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Daniel Curzon Papers, 1950s-2014 GLC 52
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  • Title: Daniel Curzon Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1950s-2014
    Collection Identifier: GLC 52
    Creator: Curzon, Daniel
    Physical Description: 87.0 boxes + oversized material in flat files
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94102
    (415) 557-4400
    Abstract: Daniel Curzon (pseudonym of Daniel Brown) is a novelist, playwright and educator. His novels include Something You Do in the Dark, From Violent Men, and The World Can Break Your Heart. The Curzon Papers contain draft manuscripts for books, plays, songs, and articles by Curzon; personal and professional correspondence; mailing lists and clippings related to the management of IGNA (International Gay News Agency); clippings and reviews regarding Curzon's work; audiovisual materials; correspondence and legal materials related to a case against City College of San Francisco and the Teacher Review website; and photographs.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Languages represented: 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    Copyright and literary rights for Curzon's published and unpublished works are retained by Daniel Curzon.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Daniel Curzon Papers (GLC 52), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Papers donated by Daniel Curzon, 1996, 2004-2005, 2014. Future additions expected.

    Biographical note

    Daniel Curzon is a novelist, playwright and educator. He was born Daniel Russell Brown. He received his Ph.B. from University of Detroit in 1960, his M.A. from Kent State University in 1961, and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 1969. He has taught at several universities since 1962; his longest tenure has been with City College of San Francisco as an instructor in English since 1980. His plays have been produced by Theater Rhinoceros, New Conservatory Theater, New City Theater, Above Board Theater, the Fringe Festival in San Francisco and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
    Curzon's notable novels include: Something You Do in the Dark (1971), The Misadventures of Tim McPick (1975), From Violent Men (1983), The World Can Break Your Heart (1984), Curzon in Love (1988), and Not Necessarily Nice: Stories (2000). His plays include: Sex Show: Comedy Madness (1977), Last Call (1981), Cinderella II: Happily Ever After (musical, 1984), No Mince Pies (musical, 1986), The Hit (1997), and Godot Arrives (1999).
    The information for this biographical sketch was drawn from Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2007.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains draft manuscripts for articles and books by Daniel Curzon (pseudonym of Daniel R. Brown), personal and professional correspondence, mailing lists and clippings related to the management of IGNA (International Gay News Agency), drafts and final manuscripts of Brown's academic work, class notes and material for courses taught by Brown, audiovisual materials, photographs, and realia. There is some correspondence with authors and academics such as Joyce Carol Oates, Louie Crew, William N. Harlowe, Isabel Gilbert, Morris Kight, and John Gilgun, among others. A few boxes contain songs written by Curzon and materials related to his work with Dan Turner. In addition, there is material related to Curzon's legal case against City College of San Francisco and the Teacher Review website. The collection also includes some 1970s issues of gay newspapers and magazines.


    The collection has not been processed. Box inventories reflect the original order as received from the donor. Most cartons contain a mixture of materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Curzon, Daniel--Archives
    International Gay News Agency.
    Gay authors--United States--Archives.
    Gay college teachers--United States--Archives.
    Gay dramatists--United States--Archives.
    Gay novelists--United States--Archives.