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  • Biographical Note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Access

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: George L. Gardaya papers
    Source: Michael Brown Rare Books
    Creator: Gardaya, George L., 1902-1968
    Identifier/Call Number: M2097
    Physical Description: 0.834 Linear Feet (2 legal manuscript boxes and 1 oversize map folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1955
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Description: Many pages very fragile, poor quality paper.
    Language of Material: Primarily in English with some material in Ilocano.

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased in 2015 by Stanford University Libraries.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish

    Scope and Contents

    Collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, some partial drafts, some love letters (most to women, but some are written to men); poetry, verse, and prose presumably written by Gardaya; typed and manuscript pages and documents for the Philamer Cooperative Association, including about a dozen biographical applications of members, constitution, etc. There is also a typed copy of the Constitution for the Filipino Club of the Bronx, a worker's organization of the Bronx Hospital, New York, where Gardaya worked, dated circa 1930s. A play titled "Tongues of Despair: a Drama with a Female Lead," by Gregory Francis D'Mayo (an apparent pseudonym of Gardaya), which appears to have been submitted to Fox Film Corporation at one point. School notes, essays, papers, some finished and graded, others drafts, some typed, some school printed forms, all school related, presumably when Gardaya was attending Cornell and Columbia University, circa 1929-1937. Ephemera (printed, some manuscript), including brochures, circulars, greeting cards, blue print, map, newspaper clippings, drawings, news- letter, etc.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Filipino Americans
    Gardaya, George L., 1902-1968