Scope and arrangement
The bulk of the papers, which fall in the period 1961 to 1965, consist of correspondence, miscellaneous papers and printed ephemera, reflecting Mr. Wicker's efforts as a gay activist in New York to focus public attention upon the status of gay men and lesbians in America, and to win understanding and support for their cause.
The papers are arranged into correspondence; miscellaneous papers; and printed ephemera.
The correspondence, which includes incoming and outgoing letters arranged chronologically in the period 1961-1963, 1965 (and undated) is that of Randy Wicker as public relations director of the Homosexual League of New York with editors and publishers of mainstream newspapers and magazines, with officers of gay and lesbian organizations, with gays and others seeking information about the League, with readers of an article by Dan Wakefield on Randy Wicker entitled "The Gay Crusader" which was published in the June 1963 issue of Nugget (magazine), and with persons responding to the radio program "Live and Let Live" which featured a discussion by homosexuals of their lifestyles broadcast by Pacific Radio WBAI-FM in New York. Correspondence from Franklin E. Kameny of the Mattachine Society of Washington relates to his attempt to persuade the Pentagon to revise its policy regarding the service of homosexuals in the armed forces.
Other organizational correspondence includes Daughters of Bilitis (Barbara Gittings), Demophil Center (Prescott Townsend), Greater Philadelphia (magazine), League for Civil Education (Guy Strait), One, Inc. (Don Slater), and Sexology Magazine. There are also two letters (July 20 and Sept. 21, 1962) from David McReynolds (War Resisters' League), and one letter (July 12, 1962) from Norman Mailer.
The miscellaneous papers (1962-1964, 1992-1993) include a scrapbook of personal publicity relating to Mr. Wicker's activities as a gay rights activist including clippings of his articles in the Mattachine Review, press clippings regarding the radio program "Live and Let Live"; and photocopies of papers relating to his attempt to reorganize the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee, sponsors of the annual Gay Pride Day in New York City.
The printed ephemera (1958-1973 and undated), which is arranged by year, consists of flyers, bulletins, news sheets, and clippings of press and magazine articles relating to homosexuality and to the gay and lesbian community.