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Don Amador Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2009.562

Scope and Contents

Papers of gay rights activist Don Amador of Los Angeles. Included are personal papers, papers relating to research and teaching, as well as papers relating to his political activities.  Included in this collection is a book titled, Homosexual Subculture 497.  It is a self published manuscript from June, 1976.  It is the cumulation of 14 term papers from his first course offering of a gay studies course at California State University, Long Beach.  Sociology 497 was the first of its kind.  The papers covered topics such as the gay couple, religion, family, military, lesbianism, fetishism, and leather subculture.

Dates

  • 1944-1983 and undated

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Don Amador was born Donald Grace in 1943. He served in the United States Navy with Richard J. Amador. In 1971 Amador legally adopted Grace. In 1977 Amador was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor, Tom Bradley as the city's official liaison to the gay community.  Amador was passionate about the history surrounding gay culture and his greatest accomplishment was the creation of the first gay studies course at California State University, Long Beach in 1976.  From it he created a book where he took the 14 best papers presented in the inaugural spring semester of Sociology 497. A pioneer of the subject, this book is a glimpse of the origins of a field of study that numbers more than 40 course offerings in programs across the United Staes by 2014.  Amador died in 1992 from complications with the AIDS virus.

Administrative History:

Don Amador was born Donald Grace in 1943.  He served in the United States Navy with Richard J. Amador.  In 1971 Amador legally adopted Grace.  In 1977 Amador was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor, Tom Bradley as the city's official liaison to the gay community.  Amador was passionate about the history surrounding gay culture and his greatest accomplishment was the creation of the first gay studies course at California State University, Long Beach in 1976.  From it he created a book where he took the 14 best papers presented in the inaugural spring semester of Sociology 497.  A pioneer of the subject, this book is a glimpse of the origins of a field of study that numbers more than 40 course offerings in programs across the United Sates by 2014.  Amador died in 1992 from complications with the AIDS virus.

Extent

3.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is not yet fully arranged and described. Researchers may wish to consult with a staff member for further information in advance of using the collection.

Custodial History:

After the death of Don Amador the papers were in the custody of his sister in Troy, N.Y.

Acquisition Information:

Purchase.

Appraisal Information:

One cubic foot of newspapers were deaccessioned as the originals were damaged by mildrew and potential mold and there were multiple copies of many papers. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Acc. 2014.122  purchased for Swem Library with support from the Clarice Garrison Quasi Fund.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed in December 2009  The collection was processed by Nell Garver, SCRC student, from August to November 2014. Finding aid and biographical note updated by SCRC staff March 2016

Creator

Title
Guide to the Don Amador Papers
Author
Ute Schechter.
Date
2009-12-02
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository

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