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Finding Aid to the Tony Reyes Papers, 1950-2003 Coll2013.021
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Biography
  • Separated Materials
  • Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Title: Tony Reyes papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.021
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.0 linear feet. 1 archive box, 2 archive cartons, and 2 flat boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1960-1990
    Date (inclusive): 1950-2003
    Abstract: Tony Reyes was a Los Angeles based entertainer and a founding member of ONE Incorporated with his partner Don Slater. This collection primarily consists of music recordings, photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, and clothing regarding Reyes' entertainment career, but does also include personal travel and art photographs as well as pre-1964 ONE Incorporated event recordings.
    Language of Materials: The bulk of these materials are in English, however some articles and audiotapes are in Spanish.
    creator: Reyes, Tony (Antonio), circa 1929-2003

    Conditions Governing Access

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

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Tony Reyes Papers, Coll2013-021, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection comprises music recordings, photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, and clothing regarding Reyes' personal life and entertainment career, 1950-2003. The materials document his days as a flamenco dancer at various entertainment venues throughout Los Angeles as well as his development as a dancer, musician, singer, and teacher. Photographs include images documenting his personal life, art, travel, and entertainment career. The bulk of the audiotapes contains music Reyes used or created for performing or teaching dance, music, and singing. Other audiotapes contain early recordings from ONE Incorporated meetings, lectures, and conferences, including a recording of the 1955 Midwinter Institute.


    Tony Reyes was a Los Angeles based entertainer and founding member of ONE Incorporated. He began his career as a flamenco dancer on Olvera Street and eventually expanded into various genres of dance, music, and singing as a performer and teacher. Reyes was together with his partner Don Slater for over 50 years and had been actively involved with Slater at ONE Incorporated from 1952-1964. Reyes became an amateur painter later in his life.

    Separated Materials

    Removed to the ONE audiovisual collection
    ONE Incorporated event recordings, catalog numbers ARR0089-ARR0116
    Removed to the Jim Kepner Papers
    Figures in German History and Shots of Keval - photograph negative reel
    Toward Tomorrow, no.1 (1944)
    Removed to the ONE periodical collection
    Toward Tomorrow - Issue #1
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - November 1941, Issue # 19
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - January 1942, Issue # 20
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - February 1942, Issue # 21
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - VoM Suppl, Issue # 23
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - August 1942, Issue # 24
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - 1942, Issue # 25
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - November 1942, Issue # 26
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - September 1943, Issue # 27
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - November 1943, Issue # 28
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - January 1944, Issue # 29
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - 1944, Issue # 30
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - 1944, Issue # 31
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - May 1944, Issue # 32
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - June 1944, Issue # 33
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - July 1944, Issue # 34
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - August 1944, Issue # 35
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - October 1944, Issue # 36
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - December 1944, Issue # 37
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - January 1945, Issue # 38
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - January 1945, Issue # 39
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - March 1945, Issue # 40
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - April 1945, Issue # 41
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - May 1945, Issue # 42
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - June 1945, Issue # 43
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - July 1945, Issue # 44
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - August 1945, Issue # 45
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - September 1945, Issue # 46
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - October 1945, Issue # 47
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - November 1945, Issue # 48
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - July 1946, Issue # 49
    Voice of Imagi-Nation - 1946, Issue # 50


    Date and method of acquisition unknown.

    Processing Information

    The newspaper scrapbook was formerly in box 102-A131. Collection processed by Daniel Priore, March 2013.

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    ONE, Inc.
    Gay activists--California--Los Angeles