The collection includes organizational files, correspondence, programs, clippings, flyers and press coverage that document
the Reversing Vandalism project and exhibition.
In early 2001, San Francisco Public Library staff began finding vandalized books shoved under shelves, hidden throughout the
Main Library. Ultimately over 600 torn and sliced books, on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender topics, women’s issues
and HIV/AIDS, were deemed beyond repair and withdrawn from the Library’s collection. Rather than discard the damaged books,
the Library distributed them to interested community members in the hope of creating art. The wide variety of artistic responses
to this hate crime resulted in “Reversing Vandalism,” an exhibition of over 200 original works of art, displayed in the Main
Library from January 31 through May 2, 2004.
2 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
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.
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk