Scope and Contents
Title: Gary Fisher Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1973-1997
Date (bulk): 1980-1994
Collection Identifier: GLC 51
Fisher, Gary, 1961-1994
(3.5 cubic feet)
James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
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
Gary in Your Pocket
, edited by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.
The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk
hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.
Copyright and literary rights retained by the Gary Fisher estate. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to Hal Sedgwick.
[Identification of item], Gary Fisher Papers (GLC 51), LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library.
The Gary Fisher Papers were donated to the San Francisco Public Library in 1998 by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, the literary executor
of the Gary Fisher Estate.
Gary Fisher was a gay African American man who enjoyed writing and drawing and was a dedicated diarist. He was born on June
19, 1961 in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Fisher attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1979-1983 and studied
English and creative writing. He died of AIDS at the age of 32 on February 22, 1994. After his death, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
edited portions of his journals, poems and stories in order to publish
Gary in Your Pocket. Sedwick includes a full biography of Fisher at the end of
Gary in Your Pocket.
Scope and Contents
This collection includes the written work, journals and drawings of Gary Fisher. It also includes the files created by Eve
Kosofsky Sedgwick as she edited Fisher's work for the publication of
Gary in Your Pocket. There is a small amount of correspondence and photographs.
The papers have been arranged into six series: Series 1. Notebooks; Series 2. Journals / Diaries; Series 3. Poems, Short Fiction,
and Other Writing; Series 4.
Gary in Your Pocket Files; Series 5. Correspondence; and, Series 6. Printed Materials.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Fisher, Gary, 1961-1994--Archives
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky
African-American gay men--Archives
Gay men's writings--United States
Gay men--California--San Francisco--Diaries
Gay men--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century
Gay men--United States--Diaries
Gay poetry--United States