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Manners (Robert J.) papers
Coll2014.067  
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  • Biography
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: Robert J. Manners papers
    creator: Manners, Robert J.
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014.067
    Physical Description: 5.3 Linear Feet 4 boxes, 1 carton, and 1 shoebox
    Date (inclusive): 1953-2010
    Abstract: This collection mainly comprises Robert Manners' correspondence, newspaper clippings, catalogs, bibliographies, administrative records, and other material, 1953-2010. Manners was the owner and operator of the home-based gay and lesbian mail order catalog Books Bohemian (Pasadena, California) from 1977 to 2004.

    Biography

    Robert J. Manners owned and operated Books Bohemian, a home-based mail order book catalog, for 27 years (1977-2004). During his tenure as a book distributor, he corresponded with a number of incarcerated gay men who wrote him requesting gay literature. Manners provided books free of charge to gay inmates, many of whom kept in contact for several years through letters. Manners also corresponded with a number of gay and lesbian writers and collected their bibliographies, book reviews, and biographies. Manners is also an activist for LGBTQ rights and interests.

    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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Robert J. Manners, May 16, 2010.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Robert J. Manners Papers, Coll2014-067, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Cooper Moll, September 2014.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection comprises Robert Manners' correspondence, newspaper clippings, catalogs, bibliographies, administrative records, and other material, 1953-2010. The collection primarily consists of administrative records from Books Bohemian, correspondence with gay inmates, and correspondence with gay and lesbian writers whose books he sold through the catalog.

    Arrangement

    This collection is divided into two series: (1) Correspondence, and (2) Administrative records and subject files.

    Separated Materials

    The following have been separated to the ONE Archives periodical collection:
    ACLU Lesbian & Gay Rights Chapter Newsletter, 2000-2002
    Amsterdam Columbia Fun Map, 1998
    Barfly, 1970
    BLK Magazine, 1993-1994
    The Frontlines Newsletter, 2007
    Gay Academic Union Los Angeles Chapter Newsletter, 1978-1981
    Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Newsletter, 1995
    Gay & Lesbian Studies List (Bolerium Books), 2000-2002
    Gay Sunshine 10th Anniversary Issue, 1980
    Highways Program, 2004
    Jim Kepner's Song & Dance, 1993-1997
    Lambda Legal Impact Newsletter, 2007-2009
    LifeLines, Project Angel Food Newsletter, 2005-2009
    ONE Institute/International Gay and Lesbian Archives Bulletin, 1998
    Outfest Programs, 2000-2009
    Parsonage News, The, 1986
    Pride Magazine, 2005
    Rainbow Report, The, 1983-1987
    Refining the Future of Destiny Catalog, 2007-2008
    Star News, 1977
    Ten Percent, UCLA's Gay Newsmagazine, 1980
    UPDATE, Southern California's Gay Newspaper, 1984
    "Looking for Langston" (1989) VHS has been seperated to the ONE Archives video collection.
    "Elizabethan Songs & Negro Spirituals" by Bayard Rustin (circa 1952) LP has been separated to the ONE Archives record collection.
    A 1993 March on Washington button has been seperated to the ONE Archives button collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Booksellers and bookselling
    Clippings
    Gay and lesbian writers
    Gay prisoners
    Gays in literature
    Prisoners -- Correspondence
    Manners, Robert J.
    Books Bohemian