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Finding Aid to the Michael Shere Papers, 1971-1994 Coll2014.015
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Biography
  • Acquisition
  • Scope and Contents
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Seperated Materials note

  • Title: Michael Shere papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014.015
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.9 linear feet. 2 archive boxes + 1 archive carton + 1 flat archive box
    Date (inclusive): 1971-1994
    Abstract: This collection consists of Michael Shere's written works and personal papers, 1971-1994. Michael Shere worked as a theatrical performer, script writer, set and sound designer, and composer for 25 years. He also was an activist for the LGBT community, including for AIDS organizations such as Artists Confronting AIDS and the AIDS Service Center.
    creator: Shere, Michael, 1943-1994

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Biography

    A resident of Pasadena, California, Michael Shere was involved in the theatrical world as a performer, script writer, set and sound designer, and composer for 25 years. He was also involved in staging movie premiers for Universal Studios, Columbia Pictures, and events for the music industry. Shere was a writer of short stories, novels, and poems. In addition, he was a board member of GLAAD and a member of the Purple Circuit promoting LGBT theater. He was also involved in AIDS organizations such as Artists Confronting AIDS and the AIDS Service Center. Shere was born on January 4, 1943, and passed away on August 28, 1994, from AIDS-related complications.

    Acquisition

    Date and method of donation unknown.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of Michael Shere's written works and personal papers, 1971-1994. The collection includes his scripts, novels, short stories, and poems. Shere's theatrical work is documented through his sound and set design notes and layouts, as well as musical pieces. Shere's medical records, spiritual papers, greeting cards, correspondence, address books, and daily planners are also included.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Michael Shere Papers, Coll2014-015, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Lizzie Hernandez and Phyllis Rudzitis, March 2014.

    Seperated Materials note

    Separated to ONE Archives library
    Project 10 handbook
    Shock Value by John Waters, 1981
    Separated to ONE Archives periodical collection
    Aware, Winter 1990
    Being Alive, September 1989
    Female fyi, September 1994
    Happenings, v.7, no.7, September 1986
    NAMES project magazine, undated
    On the Purple Circuit, v.1, no.2, Winter 1992
    PI Perspective, no.7, November 1989
    Sexvibe, August 1994
    HIV/AIDS subject files materials separated to ONE Archives AIDS History Project Collection

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay authors--United States--20th century
    Gay dramatists
    Gay men's writings, American
    Gay theater
    Musical theater
    Scripts (documents)