Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid for the Michael Nava Papers, ca. 1954-1995
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (224.80 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Michael Nava Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1954-1995
    Collection number: 1714
    Creator: Nava, Michael
    Extent: 25 boxes (12.5 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Michael Nava (1954- ) was the deputy city attorney for the City of Los Angeles (1981-84) before starting his own private law practice. He has also published many books. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, notes, calendars, memorabilia, photographs, drawings, clippings, and printed material related to the life and literary career of Michael Nava.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Michael Nava Papers (Collection 1714). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233482 


    Nava was born on September 16, 1954 in Stockton, California; grew up in Sacramento, California; BA, Colorado College, 1976; JD, Stanford University, 1981; moved with lover Bill Weinberger to Los Angeles, and became deputy city attorney, City of Los Angeles, 1981-84; private law practice in Los Angeles, 1984-86; research attorney with California Court of Appeal, Los Angeles, 1986-95; private law practice in San Francisco beginning in 1995; publications include The Little Death (1986), Goldenboy (1988), Finale (1989), How Town (1990), The Hidden Law (1992), Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America (1994), The Death of Friends (1996), and The Burning Plain (1997).


    September 16, 1954 Birthdate--Sacramento, California
    1975 Book--poetry-- Three poets: James Byers, Michael Nava, David Owen
    1976 School--B.A.--Colorado College. In History
    1976-1977 School--Watson Fellowship--Studied poetry of Ruben Dario in Buenos Aires, Argentina
    1980-1989 Relationship--With Bill Weinberger. Met at the end of second year of Law School, 1982 BW joins MN in Los Angeles (Sycamore St. Apt.), 1984 Buy house in Carthay Circle together (Moore Drive)
    1981 Law Degree--Stanford
    1981-1984 Law practice--Deputy City Attorney
    1984-1986 Law practice--Private, Encino
    1986-1995 Law practice--California Court of Appeals--Research Attorney
    1986 Book--fiction-- The Little Death. First mystery, with Alyson
    1988 Book--fiction-- Goldenboy
    1989 Book--fiction anthology-- Finale. Edited by MN. MN's work: Street People [a Henry Rios story]
    1990 Book--fiction-- How Town
    October 1990 Essay--In The Advocate. Coming Out essay--CHECK title, etc.
    1991 Fiction--short in anthology--In Pilcher, Darryl, editors. Certain Voices. MN's story: Grief
    1991 Essay--in anthology-- In Preston, John, editor. Hometowns: Gay Men Write about Where They Belong. MN's essay: Gardenland, Sacramento, California
    1991- Essays--In Frontiers, etc. For Chris, Wherever He Is, Sodomy Law Update, Our Streets: The Killing of AB101
    1992 Book--fiction-- The Hidden Law
    1992 Essay--in anthology--In Preston, John, editor. A Member of the Family: Gay Men Write about Their Families. MN's essay: Abuelo: My Grandfather, Raymond Acuna
    1993- Essays, various-- Published in Los Angeles Times, Frontiers, etc
    March 1993 Book / manuscript only?-- The Last Days. Rejected by David Groff March 23. Read, though, at The Word is Out readings (Provincetown, Massachusetts)?
    April 1994 Book--Nonfiction-- Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America. With Robert Dawidoff. Paper edition published January 1995
    April 1995 Essay--in anthology--In Preston, John, editor. Friends and Lovers: Gay Men Write About the Families They Create. MN's essay: The Marriage of Michael and Bill. About relationship with Bill Weinberger
    October 13, 1995 Changes residence city--San Francisco, small apt in the Mission Area. 3525 18th Street no.2 SF 94110. (415) 431-6972. Is working on memoir?
    October 13, 1995 Changes city of residence--San Francisco, first in Mission area
    1995- Law practice--Private, San Francisco
    1996 Changes residence--Another apartment (in Mission?). Address on file. Effective March 1, 1996
    1996 Changes residence--Another apt in San Francisco
    1996 [no month] Book--fiction-- The Death of Friends. Henry Rios mystery, now published with G.P. Putnam's Sons
    1997 [no month] Book--fiction-- The Burning Plain. Henry Rios mystery, manuscript not yet at UCLA
    199_? Changes residence--Address on file
    Agent--Charlotte Sheedy. 65 Bleeker Street, 12th floor, NY 10012. Phone (212) 780-9800

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, notes, calendars, memorabilia, photographs, drawings, clippings, and printed material related to the life and literary career of Michael Nava.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS DIGITAL MATERIALS: Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To access digital materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Nava, Michael--Archives.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Gay men's writings, American--California--Archival resources.
    Gay rights--United States.
    Manuscripts for publication.