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Finding aid of the James Morrow Papers

Finding aid prepared by Andrew J. Lau, © 2008

Summary Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Morrow, James
James Morrow papers
Collection no.
Date [inclusive]
1.3 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
1 archive carton + 1 flat archive box.
Mixed materials [Box]
Materials created and collected by James (Jim) Morrow, including a photograph album, autograph books, and miscellaneous items from A Different Light Bookstore, in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles; organizational papers from institutions with which Morrow was associated (Emergence and the Alliance); bibliographical notes and article photocopies on GLBT youth and suicide; notes from self-defense workshops and a panel on hate crimes and gay-bashing; and personal items.

Preferred Citation

James Morrow papers, Coll2008-018, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Biography to be supplied at a later date.

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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains a photograph album, autograph books, event fliers, correspondence, newsletters and miscellaneous materials relating to A Different Light Bookstore, collected by James Morrow. The photograph album was prepared by Ann Bradley for the 5th anniversary celebration of A Different Light in 1984, and includes photographs from the bookstore's earliest days; at the end are several similar pages of photographs from the 10th anniversary celebration in 1989. The collection also includes administrative papers for two organizations: Emergence and the Alliance. Miscellaneous materials include: a checklist of lesbian and gay landmarks in Los Angeles; a program for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (November 22, 1981); a photocopy of an article in the  Village Voice (November 3, 1998) and other materials concerning the Coors Boycott; a questionnaire from the National Advisory Group, "Policing Lesbian and Gay Communities," about experiences and attitudes of lesbians and gay men regarding reporting homophobic-related crime to the police; a program from a memorial service for author Paul Monette; and one copy of  Art Papers: Representing Lesbian Subjectivities [November/December, 1994; 18 (6)]. Additionally, the collection includes Morrow's notes from various workshops in which he participated on self-defense and hate crimes, as well as cards sent to him from his peers.

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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


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

Donated by James Morrow, date unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Andrew J. Lau, May 16, 2008.

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

Personal Name(s)

  • Morrow, James


  • Bookstores
  • Gay activists--United States--California
  • Gay authors--United States--20th century
  • Gay youth--Suicide
  • Homosexuality and literature
  • Homosexuality--Youth
  • Lesbian authors--United States--20th century

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Collection Inventory

 A Different Light Bookstore 1984 - 1999 

Box Folder

 Photo Album circa 1984 - 1989 

2 1

 Autograph Books 1990 - 1999   3.0 books.

2 2-4

 Event flyers, press release, correspondence, newsletters, petitions and notes 1984 - 1994 

1 1

 GLBT Youth 

Box Folder

 Emergence: A Youth Education Organization papers 1986 

1 2

 Gay Youth and Suicide: Bibliographic notes and article photocopies 1987 

1 3

 Gay Youth and Suicide: Printout of "The Homosexuality Factor in the Youth Suicide Problem," Presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention in Banff, Alberta, October 11 - 14, 1995 1995 

1 4
Box Folder

 The Alliance: A Southern California Lesbian and Gay Educational Organization Bylaws 1987 

1 5

 Hate Crimes Response Network Symposium, "Fight the Hate" April 29, 1995 

1 6

 Miscellaneous Materials 1981 - 1998 

1 7

 Personal Materials 


Box Folder

 Jim Morrow and Michael Roman 1994   1 photograph + card: col.

1 8

 Unidentified men on a beach Undated   16.0 photographs : col.

1 8
Box Folder

 Cards circa 1985 - 1995 

1 9

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