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Finding Aid to the Ernie Potvin Papers, 1947-1998 Coll2011.070
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  • Biography
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred Citation

  • Title: Ernie Potvin papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011.070
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet. 1 archive box.
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1978-1998
    Date (inclusive): 1947-1998
    Abstract: Writings, photographs, correspondence, clippings, mailing lists, pamphlets, flyers, graphic art, award certificates, videotapes, and other material from gay activist Ernie Potvin, 1947-1998. Potvin was a founder of Puerto Rico's first gay and lesbian rights organization in 1972. The bulk of the collection documents Potvin's gay activism in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico.
    creator: Potvin, Ernie

    Biography

    Born in Massachusetts in 1931, Ernie Potvin moved to Puerto Rico in 1956. He later helped to found one of Puerto Rico's first gay and lesbian rights organizations, Comunidad De Orgullo Gay, in 1972. After moving to Los Angeles in 1976, Potvin worked as an actor, a journalist for local gay publications, and a commercial graphic artist. He volunteered for gay organizations such as the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus, Christopher Street West, and the ONE Institute and Archives. Potvin died of heart failure in 1998.

    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.

    Acquisition

    Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Marc LaRoque; revised by Loni Shibuyama, April 2014.

    Scope and Content

    Writings, photographs, correspondence, clippings, mailing lists, pamphlets, flyers, graphic art, award certificates, videotapes, and other material, 1947-1998, from gay activist Ernie Potvin, founder of Puerto Rico's first gay and lesbian rights organization Comunidad de Orgullo Gay. The bulk of the collection documents Potvin's gay activism in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico, and includes photographs from Puerto Rico's first gay pride parade. Also included are videotapes (VHS) of the 1994 International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) conference.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged alphabetically.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Ernie Potvin Papers, Coll2011-070, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Gay activists--California--Los Angeles
    Gay community--Puerto Rico
    Gay pride parades--Puerto Rico
    Photographs