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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Finding Aid to the Dean Walradt Papers



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Leather Archives and Museum, 6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
Creator: Dean Walradt and Glenn Knuth
Title: Dean Walradt Papers
Dates: 1987 - 2003
Quantity: 2 archival boxes and 2 storage containers
Abstract:
Identification: PERS0006
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Dean Walradt was born on Nov. 1, 1950 in Cheyenne, WY and died December 15, 2003 in Dallas, TX. He graduated from East High [Cheyenne] in 1968 and attended the University of Wyoming. He married and moved to Houston, TX where he lived for 20 more years. Dean had one son, one daughter and two grandchildren at the time of his passing. Dean’s life partners were Glenn Knuth and Thomas Kent.

In Houston, TX, Dean was a founding member of National Leather Association (NLA)-Houston and was the director of NLA’s annual conference Living in Leather IX and X. In Dallas, TX Dean was a member of the Leather Knights, a founding member of Discipline Corps, co-chair of NLA-Dallas, and co-chair of NLA-Dallas’ event Beyond Vanilla. Dean owned the resource website leathernetwork.com, the event boy’s training camp, and the leather store Leather by Boots – Dallas.

Dean was honored as Knight of the Year 1998 by the Leather Knights, NLA-International Man of the Year 2001, the Pantheon of Leather Publishers Award in 1995, and NLA-International Order of Merit. Dean served on the Board of Directors of the Leather Leadership Conference. As an author, Dean published both fiction and non-fiction works in International Leatherman, Powerplay, MACH, and appeared in photo shoots for The Leather Journal and Cuir.

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Related Material

Master Dean's website has been left published on the Internet as of the publishing date of this finding aid. A paper copy has been printed and added to the collection. http://www.leathernetwork.com/md.html

The following items were removed from the collection and placed with other collections in the archives : 15 t-shirts (fibers collection), Discipline Corps colors (colors collection), Leather by Boots banner (banners collection), 4 art drawings and prints (original art and art prints collections), 11 posters (posters collection), 9 hankies (fibers collection), 2 belts, 1 title vest and 2 title patches (titleholders collection), 2 vests (leathers collection).

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

Materials have been left in their original order within folders and binders. Three ring binders have been removed and content placed in applicably named folders.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The collection documents the latter period of Dean's life. There is approximately ½ linear feet of records related to Boy's Training Camp. Photocopies of press and Dean's writing are also included in the collection. Original copies of most publications are available in the collections of the Leather Archives. Approximately ¼ linear feet of published handouts, flyers and articles are included in the collection from organizations that Dean was involved. Records and a script from the Dallas LeatherSIR and Leatherboy 2002 contest are included. Personal papers in the collection include text and photographs related to a collaring ceremony between Dean, boy rich and the remainder of Dean's leather family.

A box of personal affects include personal objects, floggers, collars and gifts. A second storage container includes multiple trophies, plaques and other three dimensional awards received by Dean.