Finding Aid to the John Quitman Lynch and Hal Rebarich Papers, circa 1900-2012 Coll2014-017

Kyle Morgan
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) 821-2771

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


Personal papers 1919-2012

Scope and Contents

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, and interests of John Quitman Lynch and, to a lesser extent, Hal Rebarich.


Series is arranged in alphabetical order.

Antique files

Box 1, Folder 1

Antique Alley sales records 2000-2004

Box 1, Folder 2

Antiques inventory undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Julies Antique Mall 1996

Box 1, Folder 4-6

Whitney's Decorative Arts Auction materials 1991-1992

Box 5, Folder 1

Art sales and inventory 1993-1999



Box 23, Folder 2

Artwork, John Quitman Lynch 1953-1991, undated

Physical Description: [Oversized]

Scope and Contents

Includes artwork for the Long Beach Library.
Box 5, Folder 2

Ballet cats undated

Box 5, Folder 3

Childhood artwork, John Quitman Lynch circa 1934-1948

Box 5, Folder 4

Childhood artwork portfolio, John Quitman Lynch 1943-1945

Box 5, Folder 5

Sketches, John Quitman Lynch undated

Box 1, Folder 9-10

Bell, Faye, guest book and papers 1925-1985

Box 1, Folder 11

Beloved losses: clippings and memorial materials 1986-2010, undated

Box 1, Folder 12

California State University, Long Beach, employment records 1969-1975

Box 1, Folder 8

Baby book 1931

Box 1, Folder 13

Burgess, E. Clayton: To Ring Like a Bell that Has No Flaw (signed book) 2007

Box 1, Folder 14

Clippings: California State Long Beach nudity 1968-1974

Box 1, Folder 15

Clippings: general topic 1966-2007, undated

Box 1, Folder 16

Clippings: John Quitman Lynch 1946-1971

Box 5, Folder 6-7

Coil Drawings drafts, notes, and signs undated

Box 1, Folder 17

Colbert Gallery records 1978-1979

Box 1, Folder 18

Contacts and calendars 1990-2006, undated



Box 3, Folder 1-27

General 1949-2007

Box 4, Folder 1-5

General 2008-2010, undated

Box 4, Folder 6-7

Bell, Faye, family 1911-1971, undated

Box 4, Folder 8-11

John Quitman Lynch to Aunt Faye Bell circa 1935-1971

Box 4, Folder 12-16

Family 1944-1983, undated

Box 4, Folder 17

Family, collated by John Quitman Lynch 1927-1963

Box 4, Folder 18

Johnson, Barbara 1994-1995

Box 4, Folder 19

Olodeon, Nick 1977-1979

Box 4, Folder 20-21

Rebarich, Hal, and Greta (the dog) to John Quitman Lynch 1980-1998

Box 5, Folder 10

Schmidjell, R. Ingo 1969-1981

Box 4, Folder 22-30

Stookey, Jeff, and Ken Barker 1996-2007

Box 4, Folder 31

Wescott, Glenway 1955-1959

Box 5, Folder 8

Recollections of John Quitman Lynch 2009-2012

Box 1, Folder 19

Devare, Ulric, signed books and other materials 1954-1961

Scope and Contents

Includes two unidentified photographs (both portraits, one photographic, one drawn), a signed photograph, and one letter.

Education files

Box 1, Folder 20

Elementary, middle, and Sunday school records 1935-1945

Box 1, Folder 21

Franklin Junior High yearbooks 1944-1946

Box 1, Folder 22-24

Long Beach Polytechnic High School 1946-1949, 1989

Scope and Contents

Includes yearbooks and 1989 reunion materials.
Box 5, Folder 9

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) records on John Quitman Lynch 1952-1954

Box 2, Folder 1

Financial records 1996-2006

Scope and Contents

Includes some medical records.
Box 2, Folder 2-5

Genealogy and family history records 1859-2009

Box 23, Folder 7

Goff, Earl, drawing of Quitman's neice and nephew undated

Physical Description: [Oversized]
Box 23, Folder 1

Greetings and signs 1978-2002, undated

Physical Description: [Oversized]
Box 2, Folder 6-7

Hirsch, Rifka, manuscripts 1995-2001

Box 2, Folder 8-9

Hodges, Joanna, programs and papers 1958-2004

Box 2, Folder 10

Home maintenance and insurance 1971-2000

Box 22

Insights undated

Scope and Contents

Insightful notes typed on notecards and stored in a metal box.
Box 2, Folder 11-14

Insights and notes 1955-1977, undated

Box 2, Folder 15

Journal entries 1955-1956

Box 2, Folder 16-18

Long Beach Public Library artwork and employment records 1952-1954

Box 2, Folder 19

Lynch, John Quitman, biographical information 1931-2009

Scope and Contents

Includes identification cards, domestic partnership papers, a will, a power of attorney, and a resume.
Box 22

Lynch, John Quitman, family history recordings circa 1970-2000

Scope and Contents

Three audiocassette recordings of Lynch's family history.
Box 2, Folder 20-22

Mendez, Edith, poetry 1979-2005

Box 2, Folder 23

Open-reel audio recordings undated

Scope and Contents

One is titled "Ingo," the other "Krishna Murti."
Box 23, Folder 6

"The Peppermint Playhouse" stories by Kay Carroll and Cynthia Galles undated

Physical Description: [Oversized]

Scope and Contents

Includes 2 photographs.
Box 5, Folder 11

Promotional and informational material regarding artwork circa 1951-1991

Box 5, Folder 12-21

Property, estate, and family records 1919-2000

Box 2, Folder 24

Rebarich, Harold, biographical information 1927-2007

Scope and Contents

Includes identification cards, military service records, diplomas, a will, and his father's journal.
Box 17, Folder 5-7

Schmidjell, Reinhold Ingomar, manuscripts 1968-1978

Box 5, Folder 22-23

Selective Service records 1950-1957

Box 2, Folder 25

Subject files 1971-1992

Box 1, Folder 7

Subject files, art 1950-2005

Scope and Contents

Includes clippings, research materials, fliers, programs, and direct mailings.
Box 1, Folder 25

Travel documents 1967-2006

Scope and Contents

Includes John Quitman Lynch's passport.
Box 18, Folder 6

Voice-O-Gram undated

Physical Description: [45 rpm record]
Box 24

World War I United States military uniform and helmet circa 1917-1918


Photographs circa 1900-2008

Physical Description: [Listings comprise photographic prints unless otherwise identified.]

Scope and Contents

Photographic prints, negatives, and 35mm slides documenting the family, friends, homelife, artwork, properties, antiques business, travels, interests, and activities of John Quitman Lynch and Hal Rebarich, circa 1900-2008.


Series is arranged into three setions: (1) John Quitman Lynch, Hal Rebarich, family, and friends; (2) Artwork; and (3) Miscellaneous

John Quitman Lynch, Hal Rebarich, friends, and family photographs circa 1900-2008

Quitman Lynch (John) and Hal Rebarich photographs, sample


Family photographs are listed first; followed by photographs of John Quitman Lynch, Hal Rebarich, and friends; followed by miscellaneous images.
Box 21, Folder 3

Family photograph album circa 1900-1920

Physical Description: [Black-and-white photographs with descriptions]
Box 6, Folder 1-5

Family photograph albums circa 1900-1960

Physical Description: [Black-and-white photographs]
Box 23, Folder 5

Family circa 1900-1950

Physical Description: [Oversized, black-and-white photographs]
Box 7, Folder 1

Family circa 1900-1950

Physical Description: [Black-and-white photographs]
Box 7, Folder 2-3

Lynch's family and friends circa 1930-1960

Physical Description: [Black-and-white photographs]

Scope and Contents

Includes a signed image of John Reed.
Box 7, Folder 4

Lynch's family and friends 1949-1977

Physical Description: [Color photographs]
Box 7, Folder 5

Rebarich's family and friends circa 1900-1960

Physical Description: [Black-and-white photographs]
Box 7, Folder 6

Rebarich's family and friends 1965-1980

Physical Description: [Color photographs]
Box 6, Folder 6

Lynch and Rebarich photograph album circa 1950-1970

Physical Description: [Color and black-and-white photographs]
Box 21, Folder 2

Framed photograph of Lynch circa 1980s

Physical Description: [Black-and-white]
Box 8, Folder 1-3

Lynch and Rebarich 1940-1970

Physical Description: [Black-and-white photographs]

Scope and Contents

Includes 4 images of John Quitman Lynch with Glenway Wescott.
Box 8, Folder 4

Lynch and Rebarich 1950-1980

Physical Description: [Color photographs]
Box 8, Folder 5-6

Lynch and Rebarich portraits 1940-1980

Physical Description: [Black-and-white photographs]
Box 8, Folder 7

Lynch and Rebarich portraits circa 1990-2008

Physical Description: [Color photographs]
Box 23, Folder 3

Lynch, Rebarich, and Gretta the dachshund circa 1950-2000

Physical Description: [Oversized black-and-white and color photographs]
Box 9, Folder 5-7

Lynch, Rebarich, friends, and family circa 1960-1990

Physical Description: [Color photographs]
Box 10, Folder 1-7

Lynch, Rebarich, friends, and family circa 1970-2000

Physical Description: [Color photographs]
Box 11, Folder 1-6

Lynch, Rebarich, friends, and family 1996-2005

Physical Description: [Color photographs]
Box 12, Folder 1-6

Lynch, Rebarich, friends, and family circa 1990-2008

Physical Description: [Color photographs]
Box 13, Folder 1-7

Lynch, Rebarich, friends, and family circa 1990-2008

Physical Description: [Color photographs]
Box 9, Folder 1

Nick Cornwell circa 1960-1987

Scope and Contents

Includes clippings, memorial texts, color images of Cornwell, and black-and-white images of erotic nudes.
Box 9, Folder 3

Karl Seethaler 1955-1991

Scope and Contents

Includes color and black-and-white images of Seethaler, his classes, and artwork, as well as correspondence, course work from his classes, clippings, and promotional material from his exhibitions.
Box 9, Folder 2

Joanna Hodges circa 1960-2000

Scope and Contents

Includes color and black-and-white images of Hodges with Lynch, Rebarich, and her partner Charla; Hodges' Halloween parties; and Hodges' publicity portraits, including one signed from 1960.
Box 9, Folder 4

Unidentified family and friends undated

Physical Description: [Color and black-and-white photographs]
Box 21, Folder 1

Film rolls, unidentified 1953, undated

Physical Description: [3 photograph film rolls wrapped around cardboard and 2 photograph film rolls in cylindrical metal containers]
Box 19, Folder 7

Negatives, unidentified undated

Box 19, Folder 8

Photocopies and computer printouts undated

Box 22

View Master 3-D circa 1990-2008

Scope and Contents

Comprises images of Lynch, Rebarich, friends, and Greta the dachshund.

Artwork photographs circa 1952-2000

Box 16, Folder 1

Artwork, photocopies undated

Box 16, Folder 2-5

Artwork, photographic prints undated

Box 16, Folder 6

Artwork, 35mm slides undated

Box 17, Folder 1-4

Artwork, negatives undated

Box 23, Folder 4

Bust of John Quitman Lynch undated

Physical Description: [Oversized, matted, color photographs]
Box 14, Folder 2-3

Coil art 1974-1976

Box 14, Folder 4

Diptychs undated

Box 14, Folder 5

Female full bodies undated

Box 14, Folder 6

Female portraits undated

Box 14, Folder 7

Groups undated

Box 14, Folder 8

Heads undated

Box 15, Folder 1

Long Beach Public Library circa 1952-1954

Box 15, Folder 2

Male portraits undated

Box 15, Folder 3

Objects undated

Box 15, Folder 4

Outline for art book undated

Box 14, Folder 1

Photograph album undated

Box 15, Folder 5-7

Portfolio undated

Box 15, Folder 8

Stain glass window undated


Miscellaneous photographs circa 1950-2008

Box 18, Folder 1-5

Collectibles 1991-1992, undated

Scope and Contents

Includes images of collections from Whitney's Decorative Arts.
Box 6, Folder 7

Framed photographs and artwork circa 1950-2002

Physical Description: [Color and black-and-white]

Scope and Contents

Framed photographs of Lynch, Rebarich, friends, and artistic creations.
Box 19, Folder 1-4

Home and property undated

Box 19, Folder 5

Home: Rose Avenue, Long Beach 1968-2009

Scope and Contents

Includes images of Lynch and his mother.
Box 19, Folder 6

Home: 37th Avenue, Portland circa 1950-2008

Scope and Contents

Includes images of Lynch and his aunt Faye Bell.
Box 20, Folder 6-9

Nude models, 35mm slides and photographic prints undated

Physical Description: [Color and black-and-white]
Box 20, Folder 1-5

Travel, 35mm slides 1968-1970, undated