Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Rick Sandford writings
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2009.001
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material:
13.6 linear feet.
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1970-1990
Date (inclusive): 1951-1995
Journals, short stories, plays, screenplays, comparative literature, poetry, and annual compendia of literature read, motion
pictures seen, and theatrical performances attended by Rick Sandford, 1963-1995. Sandford documented his early life in Tahoe
1958-1969, as a "born again" Christian 1971-1972, and life in Los Angeles 1973-1980, and 1989-1994 in typescript journals.
Working in various positions from an usher to a television stand-in Sandford documents life in Los Angeles and his love of
reading, motion pictures, and theater.
General Physical Description note:
10 records boxes, 1 archive half-carton, and 1 oversize box
Sandford, Rick, 1951-1995
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the
physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE
National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright
Box #, folder #, Rick Sandford writings, Coll2009-001, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Method and date of acquisition unknown.
Formerly boxed in 103-044, 103-068, 103-093, 103-095, 103-104, 103-109, 103-129, 104-149, 104-150, 104-151, 104-152, and 104-159.Collection
processed by Greg Williams, Sócrates Silva, Richard French, and Michael C. Oliveira, 2005-January 2009.
Rick Sandford was born December 31, 1950, in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in the Lake Tahoe area. His early difficulties
learning to read led his parents to enroll him in a private school, Peter Pan. At the school he learned how to overcome his
difficulties and would later consider reading as a primary component of his happiness. Sandford at some point created typescripts
of original documents including his mother's correspondence in 1951. His early personal journal entries date to 1958 and were
short and sporadic, however his later entries were longer and more frequent. The journal entries include copies of his correspondence
and writings, and traditional journal entries concerning his life. His journals also document his appreciation of motion pictures,
another life-long passion. After his graduation in 1969, he came to Los Angeles to see the musical,
Hair and the Russian motion picture version of
War and Peace. After 1972, Sandford remained in Los Angeles employed in various positions, from an usher at Grauman's Chinese Theatre to
a television show stand-in. He received credit as a "research assistant" on
50 Golden Years of Oscar: the Official History of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and Ronald Haver's
David O. Selznick's Hollywood. Along the way Sandford appeared on television shows and in motion pictures as an extra and in a few bit parts. During the
late 1970s and early 1980s he worked as an editor on 3 gay erotic films and appeared as Benjamin Barker or Ben Barker in 13
gay erotic motion pictures including
Kip Noll and the Westside Boys,
The Class of '84 Part 2
Gold Rush Boys,
The Boys of San Francisco,
A Night at Halsted's, and
Games. In the mid 1980s, Don Bachardy sketched Sandford for his book,
Drawing of the Male Nude. He also served as an assistant on the 1990 documentary Hollywood Mavericks. In 1991, his short story "Forster & Rosenthal
Reevaluated: An Investigative Report" was published in the anthology,
Indivisible: New Short Fiction by Gay and Lesbian West Coast Writers. In 1994, another of his short stories, "Purim" was published in
Blood Whispers: L.A. Writers on AIDS, Volume 2. He died of AIDS during the evening of September 28, 1995. Two more of Sandford's short stories were published posthumously,
"The Gospel Of Bartholemew Legate: Three Fragments" in
His 2: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Writers and"Manifest White" in
His 3: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Writers. In 2000, his novel,
Boys Across the Street was published.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Rick Sandford collection includes typescripts of his journal; the journals document his correspondence to friends, important
documents such as medical records and tax returns, along with his writings and traditional journal entries. The collection
also includes drafts as well as final drafts of comparative literature works, short stories, a novel, plays, screenplays,
and poetry. A few of his works were published during his life most were published posthumously. The correspondence, not included
in his journals, and biographical information are located in the Personal Series. The final series, Cultural Compendia consists
of his lists of motion pictures screened, cultural events attended, and books read along with his selection of the best for
each year, 1980-1994. The series also contains lists and reference materials concerning theater, literature, and motion pictures..
The collection is divided into 4 series: Journals, Writings, Personal, and Cultural Compendia and the associated subseries.
Series 2: Writings is divided into four subseries: Comparative Literature, Novels and Short Stories, Plays and Screenplays,
and Poetry. Series 3: Personal is divided into two subseries: Correspondence and Biographical. Series 4: Cultural Compendia
is divided into 5 subseries: Cultural Compendia, Literature Lists, Theater Lists, Motion Picture Lists, and Reference Materials.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Academy Awards (Motion pictures)
Gays' writings, American
Short stories, American--Pacific Coast (U.S.)