Guide to the Robert R. Hodges Papers

Processed by William Landis; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert R. Hodges papers
Date: 1976-1994,
Date (bulk): bulk 1977-1983
Collection Number: MS-R117
Creator: Hodges, Robert R.
Extent: 1.3 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
Languages: The collection is in English.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection comprises the papers of Robert R. Hodges, professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and activist in the gay liberation movement in Southern California and nationally in the 1970s and 1980s. His papers include minutes and other administrative material from national and Los Angeles chapter meetings of the Gay Academic Union (GAU), a variety of GAU newsletters, and other materials relating to scholarly conferences held by the GAU. His papers also contain a small quantity of research files, as well as files relating to the Orange County chapter of the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club (a gay political group), the Modern Language Association (MLA) Gay Caucus, gays in the military and the ROTC on CSU campuses (ca. 1990-1992), activism against the Briggs Initiative (Proposition 6), and other gay issues on the CSUF campus.

Important Information for Researchers

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Robert R. Hodges papers. MS-R117. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert R. Hodges, 2004.

Custodial History

Robert Hodges gave his papers to Barbara Muirhead and Dick Hitt for use in the Historical Orange County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Time Line Project, with the intent that they be donated to the UC Irvine Libraries Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Processing History

Processed by William Landis, 2004. Finding aid created by Audrey Pearson, 2007.

Historical Background

Robert R. Hodges is a professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at California State University, Fullerton, who was active in the gay liberation movement in Southern California and nationally in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a charter member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Western Gay Academic Union (GAU) in 1976 and served on the national Board of Directors for the GAU as a representative of the Los Angeles chapter.
Hodges received his B.A. from Valparaiso University, his M.A. from University of Missouri, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He was interested in gay themes in 20th-century English and American literature and focused on the work of Joseph Conrad. Hodges published The Dual Heritage of Joseph Conrad (The Hague: Mouton) in 1967.
GAU was founded in New York City in 1973 to promote the collection and dissemination of scholarly information about gays, and to help end discrimination against gays in colleges, universities, and elsewhere. Membership was composed of academic administrators, faculty, staff, and students. GAU grew over time to include local chapters. The national organization held annual conferences on topics related to gays in the academy and published a quarterly newsletter. The organization was disbanded in 1984.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises the papers of Robert R. Hodges, professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and activist in the gay liberation movement in Southern California and nationally in the 1970s and 1980s. His papers include minutes and other administrative material from national and Los Angeles chapter meetings of the Gay Academic Union (GAU), a variety of GAU newsletters, and other materials relating to scholarly conferences held by the GAU. His papers also contain a small quantity of research files, as well as files relating to the Orange County chapter of the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club (a gay political group), the Modern Language Association (MLA) Gay Caucus, gays in the military and the ROTC on CSU campuses (ca. 1990-1992), activism against the Briggs Initiative (Proposition 6), and other gay issues on the CSUF campus.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject or document type.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Hodges, Robert R. -- Archives.
Gay Academic Union -- Archives.
California State University, Fullerton -- Faculty -- Archives.
Gay liberation movement -- California -- Archives.

Genres and Formats of Materials

Newsletters -- 20th century.
Clippings -- 20th century.
Ephemera -- 20th century.
Letters -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.


Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1

Briggs Initiative (No on Proposition 6): information mailings, clippings, and bumper sticker 1977-1978

 

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Academic Senate ban on ROTC presence in campus correspondence, resolutions, and other material 1990-1991

Box : Folder 1 : 3

Anti-gay Daily Titan (student newspaper) clippings and correspondence 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Gays at CSUF fliers and other material 1978-1982

Box : Folder XOS 1

Clippings 1977-1981

Scope and Content Note

Includes topics such as the Briggs Initiative, gays in the arts and academia, Anita Bryant, homosexuality and Christianity, and the politics of gay rights.
Box : Folder 1 : 5

Correspondence to and from Hodges 1977-1983

Scope and Content Note

Primarily relates to organizing GAU conference programs.
Box : Folder 1 : 6

Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club planning material for a "two-party" barbeque and roast 1989-1990

 

Gay Academic Union (GAU)

Box : Folder 1 : 7

Correspondence relating to the national organization 1979

 

Events

Box : Folder 1 : 8

Awards banquet programs 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 9

GAU 5 national conference program and correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 10

GAU 6 national conference correspondence, programs, and other planning material 1979

Box : Folder 1 : 11

GAU 7 national conference material and notes 1980

Box : Folder 1 : 12

Gaythink Two, Gaythink Three, and Gaythink Four conference programs, fliers, and article from Patchwork, the newsletter of the California Association of Gay Student Organizations 1976-1978

Box : Folder 1 : 13

Symposium 76 program 1976

Box : Folder 1 : 14

Los Angeles chapter events fliers and notes 1976-1980

Box : Folder 1 : 15

Word is out: stories of some of our lives (documentary film) press kit and review 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 16

Minutes, operational documents, and other organizational material for the national organization and California chapters 1977-1979

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photocopy of a letter from Adrienne Rich detailing her reasons for declining the 1978 GAU Award for Literature.
 

Publications

Box : Folder 1 : 17

Los Angeles chapter newsletter 1977-1983

Scope and Content Note

Also includes a newsletter published following the organization's change of name to the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union (LGAU).
Box : Folder 1 : 18

Los Angeles and San Francisco chapters joint Western Gay Academic Union Newsletter 1976-1977

Box : Folder 1 : 19

National organization newsletter 1978-1983

Box : Folder 1 : 20

New York chapter Gay Books Bulletin 1979-1980

Box : Folder 1 : 21

Newsletter article drafts by unidentified authors circa 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 22

Gay organizations and businesses in California: newsletters and other material 1976-1994

Box : Folder 1 : 23

Gay organizations and businesses outside of California: brochures and other material 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 24

Gays in the military: correspondence 1990-1991

Box : Folder 1 : 25

Integrity, Inc. organizational documents and national convention material 1988-1993

Biography/Organization History

Integrity Inc. is a gay and lesbian ministry in the Episcopal Church.
Box : Folder 1 : 26

Los Angeles Men's Collective newsletter 1979

 

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Box : Folder 1 : 27

Gay Caucus for the Modern Languages: Gay Studies Newsletter 1976-1980

Box : Folder 1 : 28

Memoranda, calls for papers, and other material 1976-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 29

Newsletters 1977-1982

 

Writings by Hodges

Box : Folder 1 : 30

"The Bloomsbury group: prelude to gay liberation" drafts and research material 1976

Box : Folder 1 : 31

Drafts and notes on a variety of issues relating to gay rights activism and gay in literature circa 1976-1985

Box : Folder 1 : 32

"The gay book report" column for the Lesbian and Gay Academic Union Newsletter (Los Angeles chapter) 1981-1984

Box : Folder 1 : 33

"Gay themes in Joseph Conrad" drafts circa 1975-1980

Box : Folder 1 : 34

"Lesbian images in mystery fiction" drafts 1979

Box : Folder 1 : 35

Research materials, clippings, and data circa 1976-1985

 

Writings by other academics on gay-related themes

Scope and Content Note

Writings are primarily drafts submitted for GAU or MLA conferences.
Box : Folder 1 : 36

Cady-Hayes 1976-1978

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Housemen and the struggle for a homosexual voice" -- "Gay genocide: from Leviticus to Hitler" -- "Eros, myth, and stigma: the historical semantics of sexual intolerance" -- "Who hid lesbian history?" -- "The forty years' influence of Stephen Gordon" -- "The universal passion: a gay revisionist reading of The Bostonians" -- "Paul Verlaine: joyous wanderings and the crimes of love" -- "Front runner: the gay 'breakthrough' novel or new stereotype?: an enquiry with notes on the screen adaptation" -- "Gayspeak" -- "Notes on the role of language in the assessment and evaluation of sexual identity and sexual behavior."
Box : Folder 1 : 37

Hayes, Joseph J.: "Language and language behavior of lesbian women and gay men" drafts circa 1978-1980

Box : Folder 1 : 38

Lombardi, Michael A.: "Research on homosexuality in nineteenth-century Germany" 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 39

Lynch-Zimmerman 1976-1980

Scope and Content Note

Includes " 'We who are variants': a brief tradition in gay male poetry?" -- "Sexual and group relations in 'May day': fear and longing" -- "Sexist slang and the gay community: are you one, too?" -- "Homosexuality and the sociological perspective: from perversion to deviance to sex roles?" -- "What has never been: an overview of lesbian feminist literary criticism."