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David Hurles Interviews

Finding aid prepared by Michael C. Oliveira, © 2008

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.
Title
David Hurles interviews
Collection no.
Coll2008.034
Date [inclusive]
1998-1999
Extent
0.8 linear foot.
Language
English
Abstract
VHS videotapes and compact audiocassette tape interviews of David Hurles, founder and proprietor of Old Reliable Tape and Picture Company, conducted by Pat Allen with the assistance of Bill Wyman, September 1998-January 1999. The collection also contains two compilation CD-ROMs of Old Reliable photographs, copyright 1998.

Preferred Citation

David Hurles Interviews, Coll2008-034, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Biography

David Randolph Hurles was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the end of World War II. By his teen years he recognized his attraction to the neighborhood bullies and toughs. By the mid-1960s he was working for H. Lynn Womack at Guild Press, in Washington, D.C. In 1968, Hal Call, who ran San Francisco's notorious Adonis Book Store, persuaded Hurles to appear before the camera. His skill before the camera and easygoing personality led Call to rent Hurles a room and employ him. Hurles worked as a model, book store employee, and later as an office manager in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, Hurles gained experience behind the camera with Ken Albert, and was introduced to a few models. In 1975, with funds obtained from Womack, Hurles formed the Old Reliable Tape and Picture Company, specializing at first in audio tapes and still photography, and later in video tapes of street boys, tough guys, and "rough trade," men, typically working class laborers and hustlers, who did not want their masculinity or sexuality questioned, but would appear before the camera.

Sources:

Rex, text editor. Speeding: The Old Reliable photos of David Hurles>. San Francisco: Green Candy Press, 2005.

Sears, James T. Behind the Mask of the Mattachine: The Hal Call Chronicles and the Early Movement for Homosexual Emancipation. New York: Harrington Park Press, 2006.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of interviews of David Hurles, founder and proprietor of Old Reliable Tape and Picture Company, conducted by Pat Allen with the assistance of Bill Wyman. The materials consist of VHS videotapes (masters and copies) of a nine-part interview conducted from August 18 to December 29, 1998, and 6 compact audiocassette tapes of what appears to be a four-part interview conducted on January 12, 1999. The collection also contains two compilation CD-ROMs, copyright 1998, of Old Reliable photographs, As Seen from the Rear ... the Butt CD! and  Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar!

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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

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, June 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

Corporate Name(s)

  • Old Reliable Tape and Picture Company

Personal Name(s)

  • Allen, Pat
  • Hurles, David
  • Wyman, Bill

Subject(s)

  • Gay erotic photography
  • Men photographers--United States
  • Photography of men
  • Photography of the nude

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Collection Inventory

 VHS videotapes August 8, 1998 - December 29, 1998   9 masters and 9 copies.

Box Item

 Part 1 August 8, 1998   1.0 master and 1 copy.

1 1

 Part 2 August 18, 1998   1.0 master and 1 copy.

1 2

 Part 3 September 1, 1998   1.0 master and 1 copy.

1 3

 Part 4 September 15, 1998   1.0 master and 1 copy.

1 4

 Part 5 September 22, 1998   1.0 master and 1 copy.

1 5

 Part 6 September 29, 1998   1.0 master and 1 copy.

2 1

 Part 7 October 6, 1998   1.0 master and 1 copy.

2 2

 Part 8 October 10, 1998   1.0 master and 1 copy.

2 3

 Part 9 December 29, 1998   1.0 master and 1 copy.

2 4

 Compact audiocassette tapes Janury 12, 1999   6 compact audiocassette tapes.

Box Item

 Parts 1-4 January 12, 1999   4 compact audiocassette tapes.

2 5-8

 #023228 apparently January 12, 1999   1 compact audiocassette tape.

2 9

 #027183 apparently January 12, 1999   1 compact audiocassette tape.

2 9

 Compilation CD-ROMs of Old Reliable photographs copyright 1998   2.0 CD-ROMs.

Box Folder

 As Seen from the Rear ... the Butt CD! copyright 1998   1.0 CD-ROM.

1 1

 Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar! copyright 1998   1.0 CD-ROM.

1 1

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