Scope and contents
Other Finding Aids
Title: ONE Subject Files Collection
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.001
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material:
345.0 linear feet.
341 records boxes & 3 flat boxes
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1970-1990
Date (inclusive): 1900-2012
General Physical Description note:
341 records boxes & 3 flat archives boxes
The ONE Archives’ Subject Files consist of more than 8,100 unique files of businesses, organizations, people, and topics primarily
documenting twentieth century global lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and ally
(LGBTQIA) history and culture. The bulk of the documents are newspaper and magazine clippings along with promotional materials
such as advertising fliers, brochures, and mailers for businesses, organizations, and events. To a lesser extent, the files
also contain records from organizations, resource lists, questionnaires, and surveys.
Scope and contents
The bulk of the documents are newspaper and magazine clippings along with promotional materials such as advertising fliers,
brochures, and mailers for businesses, events, and organizations. To a lesser extent, the files also contain records from
organizations, resource lists, questionnaires, and surveys. The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives’ Subject Files are the
remaining 8,100 unique files of businesses, organizations, people, and topics with an additional 38,000 cross references primarily
documenting twentieth century global LGBTQIA history and culture.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Since the founding of ONE and IGLA, volunteers have played a key role in sorting, organizing, filing, and constructing new
entries. A succession of three volunteer database administrators, Jeff Hagedorn, Mike Quinn, and Misha Schutt, attempted to
maintain order in the nomenclature. The titles reflect their eclectic backgrounds and that of the founder, Jim Kepner. In
the processing of this collection numerous files were removed as they were out of the scope of ONE’s collection policy and
others were re-titled to increase their discoverability.
Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, January 12, 2012.
Folder title, ONE Subject File collection, Coll2012-001, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California
Researchers wishing to publish material must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives as the
physical owner of the material. Note that permission to publish does not constitute copyright clearance. ONE National Gay
& Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold copyright. It is the responsibility
of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials from the copyright holder(s).
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
The bulk of the ONE Subject Files represent Jim Kepner’s research files along with the files he collected on businesses, organizations,
people, and topics. These files reflected Kepner’s eclectic interests, primarily documenting the diversity of lesbian, gay,
bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and ally (LGBTQIA) history and culture. During the 1970s Kepner
opened his collections to researchers and the files formed the core of what would become International Gay & Lesbian Archives
(IGLA). Kepner recruited volunteers to sort, organize, and file documents and records. After the merger of IGLA and ONE Incorporated
in 1994 volunteers continued to collect and maintain the files. As the volunteers gained a greater understanding of archival
principles, an effort was made to remove and reconstitute archival collections and records. After more than 60 years of collecting
and culling, the files more accurately reflect the mission of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives to preserve and document
LGBTQIA history and culture.
The files are arranged alphabetically. The nomenclature reflects the eclectic experience of the dozens of volunteers and the
attempt of a succession of database administrators to maintain order.
Periodicals including newspapers, newsletters, and magazines were removed and placed in the ONE periodical collection.
An effort was also made to consolidate performing arts files from the ONE subject files into the existing files of the Performing
Other Finding Aids
Homosexual Information Center Subject Files Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)