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Finding aid of the Dennice DuRay and Gladys L. Ragan Letters Received
Coll2008-067  
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Description
Letters received by Dennice DuRay, 1951, and Gladys L. Regan, 1955-1958, both of Downey, CA, from male correspondents. The correspondences appear to have been initiated by DuRay and Ragan in response to advertisements placed in the personals sections of Los Angeles newspapers. Information, both in the letters and circumstantial, suggests that DuRay and Ragan may have been impostors, possibly even the same individual. The letters contain substantial discussion of sex, including homosexual acts, although the orientation of the men was predominantly heterosexual.
Background
No independently verifiable information is presently available on either Dennice DuRay or Gladys L. Ragan. What information is available was gleaned from the letters addressed to them by a series of male correspondents, none of whom met either DuRay or Ragan in person. This information is inconsistent, and suggests that DuRay and Ragan were less than truthful to their correspondents. Indeed, the contradictory nature of some information suggests that DuRay and Ragan may have been impostors, possibly even the same individual.
Extent
1 archive carton. 0.4 linear feet.
Restrictions
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).
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions to the letters from "Louie", Kenneth M. Simons and Gordon L. Pearce; for access to the letters from Fred. H. Ottesen, Harry A. Siitonen and Howard M. Parker, please consult the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives staff.