Nomenus Collection

Span Dates: 1980-2000
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 15 cubic ft.


The archives contains the correspondence, minutes, agendas, organizational records, membership directories, and publications of the Radical Faeries, a queer social organization with a focus on spirituality. A large portion of the collection concerns the acquisition and maintenance of the Wolf Creek Radical Faerie Sanctuary in Oregon. Nomenus has held the Wolf Creek site since the mid-1980s. It is a sacred space for radical queer consciousness. The collection also includes some early LGBTQIA publications such as "Fag Rag" and "Gay Sunshine."

Hist/Bio Note

N The Radical Faerie movement was founded in California in 1979 by gay activists Harry Hay and Don Kilhefner. They wanted to explore consciousness and create an alternative to what they saw as the assimilationist attitude of the mainstream U.S. gay community. They held the first Spiritual Conference for Radical Fairies in Arizona in September 1979. In the early 1980s, a group of Radical Faeries on the West Coast sought a location to hold gatherings, etc. Nomenus was formed in the mid-1980s as a non-profit religious organization, and acquired the Wolf Creek property in southern Oregon.

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available.


The collection is held at the Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center of the San Francisco Public Library.


Neo-Pagan/New Age Movements/Occultism/Spirituality | Radical Faeries | Hay, Harry | Nomenus | California | Oregon