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Finding Aid to the Graphic Albums Collection

Finding aid prepared by Michael C. Oliveira and Kyle Morgan, © 2008

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

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Unknown
Title
Graphic albums collection
Collection no.
Coll2008.046
Date [inclusive]
circa 1950s-1980s
Extent
9.2 linear feet., 5 archive boxes + 3 archive binder boxes + 1 archive carton + 1 archive flat box
Language
English
Abstract
A collection of collage and scrapbook albums by unidentified individuals, circa 1950s-1980s. The contents primarily consist of clippings and photographs either in a scrapbook or collage album, but may also include drawings in pencil or pen, prose, poetry, watercolors, and repurposed books, periodicals, and greeting cards.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Graphic Albums Collection, Coll2008-046, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

A collection of collage and scrapbook albums by unidentified individuals, circa 1950s-1980s.

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Scope and Content of Collection

A collection of collage and scrapbook albums by unidentified individuals, circa 1950s-1980s. The contents primarily consist of clippings and photographs either in a scrapbook or collage album, but may also include drawings in pencil or pen, prose, poetry, watercolors, and repurposed books, periodicals, and greeting cards.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three sections:

Erotic photocollage albums, unidentified artist 1

Erotic photocollage albums, unidentified artist 2

Graphic albums, miscellaneous

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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

Consult an archivist regarding access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, 2008. Additional materials processed by Kyle Morgan, 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Altered books
  • Gay erotic art
  • Photocollage
  • Scrapbooks
  • Women and erotica

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Erotic photocollage albums, unidentified artist 1 circa 1977-1984   [fourteen 9 x 10.75-inch scrapbooks]

Series Scope and Content Summary

Scrapbook collages from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. The majority of collages consist of one or more erotic images superimposed on a fine-art print, advertisement, or photographic spread from art, architectural, and decorating magazines such as Art in America,  Architectural Digest, and  Home & Garden.

Box

 1-3 circa 1977-1984 

1

 4-6 circa 1977-1984 

2

 7-9 circa 1977-1984 

3

 10-12 circa 1977-1984 

4

 13-14 circa 1977-1984 

5

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Series 2:  Erotic photocollage albums, unidentified artist 2 undated   [five 8.5 x 11-inch three-ring scrapbooks]

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook collages with clippings of text and images, primarily from advertisements in non-LGBT periodicals, superimposed on erotic images. Includes photographs, clippings, comics, and original drawings and writings. The collages feature gay male erotic imagery, but also portray bisexual and heterosexual erotica.

Box

 1 undated 

6

 2-3 undated 

7

 4-6 undated 

8

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Series 3:  Graphic albums, miscellaneous circa 1950s-1980s 

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous scrapbook albums of gay male erotic images, 1950s-1980s. Includes altered books and periodicals as well as collages.

Box Item

 Homosexuals Today 1956 1950s 

Scope and Contents

Black and white erotic male images, circa 1950s, taped inside an edition of Marvin Cutler's Homosexuals Today 1956.

9 1

 Phallus add-on album 1950s-1960s   [12 x 9-inch spiral-bound album]

Scope and Contents

Black-and-white erotic male images, circa 1950s-1960s, with phalluses sketched in pen or pencil.

9 2

 Phallus add-on publications 1962-1964 

Scope and Contents

Publications Demi-Gods (v.2, no.3, July 1962),  Manual (no.59, December 1964), and  Man-ifique! (v.8, no.1, Fall 1964) with phalluses sketched in pen.

9 3

 Greyhuff 1960s 

Scope and Contents

Black and white erotic male photographs, circa late 1960s, taped inside Greyhuff, no.4, DSI Sales, 1967.

9 4

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