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Finding Aid to the Ron Emler Photographs and Greeting Cards Coll2013.079
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  • Title: Ron Emler photographs and greeting cards
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.079
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 linear foot. 3 archive binder boxes.
    Date (inclusive): 1970s-2000
    Abstract: Photographic prints and greetings cards documenting the travels, personal life, extended family, friends, and civic activities of Ron Emler during the 1990s . He was a long-time partner of Joseph Carrier and a Redondo Beach School District teacher and counselor.
    creator: Emler, Ron, 1940-2005


    This collection is arranged in the following series:
    Series 1. Travel
    Series 2. Personal


    Ron Emler was born in West Virginia in 1940. He met Joseph Carrier in Pacific Palisades in the summer of 1963. They became life-long friends and partners for over 40 years, but they never lived together. Emler worked as a teacher and counselor in the Redondo Beach School District. In his Los Angeles neighborhood, Elmer was civically active founding the Echo Park Security Association and the Echo Park Improvement Association. The Echo Park Historical Society created the Ron Emler Memorial Book Program in his memory. Emler died in March 2005 from Hepatitis C.

    Conditions Governing Access

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

    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.


    Deed of gift dated September 25, 2010.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Ron Elmer Photographs and Greeting Cards, Coll2013-079, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Mario Macias, September 2013.

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of the photographs of Ron Emler document his liasons and travel. He traveled in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, the majority of the photographs document his experiences in Southeast Asia. The collection also includes about 30 greetings cards and photographs of his extended family and friends, as well as documenting Elmer's civic involvement in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Carrier, Joseph M., 1927-
    Sex tourism