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Finding Aid to A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood Records, 1998-1999 Coll2013.016
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Acquisition
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Title: A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood records
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.016
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.4 linear foot. 1 archive carton.
    Date (inclusive): 1998-1999
    Abstract: Sales and store inventory records of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender literature as well as bestseller information from A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood. Includes documentation of publishers, wholesalers and distributors as well as retail competitors from 1998-1999.
    creator: Different Light Bookstores.

    Biographical/Historical note

    A Different Light Bookstore was an independent gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender bookstore retailer with locations in West Hollywood, New York City, and San Francisco. The store opened in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles in 1979, then moved to its West Hollywood location in 1990. The New York store opened in 1983 and the San Francisco store in 1985. The New York store closed in 2001, the West Hollywood store in 2009, and the San Francisco Castro store in 2011.

    Arrangement

    A descriptive index to the collection was created by the donor and was used as a template for the arrangement. A copy of the index is in Folder 2.

    Scope and Contents note

    Sales data and inventories of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) literature as well as bestseller information from A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood. Includes store procedure records, an employee handbook, and examples of the bookstore's branding. Also includes documentation of publishers, wholesalers and small press distributors; administrative records covering store branding and store policies and procedures; and a contact list of other stores and publishers interested in forming a GLBT roundtable in 1999.

    Acquisition

    An anonymous donor gifted the records in July 2011 in honor of former general manager Richard Labonte.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Jeff Snapp, 2013.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood Records, Coll2013.016, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bookstores
    Gay authors--United States--20th century
    Gays in literature
    Lesbian authors--United States--20th century