TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Finding Aid to the Laura Goodwin Papers



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Leather Archives and Museum
6418 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60626
www.leatherarchives.org
Creator: Laura Goodwin
Title: Laura Goodwin Papers
Dates: 1983-2004
Quantity: .6 linear feet
Abstract:
Identification: PERS0025
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Laura Goodwin was born on July 31, 1954. In 1983, Ms. Goodwin founded and led the first ever pansexual S/M support group in the Rocky Mountain Region, the Denver Area Dominants and Submissives (DADS) (now defunct). She served as a High Priestess of the Goddess-worshiping Service of Mankind Church (1983-1997). During the 5 years that DADS was active, she wrote a sexual advice column for two Denver adult papers, the Rocky Mountain Oyster, and the Pleasure Guide while personally bringing hundreds of "B and D" enthusiasts out of the closet. In 1988, Ms. Goodwin moved her family to Connecticut. In 1990, she founded United Leatherfolk of Connecticut, a private, non-profit, BDSM lifestyle support group and friendship circle. In 1992 she competed and won the Ms. National Leather Association-International 1992. At the end of her title year, she was nominated for three Pantheon of Leather awards, including Woman of the Year. That year, Laura was also nominated for the NLA Co-Chair position. She has delivered many entertaining and informative lectures about alternative lifestyles, including appearances at Harvard, Yale, Wesleyan, and Columbia Universities. Over the years she has made many radio and TV appearances promoting understanding and acceptance of the D/S lifestyle. Ms. Goodwin also has given numerous instructional talks and demonstrations at conventions such as the NLA's Living In Leather, and Leatherworld. Ms. Goodwin has judged many leather title competitions, including the first annual Mr. Internet Leather. She has also emceed several fetish events. In April 1997, Ms. Goodwin produced and emceed the Fetish Fun Fest in East Hartford, CT, which was attended by approximately 500 enthusiasts and was very successful. Laura led the "Bonding Behavior" workshop at Leather Leadership Conference 3. Laura co-chaired the "Submissive's Rights" workshop at BR99. In 2000, Laura was nominated for two Pantheon of Leather awards: The Forebear Award, and Northeast Regional Activist of the year, of which she won the Northeast Regional Activist Award. Most recently, Laura led six workshops at Orlando Bash in 2006. She has written columns for several publications including National Leather Association’s Quarterlink, S.M.C.’s Echoes, and No Nonsense Ladies. She is dominant, married, and is a mother of three children.

United Leatherfolk of Connecticut (ULC) began in March of 1990 as an honored and respected Connecticut pansexual friendship club for BDSM men and women of all orientations. They offered mentoring, counseling, hands-on workshops, socials, play parties, and a genuinely warm and welcoming environment. ULC was open to adults over 18, and couples and singles were welcome. After 20 years of service to the Connecticut BDSM community, ULC disbanded in March of 2009.

Sources:

    United Leatherfolk of Connecticut website.
    Attitude magazine, No. 4
    Laura Goodwin website.

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Scope and Contents

The Laura Goodwin Papers is comprised of leather publications, email correspondence, a BDSM survey, photographs, and information regarding the United Leatherfolk of Connecticut (ULC) including press releases and two bound journals used for sign in books for meetings.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

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Related Material

Attitude magazine, No. 4, pg 25.
Goodwin, Laura. Vertical files, Leather Archives and Museum
“Ties That Bind.” Metroline, Vol. 14, No. 14. July 1991

The following item was removed and integrated into the Leather Archives and Museum Leathers and Uniforms Collection:

    Ms. National Leather Association 1992 studded belt

The following items were removed and integrated into the Leather Archives and Museum Fibers Collection:

    ULC High Priestess homemade t-shirt
    Our Diversity Is Our Beauty, Our Unity Is Our Strength t-shirt
    The National Leather Association t-shirt

The following newspapers and/or newspaper articles were removed and photocopied for preservation purposes:

    Hartford Advocate, Volume 20, Number 8 September 2-September 8, 1993
    “Ties That Bind.” Metroline, Vol. 14, No. 14. July 26, 1991
    Newspaper clipping for Denver Area Dominants and Submissives (D.A.D.S.)

Additional items that were removed were a cardboard insert to protect two photographs and an unlabeled manila envelope that contained ephemeral items. These contents of these items were transferred to archival folders and boxes.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

Records were donated in 1 box. All metal paper clips and staples were removed. Any articles and clippings that were originally newsprint were photocopied and retained in the collection as such. The processor has kept the arrangement in original order.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1 Folder 1 Quarterlink newsletter of the NLA, Volume 6, No. 1, February 1992; Firstlink newsletter of the NLA, Vol. 6, No. 9, September/October 1992
Folder 2 Official record of the ULC sign-in book, September 1993-November 1996
Folder 3 Email correspondence to BDSM listservs and email groups, 1999/2000
Folder 4 BDSM survey from Dreambook guestbook server (Part 1 of 5), 1999/2000
Folder 5 BDSM survey from Dreambook guestbook server (Part 2 of 5), 1999/2000
Folder 6 BDSM survey from Dreambook guestbook server (Part 3 of 5), 1999/2000
Folder 7 BDSM survey from Dreambook guestbook server (Part 4 of 5), 1999/2000
Folder 8 BDSM survey from Dreambook guestbook server (Part 5 of 5), 1999/2000
Box 2 Folder 1 Photograph of Laura Goodwin, Ms. NLA 1991/1992 and Bill Salzman, Mr. NLA 1991/1992 (photo by Efrain J. Gonzales); negative print of various leatherfolk
Folder 2 Hartford Advocate article about SM (Laura on the cover), Vol. 20, No. 8, September 1993 (photocopied)
Folder 3 Flyers: Fetish Fun Fest, 1997; Leatherfolk and Bisexuality (undated)
Folder 4 ORGASM newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 11, November 1990; Metroline Vol. 14, No. 14, July 1991 (photocopied)
Folder 5 Various photographs (10; removed from envelope)
Folder 6 Newspaper clipping about Denver Area Dominants and Submissives (DADS; photocopied); Service of Mankind Church brochure; Fetish Fun Fest program (removed from envelope)
Folder 7 The Leatherfolk Connection newsletter of the ULC, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 1990-Spring 1997 (removed from envelope)
Folder 8 Photocopy of photograph of Laura and two others (undated; originally photocopied); flyer for “An Evening with Laura Goodwin,” August 1983; 12th annual LGBT Pride March sticker
Folder 9 Official record of the ULC sign-in book, March 1990-September 1993
Folder 10 “Love Makes a Family”/”I’m Proud of My Mom” sign; SMC card; DADS business card
Folder 11 Four ULC buttons