 

2 11

 #E6600 - 6650 1977 

2 12

 #E6651 - 6699 1977 

2 13

 #E6700 - 6760 1977 

2 14

 #E6761 - 6799 1977 

2 15

 #E6800 - 6850 1977 

2 16

 #E6851 - 6899 1977 

2 17

 #E6900 - 6921 1977 

2 18

 #E7600 - 9961 1977 

2 19

 Not Numbered 1977 

2 20

 Survey Questions 1977 

Box Folder

 #1 and #10 - Miscellaneous 1977 

2 21

 #2 - General comments on sex acts 1977 

2 22

 #2 (a, b) - Anal 1977 

3 1

 #2 (a, b) - Anal intercourse 1977 

3 2

 #2 (a, b) - Anilingus (Rimming) 1977 

3 3

 #2 (a, b) - Fellatio 1977 

3 4

 #2 (a, b) - Fingerfucking 1977 

3 5

 #2 (a, b) - Kissing 1977 

3 6

 #2 (a, b) - Manual stimulation 1977 

3 7

 #2 (a, b) - Rubbing 1977 

3 8

 #3 - Male genitals 1977 

3 9

 #4 (19a) - Sado-masochism 1977 

3 10

 #4 (19b) - Bondage and discipline 1977 

3 11

 #4 (19c) - Humiliation 1977 

3 12

 #4 (19d) - Talking dirty 1977 

3 13

 #4 (19e) - Jocks, underwear 1977 

3 14

 #4 (19f) - Boots, leather 1977 

3 15

 #4 (19m, n) - Threesomes, orgies 1977 

3 16

 #4 (19p) - Masturbation during phone call 1977 

3 17

 #6 - Hang-ups 1977 

3 18

 #7 - Importance of sex 1977 

3 19

 #8 - Love and emotion 1977 

3 20

 #9 - Funny and scary 1977 

3 21

 #9 - Rape 1977 

3 22

 #11 - Gay men socialism 1977 

3 23

 #13 (a, b, c) - Lover, relationship 1977 

3 24

 #13 (d, e) - Single life 1977 

3 25

 #14 - Role play 1977 

3 26

 #15 - Type, characteristics for lover 1977 

3 27

 #16 - Meeting men 1977 

3 28 - 29

 #17 - Self image 1977 

3 30

 #19 - Coming out 1977 

3 31 - 32

 #20 - Telling others, secrecy 1977 

3 33 - 34

 #21 - Telling about being gay 1977 

3 35

 #22 - Oppression 1977 

3 36

 #23 - Politics 1977 

3 37

 #24 - Feminism 1977 

3 38

 #25 (a) - Celibacy, asexuality 1977 

3 39

 #25 (b) - Sex with women 1977 

3 40

 #25 (c) - Bisexuality 1977 

3 41

 #25 (d) - Marriage 1977 

3 42

 #25 (d) - Gay marriage 1977 

3 43

 #25 (e) - Children 1977 

3 44

 #25 (f) - Drugs 1977 

3 45

 #25 (g) - Transvestism 1977 

3 46

 #25 (h) - Transsexualism 1977 

3 47

 #25 (i) - Therapy 1977 

3 48

 #25 (j) - Suicide 1977 

3 49

 #25 (k) - Race, class, age difference 1977 

3 50

 #25 (l) - Aging 1977 

3 51

 #25 (n) - Pornography 1977 

3 52

 #25 (o) - Sexual jealousy 1977 

3 53

 #25 (p) - Monogamy 1977 

3 54

 #25 (q) - Quarrels 1977 

3 55

 #25 (r) - Violence 1977 

3 56

 #25 (s) - Prison 1977 

3 57

 #25 (t) - Religion 1977 

3 58

 #25 (u) - Incest 1977 

3 59

 #25 (v) - Residence 1977 

3 60

 #26 - Overall opinion of survey 1977 

3 61

 Miscellaneous Responses (found loose) 1977 

3 62
Box Folder

 Lesbian Survey Response 1977 

4 1

 Subseries 1.3. Correspondence 1977 - 1984   0.2 linear feet.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises correspondence, in particular, with Karla Jay and Summit Books (Simon & Schuster), as well as correspondence related to the 1977 distribution of the sexuality survey and general comments or inquiries regarding Young and Jay’s research for The Gay Report.

Box Folder

 General 1977 - 1979 

4 2 - 4

 Jay, Karla 1977 - 1984 

4 5

 Summit Books (Simon & Schuster) 1977 - 1979 

4 6

 Survey Distribution 1977 

4 7

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Series 2:  Series 2. Other Publications and Miscellaneous Material 1975 - 1987   0.2 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content

This series includes material not directly related to The Gay Report. The bulk of the series consists of correspondence and manuscripts relating to "The Gay Report on Sexually Transmitted Diseases," a 1981 article for the  American Journal of Public Health, written by Young in collaboration with Karla Jay, Don Barrett and William W. Darrow.

Box Folder

 Affidavit of Karla Jay in Gay Student Services vs. Texas A&M University 1983 

4 8

 "The Gay Report on Sexually Transmitted Diseases" 1979 - 1983 

Box Folder

 Manuscripts 1979 - 1983 

4 9

 Correspondence 1979 - 1983 

4 10
Box Folder

 "Homosexuality Goes to School" National Public Radio transcript April 1976 

4 11

 The Millers River Reader. Ed. Allen Young. Massachusetts: Millers River Publishing Company, . 1987 

4 12

 Miscellaneous Material 1975 - 1977 

5 7

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