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Robinson (Frank M.) papers
BANC MSS 2015/159  
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Description
This collection documents the life and career of science fiction writer Frank M. Robinson. It includes correspondence; manuscripts for Robinson's short fiction, longer works, and screenplays; research material and reviews; conracts and royalty agreements; and personal material. Included are the drafts of Robinson's memoir, Not So Good a Gay Man, and material documenting his involvement in San Francisco counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s and his work as a speechwriter for San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.
Background
Frank M. Robinson was born on August 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of three, his parents were divorced and his father, a check forger, returned to Canada. His mother began working as a matron in the Lawrence Hall Home for Boys in Chicago, on the condition that her three children were taken in. Robinson lived in Lawrence Hall until he was eight years old, when his mother married and established a home with Robert Knox. Knox, a bank accountant with two children of his own, became stepfather to Frank and his two brothers. During the first year of the remarriage, Robinson spent the summer with Dorothy Hall, his mother’s closest friend, and her partner, Claudia Wanamaker, who had a cabin on the shores of Lake Michigan near Macatawa.
Extent
11 linear feet 8 cartons, 1 document box, 1 card file box, 1 oversize folder
Restrictions
Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
Collection is open for research, with exception of unprocessed digital material.