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Steve Speier-Chuck Frutchey Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Steve Speier-Chuck Frutchey Papers
    Dates: 1955, 1971-1993 (bulk 1980-1993)
    Collection Number: GLC 192
    Creator/Collector: Speier, Steve. Frutchey, Chuck.
    Extent: 3 cartons + 27 mounted posters (in 3 oversized boxes)
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: The collection contains material on AIDS prevention education (1980s-1993), San Francisco politics (1970s-1980s), and Harvey Milk.
    Language of Material: 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

    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

    Steve Speier-Chuck Frutchey Papers. San Francisco Public Library. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Steve Speier, August 2017

    Biography/Administrative History

    Chuck Frutchey (August 12, 1953-April 21, 2000) was born in Farmington, Michigan, and lived in San Francisco. He was best known for his work as an AIDS prevention educator with the STOP AIDS Project, the Coalition for Healthy Sex, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. His sex-positive approach made safe-sex education fun and informative. Steve Speier, Chuck's partner, is a high school teacher who also volunteered with AIDS education work. Scott Smith (October 21, 1948-February 4, 1995) was one of Chuck's close friends; they lived and worked together. Smith was also one of the executors of the Harvey Milk estate. He inherited the Milk Papers and was the caretaker for the collection until his death.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains about one carton of materials on AIDS education as a result of the work that Frutchey and Speier did. Subjects include the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the STOP AIDS Project, Buddy Connection, and SF Jacks. There are 27 AIDS education posters. About half of the posters were produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation; the other half were produced internationally, most in Germany. There are two cartons which contain a combination of materials that were created or collected by Chuck Frutchey, Scott Smith, or Harvey Milk. Frutchey's files concern various subjects, primarily politics, gay rights, sexuality, and art. The political materials include the Citizens Party, the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, and election materials from the 1970s. The Milk-related material stems from Smith's position as executor of Milk's estate and caretaker of the Milk Papers. These documents primarily concern permissions to use Milk's speeches and legal documents regarding death benefits, etc. It is likely that this Milk material was originally with the papers that Smith inherited and became separated from that larger collection. Notable items are a letter from Milk to Smith from May 22, 1974 (Milk's birthday) and a page of typewritten notes that appear to be from a debate with John Briggs. There is also a photocopy of a letter from Milk to Tom [O'Horgan, probably], from 1978.

    Indexing Terms

    AIDS (Disease).
    AIDS (Disease)-Education.
    AIDS (Disease)-Prevention.
    Safe sex in AIDS prevention.
    Milk, Harvey.
    Smith, Joseph Scott.

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