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Finding Aid to the T.J. Anthony Papers, SFH 388
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  • Title: T.J. Anthony Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1980-1996
    Identifier/Call Number: SFH 388
    Creator: Anthony, T.J. (Thesoloniki Richard), 1959-1996
    Physical Description: 1 carton, 1 oversized folder, 1 flat box (2.0 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94102
    (415) 557-4400
    Abstract: Contains personal papers of T.J. Anthony, a gay activist who worked on social justice issues and shaped much of San Francisco's political agenda of the 1990s.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored on site.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours. Collections that are stored off site should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], T.J. Anthony Papers (SFH 388), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    The collection was donated to the San Francisco Public Library by Tab Buckner in 1997.

    Processed by

    Tami J Suzuki

    Biographical Note

    T.J. Anthony was a gay activist who worked on social justice issues and shaped much of San Francisco's political agenda of the 1990s. Born in Michigan and named Thesoloniki Richard, Anthony was raised in foster homes. He said his personal experiences drove his commitment to help those less fortunate. He served as an aide to U.S. Senator Don Riegle of Michigan. He later worked as a political consultant and was instrumental in passing the city's Casatrophic Sick Leave Program and Needle Exchange Policy. He also authored 1993's Proposition X which eliminated city officeholder accounts. He was an aide to Supervisors Richard Hongisto and Barbara Kaufman. Anthony worked with Kaufman on the city's recognition of same-gender marriage; non-compliance with state Proposition 187, the anti-immigrant law; and the new City Charter. He advocated for women's reproductive choice and the state of Israel, and worked to defeat Judge Robert Bork's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Anthony died in 1996.

    Scope and Contents

    Contains personal papers of T.J. Anthony. Includes letters, policy papers, campaign questionnaires, newsletters, political flyers, and U.S. Senate hearing transcripts. Of significance is a typescript copy of the preface to Mary C. Dunlap's unpublished book, Fighting Words, Mending Words. Also included are white papers from Richard Hongisto's 1991 campaign for mayor.


    Organized alphabetically by topic.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Anthony, T.J. (Thesoloniki), 1959-1996--Archives.
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Politics and government--20th century.
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Social conditions--20th century.