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Finding Aid to the International Gay and Lesbian Archives Records, 1958-2002 Coll2012.002
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Description
Minutes, reports, corporation papers, correspondence, legal papers, financial records, collections management records, publicity material, exhibition material, photographs, ephemera, audiocassettes, floppy disks and exhibition displays from the International Gay and Lesbian Archives (IGLA), an archive dedicated to collecting materials related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. The archives began as a result of Jim Kepner's efforts collecting GLBT materials beginning in the 1940s. In the 1970s, Kepner began allowing researchers into his apartment to conduct research on GLBT history. By 1975, he named his collection the Western Gay Archives (WGA); and in 1979, it was incorporated as the National Gay Archives: Natalie Barney/Edward Carpenter Library (NGA) and moved to offices in Hollywood, California.
Background
In 1942 in San Francisco, Jim Kepner started collecting books on the gay and lesbian experience. It soon turned into a small private collection, which he then took with him to Los Angeles, then to New York, then to San Francisco again, before eventually settling in Los Angeles in 1951.
Extent
28.5 linear feet. [14 archive boxes + 9 archive cartons + 6 archive shoeboxes + 3 archive binders + 1 mapcase drawer.]
Restrictions
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).
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.