Scope and Contents
Title: Marvin Liebman
Coming Out Conservative Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1964, 1990-1993
Date (bulk): 1990-1992
Collection Identifier: GLC 23
20 folders + 1 videocassette tape
(0.5 cubic feet)
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
The collection contains correspondence, clippings, drafts of Liebman's coming-out letter and of his book
Coming Out Conservative
, and a videotaped interview. Drafts include comments by Betty Berzon, William F. Buckley, Jr., Carol Buckley, and Priscilla
The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in
The collection is open for research.
Marvin Liebman transferred copyright to San Francisco Public Library in 1993. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist.
[Identification of item], Marvin Liebman
Coming Out Conservative Collection (GLC 23), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.
Coming Out Conservative Collection was donated by Marvin Liebman in February, 1993.
Researchers are encouraged to see also the Marvin Liebman Papers (1953-1980) at the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford
University, and the Marvin Liebman Papers (1990-1996) at New York Public Library.
Marvin Liebman, born in New York City on 21 July 1923, was a public relations consultant and conservative lobbyist. His firm
Marvin Liebman Associates, Inc. (1957-1968) provided organizational, fundraising and public relations expertise to the anti-communist
and conservative movements in the U.S. and abroad. Its extensive list of clients includes: the Committee of One Million, Aid
Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, the American Emergency Committee for Tibetan Refugees, the American-Asian Educational Exchange,
the American African Affairs Association, and the American Committee for Aid to Katanga Freedom Fighters.
From 1969 to 1975, Liebman was Managing Director of Sedgemoor Productions in London. During this period, he produced or co-produced
nine West-End productions, an equal number of touring or out-of-town productions, two television films, and three feature
In 1975, Liebman returned to the U.S. to organize Marvin Liebman Inc., a firm with the same mission as his earlier Marvin
Liebman Associates. Among the notable clients were: the Friends of Free China, the Friends of Jim Buckley, the Committee of
Single Taxpayers, the American-Chilean Council, the Ad Hoc Citizens Legal Defense Fund for the FBI, Firing Line, and Covenant
With the Reagan victory in 1981, Liebman went to Washington, D.C. He was Consultant to the Office of Policy and Planning for
Action from June through October 1981, Consultant to the Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Education from
October 1981 to February 1982, and Director of the Office of Public Affairs and Director of Special Projects for the National
Endowment of the Arts from February 1982 to July 1987. He served as Director of Special Projects and Acting Director for the
Office of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts.
In July 1990, Liebman came out in a letter published in
The National Review and in an interview published in
The Advocate. His autobiography,
Coming Out Conservative was published in 1992. He died on March 31, 1997.
Scope and Contents
Coming Out Conservative Collection (1964, 1990-1993) contains correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, typescript drafts relating to Marvin
Liebman's coming out letter to the
National Review in 1990, and his book
Coming Out Conservative published in 1992. The collection also contains a videotaped interview of Liebman.
The collection is arranged into four series: Series 1. Correspondence; Series 2. Works by Liebman; Series 3. Clippings and
Press Coverage; and Series 4. Audiovisual Materials.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Buckley, William F., (William Frank), 1925-2008
Liebman, Marvin -- Archives
Coming out (Sexual orientation)--United States.
Conservatism--United States--History--20th century.
Gay men--United States--Biography
Political consultants--United States--Biography
Public relations consultants--United States--Biography.