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Southeastern Arts, Media and Education (SAME) Project Records

Finding aid prepared by Michael C. Oliveira, © 2008

Summary Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Ranson, Rebecca, 1943-
Southeastern Arts, Media & Education Project (Atlanta, Ga.)
Southeastern Arts, Media and Education Project records
Collection no.
Date [inclusive]
4.0 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
3 archive boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 roll.
Play submissions, correspondence, membership information, administrative records, and publications of the Southeastern Arts Media and Entertainment (SAME) Project, 1985 to 1996.

Preferred Citation

Box #, Folder #, Southeastern Arts, Media and Education (SAME) Project Records, Coll2008-020, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Administrative History

The Southeastern Arts, Media and Education (SAME) project, 1985-1996, was a multidisciplinary Atlanta based gay and lesbian nonprofit arts organization whose mission was to utilize arts for social change. During its first ten years, 1985-1995, SAME produced over 70 plays, original film and video works, including Promise of Life, a documentary on people living with AIDS, and published  Amethyst, a semi-annual journal of creative writing and visual arts. SAME, along with  Southern Voice newspaper, co-produced the Southeastern Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, which screened over 50 films in 1994, a major event for the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian community. SAME also organized numerous visual arts exhibitions and an annual arts and crafts festival.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The records of the Southeastern Arts and Media Entertainment Project, (SAME), 1985-1996, consist of administrative records, including an operational handbook, correspondence, financial ledger sheets and statements, membership lists, publications, scripts, t-shirts, and a banner. The collection is organized in four series: (1) Adminstrative Records, (2) Publications, (3) Scripts, and (4) Ephemera.

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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

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira and Sócrates Silva, May 22, 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

Rebecca Ranson Papers, Coll2008-021.

Southeastern Arts, Media & Education Project (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1986-1996, Manuscript Collection Number 1015, Emory University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Southeastern Arts, Media & Education Project (Atlanta, Ga.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Ranson, Rebecca, 1943-


  • Gay dramatists
  • Gay theater
  • Homosexuality and theater
  • Lesbian dramatists

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Personal Name(s)

  • Ball, Charlene:  
  • Bumbalo, Victor, 1948-:  
  • Calabria, Deb:  
  • Cloutier, Martin:  
  • Cyr, Dave:  
  • Dana, Mary:  
  • Dillon, David:  
  • Field, Aden:  
  • Fields, Mike:  
  • Fries, Kenny:  
  • Garner, Terry Cammon, 1953-:  
  • Grimsley, Jim, 1955-:  
  • Hill, Stebbo:  
  • Imhotep, Akbar:  
  • Lawes, Lisa:  
  • Olson, Donald S.:  
  • Ranson, Rebecca, 1943-:  
  • Raphel, Kenneth:  
  • Smith, Don:  
  • Sojourner, Sabrina:  
  • Underwood, Lolita:  
  • Wertheim, Aubrey:  
  • Yeoman, Cal:  
  • Youngblood, Shay:  

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1: Administrative Records 1987-1995   10.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The bulk of the Records Series consists of correspondence, membership information, and flyers and programs for SAME's Out Proud Theatre productions. Correspondence and related materials concerning FEDAPT, an organizational assistance program for the performing arts, can be found in the Atlanta Theatre Coalition folder. Other files include financial records and minutes.

Box Folder

 Financial records 1987-1988 

1 1

 Correspondence 1987-1995 

1 2

 Minutes 1989 

1 3

 Operations handbook 1990 

1 4

 Membership forms and mailing list 1990 

1 5

 Atlanta Theatre Coalition records 1990-1991 

1 6

 Out Proud subscription mailings 1991-1992 

1 7

 Out Proud logo circa 1990 

1 8

 SAME / Out Proud productions 1985-1994 

Box Folder

 Flyers, programs, paper paddle fan 1985-1994 

1 9

 Performance posters 1985-1994 

4 1 (Oversize)

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Series 2:  Series 2: Publications 1988-1996   5.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

SAME produced a number of publications including a newsletter; the Southern Voice newspaper;  Amethyst, a journal of creative writing and visual arts; and the program of the local Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The project also contributed to the publication of a pamphlet of still photographs taken by Royce Augustine Hoyle of television programs 1957-1962.

Box Folder

 The Report Line,  The Inside Line newsletters 1988-1996 

1 10

 TV Photographer: 1957-1962 1988 

1 11

 Southern Voice newspaper March 1, 1988 

4 2 (Oversize)

 Gay & Lesbian Film Festival programs 1989-1996 

4 3 (Oversize)

 Amethyst 1990 

1 12

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Series 3:  Series 3: Scripts circa 1990   21.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The Script Series consists of scripts submitted to SAME; each script is accompanied by the playwright's correspondence, and occasionally copies of clippings. The series also includes the only script in the collection of a play known to have been performed by SAME, Rebecca Ranson's Homes, which includes a flyer for the performance.

 Ball, Charlene 1993 

Box Folder

 Article of Faith 1993 

2 1

 Bumbalo, Victor 1991 

Box Folder

 Show and Tell 1991 

2 2

 Show,  And Then,  Tell 1992 

2 3

 Cloutier, Martin 1996 

Box Folder

 Necessary Delusions 1996 

2 4

 Cyr, Dave 1991 

Box Folder

 Vivid Nounclouds and Etc. 1991 

2 5

 Dana, Mary; Kenneth Raphel; Stebbo Hill; Deb Calabria; Mike Fields; Don Smith; Akbar Imotep; Lisa Laws; Lolita Underwood circa 1990 

Box Folder

 Alternate Concerns circa 1990 

2 6

 Dillon, David 1993 

Box Folder

 Party 1993 

2 7

 Field, Aden 1987 

Box Folder

 Coffee, Beer, Never Fear 1987 

2 8

 Fries, Kenny 1989 

Box Folder

 Music for a While 1989 

2 9

 Garner, Terry Cammon 1984 

Box Folder

 Livin' on Salvation Street 1984 

2 10

 Grimsley, Jim circa 1990 

Box Folder

 The Borderland circa 1990 

2 11

 Man with a Gun circa 1990 

2 11

 Olson, Donald S 1991 

Box Folder

 Beardsley 1991 

3 1

 Ranson, Rebecca 1989 

Box Folder

 Homes 1989 

3 2

 Sojourner, Sabrina 1989 

Box Folder

 Becoming Visible 1989 

3 3

 Wertheim, Aubrey 1991 

Box Folder

 Make Way for Dyklings 1991 

3 4

 Yeoman, Cal 1979-1987 

Box Folder

 Poems, Fragments, Pieces, Pictures 1987 

3 5

 Poetry 1986 

3 6

 Richmond Jim 1979-1987 

3 7

 Youngblood, Shay 1988-1993 

Box Folder

 Family Album 1990 

3 8

 Shaking the Mess Outta Misery 1988 

3 9

 Square Blues 1993 

3 10

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Series 4:  Series 4: Ephemera circa 1990   1.0 oversize box.

Series Scope and Content

The t-shirts and a banner in this series document SAME events and projects: the Gay America Loves You billboard project, the Network Q program on PBS, Out Proud Theatre,  Southern Voice newspaper, and a banner from  Etcetera Magazine. Also included are t-shirts from Olivia cruise line and the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus.

 SAME t-shirts and banner circa 1990 


 "Gay America Loves You" t-shirt circa 1990 


 " Network Q, Out Across America, On Location. In Your Life. Every Week. On PBS" t-shirt circa 1990 


 "Out Proud Theater" t-shirt circa 1990 


 "SOVO Southern Voice Newspaper; Black and White and Read All Over" t-shirt circa 1990 


 "Etcetera Magazine salutes SAME's 10th Year Anniversary" banner 1995 


 Other T-shirts circa 1990 


 "Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus" t-shirt circa 1990 


 "Olivia Anniversary" t-shirt circa 1988 


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