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Arlene Elster Papers
2002-11  
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Clippings 1970 -- 1974

Physical Description: 2 Folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains articles collected by Elster representing both positive and negative attitudes toward pornography and adult films, primarily in San Francisco during the 1970's, and sets the tone for the conditions and environment in which Elster operated the Sutter. The Sex News folder contains articles about Elster and the Sutter Cinema as well as the politics surrounding pornography. Articles about particular films and actresses such as The Green Door and Marilyn Chambers are also included. The bulk of the articles are from the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner.
Within the Sex Smiters folder are San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner articles relating to police arrests and legislation aimed at outlawing pornography, including Dianne Feinstein's attempts to outlaw obscenity and pornography in San Francisco.
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Sex News 1970 -- 1974

Physical Description: 1 Folder
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Smut Smiters 1971 -- 1972

Physical Description: 1 Folder
 

Sutter Cinema, 1970-1972 1970 -- 1972

Physical Description: 7 Folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains papers relating to the Sutter Cinema. Documents concerning Elster's obscenity charges, including the petition for a writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court case, are included. Press and publicity for the Erotic Film festival; Sutter Cinema ads and negatives, including the Sutter Fables comic strip developed as an advertisement for the theater; a catalog listing films produced by Leo Productions; and a press kit for Intersection, a film by Jann Berner starring Mary Rexroth also make up the series. The Erotic Film Festival Planning folder contains some Olympia Press materials including biographical information about Maurice Girodias who served as a judge for the Festival.
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Obscenity Charges 1971 -- 1972

Physical Description: 1 Folder
folder 1/4

Erotic Film Festival Planning 1970

Physical Description: 1 Folder
folder 1/5

Erotic Film Festival Press 1970

Physical Description: 1 Folder
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Advertising Paste-Up 1970 -- ?

Physical Description: 1 Folder
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Advertising Negatives 1970 -- 1971

Physical Description: 1 Folder
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Leo Productions ?

Physical Description: 1 Folder
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"Intersection" Press Kit 1971

Physical Description: 1 Folder
 

Organizations 1970 -- 1975

Physical Description: 4 Folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of organizational newsletters, membership information, bylaws, and related materials. One folder, containing membership lists, is restricted.

Access Note

One folder, RESTRICTED Membership Lists, is restricted.
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Adult Film Association of America 1974 -- 1975

Physical Description: 1 Folder
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COYOTE 1974 -- 1975

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Sexual Freedom League and Psychedelic Venus Church 1971 -- 1973

Physical Description: 1 Folder
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RESTRICTED Membership Lists 1970 -- 1972

Physical Description: 1 Folder
 

Miscellaneous 1971 -- 1974

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of California pornography surveys and reports, including the Statewide Survey of Public Opinion About the Public Display of Pornographic Materials, a copy of A Treasury of Filth porn magazine, an ordering catalog for The Print Mint comic publisher, and flyers and brochures for the San Francisco Museum of Art Film Series and Amsterdam's Wet Dream Film Festival.
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Miscellaneous Items 1971 -- 1974

Physical Description: 1 Folder