Collection Info

Eccles, John

Span Dates: 1946-1977

Volume: 4.33 linear ft.

Description

Much of the Eccles collection consists of published gay pamphlets, newletters, magazines and ephemera, including those of the Mattachine Society. Other materials include Eccles's notes for a thesis, a small amount of correspondence, photographs, including snapshots of men in drag clothing, audio tape recordings of lectures and discussions on homosexuality, and transcripts of interviews and radio programs. His papers include a 1956 essay, "Yes, I am a Christian."

Hist/Bio Note

John Eccles was a gay man whose missionary parents lived in Buckley, Washington. He tried unsuccessfully to establish a chapter of the Mattachine Society in Washington State in 1959-60. Eccles subsequently moved to Los Angeles. He was active in the Los Angeles Mattachine Society in the 1960s but resigned as Vice President in 1963 following a dispute.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available online. Use the search function of the following web address or browse under "creator."
http://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcoll/findaids/

Location

The collection is housed at the Special Collections Department at the University of Washington library.
http://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcoll/findaids/

Index Terms

Mattachine SocietyGay liberation movement -- Religious aspectsGays -- Religious LifeGays -- United States -- History -- 20th Century -- SourcesHomosexuality -- History -- 20th centuryHomosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Christianity