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Finding Aid to the Ron Emler Photographs and Greeting Cards

Finding aid prepared by Mario Macias, © 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
Emler, Ron, 1940-2005
Title
Ron Emler photographs and greeting cards
Collection no.
Coll2013.079
Date [inclusive]
1970s-2000
Extent
1.0 linear foot., 3 archive binder boxes.
Language
English
Abstract
Photographic prints and greetings cards documenting the travels, personal life, extended family, friends, and civic activities of Ron Emler during the 1990s . He was a long-time partner of Joseph Carrier and a Redondo Beach School District teacher and counselor.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Ron Elmer Photographs and Greeting Cards, Coll2013-079, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Ron Emler was born in West Virginia in 1940. He met Joseph Carrier in Pacific Palisades in the summer of 1963. They became life-long friends and partners for over 40 years, but they never lived together. Emler worked as a teacher and counselor in the Redondo Beach School District. In his Los Angeles neighborhood, Elmer was civically active founding the Echo Park Security Association and the Echo Park Improvement Association. The Echo Park Historical Society created the Ron Emler Memorial Book Program in his memory. Emler died in March 2005 from Hepatitis C.

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Scope and Content

The bulk of the photographs of Ron Emler document his liasons and travel. He traveled in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, the majority of the photographs document his experiences in Southeast Asia. The collection also includes about 30 greetings cards and photographs of his extended family and friends, as well as documenting Elmer's civic involvement in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Travel

Series 2. Personal

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 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

Deed of gift dated September 25, 2010.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Mario Macias, September 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Carrier, Joseph M., 1927-

Subject(s)

  • Gays--Travel
  • Sex tourism

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series Travel 1979-2000 

Arrangement

The photographic prints are arranged alphabetically by country and then chronologically where noted.

Scope and Content

The series includes photographic prints of his international travels including historic sites as well as his international liasons. The bulk of the photographs document several trips to Thailand.

Box-binder

 Bali 1993, undated 

1

 Belize undated 

1

 Egypt March 1997 

1

 England/Scotland 1996 

1

 Greece undated 

1

 Haiti September 1979 

1

 Laos (Mekong River) and Vietnam 1997-1998 

1

 Mexico December 1998 

1

 Thailand 1997-2000 

2

 United States, New Mexico undated 

1

 Venezuela undated 

1

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Series 2:  Series Personal  circa 1976-1990s 

Scope and Content

The Personal series documents Emler's life with extended family, friends, and sexual liasons in photographic prints and greeting cards. The series includes a range of events such as an award cermony, birthday parties, community clean-ups, a halloween costume party, his 40th high school reunion, the painting of the "Chicken Corner" mural, and tree plantings in his Echo Park neighborhood.

Box-binder

 Friends and sexual liasons circa 1976-1999 

3

 Greeting cards 1988-1999 

1

 Family, friends, and civic involvement 1992-1999 

3

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