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Neil Richards fonds
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1876-2018 (inclusive); 1900-2016 (predominant) (Creation)
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30.53 m of textual material plus OS;
4 audio cassettes
32 35mm slides
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Born and educated in Ontario, but based in Saskatchewan since 1971, Neil Richards (1949 - 2018) was an active participant in local, provincial and national gay organizations since the early 1970s. His activist work included participation in the Committee to Defend Doug Wilson in 1975, the organization of the 1976 convention of the National Gay Rights Coalition in Saskatoon, and many of the earliest AIDS awareness efforts in Saskatchewan. In conjunction with his work at the University of Saskatchewan Library, he produced many exhibitions and public events concerning AIDS and gay history and life.
This materials in this fonds were collected from various sources by Neil Richards over his life time, and donated to PAS and UASC throughout his lifetime. From 1986 (his first donation) to 2019 his archives were split between the two institutions. When the Provincial Archives closed their Saskatoon office his archives were transferred to UASC so that they could be kept together.
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This fonds contains a variety of collections gathered together by Neil during his lifetime. The main areas of interest are LGBT, cross dressing, wrestling, and (to a minor extent) running. Periodicals, postcards, posters, artwork, textual material, and audiovisual material are found throughout the fonds. Individual scope and content notes are included for each accession/collection in the finding aid.
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