Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Scott Smith was his partner and
friend. The collection documents the personal and political life of Harvey Milk, and the personal life of Scott Smith. Milk's
political papers include issue files from the Board of Supervisors, as well as speeches and campaign literature. The photographs
document Milk's and Smith's activities in the gay community.
Harvey Bernard Milk was born on May 22,1930, in Woodmere, New York. His parents were Minerva Karns and William Milk. His older
brother was Robert Milk. Harvey graduated from the New York State Teachers College at Albany in 1951. He was in the U.S. Navy
until 1955. He then worked briefly in New York on Wall Street and eventually became involved with the Tom O'Horgan shows
Jesus Christ Superstar. He moved out to San Francisco in the early 1970s.
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for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the copyright holder.
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk