Charles E. Lindsley collection

Finding aid created by GLBT Historical Society staff using RecordEXPRESS
GLBT Historical Society
989 Market Street, Lower Level
San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 777-5455

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles E. Lindsley collection
Dates: circa 1940-1997
Collection Number: 2004-03
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Repository: GLBT Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94103
Abstract: A diverse collection of ephemera, photographs, and VHS videotapes collected by Charles E. Lindsley.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research. Mailing lists and other records holding the names, addresses, and/or phone numbers of individuals will be restricted for 20 years. The erotica in this collection may only be viewed by researchers age eighteen and over and it is made available for educational and research purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Charles E. Lindsley collection. Collection Number: 2004-03. GLBT Historical Society

Acquisition Information

Gift of Stuart T. Jenkins on January 29, 2004 and November 1, 2016.

Scope and Content of Collection

The bulk of this collection contains black and white photographs of nude men, physique photographs, erotica and ephemera. The photographs and erotica are unsorted and appear to date back to at least the 1940s. Some formed part of a scrapbook presumed to be kept by Lindsley. There are also erotic drawings and Japanese silkscreens. Ephemera in the collection includes a program for an original night club review, “Ready or Not, It's Me!,” featuring the popular drag performer, Michelle (1967); “The Right Playmate,” by James Broughton and Suzanna Hart (1964); "Punished in Silk: A Story of Enforced Transvestism" (1964). Most notable are materials related to the Society for Individual Rights (SIR), including a Directional Report, mass mailings, a survey and ephemera (1965-1966). Accretions to this collection include a photo album, family photos, and photos from a political protest, all in black and white. Also included are two VHS tapes of the 1996 and 1997 San Francisco Pride Parades. GSSO linked terms:;;;

Indexing Terms

Homophile movement
Pride parades