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Finding Aid to the Merritt Thompson Papers, 1896-1970 Coll2013.039
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition
  • Scope and Contents
  • Biography
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Merritt Thompson papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.039
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.3 linear feet. 3 archive cartons + 1 flat box
    Date (inclusive): 1896-1970
    Abstract: The Merritt Thompson papers, 1896-1970, consists of Thompson's professional and family correspondence, manuscripts and articles he wrote and collected on the topic of education, course materials used in his education classes, translated Inca stories, photographs of his professional and personal life, and documentation of his travels. Thompson was an education professor at the University of Southern California as well as a founding member of ONE Institute of Homophile Studies, the first academic institution in the United States devoted to the study of homosexuality.
    creator: Thompson, Merritt Moore

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Merritt Thompson Papers, Coll2013-039, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Acquisition

    Date and method of acquisition unknown.

    Scope and Contents

    The Merritt Thompson papers, 1896-1970, consists of Thompson's professional and family correspondence, manuscripts and articles he wrote and collected on the topic of education, course materials used in his education classes, translated Inca stories, photographs of his professional and personal life, and documentation of his travels. The bulk of the collection documents his career as an educator and provides limited information regarding his life as a gay man.

    Biography

    Merritt Moore Thompson (1884-1970) was a lifelong educator and gay education activist. Thompson was born and raised in New Jersey. He started teaching in a local one-room country schoolhouse, then went abroad to teach in the Philippines in 1905. He returned to the United States two years later and got a bachelor's degree at the University of Denver. After a time teaching in South America, he moved to California where he taught Spanish at the University of Southern California. He got his masters and doctorate in education at the University of Southern California and became the university's director of student teaching for 31 years. Thompson's writings include The History of Education published in 1951.
    Thompson was one of four members of ONE Incorporated's Education Planning Committee that developed a curriculum for an academic institution devoted to the specialized study of homosexuality. The resulting ONE Institute of Homophile Studies opened its doors in 1956 to ONE Incorporated staff members and then the next year to the general public, becoming the first institution in the United States to offer such studies.

    Related Archival Materials note

    For documentation of Thompson's gay education activism, please see:
    ONE Incorporated records, Coll2011.001, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    Jim Kepner papers, Coll2011-002, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    ONE audiovisual collection, ARR0153, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Correspondence
    Education--Study and teaching
    Educator
    Gay men's writings, American
    Gays in higher education