Finding aid of the William Struzenberg papers

Josué Hurtado
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
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San Francisco, California 94105
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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Finding aid of the William Struzenberg Papers

Collection number: 1995-15

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

San Francisco, California
Processed by:
Josué Hurtado
Date Completed:
January 2005
Encoded by:
Rebekah Kim
© 2007 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Struzengerg (William) papers
Dates: 1988-1992
Bulk Dates: 1988-1992
Collection number: 1995-15
Creator: Struzenberg, William
Collection Size: 1 manuscript box 0.5 linear feet
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: Personal papers, graphic design materials, and artifacts, 1998 to 1992, reflecting Struzenberg's involvement in ACT/UP San Francisco and ACT/UP Golden Gate.
Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Struzenberg Papers, 1995-15, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated by William Struzenberg in 1995.

Biography

William Struzenberg was a graphic design artist. He died in 1998 of an AIDS-related illness. Struzenberg also directed several gay pornographic films. His photography was exhibited in galleries in Santa Cruz among other places in the Bay Area. He designed many protest signs, stickers and posters, for AIDS activist groups, clubs and other queer-oriented events. Struzenberg was a member of ACT/UP Golden Gate and ACT NOW.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains graphic design materials, papers, newsletters, memos and artifacts that reflect Edward Struzenberg's AIDS activism in ACT UP Golden Gate and ACT NOW. It also includes personal papers and materials related to his work as a director of pornographic films.

Arrangement

The William Struzenberg papers are organized into three series: Series 1. Organizations; Series 2. Notes/Ephemera; and Artifacts.
Series 1. Organizations, 1988-1992 Extent: 10 folders History of ACT NOW, Graphic Design Materials, This series contains graphic design materials created by Struzenberg for ACT UP Golden Gate and ACT UP San Francisco, papers, and newsletters, papers reflecting the structure and processes of ACT UP Golden Gate, agendas for meetings, proposal for media relations committee, info gathered about the "Castro Police Riot," info gathered about the epidemic, posters, notes, stickers, information on planning for protests at the 6h International AIDS Conference including forged press passes created by Struzenberg, material from various other ACT Up chapters in the Bay area and California, personal papers, including preparation for the filming of a pornographic film and other material related directing pornography.
Series 2. Notes/Ephemera, 1988-1992 Extent: 2 folders This series includes materials relating to Struzenberg's role as a director of gay pornography as well as miscellaneous graphic design ephemera.
Series 3. Artifacts, c. 1990 1 item This series consists of an example of Struzenberg's art work; a prototype of a hand silk-screened T-shirt ACT UP/San Francisco T-Shirt (located in Box 80 of GLBTHS t-shirt collection)

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
AIDS (Disease)
San Francisco (Calif.)
AIDS Activists

Separated Material

An ACT UP t-shirt designed by Struzenberg was added to Box 80 of the GLBTHS T-Shirt Collection.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Organizations 1988-1992

Physical Description: 10 folders

Series Description

This series contains graphic design materials created by Struzenberg for ACT UP Golden Gate and ACT UP San Francisco. It also includes materials that document the history of ACT NOW. In addition, there are papers and newsletters that reflect the organizational structure and processes of ACT UP Golden Gate, such as agendas for meetings; proposals for the media relations committee; information gathered about the "Castro Police Riot"; information gathered about the AIDS epidemic; posters, notes, stickers and information on planning for protests at the 6h International AIDS Conference, including forged press passes created by Struzenberg. This series also includes material from various ACT Up chapters in the Bay area and California.
Box: Folder 1: 1

ACT NOW 1990

Box: Folder 1: 2

ACT UP/ Golden Gate Graphics Design Materials 1990

Box: Folder 1: 3

ACT UP/ Golden Gate Notes and Ephemera 1990

Box: Folder 1: 4

ACT UP/ San Francisco Castro "Police Riot" 1989

Box: Folder 1: 5

ACT UP/ San Francisco Ephemera 1989-1990

Box: Folder 1: 6

ACT UP/ San Francisco Graphics Design Materials 1990

Box: Folder 1: 7

ACT UP/ San Francisco Meetings 1989-1990

Box: Folder 1: 8

ACT UP/ San Francisco Sixth International AIDS Conference 1990

Box: Folder 1: 9

ACT UP/ San Francisco Sixth International AIDS Conference: Forged Conference Badge Materials 1990

Box: Folder 1: 10

ACT UP - Various Chapters 1990

 

Series 2 Notes/Ephemera 1988-1992

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Description

This series includes materials relating to Struzenberg's role as a director of gay pornography, as well as miscellaneous graphic design ephemera.
Box: Folder 1: 11

Film Directing 1990

Box: Folder 1: 12

Ephemera 1989-1990