Michael Botkin papers

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
657 Mission Street, #300
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 777-5455
reference@glbthistory.org
http://www.glbthistory.org/
2013


Descriptive Summary

Title: Michael Botkin papers
Dates: 1991-1997
Collection Number: 1998-23
Creator/Collector:
Extent: .06 linear feet (1 folder)
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: The collection is comprised of material that was part of the memorial service for Michael C. Botkin. Most of the articles are photocopies and were included in a binder at the service for guests to browse. The pamphlet from the memorial service includes a biography penned in part by his long time partner, Steven J. Finlay.
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research. Funding for processing this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Publication Rights

Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

Michael Botkin papers. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

Acquisition Information

Gift of Steve Finlay on July 13, 1997.

Biography/Administrative History

Michael C. Botkin was born April 30, 1957 in West Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois. Michael and his long time partner, Steven J. Finlay moved to Orange County, CA in 1988 so Michael could enroll in a Ph.D. internship. Shortly after beginning the internship, Michael was diagnosed with AIDS. After completing the internship, the couple moved to San Francisco where Michael took a job as a therapist at Operation Concern as well as in the AIDS Health Project. He also worked as a writer and editor for Diseased Pariah News and for Processed World (where he often wrote under the pen name Kwazee Wabbitt). Michael was a columnist at the Bay Area Reporter for six years and won the Cable Car Award in 1996. He died on August 8, 1996.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of material that was part of the memorial service for Michael C. Botkin. Most of the articles are photocopies and were included in a binder at the service for guests to browse. The pamphlet from the memorial service includes a biography penned in part by his long time partner, Steven J. Finlay. The papers also include a photograph of Botkin being grabbed by the arm by a San Francisco Police officer in riot gear.

Indexing Terms

Journalism--California--San Francisco Bay Area.
Gay men --Sexual behavior.
AIDS activists