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Finding aid to the Jim Yousling photographs and papers, 1947-1995 Coll2012.128
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  • Separated Materials
  • Processing Information
  • Access
  • Scope and Contents
  • Biography
  • Arrangement
  • Acquisition Information
  • Related Materials
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Title: Jim Yousling photographs and papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.128
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.9 linear feet. 1 archive box + 1 archive carton + 4 archive binders + 2 flat boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1963-1991
    Date (inclusive): 1947-1995
    Abstract: This collection consists of artwork, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, notes, press material, clippings, magazine layouts, private journals, and publications collected and/or created by Jim Yousling, 1947-1995, bulk 1963-1991. Materials include photographs, manuscripts, and press materials gathered and/or created during his editorship of In Touch magazine; personal papers, artwork, and photographs; and photographs produced out of Yousling's Phantom Studios.
    creator: Yousling, Jim, (James Milo Yousling), 1947-1995

    Separated Materials

    Periodicals:
    Bimbox, issue 2 (Summer 1990).
    Gay Boy, volume 1, number 2.
    Hollywood Star, volume 1, number 11.
    In Touch, numbers 69, 94, 102.
    Sin Bros., issues 4 and 5 (Spring 1990, Winter 1991).
    Su Madre, 1991.
    Ten Percent (May 1982, February 1983, Summer 1983).
    Books:
    Trinidad, David. Pavane. Chatsworth, CA: Sherwood Press, 1981.
    Yousling, Kim. Star Image: An Analysis. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 1968.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Robert Graves and Kyle Morgan, 2012.

    Access

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

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of artwork, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, notes, press material, clippings, magazine layouts, private journals, and publications collected and/or created by Jim Yousling, 1947-1995, bulk 1963-1991. The collection includes photographs, manuscripts, press materials, and other subject file records on the musicians, entertainers, models, and publishers covered during his editorship of In Touch magazine from 1981-1985. The collection also consists of personal and professional artwork including Yousling's Hell Kitty comic, personal papers and photographs, and photographs and negatives produced out of Yousling's Phantom Studios.

    Biography

    James Milo Yousling, better known as Jim, was born January 28, 1947, in Washington, Iowa, son of John Leland Yousling and Leona Pauline Huston. He grew up in Elkhart, Indiana, and Sycamore, Illinois. He earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design/communications from Michigan State University in 1969 and received a master’s degree in film studies from the University of Southern California in 1971. He spent the bulk of his professional career employed in graphic and art design for publishing and entertainment companies.
    Yousling is perhaps best known for his position as editor-in-chief of the gay men’s magazine In Touch from 1981-1985. Under his editorship, the magazine turned from its previous incarnation of news features amidst nude pictorials, to a more colorful and vibrant format that spotlighted pop culture figures. The magazine focused on the growing Los Angeles and New York punk rock and underground scenes while maintaining the nude male pictorials that attracted many buyers to the magazine.
    Yousling served as an art director for Larry Flynt Publications and the Apparel News Group. As a freelance graphic designer and artist, Yousling also created the Hello Kitty spoof comic strip, Hell Kitty; designed advertisements for Los Angeles-based nightclubs and performers; and designed record-cover artwork for musical acts such as Concrete Blonde, Apache Dancers and The Slaves. In the mid-1980s, he also founded Phantom Studios, a producer of nude male photographs that were sold and printed in various magazines.
    Jim passed away from AIDS-related complications on January 1, 1995.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in the following series:

    Acquisition Information

    Date of acquisition unknown.

    Related Materials

    Stuart Timmons papers and collections, Acc2011-048, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Jim Yousling Photographs and Papers, Coll2012-128, 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 Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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

    Gay press publications
    Photographs
    Popular culture
    Zine