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Finding aid of the J. David Latham Psychological Surveys
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: J. David Latham psychological surveys
    Dates: 1950-1986
    Bulk Dates: (bulk 1974-1986)
    Collection number: Coll2009-016
    Creator: Latham, J. David, 1954-1986
    Collection Size: 9 record boxes + 2 archive cartons + 1 flat archive box. 10 linear feet.
    Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
    Los Angeles, California 90007
    Abstract: Psychological surveys, research papers, correspondence, administrative materials, and printed research materials created by psychologist J. David Latham (1954-1986) in the course of his research on homosexuality within heterosexual marriages, and on gay recovering alcoholics.
    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

    Box #, folder #, J. David Latham psychological surveys, Coll2009-016, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Date and method of acquisition unknown.

    Processing Information

    Formerly boxes 103-249, 103-340, and 104-55 through 104-61. Collection processed by Stacy Wierenga, December 2, 2009.


    James David Latham was born on January 20, 1954. He studied Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, and earned his M.A. in Psychology in April of 1986. The primary focus of his research was homosexuality within heterosexual marriages, but he also did a major study on gay recovering alcoholics. He was a member of the Association of Gay Psychologists, the Speaker's Bureau of the Orange County Gay Community Center, and the Council on Religion and the Homosexual. In addition to being an activist for gay rights, he was also active in the women's movement and the anti-war movement. His work history included positions as a youth director for a church, and as a research coordinator for the Federal Correctional Institution of Terminal Island, California. He died at the age of 32, in April of 1986.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The bulk of the collection consists of psychological surveys, 1977-1986, on homosexuality within heterosexual marriages, and on gay recovering alcoholics. The collection also includes a small number of audio recordings of interviews on the topic of homosexuality within heterosexual marriages. The remainder of the collection consists of other writings, coursework, printed research materials, correspondence, and administrative materials.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Alcoholism--Psychological aspects
    Alcoholism--Teatment--United States
    Homosexuality--Psychological aspects
    Homosexuality--United States
    Marriage--Psychological aspects
    Marriage--United States
    Sexual behavior surveys
    Surveys and studies