Finding Aid to the T.J. Anthony Papers, SFH 388

Finding aid prepared by Tami J. Suzuki
San Francisco History Center
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4567

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.


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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.


AIDS/HIV Research Funding, 1988-1991


Aguilar, Judge Robert P., 1990


Alice B. Toklas Lesbian/Gay Democratic Club, 1988-1991


Bork, Robert, Supreme Court Nominee, 1987


Brown, Willie L., 1995-1996


Bush, President George, 1990-1991


California Democratic Party, 1989-1993


Israel Resolution, 1993


Charter Reform, 1992-1995


Death Penalty, [1999]


Democratic County Central Committee, 1995-1996


Donations and Campaign Acknowledgements, 1990-1996


Dunlap, Mary C., 1988-1996


Election Results, 1990-1991


Fa, Angie, School Board Campaign, 1992


Feminist Men's Alliance, 1987-1988


Gay Rights, 1987-1993


Guest Book, Various Events, 1997-1998


Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Democratic Club, 1990-1995


Homeless, [1990?]


Hongisto, Richard, Assessor Campaign, 1990


Hongisto, Richard, Mayoral Campaign, 1991


Israel, 1991-1995


Johnston, Bennett, Congressional Campaign, 1991-1992


Jordan, Mayor Frank, [1991]-1992


Kaufman, Barbara, Supervisorial Campaigns, 1992-1995


Men Who Care About Women's Lives, 1989-1990


Needle Exchange Legislation, 1992


Personal Documents, 1987-1997


Photographs, [1990s]


Political Buttons, [1980s-1990s]


Political Flyers, [1980s-1990s]


Proposition 187 (Services to Non-citizens), 1994


Proposition W (Recognition of Palestine), 1988


Proposition X (Slush Funds Band), 1982-1983


Reproductive Rights, 1989-1990


Riegle, Sen. Donald, 1980


Walker, Vaughn R., Federal District Court Nominee, 1988-1989