TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: International Deaf Leather (IDL)

Series 2: International Mister Leather (IML)

Series 3: Publications and Printed Materials

Series 4: Audio Visual Materials

Series 5: Artifacts

Finding Aid to the Philip C. Rubin Collection on International Deaf Leather



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Leather Archives & Museum
6418 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
www.leatherarchives.org
Creator: Philip C. Rubin
Title: Philip C. Rubin Collection on International Deaf Leather
Dates: 1987-2011
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet
Identification: PERS0035
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Philip Corey Rubin was born on May 16th, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Southern California. While attending RIT, Philip came out with the help of a friend. He also received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. Philip’s architectural career spanned over 20 years working for international firms such as Skidmore, Owing, & Merrill and then later establishing his own private firm. After volunteering with nonprofit organizations, Philip returned to the University of San Francisco to get his MBA, establishing another private practice as a marketing and management consultant assisting nonprofit organizations and small businesses.

International Deaf Leather was created in 1989 as the National Leather Association: Deaf Chapter. (Its name would be changed in 1991). IDL was established by seven founders; Michael Felts, Philip Rubin, Bob Donaldson, Rolf Hagton, Bobby Andrascik, and Charles Wilkinson. Their purpose is to promote awareness of leather and SM lifestyle among the deaf community, promote awareness of deaf leather community among the hearing leather community, and finally to fundraise for local deaf AIDS services (during the time of AIDS crisis) which since then has included breast cancer, deaf services and other worthy causes.

Philip is best known for winning the inaugural title of International Mr. Deaf Leather (formally Mr. Deaf International Leather) in 1991. He had worked closely with Michael Felts on the creation of the International Mr. Deaf Leather title, and entered the competition for fun, not expecting to win. Having previously been an activist in both the deaf and leather communities throughout his adult life, Philip used his title year spotlight to advocate for aids research and the needs of the deaf community with the rest of the leather world. After the close of his title year Philip continued to work in the deaf leather community, especially in budding organizations overseas including Deaf Leather Europe and other organizations in Japan and Australia. Philip has judged for the International Mr. Leather in 2001, first International Master and Slave competition, Mr. and Ms. NLA, and numerous regional/state/local competitions. Philip won the Michael Felts Lifetime Achievement Award and a Pantheon of Leather Award for his work with deaf gay and lesbian communities. In addition Philip has spoken and performed at countless conferences and contests. His work in the deaf community extends well beyond leather. "As both the Leather and Deaf Communities experience oppression, isolation, and other negative energies, we need to work together in creating a safe warm environment and empowering our people.”

Sources:
Philip's personal resume for Mr. Deaf International Leather 1991 and Interviews and Bios recorded in the programs found in the collection. (IDL 2001, 2002, and 2011 Programs)
Our Stories: Philip's coming out story. Deaf Queer Resource Center. 11 October 2004. Web. 25 December 2015.

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Scope and Contents

The Philip C. Rubin Collection on International Deaf Leather contains personal papers of Philip Rubin including correspondence, photographs, audio-visual discs, publications, and artifacts from his time competing and judging in Leather Title Contests. The bulk of the collection focuses on the Deaf Leather community which Rubin advocated for heavily.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Judges Standings and tallies from the 1992 (Series 2 Folder 1) and 2001 (Series 2 Folder 2) International Mr. Leather competition scoring is restricted and cannot be accessed.

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Related Material

  • International Mister Leather, ORG0011

  • International Deaf Leather, PERS0035

  • International Mr. Deaf Leather IDL 1992 Sash, Titleholder sashes and vests, On exhibit Timeline

  • International Mr. Deaf Leather IDL 1991 Belt, Titleholder sashes and vests, Belts Box 1

  • Joseph Bean Paper Cut Art Untitled, AFF C16 Bean

  • Prison Scene Buck 217387 Art Print by The Hun, AFF C12 Hun

  • Mr. Deaf International Leather 1992, Philip Rubin photos, Photography, AFF D7 Photo Portfolio 3

  • Graham the Photographer, Photo 029, AFF D-7 Photo Portfolio 3

  • International Deaf Leather IDL, Posters, 2013012405

Separated Material

The processer deaccessioned all newsprint from the collection after being photocopied, original housing materials such as envelopes and boxes were removed from the collection after the relevant information was copied from them. The original vinyl scrapbook and glycine sleeves were also deaccessioned from the collection as well due to their corrosive nature.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

The materials were donated in one Bankers box. Most items had been placed in manila envelopes grouping together types of items; some of the materials were placed in these envelopes without any system of organization. The processor has therefore artificially arranged the collection based on the original groupings. The processor organized materials according to subject and then arranged the materials chronologically. All metal paperclips and staples were removed. Newspaper articles and clipping were photocopied, as well as original envelopes or housings like glycine or vinyl that were detrimental to the collection.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: International Deaf Leather (IDL)
International Deaf Leather (IDL) includes the materials from Philip's title year as the first Mr. Deaf International Leather. The collection consists primarily of photos taken after he received his title. This notably contains the professional photoshoot where his iconic leatherwear photo was taken. It also includes a resume Rubin created about his early Leather career and an original design for a Christmas add. The larger materials from this collection were moved into an oversized box. Three photos from the competition were moved to the photo box with the rest of the photography from this collection.
Box Folder
1 1 International Deaf Leather
Series 2: International Mister Leather (IML)
International Mister Leather (IML) includes the materials from 1992 when Philip competed for the tile despite a serious back injury and 2002 where Philip judged the competition. The items from 1991 consist of photos, correspondence, and his competition packet. The ninety-two photos from the 1991 competition and parties were moved into the photo box with the rest of the photography for better preservation. The correspondence includes letters Philip wrote to his judges and fellow competitors talking to them about advocacy for deaf members of the Leather community. The second folder holds signed photos from competitors, more correspondence from Thom Dombkowski, and the program from the event.
Box Folder
1 2 International Mister Leather 1992
3 International Mister Leather 2002
Series 3: Publications and Printed Materials
Publications and Printed Materials contains programs and event flyers from contest that Philip attended and judged. It also includes articles that Rubin collected about himself, the Deaf Leather Community, and the Leather Archives and Museum. There is also a program and article written about Philip from the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights.
Box Folder
1 4 Programs and Events 1993-2005
5 Programs and Events 2006-2011
6 March on Washington 1993
7 Newspaper Clippings 1991-2006
Series 4: Audio Visual Materials
Audio Visual Materials include photos taken and collected by Philip, 2 computer discs of phots and videos, and 2 DVDs of the 1991 IDL competition. The DVDs will not play on computers but are untested on DVD players. The photos range from 1987-2004, these photos are arranged chronologically and divided into collections that were arranged by Philip. The majority of these photos are housed within a photo box for better archival preservation, however 3 larger photos are sleeved and kept in the folder, these are the last three photos of the Miscellaneous Collection taken at the Folsom Street Fair. Many of these collections have handwritten and typed guides that can be found in the corresponding folder for this series. There was no guide created for the 1992 IML competition which is the largest of the photo collections.
Box Folder
1 8 Audio Visual Materials
Series 5: Artifacts
This series includes three items that were found in the collection. There are two badges from an IDL event and an IML event. There is also an IDL 2011 Event Pin for a Leather Vest. These items are in an archival envelope.
Box Folder
1 9 Artifacts