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Finding Aid to the Ernie Potvin Papers, 1947-1998

Finding aid prepared by Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2014

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Potvin, Ernie
Title
Ernie Potvin papers
Collection no.
Coll2011.070
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1978-1998
Date [inclusive]
1947-1998
Extent
1.25 linear feet., 1 archive box.
Language
English
Abstract
Writings, photographs, correspondence, clippings, mailing lists, pamphlets, flyers, graphic art, award certificates, videotapes, and other material from gay activist Ernie Potvin, 1947-1998. Potvin was a founder of Puerto Rico's first gay and lesbian rights organization in 1972. The bulk of the collection documents Potvin's gay activism in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Ernie Potvin Papers, Coll2011-070, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Born in Massachusetts in 1931, Ernie Potvin moved to Puerto Rico in 1956. He later helped to found one of Puerto Rico's first gay and lesbian rights organizations, Comunidad De Orgullo Gay, in 1972. After moving to Los Angeles in 1976, Potvin worked as an actor, a journalist for local gay publications, and a commercial graphic artist. He volunteered for gay organizations such as the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus, Christopher Street West, and the ONE Institute and Archives. Potvin died of heart failure in 1998.

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Scope and Content

Writings, photographs, correspondence, clippings, mailing lists, pamphlets, flyers, graphic art, award certificates, videotapes, and other material, 1947-1998, from gay activist Ernie Potvin, founder of Puerto Rico's first gay and lesbian rights organization Comunidad de Orgullo Gay. The bulk of the collection documents Potvin's gay activism in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico, and includes photographs from Puerto Rico's first gay pride parade. Also included are videotapes (VHS) of the 1994 International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) conference.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2014
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no 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

Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Formerly box #103-058. Collection processed by Marc LaRoque; revised by Loni Shibuyama, April 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Photographs

Subject(s)

  • Gay activists--California--Los Angeles
  • Gay community--Puerto Rico
  • Gay pride parades--Puerto Rico

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Ernie Potvin papers 

Box Folder

 Articles, writings by Potvin circa 1981-1982 

1 1-2

 Award certificates 1982-1985 

1 3

 Award plaques 

Box Item

 "Great American Yankee Freedom Band of Los Angeles; In appreciation to Ernie Potvin for Outstanding Service as Manager" 1978-1979 

1 29

 "Great American Yankee Freedom Band of Los Angeles; Special Service Award to Ernie Potvin" November 10, 1981 

1 30
Box Folder

 Becoming a People by Jim Kepner, with annotations by Potvin 1995 

1 4

 Clippings 1972-1998 

1 5

 Correspondence 1984-1998 

1 6

 Gay and lesbian article printouts from American Online (AOL) News and Associated Press (AP) 1997-1998 

1 7-9

 Gay and lesbian organization flyers, mailers, and publicity material 1980-1998 

1 10

 Gay Cuban refugees, interview notes 1980 

1 11

 Graphic designs by Potvin 1978-1985 

1 12
Item

 International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) conference [video recording] 1994   11 videocassettes (VHS).

VV3083-VV3093
Box Folder

 Kepner, Jim, memorial 1997-1998 

1 13

 Lambda Arts Council, draft proposal 1979-1980 

1 14

 Mailing and distribution lists 1981 

1 15

 Moscow, Russia, gay and lesbian material 1996 

1 16

 Photographs 

Box Folder

 Anti-war protests undated   5 b&w photographs.

1 17

 Potvin, Ernie 1983   7 b&w photographs and 3 color photographs.

1 18

 Puerto Rico 1995-1996   5 photographs.

1 20

 Puerto Rico gay parade 1996   82 color photographs.

1 19

 Women Take Back the Night Rally 1980   11 b&w photographs.

1 21

 Miscellaneous 1974-1997   6 b&w photographs and 2 color photographs.

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of Jim Kepner, a Griff's bar softball team portrait, a gay men's wrestling team, participants in a AIDS symposium session (1983), Tony Taylor, Colin Booth, Freddy Berkovitz of Dragazine, and the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) group at the Los Angeles gay pride parade (1997).

1 22

 Miscellaneous paper printout images, annotated 1993 

Scope and Contents

Includes images of Fred Frisbie, Louisa Sola, Don Slater, Marilyn van Veersen and Bren Chambers.

1 23
Box Folder

 Potvin Family history 1985-1992 

1 24

 Puerto Rico Comunidad de Orgullo Gay 1974-1976 

1 25

 Puerto Rico gay and lesbian material 1985-1995 

1 26

 Theatrical performances by Potvin, publicity material 1947-1977 

1 27

 Ventura County gay and lesbian resources 1988 

1 28

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