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Finding Aid to the National Socialist League Collection, 1928-2011

Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan as supervisor, (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
National Socialist League (U.S.).
Creator - Contributor
Veh, Russell R.
Title
National Socialist League collection
Collection no.
Coll2013.024
Date [inclusive]
1928-2011
Extent
0.4 linear feet., 1 archive carton
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of periodicals, correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, flyers, catalogs, brochures, subscription forms, greeting cards and mass mailings created by the National Socialist League (NSL) and other related organizations, 1928-2011. The NSL was a Los Angeles based organization of gay nazis from the 1970s to the mid-1980s run mainly by Russell R. Veh.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] National Socialist League Collection, Coll2013-024, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Historical Note

The National Socialist League (NSL) was a Los Angeles based organization of gay nazis from the 1970s to the mid-1980s. NSL's main goal was to promote both (certain) gay rights and national socialist ideology. It was founded in the early 1970s by Jim Cherry and was taken over by Russell R. Veh (pseudonym Russell R. Patton) in 1974. Though starting from Los Angeles, NSL opened chapters in cities throughout the United States. The NSL published flyers and periodicals, mailed radical right-wing greeting cards, organized nazi film screenings and tried to get involved in gay activism. However the organization was not well received by the community and Russell Veh was forced to move out of Los Angeles (Echo Park) in 1980 and to thereafter hide his place of residence.

The NSL published the quarterly periodical NS Kampfruf until 1974 when the name changed to  NS Mobilizer. The publications contain self-written short articles about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, anti-communism, historical misrepresentation, current political nazi topics and "hero" worship. Besides the NSL, Russell Veh also ran World Service, a mail order firm that sold nazi propaganda material, books and films including those about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and the Holocaust denial. The NSL periodical was later continued under the name  Race and Nation by the World Service.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of periodicals, correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, flyers, catalogs, brochures, subscription forms, greeting cards and mass mailings created by the National Socialist League and other related organizations. It includes issues of the periodicals published by the NSL, NS Kampfruf and  NS Mobilizer, as well as materials about NSL member Russell R. Veh's World Service organization and its publication  Race and Nation. The collection contains material about NSL's attempt to participate at the Christopher Street West parade as well as NSL advertisements, articles and interviews in gay newspapers. The collection includes some reprints of German Nazi propaganda from 1928-1943.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

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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

The collection comprises two anonymous donations in 1979 and 2007 and a donation by Donald E. Smith in 2011.

Processing Information

Supervised by Kyle Morgan, 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Separated to the ONE Periodicals Collection

Entertainment West, no.119.

Separated to the ONE Subject Files Collection

Leathermen promotional materials.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Periodicals

Subject(s)

  • Hate speech--United States
  • Homophobia
  • White supremacy movements

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Christopher Street West correspondence and articles 1977-1978 

1 1

 Clippings about the NSL and general nazi topics 1974-1983 

1 2

 Correspondence and manuscripts 1943-2011 

1 3

 Flyers and subscription forms undated 

1 4

 Greeting cards undated 

1 5

 Mass mailings 1977-1979 

1 6

 NS Kampfruf issues 1974 

1 7

 NS Mobilizer issues 1974-1983 

1 8

 NS Mobilizer classified ads undated 

1 9

 Race and Nation issues 1985-1990 

1 10

 Related organizations 1970-1974 

1 11

 World Service advertisements, newsletters and catalogs undated 

1 12

 World Service brochures and flyers 1928-1976 

1 13

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