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Finding aid of the Edgar H. Leoni Papers Coll2007.019
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  • Title: Edgar H. Leoni papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2007.019
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.0 linear feet.
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1956-1985
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1995. (bulk 1956-1985).
    Abstract: The collection consists of correspondence, writings, drafts, copies, research files, diaries, photographs, and miscellaneous ephemera, of Edgar H. Leoni, author under his real name of Nostradamus: Life and Literature (1961), and under his pseudonym of Noel I. Garde of Jonathan to Gide: The Homosexual in History (1964).
    General Physical Description note: 6 archive cartons + 1 archive shoebox.
    creator: Leoni, Edgar H., 1925-


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

    Publication Rights

    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 holder(s).

    Preferred Citation

    Box #, folder #, Edgar H. Leoni Papers, Coll2007-019, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Papers donated to the International Gay & Lesbian Archives in 1992 by Edgar H. Leoni.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, December 31, 2007.
    Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


    Edgar Hugh Leoni was born in 1925. He graduated BA from Harvard in 1945, and later earned an MA from Columbia. He worked in the insurance industry in New York City, and retired to Clearwater, Florida.
    Leoni's intellectual interests were the work of Nostradamus and the homosexual in literature and history. His Nostradamus: Life and LiteratureNostradamus: Life and Literature (New York 1961) was in its time considered the standard work on the subject. He published on homosexual themes under the name "Noel I. Garde", an anagram of his real name. As Garde he published The Homosexual in Literature (New York 1959) and Jonathan to Gide: The Homosexual in HistoryJonathan to Gide: The Homosexual in History (New York 1964), and contributed articles, book reviews, and notes to both the Mattachine Review and the ONE Institute Quarterly in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of correspondence, drafts and copies of Leoni's writings, both under his real name and under his pseudonym of Noel I. Garde, research files on the occult and on gays in literature and history, diaries, photographs, and miscellaneous ephemera. The collection is divided into five series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings, (3) Research Files, (4) Personal, and (5) Miscellaneous.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Garde, Noel I.
    Leoni, Edgar H., 1925-
    ONE, Inc
    Homosexuality in literature--Bibliography
    Prophecies (Occultism)