Guide to the H. Lynn Womack Papers,
1945-1994

Collection Number: 7441

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

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Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
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Compiled by:
P. McCray
Date completed:
June 1991
EAD encoding:
Mireille Lee, March 2000
Sarah Keen and Sara McDermott, July 2009

© 2009 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
H. Lynn Womack papers 1945-1994
Collection Number:
7441
Creator:
H. Lynn Womack
Quantity:
5 cubic feet
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, business records, newspaper clippings, court records, manuscripts, photographs, catalogues, brochures, advertisements.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The H. Lynn Womack papers include business records of the Guild Press, the Guild Book Service, the Grecian Guild, the Potomac News Company, and Village Books and Press, all of an erotic and pornographic nature. Also, correspondence with Richard Schlegel and others, gay periodicals, manuscripts of erotic and pornographic stories, and an extensive collection of pornographic mail order catalogs.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

H. Lynn Womack (1923-1985) was a headmaster of a boys' school in the 1940s and then a professor of Philosophy at George Washington University. In 1952, he bought the small company Guild Press, and as publisher, editor, and distributor, turned it into a profitable gay publishing company with numerous affilated enterprises. The United States Postal Service tried to stop the circulation of MANUAL, TRIM, and GRECIAN GUILD PICTORIAL, but he took them to court and won the case on appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court (Manual Enterprises Inc. v. J. Edward Day) in 1962. This ruling changed the definintion of obscenity and its relationship to gay pornography.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Series I. of the H. Lynn Womack papers consists of correspondence, business records, newspaper clippings, and briefs, transcripts, and records of court cases pertaining to pornography and obscenity; also, manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs pertaining to the Guild Book Service and its affiliated enterprises, including the Guild Press, Potomac News Company, Central Sales, the Grecian Guild, Village Books, Village Press, and Media Arts. Included is the correspondence of the editors of these enterprises, including Rick Sampson, Ronnie Anderson, J.J. Proferes, and Ralph Church. Additional Guild Press records from Womack's estate include correspondence between Womack and various photographers and publishers including Randolph Benson of Trim magazine, model releases and related publication papers, photographic negatives and proofs of pictures published in various Womack magazines, and transparencies of similar material. Also, seals for Potomac Associates (1958) and Howell Academy for Boys, Inc. (1945). Series II. is an extensive collection of pornographic mail order catalogues, brochures, advertisements, and other mailings.

PROVENANCE

Gift of George Fisher.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Womack, H. Lynn, 1923-1985.
Schlegel, Richard.
Guild Press.
Guild Book Service.
Village Books and Press.
Grecian Guild.
Potomac News Company.

Subjects:
Pornography.
Erotica.
Sex oriented businesses.
Mail order businesses.
Pornography--Catalogs.
Gay men--Books and reading.
Obscenity (law).


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
H. Lynn Womack papers, #7441. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

Series I. is maintained as it arrived, in no particular order. Materials in Box 5 were added to the collection in 2009, several years after the original acquisition. Series II. is arranged in alphabetical order.

SERIES LIST

Series I. Womack and Guild Book Service Files Boxes 1-2, 5-9
Series II. Mail Order Catalogs and Advertisements Boxes 2-4

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
Series I. Womack and Guild Book Service Files
1969
Herman Lynn Womack personal papers, including newspaper clippings pertaining to his arrest on obscenity charges, and the United States District Court Grand Jury proceedings against Womack and others, 3 November 1969.
Box 1 Folder 1-2
1961
United States District Court Grand Jury, Official Transcript of Proceedings, 10 March 1961
Box 1 Folder 3
1959
United States District Court Grand Jury Charge, 3 Nov 1959
Box 1 Folder 4
1960
17 Nov 1960 legal lists
Box 1 Folder 5
1951-1960
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 6
Pornography, articles and papers
Box 1 Folder 7
1971
Newspapers pertaining to Womack sentencing and arrest
Box 1 Folder 8
Obscenity, articles
Box 1 Folder 9
Obscenity legal cases, briefs
Box 1 Folder 10
Obscenity cases, clippings, and legal papers pertaining to Womack and Potomac News Company
Box 1 Folder 11
Obscenity, Supreme Court legal cases
Box 1 Folder 12-13
Luros legal case
Box 1 Folder 14
Blount, Postmaster General vs. Rizzi, doing business as The Mail Box
Box 1 Folder 15
CDL Reporter
Box 1 Folder 16
Several obscenity legal cases, corresp9ondence, and First Amendment Lawyers Association printed material
Box 1 Folder 17
Guild Press author's contract
Box 1 Folder 18
United States vs. Spinar and Germain
Box 1 Folder 19
Manual Enterprises vs. Day
Box 1 Folder 20
Rubber Goods
Box 1 Folder 21
Portsmouth, Virginia; Village Books legal cases
Box 1 Folder 22
North Carolina vs. Dick McCluney
Box 1 Folder 23
Michigan vs. MGA Theatres, Gamecock, Argo Land Company
Box 1 Folder 24
Hoyt vs. Minnesota; "Mix Mates" magazine
Box 1 Folder 25
Charlene Mitchell vs. Joseph L. Donovan
Box 1 Folder 26
DSI
Box 1 Folder 27
United States vs. Dellapia
Box 1 Folder 28
Marvin Miller
Box 1 Folder 29
Lee Art Theatre
Box 1 Folder 30
Liberty of Congress
Box 1 Folder 31
Nixon
Box 1 Folder 32
United States vs. "Sexual Freedom"
Box 1 Folder 33
Trojan Book Service
Box 1 Folder 34
Massachusetts and Boston vs. Hunt and Palladino
Box 1 Folder 35
1967-1969
Jim Hall correspondence
Box 1 Folder 36
Cobra Press, Amsterdam, Holland
Box 1 Folder 37
Andrews Manor
Box 1 Folder 38
Ralph Ginzburg
Box 1 Folder 39
Obscenity charges, Newport News, Queen and Ferraro
Box 1 Folder 40
101 Book Sales
Box 1 Folder 41
Oliver Layton Press
Box 1 Folder 42
Village Books
Box 1 Folder 43
Book Guild of America
Box 1 Folder 44
Trojan Book Service
Box 1 Folder 45
Phallic Development in the White Male
Box 1 Folder 46
One Confidential; The Treasure Chest Compendium
Box 1 Folder 47
Foreign Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 48-49
Central Sales, Legal
Box 1 Folder 50
Central Sales, Catalogs
Box 1 Folder 51
Bob Anthony Studio
Box 1 Folder 52
Ben Grandy Company
Box 1 Folder 53
New Market Possibilities; Richard Schlegel Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 54
Post Office Policies
Box 1 Folder 55
Grecian Guild Letters and Pictures
Box 1 Folder 56-57
Original typescript chapters 27-29 of a pornographic novel
Box 1 Folder 58
"Pornography and Violence" by Irving Younger
Box 1 Folder 59
Guild Press Photo Studio correspondence
Box 1 Folder 60
Jay Mitchell Studio
Box 1 Folder 61
Rick Dion Studio, Portland Oregon
Box 1 Folder 62
1968
1968 Convention
Box 1 Folder 63
International Sex Equality Anonymous, Montreal
Box 1 Folder 64
Photo correspondence
Box 1 Folder 65
Photo Studio brochures
Box 1 Folder 66
1968-1971
General correspondence
Box 1 Folder 67-69
Miscellaneous correspondence
Box 1 Folder 70
Miscellaneous correspondence
Box 2 Folder 1
Guild Press correspondence with prospective authors
Box 2 Folder 2-3
Disus; Nick Krysalka correspondence
Box 2 Folder 4
Ralph Chambers correspondence, Daddy's Nympho manuscript
Box 2 Folder 5
Photographs and pieces of short prose
Box 2 Folder 6
Clothing catalogues
Box 2 Folder 7
Manuscript and typescript
Box 2 Folder 8
Pornographic story, "The Spit and the Pendulum"
Box 2 Folder 9
Herb Vernon
Box 2 Folder 10
Clippings
Box 2 Folder 11
Village Books mailings and order forms
Box 2 Folder 12-14
Rhodesia
Box 2 Folder 15
Village Books mailings and order forms
Box 2 Folder 16-18
Enterprises subsequent to Village Books
Box 2 Folder 19
Domestic and foreign check-off lists
Box 2 Folder 20
Clippings
Box 2 Folder 21
Guild Book Service, mailings 1-14
Box 2 Folder 22
Guild Book Service, mailings 15-26
Box 2 Folder 23
Guild Book Service, mailings 27-35
Box 2 Folder 24
Guild Book Service, mailings 36-47
Box 2 Folder 25
Guild Book Service, mailings 48-58
Box 2 Folder 26
Guild Book Service, mailings 59-74
Box 2 Folder 27
Village Books and Press, mailings 1-19
Box 2 Folder 28
Village Books and Press, mailings 20-34
Box 2 Folder 29
Village Books and Press, mailings 35-45
Box 2 Folder 30
Mark II Theatre, mailings 1-26
Box 2 Folder 31
Potomac News Company
Box 2 Folder 32
1968
Guild Press correspondence
Box 2 Folder 33-34
1963-1968
Photograph submissions to Grecian Guild Pictorial
Box 2 Folder 35-36
1967-1968
Correspondence and submissions to Guild Books
Box 2 Folder 37-38
Media Arts, mailings 1-17
Box 2 Folder 39
Media Arts, mailings 18-40
Box 2 Folder 40
Media Arts, mailings 41-64
Box 2 Folder 41
Photographs and negatives of nude men
Box 2 Folder 42-44
Photographs and negatives of nude men
Box 5 Folder 1-51
Negatives of nude men
Box 6
Negatives of nude men
Box 7
Negatives of nude men
Box 8
Clothing and fashion brochures
Box 2 Folder 45-47
International Guild Travel Guide
Box 2 Folder 48-51
Miscellaneous erotic and pornographic catalogues, brochures, and mailings
Box 2 Folder 52
1966-1967
Castillo correspondence
Box 5 Folder 52
1960-1994
Correspondence
Box 5 Folder 53
Trim, Randolph Benson
Box 5 Folder 54
Guild Press brochures
Box 5 Folder 55
Brochures from other publishers
Box 5 Folder 56
Model releases
Box 5 Folder 57
Embossing stamps for Potomac Associates and for Howell Academy for Boys
Box 9
Series II. Mail Order Catalogs and Advertisements
Ace Services
Box 2 Folder 53
Action Line
Box 2 Folder 54
Ace Advertising Service, Inc.
Box 2 Folder 55
Adam's Enterprises
Box 2 Folder 56
Adams Forwarding Service (Dansk Exports)
Box 2 Folder 57
The Adult Company
Box 2 Folder 58
Adult and Parents Guidance Institute
Box 2 Folder 59
Alameda Book Sales
Box 2 Folder 60
ADC-Alan Distributing Company
Box 2 Folder 61
All Star Enterprises
Box 2 Folder 62
All Star Distributors
Box 2 Folder 63
Alpha 1
Box 2 Folder 64
Amazon Productions
Box 2 Folder 65
Bob Anthony
Box 2 Folder 66
Apollo
Box 2 Folder 67
Aquarius
Box 2 Folder 68
Argyle Company
Box 2 Folder 69
Dale Armstrong and Associates
Box 2 Folder 70
Artemis Books
Box 2 Folder 71
Artista Book Club
Box 2 Folder 72
Athens West
Box 2 Folder 73
Atol Ltd.
Box 2 Folder 74
Joseph W. Barnes
Box 2 Folder 75
Basic Health Aids
Box 2 Folder 76
Bayou Studios
Box 2 Folder 77
Bates, Adler, and Co.
Box 2 Folder 78
Behaviour Modification, Inc.
Box 2 Folder 79
Bellatrix Publishing
Box 2 Folder 80
BSP - Behavioural Science Press
Box 2 Folder 81
Bentley Co.
Box 2 Folder 82
Berkshire Guild
Box 2 Folder 83
Bertel Corp.
Box 2 Folder 84
Betta Health Products
Box 2 Folder 85
Bizarre Productions
Box 2 Folder 86
BK Enterprises
Box 2 Folder 87
Book Art Co.
Box 2 Folder 88
Book Bin
Box 3 Folder 1
Book Bargains
Box 3 Folder 2
Book Mark
Box 3 Folder 3
Books Unlimited
Box 3 Folder 4
Brad-Lee Publications
Box 3 Folder 5
J. Brian Enterprises
Box 3 Folder 6
Calafran Enterprises, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 7
John Amslow and Assoc.
Box 3 Folder 8
Cal-Mail
Box 3 Folder 9
Cameo
Box 3 Folder 10
Candor Productions ("The Real Thing")
Box 3 Folder 11
CBI
Box 3 Folder 12
Central Products
Box 3 Folder 13
Central Sales Ltd.
Box 3 Folder 14
Centurion Distributors, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 15
Charisma, Movie-of-the-Month-Club
Box 3 Folder 16
Cienega Distributors
Box 3 Folder 17
Cinerotic Film Club of America
Box 3 Folder 18
Club Baths
Box 3 Folder 19
Collector's Corner
Box 3 Folder 20
P. Collins
Box 3 Folder 21
Commander Books
Box 3 Folder 22
Craig
Box 3 Folder 23
B. La Croix
Box 3 Folder 24
Crown House
Box 3 Folder 25
Cybertype
Box 3 Folder 26
DAK Products
Box 3 Folder 27
David of California
Box 3 Folder 28
D.A.M.I.
Box 3 Folder 29
Dansk Foto Colour USA
Box 3 Folder 30
D G Sales
Box 3 Folder 31
Daisy Chain Letter
Box 3 Folder 32
Danish Advertising
Box 3 Folder 33
David of California
Box 3 Folder 34
Davis Productions
Box 3 Folder 35
Dean's Enterprise
Box 3 Folder 36
Delas Art Studio
Box 3 Folder 37
Denmark Imports
Box 3 Folder 38
Alan Dexter
Box 3 Folder 39
Different Products Unlimited
Box 3 Folder 40
DSI
Box 3 Folder 41-44
Directory Services
Box 3 Folder 45
Diverse
Box 3 Folder 46
Diversified Products
Box 3 Folder 47
F/S Pub., Inc.
Box 3 Folder 48
FSI
Box 3 Folder 49
Flower Direct Mail
Box 3 Folder 50
Fotoflair International
Box 3 Folder 51
Frank Williams
Box 3 Folder 52
F.R.E.E. (International Correspondence Club)
Box 3 Folder 53
Freedom Press
Box 3 Folder 54
GBP-G. B. Productions
Box 3 Folder 55
G and M Enterprises
Box 3 Folder 56
Gary's Studios
Box 3 Folder 57
GEM Productions
Box 3 Folder 58
GMBH Colorfilm, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 59
Go Go Products
Box 3 Folder 60
Goldenrod
Box 3 Folder 61
Gold Line
Box 3 Folder 62
Graduate Enterprises
Box 3 Folder 63
Grand Prix Photo Arts
Box 3 Folder 64
Great Western Services
Box 3 Folder 65
Greenbriar Club, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 66
Greyhuff
Box 3 Folder 67
GW Enterprises
Box 3 Folder 68
Hallmark House
Box 3 Folder 69
John Harrison
Box 3 Folder 70
Hartman, Assoc.
Box 3 Folder 71
Health Aid Distributors
Box 3 Folder 72
Heart Studios
Box 3 Folder 73
Helvardsen-Kohn Opticals, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 74
Hogarth Guild
Box 3 Folder 75
Hollywood Selections
Box 3 Folder 76
Hollywood Showcase
Box 3 Folder 77
H.R.A. and Associates Homosexual Research Association
Box 3 Folder 78
Homophile Youth Movement - HYMN
Box 3 Folder 79
House of David
Box 3 Folder 80
House of Price
Box 3 Folder 81
IPS - International Phallic Society, Ltd.
Box 3 Folder 82
Ionos Mailers
Box 3 Folder 83
Jay Mitchell Studios
Box 3 Folder 84
Jensen Ent., Mark
Box 3 Folder 85
Joe Miller Studio
Box 3 Folder 86
Kamera
Box 3 Folder 87
Robert Kent
Box 3 Folder 88
Mr. Kenneth
Box 3 Folder 89
Marie Kis
Box 3 Folder 90
L'Affaire
Box 3 Folder 91
Leather Lads
Box 3 Folder 92
Leung's
Box 3 Folder 93
Leisure Mailers
Box 3 Folder 94
Limited Publishers Guild
Box 3 Folder 95
LSI
Box 3 Folder 96
Lunar Sales
Box 3 Folder 97
Lux Publications
Box 3 Folder 98
Lyle Stuart, Inc.
Box 3 Folder 99
Merlin Photographic
Box 3 Folder 100
Metro Books
Box 3 Folder 101
M.D. Press
Box 3 Folder 102
MPS Associates
Box 3 Folder 102
Madison Square Books
Box 3 Folder 104
John Merryweather Inc. - JMI
Box 3 Folder 105
Magazine of Modern Sex
Box 3 Folder 106
Mid-City
Box 3 Folder 107
Male Call
Box 3 Folder 108
Midwest Photo Services
Box 3 Folder 109
Milo of Los Angeles
Box 3 Folder 110
Mino-Cini
Box 3 Folder 111
Monarch Products
Box 3 Folder 112
NAA
Box 3 Folder 113
National Productions
Box 3 Folder 114
Eddie Nelson and Associates
Box 3 Folder 115
Marlboro Publishing Company
Box 4 Folder 1
Nema
Box 4 Folder 2
Newbern Company
Box 4 Folder 3
New York Hymnal
Box 4 Folder 4
Nova Arts
Box 4 Folder 5
Northern News/Greyhuff
Box 4 Folder 6
Olympia Selections
Box 4 Folder 7
One, Incorporated
Box 4 Folder 8
Mark IV Enterprises, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 9
M. Maurice
Box 4 Folder 10
Maytime Production Co. Inc.
Box 4 Folder 11
Media Arts
Box 4 Folder 12
Media-Data, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 13
The Medical Press of New York
Box 4 Folder 14
Medical Products of New York
Box 4 Folder 15
Medon Dist., Ltd.
Box 4 Folder 16
Barbara Martine
Box 4 Folder 17
Option Publishes Corp.
Box 4 Folder 18
Osiris
Box 4 Folder 19
Overstock Book Co. Inc.
Box 4 Folder 20
Pacifica
Box 4 Folder 21
Pan Graphic, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 22
Panu-Co.
Box 4 Folder 23
Paramount Classics
Box 4 Folder 24
Park-Miller Theatre
Box 4 Folder 25
Parkway House
Box 4 Folder 26
Paulchen Enterprises
Box 4 Folder 27
Pen Pals International
Box 4 Folder 28
Penitentiary Publishing
Box 4 Folder 29
Pent-R Books, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 30
Pen-Vib
Box 4 Folder 31
Peters, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 32
Pharaoh Designs, Ltd.
Box 4 Folder 33
Photographer's Choice
Box 4 Folder 34
Photographer's Guild
Box 4 Folder 35
Lioneer Enterprises
Box 4 Folder 36
La Plume
Box 4 Folder 37
Poses
Box 4 Folder 38
Potpourri
Box 4 Folder 39
Powell Enterprises
Box 4 Folder 40
Premier
Box 4 Folder 41
Premium Productions
Box 4 Folder 42
Art Printz
Box 4 Folder 43
Private Audience Films, Co.
Box 4 Folder 44
Private Collections, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 45
QQ Publ. Co.
Box 4 Folder 46
Alan Rand
Box 4 Folder 47
Rand Mailers
Box 4 Folder 48
Randolph P.A.
Box 4 Folder 49
RAS Enterprises
Box 4 Folder 50
The Reel Thing - Candor Productions
Box 4 Folder 51
Regal Book Company
Box 4 Folder 52
Regent House
Box 4 Folder 53
Rex
Box 4 Folder 54
Riviera Company
Box 4 Folder 55
Riviera Enterprises
Box 4 Folder 56
Roberts
Box 4 Folder 57
John Rodriguez
Box 4 Folder 58
Rogue Studios
Box 4 Folder 59
Roger of Hollywood
Box 4 Folder 60
Romans
Box 4 Folder 61
Rogy's
Box 4 Folder 62
Safe-P-Products
Box 4 Folder 63
S and D Products
Box 4 Folder 64
Le Salon
Box 4 Folder 65
Scandia
Box 4 Folder 66
Seven Star Productions
Box 4 Folder 67
Sex Research Reports, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 68
Sex and Society, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 69
SFA - Sexual Freedom Associates
Box 4 Folder 70
Shamrock Distributors
Box 4 Folder 71
Shaz Press Inc.
Box 4 Folder 72
Robert Sherwood
Box 4 Folder 73
Show Enterprises
Box 4 Folder 74
S.I.I.
Box 4 Folder 75
Mr. Sir.
Box 4 Folder 76
Synergistic Mail Corp.
Box 4 Folder 77
Social Research Corp.
Box 4 Folder 78
Soldyrelse
Box 4 Folder 79
Space Trac
Box 4 Folder 80
Spartan Book and Film Club
Box 4 Folder 81
Specialty Items Co.
Box 4 Folder 82
Spectra
Box 4 Folder 83
Stardak Publishing Co., Inc.
Box 4 Folder 84
Stevens Agency
Box 4 Folder 85
S.P. Stober
Box 4 Folder 86
Sovereign Advertising, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 87
Jim Stryker
Box 4 Folder 88
Studio "9"
Box 4 Folder 89
Studio Bookshop
Box 4 Folder 90
Skyward Productions
Box 4 Folder 91
Studio Press
Box 4 Folder 92
Studio Services
Box 4 Folder 93
Sunshine Beach Club
Box 4 Folder 94
Swednafilm Internationale
Box 4 Folder 95
Tangents; Target
Box 4 Folder 96
T.A.P.
Box 4 Folder 97
Telstar Productions
Box 4 Folder 98
Temple Rialto
Box 4 Folder 99
Terry Sanders
Box 4 Folder 100
Therapeutic Products Co.
Box 4 Folder 101
Timely Books
Box 4 Folder 102
Tom Kelley
Box 4 Folder 102
Toro
Box 4 Folder 104
Tropic Book Service
Box 4 Folder 105
T.R.T.
Box 4 Folder 106
Tru-Art
Box 4 Folder 107
Alan Tuck Assoc.
Box 4 Folder 108
Ultima Sales Co.
Box 4 Folder 109
Turnabout Enterprises
Box 4 Folder 110
U.N.C.L.E.
Box 4 Folder 111
United Surgical Distrs.
Box 4 Folder 112
Universal Enterprises
Box 4 Folder 113
Universal Sales
Box 4 Folder 114
Universal Specialties
Box 4 Folder 115
University Press
Box 4 Folder 116
Vagabond Club
Box 4 Folder 117
Venture Books
Box 4 Folder 118
Vigor and Vitality Books
Box 4 Folder 119
Viking Enterprises
Box 4 Folder 120
Visual Enterprises
Box 4 Folder 121
Visual Information and Education
Box 4 Folder 122
Waterfront Books
Box 4 Folder 123
Westrep Associates
Box 4 Folder 124
West Studios
Box 4 Folder 125
Williamshouse Associates
Box 4 Folder 126
Wingate and Bevins
Box 4 Folder 127
Wishbone Productions, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 128
XXX
Box 4 Folder 129
Zephyr Publications, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 130