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Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection documents French gay culture at the dawn of the liberationist period and consists of 6 photo inserts or male physique photos typical of the period; 22 personal ads, 1957-1972, mostly from the 50s; 15 renewal notices, order cards & subscription information, 1960-1969; supplements, 1956-1972; and Arcadie Club documents, 1957-1979. The supplements, approximately 250 pages, were produced mainly in mimeographed form. Some went to subscribers to the journal, but the majority were part of a separate subscription including: "Personal letters" from founder Andrâe Baudry commenting on various topics (politics, travel, cultural and social issues, standards of comportment, etc.), reports on organizational activities of Arcadie and its various club incarnations, full transcripts of talks given at Arcadie club meetings, and advertisements for books dealing with homosexuality.

The Arcadie Club documents include 111 items announcing or reporting on activities of the club. Also included are the 1957 club rules; materials describing the facilities of the club; and invitations to cultural events, banquets, and anniversary celebrations. Among the significant figures mentioned frequently are Arcadie founder Andrâe Baudry, novelists Roger Peyrefitte and Andrâe du Dognon, and writer Marc Daniel. Also mentioned are the involvement in Arcadie of Jean Cocteau, chanteuse Suzy Solidor, illustrators Maurice van Moppes and Czanara, writer Marc Oraison and others.

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