The Free Beaches Documentation Center
In addition to establishing National Nude Weekend, Baxandall and Callen agreed that a center to keep the primary materials of the clothes-optional movement was wanted. Baxandall volunteered to use his Oshkosh facilities to house these files and to have Oshkosh be the actual location for a new Free Beaches Documentation Center. Initially, the FBDC concentrated on collecting info pertaining to naked swimming areas (i.e., free beaches), but soon expanded to concern itself with all elements of clothes-free use of public properties. It meant to maintain documents such as posters, flyers, manifestos, news items, photos, legal documents and marketing paraphernalia to be used by pupils and writers with serious interest. The FBDC rapidly expanded its original targets to include publishing and distributing a newspaper. In June 1976 the first issue of Free Beaches was spread. Copies were available for the price of a gift to the FBDC. Subsequent problems, produced once per year through 1980 and undergoing name changes, were titled Free Beaches Sunand finally Sun. The tabloid supplied updates on where readers could recreate bare, and it kept them abreast of challenges to their naturist liberties. Sun contained nudist erection describing the enjoyment of social nudity, offered everyday surveys about societal attitudes about the body, and alerted readers to special events that naturists would probably be interested in.
In October 1979, the FBDC formed a workshop for the yearly convention of the National Recreation and Parks Association held in New Orleans. http://nudistsplace.com/nudist-photos/my-first-public-nude-expericence/ was the very first time a naturist or fkk group had participated in this national event. The workshop was attended by about 150 alarm middle and top-level park supervisors. Baxandall and Jan Smith opened with a 23-minute, professionally created slide and sound show titled “Nude Recreation In America.” After the slide show Baxandall successfully debated Lawrence Hadley (now retired from Cape Cod) and two other part manager panelists on the merits of naked use of Truro beach. In March 1981, Baxandall, Durand Steiger, and Jake Satin Jacobs offered a similar workshop at the regional California and Pacific Northwest Recreation and Park Conference held in San Diego, California. John Fitz-Gerald gave yet a third workshop on October 5, 1983 at the National Recreation and Park Association’s annual convention. After 1985, the American Sunbathing Association (now the American Association for Nude Recreation) would sanction an interest in nude recreation on public lands and has participated in similar conventions through the 1990s.
1980-1981: A “Naturist Society” is Formed, Naturist Gatherings Are Arranged, and the First Edition of the World Guide To Nude Beaches & Recreation Is Sold