Scope and Content
Title: Stan Freitas papers
Collection number: Coll2008-032
Collection Size: 4 archive cartons.
1.5 linear foot.
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Minutes, correspondence, printed ephemera,
administrative records, notes, photographs and miscellaneous materials from
activist and businessman Stan Freitas, who served as the President of the
Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA) from 1985 until it ended
its operations 1987. The bulk of the collection consists of administrative
records of the SCGBA, which was organized by bar and restaurant owners in 1979
to provide support and services for the Los Angeles gay community. The
materials in the collection also document Freitas' involvement in AIDS activism
and include papers from Aid for AIDS, as well as several other AIDS and gay
represented in the collection: English
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access
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).
Stan Freitas Papers, Coll2008-032, ONE National Gay and Lesbian
Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Donor and date of acquisition unknown.
Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama,
July 2, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded
by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records
On April 30, 1979, a group of bartenders and bar-associated people met
at the Frog Pond Restaurant in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles,
California. The meeting was called by Michael Varady of the Silver Dollar
Saloon and Dale Driscoll to "sensitize bartenders as to what is happening both
politically and functionally within and for the gay community [so that those
bartenders] could relate to what is happening to their customers." This group
was later named the Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA). A
volunteer social services organization, the SCGBA had monthly meetings at
various locations throughout Los Angeles in the years 1979 to 1987. The general
membership meetings included group discussion, event planning, community
announcements and guest speakers, such as gay and lesbian activists. At SCGBA's
most active period, the group raised money for and organized community projects
and social events, placed bartenders in jobs, and published a monthly
The Bar Rag.
Biography for Stan Freitas to be supplied at a later date.
Scope and Content
This collection contains administrative records, newsletters,
correspondence, printed ephemera, notes, photographs, negatives, a plaque, and
miscellaneous materials from Stan Freitas, who served as President of the
Southern California Gay Bartenders Association (SCGBA) from 1985 to 1987, and
was also involved in Aid for AIDS and a number of other activist organizations.
The bulk of the material consists of administrative records from SCGBA, which
was organized by bar and restaurant owners in 1979 to provide services and
support for the Los Angeles gay community. The collection is divided into two
series: (1) Southern California Gay Bartenders Association and (2) Other
Organizations and Activities. The first series contains the administrative
records of the SCGBA, including meeting minutes, newsletters and
correspondence, as well as photographs and negatives documenting SCGBA events.
The second series documents Freitas' involvement in Aid for AIDS and other
community organizations such as The Triangle Project, the Gay and Lesbian
Community Services Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and Sunset Junction.
Notably, this series includes minutes, bylaws and reports from Aid for AIDS,
mostly dating from 1986 when Freitas was most active in Aid for AIDS and the
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Aid for AIDS, Inc.
AIDS (Disease)--United States
Gay activists--Los Angeles
Southern California Gay Bartenders