Finding aid of the David M. Lindahl Papers

Michael C. Oliveira
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
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Finding aid for the David M. Lindahl Papers

Collection number: Coll2006-006

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Michael C. Oliveira
Date Completed:
November 09, 2006
Encoded by:
Michael C. Oliveira
© 2006 ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Descriptive Summary

Title: David M. Lindahl papers
Dates: 1971-1994
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1980-1989)
Collection number: Coll2006-006
Creator: Lindahl, David M., 1957-1994
Collection Size: 13 archive boxes 5.2 linear feet
Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Journals, performance pieces, poetry, prose, and plays, primarily 1980-1989, relating to the life, literary and artistic careers of David M. Lindahl (1957-1994), author, AIDS activist, graphic and performance artist, and assistant editor of The James White Review.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open to researchers when ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives is open, and at other times by appointment. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred Citation

David M. Lindahl papers, Coll2006-006, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Custodial History

Upon Lindahl's death in 1994, his papers, together with those of Tom Young, which he had inherited upon the latter's death in 1989, passed to Philip H. Willkie.

Acquisition Information

Gift, together with the James L. White Papers, James White Review Association Records, and the Tom Young Papers, of Philip H. Willkie, March 21, 2004.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, November 09, 2006.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biography

David M. Lindahl was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on February 15, 1957, and was raised in Ledyard, Connecticut. He earned a B.A. in Landscape Architecture in 1979 from the University of West Virginia, where he also pursued an interest in writing. He then moved to Minneapolis, where he continued his literary pursuits, frequenting the Loft writing center and joining the Writers Support Group for Men. When The James White Review (TJWR) was founded in 1983, members of the Support Group formed the core of original contributors, and the first issue, published in October 1983, included poetry and graphics by Lindahl. He served as an editor of TJWR from 1985-1989, and toured to promote the TJWR and poetry. He also contributed prose, poetry, and graphics to Streamlines, Evergreen Chronicles, Hungry Mind Review , and Equal Time. As a performance artist, Lindahl wrote and performed his own works, including benefits for various community AIDS organizations. Additionally, he served on the staff of the Minnesota AIDS Interfaith Council and was a co-founder the Radical Faerie HIV Action Group. Lindahl died on August 26, 1994, in Minneapolis.
Sources:
Lindahl, David. Voices Over the River: Poems and Illustrations . Minneapolis, Minn.: Daisy Publications, 1993.
Willkie, Phil. "From the Publisher," James White Review, 11 no. 5 (Fall 1994): 2.
Weaver, Read. "Some of a Kind: Publications of Special Interest: Gay Publications." Utne Reader , July/August 1987, 115.

Scope and Content of Collection

Lindahl's personal journals form the bulk of the collection. The journals are composed of traditional entries, interspersed with drafts of poetry and correspondence. Other materials include plays, poetry, prose, and reviews of the writings of others, in various stages of development. The materials are arranged by genre: journals, performance pieces, plays, poetry anthologies and poetry drafts, prose, and reviews. The journals are arranged chronologically by the first dated entry; however, they do not run consecutively, and there is some overlap between various volumes. The other materials within each genre category are arranged alphabetically by final title, when known. Stage directions, works, flyers, and reviews document his performance pieces. Lindahl re-worked pieces over time, and early drafts of some his pieces can be found in the "Homework" folders, which also contain Lindahl's schoolwork, primarily from his high school and college writing classes. The arrangement of the untitled works reflects the order in which they were found.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
James White Review Association
Gay men's writings, American
Gays in literature
Gays' writings
Performance art--United States
Poets, American--20th century

Related Material

James L. White Papers, Coll2006-003, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
James White Review Association Records, Coll2006-004, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Tom Young Papers, Coll2006-005, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Container List

 

Journals

Box : Folder 1 : 1

August 1979

Box : Folder 1 : 2

January-February 1980

Box : Folder 1 : 3

February 1980

Box : Folder 1 : 4

April-October 1980

Box : Folder 1 : 5

October 1980

Box : Folder 1 : 6

December 1980

Box : Folder 1 : 7

December 1980-January 1981

Box : Folder 1 : 8

January-February 1981

Box : Folder 2 : 1

February-March 1981

Box : Folder 2 : 2

March-April 1981

Box : Folder 2 : 3

May 1981

Box : Folder 2 : 4

May-July 1981

Box : Folder 2 : 5

July 1981

Box : Folder 2 : 6

July-August 1981

Box : Folder 2 : 7

September 1981

Box : Folder 2 : 8

September 1981-March 1982

Box : Folder 3 : 1

September-October 1981

Box : Folder 3 : 2

"Therapy" October-December 1981

Box : Folder 3 : 3

"Holiday Fun Log Book" August-October 1982

Box : Folder 3 : 4

August-October 1982

Box : Folder 3 : 5

September 1982

Box : Folder 3 : 6

October 1982-March 1983

Box : Folder 3 : 7

March-April 1983

Box : Folder 3 : 8

March-June 1983

Box : Folder 3 : 9

July-September 1983

Box : Folder 3 : 10

October-December 1983

Box 4 (Oversize)

October 1983-August 1984

Box : Folder 5 : 1

Circa 1983

Box : Folder 5 : 2

On the Other Ocean July 1986

Box : Folder 5 : 3

March-July 1987

Box : Folder 5 : 4

August 1987-November 1989

Box : Folder 5 : 5

February-June 1988

Box : Folder 5 : 6

July 1988

Box : Folder 5 : 7

September-November 1988

Box : Folder 5 : 8

October-December 1988

Box : Folder 6 : 1

April-June 1989

Box : Folder 6 : 2

February-March 1990

Box : Folder 6 : 3

October-November 1990

Box : Folder 6 : 4

May 1991-April 1992

Box : Folder 6 : 5

January-February 1993

Box : Folder 6 : 6

Undated

Box : Folder 6 : 7

"WVU" undated

Box : Folder 7 : 1

"Graphic Living" April-May

Box : Folder 7 : 2

Undated

Box : Folder 7 : 3

Undated

Box : Folder 7 : 4

Undated

Box : Folder 7 : 5

"March & January"

Box : Folder 7 : 6

Undated

Box : Folder 7 : 7

Undated

 

Performance Pieces

Box : Folder 8 : 1

Fashion Show 1984-1985

Box : Folder 7 : 5

Taboo and Other Poems 1986-1987

Box : Folder 8 : 3

Survival Symptoms 1987

Box : Folder 8 : 4

Miscellaneous performance pieces 1987

 

Plays

Box : Folder 8 : 1

Fried on Freud and Plato on Pluto drafts Undated

 

Poetry, Anthologies, and Drafts

Box : Folder 8 : 1

Published works 1983-1989

Box : Folder 8 : 7

This Fleshy Earth by Lindahl and Tom Young 1984

Box : Folder 8 : 8

Save Everything 1987-1988

Box : Folder 8 : 9

Voices Over the River 1992-1993

Box : Folder 8 : 10-16

Poetry drafts 1981-1982

 

Prose

Box : Folder 9 : 1

Ben notes undated

Box : Folder 9 : 2-6

Ben undated

Box : Folder 9 : 7

Brother and Sister- Jesus Car undated

Box : Folder 9 : 8-9

No Girls Allowed undated

Box : Folder 9 : 10

No Girls Allowed criticism 1980

Box : Folder 10 : 1

One Little Mistake 1981

Box : Folder 9 : 8-9

A Sense of Fortune undated

Box : Folder 10 : 3

Sylvia- Young Woman in the Shower undated

Box : Folder 10 : 4

"Misc" undated

Box : Folder 10 : 5-7

Untitled undated

 

Reviews

Box : Folder 11 : 1

Reviews by Lindahl Circa 1990

 

Personal

Box : Folder 11 : 2-6

Homework 1970-1981

Box : Folder 11 : 7

Cortona study abroad program 1978

Box : Folder 11 : 8

Correspondence 1977-1992

Box : Folder 12 : 1

Landscape design 1977

Box : Folder 12 : 2

Personal 1979-1992

Box : Folder 12 : 3

Sketchbook undated

 

Photographs

Box : Folder 13 : 1-3

Photographs 1970-1981