Scope and arrangement
The Roy Eddey Motive papers chronicle the life of Motive from 1964 to 1972 as a magazine featuring and eventually devoted to gay liberation. In particular, it documents the production of the final, gay men's issue in 1971. The papers contain editorial and contributor correspondence and business papers documenting the history of Motive Inc.
Earlier files (1964-1970) contain correspondence with the Motive editors of those years, B.J. Stiles and Ron Henderson, and include contributor letters, manuscripts and art work, as well as discussion of a proposed issue entirely devoted to homosexuality. The original art work is by Robert Charles Brown.
Files from 1971-1979 contain business and editorial and production files. Business files include the separation agreement from the Methodist Church, incorporation and copyright papers for Motive Inc., and editorial meeting minutes from 1971 documenting the decision to end the magazine. Later correspondence (post-1972) mainly concerns final disposition of funds among the magazine's contributors, the dissolution of Motive Inc. and the sale of the name "Motive" back to the Methodist Church.
Editorial and production files document the creation of the final issues of Motive (mainly the gay men's issue). They include contributor correspondence, manuscripts, gay newspaper and magazine clippings sent with the manuscripts, and letters to the editor in response to the magazine's last issues.
The collection is arranged chronologically, with some divisions by subject within date ranges.