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Finding aid of the Kevin Brew Journals
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kevin Brew papers
    Dates: 1970-1992
    Collection number: 1993-17
    Creator: Brew, Kevin
    Collection Size: 0.5 Linear Feet 1 manuscript box
    Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94105
    Abstract: Journals of Kevin Brew, a man who died of HIV. Brew was born in Queens, New York and moved to San Francisco in 1975. These journals detail activities of every day life, the onset of the AIDS epidemic, Brew's own course of treatment, as well as reactions to national events such as the election of President Reagan and the murder of John Lennon.
    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


    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    Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.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], Kevin Brew Papers, 1993-17, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to the GLBTHS by Marie A. Grabec, sister of Kevin Brew, August 13, 1993.


    Kevin Brew was born in Queens, New York, on April 7, 1950. He moved to San Francisco in August of 1975, and lived there until his death from AIDS on March 28, 1993. It is unclear why Brew moved to San Francisco, although his journals imply a search for a "simpler" life. Sunshine was also a motivation. His career/work is not specified in his writings, or in his Bay Area Reporter obituary, dated April 15, 1993. His greatest interest appears to have been doing art work, mainly collage. A skimming of his journals suggests that Kevin had turbulent relationships with his friends and family. He seemed to be an extremely intelligent and sensitive man who expressed feeling generally frustrated and unappreciated by many of the people in his life.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Kevin Brew Papers consist of 6 bound journals and a folder of loose journal pages. The full range of the writing is from January 7, 1970 to March 5, 1992. The Journals are inconsistent in detail and there are large gaps of time between entries. They appear to have been for personal use only.

    Indexing Terms

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