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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Finding Aid to the Leonard Dworkin Papers



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Leather Archives and Museum, 6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
Creator: Leonard Dworkin
Title: Leonard Dworkin Papers
Dates: 1991 - 1998
Quantity: 4 linear feet
Abstract:
Identification: PERS0007
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

From Leonard Dworkin – In Memoriam by Lolita Wolf and Susan Wright

Leonard joined the TES Board of Directors in 1991. He was instrumental in the growth of the TES newsletter Prometheus into a prominent national publication that contained quality information on SM. He had a knack for attracting great artists and writers. Leonard was also member of GMSMA as well as the National Leather Association at both the local and national levels. He started and maintained the NLA-friends email list. Later he started the sm-org, sm-act and nysma lists. His website, SM-COP (SM-Community Outreach Project) was one of the first to post leather activism and projects important to our community. Together with Susan Wright, Leonard co-founded New York S/M Activists (NYSMA) in January 1997. One of his latest projects was the free bi-monthly newsletter, New York Leather/SM which he started with seed money from the David Weinbaum Memorial Foundation. Leonard was instrumental in planning the annual Leather Pride Night Auction and, together with Michele, built the raffle into a huge moneymaker. He was on the committee for International Leather Celebration in 1994 and was key to TES-25 where he was in charge of creating the memorable Pleasure Zone dungeon. Leonard will be remembered not only as an activist but as a party person who helped throw the best private play party NYC has ever seen back in 1992 when an entire floor in his building was vacated. Leonard, Michele and Lolita also threw Bondage Socials on Sundays which gave insiders in the scene an informal way to get together and play. He loved to play, especially enjoying rope and electricity, and loved to share his knowledge and skills freely with others. And Leonard instigated numerous Kinky Kultural Excursions to local events that tinged on the SM-fetish side of life. After Leonard left the TES board in 1997, he was made an Emeritus board member. He then helped form a new smaller social club called Pariahs MC and claimed the title of Emperor. There are many people that considered Leonard a trusted mentor.

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Related Material

43 published magazines were removed from Leonard’s papers. A list of these magazines can be found in the collection.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

A significant amount of published material, unrelated to TES or SM-COP was removed from the collection and filed in the vertical files collection. An artificial order was established for the remainder of the material in the collection. The materials were arranged by series titles. The sequence of folders within each series remained in tact.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The collection is comprised of three major subject areas. First, there are 4 archival boxes (2 linear feet) of vertical file materials kept by Leonard about numerous organizations and individuals, primarily in the New York City, NY area. The vertical files are pamphlets, flyers, advertisements and other published paper materials. The second subject area is The Eulenspiegel Society [TES]. 3 archival boxes (1 ½ linear feet) contain flyers, minutes, papers from the production of Prometheus and other organizational records from TES are included. The third subject area is SM-COP (SM Community Outreach Project). One archival box (1/2 linear feet) of papers from various aspects of this organization include brochures, news items, print outs of electronic data related to SM-COP and organizational notes made by Leonard.