Fondo F 413 - Neil Richards fonds

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Neil Richards fonds

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F 413

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  • 1954-2008 (Criação)

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16.78 m of textual records
171 photographs
61 posters

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Historia biográfica

William Neil Richards was born on May 11, 1949, in Bowmanville, Ontario. He received his primary and secondary education in Bowmanville. Richards earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Carleton University in Ottawa and attended the Library Science program at the University of Toronto.

In 1971, Richards moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he was employed as a library assistant at the University of Saskatchewan Library from 1971 until his retirement in 2002. In 1982, Richards took a leave of absence from his position at the University of Saskatchewan to work as a volunteer with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto.

From the 1970s until his death, Richards was active in local, provincial and national gay organizations, including the Canadian Gay Archives; the Gay Interest Group of the Canadian Library Association; the Zodiac Friendship Centre; the Gay Community Centre of Saskatoon; the Gay and Lesbian Support Services in Saskatoon; Metamorphosis, and the Saskatchewan Gay Coalition.

Richards worked on many early AIDS awareness initiatives in Saskatchewan. In 1990 he founded and organized Visual AIDS, a month long series of exhibitions, lectures, plays and public events. As well, he has staged three large exhibitions about AIDS at the University of Saskatchewan Library, and was the co-ordinator for Saskatchewan's Day Without Art project in 1992.

In 1975, Richards joined others to form the Committee to Defend Doug Wilson, enlisting the support of the University of Saskatchewan's Employees' Union (CUPE Local 1975). This initiative led to a resolution of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour asking the provincial government to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Richards helped organize the 1976 convention of the National Gay Rights Coalition in Saskatoon, one of the first gay rights gatherings in Canada. In 1982, he co-authored a library selection guide to lesbian and gay fiction, Out on the Shelves. Richard's book, Celebrating a History of Diversity: Lesbian and Gay Life in Saskatchewan 1971-2005: A Selected Annotated Chronology, was published in 2005. In retirement, Richards volunteered at the University of Saskatchewan Archives & Special Collections, where he continued his passion of collecting materials related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Richards received numerous awards for his work in the areas of gay rights and AIDS education: The Dr. Stanley Stead Award by the Saskatoon District Health for the Visual AIDS project (1991); the first GALA (Gay and Lesbian Achievement) Award (1993); the University of Saskatchewan's President's Service Award (1995); the Doug Wilson Award (1998) and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2005). The Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity at the University of Saskatchewan Archives & Special Collections was named in recognition of Richards' contributions to preserving the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Saskatchewan.

Richards died in Saskatoon on January 12, 2018.

Historial de custodia

Neil Richards donated these records to the Saskatchewan Archives, Saskatoon office, in sixteen accessions between 1985 and 2009: S85-189 (October 11, 1985); S86-113 (June 4, 1986); S89-59 (July 25, 1989); S89-117 (November 27, 1989); S92-56 (August 18, 1992); S94-93 (December 16, 1994); S95-23 (April 25, 1995); S97-59 (July 14, 1997); S99-69 (October 27, 1999); S2002-43 (August 8, 2002); S2004-35 (July 19, 2004); S2004-39 (August 9, 2004); S2004-48 (September 7, 2004); S2004-59 (November 12, 2004); S2005-68 (November 11, 2005) and 2009-346 (March 20, 2009).

Alcance y contenido

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Neil Richards of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan relating to his involvement in local, provincial and national gay organizations. The fonds also reflects Richards' active interest in collecting the documentary heritage of the homosexual community locally, provincially, and nationally.

The fonds consists of thirteen series: Newspaper Clippings; Publications; Pornography; Subject Files; Gay Community Centre of Saskatoon; Gay and Lesbian Support Services; Saskatchewan Gay Coalition; Metamorphosis; Sound Recordings; Posters; Photographs; Ephemera; and Gay and Lesbian Health Services.

The types of records included in this fonds are photocopies of newspaper clippings; publications; subject files; minutes; correspondence; reports; financial statements; membership lists; counselling logs; newsletters; video cassettes; audio cassettes; posters; photographs; buttons and a cloth banner.

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Some of these records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated December 22, 1994. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Condiciones de uso, reproducción, y publicación

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor dated December 22, 1994 and the terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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SAFA 198 (old guide GS 170) consists of fonds, series, file and item descriptions. Item descriptions of audio cassettes and photographs are available in Threshold.

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Further accruals are expected.

Nota general

4 audio cassettes; 2 video cassettes; 1 cloth banner; 54 pins and buttons.

Alpha-numeric designations

Other codes: Textual Records: S-A 595; S-A 821; S-A 875; S-A 958; S-A 1026; S-A 1067. Audio Cassettes: S-1145 to S-1146; S-1544 to S-1545. Photographs: S-B13384 to S-B13514; S-E236 to S-E276. Video cassette: S-VTS 531.

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