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Finding aid to the Lambda Literary Foundation records, 1986-2010 Coll2012.119
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  • Administrative History
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Materials
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Title: Lambda Literary Foundation Records
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.119
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 9.0 linear feet. 9 archive boxes.
    Date (inclusive): 1986-2010
    Abstract: The Lambda Literary Foundation Records, 1986-2010, includes correspondence, bylaws, licensing contracts, reports, financial records, publication subscription forms, copy, event brochures, memoranda, advertisement copy, news clippings, and photographs. The Lambda Literary Foundation is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literary organization, incorporated in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
    creator: Lambda Literary Foundation.

    Administrative History

    The Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) traces its beginnings to 1987 with the publication of the first issue of the Lambda Book Report, a review periodical of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature. The periodical was published by L. Page (Deacon) Maccubbin, owner of Lambda Rising Bookstore in Washington, D.C. The Lambda Literary Awards program, an annual ceremony celebrating excellence in LGBT literature, was established in 1989. The Lambda Literary Foundation was incorporated in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to officially host the Awards and the Lambda Book Report. Jim Marks was the LLF's first Executive Director. The LLF was founded to nurture, celebrate, and preserve LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers.
    Source: "A History of the Lambda Literary Foundation," Lambda Literary,
    (last accessed October 25, 2012).

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. Access restrictions apply.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Tony Valenzuela, January 29, 2010.

    Preferred Citation

    Lambda Literary Foundation Records, Coll2012-119, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Jay Chang, November 2012.

    Scope and Content

    The Lambda Literary Foundation Records, 1986-2009, comprises administrative, publication, event, membership, and fundraising records of the Lambda Literary Foundation. Administrative records include correspondence, bylaws, licensing contracts, reports, payment records, and payroll records. Publication records include subscription forms, copy, and editorial copy of the Lambda Book Report, James White Review, and Lambda Rising Book Report. Event records include brochures, memoranda, and information related to the annual Lambda Literary Awards. Membership and fundraising records include advertisement copy, membership subscriptions forms, and correspondence. Photographs of the Lambda Literary Awards are also included. Many items are created by or addressed to Jim Marks, former Executive Director of the organization.


    This collection is arranged in the following series:
    Series 1. Administrative records
    Series 2. Publication records
    Series 3. Lambda Literary Awards records
    Series 4. Membership and fundraising records
    Series 5. Lambda Literary Awards photographs

    Separated Materials

    The following items have been separated from the collection and cataloged into ONE collection of LGBTQ periodicals:
    Black Lines, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1999 (Chicago)
    En La Vida: voces de lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, y transgeneros latinos, No. 41, November 1999
    Gab: Predictably Unsavory, November 11-16, 1999 (Week 46)
    Gay Chicago Magazine, Vol. XXIII, No. 37, September 16, 1999
    Gay Chicago Magazine, Vol. XXIII, No. 45, November 11, 1999
    Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization, (Spring 2004)
    Nightlines Weekly: Quintessentially Queer, No.503, November 10, 1999
    Out Lines: The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Trans Community, November 10, 1999 (Chicago)

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay and lesbian writers
    Gay press publications
    Gays in literature
    Homosexuality and literature
    Nonprofit organizations--California--Los Angeles