TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Indexing Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Papers

Series 2: Organizational Records 1973-1997

Series 3: Pornographic Stories

Series 4: Publications and Printed Matter

Series 5: Artwork

Series 6: Photographs

Series 7: Miscellaneous

Jerry Leppek Papers



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Leather Archives and Museum
6418 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
Creator: Leppek, Jerry 1937-
Title: Jerry Leppek Papers
Dates: 1937-2010
Quantity: 9 linear feet
Abstract:
Identification: PERS0019
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Gerald E. Leppek, better known as Jerry, was born November 21st, (circa) 1937 in Flat Rock Michigan. He graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1956, and received a BA from Notre Dame 1960. He moved to Chicago in June of 1960, and began his 35 year career as a social worker for the City of Chicago. He has been involved in the leather and SM scenes for over 40 years.

He was influential within his involvement in the Chicago Hellfire Club; he became a pledge in 1972, and was approved for full membership to the Chicago Hellfire Club on June 9, 1973. He served as a Captain (President) in 1976, Lieutenant (Vice President) in 1978. He also served as a Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Committee, and Inferno Coordinator (respectively) for the CHC circa 1975-1985. He helped to create Inferno as a weekend-long run in Saugatuck, Michigan. He resigned from office and full membership on December 31, 1985 and was voted in as a regular (associate) member the same year. In July of 1991, he began attending CHC meetings again as an outside administrator for the McAdory Fund. He resigned from that position in 1996 and became an honorary member for the rest of his life. Jerry was also a member of various other organizations during his lifetime, such as T.A.I.L., CANS, etc.

Although he is private about his personal life, he has an extensive leather history collection that spans more than 30 years. He was also a collector of pornographic SM/Leatherman stories, artwork, and videos, and has made significant contributions via donation to the Leather Archives and Museum over the years. Jerry has also used the alias J. Vance, presumably to protect his identity when he ordered and corresponded with gay businesses and/or mail-order pornography.

He gave 2 large donations in to the Leather Archives and Museum in 1999 and 2000, including his personal papers. As of July 2013, Jerry continues to live on the Northside of Chicago.

Keith G. Battin, MD (1923-2006) a.k.a. Peter Gary Bawl (alt. Gary Bawl, Peter Bawl) was born in Manter Kansas and lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the 1970’s to the early 2000’s. He was involved in gay Leather clubs, particularly the Empire City MC in NY New York. Presumably because of his profession, he used the pseudonym Peter Gary Bawl. He moved to Florida in the early 2000’s, and passed away on August 8, 2006.

G.W. Levi Kamel (1947-1989) received a master’s degree in sociology from Arizona State University, where he also taught. He earned his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego in 1983. An author of scholarly articles on human sexuality, Dr. Kamel also wrote Downtown Street Hustlers. He was the first AIDS Education Services Director for California and also served as a consultant for the California Hemophilia Coucil. He edited S and M: Studies in Sadomasochism with Thomas S. Weinberg, and wrote the article “Leathersex: Meaningful aspects of gay sadomasochism” in the journal Deviant Behavior (Volume 1, Issue 2, 1980). He died from complications of AIDS in 1989 (from Prometheus Books’ 1995 printing of S and M: Studies in Dominance and Submission edited by Thomas S. Weinberg.)

Thomas S. Weinberg has been a professor of sociology at Buffalo State from 1969 to the present. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Weinberg is the author of numerous professional articles on human sexuality in various scholarly journals. He is the author of Gay Men, Gay Selves: The Social Construction of Homosexual Identities (Irvington Publishers) and, most recently, Gay Men, Drinking, and Alcoholism (Southern Illinois University Press).

Sources: CHC Collection; US Census; S and M: Studies in Dominance and Submission edited by Thomas S. Weinberg.

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Scope and Contents

The Jerry Leppek Papers contain the 9 archival boxes and 5 photograph albums; the collection is comprised of personal and business correspondence, ephemera, pornographic stories, articles, calendars, bar records, brochures, artwork and prints, sketches, club and organizational records of which Jerry was a member and/or received correspondence from such as: The Chicago Hellfire Club, 18 Wheeler, CANS, Pin Pals, etc.; photographs, invoices and financial records, newspaper and magazine articles and clippings and other publications and event on kink/bondage.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access to the records within Series 2: Organizational Records, Series 2.1: Chicago Hellfire Club requires approval from the Chicago Hellfire Club and is not accessible to the public.

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Related Material

Joseph W. Bean Papers, PERS0013, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
The Chicago Hellfire Club Collection, ORG0008, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Anthony F. DeBlase Papers, PERS0014, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Donald W. Warden papers, PERS0017, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Leather Archives and Museum, Photograph collection, Box 1-4, 1-20, Box 50, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Oral History Interview with The 15 Association, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois (10-2-1994, Interviewer by Joseph Bean).
Oral History Interview with Jim Bruce, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois (5-1994, Interviewed by Jack Rinella).
Oral History Interview with Tony DeBlase, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois (1-14-1996, Interviewed by Jack Rinella).
Oral History Interview with Jerry Leppek (transcription only), Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois (6-11-1994, interviewed by Jack Rinella).
Oral History Interview with Patrick Renslow-Finnegan (Part 1), Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois (12-27-1994, Interviewed by Jack Rinella).
Empire City MC–Tom Tippit Collection, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

Removed Material

The processor removed any duplicate ephemeral materials, including flyers, brochures, run books, and newspapers and placed them into the vertical files. Some materials, such as newspaper clippings that were not relevant to the collection were discarded. Jerry also donated 23 VHS tapes to the Leather Archives and Museum in November 2009; those tapes are kept in Leather Archives and Museum’s film and video collection.

The following newspapers and/or articles were removed from the collection. These articles, newspapers, and/or magazines are part of the Leather Archives and Museum Books and Periodicals holdings, or can be accessed at other libraries and archives:

  • The Leather Journal, Issue #58. May 1994.
  • The Leather Journal, Issue #96. March 1998.
  • NewsLink, Number 48. Fall 2000.
  • Mom…Guess What! Newspaper, Volume 22, Issue 391. September 1, 2000.
  • “Leather rules in 2000,” by Mister Marcus. Bay Area Reporter, pages 34-35. 6 January 2000.
  • “The 25,000 bonanza,” by Mister Marcus. Bay Area Reporter, pages 38-39. 13 January 2000.
  • “Hometown boy wins D.C. contest,” by Mister Marcus. Bay Area Reporter, pages 40-41. 20 January 2000.
  • “D.C. contest revisited,” by Mister Marcus. Bay Area Reporter, pages 44-45. 27 January 2000.
  • “Leather pride flows from coast to coast,” by Mister Marcus. Bay Area Reporter, pages 42-43. 14 September 2000.
  • “A beautiful bonanza,” by Mister Marcus. Bay Area Reporter, pages 38-39. 28 September 2000.
  • “Not exactly leather…but gay!” by Mister Marcus. Bay Area Reporter, pages 44-45. 19 October 2000.
  • “Leather wonderland,” by Mister Marcus. Bay Area Reporter, pages 38-39. 23 November 2000.
  • “Toronto shines again,” by Mister Marcus. Bay Area Reporter, pages 40-41. 30 November 2000.
  • “Wailing in December,” by Mister Marcus. Bay Area Reporter, pages 46-47. 17 December 2000.
  • Quarter Link, Volume VI, Number 10. November, 1992.
  • Voice, April 4, 1977.
  • International Mr. Leather event book, 1992.
  • International Mr. Leather event book, 1993.
  • The Art of Etienne, Target Studios, Inc. 1980.
  • Handjobs, April 1991. (photocopy)
  • Handjobs, May 1991. (photocopy)
  • Handjobs, September 1992. (photocopy)
  • Handjobs, October 1992. (photocopy)
  • Toronto Tonight, Ontario on Stage, Volume 2, Issue 18. September 27--October 11, 1984.
  • Gay News (Philadelphia), September 1976.
  • Lambda Rising bookstore catalog, 1975.

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Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Bondage (sexual behavior)
Gays--Societies and clubs
Leather lifestyle
Leppek, Jerry, 1937-
llinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jerry Leppek Papers, PERS0019, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

Processing Information

Records were donated in 7 boxes. All metal paper clips and staples were removed. Newspaper articles and clipping were photocopied. Some of the materials were found loosely in the box without any system of organization. The processor has therefore artificially arranged the collection unless otherwise noted. The processor organized materials according to subject. In instances where the folder label accurately described its contents or the folder contained material related to a common subject, original order has been maintained. Any periodicals that are held at the Leather Archives and Museum or other institutions were removed from the collection, as well as flyers, posters, event schedules, and other ephemera housed in the Leather Archives and Museum's vertical file collection.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Papers
Scope and Content
This series includes 4 boxes of correspondence from friends, acquaintances, lovers, businesses, and clubs and organizations such as: personal letters, postcards, holiday cards, envelopes, and handwritten notes; mail-order catalogs, ephemera, applications to events, calendars, financial records such as receipts, invoices, and statements from individual purchases, and letters from clubs and organizations addressed to Jerry from 1960 to 1999. If applicable, photocopies of the original envelopes and/or folders with labels have been placed inside folders.
Series 2: Organizational Records 1973-1997
Scope and Content
This series includes 3 archival boxes of membership and bylaws, rosters, inter-club correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, private members-only newsletters, and other documents from clubs and organizations of which Jerry was a member.
Subseries 2.1 contains correspondence, event flyers, newsletters, manuals, and other administrative records written by and for members of the Chicago Hellfire Club from 1975-1996.
Access to the records within Series 2.1 requires approval from the Chicago Hellfire Club and is not accessible to the public.
Subseries 2.2 contains records from various clubs and organizations including: T.A.I.L., CANS, the Eulenspiegel Society, "WS" (Water Sports) Correspondence Club, etc. of which Jerry was a member. If applicable, photocopies of the original envelopes and/or folders with labels have been placed inside folders.
Series 3: Pornographic Stories
Scope and Content
This series contains 4 archival boxes of loose, bound, printed from email, handwritten, and/or mail-order independently published and distributed pornographic stories that Jerry collected. Because Jerry often corresponded with the authors of these stories, any letters or notes found with the stories were kept together. The subject matter of these stories ranges from gay sex, BDSM, kink, body modification, electricity play, Leather/Levi, etc. If the independent publisher, year, and/or author are known, they are listed in the folder information. If applicable, photocopies of the original envelopes and/or folders with labels have been placed inside folders. Note: Series 4: Publication and printed matter may also contain pornographic stories that have been published within traditional magazines, zines, or books.
Series 4: Publications and Printed Matter
Scope and Content
This series contains 3 archival boxes of newspapers, magazines, newsletters (general distribution), demonstration guides, user manuals, pamphlets, leaflets, information sheets, tickets and/or ticket stubs, schedules of events, run books, and event packets, booklets, zines, and bulletins that belonged to Jerry. Any duplicates were removed from the collection and noted in the Removed Items section of the finding aid.
Series 5: Artwork
Scope and Content
This series mostly includes artwork that Jerry collected through his personal relationships or via mail-order. Series 5.1 contains a scrapbook that Jerry created including newspaper clippings, ephemera, letters, cards, artwork, and photographs. Series 5.1 was removed from its original photograph album and placed into 1 archival album. Series 5.1 was kept in original order.
Series 5.2 contains artwork, correspondence, photographs, and articles pertaining to or written by the artist Etienne aka Dom Orejudos. This series contains 1 archival box and 2 archival albums.
Series 5.3 contains artwork and art prints by various artists such as Richard A. White (R.A.W.), Martin of Holland, Colt '68, LUGER, etc. Most of the artwork was purchased through various gay erotic studios from 1950-1989. For a more detailed note about these studios, see Series 6 description. Any additional material relating to the artists in Series 5.3, such as correspondence, articles, obituaries, or ephemera, was usually kept organized with the artwork; therefore, all aforementioned materials have been kept together and placed within archival boxes and/or binders. Most of the photographic prints were removed from a Ziploc bag and placed into each series by subject. This series contains 1 archival box and 1 album.
Series 6: Photographs
Scope and Content
This series contains 1 archival binder of photographs. Almost all of Jerry Leppek photographs in Series 6 come from gay erotic producers and distributors such as Colt Studio, Target Studio, and Kris Studios that were available through mail-order catalogs. Most photographs were removed from Ziploc bag. All color photographs and 2 black and white photographs of Spike are Jerry Leppek's personal photographs.
Kris Studios was started by Chuck Renslow in 1950's and created and distributed physique artwork, photography, Mars magazine, Triumph magazine, Rawhide Male magazine, Kris films, and photographic art. Kris Studios ceased publication in 1976. Colt Studio was started in New York City in 1967 by the Illustrator / Graphic Designer Jim French (aka: Rip Colt, Lüger, Colt) and Lou Thomas (aka: Jon Target). Colt Studio creates and distributes gay erotic photography, illustrations and produce a line of publications; Manpower! and Gallery. After 4+ years, French and Thomas part ways. Thomas remained in New York and started Target Studios, which operated from 1971 to 1984. French relocated Colt Studio to Los Angeles California in 1972 and continued to expand the publications of the studio until he sold it in 2003 to John Rutherford, formerly of Falcon Studios. The studio is currently based out of San Francisco.

Sources:
Gay Erotic Archives

Series 7: Miscellaneous
Scope and Content
During the description and arrangement of this collection, the processor found two storage containers that held the pre-processed records of Jerry Leppek. Inside were documents that held questionable provenance, and some of the records had no overt connection to Jerry Leppek. The processor kept most records in their original order; in some cases, records were arranged by subject. Jerry Leppek's personal papers were also intermingled with the miscellaneous records; in that case, the processor removed Leppek's records and placed them in Series 1.
Series 7 contains 3 archival boxes of correspondence, greeting cards, envelopes, and information for and about Keith Battin (a.k.a. Frank Gary Bawl), his involvement with Empire City MC, a motorcycle club from New York City, and various clubs, organizations, and events in the Northeast region of the United States.
The series also has a number of articles read and annotated by G.W. Levi Kamel, an editor of S and M: Studies in Sadomasochism with Thomas S. Weinberg, and the author of the article "Leathersex: Meaningful aspects of gay sadomasochism" in the journal Deviant Behavior (Volume 1, Issue 2, 1980). Also included in this series are correspondence, flyers, ephemera, meeting minutes, financial records, newsletters, etc. of various clubs and organizations such as Somandros of Los Angeles; VASM (Vancouver Activists in S and M); The 15 San Francisco; SigMa (Special Interest Group Men's Association) of DC; International Ms. Leather; Satyrs MC of LA; The Knights Templar of San Francisco; and Avatar Club of LA. This series seems most connected with other collections held at the Leather Archives and Museum such as the Wally Wallace Papers and the Empire City M.C. / Tom Tippit Records.
This series also contains the Greek magazine "THE caw," which was released from 1981 to 1993. It is an important historical gay magazine from Greece, of which a total of 14 issues were released.

Source:
Gay Ekfansi (translated from the Greek).