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Gary Fisher Papers, 1973-1997 GLC 51
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  • Title: Gary Fisher Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1973-1997
    Date (bulk): 1980-1994
    Collection Identifier: GLC 51
    Creator: Fisher, Gary, 1961-1994
    Physical Description: 4 boxes (3.5 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94102
    (415) 557-4400
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: 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.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [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.

    Biographical note

    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.

    Arrangement note

    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 authors--Archives
    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