Statement of Intent
The Homosexual Information Center has been registered as a California nonprofit educational corporation since November 4, 1968. It was granted non-profit 501(c)3 status by the IRS in March of 1971, and that status remains in effect.
According to the Articles of Incorporation of the Homosexual Information Center, the primary purpose of the organization is to conduct a continuing examination into the nature, circumstances and social issues of homosexuality, and to generate, gather, organize, make available and broadcast the best current thought on sexual questions generally.
As our history is coeval with that of the Mattachine and ONE Incorporated, we are among the oldest continually operational homosexual organizations in the United States. Our holdings include the original ONE Library as founded by Jim Kepner and the personal collections of activists Don Slater and Dale Jennings.
1) Co-coordinating traveling displays reciprocal with other archives and museums, nationally and internationally
It is the desire and hope of HIC that the merger of our library with the Vern and Bonnie Bullough Collection will be the start of a long and mutually rewarding relationship with the of California State University system. In particular, we look forward to working together on projects such as
2) The creation of a fund through which student and part-time workers could be hired or scholarships funded, under the management of the University Library System.
3) The archives of an oral history project documenting the history and tradition of the homosexual movement as it originated and continues in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
It is understood that the HIC shall maintain it’s own separate office, internet, and telephone addresses.
The Library will process and catalog the HIC gift on its online public access catalog (OPAC). The archives and books will be added to our existing archival processing and cataloging workload, according to the following provisions:
1. An HIC member, usually one of its Directors, may participate in the selection of materials in the collection for processing and cataloging in consultation with the Curator of Special Collections and Archives. The final decision to add materials to Special Collections and Archives remains the responsibility of the Curator. Duplicate copies of books and other materials already in the Library's collections will be returned to HIC for further disposition.
2. All HIC materials selected for cataloging shall have an added entry identifying it as part of the HIC collection. The entry will read as HIC Collection. The individual libraries of Dale Jennings, Don Slater, C. Todd White, and the original ONE Library will be so designated. All titles will be searchable on OPAC and reference the HIC web site where possible.
3. The HIC collection will be housed in the University Library's Special Collections and Archives storage areas. The books and other materials will not circulate outside the Special Collections and Archives reading room except on occasions when materials are selected for exhibitions. In these cases normal security procedures will be followed and loan documentation will be completed.
4. The HIC collection will be identified on the Special Collections and Archives web page with information about its history and provenance.
5. Following the dissolution or end of HIC, all material, property, and rights held by HIC will be transferred to the University Library, California State University, Northridge. Conversely, if CSUN or the State of California University System should wish to discontinue this association, all materials will be returned to HIC and all aspects this agreement shall become void.
6. Researchers who wish to reprint or publish materials from the HIC Collection must secure permission from both the copyright holders and from the secretary of HIC Acknowledgements should read Courtesy of the HIC Collection • CSUN University Library. This provision shall by no means curtail the reproduction of our materials for scholarship, as provided by law.