Finding aid of the Fred Boydell Papers

Michael P. Palmer
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
Phone: (213) 741-0094
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ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.

Finding aid of the Fred Boydell Papers

Collection number: Coll2008-047

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Michael P. Palmer
Date Completed:
June 30, 2008
Encoded by:
Michael P. Palmer
© 2008 ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Fred Boydell papers
Dates: 1984-1986
Collection number: Coll2008-047
Creator: Boydell, Fred, 1906-1987
Collection Size: 1 archive carton. 0.25 linear foot.
Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Recollections and other autobiographical materials by Fred Boydell (1906-1987), recounting his experiences growing up gay in Scotland, his emigration to California in 1969, and his life as an older gay man in Hollywood.
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

Fred Boydell papers, Coll2008-047, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, June 30, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biography

Fred Boydell was born in Scotland on September 9, 1906, the son of a dairy farmer. His father died when Boydell was thirteen, and he was apprenticed to a manufacturer. He eventually settled near Glasgow. Although he realized he was gay before his teens, he married in his 30s; his wife, who was aware of his sexual orientation, died after approximately ten years, leaving a young daughter. In 1969, facing mandatory retirement, Boydell accepted the invitation of a friend, an antiques dealer in Los Angeles, to move to California and help him run the business. In Los Angeles, he became involved with the Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts (SPREE). He later volunteered his services with ONE, Inc. He died in Los Angeles in February 1987.
Source: Fred Boydell Papers, Coll2008-047, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of computer printouts of materials written by Boydell between 1984 and 1986. The bulk of these materials consists of Boydell's reminiscences, covering his life in Scotland from 1906 to 1969, his sexual awakening and experiences, his marriage and daughter, and his first years in Los Angeles. Sex and I, extracted from his autiobiography, recounts his sexual experiences to the age of six; Sex and Sammy is a fictionalized version of this account. Joly's bar contains Boydell's recollections of one of the oldest gay bars in Los Angeles. The correspondence file contains printouts of two letters from 1984, to friends or family members, relating to music synthesizers. The ONE, Inc., folder contains Boydell's proposal to catalog the organization's audio-visual materials.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Autobiography
Boydell, Fred, 1906-1987
Gays--California--Los Angeles
Gays--Scotland


Collection Contents

Box 1 : 1-4

Historical reminiscences circa 1984-1986

Physical Description: 4 folders.
Box 1 : 1

Autobiography circa 1984-1986

Box 1 : 2

Autobiographical notes circa 1984-1986

Box 1 : 3

Sex and I 1985

Box 1 : 4

Joly's bar circa 1984-1986

Box 1 : 5

Correspondence 1984

Box 1 : 6

ONE, Inc 1986

Box 1 : 7

Sex and Sammy circa 1984-1986