Ted Rauch Collection
This collection of gay newsletters were originally collected by the Gay Activists Alliance (New York) between 1971 and 1974. As the organization started to fall apart around 1974, Ted Rauch brought them to his apartment to preserve them. He also collected the various non-GAA materials in this collection. He donated them to the National Archive of Lesbian and Gay History in 1990. The collection also includes materials about Mr. Rauch’s life, donated after his death by his partner Lester Q. Strong.
Scope and Content
This collection includes 11 inches of gay newsletters, reflecting the activities of the early post-Stonewall gay movement both in and outside the United States. It also includes the first draft of Jonathan Ned Katz’s “Gay American History,” materials from the Gay Academic Union, letters, memos, and minutes of the National Gay Archives and Library Committee from 1975, and miscellaneous Gay Activists Alliance and other gay-related documents from 1971 to 1976. Materials from Ted Rauch’s life include his birth and death certificates; educational diplomas; correspondence with family, significant others and friends; university classwork in Judaic Studies; employment information; journal entries; musical compositions and creative writings; and medical and legal documents.
History or Bio
Between 1971 and 1974 Ted Rauch was a member of the Gay Activists Alliance Newsletter Committee and he took charge of the newsletters which GAA received from other gay organizations. From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Rauch worked on at the New York Gay Switchboard and from 1974 to 1976 he was also involved with the Gay Academic Union and with the New York based National Gay Archives and Library Committee which was attempting to set up a national gay archive. At the time Mr. Rauch was also close friends with gay author Jonathan Ned Katz. A longtime employee at the Columbia University Libraries, he was also a lifelong learner, taking a number of classes in Judaic Studies and other areas. He died in 2006.
1. Newsletters (1970-1974), 12″
2. First draft of Jonathan Katz’s Gay Americna History (1975), 1″
3. Letters and typed material of the National Gay Archives and Library Committee (1975), >1/4″
4. Miscellaneous, mostly letters concerning a newsletter of the Gay Academic Union (1975), >1/4″
5. Miscellaneous records relating to gay health (1971-1973), >1/4″
6. Miscellaneous records (1971-1975, mostly 1971), 1 of 2
7. GAA records (1971-1975), 2 of 2
8. School Diploma: PS 82, Queens
9. 8th Grade Diploma: PS 117, Queens
10. High School Yearbook
11. High School Diploma and Related Memorabilia
12. Correspondence with Parents and Family
13. Rauch and Silver Family Documents
14. Andy Paino Material
15. Audio Conversation: Rauch, Paino, D. Jones
16. Old Friends
17. Herbert J. Frudenberger [Ted’s Therapist, 1975-1999]
18. Joe Kennedy [Pamphlet and Correspondence]
19. Anniversary Cards [Ten years, Rauch and L. Strong, November 1986]
20. Columbia Education
21. Notes on Judaic Studies Courses, Columbia University, Yeshiva University, Hebrew Union College [1 of 4]
22. Notes on Judaic Studies Courses, Columbia University, Yeshiva University, Hebrew Union College [2 of 4]
23. Notes on Judaic Studies Courses, Columbia University, Yeshiva University, Hebrew Union College [3 of 4]
24. Notes on Judaic Studies Courses, Columbia University, Yeshiva University, Hebrew Union College [4 of 4]
25. University essays and classwork [1 of 2]
26. University essays and classwork [2 of 2]
27. Columbia Employment
28. Retirement Party: Photos, Audio, Video
29. Poetry and Writings
30. Sporadic Journal Entries
31. Musical Compositions, 1990s-early 2000s
33. Medical Expense Ledger
34. Medical History
35. Legal Documents
36. Obituary and Memorial
37. Columbia Diplomas
Video Tape List
1. One video tape of Mr. Rauch’s retirement party from Columbia University Libraries, 1998 (Box 3, folder 27, copied to DVD).
Audio Tape List
1. One audio tape of Mr. Rauch, his then-lover Andy Paino, and friend David Jones, 1973 (Box 3, folder 14, copied to server).
2. One audio tape of Mr. Rauch’s retirement party from Columbia University Libraries, 1998 (Box 3, folder 27, copied to server).