TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Gay and Lesbian SIG of American Mensa, Ltd.

Series 2: The NAMES Project Foundation—AIDS Memorial Quilt

Subseries 2.1: National and Regional Records

Subseries 2.2: Chicago Chapter Records

Subseries 2.3: Articles and Publications

Series 3: International Mr. Leather, Inc.

Series 4: Chicago Leather Kennel Club (CLKC)

Series 5: Event Judging Materials

Series 6: Artifacts

Finding Aid to the Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Leather Archives & Museum
6418 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60660
773-761-9200
Creator: Gaddy, Mistress Joanne C.
Title: Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers
Dates: 1985-2010
Quantity: 5 linear feet (8 archival boxes)
Identification: PERS0032
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy was born on October 31, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. She was married twice and lived in South Carolina, Alaska, and North Carolina with her husbands; she was divorced for the final time and moved back to Chicago in 1985. After seeing the movie “Buddies” at the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, she became inspired to organize and fundraise for people with AIDS with Chicago House. She also became involved in the national and Chicago area GaySIGs of American Mensa, Ltd. in 1986, where she became AIDS Information Coordinator in 1988. In the early 90’s, she began reading and corresponding with other people interested in SM and BD through Chicagoland Discussion Group, a pansexual organization for adults interested in SM.

Mistress Joanne began volunteering for International Mr. Leather (IML) in 1991, and in April of 1992 attending a Chicago Hellfire Club SM University (SMU), where Guy Baldwin (IML 1989) was doing a whipping demo, and it was then that she says she fully committed to the SM lifestyle.

Mistress Joanne ran the on-site office for International Mr. Leather ("IML") for the ten years, where she was known as the “Mistress of IML.” She was the Administrative Secretary for the Leather Archives & Museum, on the Board of Directors of Chicago Hellfire Club (CHC) McAdory Fund, and was named an official Friend of the Club, the first leatherwoman to hold these positions with the CHC. Mistress Joanne was also involved in the local NAMES Project chapter, and organized for the 1993 March on Washington. In 2002 she founded the The Slater Society, a pansexual fisting society named after the late Cynthia Slater, who founded the Society of Janus. In the mid-2000’s Mistress Joanne moved to Florida where she became an ordained clergy person and continues to perform weddings with the Church of Spiritual Humanism.

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Scope and Contents

The Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers contains 8 archival boxes, or 5 linear feet. The collection is comprised of bylaws, meeting minutes, financial records, administrative information, event planning and coordination records, newsletters, correspondence, articles, publications, and notes of SM and leather clubs and organizations that Joanne was involved with including: Gay and Lesbian SIG of American Mensa, Ltd., The Names Project-AIDS Memorial Quilt Regional and Chicago chapters, International Mr. Leather, Chicago Leather Kennel Club, and judging materials from International Ms. Leather 1999.

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Arrangement

The Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers are arranged as follows:

  • Series 1: Gay and Lesbian SIG of American Mensa, Ltd.

  • Series 2: The Names Project Foundation—AIDS Memorial Quilt

  • Subseries 2.1: National and Regional Records

  • Subseries 2.2: Chicago Chapter Records

  • Subseries 2.3: Publications

  • Series 3: International Mr. Leather, Inc.

  • Series 4: Chicago Leather Kennel Club

  • Series 5: Event Judging Materials

  • Series 6: Artifacts

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Every series contains documents that are restricted and not accessible to the public for the life of the creator and/or organization plus 30 years. The documents are listed in the in-house finding aid by series and are represented in the folder level as [R]. Restricted documents include member/staff lists containing addresses and phone numbers; pre-judging and final tallies for International Mr. Leather contestants 1992-2002; contestant applications containing social security numbers, etc. Restricted materials will be removed when the collection is requested for access.

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Related Material

  • Gaddy, Joanne. Vertical File. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago Illinois.

  • Gaddy, Joanne. Oral History file and cassettes (3). Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago Illinois.

  • Gaddy, Joanne. Film and Video Collection. 2008186001, Safe Sane SM Orlando VHS Video. Program presented by Mistress Joanne Gaddy and panel members at the MENSA Annual Gathering in Orlando, FL July 4th weekend 1993. Cab 04. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago Illinois.

  • International Mr. Leather, Inc. Collection. ORG0011. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago Illinois.

  • Chicago Leather Kennel Club Collection. Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago Illinois.


Removed Material

The processor removed all staples and paper clips for preservation purposes. Additionally, folders, binders, and envelopes were removed so the materials could be integrated into archival quality folders and boxes. The processor photocopied certain materials including newsprint and labeled folders to retain provenance and integrated them into the appropriate archival folders. Duplicates up to three copies were retained within the collection unless materials are contained within another collection at the Leather Archives and Museum or another repository, in which case one copy was retained. Therefore, the processor removed unnecessary duplicates from the collection including:

Gay and Lesbian SIG of American Mensa, Ltd.

LeGAMBIT newsletters (donated to the Gerber-Hart Library and Archives):

  • Volume 10 Number 10, October 1986 (1)

  • Volume 10 Number 11, November 1986 (1)

  • Volume 10 Number 12, December 1986 (1)

  • Volume 11 Number 1, January 1987 (1)

  • Volume 11 Number 2, February 1987 (1)

  • Volume 11 Number 6, May 1987 (1)

  • Volume 11 Number 6 [sic], June 1987 (1)

  • Volume 11 Number 7, July 1987 (2)

  • Volume 11 Number 8, August 1987 (2)

  • Volume 11 Number 9, September 1987 (1)

  • Volume 11 Number 10, October 1987 (2)

  • Volume 11 Number 11, November 1987 (1)

  • Volume 12 Number 2, February 1988 (1)

  • Volume 12 Number 3, March 1988 (1)

  • Volume 12 Number 4, April 1988 (1)

  • Volume 12 Number 8, August 1988 (1)

  • Volume 12 Number 9, September 1988 (1)

  • Volume 12 Number 11, November 1988 (1)

  • Volume 12 Number 12, December 1988 (1)

  • Volume 13 Number 2, February 1989 (1)

  • Volume 13 Number 7, July 1989 (2)

  • Volume 13 Number 8, August 1989 (5)

  • Volume 13 Number 9, September 1989 (4)

  • Volume 13 Number 10, October 1989 (3)

  • Volume 13 Number 11, November 1989 (1)

  • Volume 13 Number 12, December 1989 (1)

  • Volume 14 Number 1, January 1990 (1)

  • Volume 14 Number 2, February 1990 (1)

  • Volume 14 Number 3, March 1990 (1)

  • Volume 14 Number 4, April 1990 (2)

  • Volume 14 Number 5, May 1990 (1)

  • Volume 14 Number 6, June 1990 (1)

  • Volume 14 Number 7, July/August 1990 (1)

  • Volume 14 Number 9, October 1990 (2)

  • Volume 14 Number 10, November 1990 (2)

  • Volume 15 Number 1, January 1991 (3)

  • Volume 15 Number 2, February 1991 (1)

  • Volume 15 Number 4, April 1991 (1)

  • Volume 15 Number 5, May 1991 (1)

  • Volume 15 Number 6, June 1991 (1)

  • Volume 15 Number 1, July 1991 (1)

  • Volume 16 Number 5, May 1992 (1)

The Names Project Foundation—AIDS Memorial Quilt

  • Regional display 1990 labeled folder, “Answering the Hotline” (photocopied)

  • Regional display 1990 labeled folder, “VIP Tour Guides” (photocopied)

International Mr. Leather, Inc.

  • 2 Steno Notes spiral notebook covers and binding

  • IML 1992 program book

  • IML 1994 participant information brochure

  • 2 IML 1996 program books

  • 5 IML 1997 program books

  • 2 IML 1997 coupon books

  • 7 IML 1997 weekend of parties postcard (glossy cardstock)

  • 7 IML 1998 weekend schedules

  • 4 IML 1998 market directories

  • 12 IML 1998 informational brochure

  • 15 IML 1998 program books

  • 5 IML 1998 coupon books

  • 2 IML 1998 ticket sheets (full package)

  • 15 IML 1999 program books

  • 2 IML 1999 ticket sheets (full package)

  • Approximately 100 IML wingman temporary tattoos

  • 1 IML 1994 badge

Artifacts

The following publications were removed from the collection:

  • Nine-Tales, Newsletter of Leather United-Chicago, Incorporated, Volume 10, Number 1 was removed and incorporated in the Leather United-Chicago vertical file, which houses other LU-C newsletters.

  • Cuir Underground Issue 2.1, September 1995 was removed. Cuir Underground is archived at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, California. Information regarding these records are available on the Online Archive of California website.

  • “Notes from the Dungeon” Windy City Times Volume 9, No. 11. November 25, 1993 and “Notes from the Dungeon” Windy City Times September 14, 1995. Archives of the Windy City Times can be found on their website and at the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

Records were housed in five Stor-All boxes before processing. All metal paper clips and staples were removed. The material was very loosely by subject, which was used to artificially arrange the collection unless otherwise noted. Newspaper articles and clipping were photocopied. 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 duplicate IML program books, event schedules, and other ephemera housed in the Leather Archives & Museum's collections.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Gay and Lesbian SIG of American Mensa, Ltd.
This series contains LeGAMBIT newsletter, “A Bit About Gays and Lesbians in Mensa,” for members of the National GaySIG (Special Interest Group) subgroup of American Mensa, 1985-1999; materials and notes used to create the program “Intelligent SM for the 90’s,” an SM educational program for Mensans; membership lists; and annual gathering event information.
Box
1
Folder
1 LeGAMBIT 1985 (Missing January and June issues)
2 LeGAMBIT 1986 (Missing January and March issues)
3 LeGAMBIT 1987 (Missing April issue)
4 LeGAMBIT 1988
5 LeGAMBIT 1989
6 LeGAMBIT 1990 (Missing September issue)
7 LeGAMBIT 1991
8 LeGAMBIT 1992 (Missing June and July issues)
9 LeGAMBIT 1993 (Missing January, February, and July issues)
10 LeGAMBIT 1994
11 LeGAMBIT 1995
12 LeGAMBIT 1997 (Missing January-July; September-November issues)
13 LeGAMBIT 1998 (Missing January issue)
14 LeGAMBIT 1999 (Missing January; September-December issues)
15 Materials used for “Intelligent SM for the 90’s” program
16 LeGAMBIT 1987 and 1988 annual gathering program books; 1996 and 1997; membership lists [R]; AIDS Info Coordinator statement; Chicago Gaymes newsletter, September 1995; correspondence, 1980 and 1988; Heartwood whips of passion brochure
17 Photograph of Wally Sprang with obituary and envelope, 1994
Series 2: The NAMES Project Foundation—AIDS Memorial Quilt
This series contains meeting minutes, correspondence, brochures, flyers, planning materials, event information, and publications about the NAMES Project. The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was established in San Francisco in 1987 as a response by lesbians and gay men and their friends to the devastation of their communities by AIDS. The NAMES Project Foundation continues to preserve, care for, and use the AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire action in the struggle against HIV and AIDS.
This series contains three subseries: Subseries 2.1: National and Regional Records Subseries 2.2: Chicago Chapter Records Subseries 2.3: Articles and Publications
Subseries 2.1 contains educational and informational materials about the foundations of the NAMES Project, volunteer handbooks, volunteer applications, how-to guides, program books, and ephemeral material related to the National chapter and regions outside of Chicago. Subseries 2.2 contains planning minutes, incorporation paperwork, financial records, brochures, flyers, educational and event material related to Mistress Joanne Gaddy’s involvement in founding the Chicago chapter of the NAMES Project. Subseries 2.3 contains the NAMES Project newsletter, as well as regional and national coverage of the NAMES Project, the AIDS quilt, and the 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, and 1993 March on Washington. This series contains restricted material referenced in the Conditions of Access and Use section; folders containing restricted material(s) are marked with [R].
Subseries 2.1: National and Regional Records
Box
2
Folder
1 “Using the AIDS Memorial Quilt as an educational tool;” “How to make a panel;” volunteer handbook (undated); Washington DC volunteer registration (blank); emotional support volunteer application (blank); volunteer screening interview (blank)
2 “The Quilt and AIDS: A School Curriculum” by AIDS Rochester, Inc. 1989; GLAAD/LA phone tree sign-up (blank)
3 List of names, 1990-1991; “How to build the quilt in your hometown: Starting a NAMES Project chapter”
4 AIDS Quilt display souvenir books: Fort Mason Center, June 1990; Tour 1990; Handbook (undated); Georgia panels display, 1989; postcard, 1988
5 “Remember their names” program book, Washington DC, October 7-10 1988 (signed)
Subseries 2.2: Chicago Chapter Records
Box
2
Folder
1 Incorporation information; annual report information; bylaws, 1988-1991 [R]
2 Chicago chapter overview; funding proposal, March 1989; quilt facts, 1989-1992; volunteer registration for Chicago display, 1990; vignettes from the Chicago display (Dick P.), 1988 (2)
3 Planning materials from Chicago displays; meeting information; volunteer lists; quilt panel sheets; correspondence, 1988-1991 [R]
4 1990 regional display at McCormick Place: scripts (Joanne); volunteer reports and lists; handwritten notes [R]
5 1988-1990 regional display at Navy Pier: script cards, Part 1 of 2 (Joanne; removed from folder)
6 1988-1990 regional display at Navy Pier: volunteer organizer and organizing materials, Part 2 of 2 (Joanne; removed from folder) [R]
7 Steering committee materials: correspondence; volunteer materials; speech (1988); brochures, 1988-1990
8 1990 regional display at McCormick Place: VIP tour guide materials (removed from folder) [R]
3 9 1990 regional display at McCormick Place: Answering the hotline materials (removed from folder)
10 1990 regional display at McCormick Place: materials from unlabeled folder (removed from folder) [R]
11 1991 planning materials and 1990 steering committee feedback regarding McCormick display (removed from folder)
12 Materials from the 1988 regional display at Navy Pier: napkins (2); parking permit; name tag; list of names (removed from envelope)
13 Photograph of unknown persons with Mayor Eugene Sawyer (ca. 1988)
Subseries 2.3: Articles and Publications
Box
3
Folder
1 Various articles, 1987-1988 (Chicago and national)
Series 3: International Mr. Leather, Inc.
This series contains correspondence, sponsor information, guest and contestant registration forms, rules and regulations, handwritten notes, financial records, administrative records, volunteer records, event logs, ephemera, newspaper and magazine articles, artifacts, original form letters, programs, and photographs from the International Mr. Leather event competition and incorporated business documents specifically related to IML Headquarters, its offices, and annual planning from 1992-2002.
All the records in this series were kept in original order. Folders 1-23 were originally foldered, labeled, and arranged chronologically by Mistress Joanne. Folders 24-34 contain materials that were not ordered chronologically; the processor retained the original order of these records. For the purposes of this collections, “materials” are defined as: financial records including staff expense reports, credit card information, receipts and invoices; agendas; meeting minutes; schedules; correspondence; press releases; programs—drafts and final; handwritten letters and printed emails; planning materials; newsletters; event information. “IML HQ planning materials” may include aforementioned records in addition to hardcore staff lists; maps; faxes; and event receipts. This series contains restricted material referenced in the Conditions of Access and Use section; folders containing restricted material(s) are marked with [R].
Box
3
Folder
1 IML 1992 materials (removed from folder) [R]
2 IML 1993 materials including photographs; removed from folder) [R]
3 IML 1994 materials [R]
4 IML 1995 materials: correspondence (Part 1 of 4; removed from folder) [R]
4 5 IML 1995 materials: staff and headquarter documents (including contestant checklists); correspondence (Part 2 of 4; removed from folder) [R]
6 IML 1995 materials: event papers; press releases; contestant information (Part 3 of 4; removed from folder) [R]
7 IML 1995 materials: volunteer materials (Part 4 of 4; removed from folder) [R]
8 IML 1996 materials (Part 1 of 2; removed from folder) [R]
9 IML 1996 materials: contest materials and correspondence (Part 2 of 2; removed from folder)[R]
10 IML 1997 materials (Part 1 of 3; removed from folder) [R]
5 11 IML 1997 materials (Part 2 of 3; removed from folder) [R]
12 IML 1997 materials (Part 3 of 3; removed from folder) [R]
13 IML 1998 materials (Part 1 of 4; removed from folder) [R]
14 IML 1998 materials (Part 2 of 4; removed from folder); 1998 bootblack and Joanne FYI
15 IML 1998 materials (Part 3 of 4; removed from folder) [R]
16 IML 1998 materials (Part 4 of 4; removed from folder); office equipment Aubry; publications [R]
6 17 IML 1999 materials (Part 1 of 2; removed from folder) [R]
18 IML 1999 materials: weekend schedule, drafts and planning (Part 2 of 2; removed from folder) [R]
19 IML material: undated photographs (11 color Kodak 3 x 5; removed from envelope)
20 IML materials: various regional and international contest brochures (International Deaf Leather 1998, IML 1999 and 2000); event ephemera (White Party, CB 2000, Baltimore Eagle, sticker); signed photographs; correspondence
21 IML 2000 materials: fax; correspondence; International Bootblack prize donation forms; notes and schedule for IML ’98-‘00
22 IML 2000 materials: schedules; emails; planning information
23 IML 2000 materials: schedules; judge bios; emails; correspondence; applications
24 IML headquarters office notebook (1 of 2) ca. 1993-1997 (removed from spiral notebook)
25 IML speeches and etc. notebook (2 of 2) ca. 1992-1998 (removed from spiral notebook)
26 Two autographs in Gay Chicago Magazine Vol. XXIII No. 22, June 3 1999 (after IML 1999; Bill S. and Thom D.; removed from other pages)
27 IML food and liquor materials, ca. 1996 (removed from folder)
7 28 IML-Joanne: mailing labels; IML 2001 staff info; Congress Hotel (meeting planner; guide) [R]
29 IML history: 1979-1981 (overview); International Mr. Leather News Vol. 1 Number 4, 1992; International Mr. Leather News Vol. 2 Number 1, 1993; International Mr. Leather News, 1995; IML history framework; list of contestants, 1979-1997
30 Hyatt Regency Chicago folder, IML 1995
31 IML program books and schedules, 1992-1999 (removed from folder)
32 IML 1998 staff folder; IML 1995 press folder
33 IML souvenir books 1989; 1991-1995 (Part 1 of 2; removed from folder)
34 IML souvenir books 1996-1998; 2000 (Part 2 of 2; removed from folder); coupons 1998-1999
Series 4: Chicago Leather Kennel Club (CLKC)
This series contains planning and preparation materials, bylaws, interviews, membership rosters, incorporation information, sample speeches, various articles about leather history, contest culture, and community activism used by the Chicago Leather Kennel Club (CLKC), a non- profit organization of volunteers devoted to helping individual men and women achieve their personal best through their pursuit of local, regional, national and international fetish contest titles through social events, mentoring, and contest grooming. CLKC disbanded on January 19, 2010. This series contains restricted material referenced in the Conditions of Access and Use section; folders containing restricted material(s) are marked with [R].
Box
7
Folder
1 Leather contest interview questions, 2005; Dungeon Monitor’s Association beginning dungeon monitor training class manual, 2006
2 Bylaws (drafts and final signed; removed from folder) 2006-2009 membership rosters; incorporation papers; meeting minutes (Part 1 of 2) [R]
3 Bylaws with extra copies for new members; drafts (Part 2 of 2; removed from blue folder)
8 4 IML 2007 Reference Manual (Part 1 of 3; removed from 3-ring binder)
5 IML 2007 Reference Manual (Part 2 of 3; removed from 3-ring binder)
6 IML 2007 Reference Manual (The Leather Journal Issue #205, April 2007 was removed from this section; Part 3 of 3; removed from 3-ring binder)
Series 5: Event Judging Materials
This series contains original and photocopied contestant applications, handwritten notes, handwritten contestant scores, All documents were removed from one 3-ring binder that was used by Mistress Joanne when she judged International Ms. Leather 1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Materials were kept in original order and the cover of the binder has been photocopied to document the label affixed to the cover. This folder contains restricted material referenced in the Conditions of Access and Use section; folders containing restricted material(s) are marked with [R].
Box
8
Folder
1 International Ms. Leather 1999 judge materials (removed from binder) [R]
Series 6: Artifacts
This series contains name badges, membership and business cards, and a floppy disk containing staff schedule and planning documents for IML 2000. Most documents contained on this floppy disk are in hard copy format in Series 2: International Mr. Leather, Inc. Box 6.
Box
8
Envelope
1 Name badges: (IML 2000, 2001, 2006; CHC Friend of the Club for Inferno XXIX, XXX, XXXI; IMsL judge 1999; 2001 gd Annual/femme; 2 Mid-Atlantic Leather weekend 2001 badges; Pantheon of Leather XII judge and XIV official). Membership cards: Quest Gold Member (exp. 2002); Immediate Family, Inc. (exp. 2005). Business card: Malicious Masquerade 2001. Sony High Density MFD-2HD floppy disk, IML Weekend Schedule, 2000