About The Library
The Carter/Johnson Leather Library and Collection, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a traveling collection of thousands of books, magazines, posters, art, club and event pins, newspapers, event programs and ephemera showing the Leather, fetish, kink, and S/M erotic history of the gay, straight, and trans communities.
The Library includes:
- Early editions of “London Life,” magazines of special interest such as the first article on S/M in a major publication
- The “Life Magazine” showing the Chuck Arnett mural of leather men
- The Arrest of Monique Von Cleef
- Complete collections of “Black Leather in Color,” “The Leather Journal,” “Dungeon Master,” “Drummer,” “Cuir,” “Body Play” and many other magazines of the last five decades.
- DVDs of “The Story of O,” “The Pet,” “A Tour of the Leather Archives and Museum with Dr. Tony DeBlase,” “Kinky,” “Piercing Visions,” “Blood Sisters,” “Tattoo,” “Out of the Darkness,” “The history of the Satyrs Motorcycle Club,” event DVDs and other titles to numerous to name.”
- Rare books dating as far back as 1701
- Flagellation tracts from the 1700’s
- The collected works of Moses Harmon including his newspaper- Lucifer the Light-Bearer
- A special section of limited editions from European and American publishers dating back to the 1800’s
- Classic works of Von Sacher Masoch, De Sade, Trocchi, Rabelais, Boccaccio, and Ellis
- More modern writings of F.E. Campbell, Dolcet, Reage, Prescott and Vassi
- Serialized books such as Bizarre and original copies of “Bizarre Magazine,” “Erotique,” “Fantastique and Physique Pictorial” from the 1940 and 1950’s
- Autographed copies from many modern writers and modern educational classics from Nazca Plains Publishing.
- Comic books such as Leather Lad, Bondage Pixies, Manga style comics, and adult graphic novels
- Dissertations, theses and other scholarly works
- Posters and various other forms of art.
- Special tributes to bootblacks and people of color
- And So Much More …
Information on the Library
When Jill and I were just starting out in “the scene” (what the very small community was called back in the early ’70’s) we were given reading materials by our mentors. The books and magazines that we were given accumulated as paper tends to do, and got culled with each relocation over the years.
In the mid ’80’s Jill’s job took us to Oklahoma and within a short time, we found the leather community. A brand new club was forming and we were its first female members. We were leather women with about fifteen years experience and by the standards that existed when we first came out of our leather closets the two of us should not have been community elders, yet we were. Tulsa and Oklahoma City had lost many of its old guard leathermen (and the history that belonged to those leathermen) to the first wave of aids. There were very few twenty plus year leather folk around to help guide the new generation just discovering its kinky sexuality.
We attended the early meetings of T.U.L.S.A and would occasionally travel to Oklahoma City for fundraisers and other charity events. The more active we became in the state, the more leather “kinklings” we would have picking our memories or asking us questions about our kinky past. Soon our home in Tulsa was the place where many of the next generation spent all or part of their weekends.
Sometime during the weekend laughter, fun and food one of the kinklings invariably would ask if we had this magazine, or that book. “Did we have pictures of this march or that event?” At least twice each weekend the three or four big boxes of books and magazines that we had saved got dragged into the living room so that the “kids” could go through them. But just as often as not, I had to apologize for what was *not* in those old boxes.
So very much had been thrown away with each relocation that we were missing far more than we had saved. Still, our old “stuff” became the reading and learning material of the next Oklahoma leather generation. Because it was precious to them, it became precious to Jill and me. No longer were those old boxes of leather books and magazines just old memories that we needed to go through one day, they were the resources our next generation read to learn about their history.
Soon we were saving everything. When I commuted to California to go to work I packed an empty duffle bag so that I could bring back multiple copies of the books and magazines that could not be mailed into the state of Oklahoma. I found myself browsing through used bookstores looking for many of the books Jill and I had read more than a decade before. If it was leather, fetish or kink related, I tried to bring it home.