Finding Aid to the Ernie Potvin Papers, 1947-1998 Coll2011.070

Marc LaRocque and Loni Shibuyama
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
(213) 821-2771
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Title: Ernie Potvin papers
creator: Potvin, Ernie
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011.070
Physical Description: 1.25 Linear Feet 1 archive box.
Date (inclusive): 1947-1998
Date (bulk): bulk
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.

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

Formerly box #103-058. 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.

Related Materials

Potvin was the art director of the The San Juan Review, 1964-1966. The digitized publication is available at www.sanjuanreview.com.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

 

Ernie Potvin papers

Box 1, folder 1-2

Articles, writings by Potvin circa 1981-1982

Box 1, folder 3

Award certificates 1982-1985

 

Award plaques

Box 1, item 29

"Great American Yankee Freedom Band of Los Angeles; In appreciation to Ernie Potvin for Outstanding Service as Manager" 1978-1979

Box 1, item 30

"Great American Yankee Freedom Band of Los Angeles; Special Service Award to Ernie Potvin" November 10, 1981

Box 1, folder 4

Becoming a People by Jim Kepner, with annotations by Potvin 1995

Box 1, folder 5

Clippings 1972-1998

Box 1, folder 6

Correspondence 1984-1998

Box 1, folder 7-9

Gay and lesbian article printouts from American Online (AOL) News and Associated Press (AP) 1997-1998

Box 1, folder 10

Gay and lesbian organization flyers, mailers, and publicity material 1980-1998

Box 1, folder 11

Gay Cuban refugees, interview notes 1980

Box 1, folder 12

Graphic designs by Potvin 1978-1985

item VV3083-VV3093

International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) conference [video recording] 1994

Physical Description: 11 videocassettes (VHS).
Box 1, folder 13

Kepner, Jim, memorial 1997-1998

Box 1, folder 14

Lambda Arts Council, draft proposal 1979-1980

Box 1, folder 15

Mailing and distribution lists 1981

Box 1, folder 16

Moscow, Russia, gay and lesbian material 1996

 

Photographs

Box 1, folder 17

Anti-war protests undated

Physical Description: 5 b&w photographs.
Box 1, folder 18

Potvin, Ernie 1983

Physical Description: 7 b&w photographs and 3 color photographs.
Box 1, folder 20

Puerto Rico 1995-1996

Physical Description: 5 photographs.
Box 1, folder 19

Puerto Rico gay parade 1996

Physical Description: 82 color photographs.
Box 1, folder 21

Women Take Back the Night Rally 1980

Physical Description: 11 b&w photographs.
Box 1, folder 22

Miscellaneous 1974-1997

Physical Description: 6 b&w photographs and 2 color photographs.

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of Jim Kepner, a Griff's bar softball team portrait, a gay men's wrestling team, participants in a AIDS symposium session (1983), Tony Taylor, Colin Booth, Freddy Berkovitz of Dragazine, and the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) group at the Los Angeles gay pride parade (1997).
Box 1, folder 23

Miscellaneous paper printout images, annotated 1993

Scope and Contents

Includes images of Fred Frisbie, Louisa Sola, Don Slater, Marilyn van Veersen and Bren Chambers.
Box 1, folder 24

Potvin Family history 1985-1992

Box 1, folder 25

Puerto Rico Comunidad de Orgullo Gay 1974-1976

Box 1, folder 26

Puerto Rico gay and lesbian material 1985-1995

Box 1, folder 27

Theatrical performances by Potvin, publicity material 1947-1977

Box 1, folder 28

Ventura County gay and lesbian resources 1988