Finding Aid to the Joe Killian photographs and papers Coll2014.110
Michael C. OliveiraProcessing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
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.
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.
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Date and method of acquisition unknown.
[Box #, item,] Joe Killian Photographs and Papers, Coll2014-110, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, November 2014.
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.
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
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
Killian, Joe (Joseph Leon, Junior)
Joe Killian photographs and papers