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Sexual Freedom League Collection

The Sexual Freedom League (SFL) was founded in New York City in 1963, but became more associated with the San Francisco Bay area when one founding member, Jefferson Poland, moved there. With the Vietnam War, women's movement, and the counterculture scene, the 1960s proved to be a prosperous time for the SFL. Originally formed to promote the political ideals of sexual freedom, the SFL quickly became known as an organization that sponsored sex parties. As the SFL expanded into a nationwide network of chapters, the original political ideals became less emphasized causing friction within the organization. By the late 1970s, the number of members in the SFL had dwindled.

The collection consists of four sections containing 65 archival folders covering the years 1966-1978: 1) Organizational information and correspondence includes meeting minutes, financial information, social activities, press releases, media relations, chapter information, calendars, and correspondence to/from the SFL and its religious offshoot, the Psychedelic Venus Church. 2) Newsletters consist of the pre-publication notes and correspondence dealing with the Sexual Freedom League Newsletter. 3) News Clippings contains newspaper and magazine articles on the topics of sex, gender, reproduction, women's rights, homosexual rights, nude beaches, and newsletters and flyers from other sex-related organizations. 4) Art and Objects consists of sex-related items.

The Sexual Freedom League Collection is of interest to scholars researching sexual attitudes of the United States during the 1960s-1970s.

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