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Vincent Diaries, 1976-2002
GLC 45  
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  • Title: Vincent Diaries,
    Date (inclusive): 1976-2002
    Date (bulk): 1984-1995
    Collection Identifier: GLC 45
    Creator: Vincent, d. 1995
    Physical Description: 1.0 box (15 diaries, 2 folders, 1 volume) (1.0 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vincent Diaries (GLC 45), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    The Vincent Diaries were donated to The San Francisco Public Library by Elizabeth Stone in 2002.

    Biographical note

    Vincent was a gay man who died of AIDS in 1995. He was a diarist who chronicled his day-to-day life in San Francisco.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection documents Vincent's life starting in 1984 and includes his years living with AIDS. The diaries were the basis for Elizabeth Stone's A Boy I Once Knew (Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2002) which recounts how she was affected by the bequest of these diaries from her former high school student.


    The material is arranged by format: Diaries arranged in chronological order; 2 folders in alphabetical order; and the bound advanced uncorrected proof of A Boy I Once Knew.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Stone, Elizabeth, 1946-
    Vincent, d. 1995 -- Correspondence
    Vincent, d. 1995 -- Diaries
    AIDS (Disease)--Patients--California--San Francisco--Diaries
    AIDS (Disease)--Patients--United States--Diaries
    Gay men--California--San Francisco--Diaries
    Gay men--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century
    Gay men--United States--Diaries
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Biography