Finding aid of the James Morrow Papers

Andrew J. Lau
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
Phone: (213) 741-0094
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ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.

Finding aid of the James Morrow Papers

Collection number: Coll2008-018

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Andrew J. Lau
Date Completed:
May 16, 2008
Encoded by:
Loni Shibuyama
© 2008 ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Descriptive Summary

Title: James Morrow papers
Dates: 1981-1999
Collection number: Coll2008-018
Creator: Morrow, James
Collection Size: 1 archive carton + 1 flat archive box. 1.3 linear feet.
Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Materials created and collected by James (Jim) Morrow, including a photograph album, autograph books, and miscellaneous items from A Different Light Bookstore, in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles; organizational papers from institutions with which Morrow was associated (Emergence and the Alliance); bibliographical notes and article photocopies on GLBT youth and suicide; notes from self-defense workshops and a panel on hate crimes and gay-bashing; and personal items.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred Citation

James Morrow papers, Coll2008-018, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Donated by James Morrow, date unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Andrew J. Lau, May 16, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Biography to be supplied at a later date.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains a photograph album, autograph books, event fliers, correspondence, newsletters and miscellaneous materials relating to A Different Light Bookstore, collected by James Morrow. The photograph album was prepared by Ann Bradley for the 5th anniversary celebration of A Different Light in 1984, and includes photographs from the bookstore's earliest days; at the end are several similar pages of photographs from the 10th anniversary celebration in 1989. The collection also includes administrative papers for two organizations: Emergence and the Alliance. Miscellaneous materials include: a checklist of lesbian and gay landmarks in Los Angeles; a program for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (November 22, 1981); a photocopy of an article in the Village Voice (November 3, 1998) and other materials concerning the Coors Boycott; a questionnaire from the National Advisory Group, "Policing Lesbian and Gay Communities," about experiences and attitudes of lesbians and gay men regarding reporting homophobic-related crime to the police; a program from a memorial service for author Paul Monette; and one copy of Art Papers: Representing Lesbian Subjectivities [November/December, 1994; 18 (6)]. Additionally, the collection includes Morrow's notes from various workshops in which he participated on self-defense and hate crimes, as well as cards sent to him from his peers.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Gay activists--United States--California
Gay authors--United States--20th century
Gay youth--Suicide
Homosexuality and literature
Lesbian authors--United States--20th century
Morrow, James


A Different Light Bookstore 1984 - 1999

Box 2 : 1

Photo Album circa 1984 - 1989

Box 2 : 2-4

Autograph Books 1990 - 1999

Physical Description: 3 books.
Box 1 : 1

Event flyers, press release, correspondence, newsletters, petitions and notes 1984 - 1994


GLBT Youth

Box 1 : 2

Emergence: A Youth Education Organization papers 1986

Box 1 : 3

Gay Youth and Suicide: Bibliographic notes and article photocopies 1987

Box 1 : 4

Gay Youth and Suicide: Printout of "The Homosexuality Factor in the Youth Suicide Problem," Presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention in Banff, Alberta, October 11 - 14, 1995 1995

Box 1 : 5

The Alliance: A Southern California Lesbian and Gay Educational Organization Bylaws 1987

Box 1 : 6

Hate Crimes Response Network Symposium, "Fight the Hate" April 29, 1995

Box 1 : 7

Miscellaneous Materials 1981 - 1998


Personal Materials



Box 1 : 8

Jim Morrow and Michael Roman 1994

Physical Description: 1 photograph + card: col.
Box 1 : 8

Unidentified men on a beach Undated

Physical Description: 16 photographs : col.
Box 1 : 9

Cards circa 1985 - 1995