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Finding aid to the Marvin Liebman Coming Out Conservative Collection, 1964, 1990-1993
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Series 1 Correspondence, 1990-1992

Physical Description: 3.0 folders
Folder 1

Series 1a To/from Marvin Liebman, 1990-1992

Scope and Contents

Contains letters to Liebman regarding his coming out letter in 1990 and his book in 1992. Most of the letters are supportive. Carol Buckley and Priscilla Buckley send editorial comments on his 1991 draft of Coming Out Conservative. Betty Berzon's letter of June 13, 1991 contains her comments on the draft of his book and includes clippings gathered by GLAAD. Liebman's responses to letters from Harry Jaffa and Dr. George Mohun to The National Review appear in this series. Glen Abel's letter includes a paper on gay inequality.

Arrangement note

This folder is arranged alphabetically by last name, with anonymous letters filed in the front.
 

Series 1b To/from The National Review, 1990-1992

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Scope and Contents

Contains letters directed to The National Review concerning Liebman's coming out letter and William F. Buckley, Jr.'s response. The prevailing view is that it was inappropriate for The National Review to publish the letter, and that Liebman is a "Sodomite," etc. Some letters applaud Liebman's courage. Of interest are the letters from Harry Jaffa and Dr. George Mohun regarding Liebman and his homosexuality. Liebman's responses are filed in Series I a. Correspondence between Liebman and William F. Buckley, Jr. was separated from the general correspondence by placing it in its own folder. It includes drafts of Liebman's corning out letter and Buckley's comments. This file also includes Buckley's comments on a draft version of Coming Out Conservative in 1991, and his review of the published volume in 1992.

Arrangement note

This folder is arranged alphabetically by last name, with anonymous letters filed in the front. The letters to William F. Buckley, Jr. are separated out into their own folder.
Folder 2

Anonymous, B-W, 1990

Folder 3

Buckley, W[illiam] F., Jr., 1990-1992

 

Series 2 Works by Liebman, 1990-1992

Physical Description: 15.0 folders

Scope and Contents

Contains typescript drafts of books and statements by Liebman. Most of these are preliminary drafts of the book which was ultimately titled Coming Out Conservative. In chronological order, these are: “Autobiography” (June 1990), “History...Excerpts from Autobiography Covering Historical Background” (October 1990), Coming Out Right (November 1991), Coming Out Conservative (March 1992), and Coming Out Conservative (bound, [1992]). A copy of Liebman's 1992 statement for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force press conference appears in this series as well.

Arrangement note

Folders arranged alphabetically by title.
Folders 4-7

"Autobiography," 13 June 1990

General note

See also Ser.2 "History…Excerpts from Autobiography Covering Historical Background."
Folders 8-9

Coming Out Conservative, March 1992

General note

Uncorrected manuscript.
Folder 10

Coming Out Conservative, [1992]

General note

Uncorrected manuscript. Bound.
Folders 11-15

"Coming Out Right," 3 November 1991

General note

Also titled "Everywhere but Home."
Folders 16-17

"History…excerpts from Autobiography Covering Historical Background," 15 Oct. 1990

General note

See also Ser.2, "Autobiography."
Folder 18

"Statement...for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Press Conference," 17 Aug. 1992

 

Series 3 Clippings and Press Coverage, Bulk, 1990-1992 1964, 1990-1992

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Scope and Contents

Contains photocopies of newspaper and magazine clippings. The primary subjects of these items are Liebman's letter to the National Review in 1990 and the publication of his book Coming Out Conservative in 1992. Gay rights, conservative politics, and anti-gay propaganda are among the other subjects touched upon in the articles. Also included here is a photocopy of "Marvin in Manialand" written by John Gregory Dunne in 1964.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.
Folder 19

1964, 1990

Folder 20

1991-1992

 

Series 4 Audiovisual materials, 1993

Physical Description: 1.0 videotape
 

Interview, 1993 March 11

Physical Description: 1.0 videotape

General note

TRT 1:38:20. VHS. Labeled "Spring 1993."