Finding aid of the Stan Freitas Papers

Loni Shibuyama
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
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ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.

Finding aid of the Stan Freitas Papers

Collection number: Coll2008-032

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Loni Shibuyama
Date Completed:
July 2, 2008
Encoded by:
Loni Shibuyama
© 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: Stan Freitas papers
Dates: 1979-1989
Collection number: Coll2008-032
Creator: Freitas, Stan
Collection Size: 4 archive cartons. 1.5 linear foot.
Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Minutes, correspondence, printed ephemera, administrative records, notes, photographs and miscellaneous materials from activist and businessman Stan Freitas, who served as the President of the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA) from 1985 until it ended its operations 1987. The bulk of the collection consists of administrative records of the SCGBA, which was organized by bar and restaurant owners in 1979 to provide support and services for the Los Angeles gay community. The materials in the collection also document Freitas' involvement in AIDS activism and include papers from Aid for AIDS, as well as several other AIDS and gay activist organizations.
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

Stan Freitas Papers, Coll2008-032, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, July 2, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative History

On April 30, 1979, a group of bartenders and bar-associated people met at the Frog Pond Restaurant in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The meeting was called by Michael Varady of the Silver Dollar Saloon and Dale Driscoll to "sensitize bartenders as to what is happening both politically and functionally within and for the gay community [so that those bartenders] could relate to what is happening to their customers." This group was later named the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA). A volunteer social services organization, the SCGBA had monthly meetings at various locations throughout Los Angeles in the years 1979 to 1987. The general membership meetings included group discussion, event planning, community announcements and guest speakers, such as gay and lesbian activists. At SCGBA's most active period, the group raised money for and organized community projects and social events, placed bartenders in jobs, and published a monthly newsletter, The Bar Rag.

Biography

Biography for Stan Freitas to be supplied at a later date.

Scope and Content

This collection contains administrative records, newsletters, correspondence, printed ephemera, notes, photographs, negatives, a plaque, and miscellaneous materials from Stan Freitas, who served as President of the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA) from 1985 to 1987, and was also involved in Aid for AIDS and a number of other activist organizations. The bulk of the material consists of administrative records from SCGBA, which was organized by bar and restaurant owners in 1979 to provide services and support for the Los Angeles gay community. The collection is divided into two series: (1) Southern California Gay Bartenders Association and (2) Other Organizations and Activities. The first series contains the administrative records of the SCGBA, including meeting minutes, newsletters and correspondence, as well as photographs and negatives documenting SCGBA events. The second series documents Freitas' involvement in Aid for AIDS and other community organizations such as The Triangle Project, the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and Sunset Junction. Notably, this series includes minutes, bylaws and reports from Aid for AIDS, mostly dating from 1986 when Freitas was most active in Aid for AIDS and the SCGBA.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Aid for AIDS, Inc.
AIDS (Disease)--United States
Bars (Drinking establishments)
Bartenders
Freitas, Stan
Gay activists--Los Angeles
Gay bars--California--Los Angeles
Gays--Services for
Southern California Gay Bartenders Association


Series Descriptions

Box: 1 : 1 - 11 ; 2 : 1 - 26 ; 3 : 1 - 14 ; 4 : 1 - 6

Series 1.  Southern California Gay Bartenders Association 1979-1987

Physical Description: 1 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content

This series contains administrative records and photographs from the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (1979 - 1987). It is divided into two subseries: (1.1) Administration and Activities and (1.2) Photographs and Negatives.
Box: 1 : 1 - 11 ; 2 : 1 - 26 ; 4 : 1 - 6

Subseries 1.1.  Administration and Activities 1979-1987

Physical Description: 0.8 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries contains bylaws, minutes, administrative records, correspondence, The Bar Rag Newsletter, printed ephemera and miscellaneous notes from the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA). Included are minutes from the general membership meetings as well as the executive committee and Board of Directors meetings. Materials document the activities and services the SCGBA provided, such as a healthcare program, fundraising events, and a benefits/discount program for SCGBA members.
Box 1 : 1

Bylaws circa 1980

Box 1 : 2

Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 1979 - 1986

Box 1 : 3

Executive Committee Meetings Minutes 1981 - 1984

Box 1 : 4 - 8 ; 4 : 1

General Meetings 1979 - 1987

Box 1 : 4

Agenda Lists and Meeting Announcements 1982 - 1984

Box 1 : 5 - 6

General Meeting Minutes 1979 - 1987

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 1 : 7

General Meeting Minutes 1981 - 1984

Box 4 : 1 (oversize)

General Meeting Sign-In Sheets 1982 - 1987

Box 1 : 8

Meetings Summaries 1979 - 1983

Box 1 : 9 - 11

The Bar Rag 1979 - 1987

Box 1 : 9 - 10

Newsletters 1979 - 1987

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 1 : 11

Paste-ups 1984

Box 2 : 1

Brochures and Pamphlets circa 1980 - 1985

Box 2 : 2 - 10

Correspondence 1980 - 1987

Box 2 : 2

1980

Box 2 : 3

1981

Box 2 : 4

1982

Box 2 : 5

1983

Box 2 : 6

1984

Box 2 : 7

1985

Box 2 : 8

1986

Box 2 : 9

1987

Box 2 : 10

Undated

Box 2 : 11

Event Flyers and Printed Ephemera 1980 - 1986

Box 2 : 12

Financial Records 1985

Box 2 : 13 - 18 ; 4 : 2

Form Letters 1980 - 1985

Box 2 : 13

Blank Letterhead Undated

Box 4 : 2 (oversize)

Blank Membership Applications circa 1980 - 1985

Box 2 : 14

New Members Undated

Box 2 : 15

Questionnaires circa 1980 - 1985

Box 2 : 16

Renewed Members Undated

Box 2 : 17

Requests for Information Undated

Box 2 : 18

Requests for Renewal Undated

Box 2 : 19

Gay Community Services Center Questionnaire and Community Calendar Undated

Box 2 : 20

Mailing Lists 1985 - 1986

Box 2 : 21

Major Medical Program for the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association 1985

Box 2 : 22

Membership Benefits Program Undated

Box 2 : 23

Press Releases 1981 - 1986

Box 2 : 24

Progress Reports 1979 - 1984

Box 2 : 25

Registration Forms 1985 - 1986

Box 4 : 3 (oversize)

Troupers Hall Fundraiser to Benefit Aid for AIDS 1986

Box 2 : 26 ; 4 : 4

Awards and Recognitions 1985 - 1986

Box 4 : 4 (oversize)

Certificate of Commendation to the Gay Bartenders' Association from the City of West Hollywood circa 1985

Box 2 : 26

Plaque to Southern California Gay Bartenders Association Presented by Comprehensive Nursing Services circa 1986

Box 4 : 5 (oversize)

Miscellaneous Handwritten Notes circa 1980 - 1985

Box 4 : 6 (oversize)

Miscellaneous 1981 - 1986

Box: 3 : 1 - 14

Subseries 1.2.  Photographs and Negatives 1983-1985

Physical Description: 0.2 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises photographs and negatives that document events and general membership meetings of the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association from 1983 to 1985. Included are photographs of the wedding of SCGBA members Gary Bond and John Duncan--a fundraising event to benefit Aid for AIDS. Notably, this subseries includes images of Los Angeles-area bars and restaurants, such as Woody's Hyperion, Silver Dollar Saloon and Bunkhouse.
Box 3 : 1

Wedding of Gary Bond & John Duncan to Benefit Aid for AIDS 1983

Physical Description: 6 photographs : b&w.
Box 3 : 2

Queen Mary Meeting May 1983

Physical Description: 18 photographs : col.
Box 3 : 3

Floyd's Meeting March 1984

Physical Description: Negatives.
Box 3 : 4 - 5

P.S. Trip April 1984

Physical Description: 12 photographs + negatives.
Box 3 : 6

Queen Mary Meeting May 1984

Physical Description: 28 photographs : col.
Box 3 : 7

S.S. Friendship Meeting July 1984

Physical Description: Negatives.
Box 3 : 8

Woody's Meeting August 1984

Physical Description: Negatives.
Box 3 : 9

Griff's Meeting November 1984

Physical Description: Negatives.
Box 3 : 10

Tandem Meeting November 1984

Physical Description: Negatives.
Box 3 : 11

Silver Dollar Meeting December 1984

Physical Description: Negatives.
Box 3 : 12

Spike Meeting January 1985

Physical Description: Negatives.
Box 3 : 13

Bunkhouse Meeting February 1985

Physical Description: Negatives.
Box 3 : 14

Brass Rail June 10, 1985

Physical Description: Negatives.
Box: 3 : 15 - 32 ; 4 : 7 - 10

Series 2.  Other Organizations and Activities 1984-1989

Physical Description: 0.5 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content

This series contains materials not directly related to SCGBA and which document Freitas' involvement in AIDS activism, in particular, Aid for AIDS, Inc. as well as several gay advocacy organizations in the 1980s. This series is divided into two subseries: (2.1) Aid for AIDS, Inc. and (2.2) Miscellaneous.
Box: 3 : 15 - 37 ; 4 : 7

Subseries 2.1.  Aid for AIDS, Inc. 1985-1989

Physical Description: 0.2 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises correspondence, minutes, financial records, bylaws, committee reports and policies and various printed ephemera from Aid for AIDS, a Los Angeles-based organization formed to provide services and advocate for people with AIDS. The bulk of the materials dates from 1986 and document the relationship between Aid for AIDS and SCGBA as well as Freitas' involvement in both organizations.
Box 3 : 15

Agreement Forms circa 1986 - 1989

Box 3 : 16 - 18

Board of Directors 1986 - 1987

Box 3 : 16

Applications 1986 - 1987

Box 3 : 17

Meetings 1986

Box 3 : 18

Memoranda 1986

Box 3 : 19

Bylaws Undated

Box 3 : 20

Committee Reports 1986

Box 3 : 21

Correspondence 1986

Box 3 : 22

Financial Records 1986

Box 3 : 23

Financial Statements 1985 - 1986

Box 3 : 24 - 26

Fundraising Events 1986 - 1987

Box 3 : 24

Anniversary Dinner Programs 1986 - 1987

Box 3 : 25

Being Alive "Hooray for Hollywood" Fundraiser 1986

Box 3 : 26

Troupers Hall Fundraiser 1986

Box 3 : 27

Personnel Policies 1986

Box 4 : 7 (oversize)

Printed Ephemera and Miscellaneous Typescripts 1985 - 1986

Box: 3 : 28 - 32 ; 4 : 8 - 10

Subseries 2.2.  Miscellaneous 1984-1987

Physical Description: 0.3 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content

This subseries comprises printed ephemera, correspondence and miscellaneous typescripts from several activist organizations and activities in which Freitas was involved. These activities include The Triangle Project, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the National Lesbian & Gay Health Conference. This subseries also includes a certificate of recognition that Freitas received from Christopher Street West.
Box 3 : 28

AIDS Project Los Angeles 1985 - 1986

Box 3 : 29

Christopher Street West / Los Angeles Salutes Stan Freitas Undated

Box 3 : 30

The Maggie Awards 1986 - 1987

Box 3 : 31

National Lesbian & Gay Health Conference / Fifth National AIDS Forum, Los Angeles March 26 - 29, 1987

Box 4 : 8 (oversize)

Southern California CARES 1986

Box 4 : 9 (oversize)

Sunset Junction 1984

Box 3 : 32

The Triangle Project 1986

Box 4 : 10 (oversize)

Miscellaneous Typescripts 1984 - 1987