Finding aid to underground erotic graphics and literature collection Coll2012.180

Finding aid prepared by Erick Hawkins
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 741-0094
© 2012

Title: Underground Erotic Graphics and Literature collection
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.180
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.9 linear feet. 2 archival boxes + 1 archival carton
Date (inclusive): 1940-1980
Abstract: An artificial collection of unauthored erotic literature and art (graphics) believed to have been created between 1940 and 1980. The theme of these works is almost exclusively homosexual, although there are some rare instances of bisexual and heterosexual encounters with gay overtones. The bulk of this collection consists of photocopied materials, however there some original typesets and original copies of literature and graphics.


This collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Private Collections
Series 2. Individual Graphics and Literature

Historical Note

In its current form, gay male erotica is believed to have started about the time of World War II. Thought to be instigated by the homoerotic subtext of groups of young men serving together in uniform, the slight liberalization of sodomy laws, the rise of gay publications, the Kinsey report, and the emergence of gay political groups such as the Mattachine Society, gay erotica began to weave its way into the national culture. Already available from foreign sources, social conservatism in the United States forced authors into the underground. As a result, many erotic short stories and graphics are untraceable back to their original authors.
In the 1950s, Supreme Court rulings on censorship and the opening up of first amendment rights created a significant shift in authorship and publication of gay erotica from Europe to the United States. More pulp periodicals were being produced and a resultant increase in published erotica was observed. Authors such as Eldon Barnard, Phil Andros, Dirk Vandon, and Richard Amory wrote prolifically and their material could be found in magazines and books available at newsstands. The social stigma associated with this subject matter loosened more in the post-Stonewall era and a litany of authors took advantage of this new found freedom to increase the pornographic content of their material.
Although the storylines of erotica in this era are extremely diverse, most stories fall into a specific genre. The protagonist is usually young and inexperienced and finds himself subject to the sexual whims of an authoritative male figure such as a policeman, military member, cowboy, or older family member. The young man is unsure of his budding homosexuality and feels assured by the senior figure that their activities are a normal, if not a secretive, part of life.
Miller, Edmond. (1995). Erotica and Pornography. Essay retrieved from the GLBTQ encyclopedia available online.
Sheppard, Simon. (2007). Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica. Carroll and Graf, publishers. New York.


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

Related Archival Material

Walker Erotica Collection, 2002-01, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, San Francisco, California.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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.

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Preferred Citation

Box #, folder #, Explicit Underground Graphics and Literature, Coll2012.180, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Processing Information

This collection was created from various subject files and minor accessions housed at ONE. Collection processed by Erick Hawkins, November 2012.

Scope and Contents

The majority of the works consist of text-only erotic short stories believed to be authored between 1940 and 1980. These stories were either grouped with private collections or were singularly maintained. Duplication among private collections or between private collections and individually listed graphics and stories should be expected. Most of the literature and graphics are photocopied from original sources, however some original prints and rewrites are noted where found. Also in this collection are short graphic stories, hand-drawn illustrations, and erotic comics and poems.

Separated Materials

Apricot, poetry by Scott Giantvalley. Edition 32/500 of Sean Series III, JO, artwork by Sean.
Edition 12/500 Sean Series IV, Sean's Gladiators, artwork by Sean.

Title Clarification

Stories without titles are listed by the first line of the story and are indicated by quotation marks. Untitled graphics are listed by subject matter.


Private Collections Series 1. undated

Scope and Contents

This series comprises erotic stories and images from various private collections. Each private collection consists of various material collocated together in a binder or groups of similar binders by unknown collectors. The bulk of the material consists of short stories with some hand-drawn graphics. Also included are limericks, erotic publications, and authors' personal notes.


This series is arranged alphabetically by collection. Typical collections have been listed first, followed by private collections without a noticeable theme.
Box 1, Folder 1

Glory Holes undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Author's notes, Johnny Frazier undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Mike Whalen's Leather Game Book No 1 undated

Box 1, Folder 4-5

Private Collection 1 undated

Scope and Contents

Consists of photocopies of 27 text-only short stories.
Box 1, Folder 6-7

Private Collection 2 undated

Scope and Contents

Consists of photocopies of 24 text only short stories. Four additional stories, Invitation to the Ranch, Happyland, "Since Don was only my half-brother. . . ," and portions of Some Came Rimming are original typescript.
Box 1, Folder 8-9

Private Collection 3 undated

Scope and Contents

Consists of photocopies of 6 text only short stories. Eleven additional stories, My New Model, Bound to Model, Michael's Metamorphosis, The Foreman, Turnabout, The Intruder, Carl, A Game Called Situations, Trial by Fire, Ladd's Torture, and Randy's Story are original typescript.
Box 1, Folder 10-16

Private Collection 4 undated

Scope and Contents

Consists of photocopies of 30 text only short stories originally arranged into seven separate binders. Photocopied graphics are available throughout the collection.
Box 1, Folder 17-28

Private Collection 5 undated

Scope and Contents

Consists of photocopies of 154 text only short stories originally arranged into seven separate binders. Two additional stories, The Leather Gods and "I had just got home from work. . . " are original typescript. Four more stories, Episode in a Barn, Well I'll be a Horse's Ass, Lennox Avenue Local, and Matadore Ole are illustrated short stories. Photocopied graphics are available throughout the collection.
Box 1, Folder 29-32

Private Collection 6 undated

Scope and Contents

Consists of photocopies of 3 text only short stories originally arranged into four separate binders. Six additional stories, The Fraternity Initiation, In Search of a Friend, The Art of Love Making in Plain Language, Two Lads and a Lake, Motel Madness, and Behind the Green Door are original typescript.

Individual Graphics and Literature Series 2. undated


This series is sorted into four categories based on graphic and literary style. The contents of each category are arranged alphabetically by title, subject matter, or the first line of the story (indicated in quotation marks) if no title exists.

Scope and Contents

This series contains mostly photocopies of text-only erotic short stories that were not maintained in any noticeable private collection. Some material is original or original rewrites of source material. In addition, this series includes illustrated literature, humorous images and prints, and paneled illustrations. Illustrated material is indicated by text and supporting hand-drawn imagery. Graphic literature takes the form of short stories told in panel form without supporting text. Finally, graphics are single panel images or photographs without a discernible storyline.

Text-Only Literature undated

Box 2, Folder 1

"About 2 p.m. last Thursday. . ." undated

Box 2, Folder 2

After Curfew undated

Box 2, Folder 3

All American undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Angelo undated

Box 2, Folder 5

The Arizona Nights undated

Box 2, Folder 6

At the Hacienda undated

Box 2, Folder 7

Banged Up Butt undated

Box 2, Folder 8

The Beginning of Something undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Behind the Green Door undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Ben undated

Box 2, Folder 11

The Black Night undated

Box 2, Folder 12

Black Leather undated

Box 2, Folder 13

Blackie undated

Box 2, Folder 14

Bon Voyage undated

Box 2, Folder 15

Bud undated

Box 2, Folder 16

"Bud Grant had joined the Navy. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 17

The Case of the Bootblack's Butler Friend undated

Box 2, Folder 18

Chuck undated

Box 2, Folder 19

The Coach's Initiation undated

Box 2, Folder 20

Connie and Larry undated

Box 2, Folder 21

A Couple of Days Off undated

Box 2, Folder 22

Dad was a Pal undated

Box 2, Folder 23

David and Absolom undated

Box 2, Folder 24

A Day at the Station undated

Box 2, Folder 25

Dear Buddy undated

Box 2, Folder 26

Dear Jimmy undated

Box 2, Folder 27

Deep in the Heart of undated

Box 2, Folder 28

Diary of a Photographer undated

Box 2, Folder 29

The Drag undated

Box 2, Folder 30

Enforced Holiday undated

Box 2, Folder 31

Ex-Convict undated

Box 2, Folder 32

Farewell Party undated

Box 2, Folder 33

First Impressions of San Francisco undated

Box 2, Folder 34

The Flying Lesson undated

Box 2, Folder 35

The Football Game undated

Box 2, Folder 36

Freeway Pick-Up undated

Box 2, Folder 37

The Furnace Man undated

Box 2, Folder 38

George undated

Box 2, Folder 39

G.I. Pass undated

Box 2, Folder 40

The Glory Hole undated

Box 2, Folder 41

Going Down on the Farm undated

Box 2, Folder 42

Haircut undated

Box 2, Folder 43

Hal undated

Box 2, Folder 44

"He was called 'Larry the Whip'. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 45

His First Girl undated

Box 2, Folder 46

Hitch-Hiker undated

Box 2, Folder 47

"I begin this not knowing. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 48

I Found What I Wanted undated

Box 2, Folder 49

Invitation to the Ranch undated

Box 2, Folder 50

Jack undated

Box 2, Folder 51

Jeff undated

Box 2, Folder 52

Jerry undated

Box 2, Folder 53

Johnny undated

Box 2, Folder 54

"Johnny Duncan whistled as he drove. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 55

"Last winter was the hottest I had ever known in London. . ." undated

Box 2, Folder 56

Lawn Mowing Services undated

Box 2, Folder 57

Learning the Hard Way undated

Box 2, Folder 58

The Leather Gods undated

Box 2, Folder 59

Limericks undated

Box 2, Folder 60

Lord Nick and his Pals undated

Box 3, Folder 1

Love Comes to Steve undated

Box 2, Folder 61

Lovers' Casino undated

Box 2, Folder 62

The Man Who Came to Dinner undated

Box 2, Folder 63

The Marine Recruiter undated

Box 2, Folder 64

Messenger Boy undated

Box 2, Folder 65

Mitch's Tale undated

Box 2, Folder 66

Model Male undated

Box 2, Folder 67

Morning Interlude undated

Box 2, Folder 68

Motel Madness undated

Box 2, Folder 69

The Motorcycle Cop undated

Box 2, Folder 70

Motorcycle Gang-Bang undated

Box 2, Folder 71

Navy Daze undated

Box 2, Folder 72

New Boy in Town undated

Box 2, Folder 73

A Night in a Moorish Harem undated

Box 2, Folder 74

The Night the Lights Went Out undated

Box 2, Folder 75

A Night to Remember undated

Box 2, Folder 76

No Escape undated

Box 2, Folder 77

A Nurses' Adventure undated

Box 2, Folder 78

Official Lesson undated

Box 2, Folder 79

On a Ringe with a Dinge undated

Box 2, Folder 80

On the Road undated

Box 2, Folder 81

One August Afternoon undated

Box 2, Folder 82

Our New Friend undated

Box 2, Folder 83

Part 1 undated

Box 2, Folder 84

Personal Appearance undated

Box 2, Folder 85

Pete undated

Box 2, Folder 86

Phil undated

Box 2, Folder 87

Please Stay undated

Box 2, Folder 88

The Polacks undated

Box 2, Folder 89

Porno Movie Porno Movie undated

Box 2, Folder 90

The Porthole undated

Box 2, Folder 91

Possibilities Unlimited undated

Box 2, Folder 92

The Rain Ceased and the Floods Came undated

Box 2, Folder 93

Rather than Summer School undated

Box 2, Folder 94

Right off the Boat undated

Box 2, Folder 95

Rod undated

Box 2, Folder 96

Rod's Initiation undated

Box 2, Folder 97

Ron undated

Box 2, Folder 98

Runaway Sex undated

Box 2, Folder 99

S & M undated

Box 2, Folder 100

A Sailor Hitchhikes undated

Box 2, Folder 101

Salty Ship-Mates undated

Box 2, Folder 102

The Scotsman undated

Box 2, Folder 103

Shipmates undated

Box 2, Folder 104

Shore Leave"The bus jostled along. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 105

Shore Leave"During those few blocks walk. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 106

The Slave undated

Box 2, Folder 107

Sone's Vengeance - A Tale of Indo-China undated

Box 2, Folder 108

Starting with Ralph undated

Box 2, Folder 109

Steam Room Interlude undated

Box 2, Folder 110

The Story of Q: The Proper Training for Young Slaves undated

Box 2, Folder 111

"This is a study of pricks. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 112

Subway Ride undated

Box 2, Folder 113

Summer Job undated

Box 2, Folder 114

Super Service undated

Box 2, Folder 115

Tales of Arabian Nights undated

Box 2, Folder 116

Taking a Piss undated

Box 2, Folder 117

Tattooed Boot undated

Box 2, Folder 118

Telephone Lineman undated

Box 2, Folder 119

A Thing of Beauty in a Boy Forever undated

Box 2, Folder 120

The Thirteen IOUs undated

Box 2, Folder 121

Tortured with Sex undated

Box 2, Folder 122

Turnabout undated

Box 2, Folder 123

Two Boys at the Lake undated

Box 2, Folder 124

The Two Sailors undated

Box 2, Folder 125

The Unknown Sailor undated

Box 2, Folder 126

Virgin Love, In School undated

Box 2, Folder 127

Walt, Ray and Art undated

Box 2, Folder 128

Whittier School undated

Box 2, Folder 129

Young Ass undated


Illustrated Literature undated

Box 2, Folder 130

Down on the Farm undated

Box 2, Folder 131

Face on the Studio Floor or Mid Semen Nite Dream undated

Box 2, Folder 132

"God damn, no sleep again. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 133

One August Afternoon undated

Box 2, Folder 134

"Not so bad, about twenty bucks. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 135

"Now that's a good looking piece of meat there. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 136

Rites of Spring undated

Box 2, Folder 137

Rough and Tough undated

Box 2, Folder 138

Stool Trained undated

Box 2, Folder 139

There's Always a First Time undated

Box 2, Folder 140

To My Loving Wife undated

Box 2, Folder 141

The Train Trip undated

Box 2, Folder 142

"Young Bill Norris laid in a sort of restless sleep. . . " undated


Graphic Literature undated

Box 2, Folder 143

Coach in locker room undated


Contains hand drawn images of activities between athletes and a coach in a locker room.
Box 2, Folder 144

Man and Sailor with Belt undated


Contains hand drawn images of activities between a sailor and a civilian man.
Box 2, Folder 145

Middle-Eastern men undated


Contains hand drawn images of activities between three men from the Middle-East.
Box 2, Folder 146

Navy Doc undated

Box 2, Folder 147

Outhouse story undated


Contains hand drawn images of activities between three men in a public outhouse.
Box 3, Folder 2

Ride the Wild Surf


Assorted Graphics undated

Box 2, Folder 148

Assorted graphics undated

Box 2, Folder 149

Humorous images undated

Box 2, Folder 150

Images from "God damn, no sleep again. . . " undated

Box 2, Folder 151

Images from Well I'll be a Horse's Ass undated

Box 2, Folder 152

Nature Boy

Box 2, Folder 153

Photocopied film images undated

Box 2, Folder 154

Tom of Finland, photocopies undated