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Contact Infomation:

Special Collections

MSU  Libraries

366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824



URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

Date Received:


Date Processed:

October 2013

Acquisitions Information:

Donated by Steve Wilensky and Mark Rizenhein as part of the Wilensky-Ritzenhein Book Collection in 2012

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information:  Box number, Folder number and/or title, Mark Ritzenhein gay photo collection, MSS 411, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Copyright Notice:

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Usage Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on the access of this collection.

Photoduplication Restrictions:

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Collection Summary:

This archive consisting of 5 boxes contains post cards, greeting cards, gay porn calendars, newspaper pictures, works of art of men in various poses, activities, comics, humor, sports pictures, etc.

Box 1 & 2 consists of postcards and greeting cards now divided into 38 categories.

Box 3 consists of mainly larger pictures or other items that would not fit into the card sized boxes of Boxes 1 & 2. This box is divided into 17 folders.

Box 4 consists of 5 albums plus misc. partial albums and pictures too large to fit into earlier boxes.

Box 5 is the Colt Studios Calendar Box consisting of a variety of men’s pictures on the variety of Colt calendars of men, Colt Studios miscellaneous materials, plus 5 Annual Man Desk Calendars with photographs by Jim French.

This collection is a part of the donation by Stephen P. Wilensky and Mark S. Ritzenhein

Historical Background:

Steve Wilensky and Mark Rizenhein were partners and longtime residents of the Lansing area. In 2012 they donated a major part of their library of mainly gay materials along with some art work to the MSU Libraries.

Processing Note:

Processed by Edward R. Barton, PhD, Oct. 2013


Box Description
1 Act Up & AIDS
  Advertising Cards
  Antique Pictures - Photos of Men
  Art Work
  Barcelona, Spain
  Bolivia & Peru
  Boxers, Pictures of Men as Boxers
  Color Cards
  Envelopes of pictures organized by Mark
  Fox Studio
  Gay Lists Direct Mail Advertising
  Happy Birthday & Happy Holidays
  Ken Dolls
Box Description
2 Misc.
  Men At Work
  Mera '91
  New York City
  Nudes & Skin
  Pierre et Gilles Photographs
  Pillow Talk Cards
  Put-in-Bay, Ohio & Battle of Lake Erie
  Queer Nation
  ROB Amsterdam Cards
  San Francisco, CA
  Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
  We Note Cards
Box Description
3 Boys Pictures
  Family Pictures
  Galleries & Cards  (oversized)
  Magnets  (on the back of cards, etc.)
  Magazines, Videos, Events, etc. Promotional Cards & Flyers
  Men At Work Pictures
  Men's Fashions & Catalogues
  Men's Sports Pictures
  Military Pictures and Gays in the Military
  Music Pictures
  NASA Space Program Photo Collection
  Post Cards to Donors Steve & Mark
  Sacks from Various Places Where Cards, etc. Were Purchased
  Safe Sex
  Theatre & Dance Pictures
  Misc. Photos:
  UHS Banned early 1900s
  Becoming visible flyer on program for NY's Homeless Transgendered Teens & Thank You Letter
  TOM of Finland folder & photo
  Pig Sex photo
  2 Misc. large photos
  Chris Hay Photography - Mark I. Chester under picture
Box Description
4 Colt Studios Album of Cards & Pictures
  Album of Misc. Cards organized by Mark plus a number of Vivid Man video flyers
  Album on Misc. pictures mainly newspaper photos of athletic activities
  Various album fillers with numerous cards & photos not put into an album
  Memories photo album
  Especially Night photo album
  Misc. large pictures too large to fit into earlier boxes
Box Description
5 2000 and 2001 Clot Classic Box of Calendars
  Colt 25th Anniversary Albums Part 2 (Superstar) & Part 3 (The Macho Image)
  Stars Issue 15
  Colt Men Issues 2 & 6
  Various colt Calendars 1985  through 2011 including Couples, Colt, Colt Man, Colt Men, Hairy Chested Men, Bare Chested Men, Leather, Butt Beautiful Colt Classic, Cowboys, Naked Muscles, Jocks, Buckshot Boys, and Men in Uniform
  Jim Frederick Photograph Calendar
  Misc. Colt Advertising Materials
  Annual Man Desk Calendars (Photographs by Jim French) 1985  & 1995 through 1988
  Also See Colt Album in Box 4

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