Finding Aid to the Peter Thomas Papers Coll2015.009

Joseph Klice
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: Peter Thomas papers
creator: Thomas, Peter
source: Bradford, Fred (Frederick Pomeroy)
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2015.009
Physical Description: 2.1 Linear Feet 1 archives carton, 2 archives boxes
Date (inclusive): 1987-2003
Abstract: Personal correspondence, photographs, and chainmail clothing designs of Los Angeles resident Peter Thomas, 1961-2003. The photographs include images of friends, family, and gay leather and motorcycle events. Thomas relocated to Los Angeles after being disowned by his father; he worked at the Pacific Design Center and as a professional escort. He died of complications related to AIDS on March 4, 2003.


Folders are arranged alphabetically by title.


Peter Thomas Pomonis was born December 12, 1961, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was one of three children. After his parents' divorce and his mother's remarriage, they relocated to their stepfather's ranch near Spokane, Washington. During this period Thomas was repeatedly sexually abused. For his freshman and sophmore years of high school his biological father paid to send his son to military school. Thomas was also sexually abused at the military school. After his biological father learned that his son was gay, Thomas was disowned. At that time Thomas dropped his last name and was known as Peter Thomas.
He supported himself by working at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. He later moved to Los Angeles, California, and worked at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
Thomas developed a drug habit, and in order to support his habit, he offered his services as a "high class escort." Aware of his HIV positive status, he practiced safer sex, and was known by his clients for his cautious and safer techniques. He traveled with clients to San Francisco, New York City, Fire Island, Europe, and Africa.
Thomas died of complications related to AIDS at his home on March 4, 2003. His family and friends held a memorial service at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden in Long Beach.

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

Deed of gift dated, March 08, 2015.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Peter Thomas Papers, Coll2015-009, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Joseph Klice, March 2015.

Scope and Contents

Personal correspondence, photographs, and chainmail designs of Los Angeles resident Peter Thomas, 1961-2003. The collection includes photographs of friends, family, and gay leather and motorcycle events such as the Satyrs Motorcycle Club’s Badger Flats Run, Mr. LA Leather Competition, Folsom Street Fair, and New York City Pride. Photographs also include visits to Hermit Falls, Arcadia, California, Kirkham Hot Springs, Boise National Forest, Idaho; Pittsburg Landing, Idaho; and San Francisco. The photographs also include gay personalities, including Mr. LA Leather Competition winner Kevin Craft, Michael Pereyra, and Carl Hardwick. The collection also includes photographs and examples of Thomas’ chainmail pieces and his personal leather goods. He died of complications from AIDS on March 4, 2003.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gays -- Correspondence
Leather garments
Thomas, Peter
Thomas, Peter
Bradford, Fred (Frederick Pomeroy)

Box 1, Folder 1

Biographical information 1987, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Calendar 1995-1996

Box 1, Folder 3

Chainmail designs 1992

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence 1990-2003

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence undated

Box 3


Contents list

The collection includes a black leather hood, manufactured by ROB, Amsterdam; six black leather wrist restraints; two black leather ankle restraints; a black leather fleece lined ankle restraint; a black leather thong; a black leather jockstrap; a black leather 18” flogger; a brass cock ring; a black leather ball stretcher with steel chain; a black leather ball stretcher with steel chains, metal clip, and round metal weight; a black leather parachute style ball stretcher with steel chains; a pair of steel handcuffs in black leather case; and a hand-knit penis warmer.

Photographs 1987-1997, undated

Box 1, Folder 6

Africa undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Artwork 1988, undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Beaches 1992, undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Badger Flat run undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Chainmail models 1993, undated

Box 1, Folder 11

Cowboys undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Fireman 1996

Box 1, Folder 12

Family 1987-1991, undated

Box 1, Folder 14

Fisting undated

Box 1, Folder 15

Folsom Street fair undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Friends 1991-1997, undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Halloween 1996, undated

Box 2, Folder 3

Hardwick, Carl undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Hermit Falls undated

Box 2, Folder 5

Kirkham Hot Springs undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Models undated

Box 2, Folder 7

Mr. LA Leather 1994

Box 2, Folder 8

New York City Pride undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Outdoors undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Photographs of Peter Thomas 1996, undated

Box 2, Folder 11

Pittsburg Landing 1991, undated

Box 2, Folder 12

Pool parties undated

Box 2, Folder 13

San Francisco undated

Box 2, Folder 14

San Francisco Giants game undated

Box 2, Folder 15

Ski trip undated

Box 2, Folder 16

Unidentified negatives undated