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Guide to the Homosexual Information Center Subject Files Collection, 1933-2005
SC/HICSF  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
23.77 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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.
Availability
The collection is open for research use.