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Finding Aid to the Joe Killian photographs and papers Coll2014.110
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  • Biographical Note
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquistion
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing information
  • Scope and Content
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Related Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: Joe Killian photographs and papers
    creator: Killian, Joe (Joseph Leon, Junior)
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014.110
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1971-1990
    Language of Material: English
    Abstract: Fliers, memorial program, photographs, and obituary, 1971-1990, of Joe Killian, president of Dignity, 1972; director of ONE Incorporated, 1971-1985; and founding member of Veterans Council for American Rights and Equality, 1984.

    Biographical Note

    Joseph Leon Killian, Junior, was raised in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a bachelor of arts from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1969. Beginning in 1970 Killian worked with others to found the Los Angeles chapter of Dignity, a Catholic organization for gay men and lesbian women. In 1972 he was elected president of Dignity. Killian also served on the Board of Directors for ONE Incorporated, 1972-1985. He adopted the pseudonym Joe Gilgamesh for his work in the gay community. In his later years he sold exercise equipment, provided wealth seminars, and produced religious seminars. He succumbed to complications related to AIDS in 1989.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Immediate Source of Acquistion

    Date and method of acquisition unknown.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box #, item,] Joe Killian Photographs and Papers, Coll2014-110, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing information

    Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, November 2014.

    Scope and Content

    The collections consists of photographs of Killian and others at home and Ron Aviano and W. Dorr Legg at the Christopher Street West pride parade and festival, fliers for Killian's "Money Seminar," the vitality center, and New Visions. New Visions was a seminar on Christian mystic and mysticism.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Related Materials

    Dignity/USA records, Coll2007-004, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
    ONE Incorporated records, Coll2011-001, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay pride parades -- California -- Los Angeles
    Advertising fliers
    Killian, Joe (Joseph Leon, Junior)