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Finding Aid to the Paul Serchia Papers, 1975-2010

Finding aid prepared by 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 - Creator
Serchia, Paul, 1957-2010
Title
Paul Serchia papers
Collection no.
Coll2013.074
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1985-1995
Date [inclusive]
1975-2010
Extent
1.0 linear foot., 1 archive box.
Language
English
Abstract
Editorial copy, organizational records, correspondence, clippings, flyers, photographs, and other material, 1975-2010, from Los Angeles journalist and AIDS activist, Paul Serchia. Materials document his involvement with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and the Los Angeles committee of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Paul Serchia Papers, Coll2013-074, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Paul E. Serchia, Los Angeles journalist and AIDS activist, was born on February 5, 1957. He began his journalism and political cartooning career while a student at Pepperdine University, where he received his journalism degree in 1980. He worked at the Thousand Oaks News Chronicle in the early part of his career. After leaving the  News Chronicle, Serchia went on to work as the publications manager at AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), where he wrote and edited several publications during the 1980s and 1990s. He was a longtime editor of  Positive Living, a monthly publication from APLA, to which he also contributed a regular column, "Thinking Positive." Serchia was also very active on the Los Angeles Committee for the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, as well as the Positive Pedelers group, which raised awareness and funds for AIDS LifeCycle. Serchia was diagnosed with HIV in 1999 and later diagnosed with cancer in 2009. He died on March 1, 2010 in Los Angeles.

Source:

Box 1, Folder 1, Paul Serchia Papers, Coll2013-074, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes editorial copy, organizational records, correspondence, clippings, flyers, photographs, and other material, 1975-2010, from Los Angeles journalist and AIDS activist, Paul Serchia. Materials document his involvement with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and the Los Angeles committee of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. In particular, the collection includes administrative records from the Los Angeles committee, as well as publication records from COLAGE, its official publication. Also included are photographs of APLA members and original cover designs from two APLA publications.

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Arrangement

A folder with articles written by or about Paul Serchia 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 Dean Micheli, March 27, 2010.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, August 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

The following publications have been separated from the collection and cataloged into the ONE Archives library and periodicals collections:

After Dark 13.12 (May 1981).

AIDS Alert, the newsletter of the Pacific Center's Program for AIDS Counseling and Therapy 1.1; 3.1-2 (1988; 1991).

APLA Update (January 1990-December 1991).

Au Courant 5.45-46 (September-October 1987).

Barbra Quarterly 9 (Fall 1982).

Champion of Lesbian and Gay Equality (COLAGE): the Official Publication for the National March on Washington in Southern California, Issue 1-7 (1987).

Christopher Street (New York: That New Magazine, Inc., October 1977-March 1989).

Diseased Pariah News #1-10 (1991-1995).

Enquirer (December 1986).

For Our Clients Only, AIDS Project Los Angeles 1.1-2.2 (1987-1988).

Freedman, M., Harvey Mayes, and Edd Dundas. Loving Man: A Photographic Guide to Gay Male Lovemaking (New York, NY: Hark Pub., 1976).

Frontiers (May 1985).

Frontline 5.7 (September 1987).

Gay Community News 15.12 (October 1987).

Impulse 4.2 (September 1987).

In the Light (Summer 1987).

In Touch for Men 136 (1988).

Infected Faggot Perspectives 14 (Summer 1993).

Issues, a quarterly publication of AIDS Project Los Angeles (Spring 1987).

Lambda Book Report: A Review of Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature (Washington: Lambda Literary Foundation, 2000).

Looking Forward, a newsletter, by and about people living with AIDS (September-October 1987).

Mother's Care Letter, a publication of the Los Angeles Cooperative AIDS Risk-reduction Education Service 1.1-4 (1986).

News of the Columbus Gay and Lesbian Community 10.9 (October 1987).

Optimist: A Publication for Donors, Volunteers and Friends of AIDS Project Los Angeles (Summer 1991-Summer 1996).

Out & Outraged (October 1987).

OUT/LOOK National Lesbian & Gay Quarterly 1.4 (Winter 1989).

Outweek, New York's Lesbian and Gay News Magazine 90-105 (1991).

Pacific Center Journal 4.1-7.4 (1992-1995).

Positive Living, a monthly publication for people with HIV/AIDS (February 1992-January 2000).

PWA Coalition Newsline 29-35 (December 1987-June 1988).

A Report to the Community from the AIDS Project Los Angeles (Spring 1984).

The Richmond Pride 1.12 (July 1987).

Rites for Lesbian and Gay Liberation 4.4 (September 1987).

The San Francisco Bay Area Gay & Lesbian Historical Society Newsletter 3.1 (September 1987).

Sin Bros. 5 (Winter 1991).

Tracks Express 4.3 (October 1987).

Update: News for Clients, Volunteers and Employees of AIDS Project Los Angeles 1.1 (November 1988).

The Voice 5.5 (February 1983).

Volunteers in Perspective, A publication of the Communications Division of AIDS Project Los Angeles 1.3-2.7 (1987-1988).

Washington Blade 18.40-42 (October 1987).

Washington Peace Letter 24.9 (October 1987).

Windy City Times 3.3 (October 1987).

Bumper stickers and March on Washington and "Querelle" posters have been separated from the collection and put in ONE Archives' ephemera collection and poster collection, respectively.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • AIDS Project Los Angeles.
  • National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Los Angeles Committee.

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Photographs

Subject(s)

  • AIDS (Disease)--Diaries
  • AIDS (Disease)--Periodicals
  • AIDS activists--California--Los Angeles
  • Gay journalists
  • Journalism

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Paul Serchia papers 

Box Folder

 Articles written by or about Serchia 1986-2010 

Scope and Contents

Includes the memorial program for Paul Serchia.

1 1

 3 Wishes Bench ad undated 

1 2

 AIDS Project Los Angeles 1983-1998   [5 folders]

1 3-7
Box Folder

 General 1983-1989   [3 folders]

1 3-5

 Original sketch for cover 1998 

1 6

 Hospital volunteer visitation program 1986 

1 7

 AIDS stamp, first day of issue 1993 

1 8

 Awards and recognitions for Paul Serchia 1987-1989 

1 9

 Champion of Lesbian and Gay Equality (COLAGE) copy, production and distribution 1986-1987   [6 folders]

1 10-15

 Correspondence 1990-1992 

1 16

 Events 1987 

1 17

 "I Just Found Out I Have HIV...Now What?" advanced review copy and correspondence 2002 

1 18

 Los Angeles Shanti, Positive Living for Us (PLUS) 1992 

1 19

 March on Washington (1987) Los Angeles committee 1979-1987   [6 folders]

1 22-27

 "Media Guide to the Lesbian & Gay Community" 1990 

1 20

 Miscellaneous gay and AIDS clippings and flyers circa 1975-1995 

1 31

 Mitchell, Vernon, memorial and papers 1991 

1 21

 Optimist articles and notes 1982-1986 

1 28

 Photographs circa 1980-1995   10 b&w and 10 color photographs.

1 29

 Positive Living cover design, signed 1999-2004 

1 30

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