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Guide to the Allen Day Papers
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Erotic drawings in pen and ink of men in a variety of bondage and sadomasochistic settings. Drawings are by Allen Day, with many signed under his pseudonym 'Strider'. In addition to drawings, the collection also includes profusely illustrated letters and cards from Day to his lover of many years, Louis Bryan, detailing day-to-day aspects of their life together; photographs; invitations, many created by Day, to parties and events; and several artists' books written and illustrated by Day.
Allen James Day, Jr. was born on 28 July 1941 in Eastford, CT, the second son of Allen James Dan and Margaret Pittman. He attended the Woodstock Academy and upon his graduation in 1959 moved to Boston to enroll in the Boston Art Academy. Upon graduation, he found work as a commercial artist for a local firm, where he worked until he was drafted in 1965. Instead of Vietnam, he was sent to Germany, where his artistic talent was utilized in making posters and signs at the headquarters. His military service ended in 1967.
2 boxes (Approximately 3 linear feet)
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials created by the donor has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
Collection open for research.