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Donald W. Warden (also referred to as Sir Warden and Don Walton) was born in Little Compton, Rhode Island in 1914. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller from 1936-1962. He joined the US Army in 1941 and served in WWII until he was discharged in November of 1945. He moved to Mystic, Connecticut in 1964 after retiring as an Air Traffic Controller, and began work as a projectionist at the Garde Theater in New London Connecticut. He was an avid collector of gay pornographic stories and The 18 Wheeler private newsletter, and was active in the underground BDSM scene of the 1950’to the 1990’s. He wrote the story “The Biker’s Pit Stop.” He died in Westerly Rhode Island September 22, 1995. Sources: Hartford Courant. 26 September 1995.
The collection includes 1.5 linear feet (1 archival box, 1 small archival box with photographs) containing correspondence, clippings, stories, handwritten address books of friends and acquaintances from Ohio, Connecticut/Rhode Island, California, Utah, and New York /New Jersey, The 18 Wheeler newsletter, and photographs of the BDSM and leather scenes from the 1950’s to the 1990’s that belonged to Donald W. Warden. Also included are the donor letters written to Chuck Renslow from Joseph Norton.
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Dagion, John W. ed. Sexstop: True Revelations and Strange Happenings From 18 Wheeler Vol. 3. 1987. San Francisco: Leyland Publications; Dagion, John W. ed. Hot tricks: True Revelations and Strange Happenings from 18 Wheeler Vol. 5. 1989. San Francisco: Leyland Publications(references a friend from Mystic, CT)located in Teri Rose Memorial Library, Vertical Files D and W Enterprises.
The 18 Wheeler newsletter edited by JD [John Dagion aka Jim Dugan]–kept in original order from #30, 1978, to # 1, 1976 (missing issue #23; 2 copies of issue #17; 2 copies of issue #3 perhaps one is issue #2 mislabeled as issue #3) and entered into the periodicals collection, Donor letters from Joseph Norton to Chuck Renslow removed from original order; kept with the administrative information, Three-ring binder containing The 18 Wheeler newsletter, Kodak box containing approximately 100 photographs, Two file folders, One priority mailer envelope, Coil binding from the story Timmy, Cover of The Best of Billy Buttner.
Joseph Norton, from Albany New York, was a friend of Donald W. Warden. Mr. Warden left his collection from his “gay life” to his friend Mr. Norton. Mr. Norton weeded, organized, and sent two containers to Chuck Renslow, the former Executive Director of the Leather Archives and Museum. Mr. Norton sent the materials in two installments in November and December of 1996 to the former 5015 N. Clark Street address.
This collection was donated to the Leather Archives and Museum in two installments in November and December of 1995. The box contained several file folders of miscellaneous papers and one three-ring binder of The 18 Wheeler newsletter, from Issue #30 to Issue #1. There was also a box of approximately 100 photographs. The processor kept the documents in their original order. The documents were placed into archival folders and in some cases specific documents were given their own folder. The photographs were placed in their own small archival box. Processor removed staples and tape due to preservation concerns.