Finding aid to the Southeastern Arts, Media and Education (SAME) Project records, 1985-1996 Coll2008-020

Michael C. Oliveira, revised by Loni Shibuyama
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2008, 2016
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Title: Southeastern Arts, Media and Education Project records
creator: Ranson, Rebecca
creator: Southeastern Arts, Media & Education Project (Atlanta, Ga.)
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2008-020
Physical Description: 5.25 Linear Feet 6 boxes and 1 oversize item.
Date (inclusive): 1985-1996
Abstract: Play submissions, correspondence, membership information, administrative records, and publications of the Southeastern Arts Media and Entertainment (SAME) Project, 1985 to 1996.
Container: 1


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

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Box #, Folder #], Southeastern Arts, Media and Education (SAME) Project Records, Coll2008-020, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira and Sócrates Silva, May 22, 2008. An additional 1.25 linear foot was added to the collection, and the finding aid was revised in 2016.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The following folders have been separated from the collection due to physical damage: Bailiwick (1989-1993) Buddies in the Bad Times (1989-1990) Gay Performances Company (1980-1990) Gay Sweatshop (1975-1992) The Glines (1989-1993) Kaliyuga Arts (undated) Keller, Lawrence (1991) Theatre Rhinoceros (1992) Three Dollar Bill (undated)

Administrative History

The Southeastern Arts, Media and Education (SAME) project, 1985-1996, was a multidisciplinary Atlanta based gay and lesbian nonprofit arts organization whose mission was to utilize arts for social change. During its first ten years, 1985-1995, SAME produced over 70 plays, original film and video works, including Promise of Life, a documentary on people living with AIDS, and published Amethyst, a semi-annual journal of creative writing and visual arts. SAME, along with Southern Voice newspaper, co-produced the Southeastern Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, which screened over 50 films in 1994, a major event for the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian community. SAME also organized numerous visual arts exhibitions and an annual arts and crafts festival.

Scope and Content of Collection

The records of the Southeastern Arts and Media Entertainment Project, (SAME), 1985-1996, consist of administrative records, including an operational handbook, correspondence, financial ledger sheets and statements, membership lists, publications, scripts, t-shirts, and a banner. The collection is organized in five series: (1) Adminstrative Records, (2) Publications, (3) Scripts, (4) Ephemera, and (5) Production Files.

Related Material

Rebecca Ranson Papers, Coll2008-021, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Southeastern Arts, Media & Education Project (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1986-1996, Manuscript Collection Number 1015, Emory University.

Separated Materials

Amethyst, Winter 1987.
Cookin' with pride! [cookbook] A project of Southern Point Press, under the auspices of SAME, the Southeastern Arts, Media and Education Project, Inc. (book)
Different [musical], Dan Pruitt, Patrick Hutchinson, and Rebecca Ranson, VV0220. (video VHS)
The Report Line newsletter of the Southeastern Arts, Media and Education Project, Inc. (newsletters)
Southern Voice, Vol. 1, No. 12 (August 4, 1988).
"Special Black Gay Pride Issue" Venus (Aug./Sept. 1996).


Ball, Charlene
Bumbalo, Victor, 1948-
Calabria, Deb
Cloutier, Martin
Cyr, Dave
Dana, Mary
Dillon, David
Field, Aden
Fields, Mike
Fries, Kenny
Garner, Terry Cammon, 1953-
Grimsley, Jim, 1955-
Hill, Stebbo
Imhotep, Akbar
Lawes, Lisa
Olson, Donald S.
Ranson, Rebecca, 1943-
Raphel, Kenneth
Smith, Don
Sojourner, Sabrina
Underwood, Lolita
Wertheim, Aubrey
Yeoman, Cal
Youngblood, Shay

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gay dramatists
Gay theater
Homosexuality and theater
Lesbian dramatists


Administrative Records Series 1. 1987-1995

Series Scope and Content

The bulk of the Records Series consists of correspondence, membership information, publicity material, and other administrative records. Correspondence and related materials concerning FEDAPT, an organizational assistance program for the performing arts, can be found in the Atlanta Theatre Coalition folder. Other files include financial records and minutes.
Box 7, Folder 1

Alice B. Theatre 1986-1993

Box 7, Folder 3

Ammiano, Tom 1986-1987

Box 7, Folder 6

Atlanta, City of liquor license 1988-1992

Box 7, Folder 7

Atlanta Entertainment Media 1994

Box 7, Folder 8

Atlanta Theatre Coalition 1990-1994

Box 1, Folder 6

Atlanta Theatre Coalition records 1990-1991

Box 7, Folder 9

Building; new member forms undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1987-1995

Box 1, Folder 1

Financial records 1987-1988

Box 7, Folder 12

Future Performers 1988-1993

Box 7, Folder 15

Image Film & Video Center 1994

Box 7, Folder 17

Logo undated

Box 7, Folder 18

Members 1991

Box 1, Folder 5

Membership forms and mailing list 1990

Box 1, Folder 3

Minutes 1989

Box 7, Folder 19

Needs List undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Operations handbook 1990

Box 7, Folder 24

Out on Film 1996

Box 1, Folder 7

Out Proud subscription mailings 1991-1992

Box 1, Folder 8

Out Proud logo circa 1990

Box 7, Folder 25

Play Catalogues 1991

Box 7, Folder 26-27

Playwright's Correspondence 1988-1994

Box 7, Folder 28

Playwriting Forms undated

Box 7, Folder 38

Weinberg, Tom Wilson 1993-1994

Box 7, Folder 39-40

Unsorted undated


Publications Series 2: 1988-1996

Series Scope and Content

SAME produced a number of publications including a newsletter; the Southern Voice newspaper; Amethyst, a journal of creative writing and visual arts; and the program of the local Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The project also contributed to the publication of a pamphlet of still photographs taken by Royce Augustine Hoyle of television programs 1957-1962.
Box 1, Folder 10

The Report Line, The Inside Line newsletters 1988-1996

Box 1, Folder 11

TV Photographer: 1957-1962 1988

Box 4, Folder  2 (Oversize)

Southern Voice newspaper March 1, 1988

Box 4, Folder  3 (Oversize)

Gay & Lesbian Film Festival programs 1989-1996

Box 1, Folder 12

Amethyst 1990

Box 7, Folder 20

Newsletter Copy 1994


Scripts Series 3: circa 1990

Series Scope and Content

The Script Series consists of scripts submitted to SAME; each script is accompanied by the playwright's correspondence, and occasionally copies of clippings. The series also includes the only script in the collection of a play known to have been performed by SAME, Rebecca Ranson's Homes, which includes a flyer for the performance.

Ball, Charlene 1993

Box 2, Folder 1

Article of Faith 1993


Bumbalo, Victor 1991

Box 2, Folder 2

Show and Tell 1991

Box 2, Folder 3

Show, And Then, Tell 1992


Cloutier, Martin 1996

Box 2, Folder 4

Necessary Delusions 1996


Cyr, Dave 1991

Box 2, Folder 5

Vivid Nounclouds and Etc. 1991


Dana, Mary; Kenneth Raphel; Stebbo Hill; Deb Calabria; Mike Fields; Don Smith; Akbar Imotep; Lisa Laws; Lolita Underwood circa 1990

Box 2, Folder 6

Alternate Concerns circa 1990


Dillon, David 1993

Box 2, Folder 7

Party 1993


Field, Aden 1987

Box 2, Folder 8

Coffee, Beer, Never Fear 1987


Fries, Kenny 1989

Box 2, Folder 9

Music for a While 1989


Garner, Terry Cammon 1984

Box 2, Folder 10

Livin' on Salvation Street 1984


Grimsley, Jim circa 1990

Box 2, Folder 11

The Borderland circa 1990

Box 2, Folder 11

Man with a Gun circa 1990


Olson, Donald S 1991

Box 3, Folder 1

Beardsley 1991


Ranson, Rebecca 1989

Box 3, Folder 2

Homes 1989


Sojourner, Sabrina 1989

Box 3, Folder 3

Becoming Visible 1989


Wertheim, Aubrey 1991

Box 3, Folder 4

Make Way for Dyklings 1991


Yeoman, Cal 1979-1987

Box 3, Folder 5

Poems, Fragments, Pieces, Pictures 1987

Box 3, Folder 6

Poetry 1986

Box 3, Folder 7

Richmond Jim 1979-1987


Youngblood, Shay 1988-1993

Box 3, Folder 8

Family Album 1990

Box 3, Folder 9

Shaking the Mess Outta Misery 1988

Box 3, Folder 10

Square Blues 1993


Realia Series 4: circa 1990

Series Scope and Content

The T-shirts and a banner in this series document SAME events and projects: the Gay America Loves You billboard project, the Network Q program on PBS, Out Proud Theatre, Southern Voice newspaper, and a banner from Etcetera Magazine. Also included are T-shirts from Olivia cruise line and the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus.

SAME T-shirts and banner circa 1990

Box 5

"Gay America Loves You" T-shirt circa 1990

Box 5

" Network Q, Out Across America, On Location. In Your Life. Every Week. On PBS" T-shirt circa 1990

Box 5

"Out Proud Theater" T-shirt circa 1990

Box 5

"SOVO Southern Voice Newspaper; Black and White and Read All Over" T-shirt circa 1990

Item 6

"Etcetera Magazine salutes SAME's 10th Year Anniversary" banner 1995


Other T-shirts circa 1990

Box 5

"Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus" t-shirt circa 1990

Box 5

"Olivia Anniversary" t-shirt circa 1988


Production Files 1985-1996

Box 7, Folder 2

Alive with Pride 1992

Box 7, Folder 4

At the Foot of the Mountain 1989

Box 7, Folder 5

At the Stonewall Inn, 7th Pride Show 1994

Box 7, Folder 10

Different, undated

Box 7, Folder 11

Faggots of the Coronado 1994

Box 1, Folder 9

Flyers, programs, paper paddle fan 1985-1994

Box 7, Folder 13

Glass Hearts c. 1990

Box 7, Folder 14

Great Canadian Women, a play 1987

Box 7, Folder 16

Jump Up and Kiss Me 1994

Box 7, Folder 21-22

The Night I Kissed Larry Kramer 1994

Box 7, Folder 23

Open Season 1994

Box 4, Folder  1 (Oversize)

Performance posters 1985-1994

Box 7, Folder 29

Pomo Afro Homos 1991-1992

Box 7, Folder 30

Publicity photos, unidentified play undated

Box 7, Folder 31

Potential Plays 1992-1993

Box 7, Folder 32

Rejected 1991-1994

Box 7, Folder 33-34

The Sum of Us Production 1990-1994

Box 7, Folder 35-36

The Time at the End of This Time Production 1993-1994

Box 7, Folder 37

Warren 1994