Guide to the George L. Gardaya papers, 1925-1955 M2097

Malgorzata Schaeffer
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
June 2016
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064


A listing rather than a full finding aid.

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:

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

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1928-1955

Box 1, Folder 2

Love letters, typescript, 1925-1932

Box 1, Folder 2

Letter to Aunt Leliany

Box 1, Folder 3

Letters to Eddie, 1931 [?] - 1932

box 1, folder 4

Letters - drafts - manuscripts, undated

box 1, folder 5

Philamer Cooperative Association - constitution and by-laws

box 1, folder 5

Philamer Cooperative Association - correspondence and biographical applications of members

box 1, folder 6

George L. Gardaya, pseudonym, - poetry and verse

box 1, folder 7

Gregory Francis D'Mayo, pseudonym, - poetry

Box 1, Folder 8

Gregory Francis D'Mayo, pseudonym, - short stories

box 1, folder 8

Gregory Francis D'Mayo - synopsis of play : Tongues of Despair: a drama with a female lead

Box 1, Folder 9

Ephemera: brochures, circulars, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, publications

Box 1, Folder 10

Two sketeches of a female head; sheet music and ukelele lessons

Box 1, Folder 11

Unidentified fragment of manuscript

Box 2, Folder 1

George L. Gardaya, Pastor L. Gardaya, Jr. [psudonyms?]: school work including essays, compositions, notes, Spanish grammer

Box 2, Folder 2-5

School work: essays, papers, compositions, notes

Box 2, Folder 6

School work: essays and graded papers, October - December 1934

Box 2, Folder 5

School work: essays and graded papers, October - December 1934

Box 2, Folder 7

School work: essays about humus, soil, water

map-folder 3

Map of the Philippines, March 1945

map-folder 3

Blueprint of automatic cigarette dispenser, March 1931

map-folder 3

Tree of life sketches

map-folder 3

New York Post, Monday June 29, 1936,p 11

map-folder 3

Home study music lessons: ukulele; sheet music: My own, music by Jimmy McHugh, lyric by Harold Adamson