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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jerry Jansen papers
    Dates: 1984-2002
    Collection number: 2003-11
    Creator: Jansen, Jerry
    Collection Size: 8 Boxes
    Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94105
    Abstract: The collection of pro-sex activist Jerry Jansen consists of materials from the Committee to Preserve Our Sexual and Civil Liberties, the 15 Association and the UnCut Parties, including videos, meeting minutes, newsletters, clipping files, conference materials and ephemera.
    Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Preferred Citation

    Jerry Jansen Papers, 2003-11, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Jerry Jansen on April 18, 2003.


    Jerry Jansen was born in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and was a candidate for an advanced degree in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He moved to San Francisco in 1976.
    Jansen was involved with a number of significant San Francisco organizations that worked to preserve and promote sexual freedom. These included the Committee to Preserve Our Sexual and Civil Liberties (CPOSCL), The 15 Association and the Knights Templar. Jansen’s participation in the Committee to Preserve Our Sexual and Civil Liberties started in 1984, as the group fought bathhouse closures. He did administrative work, completing the group’s corporate filing, wrote its by-laws as a not-for-profit California corporation. Jansen also served as treasurer and editor of the Committee’s newsletter, The Journal of Sexual and Civil Liberties.
    Jansen got involved with The 15 Association shortly after David Lewis founded the organization, around 1980. The Association was organized as a "fraternal organization" whose purpose was to provide activities for people interested in gay male "SM Identity." Classified as an "educational" non-profit, its goal was to teach by example. Jansen was a member of The Fraternal Committee when it became "The 15" – full members that served as governing directors. He produced and filed the Association’s constitution and by-laws and held various positions, including Chair and treasurer. Jansen helped arrange two video projects that documented The 15’s social, privately-produced SM events. After the "clubhouse" closed, Jansen and Alexis Sorel provided the physical party space used by The 15 on a regular basis. Jansen also worked on the club’s newsletter and produced internal communications.
    Jansen was involved in the formation of the Knights Templar as a social gay male SM organization. This included preparing corporate filings and writing the organization’s constitution and bylaws.
    Around 1988, the Uncut Club was formed in response to the city of San Francisco’s crackdown on gay male sex clubs. The club began twice-monthly parties, social gatherings designed for me interested in foreskin. Jansen worked on making videos available to document these events. The Uncut Club’s parties lasted until 1993.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains materials from Committee to Preserve Our Sexual and Civil Liberties (CPOSCL), which include their newsletter, "The Journal of Sexual Liberty," clippings files, minutes, fliers, conference materials, t-shirts, buttons and banners. Jansen was also involved with the 15 Association, a gay male SM group, and the UnCut Parties. Material from these groups includes videos, meeting minutes and other ephemera.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    AIDS (Disease)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Gay Bathhouses
    Leather Societies