Nomenus, Inc. Records

Span Dates: 1977-2002
Bulk Dates:
Volume: not available


The collection contains administrative records of the organization including by-laws, council, committee, and circle meeting minutes, as well as issues of Nomenus publications, photographs of members and events, and ephemera. Accessioned material includes the following (lists are not comprehensive): Accession 07.032.M: by-laws, book titled A Radical Faerie's Seedbed, by Bradley Rose, and many publications including Ye Faerie Hymnal, Wolf Creek Sanctuary News, The RadDish (October 2002), Nomenews (1991-1996, non-inclusive), RFD Magazine (1977-1999, non-inclusive). There is a paper/electronic list for this accession available in Special Collections & University Archives. Accession 03.021.M: correspondence, newsletters, by-laws, clippings, issues of the RadDish, cd's and other media, architectural plans and sketches, and broadsides and flyers, 1982-1990. There are also folders and binders of meeting minutes for different committee's and councils including the coordinating council, working circle, Faery Land Trust, and Nomenus Land Search Committee. This accession also includes two binders of documentation gathered for the IRS to show the aims, scope, and non-profit status of the Radical Faery Sanctuary in Wolf Creek, Oregon. Accession 04.027.M: financial records and treasurer's reports, newsletters, subject files, directories, mailing lists, minutes, and photographs, 1987-1997. There is a paper/electronic list for this accession available in Special Collections & University Archives. Accession 12.236.M. VHS video for Goat Boy and the Potatoe [sic], and for Faerie Tales (1992), issues of the publications RadDish (Spring 1992; May 2003), and Faeriestock (August 1991), and Wolf Creek Sanctuary News (July and August 1991). There is also a photo album containing prints of people, events, work, and play at the sanctuary in Wolf Creek Oregon, and other Nomenus sites or gatherings (includes nude photographs).

Hist/Bio Note

The Radical Faerie movement was founded in California in 1979 by gay activists Harry Hay and Don Kilhefner in order 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 for gatherings. Nomenus was formed in the mid-1980s as a non-profit religious organization, and acquired the Wolf Creek property in southern Oregon. Since 1987, Nomenus has maintained a Radical Faery Sanctuary in Wolf Creek, Oregon.

Finding Aid

There is not a finding aid, but a descriptive inventory of the accessioned materials is available as noted.


This collection is held at the University Archives and Special Collections Library Manuscripts and Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon.


Neo-Pagan/New Age Movements/Occultism/Spirituality | Oregon | Radical Faeries | Nomenus