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John R. (Jack) Collins Papers
GLC 134  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John R. (Jack) Collins Papers
    Dates: 1698, 1962-2015 (bulk 1970s-1990s)
    Collection Number: GLC 134
    Creator/Collector: Collins, John R. (Jack).
    Extent: 5 cartons (5 cubic feet) + 1 oversized framed broadside
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Collins was a professor at City College of San Francisco. The collection documents the courses Collins taught there, and the establishment of its gay and lesbian studies department. There are also catalogs from his work for an antiquarian book dealer. There is significant correspondence between Collins and writer James Purdy, and copies of Purdy's books and original writing.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright and literary rights are retained by Collins.

    Preferred Citation

    John R. (Jack) Collins Papers. San Francisco Public Library. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by John R. (Jack) Collins, November 3, 2015.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Jack Collins was a literature professor at City College of San Francisco, the department chair of the gay and lesbian studies program at CCSF, and an antiquarian book cataloger with John Howell Books (San Francisco). He also wrote many journal articles on literature and teaching. For several years he was the caregiver to a partner dying of AIDS.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection documents the courses Collins taught at City College of San Francisco, and the establishment of the gay and lesbian studies department there. There are also catalogs from his work at John Howell Books, an antiquarian book dealer. The papers also includes his thesis and academic journal articles. A significant portion of the collection is the correspondence between Collins and writer James Purdy, and copies of Purdy's books and original writing. A poignant journal details the care that Collins tendered to his partner who died of AIDS. The oldest item is a broadside from 1698 that documents a sodomy case in England.

    Indexing Terms

    Gay and lesbian studies
    Purdy, James, 1914-2009.
    City College of San Francisco.

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