Finding Aid to the Ron Emler Photographs and Greeting Cards Coll2013.079

Finding aid prepared by Mario Macias
Processing 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
(213) 741-0094
© 2013

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


Travel Series 1979-2000


The photographic prints are arranged alphabetically by country and then chronologically where noted.

Scope and Content

The series includes photographic prints of his international travels including historic sites as well as his international liasons. The bulk of the photographs document several trips to Thailand.
Box-binder 1

Bali 1993, undated

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Belize undated

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Egypt March 1997

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England/Scotland 1996

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Greece undated

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Haiti September 1979

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Laos (Mekong River) and Vietnam 1997-1998

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Mexico December 1998

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Thailand 1997-2000

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United States, New Mexico undated

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Venezuela undated


Personal Series circa 1976-1990s

Scope and Content

The Personal series documents Emler's life with extended family, friends, and sexual liasons in photographic prints and greeting cards. The series includes a range of events such as an award cermony, birthday parties, community clean-ups, a halloween costume party, his 40th high school reunion, the painting of the "Chicken Corner" mural, and tree plantings in his Echo Park neighborhood.
Box-binder 3

Friends and sexual liasons circa 1976-1999

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Greeting cards 1988-1999

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Family, friends, and civic involvement 1992-1999