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Finding Aid to the Don Slater/Homosexual Information Center Collection, 1957-1998

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
Homosexual Information Center (Hollywood, Calif.).
Creator - Creator
Slater, Don, (Donald Rutherford Slater), 1923-1997
Title
Don Slater/Homosexual Information Center collection
Collection no.
Coll2013.085
Date [inclusive]
1957-1998
Extent
2.9 linear feet., 2 archive boxes + 1 archive carton
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, membership records, publications, promotional material, clippings, subject files, financial records, and court records of the Homosexual Information Center, 1965-1998. Also includes the personal correspondence, financial records, medical and insurance records, photographs, and memorial service materials of Don Slater, 1957-1997. A longtime Los Angeles gay activist, Don Slater was one of the founders of ONE Incorporated in 1952 and the founder of the Homosexual Information Center in 1965.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Don Slater/Homosexual Information Center Collection, Coll2013-085, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Donald Rutherford Slater was born in Pasadena, California, on August 21, 1923. He served in World War II before rheumatic fever resulted in his honorable discharge. He enrolled at the University of Southern California and received a degree in English literature. In 1951 Slater joined the Mattachine Society, and in 1952 was one of the founders of ONE Incorporated, which published the first national gay and lesbian periodical, ONE Magazine. Actively involved in the publication of the magazine, Slater became managing editor in 1958. A disagreement between Slater and business manager Dorr Legg in 1965 sparked a battle over control of ONE that led to competing ONE publications. When Legg won the right to use the name ONE later that year, Slater started his own organization, the Homosexual Information Center (HIC), and periodical,  Tangents. Slater died on February 14, 1997, survived by his partner of over 50 years, Tony Reyes.

Sources:

"Don Slater, 1921-1997: A Gay Rights Pioneer Remembered by his Friends." Homosexual Information Center, 1997.

Hansen, Joseph. A Few Doors West of Hope: The Life and Times of the Dauntless Don Slater. Homosexual Information Center, 1998.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, membership records, publications, promotional material, clippings, subject files, financial records, and court records of the Homosexual Information Center, 1965-1998. Includes records of the National Planning Conference of Homophile Organizations and the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations, 1966-1970. Also includes the personal correspondence, financial records, medical and insurance records, photographs, and memorial service materials of Don Slater, 1957-1997.

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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

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Formerly box 103-306. Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013.

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Related Materials

Open-reel audiotapes eparated to the ONE audiovisual collection

Interviews recorded on 7-inch open-reel audiotapes for the KPFK 90.7 FM show Homosexuality Today.

Dr Clarence Colwell interviewed by Joseph Hansen, January 15, 1970.

Howard Fox, Randy Schroeder, and Ralph Shaffer of the Gay Liberation Front. Moderator: Joseph Hansen. August 11, 1970. (unknown if broadcast)

Ken Gual of SCREW interviewed by Joseph Hansen, Part 1 and 2, March 27, 1970. (2 reels)

Leo E. Laurence interviewed by Joseph Hansen, 1970.

Marcus Overseth interviewed by Joseph Hansen, February 6, 1970. (2 reels)

Other separated recordings

Don Slater lecture on equal rights at California State, Los Angeles. January 15, 1965. 7-inch open-reel audiotape.

Tangents meetings, February 20, 1970, and March 27, 1970. 7-inch open-reel audiotape.

Hay-Burnside-Pine, track 1; HIC board meeting, January 20, 1970, track 2. 5-inch open-reel audiotape.

Separated to the ONE program and periodcal collections

Alert, News from the UFMCC on AIDS Legislation, Education, Research, and Treatment (May 1992).

Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches General Conference XVI (July 18-25, 1993).

ZAP!, published by homophiles of Penn State (December 1974).

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Gay activists
  • Gay men
  • Gay press publications

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Don Slater/Homosexual Information Center (HIC) records 1957-1998 

Arrangement

Correspondence, publications, and promotional material are listed first. The remainder of the collection is arranged alphabetically.

 HIC publications and promotional material 

Box Folder

 Bookservice 1965-1968 

2 4

 Brochures and pamphlets circa 1966-1979 

2 6

 Newsletters 1965-1995 

2 7

 Promotional materials 1965-1996   [5 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes flyers, mass mailings, press releases, and other broadly distributed materials.

2 8-12

 Tangents publications 1965-1970 

2 13
Box Folder

 Correspondence and subscription records (chronological arrangement) 1965-1995   [27 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes inquiries, subscription requests and forms, and professional and personal correspondence.

1 1-27

 Correspondence and subscription records (alphabetical arrangement) 1965-1975   [3 folders]

2 1-3

 Baby book, Don Slater 1923-1924 

2 30

 Biographical and memorial service materials 1997-1998 

Scope and Contents

Includes the HIC publications "Don Slater, 1921-1997: A Gay Rights Pioneer Remembered by his Friends" and A Few Doors West of Hope: The Life and Times of the Dauntless Don Slater.

2 14

 Clippings 1965-1976 

Scope and Contents note

Includes articles written by Don Slater.

2 15

 Court case records 1957-1981 

3 1

 Financial records (personal) 1960-1971 

3 2

 Hannepin County Library and American Library Association cataloging materials 1974-1975 

2 16

 Ledgers, HIC 1968, 1974 

3 3

 Medical and insurance records 1978-1995 

2 17

 Miscellaneous records 1961-1992 

Scope and Contents note

Includes notes, receipts, W-2 tax forms while at ONE Incorporated, speaking engagement and other event flyers, 1965 ONE at Cahuenga materials, Tangents editorial and mockup records, Homosexual Information Center stationary, and pencil/pen sketches among other documents.

2 18

 North American Conference of Homophile Organizations (NACHO) records 1966-1970   [7 folders]

Scope and Contents

Includes planning and conference records from events in Kansas City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Houston.

2 23-29

 National Planning Conference of Homophile Organizations (NPCHO), Credentials Committee records 1967-1970   [2 folders]

3 5-6

 Photographs circa 1923-1996   Six black-and-white photographic prints, four color photographic prints, two color and two black-and-white laser prints on paper, and one negative.

Scope and Contents note

Images of Don Slater as a child and adult and of Tony Reyes.

2 19

 Subject files 1970-1975 

2 22

 Tax-exempt status records 1968-1977 

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with IMRU.

3 4

 Vennen court case records 1965-1971   [2 folders]

2 20-21
Drawer

 White cardboard sign with black text: "Don Slater 1923 1997" with a red heart in the middle 1997 

14-2

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