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Guide to the Len Evans Papers, 1920-1983 (bulk dates 1950-1983)
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Len Evans Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1983 (bulk dates 1950-1983)
    Accession number: 1993-08
    Creator: Evans, Len
    Extent: .5 Linear Feet
    Repository: The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
    San Francisco, California.
    Shelf location: Housed at GLBT Historical Society.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Allan Bérubé donated 22 folders of Len Evans subject files (#1993-08) in 1994, which were added to Len Evans files donated by Eric Garber in 1993.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright to unpublished manuscripts has not been given to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Audio-Visual Materials

    There are 8 cassette tapes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Len Evans Papers, 1993-08, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Biographical Note

    The only known information on Len Evans is that he was a member of the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian History Project.

    Scope and Content

    The Len Evans Papers, as received by GLHS, was basically unstructured in content. Much of the material consisted of news clippings mainly from mainstream and gay media (i.e. The Advocate, One, Mother Jones, Los Angeles Times, etc.). These clippings were discarded because the bulk of the articles can be retrieved from the current GLHS periodical holdings or the public library.
    The remainder of the collection has been arranged alphabetically by subject. There is also a separate Gay History Questionnaire File which was part of Len Evans' attempt to gather information on the gay lifestyles of older gay men from the 1920's to date [early 1970's]. Related to this survey is the subsequent Manuscript File. Please consult the file list for subject titles and the manuscripts Evans' collected.
    There are 8 oral history interview tapes (Oral History Project #'s 00-01 to 00-08) that Evans conducted in 1983 (one tape was conducted by Allan Bérubé). The tapes are of concern lesbian and gay describing life in the 1950's especially how it related to Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti- communist witch hunts.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay men
    Homophile movement
    Oral history