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Terry Oehler Journals
GLC 64  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Terry Oehler Journals
    Dates: 1979-2005
    Collection Number: GLC 64
    Extent: 3 boxes (15 journals + 5 folders)
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Oehler was a librarian and former lawyer who lived in the San Francisco bay area. He was a gay man who loved bridge, chess, travel, and genealogy. His meticulously detailed diaries provide a glimpse of his life.
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.

    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

    Terry Oehler Journals. San Francisco Public Library. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Terry Oehler in 2005.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Terry D. Oehler was born on June 30, 1940, in Newton, Iowa, the son of Charles and Myra (Awtry) Oehler. He lived most of his early life in Newton and graduated from Newton Senior High School in 1958. That same year, he enrolled at Harvard and graduated with honors with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. He then attended Stanford University and graduated from law school in 1965. He practiced law for national and international firms, primarily in Arizona, California and Germany, until his semiretirement circa 1995, as senior regional counsel for Legal Services Corp. in San Francisco. Following that, he pursued his love of learning in his position of government information librarian at the San Francisco Public Library. He was an avid chess and bridge player, a dog lover, an amateur photographer, as well as the family genealogist. He was very detail-oriented and his travel journals and diaries are meticulous. He died of a malignant brain tumor on November 7, 2005.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Oehler's meticulously detailed diaries provide a glimpse of his activities and thoughts. References include: bridge, chess, travel, and genealogy. The Lifedex is a partial index to his journals.

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