Donald Webster Cory Papers, 1952-1974 Coll2011.022*

Finding aid prepared by Marc LaRocque
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Title: Donald Webster Cory Papers
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011.022*
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Language of Material: English
Storage Unit: 1
Physical Description: 0.1 linear foot. [1 folder]
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1952-1966
Date (inclusive): 1952-1974
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, articles, legal documents, publicity, notes, and a dissertation excerpt documenting the literary activity of author and early gay rights advocate Donald Sagarin, who wrote under the pseudonym Donald Webster Cory in the 1950s. Cory was the author of the book The Homosexual in America (1951).
creator: Cory, Donald Webster

Biographical Note

Donald Webster Cory (1913-1986, also known as Donald Sagarin) wrote The Homosexual in America (1951), a book regarded as one of the primary influences on the early gay rights movement. In the early 1950s, Cory also operated the mail-order Cory Book Service, which marketed books of interest to the gay and lesbian community. Later in his life, he became critical of, and was in turn repudiated by, the gay and lesbian movement.

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Preferred Citation

Donald Webster Cory Papers, Coll2011-022, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Processing Information

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In order to provide access to this collection, minimal processing on this collection was expedited in 2011. Date spans were given wherever possible, but do not reflect the most accurate inclusive dates.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, clippings, articles, legal documents, publicity, notes, and a dissertation excerpt documenting the literary activity of author and early gay rights advocate Donald Sagarin, who wrote under the pseudonym Donald Webster Cory in the 1950s. Cory was the author of the book The Homosexual in America (1951); he later became critical of, and was in turn repudiated by, the gay movement. The collection includes correspondence with Harry Hay in 1952.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gay activists--United States--History
Gays' writings