Ernest Posey notebooks

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
657 Mission Street, #300
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 777-5455

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ernest Posey notebooks
Dates: 1968-2007
Collection Number: 2012-10
Creator/Collector: Posey, Ernest
Extent: 1.9 linear feet (1 carton, 1 box)
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: The Ernest Posey Notebooks contains twenty-four notebooks created by artist Ernest Posey from 1968 to 2007. The notebooks include artwork, ephemera, and writings, and shed light into Ernest's artistic mind and career.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research. Funding for processing this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Publication Rights

Copyright to unpublished materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

Ernest Posey notebooks. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society by Trebor Healey, Executor of the Estate of Ernest Posey, October 19, 2012.

Biography/Administrative History

Ernest Noel Posey was born in New Orleans on December 25, 1937. He earned a degree in Fine Arts from Louisiana State University and a degree in Architecture from Tulane. He lived in New York City after college and remained there until 1968, when he moved to San Francisco. Posey taught at the California College of Art and the San Francisco Academy of Art University where he was Chairman of the Department of Fine Art. Posey was also a filmmaker, public television director, author, graphic designer and book illustrator. Posey moved to Mendocino County, bought a small cabin and later built a large working studio. He moved there permanently in the late 1970s and worked on his art for the next thirty years. In the fall of 2007 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and passed away two months later.

Scope and Content of Collection

Ernest Posey's notebooks include mockups of artwork he created, collected ephemera, diary entries, dream descriptions, and other writings and sketches. They are valuable in understanding Mr. Posey's artistic vision and process. The notebooks are arranged in chronological order, from 1968 to 2007.

Indexing Terms

Gay artists

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