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Finding aid to the Marvin Liebman Coming Out Conservative Collection, 1964, 1990-1993
GLC 23  
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  • Publication Rights
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  • Provenance
  • Related materials
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement note

  • Title: Marvin Liebman Coming Out Conservative Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1964, 1990-1993
    Date (bulk): 1990-1992
    Collection Identifier: GLC 23
    Creator: Liebman, Marvin
    Physical Description: 20 folders + 1 videocassette tape (0.5 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    Abstract: The collection contains correspondence, clippings, drafts of Liebman's coming-out letter and of his book Coming Out Conservative, and a videotaped interview. Drafts include comments by Betty Berzon, William F. Buckley, Jr., Carol Buckley, and Priscilla Buckley.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Marvin Liebman transferred copyright to San Francisco Public Library in 1993. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Marvin Liebman Coming Out Conservative Collection (GLC 23), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    The Coming Out Conservative Collection was donated by Marvin Liebman in February, 1993.

    Related materials

    Researchers are encouraged to see also the Marvin Liebman Papers (1953-1980) at the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University, and the Marvin Liebman Papers (1990-1996) at New York Public Library.

    Biographical note

    Marvin Liebman, born in New York City on 21 July 1923, was a public relations consultant and conservative lobbyist. His firm Marvin Liebman Associates, Inc. (1957-1968) provided organizational, fundraising and public relations expertise to the anti-communist and conservative movements in the U.S. and abroad. Its extensive list of clients includes: the Committee of One Million, Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, the American Emergency Committee for Tibetan Refugees, the American-Asian Educational Exchange, the American African Affairs Association, and the American Committee for Aid to Katanga Freedom Fighters.
    From 1969 to 1975, Liebman was Managing Director of Sedgemoor Productions in London. During this period, he produced or co-produced nine West-End productions, an equal number of touring or out-of-town productions, two television films, and three feature films.
    In 1975, Liebman returned to the U.S. to organize Marvin Liebman Inc., a firm with the same mission as his earlier Marvin Liebman Associates. Among the notable clients were: the Friends of Free China, the Friends of Jim Buckley, the Committee of Single Taxpayers, the American-Chilean Council, the Ad Hoc Citizens Legal Defense Fund for the FBI, Firing Line, and Covenant House.
    With the Reagan victory in 1981, Liebman went to Washington, D.C. He was Consultant to the Office of Policy and Planning for Action from June through October 1981, Consultant to the Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Education from October 1981 to February 1982, and Director of the Office of Public Affairs and Director of Special Projects for the National Endowment of the Arts from February 1982 to July 1987. He served as Director of Special Projects and Acting Director for the Office of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts.
    In July 1990, Liebman came out in a letter published in The National Review and in an interview published in The Advocate. His autobiography, Coming Out Conservative was published in 1992. He died on March 31, 1997.

    Scope and Contents

    The Coming Out Conservative Collection (1964, 1990-1993) contains correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, typescript drafts relating to Marvin Liebman's coming out letter to the National Review in 1990, and his book Coming Out Conservative published in 1992. The collection also contains a videotaped interview of Liebman.

    Arrangement note

    The collection is arranged into four series: Series 1. Correspondence; Series 2. Works by Liebman; Series 3. Clippings and Press Coverage; and Series 4. Audiovisual Materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Berzon, Betty
    Buckley, William F., (William Frank), 1925-2008
    Liebman, Marvin -- Archives
    Coming out (Sexual orientation)--United States.
    Conservatism--United States--History--20th century.
    Gay men--United States--Biography
    Homosexuality--United States.
    Lobbyists--United States--Biography.
    Political consultants--United States--Biography
    Public relations consultants--United States--Biography.