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Finding aid of the Stan Freitas Papers

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, © 2008

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Freitas, Stan
Title
Stan Freitas papers
Collection no.
Coll2008.032
Date [inclusive]
1979-1989
Extent
1.5 linear foot.
Language
English
Abstract
Minutes, correspondence, printed ephemera, administrative records, notes, photographs and miscellaneous materials from activist and businessman Stan Freitas, who served as the President of the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA) from 1985 until it ended its operations 1987. The bulk of the collection consists of administrative records of the SCGBA, which was organized by bar and restaurant owners in 1979 to provide support and services for the Los Angeles gay community. The materials in the collection also document Freitas' involvement in AIDS activism and include papers from Aid for AIDS, as well as several other AIDS and gay activist organizations.

Preferred Citation

Stan Freitas Papers, Coll2008-032, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Administrative History

On April 30, 1979, a group of bartenders and bar-associated people met at the Frog Pond Restaurant in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The meeting was called by Michael Varady of the Silver Dollar Saloon and Dale Driscoll to "sensitize bartenders as to what is happening both politically and functionally within and for the gay community [so that those bartenders] could relate to what is happening to their customers." This group was later named the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA). A volunteer social services organization, the SCGBA had monthly meetings at various locations throughout Los Angeles in the years 1979 to 1987. The general membership meetings included group discussion, event planning, community announcements and guest speakers, such as gay and lesbian activists. At SCGBA's most active period, the group raised money for and organized community projects and social events, placed bartenders in jobs, and published a monthly newsletter, The Bar Rag.

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Biography

Biography for Stan Freitas to be supplied at a later date.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains administrative records, newsletters, correspondence, printed ephemera, notes, photographs, negatives, a plaque, and miscellaneous materials from Stan Freitas, who served as President of the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA) from 1985 to 1987, and was also involved in Aid for AIDS and a number of other activist organizations. The bulk of the material consists of administrative records from SCGBA, which was organized by bar and restaurant owners in 1979 to provide services and support for the Los Angeles gay community. The collection is divided into two series: (1) Southern California Gay Bartenders Association and (2) Other Organizations and Activities. The first series contains the administrative records of the SCGBA, including meeting minutes, newsletters and correspondence, as well as photographs and negatives documenting SCGBA events. The second series documents Freitas' involvement in Aid for AIDS and other community organizations such as The Triangle Project, the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and Sunset Junction. Notably, this series includes minutes, bylaws and reports from Aid for AIDS, mostly dating from 1986 when Freitas was most active in Aid for AIDS and the SCGBA.

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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 acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, July 2, 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

Corporate Name(s)

  • Aid for AIDS, Inc.
  • Southern California Gay Bartenders Association

Personal Name(s)

  • Freitas, Stan

Subject(s)

  • AIDS (Disease)--United States
  • Bars (Drinking establishments)
  • Bartenders
  • Gay activists--California--Los Angeles
  • Gay bars--California--Los Angeles
  • Gays--Services for

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Southern California Gay Bartenders Association 1979-1987   1.0 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content

This series contains administrative records and photographs from the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (1979 - 1987). It is divided into two subseries: (1.1) Administration and Activities and (1.2) Photographs and Negatives.

 Subseries 1.1. Administration and Activities 1979-1987   0.8 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains bylaws, minutes, administrative records, correspondence, The Bar Rag Newsletter, printed ephemera and miscellaneous notes from the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA). Included are minutes from the general membership meetings as well as the executive committee and Board of Directors meetings. Materials document the activities and services the SCGBA provided, such as a healthcare program, fundraising events, and a benefits/discount program for SCGBA members.

Box Folder

 Bylaws circa 1980 

1 1

 Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 1979 - 1986 

1 2

 Executive Committee Meetings Minutes 1981 - 1984 

1 3

 General Meetings 1979 - 1987 

Box Folder

 Agenda Lists and Meeting Announcements 1982 - 1984 

1 4

 General Meeting Minutes 1979 - 1987   2.0 folders.

1 5 - 6

 General Meeting Minutes 1981 - 1984 

1 7

 General Meeting Sign-In Sheets 1982 - 1987 

4 1 (oversize)

 Meetings Summaries 1979 - 1983 

1 8

 The Bar Rag 1979 - 1987 

Box Folder

 Newsletters 1979 - 1987   2.0 folders.

1 9 - 10

 Paste-ups 1984 

1 11
Box Folder

 Brochures and Pamphlets circa 1980 - 1985 

2 1

 Correspondence 1980 - 1987 

Box Folder

  1980 

2 2

  1981 

2 3

  1982 

2 4

  1983 

2 5

  1984 

2 6

  1985 

2 7

  1986 

2 8

  1987 

2 9

  Undated 

2 10
Box Folder

 Event Flyers and Printed Ephemera 1980 - 1986 

2 11

 Financial Records 1985 

2 12

 Form Letters 1980 - 1985 

Box Folder

 Blank Letterhead Undated 

2 13

 Blank Membership Applications circa 1980 - 1985 

4 2 (oversize)

 New Members Undated 

2 14

 Questionnaires circa 1980 - 1985 

2 15

 Renewed Members Undated 

2 16

 Requests for Information Undated 

2 17

 Requests for Renewal Undated 

2 18
Box Folder

 Gay Community Services Center Questionnaire and Community Calendar Undated 

2 19

 Mailing Lists 1985 - 1986 

2 20

 Major Medical Program for the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association 1985 

2 21

 Membership Benefits Program Undated 

2 22

 Press Releases 1981 - 1986 

2 23

 Progress Reports 1979 - 1984 

2 24

 Registration Forms 1985 - 1986 

2 25

 Troupers Hall Fundraiser to Benefit Aid for AIDS 1986 

4 3 (oversize)

 Awards and Recognitions 1985 - 1986 

Box Folder

 Certificate of Commendation to the Gay Bartenders' Association from the City of West Hollywood circa 1985 

4 4 (oversize)

 Plaque to Southern California Gay Bartenders Association Presented by Comprehensive Nursing Services circa 1986 

2 26
Box Folder

 Miscellaneous Handwritten Notes circa 1980 - 1985 

4 5 (oversize)

 Miscellaneous 1981 - 1986 

4 6 (oversize)

 Subseries 1.2. Photographs and Negatives 1983-1985   0.2 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises photographs and negatives that document events and general membership meetings of the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association from 1983 to 1985. Included are photographs of the wedding of SCGBA members Gary Bond and John Duncan--a fundraising event to benefit Aid for AIDS. Notably, this subseries includes images of Los Angeles-area bars and restaurants, such as Woody's Hyperion, Silver Dollar Saloon and Bunkhouse.

Box Folder

 Wedding of Gary Bond & John Duncan to Benefit Aid for AIDS 1983   6.0 photographs : b&w.

3 1

 Queen Mary Meeting May 1983   18.0 photographs : col.

3 2

 Floyd's Meeting March 1984   Negatives.

3 3

 P.S. Trip April 1984   12 photographs + negatives.

3 4 - 5

 Queen Mary Meeting May 1984   28.0 photographs : col.

3 6

 S.S. Friendship Meeting July 1984   Negatives.

3 7

 Woody's Meeting August 1984   Negatives.

3 8

 Griff's Meeting November 1984   Negatives.

3 9

 Tandem Meeting November 1984   Negatives.

3 10

 Silver Dollar Meeting December 1984   Negatives.

3 11

 Spike Meeting January 1985   Negatives.

3 12

 Bunkhouse Meeting February 1985   Negatives.

3 13

 Brass Rail June 10, 1985   Negatives.

3 14

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Series 2:  Series 2. Other Organizations and Activities 1984-1989   0.5 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content

This series contains materials not directly related to SCGBA and which document Freitas' involvement in AIDS activism, in particular, Aid for AIDS, Inc. as well as several gay advocacy organizations in the 1980s. This series is divided into two subseries: (2.1) Aid for AIDS, Inc. and (2.2) Miscellaneous.

 Subseries 2.1. Aid for AIDS, Inc. 1985-1989   0.2 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises correspondence, minutes, financial records, bylaws, committee reports and policies and various printed ephemera from Aid for AIDS, a Los Angeles-based organization formed to provide services and advocate for people with AIDS. The bulk of the materials dates from 1986 and document the relationship between Aid for AIDS and SCGBA as well as Freitas' involvement in both organizations.

Box Folder

 Agreement Forms circa 1986 - 1989 

3 15

 Board of Directors 1986 - 1987 

Box Folder

 Applications 1986 - 1987 

3 16

 Meetings 1986 

3 17

 Memoranda 1986 

3 18
Box Folder

 Bylaws Undated 

3 19

 Committee Reports 1986 

3 20

 Correspondence 1986 

3 21

 Financial Records 1986 

3 22

 Financial Statements 1985 - 1986 

3 23

 Fundraising Events 1986 - 1987 

Box Folder

 Anniversary Dinner Programs 1986 - 1987 

3 24

 Being Alive "Hooray for Hollywood" Fundraiser 1986 

3 25

 Troupers Hall Fundraiser 1986 

3 26
Box Folder

 Personnel Policies 1986 

3 27

 Printed Ephemera and Miscellaneous Typescripts 1985 - 1986 

4 7 (oversize)

 Subseries 2.2. Miscellaneous 1984-1987   0.3 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises printed ephemera, correspondence and miscellaneous typescripts from several activist organizations and activities in which Freitas was involved. These activities include The Triangle Project, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the National Lesbian & Gay Health Conference. This subseries also includes a certificate of recognition that Freitas received from Christopher Street West.

Box Folder

 AIDS Project Los Angeles 1985 - 1986 

3 28

 Christopher Street West / Los Angeles Salutes Stan Freitas Undated 

3 29

 The Maggie Awards 1986 - 1987 

3 30

 National Lesbian & Gay Health Conference / Fifth National AIDS Forum, Los Angeles March 26 - 29, 1987 

3 31

 Southern California CARES 1986 

4 8 (oversize)

 Sunset Junction 1984 

4 9 (oversize)

 The Triangle Project 1986 

3 32

 Miscellaneous Typescripts 1984 - 1987 

4 10 (oversize)

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