Vincent Diaries, 1976-2002

Finding aid prepared by Tim Wilson
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
(415) 557-4400

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


Diaries, 1984-1995

Physical Description: 15.0 volumes
Folder 1

1984 (September 4 – November 30)

Folder 2


Folder 3


Folder 4


Folder 5


Folder 6


Folder 7


Folder 8


Folder 9


Folder 10

1992 (October 1 – November 16)

Folder 11


Folder 12

1993 (May 19) – 1994 (January 5)

Folder 13


Folder 14

1994 (September 10 - October 8)

Folder 15

1995 (January 7 – February 9)


Folders, 1976, 1995

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
Folder 16

Correspondence with Elizabeth Stone, 1976, 1995

Folder 17

Ephemera, undated

Folder 18

A Boy I Once Knew by Elizabeth Stone. Advanced uncorrected proof, 2002