TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Leather United-Chicago

Series 2: Chicago Council of Clubs

Series 3: S.L.U.T.S., S.T.R.I.K.E., and Published Materials

Finding Aid to the Jake Cohn Papers on Leather United-Chicago and Chicago Council of Clubs



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Leather Archives & Museum
6418 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60626
773.761.9200
Creator: Jake Cohn
Title: Jake Cohn Papers on Leather United-Chicago and Chicago Council of Clubs
Dates: 1989-2002
Quantity: 4 archival boxes, or 2 linear feet
Abstract:
Identification: PERS0018
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Jake Cohn was born October 6, 1966. She lived in Chicago and was a member of several Chicago-area leather clubs, including Leather United-Chicago, S.L.U.T.S., and S.T.R.I.K.E. Jake joined Leather United-Chicago [LU-C] in 1997. She served as Membership Chairman and later as Membership Secretary. She also served as a Delegate to the Chicago Council of Clubs [CCC] for both Leather United-Chicago and S.L.U.T.S.

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Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of 4 archival boxes. It contains club papers collected by Jake Cohn. They are primarily concerned with Leather United - Chicago and the Chicago Council of Clubs. Other material concerns the clubs S.T.R.I.K.E., S.L.U.T.S., and Designated & Safe. There are also 2 published works which do not appear directly related to any clubs.

Contents include membership applications, meeting agendas, meeting notes, dues records, handouts, flyers, event and meeting schedules, correspondence, membership lists, press releases, sign-in sheets, releases of liability, statements of purpose, constitutions and by-laws, donation records, incorporation guidelines, ballots, business card templates, and event-planning notes. Of interest to researchers are the original sketches of the S.L.U.T.S. logo, a final version of which is available in the collections of the Leather Archives & Museum.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

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Related Material

Leather United - Chicago collection, ORG0003

Removed Materials

  • 8 Mid-America Conference circular patches (2 of which were removed from Dues Records folder)
  • 21 Leather United Chicago 1989 circular patches
  • 2 Founding Member rocker patches
  • 10 Pledge rocker patches
  • 12 Leather United Chicago 1989 Associate circular patches
  • 1 Secretary pin
  • 1 Vice President Secretary pin
  • 8 Leather United - Chicago Pledge pins
  • mailing labels to Vertical File (from Renewal Notices folder)

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was donated in one cardboard box. It contained 2 three-ring binders, a small cardboard box of pins, one plastic-comb-bound notebook, one magazine, and patches in plastic bags. The rest of the material consisted of papers in manila folders and loose papers. The loose papers were added to the relevant series by the processor. When folders became too thick, the processor divided the contents into multiple folders. The order of items within the folders was maintained. Membership folders were put into alphabetical order by processor. Original order list can be found in Box 1 of the collection.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Leather United-Chicago
This series contains documents related to the Leather United-Chicago club. It was founded in March 1989 as a social club for the Leather/SM/Fetish community. The last documented meeting of LU-C was July 17, 2002. Regular club activities included monthly bar nights and club meetings. LU-C members also participated in parades, marches, fundraisers, charitable benefits, and political and religious functions. The club was also involved in events hosted by other clubs, including the Midwest Leather Weekend and Contest, the Mid-America Conference, and the Chicago Council of Clubs. The organization identified as pansexual, meaning it was open to all persons regardless of sexual orientation. Items in this series include ballot templates, membership applications, renewal notices, dues and membership records, constitution and by-laws, forms, correspondence, check copies, invitations, meeting agendas, and meeting minutes.
Subseries 1.1: Organizational Records
Box# Folder#
1 1 Dues notice records
2 Voting ballots 80
3 New applications
4 Renewal notice
5 Spiral-bound dues notebook
6 Dues records
7 Meeting minutes and other documents
8 Membership monthly dues
9 Club signs and other documents
10 Bi-laws
11 Liability forms and event announcement
12 Leather University Chicago
13 Membership database printout
14 Individual dues invoices
15 Dues invoices, blank and filled out
16 Resignation letter
Subseries 1.2: Membership Folders
This subseries contains documents related to members of Leather United-Chicago. The first set of folders has one folder for each member. The second set of folders comprises the contents of 2 manila folders of "past members." The first folder was labeled "Past Membership A-M;" the second, "Past Membership N-Z." Items in the membership folders include membership applications, correspondence between members and club administrators, envelopes and certified mail receipts, membership renewal forms, and Members Activity Sheets.
Box# Folder#
1 17 Roma (Rom) A.
18 Wes A.
19 Rayna A.
20 Jim A.
21 Cain B.
22 Jake C.
23 Thomas C.
24 Linda D. "Granny"
25 Ranieri D. J.R.
26 Sharon D.
2 27 Jim E.
28 Sandy E.
29 Janice F.
30 John F. “Jack”
31 Don F.
32 Connie G.
33 Edward G.
34 Mark H.
35 Thom H.
36 Dr. James H. Jr.
37 Tom J. Jr.
38 Scott K.
39 Willow K.
40 David K.
41 Michael K.
42 Lisa L.
43 Edward L.
44 Angel M.
45 Michael M. “David”
46 Kathryn M. “K”
47 John O.
48 Tony P.
49 Peter P.
50 Keith P.
51 Charles R. "Chuck"
52 Shirley R.
53 Fredric R.
54 Rusty R.
55 Charles S. Jr.
56 James S.
57 Bruce S.
58 Alan S.
59 Peter T.
60 Rob W.
61 Roger Z.
62 Past Membership A-M (Part 1 of 2)
63 Past Membership A-M (Part 2 of 2)
3 64 Past Membership N-Z (Part 1 of 3)
65 Past Membership N-Z (Part 2 of 3)
66 Past Membership N-Z (Part 3 of 3)
Series 2: Chicago Council of Clubs
Box# Folder#
3 67 Correspondence/Press Releases
68 Releases of Liability—Filled Out, Stack 1
69 Releases of Liability—Filled Out, Stack 2
70 Releases of Liability Forms—Blanks
71 Forms—Originals
72 Rules, Regulations, S of P, Forms
73 Miscellaneous (Event-planning Documents and Donation List)
74 Release of Liability Forms—Blanks
75 Dungeon Rules and Other Documents
4 76 Past Minutes
77 Dedicated & Safe Info and Other Documents
Series 3: S.L.U.T.S., S.T.R.I.K.E., and Published Materials
Subseries 3.1: S.L.U.T.S.
This subseries contains documents related to the club, S.L.U.T.S. The name is variously listed as "Society of LeatherWomyn United Toward Sado-Masochism" and "Society of LeatherDykes United Toward Sadomasochism." Documents include membership forms, meeting agendas, notes and minutes, memos, drafts of club logo, incorporation guidelines, templates for business cards, event-planning documents, and flyers. Also in the folder are minutes from LU-C and a copy of Nine-Tales, the LU-C newsletter. Additional materials relating to S.L.U.T.S. can be found in the membership folder of Jim A.
Box# Folder#
4 78 S.L.U.T.S.
Subseries 3.2: S.T.R.I.K.E.
This subseries is comprised of filled-out release of liability forms for the club S.T.R.I.K.E., which stands for Strong TransRadicals Into Kink Everywhere.
Box# Folder#
4 79 S.T.R.I.K.E.
Subseries 3.3: Published Materials
This subseries contains two published materials. The booklet, Illinois Leather Summit 2000, contains educational material relating to legal issues surrounding leather/SM/fetish club activity. Bad Attitude is a 1992 edition of a magazine of lesbian erotic fiction.
Box# Folder#
4 80 Illinois Leather Summit 2000
81 Bad Attitude