Finding Aid to the Shawn Daniel Foreman and Joseph Michael Reed Papers, 1949-1985 Coll2013.084

Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.
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Title: Shawn Daniel Foreman and Joseph Michael Reed papers
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.084
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.1 linear feet. 2 archive cartons + 1 flat box + 1 archive binder
Date (inclusive): 1949-1985
Abstract: Sheet music, notebooks, poetry, photographs, correspondence, flyers, advertisements, and personal papers of Shawn Daniel Foreman, 1966-1985. The collection documents Foreman's work with Tommy Powers Presents (erotic photograph mail order), Now Tapes (erotic video mail order), Now Talk (erotic phone service), and TI-OHM Music; his music career; and his personal life. The collection includes the poetry and personal papers of Joseph Michael Reed, 1949-1984.
creator: Foreman, Shawn Daniel, 1947-1985
creator: Reed, Joseph Michael

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Shawn Daniel Foreman and Joseph Michael Reed Papers, Coll2013-084, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013.

Acquisition

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

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.

Conditions Governing Access

Access restrictions for mold materials.

Biography

Shawn Daniel Foreman was born March 5, 1947 and studied music at Los Angeles Community College. He worked as a composer, musician, consultant, and engineer in the music industry. He also briefly operated an erotic mail order business called Tommy Powers Presents and wrote the score for the erotic video Hot Men Observed. He died June 2, 1985 of AIDS-related complications. Limited information was available regarding Joseph Michael Reed except that he and Foreman shared the same residence.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two sections: 1) Shawn Daniel Foreman papers and 2) Joseph Michael Reed papers.

Scope and Contents

Sheet music, notebooks, poetry, photographs, correspondence, flyers, advertisements, and personal papers of Shawn Daniel Foreman, 1966-1985. The collection documents Foreman's work with Tommy Powers Presents (erotic photograph mail order), Now Tapes (erotic video mail order), Now Talk (erotic phone service), and TI-OHM Music; his music career; and his personal life. The collection includes the poetry and personal papers of Joseph Michael Reed, 1949-1984.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gay erotica
Gay men
Gay musicians
Photographs
Poetry
Sheet music

 

Shawn Daniel Foreman papers

Arrangement

This section is arranged in alphabetical order.
Box 1, Folder 1

Advertisements and notes regarding musical performances 1970, undated

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence, miscellaneous 1971, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Mold damage.
Box 1, Folder 2

Event and performance information circa 1970-1984

Box 1, Folder 3

Notebooks undated

Scope and Contents

Includes poetry, musical notations, and drawings.
Box 1, Folder 4

Personal papers and correspondence 1966-1985

Scope and Contents

Includes resume, medical records, death certificate, and 19 identification and business cards
Box 3

Photographs, identification records, and business cards circa 1970-1984

Physical Description: [12 negative strips, 83 photographic prints, 50 contact sheets, and 1 negative of Foreman's certificate of birth]

Scope and Contents

Includes images of Foreman, Reed, their personal life and friends, art pieces, and Foreman's military service. Includes photographs from Foreman's career in music and his work at Tommy Powers Presents erotic studio.
Box 4, Folder 3

Sheet music, correspondence, and other music related materials 1971-1982

Conditions Governing Access

Mold damage.
Box 2, Folder 3

Sheet music, lyrics, and performance flyers circa 1970-1979

Box 2, Folder 2

Sheet music, lyrics, and writings circa 1970-1979

Box 4, Folder 4-6

TI OHM, Now Talk, and Now Tapes correspondence, promotional material, and administrative records 1980-1985

Conditions Governing Access

Mold damage.
Box 2, Folder 1

Tommy Powers Presents, promotional materials 1970, undated

Box 2

"What's New Pussy" undated

Physical Description: [1 open-reel audio recording]
 

Joseph Michael Reed papers

Box 1, Folder 5

Poetry, power of attorney, and an unidentified diploma 1949-1983

Box 1, Folder 6-10

Notebooks 1969-1984

Physical Description: [five 8 1/2 x 11-inch binders]

Scope and Contents note

Primarily contains Reed's poetry, but also includes the poetry of others, clippings, and graphics.
Box 4, Folder 1

Medical records 1984

Conditions Governing Access

Mold damage.