The collection includes correspondence, poetry and verse (some in Ilocano), school work including essays, graded papers and
notes, and ephemera. It is comprised of both typescript and manuscript pages. Also in the collection are documents for the
Philippines Cooperative Association in New York.
Some of the material is signed by probable pseudonyms of Gardaya, including Segundo Lagoc Gardaya and Gregory Francis D'Mayo.
George L. Gardaya (1902-1968), was an emigrant to America from the Philippines. Gardaya was involved in Philippine-American
organizations in New York City. He appears to have been gay or bisexual, and lived with a man named Peter Martinez for a number
of years, though he married a woman later in life. Gardaya was a native of Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, Philippine Islands and
New York City, New York. Hew was also a student, poet, and Secretary of the Philippines' Co-Operative Association, a.k.a Philamer
House. In 1933 he seems to have founded a perfume company. He used a number of pseudonyms including Segundo Lagoc Gardaya,
Gregory Francis Tamayo, Franz de Mayo, or Gregory Francis D'Mayo.
0.834 Linear Feet
(2 legal manuscript boxes and 1 oversize map folder)
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