Finding Aid to the Don Slater/Homosexual Information Center Collection, 1957-1998 Coll2013.085

Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
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Title: Don Slater/Homosexual Information Center collection
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.085
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.9 linear feet. 2 archive boxes + 1 archive carton
Date (inclusive): 1957-1998
Abstract: Correspondence, membership records, publications, promotional material, clippings, subject files, financial records, and court records of the Homosexual Information Center, 1965-1998. Also includes the personal correspondence, financial records, medical and insurance records, photographs, and memorial service materials of Don Slater, 1957-1997. A longtime Los Angeles gay activist, Don Slater was one of the founders of ONE Incorporated in 1952 and the founder of the Homosexual Information Center in 1965.
creator: Homosexual Information Center (Hollywood, Calif.).
creator: Slater, Don, (Donald Rutherford Slater), 1923-1997

Open-reel audiotapes eparated to the ONE audiovisual collection

Interviews recorded on 7-inch open-reel audiotapes for the KPFK 90.7 FM show Homosexuality Today.
Dr Clarence Colwell interviewed by Joseph Hansen, January 15, 1970.
Howard Fox, Randy Schroeder, and Ralph Shaffer of the Gay Liberation Front. Moderator: Joseph Hansen. August 11, 1970. (unknown if broadcast)
Ken Gual of SCREW interviewed by Joseph Hansen, Part 1 and 2, March 27, 1970. (2 reels)
Leo E. Laurence interviewed by Joseph Hansen, 1970.
Marcus Overseth interviewed by Joseph Hansen, February 6, 1970. (2 reels)
Other separated recordings
Don Slater lecture on equal rights at California State, Los Angeles. January 15, 1965. 7-inch open-reel audiotape.
Tangents meetings, February 20, 1970, and March 27, 1970. 7-inch open-reel audiotape.
Hay-Burnside-Pine, track 1; HIC board meeting, January 20, 1970, track 2. 5-inch open-reel audiotape.

Separated to the ONE program and periodcal collections

Alert, News from the UFMCC on AIDS Legislation, Education, Research, and Treatment (May 1992).
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches General Conference XVI (July 18-25, 1993).
ZAP!, published by homophiles of Penn State (December 1974).

Acquisition

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Formerly box 103-306. Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Don Slater/Homosexual Information Center Collection, Coll2013-085, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, membership records, publications, promotional material, clippings, subject files, financial records, and court records of the Homosexual Information Center, 1965-1998. Includes records of the National Planning Conference of Homophile Organizations and the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations, 1966-1970. Also includes the personal correspondence, financial records, medical and insurance records, photographs, and memorial service materials of Don Slater, 1957-1997.

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

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

Biography

Donald Rutherford Slater was born in Pasadena, California, on August 21, 1923. He served in World War II before rheumatic fever resulted in his honorable discharge. He enrolled at the University of Southern California and received a degree in English literature. In 1951 Slater joined the Mattachine Society, and in 1952 was one of the founders of ONE Incorporated, which published the first national gay and lesbian periodical, ONE Magazine. Actively involved in the publication of the magazine, Slater became managing editor in 1958. A disagreement between Slater and business manager Dorr Legg in 1965 sparked a battle over control of ONE that led to competing ONE publications. When Legg won the right to use the name ONE later that year, Slater started his own organization, the Homosexual Information Center (HIC), and periodical, Tangents. Slater died on February 14, 1997, survived by his partner of over 50 years, Tony Reyes.
Sources:
"Don Slater, 1921-1997: A Gay Rights Pioneer Remembered by his Friends." Homosexual Information Center, 1997.
Hansen, Joseph. A Few Doors West of Hope: The Life and Times of the Dauntless Don Slater. Homosexual Information Center, 1998.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gay activists
Gay men
Gay press publications

 

Don Slater/Homosexual Information Center (HIC) records 1957-1998

Arrangement

Correspondence, publications, and promotional material are listed first. The remainder of the collection is arranged alphabetically.
 

HIC publications and promotional material

Box 2, Folder 4

Bookservice 1965-1968

Box 2, Folder 6

Brochures and pamphlets circa 1966-1979

Box 2, Folder 7

Newsletters 1965-1995

Box 2, Folder 8-12

Promotional materials 1965-1996

Physical Description: [5 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes flyers, mass mailings, press releases, and other broadly distributed materials.
Box 2, Folder 13

Tangents publications 1965-1970

Box 1, Folder 1-27

Correspondence and subscription records (chronological arrangement) 1965-1995

Physical Description: [27 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes inquiries, subscription requests and forms, and professional and personal correspondence.
Box 2, Folder 1-3

Correspondence and subscription records (alphabetical arrangement) 1965-1975

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 2, Folder 30

Baby book, Don Slater 1923-1924

Box 2, Folder 14

Biographical and memorial service materials 1997-1998

Scope and Contents

Includes the HIC publications "Don Slater, 1921-1997: A Gay Rights Pioneer Remembered by his Friends" and A Few Doors West of Hope: The Life and Times of the Dauntless Don Slater.
Box 2, Folder 15

Clippings 1965-1976

Scope and Contents note

Includes articles written by Don Slater.
Box 3, Folder 1

Court case records 1957-1981

Box 3, Folder 2

Financial records (personal) 1960-1971

Box 2, Folder 16

Hannepin County Library and American Library Association cataloging materials 1974-1975

Box 3, Folder 3

Ledgers, HIC 1968, 1974

Box 2, Folder 17

Medical and insurance records 1978-1995

Box 2, Folder 18

Miscellaneous records 1961-1992

Scope and Contents note

Includes notes, receipts, W-2 tax forms while at ONE Incorporated, speaking engagement and other event flyers, 1965 ONE at Cahuenga materials, Tangents editorial and mockup records, Homosexual Information Center stationary, and pencil/pen sketches among other documents.
Box 2, Folder 23-29

North American Conference of Homophile Organizations (NACHO) records 1966-1970

Physical Description: [7 folders]

Scope and Contents

Includes planning and conference records from events in Kansas City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Houston.
Box 3, Folder 5-6

National Planning Conference of Homophile Organizations (NPCHO), Credentials Committee records 1967-1970

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 19

Photographs circa 1923-1996

General Physical Description note: Six black-and-white photographic prints, four color photographic prints, two color and two black-and-white laser prints on paper, and one negative.

Scope and Contents note

Images of Don Slater as a child and adult and of Tony Reyes.
Box 2, Folder 22

Subject files 1970-1975

Box 3, Folder 4

Tax-exempt status records 1968-1977

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with IMRU.
Box 2, Folder 20-21

Vennen court case records 1965-1971

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Drawer 14-2

White cardboard sign with black text: "Don Slater 1923 1997" with a red heart in the middle 1997