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Finding aid of the Kevin Brew Journals
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Journals of Kevin Brew, a man who died of HIV. Brew was born in Queens, New York and moved to San Francisco in 1975. These journals detail activities of every day life, the onset of the AIDS epidemic, Brew's own course of treatment, as well as reactions to national events such as the election of President Reagan and the murder of John Lennon.
Kevin Brew was born in Queens, New York, on April 7, 1950. He moved to San Francisco in August of 1975, and lived there until his death from AIDS on March 28, 1993. It is unclear why Brew moved to San Francisco, although his journals imply a search for a "simpler" life. Sunshine was also a motivation. His career/work is not specified in his writings, or in his Bay Area Reporter obituary, dated April 15, 1993. His greatest interest appears to have been doing art work, mainly collage. A skimming of his journals suggests that Kevin had turbulent relationships with his friends and family. He seemed to be an extremely intelligent and sensitive man who expressed feeling generally frustrated and unappreciated by many of the people in his life.
0.5 Linear Feet 1 manuscript box
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
Collection open for research.