This collection mainly comprises Robert Manners' correspondence, newspaper clippings, catalogs, bibliographies, administrative
records, and other material, 1953-2010. Manners was the owner and operator of the home-based gay and lesbian mail order catalog
Books Bohemian (Pasadena, California) from 1977 to 2004.
Robert J. Manners owned and operated Books Bohemian, a home-based mail order book catalog, for 27 years (1977-2004). During
his tenure as a book distributor, he corresponded with a number of incarcerated gay men who wrote him requesting gay literature.
Manners provided books free of charge to gay inmates, many of whom kept in contact for several years through letters. Manners
also corresponded with a number of gay and lesbian writers and collected their bibliographies, book reviews, and biographies.
Manners is also an activist for LGBTQ rights and interests.
5.3 Linear Feet
4 boxes, 1 carton, and 1 shoebox
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