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Joseph Hansen Papers: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains the papers of Los Angeles writer and gay activist Joseph Hansen (1923-2004), known primarily for creating the Dave Brandstetter detective series, which was unique in featuring an openly gay detective as the title character. The papers include drafts of published and unpublished work; correspondence; professional papers primarily related to publishing; and personal and family papers.
Background
Los Angeles author Joseph Hansen (1923-2004) was known primarily for creating the Dave Brandstetter detective series. The first of the series, Fadeout published in 1970, was unique in featuring an openly gay detective as the title character. Hansen was also a noted gay activist, teacher, and poet.
Extent
92 boxes and 1 oversize folder (approx. 40 linear feet)
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
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Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.