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The preservation project of the Satyrs Archives

is more than just the collection of the

Satyrs Motorcycle Club.  

The Satyrs Archives also contains the collection of  more than 23 original clubs in California.

since the Satyrs founding in 1954.

This is no ordinary archive collection of just one club, the is a vast holding of many clubs long since folded in which various members over the yearsdeposited their collection to the Satyrs Motorcycle Club.

They changed the world.

One hundred years of changing social views, transition from the wild west to metropolitan growth and the influx of new communities caused major shifts in Los Angeles prior to the club formation.

The Satyrs helped spawn the growth of hundreds of motorcycle clubs, uniform clubs and many leather organizations over the nearly six decades of existence.

The club members impact over the years on gay history, culture, discrimination, police raids, entrapment and even charity has been widely documented.

Photos from more than 23 clubs’ events Over 15,000+ restored photos,  original meeting notes archived, hundreds of hours of film and video, original scans of archival posters, archived and documented materials.

“The Satyrs’ are pulling together the most complete, extensive and fully researched collection in the history of gay culture to be seen by generations to come”

About the Satyrs’ Legacy Project

How did the original concept start and evolve

The original concept began in 2002, when the club began planning for it’s 50th Anniversary.  Garry Bowie and Scott Bloom, both filmmakers, along with club members and others started taking stock on the aging members including near original members who could give a living oral history on film.

What became evident even in 2002 was the sheer volume of material that had never been properly archived or documented.  Garry and Scott poured over materials and shot hours of oral history to capture the beginnings of what would become the first documentary film – “Original Pride” premiering in 2004.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Palladium...

Original Pride made it’s first public debut on rainy Thanksgiving weekend at the club’s 50th Anniversary at the Hollywood Palladium in front of a crowd of 300 attendees.  It was lauded enthusiastically by the partygoers who would also appear in the final version release to the public at film festivals and television around the world.  As it traveled the circuit, the club was bombarded with more inquisitive questions about our history that simply could not be captured in a one hour film.  Afterall, how do you cover 50 years of history in a one-hour documentary?  A follow-up documentary series was born…

Back to the future again...

Working with the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archive and Museum, members investigated the methodology and archiving processes used by ONE.  The relationship was forged with ONE upon the Satyrs’ toast to the 50th Anniversary of The Oedipus Motorcycle Club in 2008.  It was from this relationship that the club began working in earnest to ensure the final deposit of the most extensive historical collection would be installed to ONE on the club’s historic 60th Anniversary in 2014.

The Satyrs’ member, Garry Bowie, is working on the 5-part film documentary series “The Long Road Forward” in order to cover the complete 60 years in depth.  The club is culling through 12,000+ photos, thousands of pages of meeting minutes back to the very first meeting, reviewing video and 8mm films, oral history and capturing new interviews to put together the most complete collection of gay history in the world.

Long Road Forward - Trailer 2013 Release from Garry Bowie on Vimeo.

The History Project

Satyrs Archives Collection

Please note:  All images contain within the Satyrs M/C website are copyrighted by the Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles and the Satyrs Archives.  No image maybe used for commercial purpose without permission.   

For academic and historical researchers, you may use any image in the Satyrs Archives, by requesting access to the Archive files.  There is no cost to use these images provided use of such image contains the “Copyright Satyrs Archives” watermark and attribution is given by The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles and such use will not result in any monetization or financial gain.

For film and video producers, or commercial content creators, regardless of distribution methods or final product, a license may be procured through the club archivist.  Licensed images will be delivered for projects without the watermarks by must have an attribute to the Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles as defined in the licensing agreement.  Licenses for still images will vary based on a few select images, by a group of images or access to the large archive content.  Video files will require a synchronization license from the Satyrs Archives. Please contact the archivist at the below email.

Vintage 8mm and Super 8mm films from various motorcycle clubs (1962 to 1968)

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club  - Original Vintage Film Archives Collection

The World’s Largest Gay Motorcycle Clubs Archives Collection

Slides, Photos, Films, Documents, Pins, Uniforms and more.