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Guide to the Homosexual Information Center Subject Files Collection, 1933-2005
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Homosexual Information Center Subject Files Collection
    Dates: 1933-2005
    Identification: SC/HICSF
    Creator: Homosexual Information Center (Hollywood, Calif.)
    Physical Description: 23.77 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections
    Abstract: The Homosexual Information Center (HIC), is a nonprofit organization committed to gathering and disseminating information and data to the public regarding all aspects of homosexuality. It was founded in the late 1960s by the Tangent Group, which in 1965 formally split from ONE, Incorporated, one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States. The collection consists of alphabetical subject files containing documents and records created and disseminated by a wide range of social and political organizations, including local organizations in Los Angeles, national organizations, and international organizations. Various topics relevant to the homosexual community in the late 20th century are represented in the collection, especially the AIDS epidemic, HIC's interactions with smaller community and religious groups, and numerous political issues.

    Historical Note:

    The Homosexual Information Center (HIC), a nonprofit organization committed to gathering and disseminating information and data to the public regarding all aspects of homosexuality, has its roots in ONE Incorporated. Established in 1952, One Incorporated was one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States. Its founding members included Dale Jennings, Harry Hay, Dorr Legg, and Don Slater, all of whom sought to unify homosexuals into social action. The organization conceived of and published ONE Magazine, first distributed in 1953, which was dedicated to homosexuality and homosexual issues. In 1955 the organization established an educational division, called ONE Institute for Homophile Studies, the first educational institution in the United States dedicated to the study of homosexuality. The organization quickly expanded in the years 1953-1956 to include the educational division, a publications division, a social services division, and a library.
    In 1965, ONE, Inc. split into two factions, with one faction remaining under the name ONE, Inc., while the other faction, led by board members Don Slater, Antonio Reyes, Billy Glover, and Jim Schneider, was known as The Tangent Group. The split between ONE, Inc. and The Tangent Group was finalized in 1967 after a two-year court case, and the Homosexual Information Center was founded by The Tangent Group in 1968 in Los Angeles, California.
    The Homosexual Information Center has sought to inform the public by promoting an interest, knowledge and understanding of the problems of homosexuality, and has advocated for many social and political causes, including equal rights for the LBGTQ community, the decriminalization of homosexuality in countries around the world, health-related issues including the AIDS epidemic, and fostering increased social acceptance of homosexuality.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Ephemera
    Paper records
    Photographic material
    Publications

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Lauren Jung (Intern), 2012

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Homosexual Information Center Subject Files Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Related Materials:

    Cataloged materials from the Homosexual Information Center can be found in the Library Catalog  

    Scope and Contents

    The Homosexual Information Center Subject Files Collection consists of alphabetical subject files containing documents and records created and disseminated by a wide range of social and political organizations, including local organizations in Los Angeles, national organizations, and international organizations. Various topics relevant to the homosexual community in the late 20th century are represented in the collection, especially the AIDS epidemic, HIC's interactions with smaller community and religious groups, and numerous political issues. Also included are newspaper and magazine clippings organized alphabetically by subject. The collection includes  newsletters, periodicals, newspapers, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other publications. There is also a large amount of ephemera, especially posters and pamphlets, as well as letters and correspondence between HIC directors and the organizations or individuals. A small amount of photographs are also included. The subject file is arranged alphabetically.