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Finding Aid to the Shawn Daniel Foreman and Joseph Michael Reed Papers, 1949-1985

Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Foreman, Shawn Daniel, 1947-1985
Creator
Reed, Joseph Michael
Title
Shawn Daniel Foreman and Joseph Michael Reed papers
Collection no.
Coll2013.084
Date [inclusive]
1949-1985
Extent
3.1 linear feet., 2 archive cartons + 1 flat box + 1 archive binder
Language
English
Abstract
Sheet music, notebooks, poetry, photographs, correspondence, flyers, advertisements, and personal papers of Shawn Daniel Foreman, 1966-1985. The collection documents Foreman's work with Tommy Powers Presents (erotic photograph mail order), Now Tapes (erotic video mail order), Now Talk (erotic phone service), and TI-OHM Music; his music career; and his personal life. The collection includes the poetry and personal papers of Joseph Michael Reed, 1949-1984.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Shawn Daniel Foreman and Joseph Michael Reed Papers, Coll2013-084, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Shawn Daniel Foreman was born March 5, 1947 and studied music at Los Angeles Community College. He worked as a composer, musician, consultant, and engineer in the music industry. He also briefly operated an erotic mail order business called Tommy Powers Presents and wrote the score for the erotic video Hot Men Observed. He died June 2, 1985 of AIDS-related complications. Limited information was available regarding Joseph Michael Reed except that he and Foreman shared the same residence.

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Scope and Contents

Sheet music, notebooks, poetry, photographs, correspondence, flyers, advertisements, and personal papers of Shawn Daniel Foreman, 1966-1985. The collection documents Foreman's work with Tommy Powers Presents (erotic photograph mail order), Now Tapes (erotic video mail order), Now Talk (erotic phone service), and TI-OHM Music; his music career; and his personal life. The collection includes the poetry and personal papers of Joseph Michael Reed, 1949-1984.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two sections: 1) Shawn Daniel Foreman papers and 2) Joseph Michael Reed papers.

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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

Access restrictions for mold materials.

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

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs
  • Poetry
  • Sheet music

Subject(s)

  • Gay erotica
  • Gay men
  • Gay musicians

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Shawn Daniel Foreman papers 

Arrangement

This section is arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder

 Advertisements and notes regarding musical performances 1970, undated 

1 1

 Correspondence, miscellaneous 1971, undated 

Conditions Governing Access

Mold damage.

4 2

 Event and performance information circa 1970-1984 

1 2

 Notebooks undated 

Scope and Contents

Includes poetry, musical notations, and drawings.

1 3

 Personal papers and correspondence 1966-1985 

Scope and Contents

Includes resume, medical records, death certificate, and 19 identification and business cards

1 4
Box

 Photographs, identification records, and business cards circa 1970-1984   [12 negative strips, 83 photographic prints, 50 contact sheets, and 1 negative of Foreman's certificate of birth]

Scope and Contents

Includes images of Foreman, Reed, their personal life and friends, art pieces, and Foreman's military service. Includes photographs from Foreman's career in music and his work at Tommy Powers Presents erotic studio.

3
Box Folder

 Sheet music, correspondence, and other music related materials 1971-1982 

Conditions Governing Access

Mold damage.

4 3

 Sheet music, lyrics, and performance flyers circa 1970-1979 

2 3

 Sheet music, lyrics, and writings circa 1970-1979 

2 2

 TI OHM, Now Talk, and Now Tapes correspondence, promotional material, and administrative records 1980-1985 

Conditions Governing Access

Mold damage.

4 4-6

 Tommy Powers Presents, promotional materials 1970, undated 

2 1
Box

 "What's New Pussy" undated   [1 open-reel audio recording]

2

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Series 2:  Joseph Michael Reed papers 

Box Folder

 Poetry, power of attorney, and an unidentified diploma 1949-1983 

1 5

 Notebooks 1969-1984   [five 8 1/2 x 11-inch binders]

Scope and Contents note

Primarily contains Reed's poetry, but also includes the poetry of others, clippings, and graphics.

1 6-10

 Medical records 1984 

Conditions Governing Access

Mold damage.

4 1

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