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Quitman Lynch (John) and Hal Rebarich Papers
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  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Acquisition
  • Scope and Contents
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Separated Materials
  • Related Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: John Quitman Lynch and Hal Rebarich papers
    creator: Lynch, John Quitman
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014-017
    Physical Description: 29 Linear Feet 5 archive boxes + 15 archive cartons + 3 archive flat boxes + 5 flat files
    Date (inclusive): circa 1900-2012
    Abstract: Photographs, artwork, correspondence, family history records, and personal papers of John Quitman Lynch and Hal Rebarich, circa 1900-2012. Residents of New York; Long Beach, California; and Portland, Oregon, John Quitman Lynch, a painter, and Hal Rebarich, a United States postal worker, were partners for over fifty years.
    Container: 1-7
    Container: 8-22
    Container: 23-24


    This collection is arranged in the following series:
    Series 1. Personal papers, circa 1919-2012
    Series 2. Photographs, circa 1900-2008

    Biographical / Historical

    John Quitman Lynch was born on October 9, 1931, and raised in Long Beach, California. He demonstrated an early proficiency in drawing and spent years studying art. Harold William Rebarich was born on May 4, 1927, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He served in the United States Army, received an honorable discharge in 1947, and settled in Southern California where he met Lynch.
    In the early 1950s, Lynch worked at the Long Beach Public Library and fought a Selective Service draft notice as a conscientious objector. In the 1950s, Lynch and Rebarich moved to Greenwich Village, New York, where Lynch pursued his painting and was even offered tutelage by painter Paul Cadmus. By the early 1960s, they were back in Long Beach, where they remained for the next 25-plus years. In 1962, Lynch got a job with the art department at California State University, Long Beach, where he worked for the next thirteen years. In 1963, Rebarich joined the United States Postal Service, where he worked for the next 26 years. In the mid-to-late 1980s, Lynch moved to Portland to care for his elderly aunt. After her death, he inherited the home and lived there the rest of his life. Although Lynch and Rebarich visited one another, Rebarich remained in their Rose Avenue house in Long Beach.
    Lynch had numerous gallery showings from the 1960s to the 1990s, both in Southern California and in the Portland area. Lynch signed most of his paintings and drawings with the moniker "Quitman." Lynch and Rebarich had a side business selling antiques and collectibles both in Long Beach and in Portland. Rebarich died in November 2006 and Lynch in December 2009.

    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.


    Collection donated by the John Quitman Lynch trust, 2009-2010.

    Scope and Contents

    Photographs, drawings, sketches, correspondence, clippings, fliers, programs, school records, posters, manuscripts, notes, wills, trusts, deeds, estate records, financial records, and receipts documenting the family, friends, home life, artwork, antiques business, travels, properties, activities, and interests of John Quitman Lynch and, to a lesser extent, Hal Rebarich.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] John Quitman Lynch and Hal Rebarich Papers, Coll2014-017, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Kyle Morgan and volunteers, 2014.

    Separated Materials

    Separated to ONE library
    Becker, Howard S. (ed.). The Other Side: Perspectives on Deviance. London: The Free Press of Glencoe, Collier-MacMillan Limited, 1964.
    Berman, Ed (ed.). Homosexual Acts: A Volume of Gay Plays. Wembley, England: Hill and Garwood Printing Limited, 1975.
    Blakely, Roy. He. New York: Blaze Enterprises Inc., 1972.
    Fone, Byrne R. S. (ed.). Hidden Heritage: History and the Gay Imagination. New York: Avocation Publishers Inc., 1980.
    The Greyhuff Review, second edition. Minneapolis: Directory Services Inc., 1965.
    Gustafson, R. Eric. Cinderella Is a Man. Peapack, NJ: W A M Press, 1998.
    Kirstein, Lincoln. Mosic: Memoirs. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.
    Lester, H. Erick. Anal Eroticism. Washington, D.C.: Guild Press Ltd., 1970.
    McNamee, Lawrence and Brian. AIDS: The Nation's First Politically Protected Disease. La Habra, CA: National Medical Legal Publishing House, 1988.
    Miller, Merle. On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual. New York: Random House, 1971.
    Phelps, Robert (ed.). Continual Lessons: The Journals of Glenway Wescott, 1937-1955. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1990.
    Rinder, Walter. The World I Used to Know; A Promise of Change; Where Will I Be Tomorrow?; Love Is my Reason; Will You Share with Me; Aura of Love; Friends and Lovers; Love Is an Attitude; This Time Called Life; and Forever Us (10 books). Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1970-1990.
    Roy, Claude. Hans Erni. Geneva, Switzerland: Editions ierre Caliller, 1955.
    Stein, Jean. Edie: An American Biography. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982.
    Symonds, John Addington. The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti. New York: The Modern Library, 1928.
    Warhol, Andy, and Pat Hackett. POPism: The Warhol Sixties. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1990.
    Wescott, Glenway. Apartment in Athens. New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1945.
    Woodlawn, Holly, with Jeff Copeland. A Low Life in High Heels: The Holly Woodlawn Story. New York: Harper Perennial, 1992.
    Separated to ONE calendar collection
    Colt Man, Carl Hardwick, 1998.
    Naked Men New York Two, by Hans Fahrmeyer, 1997.
    Separated to ONE subject files collection
    Clark, Gerald. "Cary Grant and Randolph Scott." Architectural Digest, April 1996.
    Recente Gay and Lesbian Fiction, Multnomah County Library (bookmark).
    Polyester, movie flier with 10 "odorama" scratch and sniffs on the back.
    Separated to ONE pamphlet and catalog collections
    "Photo Studies of the Male Figure," Sample Book, Travis Collection.
    "Superstars," Brentwood Collectors' Edition, Part II.
    Shocking Gray Catalog, Pride 1994.
    Separated to the ONE ephemera collection
    GayBar, official candy bar of Gay Games IV. (candy bar wrapper)
    Foldaway fan with text "Keep Cool and Be Gay."
    Gay Bob: The World's First Gay Doll for Everyone. Gay Bob Trading Company Inc., Harvey Rosenberg Inc., 1977.
    Separated to ONE periodicals collection
    Fuse Magazine, v.14, no.4-6, 1991; v.15, no.3-5, 1992.
    In Touch, no.23, May/June 1976.
    International Male, Winter 1993.
    Just Out, v.11, no.24, October 21, 1994.
    Lavender Reader, Summer 1995.
    Separated to the ONE audiovisual collection
    Interviews with Maria George, Norma Pavlatos, Ken Barker, and Jeff Stookey about John Quitman Lynch. Portland, Oregon, May 24, 2009. (2 audiocassettes, 1 CD)
    Interviews with Lee (Leland) Bard, Will McElhinny, and Jeff Stookey about John Quitman Lynch. Portland, Oregon, September 6, 2009. (1 CD)
    Portland musical theater recording. Side 1: Boy Meets Boy, 1975. Side 2: The Faggot, 1973 (audiocassette).
    Front Runner. Staghorn. S-4, 46 meters. (5-inch open reel)
    Gay Cowboys in Bondage. Live Seriousness (includes the song "Are We Trite Enough Yet?"). T.P.O.S., 1986. (audiocassette)
    Star Suck. Bull: for men who like big men. #809. [5-inch open reel]
    The World of Walter Rinder with introduction read by John Lynch. (VHS)
    Camp Records production. Side one: "Mixed Nuts" by Byrd E. Bath and the Nutcrackers. Side two: "London Derrierre" by Byrd E. Bath. (45 rpm record)
    Camp Records production. Side one and two: "I'd Rather Swish than Fight" by B. Bubba. (45 rpm record)
    Separated to the T-shirt collection
    Gray shirt with purple text. Front: "National Coming Out Day / Take Your Next Step." Between the two lines of text are four purple symbols and a pink triangle.
    White shirt with a Keith Harring design on the front (small, black-and-white) and on the back (large, color). Front: "National Coming Out Day / October 11." Back "National Coming Out Day / October 11."
    Separated to the ONE buttons collection
    Buttons (4) from the Oregon "No on 9" and "No on 13" campaigns.
    2 reproductions of Lynd Ward artwork (7 x 5 inches) circa 1930, one of a standing man with a mustache, one of a sitting woman with a headband.
    7 wood plates (7 x 4 inches) with religious-themed round (3.5 inch diameter) or square (3 x 3.5 inches) stained glass in the middle.
    10 hand-colored figures by [C. Asppenfiel?], circa 1840-1850.
    Flachs drawing by A.H. Payne.
    The New Testament. New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, undated.
    Opera News. v.29, no.14, February 13, 1965.
    Perine, Robert. Chouinard: An Art Vision Betrayed. Encinitas, CA: Artra Publishing Inc., 1985.
    Long Beach: A Retrospective, 1993 memo calendar. (blank)
    Antiques sales guides, catalogs, and fliers.
    Programs of events and performances (without reference to Quitman).
    "Back to the Garden," chapter 7, pages 177-205.
    Postcards, blank.
    "USN" black wallet with an anchor on the front. Inside it reads "Gary's of California."
    United States Railroad Administration, Union Pacific Railroad, Rules and Instructions of the Transportation Department, October 1919.
    Om Shanti restaurant menu, 7910 West Third Street [Los Angeles?].

    Related Materials

    ONE Archives art collection, John Quitman Lynch drawings.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gays -- Correspondence
    Gay artists
    Lynch, John Quitman
    Rebarich, Harold William