The Homosexual Information Center (HIC),
is a nonprofit organization committed to gathering and disseminating information and
data to the public regarding all aspects of homosexuality. It was founded in the late
1960s by the Tangent Group, which in 1965 formally split from ONE, Incorporated, one of
the first gay rights organizations in the United States. The collection consists of
alphabetical subject files containing documents and records created and disseminated by
a wide range of social and political organizations, including local organizations in Los
Angeles, national organizations, and international organizations. Various topics
relevant to the homosexual community in the late 20th century are represented in the
collection, especially the AIDS epidemic, HIC's interactions with smaller community
and religious groups, and numerous political issues.
The Homosexual Information Center (HIC), a nonprofit organization committed to gathering
and disseminating information and data to the public regarding all aspects of
homosexuality, has its roots in ONE Incorporated. Established in 1952, One Incorporated
was one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States. Its founding members
included Dale Jennings, Harry Hay, Dorr Legg, and Don Slater, all of whom sought to
unify homosexuals into social action. The organization conceived of and published ONE
Magazine, first distributed in 1953, which was dedicated to homosexuality and homosexual
issues. In 1955 the organization established an educational division, called ONE
Institute for Homophile Studies, the first educational institution in the United States
dedicated to the study of homosexuality. The organization quickly expanded in the years
1953-1956 to include the educational division, a publications division, a social
services division, and a library.
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of
materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by
fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the
public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright
owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
The collection is open for research use.