Correspondence, legal papers, notes, printed
ephemera and other material from activist and businessman Clark P. Polak.
Polak was an influential activist in the Philadelphia gay community throughout
the 1960s, who in 1963 became president of the homophile organization, Janus
Society. He also created, published and edited the Society's widely-circulated
Drum. By 1970, Polak relocated to Los
Angeles, where he became a real estate investor and art collector. In addition,
he continued to be an activist in the gay movement and helped to establish the
Stonewall Democratic Club and the Gay Rights Chapter of the ACLU.
Born on October 15, 1937, Clark Phillip Polak grew up in a Jewish
middle-class family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After dropping out of
Pennsylvania State University, Polak became a businessman and owner of
Frankford Personnel and Northeast Advertising Service.
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