Finding Aid to the Richard Jay Silverthorn Papers, 1952-1986 Coll2013.069

Finding aid prepared by Danielle Perez-Granado
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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Title: Richard Jay Silverthorn papers
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.069
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.1 linear feet. 4 archive boxes + 6 binder boxes + 3 archive cartons + 1 flat box.
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1970-1986
Date (inclusive): 1952-1986
Abstract: Manuscripts, screenplays, adaptations, research materials, publisher and personal correspondence, handwritten and typed notes, personal and business related financial records, resumes, clippings, awards, photographs, and films of Richard Jay Silverthorn, 1952-1986. Born Marshall Stuart Goldman, Silverthorn was a writer, filmmaker, and gay activist.
creator: Silverthorn, Richard Jay

Biographical Information

Richard Jay Silverthorn was born Marshall Stuart Goldman in Buffalo, New York in 1952. Silverthorn attended the University of Rochester from 1970-1974, graduating with a BA in English. He then moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California film school, graduating in 1978 with a Master of Fine Arts (Cinema). As a film student, Silverthorn received accolades at the SPREE Awards for his gay films in 1975 (2nd place for Dichotomy) and in 1977 (1st place for Two Faggots and 2nd place for The Tea Room Scene). It was because Marshall Goldman had received attention for his gay films that his mother asked him to change his name. He also won many awards for his final student film, Who is Richard Jay Silverthorn Anyway? in which he played numerous characters as well as created special effects and animation.
Silverthorn wrote manuscripts, screenplays, and various adaptations of his original work and the work of others, notably Ray Bradbury's Frost and Fire and a trilogy based on Frank LaLoggia's 1981 film Fear No Evil which Silverthorn acted in and created the make-up for. Silverthorn ceaselessly wrote and revised while attempting to land production and actor roles as well as book deals. In 1983 he partnered with former head of the USC film school, Maynard T. Smith, to create Simian Word Processing, a business geared toward providing publishing services for graduate students completing their dissertations. He also dabbled in the management of actor Nick Spittelli from 1984-1985. Silverthorn had one book published, Satan’s Spawn (Avon Books, 1988) which was the third book of his "Satan Trilogy" originally titled Lucifer. Remaining in Los Angeles until his death on March 23, 1987 from AIDS-related complications, Silverthorn's last years were spent creating an exhaustive family tree for the descendants of Rabbi David Zisilis.
Source: Richard Jay Silverthorn Papers, Coll2013.069, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Writings
Series 2. Professional Work
Series 3. Personal Papers
Series 4. Photographs
Series 5. Audiovisual Materials

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. The original reels of film in this collection (Series 5) are deposited in conjunction with the Outfest Legacy Project at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Advance notice is required for researchers wishing to access the films.

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.

Acquisition

Donated by John O'Brien who received the collection from Maynard T. Smith having acquired the collection following Silverthorn's death. Date of acquisition unknown.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Richard Jay Silverthorn Papers, Coll2013.069, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Processing Information

Formerly boxes 103-333, 103-346 and 103-351. Collection processed by Danielle Perez-Granado, July 2013.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes manuscripts, screenplays, adaptations, research materials, publisher and personal correspondence, handwritten and typed notes, personal and business related financial records, resumes, clippings, awards, photographs, and films created by Richard Jay Silverthorn, 1952-1986. The bulk of the collection consists of his writings, numerous iterations and adaptations of key stories including Campus Faggot, Cookie, and Beelzebub, book one of the "Satan Trilogy." Professional correspondence including publisher and agent letters, entertainment industry information, and financial records of his business with Maynard T. Smith, Simian Word Processing, are included along with family tree research and correspondence, clippings, Jewish and Satanist activity documentation, and healthcare correspondence. Photographs, found loose and within albums, document his personal and professional life from 1970-1986, including the original copy of his family tree.

Separated Materials

The following publications have been separated from the Richard Jay Silverthorn collection and entered into the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives' library and periodicals database:
ACLU of Southern California. Gay Rights Guardian (4:11), November 1979.
The Advocate. Issue 281, November 29, 1979.
Jennings, Newt. Truckin' for Chicken. Santee, CA: Surree Limited, Inc., 1976.
Hot Meat Honeymoon, 1 film reel (Super 8).
NOVA News catalogs.
Silverthorn, Richard Jay. Satan's Spawn. New York: Avon Books, 1988.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Smith, Maynard T.
AIDS (Disease)--Patients
Film makeup
Gay men's writings
Horror films--Production and direction
Jewish gay men
Manuscripts
Plays
Satanism--Fiction
Screenplays

 

Writings Series 1. 1974-1985

Scope and Contents

This series contains screenplays, manuscripts, and stage adaptations of Silverthorn's original and adapted writings including Campus Faggot, Silverthorn’s coming-out story. Cookie, a tragic fictional autobiography, has numerous iterations as a manuscript, screenplay, and monologue. The bulk of the series are notes, research, and outlines for the “Satan Trilogy,” including drafts of the first book, Beelzebub as a manuscript and screenplay. Correspondence and notes between Silverthorn and Ray Bradbury discuss his screen adaptation of Frost and Fire. Notes and ideas for shorter or future projects are included.

Arrangement

Series 1. Writings is arranged alphabetically by major works.
Box 1, Folder 1

The Adventures of Pregnant Mary: A Neo-Victorian Romance undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Alcoholism Film 1978-1981

 

Campus Faggot

Box 1, Folder 3-4

Screenplay 5th Draft 1978

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 5

Screenplay 1978

Box 1, Folder 6

Synopsis 1978-1980

Box 1, Folder 7-8

Novel 1980

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 9-11

2nd Draft 1980

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 1, Folder 12-13

2nd Draft 1980

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 14

Sample Chapters 1980

Box 1, Folder 15

Novel Outline undated

Box 1, Folder 16-18

Manuscript 1974-1985

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 1, Folder 19

Chapter Outline and Sample Chapters for Agent Presentation 1985

Box 1, Folder 20

Chapter Outline and Sample Chapters 1985

Box 1, Folder 21-23

Stage Adaptation 1982

Physical Description: [3 folders]
 

Cookie

Box 1, Folder 24

Novel - First Draft 1979

Box 1, Folder 25-26

Novel - First Rough Draft 1980-1981

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 27-29

Novel 1980-1983

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 2, Folder 1-3

Manuscript 1980-1983

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 2, Folder 4-6

Clean Draft for Scanning 1980-1983

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 2, Folder 7

Novel and Screenplay Synopsis undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Screenplay 2nd Draft 1976

Box 2, Folder 9

Screenplay Revised 1976-1980

Box 2, Folder 10

Screenplay 1985

Box 2, Folder 11

Correspondence and Drafts 1976

Box 2, Folder 12

Novel Presentation for Publishers - Synopsis and Sample Chapters 1983

Box 2, Folder 13-15

Monologue 1984

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 2, Folder 16

Film Ideas undated

Box 2, Folder 17

Freddy the Fairy 1979

Box 2, Folder 18

Freeway Film 1980-1981

 

Frost and Fire

Box 2, Folder 19

Class Notes 1975-1976

Box 2, Folder 20

Option and First Draft 1976-1978

Box 2, Folder 21

3rd Draft 1977

Box 2, Folder 22

Gay Short Stories undated

Box 2, Folder 23

Menagerie undated

Box 2, Folder 24

The Messiah: When the Prophet Comes 1980

Box 2, Folder 25

Miscellaneous Scripts and Outlines undated

Box 2, Folder 26

Porno Scripts undated

Box 2, Folder 27

Night Club Act Ideas undated

Box 2, Folder 28

New Film Ideas 1978-1979

 

Satan Trilogy

Box 2, Folder 29

Rough Notes and Outlines 1980-1981

Box 2, Folder 30

Synopsis and Stationary 1980-1983

Box 2, Folder 31-32

Original Manuscript and Chapter Outlines 1981

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 33

Book of Satan Original Manuscript 1982

Box 2, Folder 34

Chapter Outline 1983

Box 2, Folder 35

Outline 1983

Box 2, Folder 36

Beelzebub, First of the Aiwasz Manuscript undated

Box 3, Folder 1

Beelzebub, First of the Aiwasz Manuscript undated

Box 3, Folder 2-4

Beelzebub Manuscript 1983

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 3, Folder 5-6

Beelzebub Screenplay 1984

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 3, Folder 7

Catholic Beliefs (St. Bernadette) Notes undated

Box 3, Folder 8

Church of Satan Correspondence 1980-1984

Box 3, Folder 9

Mussolini Historical Research Notes and Bibliography (Satan Trilogy) undated

Box 3, Folder 10

Napolean III Historical Notes (for Beelzebub) undated

Box 3, Folder 11

Witchcraft and Demons Notes undated

Box 3, Folder 12

Publisher Correspondence 1982-1983

Box 6, Folder 2

Satan Trilogy and Personal Sketches undated

Box 6, Folder 3

Illustrations (In Order with Page References to Text) 1984

Box 3, Folder 13

Sports Screenplay 1979-1981

Box 3, Folder 14

The Tea Room Scene 1975

Box 3, Folder 15

Time Portal to Auschwitz (The Twilight Zone) 1985

Box 3, Folder 16

The Trial of Henry Zita 1976

 

Who Is Richard J. Silverthorn Anyway?

Box 3, Folder 17

Who Is Richard J. Silverthorn Anyway? 1978-1983

Box 6, Folder 1

Egypt Research ( Who Is Richard J. Silverthorn Anyway?) undated

Box 3, Folder 18

Zarcoff Scripts 1974-1975

Box 5, Folder 6-7

Notebooks undated

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 5, Folder 8

American International Film Festival Award - Best Student Film for Who Is Richard J. Silverthorn Anyway? 1980

 

Professional Work Series 2. 1974-1986

Scope and Contents

This series contains resumes and professional correspondence including cover letters and rejection letters, temp agency records, and production costs and information related to his films. In addition, business and financial papers of Simian Word Processing are included.

Arrangement

Series 2. Professional Work is arranged alphabetically.
Box 3, Folder 19

Employment Checks and Resumes 1978-1979

Box 3, Folder 20

Employment History and Job Hunting 1978-1981

Box 3, Folder 21-22

Industry Information undated

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 3, Folder 23

Richard B. Kaplan Attorney Correspondence for Fear No Evil 1985-1986

Box 3, Folder 24

Mafia Kingpin circa 1981

Box 3, Folder 25

Publisher Correspondence 1974-1985

Box 3, Folder 26

Screenplay/Manuscript Correspondence 1974-1979

 

Simian Word Processing

Box 3, Folder 27-28

Partnership Agreement 1983-1984

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 3, Folder 29-30

Administrative Records 1983-1984

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 3, Folder 31-32

1st Fiscal Year Invoices and Receipts 1984

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 3, Folder 33

Service Administrative Records 1984

Box 4, Folder 1

2nd Fiscal Year Invoices, Receipts, and Administrative Records 1984-1985

Box 4, Folder 2

Tax Returns - 1st Fiscal Year 1985

Box 4, Folder 3

3rd Fiscal Year Invoices, Receipts, and Administrative Records 1985

Box 4, Folder 4

Tax Forms 1986

Box 6, Folder 8

Partnership Agreement 1984

Box 7, Folder 1

Checks and Check Stubs 1985-1986

Box 7, Folder 2

Check Stubs 1984-1985

Box 7

Simian and Personal Finances 1976-1986

Box 14

Rubber Stamp 1983-1986

Box 4, Folder 5

Smith, Maynard T. undated

Box 4, Folder 6

Spittelli, Nick 1982-1983

Box 4, Folder 7

Temp Agencies undated

Box 4, Folder 8

Two Faggots Receipts 1975-1979

Box 4, Folder 9

Word Processing Certificates and Secretarial Resumes 1983-1986

Box 6, Folder 4

Fear No Evil - Names and Addresses, Makeup Budget undated

Box 6, Folder 5-7

Mark of the Beast / Fear No Evil Notes and Production Records 1979-1981

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 4, Folder 35

SPREE Article, Award for Two Faggots 1975

Box 14, Folder 1

Who is Richard Jay Silverthorn Anyway? Awards undated

 

Personal Papers Series 3. 1965-1986

Scope and Contents

This series contains clippings and activist ephemera maintained by Silverthorn. Along with Beth Chayim Chadashim, Gay Jews Conference, and Simon Wiesenthal Center information, AIDS Project Los Angeles and Department of Health and Human Services correspondence are included along with research and correspondence for his Segel/Siegal family tree project. Noteworthy is his journal entitled “I Will Get into the Movies” written between 1978-1979.

Arrangement

Series 3. Personal Papers is arranged alphabetically.
Box 4, Folder 10

Aids Project Los Angeles Correspondence 1986

Box 4, Folder 11

Beth Chayim Chadashim and the Gay Jews Conference 1978-1979

Box 4, Folder 12-13

Beth Cahyim Chadashim, Simon Weisenthal Center, and Other Jewish Papers and Pamphlets circa 1981

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 4, Folder 14

Birthday Times 1986

Box 4, Folder 15

Buffalo Articles about Silverthorn 1970-1974

Box 4, Folder 16

Clippings undated

Box 6, Folder 9-10

Clippings undated

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 4, Folder 17

Department of Health and Human Services Correspondence 1986

Box 14

Gay Pride Ribbon Pin undated

Box 4, Folder 18

Insurance Records 1982-1983

Box 4, Folder 19

I Will Get Into the Movies (Journal) 1978-1979

Box 4, Folder 20

Martin, Bob Cartoons undated

Box 4, Folder 21

Middle School Business Classwork 1965

Box 4, Folder 22

Movie and Theater Programs and Posters circa 1970-1986

Box 4, Folder 23

New York - Los Angeles Airplane Tickets 1974

Box 4, Folder 24

Notes undated

Box 4, Folder 25

Other Student Outlines 1974-1978

Box 4, Folder 26

Personal Correspondence 1980-1982

Box 4, Folder 27

Political and Activist Mailings undated

Box 4, Folder 28

Erotica Clippings undated

Box 4, Folder 29

Russell Company Letter undated

 

Segel/Siegel Family Tree

Box 4, Folder 30

Research and Correspondence 1983-1986

Box 4, Folder 31

Photocopies and Articles 1984

Box 4, Folder 32

Rough Draft 1985

Box 4, Folder 33

Library of Congress 1985

Box 4, Folder 34

Selective Service ID Card 1972

Box 4, Folder 36

Taxes 1978-1983

Box 5, Folder 1

Taxes and Stock Papers 1984-1986

Box 5, Folder 2

Time Machine Comic Book 1967

Box 5, Folder 3

University of Rochester 1974-1984

Box 5, Folder 4

University of Southern California 1974-1981

Box 5, Folder 5

Voting Ballot and Driver's Test 1979-1980

 

Photographs Series 4. 1970-1986

Scope and Contents

This series contains mostly personal photographs from albums documenting Silverthorn’s college and family life between 1970 and 1986. Many loose photos and clippings that had been displayed in his apartments, as well as production stills and tests for Who is Richard Jay Silverthorn Anyway? and other makeup work are also in the collection. Personal headshots and portfolio work of Nick Spitelli are also included.

Arrangement

Series 4. Photographs is arranged chronologically.
Box 8

Who Is Richard J. Silverthorn Anyway? Photo Album 1977-1980

General Physical Description note: 10 b&w and color photographs and 12 color negatives.
Box 8

Bald Photos Proof Sheet and Wound Makeup Negatives 1982

General Physical Description note: 1 b&w photograph and 10 b&w and color negatives.
Box 8

Who Is Richard J. Silverthorn Anyway? Production Stills Photo Album 1977-1978

General Physical Description note: 80 b&w and color photographs. Last 6 theater photographs found loose.
Box 8

Richard Jay Silverthorn Headshot with Hair 1980

General Physical Description note: 1 b&w photograph and 1 b&w negative.
Box 8

Headshot by Wayne 1981

General Physical Description note: 2 b&w photographs and 2 resumes.
Box 8

Middle Age Makeup Bad Test #1 1981

General Physical Description note: 2 b&w proof sheets.
Box 8

Hollywood Reporter Ad All Contact Sheets and Negatives 1981

General Physical Description note: 5 b&w proof sheets and 13 b&w negatives.
Box 8

Old, Middle Young Makeup Proofs 1981

General Physical Description note: 2 b&w proof sheets and 3 b&w negatives.
Box 8

Hollywood Reporter Ad 1981

General Physical Description note: 1 b&w photograph, original mock-up and copy, copies of ad and headshot.
Box 8

Scratched Negatives Head Shot 1983

General Physical Description note: 1 b&w proof sheet, 3 b&w photographs, and 7 b&w negatives.
Box 8

Headshot Soft Focus 1983

General Physical Description note: 1 b&w proof sheet, 2 b&w photographs, and 4 b&w negatives.
Box 8

Headshot and Letter for Mafia Kingpin Correspondence 1983

General Physical Description note: 3 b&w photographs and 1 b&w negative.
Box 8

Laloggia and Lugosi "Lady in White" Rodd's Zombie Makeup 1985

General Physical Description note: 1 b&w proof sheet and 5 b&w negatives.
Box 8

Nelson Goldman Rodd Makeup 1985

General Physical Description note: 1 b&w proof sheet and 5 b&w negatives.
Box 8

Childhood Photo Study Mock Up 1986

General Physical Description note: 3 b&w and color photographs mounted and 5 copies of articles.
Box 8

Monsters Mailer undated

General Physical Description note: 4 b&w and color photographs found loose in envelope.
Box 8

Dental X-Rays undated

General Physical Description note: 15 b&w negatives.
Box 9

USC Stills, Family Photos, and Personal Photograph Album 1974-1978

General Physical Description note: 220 b&w and color photographs.
Box 9

Personal and Family Photograph Album circa 1981

General Physical Description note: 155 b&w and color photographs and 5 color copies.
Box 10

Family Photograph Album undated

General Physical Description note: 75 b&w and color photographs.
Box 10

Christopher Street West Gay Pride Festival Photograph Album 1980

General Physical Description note: 134 b&w and color photographs.
Box 10

Makeup, Shawn, Halloween, Kuran, CRM Photograph Album 1980-1981

General Physical Description note: 54 b&w and color photographs.
Box 10

Personal and Family Photograph Album 1982-1983

General Physical Description note: 73 b&w and color photographs.
Box 11

Portland Street Wall Photographs and Clippings (found loose) undated

General Physical Description note: 61 b&w and color photographs and clippings.
Box 11

Wall Photographs and Clippings (found loose) 1976-1986

General Physical Description note: 62 b&w and color photographs and clippings.
Box 11

University of Rochester Photographs (found loose) 1970-1974

General Physical Description note: 112 b&w and color photographs and 3 color slides. Slides and last 4 photographs separately found loose.
Box 12

Segel Tree Negatives and Prints 1983-1986

General Physical Description note: 2 b&w photographs, 2 color slides, and 10 b&w and color negatives.
Box 12

Pine Hill Cemetery 1984

General Physical Description note: 5 b&w photographs, 1 proof sheet, and 5 b&w and color negatives.
Box 12

Segel Family Tree Photos and Articles 1984

General Physical Description note: 5 b&w and color photographs, 3 proof sheets, and 7 b&w and color negatives.
Box 12

Family Tree Dupe Negatives, Photographs and Correspondence undated

General Physical Description note: 37 b&w and color photographs and 31 b&w negatives.
Box 12

Shawn Jackson Negatives and Photographs circa 1981

General Physical Description note: 72 b&w and color photographs, and 25 b&w and color negatives.
Box 12

Nick Spittelli Slides, Negatives and Photographs 1982-1983

General Physical Description note: 16 b&w and color photographs, 14 b&w proof sheets, 22 color slides, and 79 b&w and color negatives.
Box 12

Adonis by Silverthorn 1984

General Physical Description note: 1 b&w photograph, 1 b&w copy.
Box 13

Segel Family Tree Master Pages circa 1985

General Physical Description note: 87 b&w and color photographs mounted for copying along with family tree history.
 

Audiovisual Materials 1968-1985

Scope and Contents

This series contains original films and recorded materials. Included are Silverthorn's films Dichotomy, Who is Richard Jay Silverthorn Anyway?, Tearoom Scene, and his 1976 film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Frost and Fire.

Arrangement

Series 5. Audiovisual Materials is arranged by format.

Conditions Governing Access

The original reels of film in this series are deposited in conjunction with the Outfest Legacy Project at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Advance notice is required for researchers wishing to access these items.
 

Audiotape

Item ARR0384

Carousel; Mark Fornoff Singing Harmony for Carousel; Bull Session 1985

General Physical Description note: 1 reel-to-reel audiotape (1/4 inch).
Item ARR0385

Lord of the Flies; Chorus Assemblies; Mark Twain circa 1968-1972

General Physical Description note: 1 reel-to-reel audiotape (1/4 inch).
 

Film

Item VV1072

Dichotomy undated

General Physical Description note: 1 film reel (16mm).
Location note: Original 16mm film reel stored at UCLA, Catalog #M128629.

Existence and Location of Copies note

2 DVD reference copies available onsite, #VDD0049.
Item VV1073

Gilded Cage; Blob Stuff; Takes from Schizo undated

General Physical Description note: 1 film reel (16mm).
Location note: Original 16mm film reel stored at UCLA, Catalog #M128619-21.
Box 14

Frost and Fire 1976

General Physical Description note: 1 film reel (Super 8).
Item VV1076

Self Synthesis undated

General Physical Description note: 1 film reel (Super 8).
Location note: Original Super 8mm film reel stored at UCLA, Catalog #M128529.
Box 14

Steve Beeson's Outtakes, Who is R J Silverthorn Anyway?; Billy Kraine's Outtakes, The Day Jackie Cracked undated

General Physical Description note: 1 film reel (Super 8).
Item VV1074

Tearoom Scene, Print #1 1975

General Physical Description note: 1 film reel (16mm).
Location note: Original 16mm film reel stored at UCLA, Catalog #M128626.
Item VV1075

Tearoom Scene, Print #2 1975

General Physical Description note: 1 film reel (16mm).
Location note: Original 16mm film reel stored at UCLA, Catalog #M128627.

Existence and Location of Copies note

2 DVD reference copies available onsite, #VDD0096.
Item VV1071

Who's Richard Jay Silverthorn Anyway? undated

General Physical Description note: 1 film reel (16mm).
Location note: Original 16mm film reel stored at UCLA, Catalog #M128628.
 

Videotape

Item VV0068

Dichotomy; Two Faggots; Tearoom Scene circa 1970-1980

General Physical Description note: 1 videocassette (VHS).
Item VR0020

[Untitled Video from University of Rochester] 1973

General Physical Description note: 1 open reel videotape (1/2 inch).