Diaries, correspondence, legal papers, medical
records, financial records, textiles, memorabilia, audiotapes, scrapbooks,
photographs, notes and miscellaneous typescripts of Stephan D. Michael, who
documented the last years of his life before dying of AIDS in 1994, at the age
of 34. The materials document Michael's childhood in Japan; his relationship
with his estranged family as well as past lovers; his financial troubles
relating to his medical bills; and his final years attending the University of
Washington while dealing with the circumstances of his HIV-positive
Stephen Michael Emily was born in Missouri on June 25, 1960; the son of
Donald, a Lutheran missionary, and Jean Emily. In the early 1960s, the family
moved to Japan, where Stephen was raised until the age of 14. The family
returned to the United States and lived in San Francisco, where Stephen
eventually attended San Francisco State University and the Academy of Art
College. By the 1980s, Stephen's relationship with his family was strained, and
he legally changed his name to Stephan Michael in 1981. He continued to live in
San Francisco where he worked in various retail jobs.
3 archive cartons + 2 oversize
flat archive cartons. 3.6 linear feet.
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