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Finding aid to the Frontrunners Track Club of Greater Los Angeles records, 1981-2003

Finding aid prepared by Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2013

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
Frontrunners Track Club of Greater Los Angeles.
Title
Frontrunners Track Club of Greater Los Angeles Records
Collection no.
Coll2012.148
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1992-2001
Date [inclusive]
1981-2003
Extent
2.0 linear feet., 1 archive box + 1 flat archive box.
Language
English
Abstract
Meeting minutes, correspondence, bylaws, flyers, registration forms, posters, financial records, photographs, audiocassettes, floppy disks, T-shirts and other material documenting activities of the Frontrunners Track Club of Greater Los Angeles, a LGBT-oriented running and social club founded in 1981. The collection documents the club's administration of and participation in events such as the annual Run/Walk for Gay and Lesbian Pride, Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon, Los Angeles Marathon, Gay Games and other activities.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Frontrunners Track Club of Greater Los Angeles Records, Coll2012-148, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Administrative History

Frontrunners Track Club of Greater Los Angeles (more commonly known as LA Frontrunners) is a running and walking club for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their friends, and their supporters. Founded in 1981, the club takes its name from The Frontrunner, Patricia Nell Warren's 1974 best-selling novel about a gay relationship. The club participates in competitive and non-competitive running events, an annual Pride Run, and other fundraising and social events. LA Frontrunners' aims include informing the general public of the mental and physical health benefits of running; organizing and coordinating running events and programs; and promoting understanding and camaraderie between people of different ages, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.

In 2012, the LA Frontrunners is one of more than 100 Frontrunner clubs throughout the United States and other countries.

Source:

LA Frontrunners website, www.lafrontrunners.com, (last accessed March 4, 2013).

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Scope and Content

The collection comprises meeting minutes, correspondence, bylaws, flyers, registration forms, posters, financial records, photographs, audiocassettes, floppy disks, T-shirts and other material documenting activities of the Frontrunners Track Club of Greater Los Angeles, a LGBT-oriented running and social club founded in 1981. The collection documents the club's administration of and or participation in events such as the annual Run/Walk for Gay and Lesbian Pride, Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon, Los Angeles Marathon, Gay Games and other activities. Also documented are various social events organized by the club, as well as its annual awards banquet fundraiser.

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Arrangement

A folder with LA Frontrunner's bylaws and incorporation papers is at the beginning of the collection. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
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

Gift of Mark Penn, March 19, 2008.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama, March 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Six cardboard relay race batons and one button ("1994 Lesbian & Gay Pride Run, FRNY") have been separated from the collection and placed with ONE's ephemera (objects) collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Penn, Mark

Subject(s)

  • Gay clubs--Los Angeles
  • Gays and sports
  • Lesbian clubs--Los Angeles
  • Lesbians and sports
  • Running

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Los Angeles Frontrunners records 

Box Folder

 Bylaws and incorporation 1981-1993 

1 1

 1992 administrative records 1992   [3 folders]

1 2-4

 1993 administrative records 1993   [5 folders] Includes 2 photographs, color.

1 5-9

 1995 administrative records 1995   [2 folders]

1 10-11

 1996 administrative records 1996   [5 folders]

1 12-16

 1997 administrative records 1997 

1 17

 1998 administrative records 1998 

1 18

 2000 administrative records 2000 

1 19

 2001 administrative records 2001 

1 20

 Audiocassettes circa 1990-1995   2 audiocassettes.

Box Item

 Robbie McDonald: (1) Bomb in Mexico, (2) Getting Too Excited, (3) Sally Run 1993 

1 AC1817

 Clive McKenzie: (1) I'll Always Be There, (2) You're My Last Hope, (3) Since You're Gone Undated 

1 AC1818
Box Folder

 Awards banquet 1994-2000   [2 folders]

1 21-22

 Correspondence and letterhead 1996-2000 

1 23

 Events, other 1993-1997 

1 24

 Floppy disks circa 1990-2000   2 floppy disks (3 1/2 in.)

1 32

 Gay Games 1994 

1 25

 History of Frontrunners 1996-1997 

1 26

 International Frontrunners 1994 

1 29

 Manuscript by Clive McKenzie, "Chasing a Dream" 1995 

1 27

 Member information 1999-2000 

1 28

 Paper banner: "Racing the Wind, Celebration 15 Yrs. of Los Angeles Frontrunners" circa 1996 

2 1-2

 Posters circa 1990-2002 

2 3

 Race finish tags and ribbons circa 1990-2001 

1 30

 Rosters 1991-2003 

1 31
Item

 T-shirts, tank tops and jacket 1990-2005 

GAR0912-GAR0924
Box Folder

 [Watercolor painting of runners], by Randy Peck circa 1981 

2 4

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