Finding aid of the Rob Cole Papers

Michael P. Palmer
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
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Los Angeles, California 90007
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Finding aid of the Rob Cole Papers

Collection number: Coll2009-019

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Michael P. Palmer
Date Completed:
December 31, 2009
Encoded by:
Michael P. Palmer
© 2009 ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Rob Cole papers
Dates: 1950-2006
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1970-1985)
Collection number: Coll2009-019
Creator: Cole, Rob (Frederick Robinson)
Collection Size: 1 records storage box + 8 cartons + 2 half-cartons + 7 oversize boxes + 3 shoeboxes. 13.5 linear feet.
Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: The collection consists of materials relating to the life of Rob Cole, in particular his career as editor of the Advocate (1970-1974), as unnamed contributor to the Forum of Southern California (1974), and as founder and first editor of NewsWest (1975). The documents, including correspondence, draft articles, administrative, legal, and financial records, shed light on Cole's role as the first professional newspaperman to run a gay newspaper in Los Angeles. The collection also contains the newsroom copy of the Advocate for 1967-1968, the two issues of the Forum of Southern California (1974), an incomplete run of NewsWest (1975-1977), and the single issue of Out! which succeeded NewsWest in 1977. The print material is supplemented by a significant number of photographs published by or submitted to the Advocate, Forum, and NewsWest. The collection also contains materials documenting Cole's association with the Christopher Street West Association, of which he was a founder. The records include board minutes, souvenir programs, newsletter and public relations campaign materials, photographs, videotapes, buttons, and t-shirts.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

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

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Box #, folder/item #, Rob Cole papers, Coll2009-019, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert W. McCoard, December 16, 2007, and August 17, 2008.

Processing Information

Cole's writings (box 3, folders 23-27, and box 4, folders 1-16), and certain materials relating to NewsWest (box 1, folders 16-19 and 22-23, and box 5, folder 6) found in ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, box 104-160, and added to collection during processing. Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, December 31, 2009.

Biography

Frederick Robinson Cole was born in Dallas,Texas, on July 27, 1930. A self-described "loner", he suppressed his homosexuality until the September 1969, when, while on vacation in Los Angeles, he was introduced to the newly formed Metropolitan Community Church. The following year, after 15 years as an editor at the Dallas Times-Herald, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the Advocate as news editor, the first news professional to work at the paper. During his tenure, Cole transformed the paper from a local Los Angeles bar rag to a respectable newspaper with national news coverage. Cole not only assigned and edited stories, but often wrote them, covering serious issues such as conditions for gays in jails, psychiatric abuse, and gays in religion.
Cole served on the Advocate until mid-1971, when homesickness and conflicts with the owners convinced him to resign and return to his former job in Dallas. He returned to the Advocate in September 1971, but again resigned at the end of December 1973, after renewed conflicts with the owners. After working on the short-lived GLBT newspaper Forum of Southern California, he returned to the Advocate for the third and final time, as managing editor, in September 1974. The Advocate was purchased by David Goodstein late that same year. Although rumor suggested that Goodstein intended to retain him as editor, Cole was fired in late December 1974, being replaced by John Preston. Early the next year, Goodstein moved the offices of the Advocate to the San Francisco Bay area and refocused the paper on national affairs, arts and entertainment, virtually eliminating local Los Angeles coverage. To fill in the void left by the departure of the Advocate, Cole founded the bi-weekly NewsWest, the first issue of which appeared in May 1975. NewsWest continued the tradition of the old Advocate, including many of the same columnists, writers, and stringers, and with the addition of Pat Rocco as primary photographer. However, Cole's relationship with fellow members of the board of the paper's parent company, Green Carnation Newspapers, soon became strained, and in October 1975 he was removed from the board; although he was retained as editor, his relationship with the board continued to deteriorate, and he left NewsWest shortly afterwards. (He continued to contribute occasional columns to the newspaper until it ceased publication in 1977.) In the following years Cole worked for other newspapers in Southern California before leaving journalism to work as a real estate appraiser. He remained active in the gay community, serving on the board of the Christopher Street West Association, of which he was a co-founder in 1970, for most of the last 37 years of his life.
He died at his home in North Hills, California, on June 30, 2007, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease, complicated by pneumonia and a chronic back ailment.
Source: Obituary, in Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2007.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of materials relating to the life of Rob Cole, primarily his career as a newspaperman, and his association with the Christopher Street West Association.
Cole worked with three Los Angles-area GLBT newspapers, as News and Managing Editor of the Advocate (1970-1974), as unnamed contributor to the Forum of Southern California (1974), and as founder and editor of NewsWest (1975). The materials include correspondence, draft articles, subject files, and other documents that shed light on Cole's role as the first professional newspaperman to run a gay newspaper in Los Angeles, and the often contentious world of the Los Angeles gay press in the 1970s. The collection also contains issues of several newspapers, including, from Cole's days as a newspaper editor in Dallas, issues of the Dallas Times Herald and Dallas Morning News chronicling several significant events between 1962 and 1969, as well as the newsroom copy of the Advocate for 1967-1968, the two issues of the Forum of Southern California (1974), an incomplete run of NewsWest (1975-1977), and the single issue of Out! which succeeded NewsWest in 1977. The print material is supplemented by a significant number of photographs published by or submitted to the Advocate, Forum, and NewsWest. The photographs published in and submitted to the Advocate derive from what is now the Advocate Records collection held by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, and how they came into Cole's private possession is not known. The collection also contains Cole's typed notes and audiotapes of interviews for stories, most relating to the Metropolitan Community Church.
Cole's association with the Christopher Street West Association, of which he was a co-founder, is less fully documented. The records include a handbill announcing the first Christopher Street West parade in June 1970; minutes of the board of directors for 1975-1976 (including Cole's account of police harassment of spectators at the 1976 march); souvenir programs for 1974, 1976, and 1985; materials relating to the 1984 and 1985 public relations campaigns; documents from 1995 and 1996, when Cole was editor of the association's newsletter; videotapes, primarily from the 1980s; photographs, primarily from 2002-2004; and memorabilia, chiefly buttons and t-shirts.
The collection also contains a small amount of a material of a personal nature, including Cole's unpublished short stories from the 1950, as well as a series of subject files, audio recordings, and memorabilia.
The collection is arranged in nine series: (1) Newspapers, (2) Christopher Street West, (3) Subject Files, (4) Personal, (5) Printed Matter, (6) Photographs, (7) Graphics, (8) Audiovisual, and (9) Memorabilia.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Advocate (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Christopher Street West Association
Forum of Southern California (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Gay pride parades--California--Los Angeles
Gays' writings, American
Newspapers
NewsWest (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Photographs
Photojournalism
Reporters and reporting

Related Material

More extensive papers and photographs relating to the Advocate, which Cole edited, can be found in the Advocate Records, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles.

Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1-25 ; 5 : 1-9 (Oversize)

Series 1.  Newspapers 1970-1995 (bulk 1970-1978)

Physical Description: 0.6 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains materials relating to Cole's career with three Los Angles-area GLBT newspapers, first as News and Managing Editor of the Advocate (1970-1974), as unnamed contributor to the Forum of Southern California (1974), and as founder and editor of NewsWest (1975). The materials include correspondence, draft articles, typed reporter's notes, subject files, and other documents that shed light on Cole's role as the first professional newspaperman to run a gay newspaper in Los Angeles, and the often contentious world of the Los Angeles gay press in the 1970s. The series is arranged in three subseries, corresponding to the three newspapers for which Cole worked: (1) Advocate, (2) Forum of Southern California, and (3) NewsWest.
Box : Folder 1 : 1-14 ; 5 : 1-5

Subseries 1.1  Advocate 1970-1995 (bulk 1970-1974)

Physical Description: 0.6 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains materials relating to Cole's career as News Editor, then Managing Editor, of the Advocate. The series includes only those files whose contents are specifically directed to or from the Advocate or marked with the Advocate stamp. The correspondence file for 1974 includes an account by Cole, written late in the year, recounting his work at the newspaper and his tumultuous relationship with owners Dick Michaels and Bill Rand. Of the subject files, some (Gay Bishops, Criminal Law Reform) appear to be general reference files; others (Bus Mystery, Frank Watts) relate to specific stories published in the Advocate. The files relating to the Metropolitan Community Church include Cole's typed reporter's notes; additional typed reporter's notes by Cole on stories relating to the Metropolitan Community Church can be found in the Advocate Records collection, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. Audiocassettes with recorded interviews by Cole relating to various news stories, including the Frank Watts story, can be found in Subseries 8.2. Photographs published in the Advocate, as well as unpublished photographs received while Cole was associated with the newspaper, can be found in Subseries 6.1.
Box 5 : 1 (Oversize)

ACLU Rights of Homosexuals Committee 1973

Box 1 : 1

Advocate 1975-1995

Box 5 : 2 (Oversize)

Advocate "Calendar" 1974

Box 1 : 2

Bibliographies (Gay) 1974

Box 1 : 3

Bishops, Gay 1974

Box 1 : 4

Broshears, Ray 1974

Box 1 : 5

Bus Mystery 1973

Box 1 : 6

Christopher Street West ( Advocate file) 1974

Box 1 : 7-9

Correspondence n.d., 1972-1974

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box 1 : 7

n.d.

Box 1 : 8

1972-1973

Box 1 : 9

1974

Box 1 : 10

Criminal Law Reform 1973

Box 5 : 3 (Oversize)

Glascock, David 1971-1975

Box 1 : 11-12 ; 5 : 4-5 (Oversize)

Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) 1970-1975

Physical Description: 4 folders.
Box 1 : 11

1970-1975

Box 5 : 4 (Oversize)

Advocate files 1971-1973

Box 5 : 5 (Oversize)

Newspaper Clippings 1970-1973

Box 1 : 12

Rob Cole Reporter's Notes 1971-1973

Box 1 : 13

Newspaper Clippings 1985-1992

Box 1 : 14

Watts, Frank 1971-1972

Box : Folder 1 : 15

Subseries 1.2  Forum of Southern California 1974

Physical Description: 1 folder.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The Forum of Southern California was a short-lived GLBT newspaper published in Los Angeles in early 1974 as an alternative to the Advocate. Only two issues were published. Although his name appears nowhere in either issue, Cole appears to have been largely responsible for the style and content of the paper. This subseries consists of a single folder containing draft articles for issue 1 of the paper. For photographs published in issue 1, see Subseries 6.2; for copies of both issues, see Subseries 5.1.
Box 1 : 15

Forum of Southern California, issue 1. Draft Articles February 1974

Box : Folder 1 : 16-25 ; 5 : 6-9

Subseries 1.3  NewsWest 1975-1978

Physical Description: 0.3 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries consists of materials relating to Cole's foundation and editorship of the Los Angeles newspaper NewsWest, which continued the tradition of the Advocate after the latter's purchase by David Goodstein and removal to the San Francisco Bay area. The materials include a proposal prepared by Cole for potential investors in the new newspaper (originally entitled The Alternate) as well as other planning documents and receipts for outlays of money made by Cole in setting up the paper. The documents also include draft articles, editorial logs and mockups for the first three issues, as well as advertising logs for issues 4-33, and small files of general and internal correspondence. The Green Carnation Newspapers file contains correspondence and other materials relating to Cole's removal from the board and his attempts to recover his financial investment in the newspaper, as well as legal papers relating to the corporation's lease of an automobile. Photographs published in NewsWest, as well as unpublished photographs received while Cole was associated with the newspaper, can be found in Subseries 6.1.
Box 1 : 16

Address List & Advertising Flyer 1975

Box 1 : 17-19 ; 5 : 6 (Oversize)

Articles & Work Papers 1975

Physical Description: 4 folders.
Box 1 : 17

Issue 1 May 30, 1975

Box 5 : 6 (Oversize)

Issue 2 June 12, 1975

Box 1 : 18

Issue 3 June 26, 1975

Box 1 : 19

Unidentified issues 1975

Box 5 : 7-8 (Oversize)

Correspondence - General 1975-1977, 1991

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 5 : 7 (Oversize)

General 1975, 1991

Box 5 : 8 (Oversize)

Internal 1975-1977

Box 5 : 9 (Oversize)

Green Carnation Newspapers. Corporate, Business & Legal Documents 1975-1978

Box 1 : 20

Homosexual Information Center ( Tangents) 1975

Box 1 : 21

Insurance 1975

Box 1 : 22

Letterhead 1975

Box 1 : 23

Master Ad Log, Issues 4-33 1975-1976

Box 1 : 24

Outlays by Rob Cole 1975

Box 1 : 25

Planning Documents 1975

Box : Folder 2 : 1-10 ; 9 : 1-2

Series 2  Christopher Street West (CSW) 1970-2006

Physical Description: 0.5 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains materials relating to Cole's involvement with the Christopher Street West Association, of which he was a co-founder in 1970. The documents include a handbill announcing the first Christopher Street West parade in June 1970; minutes of the board of directors for 1975-1976 (including Cole's account of police harassment of spectators at the 1976 march); and souvenir programs for 1974, 1976, and 1985. Other materials include binders prepared by Communication Works detailing the firm's 1984 and 1985 public relations campaigns on behalf of Christopher Street West, as well as documents from 1995 and 1996, when Cole was editor of the association's newsletter. Photographs relating to Christopher Street West can be found in Subseries 6.3.
Box 2 : 1-2

Christopher Street West 1970-1971 1995

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 2 : 1

1970-1971

Box 2 : 2

1995

Box 2 : 3

Bylaws 2000

Box 2 : 4

California Assembly. Award to Rob Cole 2006

Box 2 : 5 ; 9 : 1-2

Communication Works 1984-1986

Physical Description: 2 binders, 1 folder.
Box 2 : 5

Award Applications 1985-1986

Box 9 : 1 (Oversize)

CSW Public relations campaign 1984

Physical Description: 1 binder.
Box 9 : 2 (Oversize)

CSW Public relations campaign 1985

Physical Description: 1 binder.
Box 2 : 6

Conflict Resolution 1996

Box 2 : 7

Minutes 1975-1976

Box 2 : 8

News Bulletin 1979

Box 2 : 9

Palm Springs Gay Veterans. Award from 2001

Box 2 : 10

Programs, Souvenir 1974, 1976, 1985

Box : Folder 2 : 11-27 ; 3 : 1-19 ; 5 : 10-20 (Oversize)

Series 3.  Subject Files 1955-2003 (bulk 1969-1978)

Physical Description: 0.7 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains files on various subjects. Although a portion of the materials was arranged in labeled files, the bulk was found loose throughout the collection. Several of the files represent organizations on whose boards Cole served (Gay Community Center of Orange County, H.E.L.P., the Hollywood Hills Democratic Club) or to which he belonged (Archives, Whitman-Radclyffe Foundation). Cole worked on several political campaigns including as treasurer of the Friends of Burt Pines (for Los Angeles City Attorney, 1973), and as writer for Herbert Selwyn (Democratic Party primary, 24th Congressional District, 1974). He was also editor of GAY SIGnificance, the newsletter for gay and lesbian members of MENSA. The Metropolitan Community Church file contains a draft of a 1970 letter by Cole describing the circumstances of his first contact with the church, and the part the church played in his coming out; the Scientology file documents his early interest in the movement, which appears to have influenced his writing of science fiction.
Box 2 : 11

ACLU Gay Rights Chapter of Southern California 1978-1979

Box 5 : 10 (Oversize)

Archives, Gay (Kepner) 1975-2002

Box 2 : 12

California Committee for Sexual Law Reform 1973

Box 5 : 11 (Oversize)

CAMP NSW 1975-1977

Box 5 : 12 (Oversize)

Dallas Gay Political Caucus 1977-1978

Box 2 : 13

Gay Academic Union (GAU). GAU6 Conference 1979

Box 2 : 14

Gay Businesses n.d.

Box 2 : 15

Gay Days 1971

Box 2 : 16

Gay Organizations, Manuscript Notes on n.d.

Box 2 : 17

Gay Politicians & Political Issues 1970-1979

Box 2 : 18

Gay Community Center of Orange County 1977-1978

Box 2 : 19

Gay Community Services Center (GCSC) 1971-1973

Box 2 : 20

Gay Rights 1977

Box 2 : 21

GAY SIGnificance (MENSA) 1979

Box 2 : 22

Geese. Theater Program 1970

Box 2 : 23

Goodstein, David 1974

Box 2 : 24

H.E.L.P., Inc. 1971-1973

Box 2 : 25

Historical Exhibit n.d.

Box 2 : 26

Hollywood Hills Democratic Club 1974

Box 2 : 27

Homosexuality 1969-1972

Box 3 : 1

Homosexuality & the Church 1971-1979

Box 3 : 2

Institute for the Study of Human Resources n.d.

Box 3 : 3

Kight, Morris 1979-2003

Box 3 : 4

Leary, Timothy n.d.

Box 3 : 5

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Police Advisory Task Force. Gay & Lesbian Cultural Awareness Training for Law Enforcement 1992

Box 5 : 13 (Oversize)

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Scientists (LAGLS) / National Organization of Gay & Lesbian Scientists & Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) 1990-1995

Box 3 : 6

Man-to-Man n.d.

Box 3 : 7

Mark IV "Slave Auction" Police Raid 1976

Box 3 : 8

Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) 1969-1974

Box 5 : 14 (Oversize)

Newsletters 1967-1978

Box 3 : 9 ; 5 : 15-16 (Oversize)

Newspaper Clippings 1984 1979

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box 5 : 15-16 (Oversize)

1979,

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 3 : 9

1984

Box 3 : 10

ONE, Inc. 1966, 1982

Box 3 : 11

Orange County Coalition for Human Rights 1977

Box 5 : 17 (Oversize)

Parents & Friends of Gays 1978

Box 5 : 18 (Oversize)

Pines, Burt 1973

Box 5 : 19 (Oversize)

Scientology 1955-1963

Box 5 : 20 (Oversize)

Selwyn, Herbert E. 1974

Box 3 : 13

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 1979

Box 3 : 14

Society for Individual Rights (SIR) 1970-1971

Box 3 : 15

Society of Anubis n.d.

Box 3 : 16

Society of David 1971

Box 3 : 17

Texas 1971

Box 3 : 18

Venereal Disease n.d.

Box 3 : 19

Whitman-Radclyffe Foundation 1972-1973

Box : Folder 3 : 20-27 ; 4 : 1-16 ; 6 : 1-3

Series 4.  Personal 1950-1978

Physical Description: 0.7 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains materials relating to Cole's private life. The bulk of the materials consists of Cole's writings from the period 1952-1957. The majority of these writings are science fiction short stories, which Cole unsuccessfully submitted to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Imagination, and Weird Tales; Cole submitted other short stories to the New Yorker, Redbook, and Ladies' Home Journal. The series also includes three spiral notebooks containing manuscript drafts of short stories. The correspondence files include 1962 correspondence with Joan Chandler, an Englishwoman, concerning the presidency of John F. Kennedy; and 1971-1974 with Ron Waters, who had left his possessions in Cole's care while he was serving time in prison. The David Glascock file contains materials relating to Cole's lawsuit against Glascock for failure to pay for an automobile purchased by Glascock from Cole. The telephone and address book includes contact information for Cole's personal friends and professional associates (including stringers and reporters), as well as GLBT activists and celebrities.
Box 3 : 20-21 ; 6 : 1 (Oversize)

Correspondence n.d., 1950, 1956, 1962, 1969-1974

Physical Description: 3 folders.
Box 6 : 1 (Oversize)

General n.d., 1950, 1956, 1969-1974

Box 3 : 20

Chandler, Joan 1962

Box 3 : 21

Waters, Ronald A. 1971-1974

Box 6 : 2 (Oversize)

Glascock, David - Lawsuit against 1975-1978

Box 3 : 22

Telephone & address book circa 1975

Box 6 : 3 (Oversize)

Unemployment Benefit Claims 1974-1976

Box 3 : 23-27 : 4 : 1-16

Writings circa 1952-1957

Physical Description: 21 folders.
Box 3 : 23

And So Forth 1953

Box 3 : 24

Beyond the Green Mountain n.d.

Box 3 : 25

Blue Roses 1952

Box 3 : 26

Eden's Apple Orchard Theater 1956

Box 3 : 27

Galactic Slip-up 1956

Box 4 : 1

Hal's Night Out 195x

Box 4 : 2

Heathen, The (play in 2 acts) n.d.

Box 4 : 3

Heirloom, The 1953

Box 4 : 4

Journey n.d.

Box 4 : 5

Leader, The n.d.

Box 4 : 6

Mr. Finchley and the Monster 1953

Box 4 : 7

Mrs. Miniblossom and the Superhighway 1957

Box 4 : 8

New Year's Eve 1953

Box 4 : 9

Over the Rainbow 1953

Box 4 : 10

Paradise Bird, The n.d.

Box 4 : 11

Rainbow Mountains, The n.d.

Box 4 : 12

Reunion n.d.

Box 4 : 13-15

Manuscript drafts n.d.

Physical Description: 3 spiral notebooks.
Box 4 : 16

Drawing to illustrate unidentified science fiction story n.d.

Box : Folder 4 : 17-22 ; 15 : 7 ; 16 : 1-4 ; 17 ; 19 : 1-10

Series 5  Printed Materials 1957-1977

Physical Description: 3.5 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains printed materials found among Cole's papers. It is arranged in two subseries: (1) 5.1 Newspapers, containing issues of several newspapers with which Cole was associated, most importantly the short-lived Forum of Southern California, for which Cole was largely responsible, and NewsWest, which he founded in 1975; and (2) Other, containing miscellaneous publications.
Box : Folder 4 : 17 ; 16 : 1-4; 17 ; 19 : 1-10

Subseries 5.1  Newspapers 1962-1977

Physical Description: 3.4 linear feet.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains issues of several of the newspapers with which Cole was associated. The issues of the Dallas Morning News and Dallas Times Herald document momentous events, including John Glenn's earth orbit, John F. Kennedy's assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald's slaying, the Apollo moon orbit, and Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. The newsroom copies of the Los Angeles Advocate for 1967-1968 antedate Cole's arrival at the paper. Although his name does not appear anywhere in either issue, Cole was largely responsible for the Forum of Southern California, of which only two issues were published in early 1974, during his second "sabbatical" from the Advocate (drafts of articles and photographs used in issue 1 can be found in subseries 1.2 and 6.2, respectively). The run of NewsWest is incomplete, missing issues 13, 26-28, and 32-34; in addition, issue 54 is missing pages 5-36.
Box 19 : 1-10 (Oversize)

Dallas Morning News / Dallas Times Herald 1962-1969

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 19 : 1 (Oversize)

Dallas Times Herald February 20, 1962

Note

John Glenn orbits earth.
Box 19 : 2 (Oversize)

Dallas Times Herald November 22, 1963

Physical Description: Final edition, pull sheets, pp. A-1 and A-19.

Note

John F. Kennedy assassination.
Box 19 : 3 (Oversize)

Dallas Morning News November 23, 1963

Note

John F. Kennedy assassination.
Box 19 : 4 (Oversize)

Dallas Times Herald November 23, 1963

Note

John F. Kennedy assassination.
Box 19 : 5 (Oversize)

Dallas Morning News November 25, 1963

Note

Lee Harvey Oswald slaying.
Box 19 : 6 (Oversize)

Dallas Times Herald November 25, 1963

Note

Lee Harvey Oswald slaying.
Box 19 : 7-8 (Oversize)

Dallas Times Herald December 24, 1968

Physical Description: 2 copies.

Note

Apollo 8 moon orbit.
Box 19 : 9 (Oversize)

Dallas Morning News July 21, 1969

Note

Neil Armstrong walks on moon.
Box 19 : 10 (Oversize)

Dallas Times Herald July 21, 1969

Note

Neil Armstrong walks on moon.
Box 4 : 17

Los Angeles Advocate, vol. 1, no. 1 - vol. 2, no. 12. Newsroom Copy September 1967-December 1968

Physical Description: 1 binder.
Box 16 : 1-3 (Oversize)

The Forum of Southern California February 23-March 23, 1974

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 16 : 1-2 (Oversize)

Issue 1 February 23-March 9, 1974

Physical Description: 2 copies.
Box 16 : 3 (Oversize)

Issue 2 March 9-23, 1974

Box 16 : 4 (Oversize); 17 (Oversize)

NewsWest May 30-July 8, 1977

Box 16 : 4 (Oversize)

Vol. 1, nos. 1-12 May 30-October 30, 1975

Physical Description: Missing vol. 1, no. 13 (November 13, 1975).
Box 17 (Oversize)

Vol. 1, nos. 14-16; nos. 17-56 November 27, 1975-July 8, 1977

Physical Description: No. 25 (April 29, 1976) numbered "15"; nos. 26-28 and 32-34 missing; no. 42 (December 23, 1976) numbered "40"; no. 54 (June 2, 1977) missing pp. 5-36.
Box 17 (Oversize)

Out!, issue 1 July 29, 1977

Note

Formerly NewsWest.
Box : Folder 4 : 18-22 ; 15 : 7

Subseries 5.2  Other 1957-1972

Physical Description: 6 items.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains six miscellaneous printed items found in Cole's papers. With the exception of Viking, which reprinted without permission a cartoon copyrighted by the Advocate, it is not clear whether Cole obtained these materials in the course of his work as a journalist, or as a private individual.
Box 4 : 18

Contact. A Directory of Gay, Homosexual, and Lesbian Feminist Organizations and Resources in Southern California. 71977

Note

Conceived and published under the auspices of the 7th Imperial Court de Los Angeles. Compiled and edited by Pat Rocco.
Box 4 : 19

Homosexual Health Guidebook, by the editors of QQ Magazine c1970

Box 15 : 7 (Oversize)

Look Magazine, Special Issue: The American Family January 26, 1971

Box 4 : 20

Sexology; sex science illustrated March 1957

Box 4 : 21

Valli Haus (North Hollywood, California). 2nd Anniversary Party commemorative program October 1972

Box 4 : 22

Viking. Svensk HS-Tidskrift, no. 1 1971

Note

P. 26 reprints Advocate copyright 1970 cartoon.
Box : Folder 7 : 1-47 ; 8 : 1-14; 9 : 3 ; 12 : 1-7 ; 13 ; 15 : 1

Series 6.  Photographs 1969-2004

Physical Description: 1.4 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photographs found among Cole's papers. The bulk consists of photographs published or submitted to the newspapers for which Cole worked, in particular the Advocate and NewsWest (Subseries 6.1). The photographs published in and submitted to the Advocate derive from what is now the Advocate Records collection held by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, and how they came into Cole's private possession is not known. The principal photographer represented is Walt Blumoff, followed by Lee Mason, Pat Rocco, and Bud McGinnis; the subjects include demonstrations, meetings of gay activists with political leaders, legislative hearings, high-profile gay "weddings", and gay pride marches. The series also contains a small number of photographs published in the first issue (1974) of the Forum of Southern California (Subseries 6.2). Subseries 6.3 contains photographs relating to Cole's involvement with Christopher Street West. The materials from the 1980s include photographs from larger sets by Mitch Walker & Paul Meyers and possibly other photographers; additional photographs from these sets can be found in the Christopher Street West Collection and Christopher Street West Association Records, both at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. The materials for 2000, 2002, and 2004 are preserved on CD-ROM, several of which are unreadable; the materials for 2003 exist in three different formats: (1) prints, (2) negatives, and (3) Kodak PictureCD. The series also contains a small number of personal photographs (Subseries 6.4).
Box : Folder 7 : 1-47 ; 15 : 1

Subseries 6.1  Advocate / NewsWest 1969-1977

Physical Description: 0.4 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains photographs published or submitted for publication to the Advocate or NewsWest, or related to (viz., from the same shoot or film roll as) photographs published in these newspapers. The bulk of the photographs relate to the Advocate, and those that were published bear Advocate markup instructions on front and back. A significant number of the unpublished photographs represent images missing from sets in the Advocate Records collection held by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. The photographs removed from the Advocate photo morgue do not match any discernable selection criteria, and the circumstances of their removal into Cole's private possession (where one of them was trimmed to fit an oval frame) are not known. The principal photographer represented is Walt Blumoff, followed by Lee Mason, Pat Rocco, and Bud McGinnis. The subjects are primarily political events, including demonstrations, meetings of gay activists with political leaders, and legislative hearings. Other events covered include high-profile gay "weddings" and gay pride marches. The subseries also contains several "formal" (i.e., studio) photographs of individuals, such as ONE, Inc., co-founder Dorr Legg, and three files (Photo Files #'s 1-2 and Gay Activist Personalities) of photographs of unidentified individuals or undated events.

Arrangement

Chronological.
Box 7 : 1

Frolicking on the night of the Stonewall riot June 1969

Note

1 photograph by Fred W. McDarrah. Reprinted, from newspaper clipping, in Advocate, no. 89 (July 5, 1972), p. 2
Box 7 : 2

Metropolitan Community Church dedication (2201 S. Union, LA) March 7, 1971

Note

1 photograph: external of church (printed on cover of MCC News, vol. 3, no. 21, March 7, 1971); 3 photographs by Lee Mason: dedication service. Includes Troy Perry. See Advocate, no. 56 (March 31-April 13, 1971).
Map Case 7.3 (Oversize)

Christopher Street West parade June 27, 1971

Note

Photographic collage : 26.5 x 18 in. Published in Advocate, no. 64 (July 21-August 3, 1971).
Box 7 : 3

Joe & Gary December 1971

Note

1 photograph by Pat Rocco (#2195).
Box 7 : 4

Marriage of Michael Girouard and Réjean Tremblay at Metropolitan Community Church, Los Angeles March 17, 1972

Note

Includes Rev. Troy Perry & acolyte Jay Getman. Also, Michel Girouard at interview. 4 photographs by Walt Blumoff. See Advocate, no. 83 (April 12, 1972).
Box 15 : 1 (Oversize)

Los Angeles cast of Tom Eyen's The Dirtiest Show in Town March 1972

Note

Guy Randall, John Lee Magill, Rich Hunter, Tiffany Warner, Paul-Matthew Eckhart, Michael-Byron Taylor, Michael Kearns. 1 photograph. Published in Advocate, no. 83 (April 12, 1972). Cut to fit oval frame.
Box 7 : 5

First meeting of coalition sponsoring Christopher Street West April 1, 1972

Note

Troy Perry, Pat Rocco, Matthew of Glendale, Sharon Cornielson, Richard Nash. 3 photographs. See Advocate, no. 84 (April 26, 1972).
Box 7 : 6

Atascadero State Hospital April, 1972

Note

5 photographs by John Lastala. See Advocate, no. 84 (April 26, 1972).
Box 7 : 7

Demonstration at New York Daily News April 10, 1972

Note

2 photographs by John Lauritsen. See Advocate, no. 85 (May 10, 1972).
Box 7 : 8

Gay Activists Alliance press conference, New York, after April 15th beating of 8 GAA members at Inner Circle Gala April 18, 1972

Note

Jerry Hoppe, Morty Manford, Jim Owles, Ron Thomas, John Vouiotis, Rich Wandel. 5 photographs by Randolph Dowling. See Advocate, no. 85 (May 10, 1972).
Box 7 : 9

April 22-West Peace March & Rally, Los Angeles April 22, 1972

Note

5 photographs by Walt Blumoff + 1 newspaper clipping. See Advocate, no. 86 (May 24, 1972).
Box 7 : 10

Los Angeles District Attorney candidate Vincent Bugliosi campaigning in gay bars, including Bitter End West, 1170 Club, and Black Pipe April 27, 1972

Note

7 photographs by Walt Blumoff. See Advocate, no. 86 (May 24, 1972).
Box 7 : 11

William Johnson, gay ministerial candidate (United Church of Christ) April 1972

Note

2 photographs by Walt Blumoff. See Advocate, no. 86 (May 24, 1972).
Box 7 : 12

Culver City Movie Studios (David Selznick) back lot, scene of MCC 4th annual May Festival, "Meet Louis XIV on the Streets of Paris" May 1972

Note

2 photographs by Bud McGinnis. See Advocate, no. 86 (May 24, 1972).
Box 7 : 13

San Francisco Sheriff Richard Hongisto (L) and lawyer and candidate for Community College District Board Earl Rick Stokes (R) May 1972

Note

1 photograph by Stan Walters. See Advocate, no. 86 (May 24, 1972).
Box 7 : 14

All-Ohio Gay Conference, State House Rally, Columbus May 21, 1972

Note

Jeff Arnold, Ohio Gay Pride Committee; Hernan Figueron, New York GAA; Don Goodwin, New York Mattachine Society; Robert Grey, Cincinnati Gay Community; Franklin Kameny, Washington, DC, Mattachine Society; Tony Rogers, Cleveland GAA; Susan Vasbinder, Columbus GAA; Richard Wandel, New York GAA. 3 photographs. See Advocate, no. 88 (June 21, 1972).
Box 7 : 15

Michael Bergeron, candidate for election as Illinois delegate-at-large to the 1972 Democratic Party Convention June 2, 1972

Note

1 photograph by William B. Kelley. See Advocate, no. 89 (July 6, 1972).
Box 7 : 1

Stonewall Inn, New York City June 1972

Note

2 photographs + negative strip + proof sheet (6 images) by Milton Lounsberry. See Advocate, no. 89 (July 6, 1972).
Box 7 : 16

Boston Gay Pride March June 24, 1972

Note

1 photograph by Craig Thiersch. See Advocate, no. 90 (July 19, 1972).
Box 7 : 17

Christopher Street West (CSW) Parade, Los Angeles June 25, 1972

Note

Proof sheet (12 images) by Bud McGinnis.
Box 7 : 18

Ordination of William Johnson (United Church of Christ) June 25, 1972

Note

4 photographs by Jim Briggs. See Advocate, no. 90 (July 19, 1972).
Box 7 : 19

Holy union ceremony for MCC Denver pastor Rev. Ron Carnes & Todd Mason, Jr., First Unitarian Church, Denver October 6, 1972

Note

Pastor Bob Darst, Rev. Richard Groh, Rev. Brad Wilson. 2 photographs, one by Bob Lenz, the other courtesy of Bill Christy. See Advocate, no. 98 (November 8, 1972).
Box 7 : 20

Los Angeles Police Vice Squad searching gay filmmaker Pat Rocco's home January 4, 1974

Note

1 photograph by Pat Rocco (#4366). See Advocate, no. 130 (January 30, 1974).
Box 7 : 21

Pat Rocco arrested after meeting at Goliath's Bar January 14, 1974

Note

1 photograph by Bud McGinnis (Rocco #4389). See Advocate, no. 131 (February 13, 1974).
Box 7 : 22

Demonstration at Los Angeles Polic Headquarters January 21, 1974

Note

David Glascock, Morris Kight, Troy Perry, Pat Rocco. 2 photographs by Bud McGinnis (Rocco #'s 4381 and 4382). See Advocate, no. 131 (February 13, 1974).
Box 7 : 23

Gay leaders & Hollywood Businessmens Association meet with Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Stevenson January 28, 1974 (week of)

Note

Adele Klate, Terry Jorgenson, Charles Rosen, Deputy Mayor Maury Weiner. 4 photographs by Pat Rocco (#'s 4391, 4393, 4395, 4401). See Advocate, no. 132 (February 27, 1974).
Box 7 : 24

Gay leaders meet with Los Angeles City Attorney Burt Pines January 28, 1974 (week of)

Note

David Glascock, Jim Kepner, Morris Kight, Robert Thompson. 3 photographs by Pat Rocco (#'s 4403, 4404, 4406). See Advocate, no. 132 (February 27, 1974).
Box 7 : 25

Demonstration at Hollywood High School February 22, 1974

Note

1 photograph of Pat Rocco, Morris Kight, Rev. Lee Carlton by Dick Rayl; 2 photographs (+ 2 photocopies) of marchers by Walt Blumoff. See Advocate, no. 133 (March 13, 1974).
Box 7 : 26

Rev. Lee Carlton making repairs on new Metropolitan Community Church on Hill St., Los Angeles March 1974

Note

1 photograph by Walt Blumoff. See Advocate, no. 135 (April 10, 1974).
Box 7 : 27

"Freedom Six" press conference June 13, 1974

Note

Al Gordon, Morris Kight. 1 photograph.
Box 7 : 28

Christopher Street West (CSW) Parade, Los Angeles June 30, 1974

Note

1 photograph by Walt Blumoff; 2 photographs of Advocate float by Bud McGinnis.
Box 7 : 29

Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley meets with gay leaders July 11, 1974

Note

Pat Rocco, Pat Underwood. 1 photograph by Walt Blumoff (Rocco #4891). See Advocate, no. 144 (August 14, 1974).
Box 7 : 30

Demonstration outside Los Angeles Times Headquarters October 21, 1974

Note

Attorney Al Gordon. 1 photograph by Pat Rocco (#5069). See Advocate, no. 151 (November 20, 1974).
Box 7 : 31

Los Angeles City Council hearing on bill to ban discrimination in city employment based on sexual orientation December 9, 1974

Note

Tony Amador, Police Protective League; David Glascock; Police Commander Joseph Gunn; Morris Kight; Don Kilhefner; Troy Perry; Councilwoman Pat Russell; Councilman Robert Stevenson. 6 photographs by Pat Rocco (#'s 5100, 5102-5104, 5107, 5109). See Advocate, no. 154 (January 1, 1975).
Box 7 : 32

Sex-conspiracy charges against David Glascock, Pat Rocco, & 8 others dropped December 11, 1974

Note

David Brown, Miah Kelle, Barry Kohn, BudMcGinnis. 3 photographs by Walt Blumoff; 4 polaroid snapshots. Published in Advocate, no. 154 (January 1, 1975).
Box 7 : 33

W. Dorr Legg December 1974

Note

1 photograph by Pat Rocco (#5243). See Advocate, no. 155 (January 15, 1975).
Box 7 : 34

Los Angeles City Attorney Burt Pines May 1975

Note

1 photograph. See NewsWest, no. 1 (May 30, 1975).
Box 7 : 35

Gay Community Services Center (GCSC) strike May 1975

Note

Ken Bartley, Dick Nash. 2 photographs by Pat Rocco (#'s 5272, 5275). See NewsWest, no. 1 (May 30, 1975).
Box 7 : 36

Brown Bill May 1975

Note

3 photographs: 1-2) California Assemblyman Willie Brown seeks support for bill; 3) State Senator H. L. Richardson, leading opponent of bill. See NewsWest, no. 1 (May 30, 1975).
Box 7 : 37

Empress Ruthie de San Diego / Allen [?Alan Wilfong, Emperor III de Los Angeles] & Bob May 1975

Note

2 color photographs, one marked "Wilfong D-1426". See NewsWest, no. 1 (May 30, 1975).
Box 7 : 38

Loretta Lotman June 1975

Note

4 photographs by Douglass Sarff + negative strip (5 images). See NewsWest, no. 3 (June 26, 1975).
Box 7 : 39

Gay Community Services Center (GCSC) strikers in Christopher Street West (CSW) parade June 29, 1975

Note

1 photograph by Walt Blumoff.
Box 7 : 40

Michael Kearns naked in saddle on roofing beam circa June 1975

Note

1 photograph; headshot printed in NewsWest, 4 (July 10, 1975).
Box 7 : 41

Peggy Stevenson testimonial dinner circa June 1975

Note

David Glascock, Troy Perry. 1 photograph by Pat Rocco (#5446). See NewsWest, 4 (July 10, 1975); headshot of Perry printed in NewsWest, 7 (August 21, 1975).
Box 7 : 42

Gay demonstrators at God Day in New York City September 21, 1975

Note

2 photographs by John Lauritsen.
Box 7 : 43

Morris Kight, Jane Fonda, and Howard Fox at the California Democratic Council Convention) February 1976

Note

1 photograph by Pat Rocco (#6772). Published in NewsWest, no. 22 (March 18, 1976).
Box 7 : 44

Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, Morris Kight, and Charlotte Spitzer, Carriage Trade restaurant December 1977

Note

1 photograph by Pat Rocco (cf. #7757).
Box 7 : 45-46

Photo Files 1972 or 1974

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 7 : 45

#1 March-June 1972

Box 7 : 46

#2 1972 or 1974

Box 7 : 47

Gay Activist Personalities, L.A. circa 1974

Box : Folder 8 : 1-8

Subseries 6.2  Forum of Southern California 1971-1974

Physical Description: 0.1 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains photographs published in the first issue of the short-lived Forum of Southern California, for which Cole was largely responsible during his second "leave of absence" from the Advocate in early 1974 (for drafts of articles published in the same issue, see subseries 1.2). The majority of the photographs were taken by Walt Blumoff. The folder of photographs for the Caltech Male Glee Club concert at the Metropolitan Community Church on S. Hill St. includes several unpublished images.

Arrangement

Chronological
Box 8 : 1

Alice Dodge on steps of MCC church at 2201 S. Union, Los Angeles 1971-1973

Note

1 color photographic print, 2.5 x 2.5 in. Published in The Forum of Southern California, no. 1 (february 23-March 8, 1974).
Box 8 : 2

Los Angeles Vice Mayor Maury Weiner and Ethal Narvid, aide to Mayor Tom Bradley, meet with gay spokesmen January 1974

Note

Rob Cole, David Glascock, Jim Kepner. 1 photograph by Pat Rocco (#4402). Published in The Forum of Southern California, no. 1 (February 23-March 9, 1974).
Box 8 : 3

Los Angeles District Attorney Burt Pines interview February 13, 1974

Note

2 photographs by Walt Blumoff. Published in The Forum of Southern California, no. 1 (February 23-March 9, 1974).
Box 8 : 4

Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Stevenson meets with Hollywood Businessmen's Association representatives and gay representatives February 13, 1974

Note

Pat Rocco, David Glascock, Doug Sarff, Gary Silver, Rev. Lee Carlton. 2 photographs by Walt Blumoff. Published in The Forum of Southern California, no. 1 (February 23-March 9, 1974).
Box 8 : 5

Goodwill "royalty" tour from Los Angeles to San Diego February 16, 1974

Note

Crown Imperial Prince Eddie Storcz, Buddy DeLieu, Richard (the River Club), Sophia Dawn, queen mother of Los Angeles. 1 photograph by Glenn Schmoll. Published in The Forum of Southern California, no. 1 (February 23-March 9, 1974).
Box 8 : 6

CalTech Male Glee Club at MCC Los Angeles church at 1053 S. Hill St., Los Angeles February 17, 1974

Note

5 photographs by Walt Blumoff. Published in The Forum of Southern California, no. 1 (February 23-March 9, 1974).
Box 8 : 7

Mr. & Miss Valentine (Georgia Brown, of the Traffic Jam, Long Beach; Rhett Baron, of Los Angeles) February 18, 1974

Note

1 photograph by Bud McGinnis. Published in The Forum of Southern California, no. 1 (February 23-March 9, 1974).
Box 8 : 8

Bob Holiday (actor) circa 1974

Note

1 photograph by Bill Yoscary. Published in The Forum of Southern California, no. 1 (February 23-March 9, 1974).
Box : Folder 8 : 9-14 ; 9 : 3 ; 12 : 1-7 ; 13

Subseries 6.3  Christopher Street West (CSW) 1979-2004

Physical Description: 0.9 linear foot.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains photographs relating to Christopher Street West. The materials from the 1980s include photographs from larger "sets" by Mitch Walker & Paul Meyers and possibly other (as yet unidentified) photographers; additional photographs from these same sets can be found in the Christopher Street West Collection and Christopher Street West Association Records, both at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. The materials include an album of snapshots of the 1984 festival, undated snapshots of the production of a video starring Diana Ross and RuPaul, and undated negatives of the defacing of the Christopher Street West Association offices. The materials for 2000, 2002, and 2004 are preserved on CD-ROM, several of which are unreadable; the materials for 2003 exist in three different formats: (1) prints, (2) negatives, and (3) Kodak PictureCD.

Arrangement

Chronological
Box 8 : 9

July 1, 1979

Physical Description: 2 color photographs by Mel Roberts.
Box 8 : 10

circa 1980

Physical Description: 2 copies of 1 color photograph by Mitch Walker & Paul Meyers.
Box 8 : 11

1983

Physical Description: File F. Proof sheet & negatives ; color.
Box 9 : 3 (Oversize)

Photograph Album 1984

Box 8 : 12

1986

Physical Description: 1 color photograph
Box 8 : 13

Apache Territory, Studio City, float n.d.

Physical Description: Marked "34" at upper left; "L17" at lower right.
Box 8 : 14

Video by Diana Ross & RuPaul n.d.

Physical Description: Prints and negatives.
Box 8 : 14

Defacing of Christopher Street West offices. n.d.

Physical Description: Negatives (4 images).
Box 12 : 1-4

Pride / The Next Generation. Pictures. Festival, Parade 2000

Physical Description: 4 CD-ROMs.
Box 12 : 1

Images 4601-4609 2000

Physical Description: CD-ROM (Paris Photo & Promotions).
Box 12 : 2

Images 4592-4595 2000

Physical Description: CD-ROM (unreadable).
Box 12 : 3

Images 4601-4605 2000

Physical Description: CD-ROM (unreadable).
Box 12 : 4

Images 4606-4610 2000

Physical Description: CD-ROM (unreadable).
Box 12 : 5-6

2002

Physical Description: 2 CD-ROMs.
Box 12 : 5

Board pictures 2002

Physical Description: CD-ROM.
Box 12

Pics. Festival, Parade 2002

Physical Description: CD-ROM (unreadable).
Box 13

June 21-22, 2003

Box 13

#1. Festival ; Holly Light, Corday June 21, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 629013).
Box 13

#2. Festival ; Main Stage June 21, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 629009).
Box 13

#3. Festival ; Main Stage June 21, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 855247).
Box 13

#4. Festival ; Main Stage; Back Stage June 21, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 855116).
Box 13

#5. Saturday Night : Cyndi Lauper / Sunday: Pre-Parade June 21-22, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 859329).
Box 13

#6. Parade Route June 22, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 620143).
Box 13

#7. Cyndi Lauper ; Parade Route June 22, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 629125).
Box 13

#8. Parade Route June 22, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 855258).
Box 13

#9. Cyndi Lauper; Parade Route June 22, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 629144).
Box 13

#10. Parade Route June 22, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 629004).
Box 13

#11. Main Stage, Festival, Dance Tents, Crowds June 22, 2003

Physical Description: Photographs, negatives, and 1 Kodak Picture CD (roll 629019).
Box 12

Festival, Parade 2004

Physical Description: Photographs by Richard E. Settle. 1 CD-ROM.
Box : Folder 8 : 15-19

Subseries 6.4  Personal 1982-2001

Physical Description: 5 folders.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries consists of photographs from Cole's private life, including an album from 1982, photographs/negatives of two family gatherings, and images of family gravestones. None of the individuals in the photographs is identified.

Arrangement

Chronological.
Box 8 : 15-16

Album (dismantled) 1982

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box 8 : 15

Photographs removed from pages 1982

Box 8 : 16

Photocopies of original pages 1982

Box 8 : 17

Forbes family party December 10, 1987

Physical Description: 2 prints & negatives ; color.
Box 8 : 18

Wedding n.d.

Physical Description: Color negatives.
Box 8 : 19

Cole family gravestones June/July, 2001

Physical Description: 3 prints.
Box : Folder 15 : 2-6

Series 7:  Graphics 1971-1981

Physical Description: 5 items.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of a small number of graphics found in the collection, including greeting card reproductions of "Charon", a print by Wes Cook and "The Gift of Speed", a drawing by Edward Parente; a handbill for an exhibition of the artwork of Wayne Douglas Quinn; a poster; and a Gary Green print.
Box 15 : 2 (Oversize)

Cook, Wes. "Chiron" (centaur) c1981

Physical Description: Greeting card reproduction of print : 8.5 x 5.5 in. ; b & w.
Box 15 : 3 (Oversize)

Green, Gary. Naked figure, half man, half owl 1971

Physical Description: Print : 12 x 9 in. ; b & w.
Box 15 : 4 (Oversize)

Parente, Edward. "The Gift of Speed" c1978

Physical Description: Greeting card reproduction of drawing : 8 x 5.5 in. ; b & w.
Box 15 : 5 (Oversize)

Quinn, Wayne Douglas. Drawing of naked man in tub March 8-April 3, [1971]

Physical Description: Handbill for show at McVey-Richter Gallery, 706 N. La Cienega [Los Angeles] : 10 x 7 in. ; b & w.
Box 15 : 6 (Oversize)

"make yourself happy / fuck the world" n.d.

Physical Description: Poster : 17 x 11 in. ; b & w.
Box : Folder 10 : 1-12; 12 : 8-12; 21 : 1-4

Series 8.  Audiovisual 1969-1999

Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains audiovisual materials found in the collection, including 33-1/3 rpm sound recordings from the late 1960s and early 1970s on GLBT themes, audiocassettes of interviews conducted in 1971-1972 by Cole as he researched various cases for the Advocate, and videotapes of Christopher Street West celebrations. The series is arranged in three subseries: (1) Sound Recordings, (2) Audiocassettes, and (3) Videocassettes.
Box : Folder 21 : 1-4

Subseries 8.1  Sound Recordings 1969-1981

Physical Description: 4 items.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries consists of four 12-inch, 33 1-3 rpm sound recordings, including Colt Zebedy's 1969 I'll Sing For You, a report on the first New York City Gay Pride parade in 1970, Sandy Baron's 1972 comedy album, God Save the Queens, and the 1981 United States tour by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.
Box 21 : 1 (Oversize)

Colt, Zebedy [Edward Earle Marsh]. I'll Sing For You 1969

Physical Description: Ecco Productions, A-101. 1 sound disc : 12 in. ; 33-1/3 rpm.
Box 21 : 2 (Oversize)

June 28, 1970, Gay and Proud. Narrated by Breck Ardery 1970

Physical Description: 1 sound disc : 12 in. ; 33-1/3 rpm
Box 21 : 3 (Oversize)

Baron, Sandy, and James R. McGraw. Sandy Baron's God Save The Queens 1972

Physical Description: A & M Records. 1 sound disc : 12 in. ; 33-1/3 rpm.
Box 21 : 4 (Oversize)

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Tours America '81 1981

Physical Description: Golden Gate Records. 1 sound disc : 12 in. ; 33-1/3 rpm.
Box : Folder 12 : 8-12

Subseries 8.2  Audiocassettes 1971-1973

Physical Description: 5 audiocassettes.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries consists of audiocassettes containing interviews conducted in 1971-1972 by Cole in his capacity as news editor of the Advocate, and a commercially produced audiocassette from 1973 relating to homosexuality and the church.
Box 12 : 8-11

Rob Cole reporter interview tapes 1971-1972

Box 12 : 8

Side A: Kight, 1-3-71; MCC SF, 1-4-71. Side B: Watts, 12-14-71 1971

Box 12 : 9

Side A: Detroit Trial, 10-22-71; VA Tour, 10-11-71. Side B: Florence Doctors Group, 12-22-71 1971

Box 12 : 10

Side A: Snyder, 12-12-71. Side B: Urso on Watts, 1-3-72; Sacramento on Watts, 1-3-72 1971-1972

Box 12 : 11

Side A: News conference with Davis, 12-22-71; Schachter, 12-22-71; Kilhefner on arrests, 12-22-71. Side B: Jim West, 1-12-72; Glascock on wedding, 1-12-72 1971-1972

Box 12 : 12

On Being Gay; A Study of Homosexuality and the Church c1973

Note

Pittsburgh, PA: Thesis Creative Educational Resources. Side 1. A Visit In the Gay Community: 1. Phyllis Lyon, 2. The Rev. William R. Johnson, 3. Jim & Lyndall. Side 2. A Look At the Gay Community: 4. Dr. Herbert Vanderwoort, 5. Attorney Walter Barnett, 6. The Rev. Ross Greek, Dr. David Napier.
Box : Folder 10 : 1-12 (Oversize)

Subseries 8.3  Videocassettes 1984-1999

Physical Description: 12 VHS Videocassettes.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains VHS videocassettes. The majority relate to Christopher Street West, and include "full" recordings of the Los Angeles Gay Pride parade, as well as promo tapes, public service announcements, and excerpts of television coverage. Other videos are Pat Rocco's film of the bicentennial Gay Pride celebration in 1976; Out of the Past, a commercially produced visual history of the GLBT civil rights movement; and a 1999 video appreciation of the life of gay activist Morris Kight.
Box 10 : 1-9 (Oversize)

Christopher Street West (CSW) 1984-2002

Physical Description: 10 videocassettes (VHS).
Box 10 : 1 (Oversize)

Unity & More in '84. Christopher Street West Promo Tape 1984

Physical Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) : 14 min.
Box 10 : 2 (Oversize)

Christopher Street West. Excerpts of television coverage - pre + post event & interviews. News clips & Rita Moreno 1985

Physical Description: The Communication Works. 1 videocassette (VHS).
Box 10 : 3 (Oversize)

Christopher Street West Presents the 1986 Gay Pride Celebration 1986

Physical Description: 1 videocassette (VHS).
Box 10 : 4 (Oversize)

Christopher Street West/Los Angeles. "Festive All". PSA. 5-9-1987

Physical Description: 1 videocassette (VHS).
Box 10 : 5 (Oversize)

Christopher Street West Parade 1989

Physical Description: 1 videocassette (VHS).
Box 10 : 6-7 (Oversize)

Christopher Street West, 2001 Odysse Parade 2001

Physical Description: Tapes 1 & 2 of 3. 2 videocassettes (VHS).
Box 10 : 8-9 (Oversize)

Christopher Street West, 2002 Pride Parade, "Family, Amore & Paz" 2002

Physical Description: Tapes 2 & 3 of 3. 2 videocassette (VHS).
Box 10 : 10 (Oversize)

Rocco, Pat. We Were There; A celebration of gay pride during America's bicentennial (1976) c1994

Physical Description: Pat Rocco Signature Collection. 1 videocassette (VHS) + box cover insert.
Box 10 : 11 (Oversize)

Out of the Past c1997

Physical Description: A-Pix Entertainment, APX21357. 1 videocassette (VHS) : 65 min.
Box 10 : 12 (Oversize)

Kight, Morris. The Life and Times of Morris Kight: Liberator 1999

Physical Description: 1 videocassette (VHS).
Box : Folder 11 : 1-8 ; 14 ; 18 : 1-12 ; 20 : 1-3

Series 9.  Memorabilia 1970-2005

Physical Description: 3.5 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains buttons, pins, t-shirts, and other memorabilia collected by Cole. The bulk of the materials relates to Christopher Street West. The series is arranged in three subseries: (1) Buttons & Pins, (2) T-Shirts, and (3) Other.
Box : Folder 11 : 1-6

Subseries 9.1  Buttons & Pins 1970-2003

Physical Description: 23 unique items.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains buttons and pins acquired by Cole. The majority relate to Christopher Street West, and include 2 buttons from the first Los Angeles Gay Pride parade in 1970. Other buttons and pins concern the 1986 No on 64 campaign, the Names Project, the Los Angeles Imperial Court, the Los Angeles Police Department's diversity recruitment, the Alas B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club, Hudson House, and gay pride.
Box 11 : 1

"Gay Power / Christopher Street - West / '70" 1970

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 11 : 5

"Kameny for Congress" 1971

Box 11 : 3

GAA California circa 1971

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 11 : 3

"Gay Parade '72 / C.S.W. / San Francisco" 1972

Box 11 : 1

"Celebrate Gay Pride / Christopher Street West / 74" 1974

Box 11 : 3

"Democrat / Selwyn / Congress" 1974

Box 11 : 1

"Christopher Street West / Gay Pride / 1975" 1975

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 11 : 1

"Christopher Street West / 1776-1976 / We Were There / Gay Pride Celebration" 1976

Box 11 : 2

"A Salute to Our Gay Spirit / Christopher Street West / Los Angeles 1981 / [ribbon] Judge" 1981

Box 11 : 3

"Stop LaRouche / No on 64" 1986

Box 11 : 3

"The Names Project / AIDS Memorial Quilt / Unfolder / Rose Bowl / 1995" 1995

Box 11 : 6

Pin. "Decade Anniversary 1985-1986, 1995-1996 / All American Court, H.M.I.M. Emperor Lee, H.M.I.M. Empress Chu Chu" 1995

Box 11 : 2

"Christopher Street West / Pride Without Borders! / Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Pride Celebration / June 22-23, 1996" 1996

Box 11 : 2

"Christopher Street West/LA / Freedom to Love, Freedom to Choose ' 98 / West Hollywood, June 27-18 / Volunteer" 1998

Box 11 : 6

Pin. "1919-2003" 2003

Box 11 : 4

"Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club / A Friend of Alice" n.d.

Box 11 : 3

"Aspirin Fights HIV" n.d.

Box 11 : 2

"Established 1970 / Pride" n.d.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 11 : 6

Pin. "Est. 1970 / Pride" n.d.

Box 11 : 5

"Gay Proud & Healthy" n.d.

Box 11 : 4

"I'm a Supporter of Hudson House" n.d.

Box 11 : 4

"I'm the Perfect Age" n.d.

Box 11 : 4

"Recruiting Diversity / LAPD" n.d.

Box : Folder 18 : 1-12

Subseries 9.2  T-Shirts 1987-2005

Physical Description: 12 items.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains 12 t-shirts found in the collection. All relate to gay pride parades, 10 to Christopher Street West, one to Palm Springs Gay Pride 2002, and one to New York Gay Pride 2005.
Box 18 : 1 (Oversize)

"Christopher Street West Los Angeles, Proud, Strong, United. Gay Pride Celebration, June 27-28, 1987" 1987

Physical Description: 1 athletic t-shirt : size M ; white ; black lettering [stained]. Screen Stars.
Box 18 : 2 (Oversize)

Front: "Christopher St. West, 'A New Beginning', West Hollywood Pride 2000" 2000

Physical Description: 1 t-shirt : size M ; Off-white ; multi-color lettering. Gildan Activewear.
Box 18 : 3 (Oversize)

Front and back: "CSW2000 Volunteer, thenumber.com" 2000

Physical Description: 1 t-shirt : size L ; white ; blue lettering. Jerzees.
Box 18 : 4 (Oversize)

Front: "Christopher Street West. Family, Amor & Paz. 2002 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender pride in West Hollywood, California - June 22 & 23". Back: "Genre How We Live; Parade Staff" 2002

Physical Description: 1 t-shirt : size M ; blue ; black and red lettering. Go Softwear.
Box 18 : 5 (Oversize)

Front: "Greater Palm Springs Pride, 2002. Celebrating World Pride". Back: "Palm Springs Pride. Celebrating World Pride, 2002" 2002

Physical Description: 1 athletic t-shirt : size M ; white ; multi-color lettering. Anvil.
Box 18 : 6 (Oversize)

Front: "Group Marshal", [logo by Keith Haring], "Equal rights. No more. No less. The march, lesbian gay bisexual + transgender pride, heritage of pride ][ new york city 2005". Back: "Platinum sponsors" [logos and names of sponsors] 2005

Physical Description: 1 t-shirt : size M ; purple ; white lettering. Gildan Activewear.
Box 18 : 7-8 (Oversize)

Front: "VeriSign". Back: "lapride.org" n.d.

Physical Description: 2 t-shirts : size XL ; off-white ; multi-color lettering. Gildan Activewear.
Box 18 : 9-10 (Oversize)

Front: "Christopher Street West" n.d.

Physical Description: 2 tennis shirts : size M ; blue ; white lettering. Jerzees.
Box 18 : 11 (Oversize)

Front: "Established 1970 Pride" n.d.

Physical Description: 1 tennis shirt : size M ; red ; white badge with red lettering. Port Authority.
Box 18 : 12 (Oversize)

Front: "CSW, Christopher Street West, Board member" n.d.

Physical Description: 1 tennis shirt : size M ; white ; multi-color lettering. Gildan Activewear.
Box : Folder 11 : 7-8 ; 14 ; 20 : 1-3

Subseries 9.3  Other 1984-1999

Physical Description: 7 items.

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains miscellaneous memorabilia, including two badges from Christopher Street West, "WeHo 95" dogtags, a hollow ceramic vessel (possibly vase or pen/pencil holder) in the form of a nude male torso with an erect penis, and a full-size (36 x 60 in.) lambda gay pride flag.
Box 11 : 7

Badge. "Christopher Street West / Los Angeles / Rob Cole" n.d.

Box 11 : 7

Picture badge. "1970-1995, Christopher Street West, West Hollywood, Ca, 25th Anniversary. 25 Years of Pride. 1995 ID Badge. Rob Cole, Newsletter Chair" 1995

Box 11 : 8

Dog Tags. "WeHo 95" 1995

Box 14

Ceramic Vessel. Nude male torso with erect penis n.d.

Physical Description: 7 in. tall. On base: "Hawaii by Payton".
Box 20 : 1 (Oversize)

Lambda gay pride flag n.d.

Physical Description: 1 flag : nylon ; 36 x 60 in.
Box 20 : 2-3 (Oversize)

Lambda gay pride flags n.d.

Physical Description: 2 flags : 4 x 5.5 in.