David Hurles Interviews

Michael C. Oliveira
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
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Los Angeles, California 90007
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ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.

David Hurles Interviews

Collection number: Coll2008-034

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Michael C. Oliveira
Date Completed:
June 16, 2008
Encoded by:
Michael P. Palmer
© 2008 ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Descriptive Summary

Title: David Hurles interviews
Dates: 1998-1999
Collection number: Coll2008-034
Creator: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Collection Size: 2 archive cartons. 0.8 linear foot.
Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: VHS videotapes and compact audiocassette tape interviews of David Hurles, founder and proprietor of Old Reliable Tape and Picture Company, conducted by Pat Allen with the assistance of Bill Wyman, September 1998-January 1999. The collection also contains two compilation CD-ROMs of Old Reliable photographs, copyright 1998.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

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

David Hurles Interviews, Coll2008-034, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, June 16, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biography

David Randolph Hurles was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the end of World War II. By his teen years he recognized his attraction to the neighborhood bullies and toughs. By the mid-1960s he was working for H. Lynn Womack at Guild Press, in Washington, D.C. In 1968, Hal Call, who ran San Francisco's notorious Adonis Book Store, persuaded Hurles to appear before the camera. His skill before the camera and easygoing personality led Call to rent Hurles a room and employ him. Hurles worked as a model, book store employee, and later as an office manager in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, Hurles gained experience behind the camera with Ken Albert, and was introduced to a few models. In 1975, with funds obtained from Womack, Hurles formed the Old Reliable Tape and Picture Company, specializing at first in audio tapes and still photography, and later in video tapes of street boys, tough guys, and "rough trade," men, typically working class laborers and hustlers, who did not want their masculinity or sexuality questioned, but would appear before the camera.
Sources:
Rex, text editor. Speeding: The Old Reliable photos of David Hurles> . San Francisco: Green Candy Press, 2005.
Sears, James T. Behind the Mask of the Mattachine: The Hal Call Chronicles and the Early Movement for Homosexual Emancipation . New York: Harrington Park Press, 2006.

Scope and Content of Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of interviews of David Hurles, founder and proprietor of Old Reliable Tape and Picture Company, conducted by Pat Allen with the assistance of Bill Wyman. The materials consist of VHS videotapes (masters and copies) of a nine-part interview conducted from August 18 to December 29, 1998, and 6 compact audiocassette tapes of what appears to be a four-part interview conducted on January 12, 1999. The collection also contains two compilation CD-ROMs, copyright 1998, of Old Reliable photographs, As Seen from the Rear ... the Butt CD! and Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar!

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Allen, Pat
Gay erotic photography
Hurles, David
Men photographers--United States
Old Reliable Tape and Picture Company
Photography of men
Photography of the nude
Wyman, Bill


Collection Contents

Box : Tape 1 : 1-5 ; 2 : 1-4

VHS videotapes August 8, 1998 - December 29, 1998

Physical Description: 9 masters and 9 copies.
Box : Tape 1 : 1

Part 1 August 8, 1998

Physical Description: 1 master and 1 copy.
Box : Tape 1 : 2

Part 2 August 18, 1998

Physical Description: 1 master and 1 copy.
Box : Tape 1 : 3

Part 3 September 1, 1998

Physical Description: 1 master and 1 copy.
Box : Tape 1 : 4

Part 4 September 15, 1998

Physical Description: 1 master and 1 copy.
Box : Tape 1 : 5

Part 5 September 22, 1998

Physical Description: 1 master and 1 copy.
Box : Tape 2 : 1

Part 6 September 29, 1998

Physical Description: 1 master and 1 copy.
Box : Tape 2 : 2

Part 7 October 6, 1998

Physical Description: 1 master and 1 copy.
Box : Tape 2 : 3

Part 8 October 10, 1998

Physical Description: 1 master and 1 copy.
Box : Tape 2 : 4

Part 9 December 29, 1998

Physical Description: 1 master and 1 copy.
Box : Tape 2 : 5-10

Compact audiocassette tapes Janury 12, 1999

Physical Description: 6 compact audiocassette tapes.
Box : Tape 2 : 5-8

Parts 1-4 January 12, 1999

Physical Description: 4 compact audiocassette tapes.
Box : Tape 2 : 9

#023228 apparently January 12, 1999

Physical Description: 1 compact audiocassette tape.
Box : Tape 2 : 9

#027183 apparently January 12, 1999

Physical Description: 1 compact audiocassette tape.
Box : Folder 1 : 6

Compilation CD-ROMs of Old Reliable photographs copyright 1998

Physical Description: 2 CD-ROMs.
Box : Folder 1 : 6

As Seen from the Rear ... the Butt CD! copyright 1998

Physical Description: 1 CD-ROM.
Box : Folder 1 : 6

Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar! copyright 1998

Physical Description: 1 CD-ROM.