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Finding Aid to the Ken Burns Awards Collection, 1955-1998

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2014

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
Burns, Ken
Title
Ken Burns awards collection
Collection no.
Coll2014.023
Date [inclusive]
1955-1998
Extent
1.0 linear foot., 1 flat archive box.
Language
English
Abstract
Four awards, 1955-1998, given to Ken Burns, former President of the Mattachine Society during the 1950s. Included is a Mattachine Society honorary membership plaque given to Burns in 1955.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Ken Burns Awards Collection, Coll2014-023, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Historical Note

Kennith H. Burns grew up in Southern California and briefly attended the University of Southern California before joining the medical corps. After World War II, he began studying for the Episcopal priesthood, but left by the 1950s and was working as an insurance adjuster. In the early 1950s, Burns became a member of the Mattachine Society in Los Angeles. He later became chairman of the Coordinating Council in 1953, and oversaw numerous activities in Mattachine Society chapters in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.

By 1953, there was a growing schism between the Mattachine's members. In two conventions that year, the membership elected a new slate of leaders including Burns, replacing founder Harry Hay and his followers. Burns was elected President of the Mattachine Society, where he stayed for three years until conflict over the editorial content of the Mattachine Review led him to resign from his office. His lover at the time, Dale Olson, resigned from the Mattachine as well.

Source:

Sears, James T. Behind the Mask of the Mattachine: The Hal Call Chronicles and the Early Movement for Homosexual Emancipation. New York: Harrington Park Press, 2006.

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Scope and Contents

The collection comprises two award plaques, 1 inscribed plate, and 1 award certificate, 1955-1998, given to Ken Burns, former President of the Mattachine Society during the 1950s. Included is a Mattachine Society honorary membership plaque given to Burns in 1955.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2014
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

Collection acquired December 29, 2007, donor unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, May 2014.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

Mattachine Society Project Collection, Coll2008-016, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Mattachine Society.

Genre(s)

  • Plaques (flat objects)

Subject(s)

  • Gay activists

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Ken Burns awards 

Box Item

 Mattachine Society Honorary Membership Conferred Upon Kennith H. Burns May 14, 1955   1 award plaque.

1 1

 Queer Frontiers, the Fifth Annual National Lesbian, Gay and Bi Graduate Student Conference Certificate of Appreciation March 24, 1995 

1 2

 Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, Silver Circle Contribution 1997   1 plate.

1 3

 Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Public Service Award November 12, 1998   1 award plaque.

1 4

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