Journals and notebooks kept by Ware R. Smith, an
openly gay teacher/professor and writer who died of AIDS in 1986. The bulk of
the collection consists of Smith's fifteen journals and the loose items he
stored in them, documenting his life experience from 1952 to shortly before his
death. The collection also includes two notebooks of his writings from
Ware Rayburn Smith was born on March 20, 1935, in Indiana. He served in
the army during the Korean War, then went on to attend Kenyon College and
complete his Bachelor's Degree in English in 1959. He was an aspiring writer
and kept extensive journals about his life beginning in college as part of his
writing process. Finding a calling in academia, he applied to graduate school
and completed his Master's Degree in Literature at the University of
California, Berkeley, in 1964. He began teaching at Oakland City College and
San Mateo College in 1965, then accepted a teaching position at the University
of Hawaii. He remained there until 1967, when he decided to pursue a PhD at the
University of Iowa. Smith was an outspoken anti-war activist while at the
University of Hawaii and the University of Iowa, receiving recognition as such
by local newspapers in both cities.
5 archive cartons.
1.5 linear feet.
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