TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Records, Ca. 1984-2006

Series 2: International Mr Leather, 1979-2006

Series 3: Other Leather Contests, 1996-2004

Series 4: Photographs

Series 5: Realia

Finding Aid to the Thomas Raymond Dombkowski Papers



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Leather Archives and Museum
6418 N Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
773.761.9200
Creator: Thomas Raymond Dombkowski
Title: Thomas Raymond Dombkowski Papers
Dates: Ca. 1984-2006
Quantity: 13 archival boxes, 2 photograph boxes, 1 banker's box
Identification: PERS0048
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Thomas “Thom” Raymond Dombkoswki was born in Rochester, New York. He received a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and a JD from DePaul University. He quit his job at the IRS after losing his first partner Patrick Rossi to AIDS in 1985 and dedicated his life to HIV/AIDS services and fundraising. He worked at the Chicago Department of Health, served on the board of the Mayor’s Gay and Lesbian Advisory Council, helped found and was the second executive director for the Chicago House, the city's first residential program for people living with HIV/AIDS. In 1992, he was inducted into Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Thom was a regular judge at International Mr Leather and other leather contests across the country for over twenty years. He was IML head judge from 1992 to 2001.

Thom died at age 55 in 2006. His surviving partner K. James Owen passed away two years later in 2008.

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Scope and Contents

Predominantly personal correspondence and clippings, photographs, and records related to Thom Dombkowski’s work as a judge for International Mr Leather and other title contests.

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Arrangement

Original order unknown.

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Related Material

Thomas P. Dombkowski Papers. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, Chicago Illinois.
Thom Dombkowski Oral History. Oral History Collection. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago Illinois.
Richard Turner Oral History on Thom Dombkowski. Oral History Collection. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago Illinois.
Lori Cannon Oral History. Oral History Collection. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago Illinois.
Klingler, Walter Oral History. Oral History Collection. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago Illinois.
Herrington, Dewey Oral History. Oral History Collection. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago Illinois.
Hernandez, Marcus Oral History. Oral History Collection. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago Illinois.
Oral history interview with Alex Wisniowski about Thom Dombkowski. Oral History Collection. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago Illinois.
Bob Graves IML Photographs. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago Illinois.
International Mr Leather. Vertical Files. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago Illinois.
International Mr Leather Records. Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago Illinois.

Separated Material

Graylin Thornton Poster by the Hun
Mr. San Francisco Leather 2001 Poster
International Mr. Drummer and boy 2001 Poster
International Mr. Leather IML 1997 Poster Signed
Reimer Foundation Safe Sex Jon Reich Poster
Photo CD of images from Mid Atlantic Leather 2002
Photo CD of Images from 2002 Leather Sir/boy Contest
Photo CD of Images from 2002 ABW and Bare Chest Contests
Photo CD of Images from 2001 International Mr. Drummer and Drummer boy Contest
Photo CD of Images from 2001 International Mr. Leather Contest
Video CD of Bavarian Mr. Leather 2001 Stefan Muler Singing
Mr. Atlantic Canada Leather 2003 Contest VHS Video
Leather Vest belonging to Thom Dombkowski
Farrington, Karen. Dark Justice: A History of Punishment and Torture. Smithmark Publishers; New York. 1996

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Thom Dombkowski and Doug O'Keeffe.

Processing Information

Processed by Mel Leverich and Kieran Kupferer.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Records, Ca. 1984-2006
Predominately personal correspondence and Chicago and Leather-related news clippings.
1 1 Howard Hao, 6/2000-1/2006
2 Adrian Williams, 7/2004-2006
3 Adrian Williams, 4/2003-6/2004
4 Adrian Williams, 2/2003-3/2003
5 Donald Dotson, 2003
6 Russ Cosgrove, 7/2002-6/2005
2 1 Steve Lavoilette, 1/2004-2006
2 Steve Lavoilette, 5/2002-11/2003
3 Steve Lavoilette, 1/2002-4/2002
4 Eric Edelstein, 5/2005-8/2005
5 Eric Edelstein, 3/2005-4/2005
6 Eric Edelstein, 11/2004-2/2005
7 Eric Edelstein, 7/2004-10/2004
3 1 Eric Edelstein, 3/2004-6/2004
2 Eric Edelstein, 2/2004
3 Eric Edelstein, 12/2003-1/2004
4 Graylin Thornton, 2/2004-2/2005
5 Luke Vaughn, 2/2004-2/2005
6 Leather Title Holders Yahoo Group, 2004
7 Luule Vess, 12/2002-1/2005
8 John Pendal and Dave Harris, 5/2003-1/2006
4 1 Robert Davolt, 6/2003-1/2005
2 Jon Langoni, 2/2004-9/2004
3 Douglas Connors, 7/2003-3/2006
4 Douglas Connors, 3/2003-6/2003
5 Jim "Tug" Taylor, 5/2004-3/2006
6 Andy Mangels, 2/2004-1/2006
7 eStevan de Castro, 1/2002-11/2005
8 Randall Kinnear, 1/2002-6/2004
9 Doug Bedard, 5/2000-8/2001
5 1 Will Castillo, 4/2005-1/2006
2 Cawood "Woody" Bebout, 1/1994-1/2005
3 David Harper, 10/1994-4/1995
13 6 Greeting Cards and Postcards, nd
10 Cain Berlinger Interviews, 2001
11 Law degree, 1977
12 Personal correspondence and clippings, ca 1984-2003
13 Copies of newspaper articles, nd
13 Copies of newspaper articles, nd
Series 2: International Mr Leather, 1979-2006
Judging records and correspondence with contestants.
5 4 IML, 1979-1991
5 IML, 1988
6 IML, 1989
7 IML, 1990
8 IML, 1991
9 IML, 1992
10 IML, 1992
6 1 IML, 1993
2 IML, 1993
3 IML, 1994
4 IML, 1994
5 IML, 1995
6 IML, 1995
7 IML, 1996
8 IML, 1996
7 1 IML, 1997
2 IML, 1997-1998
3 IML, 1998
4 IML, 1998
5 IML, 1999
6 IML, 2000
7 IML, 2000
8 IML, 2000
8 1 IML, 2000
2 IML, 2000
3 IML, 2000
4 IML, 2000
5 IML, 2001
6 IML, 2001
7 IML, 2001
8 IML, 2001
9 1 IML, 2001
2 IML, 2001
3 Keith Adams, 2001
4 Pete Fitzgerald Adams, 2001
5 Dan Azevedo, 2001
6 Cristopher Bennet, 2001
7 Steven Bloom, 2001
8 Bryant Berg, 2001
9 Wayne Brawner, 2001
10 Tom Brandt, 2001
11 Jake Brower, 2001
12 Darrell Burks, 2001
13 Michael Byrne, 2001
14 T Jay Cain, 2001
15 Christian Caldji, 2001
16 Leith Chu, 2001
17 Miro Civin, 2001
18 Todd Cole, 2001
19 Mark Collins, 2001
20 Jack Darnell, 2001
10 1 Tony Deroche, 2001
2 Houston Davenport, 2001
3 Steven Due, 2001
4 Michael Erp, 2001
5 Tom Brooks Fahringer, 2001
6 Glen Fidi, 2001
7 Brian Fitzsimmons, 2001
8 TJ Hermann, 2001
9 Liam Hogan, 2001
10 Craig Kelso, 2001
11 Rick Ellis Klank, 2001
12 Eric Kugelman, 2001
13 Mutt Le Mantia, 2001
14 Fred Little, 2001
15 Jon Langoni, 2001
16 Michael Marino, 2001
17 Alex Marr, 2001
18 Dennis McMahon, 2001
19 Bob Miller, 2001
20 Jeff Miranda, 2001
21 Norman Miller, 2001
11 1 Rick Morris, 2001
2 Darrell Moyers, 2001
3 Stefan Mueller, 2001-2006
4 Dan Newman, 2001
5 Chris Nield, 2001
6 Paul O'Rourke, 2001
7 Mark Rosenberg, 2001
8 Bruce Ross, 2001
9 Chris Ross, 2001
10 Charlie Salt, 2001
11 Sam Sampson, 2001
12 Scott Stephen, 2001
13 Lou Sedlacek, 2001
14 Bill Snook, 2001
15 Joseph Stanley, 2001
16 Jim Stout, 2001
17 Axel Techke, 2001
18 Peter Theodoropoulos, 2001
19 Sean Michael Thompson, 2001
20 Dan Vandenbark, 2001
21 Douglas Van Kirk, 2001
12 1 IML, 2002
2 Rodd Freier, 2002
3 Peter Jackson, 2002
4 Herb Kaylor, 2002
5 Stephen Weber, 2002
6 IML, 2003
7 IML, 2004
8 IML, 2005
8 IML, 2005
Series 3: Other Leather Contests, 1996-2004
Judging records and programs for various Leather contests and events.
12 10 IMsL, 1997
11 IMsL, 2002
12 Mr and Ms Deaf Leather, 1996
13 1 COMMAND MC Hang 10 Bootcamp…ing, 1998
2 American Brotherhood Weekend, 1999
3 Various Contests, 2000-2001
4 Mr Cleveland Leather, 2002
4 Mr Cleveland Leather, 2002
Series 4: Photographs
International Mr Leather and personal family and travel photographs.
13 7 Personal photographs, nd
8 Personal photographs - Egypt, 2002
9 Personal photographs - England, nd
15 Photograph negatives, nd
14 IML Photographs and Personal Photographs, nd
IML Photographs and Personal Photographs, nd
Series 5: Realia
Oversized Documents: State of Illinois Law License; St. Stanislaus School Class of 1964 Photo.
Objects: Black plaque w/ faux marble finishing from IMsL 2002; 1 Crystal Paperweight with 'Pantheon of Leather IX : New Orleans : 1999 : Man of the Year : Thom Dombkowski' Etched/engraved on it.; 1 White t-shirt with HIV+ on the front in neon pink; 1 IML 2002 t-shirt with a message written on it from Dennis; 1 Small box containing a glass medallion reading 'Chicago House World Tour 2004 Coming Home Honoree'; 1 Small box containing a clock set in a wooden plaque reading 'International Mr. Leather 1994 Judge Thom Dombkowski'; 1 Blue and white flag; Joe Gallagher's Shoulder Insignia; 1 black stone pen holder from Pistons, Long Beach, CA - Thom Dombkowski Judge 2001 and silver pen; IML 1993 medallion; 1 bouquet of leather roses; 1 deep blue glass vase.
White Envelope Contents: 5 IML badges; 1 International Mr. Drummer 2001 badge; 1 IML 2002 card; 1 black penis shaped magnet; 1 silver whistle on a black cord; 1 'I [heart] Officer Brenda' pin; 1 yellow 'Better Together' pin.
16 Realia , nd