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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Finding Aid to the Randy Sauder and Gary DeNichilo Collection



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Leather Archives and Museum
6418 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
(773)761-9200
Creator: Gary DeNichilo
Title: Randy Sauder and Gary DeNichilo Collection
Dates: Ca. 1980-1995
Quantity: 1 artifact box and 3 archival photo binders, or 2 linear feet
Identification: PERS0021
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Gary S. DeNichilo was born in New Jersey on March 19, 1959. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he was a member of Gay-Male-S/M-Activists (GMSMA) New York City, Fall Festival Association [Fist Fuckers of America]-Miami (which later became FFA Florida Gold Coast), and South Florida Bondage Club. Gary moved to Fort Lauderdale Florida in 1988, where he and his lover Randy Sauder opened the Pink Triangle Gallery, which became Pink Triangle Leathers in 1992. Pink Triangle was eventually located in the same building as the Stud leather bar. Gary and Randy also were avid antique collectors and owned Amethyst Antiques shop, which they moved from New Jersey to Wilton Manors in Fort Lauderdale. Gary wrote a column for David magazine, South Florida’s gay weekly publication, and wrote and self-published his columns as a book titled “Puttin’ On The Leather” in the 1990’s, which highlighted leather/BDSM events and communities in the Fort Lauderdale area. Randy Sauder, DeNichilo’s lover of 10 years, passed away in October of 1992. Gary continued to be involved with the leather scene until he passed away on September 29, 1995 at 36 years old.

Randall (Randy) James Sauder was born on October 7th, 1956, in Pennsylvania. He was a founding member of GMSMA in New York City in the 1980’s and a board member of FFA-Miami. Randy moved to Fort Lauderdale Florida in 1988 with his lover Gary, where they co-founded the Pink Triangle Gallery, which became Pink Triangle Leathers, and eventually was located in the Stud leather bar. He and Gary won South Florida Broward County Dixie Award Leathermen of the Year in 1991 for their work at Pink Triangle. Randy died from complications to AIDS on October 10, 1992, at 36 years old. A memorial tribute and quilt signing was held in honor of Randy for all Leathermen who had passed on from AIDS at The Stud [now defunct] on December 6th, 1992. Mr. South Florida Drummer ’92, David “Trooper” Vargo, spoke at the memorial, and presented Gary with a memorial book for the event.

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Scope and Contents

The Randy Sauder and Gary DeNichilo Collection contains 1 framed photograph, 1 framed flyer, 1 memorial book, 1 photograph binder, various pins and buttons, a collection of metal cock rings, 2 metal boot hooks made in England (similar to the Arcron boot hook, manufactured at the now defunct Gamage’s London department store), an engraved metal Bentley lighter, and a 7th Broward County Dixie Awards, Leathermen of the Year trophy.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

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Related Material

Gay-Male-S/M-Activists (GMSMA), Inc. Records, ORG0005, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Fall Festival Association Collection, CONG0001, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Leather Archives and Museum, Artwork collection, AFF D-3, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois.

1 leather cap was removed from this box and placed in the Leathers and Uniforms Collection. The cap was removed so it could be integrated into the Leather Preservation Project. The cap contained a note from Gary DeNichilo, a photograph of Randy taped inside, and paper along the edges of the cap to presumably help keep its shape (all removed due to preservation issues). These last removed items were returned to the collection after removing them from the cap.

Additionally, the framed items were removed from their frames due to preservation concerns and integrated into an archival binder. All provenance was retained by the processor, and is detailed in the Collection Level Description.

A portrait of a leatherman from 1984 by Randall Sauder was donated separately and is housed within the Leather Archives and Museum artwork collection (AFF D-3; 335).

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

Records were donated in 1 box. All metal paper clips and staples were removed. Newspaper articles, clippings, and labeled folders and/or binders were photocopied. The processor has kept the arrangement in original order unless otherwise noted. Photographs and documents were removed from the original binder and placed inside an archival binder. Processor removed items from frames due to preservation issues. All provenance within this collection, including contextual notes written on the matte/cardboard, was retained and placed in archival sleeves/binders.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1 Series 1: Artifacts
This series contains various pins and a button related to Randy and Gary's involvement with FFA and the Fort Lauderdale leather community, metal cock rings, 2 metal boot hooks made in England (similar to the Arcron boot hook, manufactured at the now defunct Gamage's London department store), an engraved metal Bentley lighter, and a 7th Broward County Dixie Awards, Leathermen of the Year trophy won by Randy and Gary in 1991.
Binders 1-3 Series 2: Photographs and Ephemera
This series contains 3 archival photograph binders. Binder 1 contains fliers, photographs, name badges, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, and items removed from frames. Some of the items in Binder 1 were originally loose items in the donor box. Binder 2 contains photographs, handwritten notes, and a card belonging to Randy Sauder and Gary DeNichilo. Binder 3 contains the original invitations, obituary, speech from David "Trooper" Vargo (Mr. Florida Drummer '92), and the names of the Leathermen lost to AIDS from the Memorial Tribute to Leathermen in honor of Randy Sauder at The Stud, Fort Lauderdale, on December 6, 1992. These items were removed from their original binder (Binder 2) and/or report folder with prong fastener (Binder 3) and placed within an archival binder in their original order. Any labels and/or newspaper clippings were retained and/or photocopied. A semicolon between descriptions indicates multiple items on a single page.
1 leather cap was removed from this collection and placed in the Leather Archives and Museum's Leathers and Uniforms Collection. The cap was removed so it could be integrated into the Leather Preservation Project. The cap contained a note from Gary DeNichilo, a photograph of Randy taped inside, and paper along the inner brim of the cap to presumably help keep its shape (all removed due to preservation issues). These items were returned to the collection after removing them from the cap, and can be found in binder 1.