Craig Louis papers

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GLBT Historical Society
989 Market Street, Lower Level
San Francisco, California 94103
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Craig Louis papers
Dates: ca. 1974-1988
Collection Number: 1988-02
Creator/Collector: Louis, Craig
Extent: .65 linear feet
Repository: GLBT Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94103
Abstract: The Craig Louis Papers include letters, cards, photographs and newsletters depicting his life with AIDS and his work as a graphic designer.
Language of Material: English


The Papers are open for research, with the exception of one folder of medical records (Box 1/Folder 3). Funding for processing this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Craig Louis papers. Collection Number: 1988-02. GLBT Historical Society

Biography/Administrative History

Craig Stephen Louis was born on July 15, 1950 and died from an AIDS-related sarcoma on May 25, 1988. He lived in Oakland and worked as a graphic designer. In 1979, he edited and illustrated a compilation of selected short stories, Shells: Excerpts.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains the personal papers of Oakland resident Craig Louis, who died from AIDS in 1988. Louis was a graphic designer. The bulk of the collection consists of cards, letters, and invitations sent between Louis and his family and friends. There are also slides of photographs of Louis, his friends and family. In addition, there are records and notes of the support group of friends who helped him during the last stages of his illness. The group distributed a publication called “The Craig Report” that gave updates on his situation living with AIDS. GSSO linked terms:;;

Indexing Terms

AIDS (disease)
Gay men

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