Title: One Inc. Magazine Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2012.09.14
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Language of Material:
2.0 Linear feet
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1953-1967
Date (inclusive): 1953-1982
The One Inc. Magazine Collection 1953-1982 (Bulk: 1953-1967) includes One Institute Quarterly: Homophile Studies (1958-1965);
Mattachine Review (1956-1962); and One Magazine (1953-1967, 1972), as well as miscellaneous bibliographies and articles. One
Inc. was founded in 1952 and in 1953 incorporated as a “…non-political and non-sectarian organization concerned with the interests
of the millions of homosexual American men and women.” According to the articles of incorporation their primary goal was “…to
publish and disseminate a magazine dealing primarily with homosexuality from a scientific, historical and critical point of
view, and to aid in the social integration and rehabilitation of the sexual variant." In 1994, One Inc. shifted from an educational
organization to become an archives and library. ONE Inc. and the International Gay and Lesbian Archives merged by the end
of the year under the title of ONE Institute, and is now known as ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
SJSU Special Collections & Archives, King Library, 5th Floor, Vault 1, 20A-02-02.
ONE Institute of Homophile Studies. One, Inc. .
Copyright has not been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for
permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the SJSU Special Collections & Archives 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 by the reader. Copyright restrictions
also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational
The collection is open for research.
One Inc. Magazine Collection, MSS-2012-09-14, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.
Processed by Maegan Sloggett and Danelle Moon. Encoded in the Archivists' Toolkit.
The collection is arranged by into three series by magazine title: Series I: Mattachine Review (1956-1960); Series II: One
Institute Quarterly: Homophile Studies (1958-1968); Series III: One Magazine (1953-1972).
During the 1950s the American homophile movement emerged in California, providing a public forum for gay and lesbian expression
through various organizations and through publications. The three most prominent groups at this time included: Mattachine
Society, a gay-male oriented organization, Daughters of Bilitis, a lesbian organization, and One Inc., a mix-sex based organization.
Each of these groups produced newsletters and magazines that provided educational resources and a platform for communication
among members, and helped to address the silence and isolation that many homosexuals experienced in society. The magazines
appeared on newsstands across the U.S. and were available through subscriptions. One Magazine released its first issue in
January 1953, Mattachine debuted in 1954, and Homophile Studies was first published in 1958. The contents included short stories
on heterosexual love, poetry, book reviews, scholarly articles, and in some cases included sexually graphic artwork, cartoons,
and magazine covers.
Meeker, Martin. Contacts Desired; Gay and Lesbian Communications and Community, 1940s-1970's. (Chicago University Press, 2006).
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Periodicals Collection, MSS-2005-05, San Jose State University Library Special Collections
One Periodical Collection, MSS-2005-07-09, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.
ONE Incorporated records, Coll2011.001, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Gay and lesbian studies
Gay liberation movement--United States.
Gay press publications--United States.