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Abbott (Steve) Papers

Steve Abbott was a poet, critic, editor and novelist. He was one of the founding editors of the San Francisco bay area's poetry newsletter , and he was the editor of the literary journal . The papers contain correspondence, subject...

Adair (Peter) Papers

The bulk of the collection centers on the documentary film (1977), a ground-breaking exploration of the lives of 26 gay men and women. A small portion of the collection concerns (1986), a production of Peter Adair and Rob Epstein's with...

Anchor (Cliff) Papers

The collection documents the life of Cliff Anchor (also known as Michael Erickson), a gay rights activist, military man and radio broadcaster. These documents include speeches, correspondence, papers related to military service, materials related to Leonard Matlovich and Dr. Tom...

Atkins (Chloe) Photographs Collection

Chloe Atkins is a San Francisco-based photographer. This portfolio of 25 images celebrates the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Some of these images are reproduced in (St. Martin's Press, 1998).

Atlas Savings & Loan Collection

The collection contains a small amount of Atlas Savings & Loan business correspondence and records including bylaws, publicity, promotional materials, mailings to shareholders. Atlas Savings & Loan Association was the first financial institution established by and for gays and lesbians...

Barbary Coast Boating Club "The Masthead"

A newsletter that documents the activities of a boating club for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the San Francisco Bay area and surrounding counties.

Berner (Lawrence) vs. John Briggs Collection

The collection documents the legal suit brought by homosexual school teacher Lawrence Berner against California State Senator John Briggs for defamation of character. Briggs had sponsored Proposition 6 which would have prevented gay and lesbian teachers from teaching in California....

Black Lesbian Newsletter / Onyx Collection

, later titled , was published in San Francisco and, later, Berkeley from 1982-1984. The newsletter includes poems, drawings, political perspectives, photographs, book reviews, event listings, personals, and some business listings. There is one letter to the newsletter and two...

Broughton (James) Collection

The collection contains an interview, and excerpts from a poem and several diaries by poet and filmmaker James Broughton. It also includes newspaper clippings, flyers, and student papers about his work.

Cade (Cathy) Photographs Collection

Cathy Cade is an Oakland, California-based photographer. The collection contains images of lesbian mothering, GLBT demonstrations and Freedom Day parades, lesbians at work, and various age groups.

Cameron (Barbara) Papers

Barbara M. Cameron was a Native American lesbian writer, speaker, photographer, and political activist. Her papers include speeches, writings, subject files, photographs, audiotapes, and printed materials on the subjects of: rights for lesbians, for women and for Native Americans; race;...

Coupland (Ken) Films of Two Frank O'Hara Plays,

The collection contains original film elements as well as video dubs of two Frank O'Hara plays that Ken Coupland produced and directed. The films use a unique cinematic technique that he called "tantamation" which combines animation and storyboarding.

Curzon (Daniel) Papers

Daniel Curzon (pseudonym of Daniel Brown) is a novelist, playwright and educator. His novels include , , and . The Curzon Papers contain draft manuscripts for books, plays, songs, and articles by Curzon; personal and professional correspondence; mailing lists and...

Dickey (William) Poems

The collection contains letterpress and computer-generated prints of poetry by William Dickey, and some by Dickey and Leonard Sanazaro. Some pieces are examples of fine printing by Lee Engdahl (Engdahl Typography), hit & run press, and the Pterodactyl Press.

Feminist Bookstore News Records

The organizational records of Feminist Bookstore News (FBN) from the beginning of the Feminist Bookstore News(letter) in 1976 through 2000. The Records include correspondence, information and issue folders, publications, clippings, promotional materials, financial records, audiovisual materials and microfilm. The collection...

Fisher (Gary) Papers

The collection contains the notebooks, diaries, journals, poems and short fiction of Gary Fisher, a gay African American man. It also includes the transcripts and excerpts used for , edited by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Fricke (Aaron) Papers

The collection contains correspondence, subject files, and notes and drafts for Fricke's works, including and

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/San Francisco Bay Area Clippings

GLAAD clipped references to gays and lesbians in newspapers and magazines as part of “Media Watch,” an on-going project to monitor and respond to media coverage. The subjects range from the Boy Scouts to gays in the military, and from...

Gerharter (Rick) Photographs Collection

Rick Gerharter is a San Francisco-based free-lance photojournalist. This collection of images was selected by the artist and documents activities in San Francisco's LGBT community from 1988 through mid-1995. Many photos were taken while on assignment for the and capture...

Giard (Robert) Photographs Collection

The collection contains portraits of 91 gay men and lesbians who are literary figures, community activists, and performing artists. Some portraits were chosen on the basis of the subjects' connection to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Greenman (Jessea) P.E.R.S.O.N. Project Records

The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project, and its precursor GLAAD's Project 21, worked to ensure that the public schools in the United States would present fair, unbiased and accurate information regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and about the nature and diversity...

Grier (Barbara)-Naiad Press Collection

Barbara Grier was a writer, editor, and publisher of articles and books on lesbians and lesbianism. She is one of the founders of Naiad Press, a lesbian publishing house. The Papers contain materials which document Grier's life, especially her work...

Grosh (Gregory) Yonkers Production Company Slides

Yonkers Production Company was a San Francisco, California theater company in the 1970s. It specialized in all-male productions of popular musicals such as , , and Yonkers was on off-shoot of SIR Productions and involved many of the same people....

Hay (Harry) Papers

The collection documents the personal and professional interests of Harry Hay and his partner John Burnside. Of particular note are the materials on the Mattachine Society, the Radical Faeries, anti-draft activities, berdache and Native American culture, music, and California Kaleidoscopes....

Hewitt (Christopher) Papers

Christopher Hewitt was a gay poet, disabled activist, recovered alcoholic, editor, and college teacher. His papers include poetry, prose, correspondence, journals and diaries, photographs, sketches, drawings, and audio-visual materials.

Iversen (John) ACT UP/East Bay Collection,

The collection contains flyers, clippings, brochures, and publications related to protests and other actions organized by ACT UP/East Bay, an organization based in the San Francisco bay area.

Kiki Gallery Records

The Kiki Gallery was established by Rick Jacobsen in San Francisco in 1993 to showcase contemporary art and performance. The records contain publicity files, slides, photographs, drafts of performance pieces, exhibit catalogs, and some correspondence.

King (David R.) Gay Rights Collection

This collection consists of a scrapbook and 29 loose items compiled by gay rights supporter David R. King. The bulk of the items date from 1977-1979 and deal with gay rights issues, especially with Anita Bryant's activities in Dade County,...

Koolish (Lynda) Photographs Collection

Lynda Koolish is a photographer and a professor of English and comparative literature. The collection contains portraits of gay and lesbian writers. Many of these images appear in Koolish's book (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, c2001).

Laton (Leonard) Collection of Anthony (Tony) J. Sansone Photographs

The collection contains original photographs and a book featuring figure studies of Anthony (Tony) J. Sansone, a physique model and dancer from New York. A protégé of Charles Atlas, Sansone was a much sought-after model for photographers and artists during...

Library Journal Survey of Gay and Lesbian Holdings in U.S. Libraries

This collection contains sample forms and cumulated statistics for the survey, along with Eric Bryant's article "Pride & Prejudice" (in , June 15, 1995, p. 37-39) which summarized the results.

Liebman (Marvin) Coming Out Conservative Collection

The collection contains correspondence, clippings, drafts of Liebman's coming-out letter and of his book , and a videotaped interview. Drafts include comments by Betty Berzon, William F. Buckley, Jr., Carol Buckley, and Priscilla Buckley.

Lonidier (Lynn) Papers

The papers include correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, research materials and notes, financial and publishing documents, and photographs that relate to Lonidier's career as a teacher, writer/poet, and lesbian-feminist activist. It also includes objects used in two of her performance pieces.

Lourea (David) Papers

The collection contains correspondence, articles, magazines, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and other ephemera on bisexuality and on the San Francisco Bisexual Center. It also includes articles relating to AIDS education in the bisexual community.

Ludwig (Lynn) Photographs Collection

Portraits and informal photographs of gay bears, gay bear events, Ludwig family and events, holidays, Northern California scenery and locations. There are some flyers included in the albums, as well as attendance name badges.

Madison (Annemarie) Papers

Madison was an AIDS volunteer and educator. The collection contains correspondence and photographs of the many "boys" hospitalized with AIDS for whom Madison cared. The collection also includes posters, and audio- and videotape on the subject of AIDS in the...

Matthews (Tede) "Some of My Best Friends: poetry"

Poems written between 1974 and 1981 by gay poet and activist, Tede Matthews.

McKay (McKay) and Davina Kotulski Marriage Scrapbooks

A collection of 22 scrapbooks that document Molly McKay and Davina Kotulski's joint and individual efforts to attain marriage equality in California from 1998-2012. The volumes contain clippings, correspondence and email, photographs, speeches, flyers, notes and ephemera. There are also...

Meredith (Ann P.) Photographs Collection

Meredith is a Mill Valley, California based photographer and artist. This collection contains portraits of gays and lesbians drawn from larger series of Meredith's work. The images include lesbians at work, with pets, in the military, with HIV and with...

Michel (Kirsten) Photographs and Videotapes Collection

Michel's photographs and videotapes document San Francisco Bay Area LGBT life and activities from 1992-2009.

Milk (Harvey) Archives--Scott Smith Collection

Harvey Milk was the first gay man elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Scott Smith was his partner and friend. The collection documents the personal and political life of Harvey Milk, and the personal life of Scott Smith....

Milk (Harvey) Letters to Joe Campbell

This collection contains 59 letters and cards from Harvey Milk to Joe Campbell; most were written after their romantic relationship ended.

Milk (Harvey) Letters to Susan Davis Alch

The letters document Harvey Milk's activities in Miami, Dallas, and New York and his relationships with Joe Campbell and John Harvey. Milk was the first openly gay candidate elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Susan Davis Alch was...

Miller (Grace) Papers

The collection documents the life of Grace Miller through correspondence, subject files, photographs and negatives, and a scrapbook. Miller was a co-owner and bartender at two lesbian bars in San Francisco. As a result of serving underage patrons, she was...

Mintun (Peter) Cockettes Collection

The collection contains photographs of the Cockettes, especially Sylvester and John Rothermel, flyers, show sequence sheets and some scripts for Cockettes performances, correspondence and contracts, newspaper clippings and published articles about the Cockettes, and some audiorecordings.

Mirken (Bruce) Journalism Research Files

Bruce Mirken is a San Francisco-based journalist, advocate, and public relations officer. His journalism research files and audiotapes cover many issues of concern to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Some of his major story subjects include AIDS and...

Nicoletta (Daniel) Photographs Collection

The collection is a portfolio of 33 images chosen and arranged by Daniel Nicoletta, a San Francisco-based freelance photographer. He has been documenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1975. The collection showcases the wide range of his...

Oaks (Robert) Papers

Robert F. Oaks is a historian with a primary interest in Colonial America and the American Revolution. In the late 1970s he developed an interest in gay history, too. The collection contains letters from gay historians, research notes for articles...

Reed (Paul) Papers

Paul Reed was an author from San Francisco, California. Greatly influenced by the AIDS epidemic, his fiction focuses on the gay community from the 1980s through the 1990s. His published journals and other works of non-fiction record his fight with...

Ritz (Kreemah) Papers

The collection contains flyers, posters, scripts, photographs, newspaper clippings, and audio-visual materials that document the performances of The Cockettes, a San Francisco-based theatrical troupe, and of Sylvester, a singer who performed with The Cockettes and then pursued a solo career.

Rofes (Eric E.) Papers

The Rofes Papers contains drafts of his writings, clippings, subject and research files, teaching notes, and correspondence. Rofes was involved with the Gay Men's Health Collective, and Shanti Project, among others. His research interests included gay teachers, education, charter schools,...

Seiter (Clinton) Short Stories

Seiter sent photocopies of his short stories to Donald Allen, the publisher of Grey Fox Press, for critical feedback and for possible publication. According to Allen, Seiter "vanished suddenly" in 1984....

Smith (Evander)--California Hall Papers

The collection contains case files and related materials for the legal defense of Evander Smith, Herbert Donaldson, Elliott Leighton and Nancy May. They were arrested on January 1, 1965 as a result of police harrassment at the Mardi Gras Ball...

Stockwell (Nancy) Papers

The collection documents the life of Nancy Stockwell through her correspondence, subject files, diaries, and draft and printed copies of her writings. Stockwell was an author and professional golfer. She was one of the founders of , a San Francisco...

Strachan (David Cameron) Intersex Audio-Visual Materials

David Cameron Strachan is an intersex advocate whose life experience living with XXY sex chromosomes has helped him educate others about body type variations and difference. The collection documents gender and intersex issues addressed on talk shows, at San Francisco...

Swallow (Jean) Papers

The collection contains drafts, background research, and publicity materials for the books, poems and stories written by Jean Swallow. She also amassed material on Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups that assist people in recovery from substance abuse.

Toklas (Alice B.) Letters to Donald H. Frank

The correspondence contains references to San Francisco, Paris during and after World War II, Gertrude Stein, William James, Virgil Thomson, and Thornton Wilder. Also mentioned are productions of Stein's works, and publications of Toklas' cookbook and her autobiography, "What Is...

Trannyshack Collection

The club Trannyshack was founded in February 1996 by Steven Grygelko, known by the professional moniker Heklina. Trannyshack was a drag show staged every Tuesday at the Stud, a South of Market gay bar in San Francisco, California. The Tuesday...

Tucker (Nancy) T-Shirt Collection

These shirts were produced to commemorate gay and lesbian parades, marches, gatherings, organizations, and AIDS-related groups or events. Some subjects include San Francisco's Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parades and Celebrations, the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival,...

Verasphere Archive

The archive contains newspaper clippings, oral histories, videorecordings, and photographs that document the costumes, appearances, and photographs of Mrs. Vera, a drag persona, and her circle of friends.

Verrilli (Rocco) Collection of Frederick Rolfe Correspondence and Manuscripts

Letters, a book, manuscript notes and drafts written by gay English author Frederick Rolfe, also known as Baron Corvo. The letters address the publication and reception of his work, his financial difficulties, Catholics and Catholicism, photography, and the Order of...

Vincent Diaries

The collection contains 15 diaries and a small amount of correspondence documenting Vincent's life from 1984 until his death due to AIDS in 1995.

Wirth (Scott) Operation Concern Collection

Founded in 1974, Operation Concern was the first counseling service established by gay and lesbian individuals to serve the San Francisco Bay area's underserved gay and lesbian people and their families. Scott Wirth was a staff member with Operation Concern...