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Finding Aid to A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood Records, 1998-1999

Finding aid prepared by Jeff Snapp, (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
Different Light Bookstores.
Title
A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood records
Collection no.
Coll2013.016
Date [inclusive]
1998-1999
Extent
0.4 linear foot., 1 archive carton.
Language
English
Abstract
Sales and store inventory records of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender literature as well as bestseller information from A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood. Includes documentation of publishers, wholesalers and distributors as well as retail competitors from 1998-1999.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood Records, Coll2013.016, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biographical/Historical note

A Different Light Bookstore was an independent gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender bookstore retailer with locations in West Hollywood, New York City, and San Francisco. The store opened in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles in 1979, then moved to its West Hollywood location in 1990. The New York store opened in 1983 and the San Francisco store in 1985. The New York store closed in 2001, the West Hollywood store in 2009, and the San Francisco Castro store in 2011.

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Scope and Contents note

Sales data and inventories of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) literature as well as bestseller information from A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood. Includes store procedure records, an employee handbook, and examples of the bookstore's branding. Also includes documentation of publishers, wholesalers and small press distributors; administrative records covering store branding and store policies and procedures; and a contact list of other stores and publishers interested in forming a GLBT roundtable in 1999.

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Arrangement

A descriptive index to the collection was created by the donor and was used as a template for the arrangement. A copy of the index is in Folder 2.

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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

An anonymous donor gifted the records in July 2011 in honor of former general manager Richard Labonte.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jeff Snapp, 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Bookstores
  • Gay authors--United States--20th century
  • Gays in literature
  • Lesbian authors--United States--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  A Different Light Bookstore records 1998-1999 

Box Folder

 A Different Light calendar May 1986 

1 1

 Collection description index 2011 

1 2

 Store bestsellers 1998 

1 3

 Store website bestsellers 1998 

Scope and Contents note

List of the top 100 bestsellers at locations in New York and San Francisco in 1998.

1 4

 Restock reports 1998-1999 

1 5

 Logo book bag circa 1998 

1 6

 Vendor directory 1999 

1 7

 The Publishing Triangle bestselling novels circa 1999 

Scope and Contents note

Includes the 100 best Lesbian and Gay novels list.

1 8

 Work schedule 1999 

1 9

 Bookmarks and letterhead circa 1999 

1 10

 West Hollywood calendar year bestseller list September 30, 1998 

1 11

 Gay/Lesbian Roundtable organization respondee list 1999 

1 12

 Category inventory lists circa 1998 

1 13

 Employee handbook 1999 

1 14

 Purchase orders (distributor and publisher) 1999 

1 15

 Order confirmations (wholesalers) circa 1998 

1 16

 Publisher store inventory lists 1998-1999 

1 17

 Alamo Square fax 1999 

1 18

 Naiad store inventory and purchase order 1999 

1 19

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