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Finding aid of Rick Mechtly cinema clippings collection

Finding aid prepared by Michael C. Oliveira, © 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
Title
Rick Mechtly Cinema Clippings Collection
Collection no.
Coll2012.162
Date [inclusive]
1966-2011
Extent
3.8 linear feet., [3 records boxes]
Language
English
Abstract
Clippings of articles, columns, and reviews regarding LGBT actors, motion pictures, and film festivals. The files were culled from a variety of mainstream and LBGT magazines and newspapers, 1966-2011. Mechtley began collecting LGBT film clippings in the 1970s. Vito Russo introduced Metchly to other columnists and film festival directors.

Preferred Citation

Box #, folder #,Rick Mechtley Cinema Clippings Collection, 2012-162, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives,Libraries, University of Southern California

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Administrative History

While living in Hollywood, California in the early 1970s, Rick Mechtly discover Vito Russo's column in the New York gay newspaper, GAY. Enthralled by Russo's pithy remarks, Mechtly started to assemble a collection of LGBT film related articles, columns, and reviews. Soon after GAY folded, Russo began touring the country with his lecture and film clip presentation, Celluloid Closet. With no other contact information, Mechtly decided to write to Jack Nichols, editor of GAY, in hopes of him forwarding a letter to Russo. It worked, Russo contacted him in 1978 and they briefly chatted about Mechtly’s preservation of Russo’s columns. Russo insisted that Mechtly had the beginnings of a collection and suggested he make himself the “community’s clipper” of such materials. For more obscure clippings, Russo put him in touch with Peter Lowry, founder of the New York City Gay Film Festival, and Brenda Webb, founder of the Chicago Gay Film Festival. In 1981, Russo suggested that Mechtly share some of his oldest clippings with Larry Horne. Horne and others at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) were planning the first Los Angeles International Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival, which later became known as Outfest. After exchanging letters about once a year, in 1987 Mechtly and Horne were finally able to meet at the festival. In early 1988, Mechtly contacted Russo, inquiring about his inspiration for gay film writing. As he suspected, Russo was greatly influenced by Jack Babuscio, a writer for London’s Gay Times. Mechtly offered to collect the (recently deceased) Babuscio’s columns, in their entirety, for Russo. Of the nearly ninety columns, Mechtly already possessed three dozen. From there, he sought help from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, where another three dozen columns were uncovered. And at the recommendation of Horne, he contacted Stephen Bourne from the British Film Institute in London. Bourne assisted Mechtly in recovering the remaining columns. Upon receiving this gift, Russo called Mechtly to express his gratitude for the Babuscio collection.

Edited from Rick Mechley's text by Stacy Syroka

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Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of articles, columns, and reviews regarding LGBT actors, motion pictures, and film festivals. Mechtly culled clippings from a variety of mainstream and LBGT magazines and newspapers, 1966-2011. The clippings includes Jack Babuscio's column, Screen Gays, Stephen Bourne's articles and columns, and many others. To a lesser extent the collection contains correspondence from Bourne and others to Mechtly.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Columns and correspondence

Series 2. Clippings

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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

Deed of gift dated, December 15, 2012.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, December 2012.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • clippings files

Personal Name(s)

  • Babuscio, Jack, 1937-1990

Subject(s)

  • Gays in motion pictures
  • Lesbians in motion pictures

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Columns and correspondence 1975-1999 

Scope and content

The series includes clippings, correspondence, and filmographies. The clippings include columns written by Jack Babuscio, Stephen Bourne, and to a lesser extent Vito Russo. Correspondence files include Stephen Bourne letters to Mechtly along with a very limited number of other motion picture and/or film festival related correspondence. The series also includes several filmographies created by Frank Swilling and Rick Mechtly.

Arrangement

The folders were arranged alphabetically by the last name of their creators.

Box Folder

 Jack Babuscio column Screen Gays 1975-1982, 1990   [3 folders]

3 20-22

 Jack Babuscio and Vito Russo columns 1976-1980 

3 23

 Stephen Bourne columns 1987-1994 

3 24

 Stephen Bourne correspondence 1992-1999 

3 25

 Mechtly correspondence 1982-1996   [3 folders]

3 28

 Mechtly filmographies 1980, 1990   [2 folders]

3 29-30

 Frank Swilling filmographies 1989, 1995   [2 folders]

3 26-27

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Series 2:  Clippings 1966-2011 

Arrangement

The series has been arranged chronologically. Some folders span multiple years which reflects Mechtly's original arrangement.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of articles, columns, and reviews regarding LGBT actors, motion pictures, and film festivals. Mechtly culled clippings from a variety of mainstream and LBGT magazines and newspapers, 1966-2011. The bulk of the Vito Russo's writings are located in this series.

Arrangement

The folders are arranged chronologically. Folders spanning multiple years reflect Mechtly's original arrangement.

Box Folder

  1966-1971 

1 2

  1966-1982 

1 1

  1971-1980 

1 3

  1980-1981 

1 4

  1982, 1985 

1 5

  1982-1983 

1 6

  1983-1985 

1 7

  1984-1985 

1 8

  1985-1986 

1 9

  1986-1987 

1 10

  1987 

1 11

  1988 

1 13

  1988-1992 

1 14

  1989 

1 14

  1990   [3 folders]

1 15-17

  1991 

1 19

  1991-1992 

1 18

  1992 

1 20

  1992 

2 1

  1993   [2 folders]

2 2-3

  1993-1994 

2 4-5

  1994   [3 folders]

2 6-8

  1994-1995 

2 9

  1995   [3 folders]

2 10-12

  1995-1996 

2 13

  1996   [3 folders]

2 14-16

  1997 

2 17

  1997-1998 

2 18

  1998 

2 19

  1998-1999 

2 20

  1999 

2 21

  1999-2000 

2 22

  2000-2001 

3 1

  2001 

3 2

  2001-2002 

3 3

  2002   [2 folders]

3 4-5

  2002-2003 

3 6

  2003-2004 

3 7

  2004   [2 folders]

3 8-9

  2005   [2 folders]

3 10-11

  2006   [2 folders]

3 12-13

  2007 

3 14

  2008 

3 15-16

  2009 

3 17

  2010 

3 18

  2011 

3 19

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