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Finding aid to the Jim Yousling photographs and papers, 1947-1995

Finding aid prepared by Robert Graves and Kyle Morgan, © 2012

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 - Creator
Yousling, Jim, (James Milo Yousling), 1947-1995
Title
Jim Yousling photographs and papers
Collection no.
Coll2012.128
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1963-1991
Date [inclusive]
1947-1995
Extent
8.9 linear feet., 1 archive box + 1 archive carton + 4 archive binders + 2 flat boxes
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of artwork, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, notes, press material, clippings, magazine layouts, private journals, and publications collected and/or created by Jim Yousling, 1947-1995, bulk 1963-1991. Materials include photographs, manuscripts, and press materials gathered and/or created during his editorship of In Touch magazine; personal papers, artwork, and photographs; and photographs produced out of Yousling's Phantom Studios.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Jim Yousling Photographs and Papers, Coll2012-128, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biography

James Milo Yousling, better known as Jim, was born January 28, 1947, in Washington, Iowa, son of John Leland Yousling and Leona Pauline Huston. He grew up in Elkhart, Indiana, and Sycamore, Illinois. He earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design/communications from Michigan State University in 1969 and received a master’s degree in film studies from the University of Southern California in 1971. He spent the bulk of his professional career employed in graphic and art design for publishing and entertainment companies.

Yousling is perhaps best known for his position as editor-in-chief of the gay men’s magazine In Touch from 1981-1985. Under his editorship, the magazine turned from its previous incarnation of news features amidst nude pictorials, to a more colorful and vibrant format that spotlighted pop culture figures. The magazine focused on the growing Los Angeles and New York punk rock and underground scenes while maintaining the nude male pictorials that attracted many buyers to the magazine.

Yousling served as an art director for Larry Flynt Publications and the Apparel News Group. As a freelance graphic designer and artist, Yousling also created the Hello Kitty spoof comic strip, Hell Kitty; designed advertisements for Los Angeles-based nightclubs and performers; and designed record-cover artwork for musical acts such as Concrete Blonde, Apache Dancers and The Slaves. In the mid-1980s, he also founded Phantom Studios, a producer of nude male photographs that were sold and printed in various magazines.

Jim passed away from AIDS-related complications on January 1, 1995.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of artwork, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, notes, press material, clippings, magazine layouts, private journals, and publications collected and/or created by Jim Yousling, 1947-1995, bulk 1963-1991. The collection includes photographs, manuscripts, press materials, and other subject file records on the musicians, entertainers, models, and publishers covered during his editorship of In Touch magazine from 1981-1985. The collection also consists of personal and professional artwork including Yousling's  Hell Kitty comic, personal papers and photographs, and photographs and negatives produced out of Yousling's Phantom Studios.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Papers and works of art, 1947-1995

Series 2. Photographs, 1978-1989, undated

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2012
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.

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 of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Robert Graves and Kyle Morgan, 2012.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Stuart Timmons papers and collections, Acc2011-048, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

Separated Materials

Periodicals:

Bimbox, issue 2 (Summer 1990).

Gay Boy, volume 1, number 2.

Hollywood Star, volume 1, number 11.

In Touch, numbers 69, 94, 102.

Sin Bros., issues 4 and 5 (Spring 1990, Winter 1991).

Su Madre, 1991.

Ten Percent (May 1982, February 1983, Summer 1983).

Books:

Trinidad, David. Pavane. Chatsworth, CA: Sherwood Press, 1981.

Yousling, Kim. Star Image: An Analysis. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 1968.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Gay press publications
  • Photographs
  • Popular culture
  • Zine

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Papers and works of art 1947-1995  (Bulk, 1963-1991)   4.65 linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of artwork, manuscripts, correspondence, notes, press material, clippings, magazine layouts, private journals, and publications (mostly periodicals) collected and/or created by Jim Yousling, 1947-1995, bulk 1963-1991. The listings of musicians, entertainers, models, publishers, and bands contain editorial manuscripts written by Yousling and subject file materials collected by him for publication in In Touch magazine, 1981-1985. Unpublished artwork and cartoons consists entirely of drawings and designs created by Yousling. The publication listings comprise those in which Yousling participated as a staff member or contributor, although many were impossible to differentiate from those he personally collected. The materials listed as journals document Yousling's writings and drawings from 1969-1973. See the separated materials note for LGBT publications transferred to ONE's periodical collection in which Yousling may have participated as a staff member or contributor.

Arrangement note

Materials are arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder

 4 Taxis (magazine) 1981-1982 

Biographical/Historical note

Influenced the design of In Touch.

1 1

 Artwork undated 

Scope and Contents note

Includes drawings, comics, album cover art, layout designs primarily by Yousling.

1 2

 Artwork undated   [oversized]

Scope and Contents note

Includes drawings, comics, and layout designs primarily by Yousling.

8 5

 Biographical information 1947-1995 

1 3

 Blue Moon (University of California, Los Angeles, newspaper) 1983   [oversized]

7 1

 Business cards and contacts undated 

1 4

 Business records 1984-1990 

1 5

 Cartoons and early artwork 1963, undated   [oversized]

8 6

 Charcoal drawings undated   [12 oversized drawings]

8 7

 Clip art undated 

1 7

 Clippings 1975-1983, undated   [oversized]

7 2

 Clippings (personal mentions) 1983-1990 

1 8

 Clippings and pop culture ephemera undated 

1 9

 Collage (Michigan State University newspaper) 1967-1969   [oversized]

7 3

 Contact list and mailing labels undated 

1 10

 Correspondence 1984-1991 

1 11

 Dallesandro, Joe undated 

1 12

 Ely, Michael (Red Wedding) 1984 

1 13

 Film Threat calendars 1990 

1 14

 Flipside (magazine) 1986 

1 15

 Flyers by Jim Yousling undated 

1 16

 Flyers, various undated 

1 17

 Garretson, Weba undated 

1 18

 Generic Comic Book (Marvel Comics) 1984 

1 19

 Hawaii postcards undated 

1 21

 Hasegawa, Sadao 1983 

1 22

 Hell Kitty artwork circa 1990   [oversized]

8 4

 Hell Kitty,  LA Weekly 1990 

Scope and Contents note

See also the "LA Weekly clippings" listing.

1 23

 Hell Kitty reproductions 1990 

1 24

 In Touch, Christmas poll responses 1984 

1 6

 In Touch, clippings 1981-1985 

1 25

 In Touch, outreach 1983-1985 

1 26

 Japan 1983-1984 

1 27

 Journal: Jim Yousling, University of Southern California (USC) Cinema, Los Angeles circa 1969-1971 

2 1

 Journal: My Big Black Notebook September 1971 - September 1972 

2 2

 Journal: My Big Black Notebook, Volume 2 September 1972 - February 1973 

2 3

 Journal: My Big Black Notebook, Number 4 February 1973 - December 1973 

2 4

 Krieger, Donald 1983 

1 28

 LA Weekly clippings 1990-1991   [oversized]

Scope and Contents note

Most of the clippings pertain to Yousling's Hell Kitty comic.

7 4

 Lynch, George H. 1981-1984 

1 29

 Magnuson, Ann 1984-1991 

1 30

 Makos, Christopher 1982-1983 

1 31

 Massey, Edith 1985 

1 32

 McGilvray, Donald "Bing" 1982-1983 

1 33

 Meat Puppets 1984 

1 34

 The Menace of Giant Elf (comic) by Van Arno 1990 

1 20

 National Gay Art Archives, San Francisco 1982 

1 35

 Notes, hand-written undated 

1 36

 O'Hara, Adore 1982-1983   [oversized]

8 1

 Peepkeduic (zine) 1984 

1 37

 Pettibon, Raymond 1983 

1 38

 Phantom Studios, advertising graphics undated 

1 39

 Querelle (movie) 1982 

1 40

 Raw (magazine) 1980   [oversized]

7 5

 Roche, David 1983 

1 41

 Rollins, Henry 1984 

1 42

 Rubber stamp for Phantom Studios undated 

8 8

 Scratch Magazine 1983-1984 

1 43

 Sex, John 1981-1983   [oversized]

8 2

 Slam (magazine, art direction by Yousling) 1978 

1 44

 Star Image: An Analysis by Jim Yousling 1968 

1 45

 Street Gossip (zine) 1984-1985 

1 46

 Stickers and trading cards undated 

1 51

 Toadtale by Jim Yousling undated   [oversized]

7 6

 Vee, Tesco 1983 

1 47

 Volumatix (band) 1984   [Includes one audiocassette]

1 48

 Writings, general undated 

1 49

 White Flag (band) 1982 

1 50

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Series 2:  Series 2. Photographs 1978-1989, undated   4.25 linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

The photographs consist of images of Jim Yousling's personal life; promotional, professional, and personal images collected for publication, notably for the gay men's magazine In Touch from 1981-1985; and erotic images produced out of Yousling's Phantom Studios. The images collected for publication focuses on musicians and bands, but also include models, entertainers, sports figures, and publishers among others.

Box

 Personal 1978-1989, undated   [300 color prints, 78 negative strips, 49 black and white prints, 48 color 35mm slides, 2 black and white contact sheets, 1 black and white negative]

Scope and Contents note

Photographs documenting Jim Yousling's life, friends, and lovers. Roughly half of the images date from the spring of 1984.

3

 Professional, magazine publication 1981-1985, undated   [60 color prints, 55 black and white prints, 1 color negative]

Scope and Contents note

Photographs collected for publication in magazines where Yousling was affiliated, primarily for In Touch magazine from 1981-1985. Images include John Sex, Lee Ving, Felix Vega, Sam Jones, Victor Weaver, Billy Wisdom, Nina Hogen, Pete Rose, Luis Leal, Steve Lundquist, Greg Louganis, Brian Trottier, Winnie the Pooh, David Lee Roth, Adore O'Hara, David Roche, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Hugh Hefner, Meat Puppets, Michael Ely, Joe Dallesandro, Henry Rollins, Harvey Kubernik. Although many of the images comprise standard publicity photographs, there is some overlap between photographs shot for publication versus those shot for personal purposes.

4

 Professional, magazine publication 1981-1985, undated   [62 black and white prints, 14 35mm slides, 8 black and white negatives, 4 color prints, 1 contact sheet]

Scope and Contents note

Photographs collected for publication in magazines where Yousling was affiliated, primarily for In Touch from 1981-1985. Images include Victor Weaver, John Waters, Dennis Cooper, Nervous Gender, Angel and the Reruns, Love and Rockets, Michael Ely, Fran Lebowitz, Jackie Curtis, Ivan E. Roth, Terry Dorn, Sal Bando, Bill Bergey, John Davidson, David Trinidad, Sean Garrison, Paul Ferguson, Christian William Miller, Tom of Finland prints, and assorted movie publicity shots. Although many of the images comprise standard publicity photographs, there is some overlap between photographs shot for publication versus those shot for personal purposes.

5
Box Folder

 Professional, magazine publication 1981-1985, undated   [oversized, 20 color prints]

Scope and Contents note

Photographs, often standard publicity shots, collected for publication in magazines where Yousling was affiliated, primarily for In Touch from 1981-1985. Includes images of Menudo, Henry Rollins, Rick James, Ozzy Osbourne, Huey Lewis, Annie Lennox, David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and other unidentified bands and singers.

8 3
Box

 Professional, Phantom Studios undated   [97 black and white negative strips, 60 black and white prints, 28 color negative strips, 25 contact sheets, 14 color 35mm slides, 4 color negatives, 1 black and white negative]

Scope and Contents note

Erotic photographs from Yousling's Phantom Studios.

6

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