Papers (1958-1993, bulk 1970-1993). 9 cubic feet + 1 oversized box, finding aid available.
Lonidier majored in music at San Francisco State University where she studied composition with Pauline Oliveros. She later participated in the "poet in the schools" program in the Northern California school districts. Lonidier was active in multimedia theater and performance art, as well as various Women's collectives. She was connected with the Lavender Rose Collective, and was a "founding mother" of the San Francisco Women's Building. The papers include correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, research materials and notes, financial and publishing documents, and photographs that relate to her career as a teacher, writer and lesbian feminist activist. It also includes objects used in two of her performance pieces. (Donated by Fred Lonidier, April 1995).
Papers (1755-1991; bulk 1961-1991). 8.4 linear feet, finding aid available.
The papers include photographs as well as extensive diaries, short stories, poems, essays, and correspondence that fully document—at an extraordinarily intimate level—Sullivan's transition from heterosexual female to gay man. These writings and the records of his other activities between 1973 and 1991 are invaluable documents for any history of the female to male community, and are important primary sources for any study of transsexuality, but particularly of homosexually identified transsexuals. The collection includes versions of all of his published works, research files on gender, transsexuality, cross-dressing, and sex-reassignment techniques.
(Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Papers (1947-1994; bulk 1980-1991). 1.65 linear feet in 2 boxes, finding aid available.
Winnow was a community activist and coordinator of the Lesbian Gay Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (1980-1990). Upon being diagnosed with breast cancer she began activism around women (especially lesbians) and health (1986-1991). The majority of the materials document academic work in Women's Studies while attending San Francisco State University, the founding of the Women's Cancer Resource Center and writings concerning women and cancer, and materials on the Jewish Feminist Conference in 1982. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Papers (1971-1974). .85 linear feet in 2 boxes, finding aid available.
The papers document the career development of an individual who aspired to become a member of the Metropolitan Community Church hierarchy, including seminary class notes. The papers also document his involvement with the MCC prison ministry and his personal correspondence with gay prisoners throughout California. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Papers (1979-1993). 1 linear foot, finding aid available.
Lazere was a journalist and certified public accountant that lived in San Francisco, California. The papers document his journalism and some of his community service work, especially with the United Way for inclusion of gay and lesbian charitable organizations. Lazere wrote the On the Job Column which focused on the work and working environments of many gay and lesbian individuals and businesses. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Papers (1961-1988; bulk 1975-1988). 4 linear feet, finding aid available.
Matlovich was a decorated member of the United States Air Force. When he acknowledged his homosexuality in 1975, the Air Force responded by expelling him with a general discharge. He took the Air Force to court. The case was settled out of court with Matlovich receiving compensation and a honorable discharge. The collection consists of correspondence, subject files, legal documents, photographs and personal mementos. The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Records (1978-1984). 0.33 linear feet, finding aid available.
Records consisting of correspondence, minutes, finances, committee reports and other materials of the first and largest gay business association in existence, founded in 1974. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Records (1987-1991). 0.75 linear feet, finding aid available.
The Lesbian Agenda for Action was founded in January 1987 as a sponsored project of the San Francisco Women's Centers (also known as the Women's Building). LAFA was formed to promote lesbian visibility in society through political and social action. The collection includes administrative, conference, and outreach/publicity files. Conferences sponsored include: Lesbian Political Action (1987), and Diversity of Color (1989). (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical of Society Northern California, July 1996).
Papers (1920-1983; bulk 1950-1983). .5 linear feet, finding aid available
Evans was a member of the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay History Project for several years in the 1980s. He conducted oral history interviews describing lesbian and gay life in the 1950s, especially how it related to Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist witch hunts. The papers also consist of research files on the above topic and on a variety of other subjects. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Papers (1968-1970). .5 linear feet and 3 oversized folders, finding aid available.
Thorpe was a San Francisco State University student and an organizer of the first gay student group on campus. The materials document the early Gay Liberation Movement, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. Much of the material consists of runs of periodicals, loose clippings, and ephemera. Two notebooks contain documents pertaining to the Committee for Homosexual Freedom as well as a variety of flyers and essays related to gay liberation. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Records (1976-1983). 2.5 inches, finding aid available.
The People's Fund was a charitable organization that provided financial aid to members of the gay community of San Francisco. This sparse collection is comprised of approved and denied applications for assistance, thank-you notes, bank records, minutes, and scattered correspondence. Some restrictions apply. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Records (1984-1985). 1.75 inches, finding aid available (PDF).
Records, notes and correspondence documenting the pursuit of a gay/lesbian activities group of the Sierra Club in the San Francisco Bay Area during 1984 and 1985. Some restrictions apply. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Records (1975-1976). 1 folder, finding aid available (PDF).
The records contain minutes, work plans, and publicity materials documenting this gallery located on Castro Street in San Francisco. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Papers(1989-1990). .5 linear feet, finding aid available.
The papers are the result of Bishop's school work at San Francisco State University from the fall of 1989 through June of 1990. Bishop was researching the emergence of the lesbian and gay rights movement as a political force in San Francisco from the late 1950's up to the early 1970's, focusing mostly on events in the early 1960's. The records are composed of two series, oral history interviews and class papers. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Records (1981-1987). .5 linear feet in 2 boxes, finding aid available.
The records document the day to day activities of Libertarians for Gay and Lesbian Concerns especially those of George Meyer, National Coordinator from 1983 to 1987. The majority of the records are correspondence and convention materials. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Papers (1977-1990). .5 linear feet, finding aid available.
The collection primarily contains correspondence and other related materials covering Rose-Azevedo's years of employment with the San Francisco International Airport Police Department and the several years after his resignation. They document his conflict over a pre-employment polygraph test, intra-departmental memoranda and related material leading up to his 1984 discrimination suit against the San Francisco Airport Police Department, and finally his stress claim filed with the San Francisco Employees' Retirement System, Workers' Compensation Division in 1987. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Records (1989-1993). 1.65 linear feet, finding aid available.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/San Francisco Bay Area was formed in 1987 as a chapter of the GLAAD New York national office. However, in March 1990 GLAAD/SFBA elected its own Board of Directors, incorporated and received non-profit status as an independent entity. These records document GLAAD/SFBA's internal workings and their mission to identify and respond to public expressions, especially in the print and electronic media, which stem from homophobia, bigotry and misinformation about lesbians, gays, and bisexuals. It also organizes community response such as letter and phone calling campaigns and occasional boycotts. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Records (1976-1995). 1 linear foot in 3 boxes, finding aid available.
Old Wives’ Tales Bookstore was a feminist collective bookstore located in San Francisco. It was founded in 1976 and closed in 1995. The records document the day to day operations of the bookstore through daily logs, calendar listings, collective minutes, and flyers for author readings and other cultural events. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Letters to Susan Davis Alch (1956-1962). 34 items, finding aid available.
The collection contains correspondence, and a few photographs which Milk sent to Susan Davis Alch during the years 1956-1962. Milk’s warmth and affection for Davis are evident in all of the letters. He looks back fondly on the time he spent with Davis and their group of friends in Los Angeles and Miami. The letters also recount Milk’s moves to Miami and New York, meeting Joe Campbell, gay life in New York and Miami. These letters were unknown to Randy Shilts, Milk’s biographer. Neither Susan Davis Alch nor John Harvey, frequently the subject of Milk's letters, are mentioned in The Mayor of Castro Street: the life and times of Harvey Milk (NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1982). (Donated by the Library Foundation of San Francisco, February 1997).
This collection contains 59 letters and cards from Harvey Milk to Joe Campbell; most were written after their romantic relationship ended.
Correspondence to Donald H. Frank (1947-ca. 1967). 19 letters and postcards + 1 photograph, finding aid available.
The correspondence contains references to San Francisco, Paris during and after World War II, Gertrude Stein, William James, Virgil Thomson, Thornton Wilder, productions of Stein’s works, and publications of Toklas's Cookbook, and autobiography What Is Remembered. There is a transcript for all of the letters and postcards. (Donated by Donald H. Frank, December 1997).
Poems (1981-1995). 9 items, finding aid available.
Contains letterpress and computer-generated prints of poetry by Dickey. Some are examples of fine printing. Of these letterpress items, two were printed by Lee Engdahl, one by hit & run press, and two by the Pterodactyl Press. There are a few holiday greeting cards which contain poems by Dickey and Leonard Sanazaro. (Deposited by the Estate of William Dickey, 1996).
Coming Out Conservative Collection (1964, 1990-1992). 1 cubic foot, finding aid available.
Though Liebman's career primarily concerned furthering conservative political causes, this collection documents the public disclosure of his homosexuality through his letter to William F. Buckley, Jr. (which was printed in The National Review) and Liebman's book Coming Out Conservative. There are drafts of the letter and the book with comments from various readers, as well as newspaper clippings and letters in response. (Donated by Marvin Liebman, February 1993).
Papers (1980-1991). 1 cubic foot, finding aid available.
The collection contains correspondence, notes and drafts for Fricke's autobiographical works Reflections of a Rock Lobster and Sudden Strangers. Reflections tells the story of Fricke's desire to take a male date to his high school prom, and details the reactions by his family, the school, and the media. Sudden Strangers, written with his father Walter, describes the changes in their relationship following Aaron's coming out. (Donated by Aaron Fricke, 1994).
T-shirt collection (1978-1995). 54 T-shirts, finding aid available (PDF).
These shirts commemorate gay and lesbian parades, marches, gatherings, and organizations. Most of the shirts are for San Francisco events or organizations including the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade, Frontrunners, Frame lines film festival. (Donated by Nancy Tucker, May 1994).
Clippings (1990?-1993). 5 cubic feet, finding aid available.
GLAAD clipped references to gays and lesbians in newspapers and magazines as part of an on-going project to monitor and respond to media coverage. The major publications consulted were the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times. The material is arranged chronologically, and then alphabetically by publication title. The subjects range from the Boy Scouts to gays in the military, and from reactions to the motion picture Basic Instinct to the 1992 elections. (Donated by GLAAD, 1994-1995).
Records (1982-1994). Ca. 60 cu. ft., finding aid available (PDF).
The records document the activities of the Federation of Gay Games which organizes the Gay Games, a competitive and cultural event started in 1982 by Dr. Tom Waddell. While materials on Gay Games I-III is relatively small, the accumulated materials for Gay Games IV is fairly complete. The GGIV series contain everything from operations files to sheet music, photographs to talent entries. Restrictions: Gay Games IV Registration, Housing and Sports files are closed for 50 years. Advance notice required: due to off-site storage, the library needs 24 hours to fulfill patron requests. (Donated by the Federation of Gay Games, October 1997).
[Survey of Gay and Lesbian Holdings in U.S. Libraries] (1995). .25 cubic feet, finding aid available (PDF).
[Survey of Gay and Lesbian Holdings in U.S. Libraries] (1995). .25 cubic feet, finding aid available.
In 1995, Library Journal surveyed U.S. libraries to determine the strengths and weaknesses in their gay and lesbian holdings and in their institutions' commitments to developing the subject area. This collection contains sample forms and cumulated statistics for the survey, along with Eric Bryant's article Pride & Prejudice (in Library Journal, June 15, 1995, p. 37-39) which summarized the results. (Donated by Eric Bryant, 1996).
Records (1993-1995). .5 cu. feet, finding aid available.
The gallery was established by Rick Jacobsen in 1993 to showcase contemporary art and performance. During its 3 years of operation, the Kiki hosted art exhibits, readings, and performances on subjects as far ranging as scatology, AIDS, and bongs. A few of the artists featured were Joan Jett Blakk, Nayland Blake, Jeannie M., and David E. Johnston. The records contain publicity files, slides, photographs, drafts of performance pieces and exhibit catalogs, and some correspondence. A small amount of material relates to Jacobsen's productions at Josie's Juice Joint. (Donated by Wayne Smith, February 1998).
Papers (ca.1970-1994). Ca. 50 cu. ft., finding aid available (PDF).
This collection is divided into two major sections: the Personal Papers of Barbara Grier, and the Naiad Press Records. Grier has been active in the lesbian movement since the 1950s. She is perhaps best known for her bibliography The Lesbian in Literature, and her contributions to and editorial work on The Ladder which ceased publication in 1972. Her personal papers include correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, research notes and draft manuscripts of The Lesbian in Literature and other works. In 1973, Grier, McBride, Anyda Marchant (a.k.a. Sarah Aldridge) and Muriel Crawford formed a lesbian publishing company called Naiad Press. The press records include author correspondence, draft manuscripts, and publicity files. (Donated by the Library Foundation of San Francisco, 1992).
Records (1972-1987). 5.1 linear feet, finding aid available.
The Women's Press Project started in 1974 in San Francisco as part of a non-profit Women's vocational school at the Women's Skills Center. The main purpose was to teach women the skills of the printing trade. Up Press was formed out of the People’s Union in 1972 as a collectively run movement press, printing political and feminist work. In 1984 Up Press merged with the Women's Press Project to form the Women's Press and continued the school as the Women's Printing School. The Women's Press closed in 1987. The records document Women's Press Project’s school with syllabi, student records, and course evaluations. There are also minutes and mission statements for Women's Press. Up Press files contain information on other Women's and movement presses. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Papers (1977-1981). 7.5 linear feet, finding aid available.
The Papers contain interviews conducted for Lewin's doctoral thesis later published as Lesbian Mothers: accounts of gender in American Culture. Both lesbian and heterosexual single mothers were interviewed. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Papers (1952-1984). 1.25 linear feet, finding aid available (PDF).
Jaffy was the research director for the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), a lesbian social organization, from ca. 1960 to 1970, where she worked under the alias of Florence Conrad. The DOB Research Director Files contain bibliographies, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and surveys. Jaffy's Personal Reference File contains materials combining her work as an economics professor and her interest in issues relating to women and equal rights. There are a large amount of clippings and articles about comparable worth, affirmative action, the Bakke case, the Equal Rights Amendment, and international Women's issues. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Papers (1910s-1994, bulk 1979-1985). 3.5 linear feet, finding aid available.
Bond served in the Women's Army Corps from 1945-1947, and was interviewed by Rob Epstein for the film Word Is Out. Her papers contain background research, notes, early drafts, and manuscripts for her one-woman shows. Two of the better known pieces are Gerty, Gerty, Gerty Stein is Back, Back, Back and Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt: a love story. There is also correspondence, diaries, autobiographical notes, photographs, reviews and awards. (Placed on deposit by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, July 1996).
Harvey Milk Archives—Scott Smith Collection (1919-1995). 24.5 cu. ft., finding aid available.
The collection contains the personal papers of Harvey Milk and Scott Smith, the political papers of Harvey Milk, and the collection of the Harvey Milk Archives and Harvey Milk Estate. As Smith was the head of the Milk Archives and also Milk’s executor, the latter materials have been organized into one series. The political papers and photographs series are the best documented portions of the collection. The political papers include drafts of speeches and writings, as well as the flyers and other ephemera which a campaign produces. There is unfortunately not much on Milk’s early life though there are a few documents on his mother. With the exception of the photographs, the bulk of the collection documents Milk’s life on the West Coast. (Donated by Elva Smith, 1996).
Daniel Nicoletta Photographs Collection (1976-2000). 33 prints, finding aid available.
Daniel Nicoletta is a San Francisco-based freelance photographer who has been documenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1975. He was hired by Harvey Milk to work at Castro Camera and later worked on Milk's supervisorial campaigns. His work has been featured in The Times of Harvey Milk, Sex is, The mayor of Castro Street, Gay by the Bay, and many other venues. This portfolio of 33 images was chosen and arranged by the artist to showcase the wide range of his work including informal street scenes and formal studio portraits. Early influences of Diane Arbus particularly informed his fascination with famous figures in San Francisco's transgender community. The collection is available for viewing during the San Francisco History Center’s Historical Photograph Collection hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m.; Thurs. 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-12 noon, 1-5 p.m. (Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2000).
Robert Giard Photographs Collection (1986-2003).
91 prints, finding aid available.
Giard, a free-lance photographer based in Amagansett, N.Y., began photographing gay and lesbian literary figures in 1985. This collection contains portraits of 91 gay men and lesbians who are literary figures, community activists, and performing artists. Some portraits were chosen on the basis of the subjects’ connection to the San Francisco Bay Area. Several of these images are reproduced in Particular Voices : Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers (MIT Press, c1997). The collection is available for viewing during the San Francisco History Center’s Historical Photograph Collection hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m.; Thurs. 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-12 noon, 1-5 p.m. (Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2000, 2003 and 2006).
Chloe Atkins Photographs Collection (1989-1999).
25 prints, finding aid available.
Atkins is a San Francisco-based photographer. Her portfolio of 25 images celebrates the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Some of these images are reproduced in Girls' night out (St. Martin's Press, 1998). The collection is available for viewing during the San Francisco History Center’s Historical Photograph Collection hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m.; Thurs. 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-12 noon, 1-5 p.m. (Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2000).
Ann P. Meredith Photographs Collection (1984-2001).
25 prints, finding aid available.
The suite includes selections from the following photo. series: Tall in the Saddle—Cowgirls, Ranch Women & Rodeo Gals; A Different Drummer about Gay Games II and Tom Waddell; Dykes, Faggots & Their Felines, Don't Call Me Honey—Photographs of Women and Their Work; Number One Killer—Women with Breast Cancer; Until the Last Breath! Women with HIV/AIDS; The Big Picture—The United Nations on the 1st International March for Lesbian Rights and Human Rights; and Forgotten Angels: a Matter of Honor—Women who Serve in the Military with portraits of Margarethe Cammermeyer and Antoinette Cannizzaro. The collection is available for viewing during the San Francisco History Center’s Historical Photograph Collection hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m.; Thurs. 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-12 noon, 1-5 p.m. (Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2000).
Lynda Koolish Photographs Collection (1972-2000).
25 prints, finding aid available.
Many of these portraits of GLBT writers appear in African-American Writers : Portraits and Visions (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, c2001). Some of the subjects include Elsa Gidlow, Judy Grahn, Alice Walker, Adrienne Rich, Pat Parker, Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Peg Cruikshank and Jewelle Gomez. The collection is available for viewing during the San Francisco History Center's Historical Photograph Collection hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m.; Thurs. 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-12 noon, 1-5 p.m. (Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2000).
Cathy Cade Photographs Collection (1972-1994).
25 prints, finding aid available.
This portfolio contains images of lesbian mothering, GLBT demonstrations and freedom days, lesbians at work, and various age groups. Some photographs are hand colored. The collection is available for viewing during the San Francisco History Center's Historical Photograph Collection hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m.; Thurs. 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-12 noon, 1-5 p.m. (Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2000).
Rick Gerharter Photographs Collection (1988-1995).
25 prints, finding aid available.
This collection contains many images that were shot on assignment for the Bay Area Reporter and capture the intensity and emotion of many facets of queer life, including AIDS activism, celebration, care-giving, sports, and visibility. The collection is available for viewing during the San Francisco History Center's Historical Photograph Collection hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m.; Thurs. 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-12 noon, 1-5 p.m. (Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2000).
Randy Shilts Papers (1955-1994). Ca. 120 cu. ft., partial finding aid available (PDF).
The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Randy Shilts. The personal papers include correspondence and high school and college materials. The professional papers include correspondence, research notes and drafts of his writings for his journalism and his books: The Mayor of Castro Street, And the Band Played On, and Conduct Unbecoming. Most of this material documents important issues for the gay and lesbian population—from gays in the military, to AIDS and the public response to the epidemic, to the rise of the gay and lesbian movement in San Francisco. The bulk of the collection consists of about 80 cubic feet of newspaper and magazine clippings documenting GLBT and AIDS coverage by the major print media. This portion of the collection spans 20 years and contains a wealth of references to the gay and lesbian issues of the time. The audio-visual materials include photographs, and audio-and videotapes by and of Shilts. (Donated by the Estate of Randy Shilts, 1994).
Harry Hay Papers (1885-2004, bulk 1920s-2002). 50 boxes, 33 flat oversized boxes (16x20x3-inches), finding aid available.
The collection contains personal and biographical materials on Hay and his partner John Burnside; materials related to the Mattachine Society, the Radical Faeries, and anti-draft activities; writings and speeches by Hay, Burnside, Will Roscoe and others; correspondence; drawings, correspondence and other documents for California Kaleidoscopes; research notes on berdache and Native American culture, and on music, labor, class, and other political activities; clippings about Hay and collected by him; flyers and announcements; photographs; and books and periodicals annotated by Hay. (Donated by Harry Hay and his Estate in several accessions, 1998-2007).
Vincent Diaries (1984-1995). 1 cu. ft. (15 diaries, 2 folders, 1 book), finding aid available.
These diaries document the life and thoughts of Vincent a gay office worker who died of AIDS. Upon his death, he had his diaries sent to Elizabeth Stone, a former English teacher. Her book A Boy I Once Knew details her response to this material. The collection contains 15 diaries, 2 folders of correspondence, and a page proof of Stone's book. (Donated by Elizabeth Stone in 2002).
Evander Smith—California Hall Papers (1965-1978). 0.5 cu. ft., finding aid available.
This collection contains correspondence, legal papers and newspaper clippings assembled by lawyers Smith and Herbert Donaldson in response to several arrests at a fund-raising event sponsored by the Committee on Religion and the Homosexual. Police harassment included photographing attendees as they arrived at the California Hall and then demanding admittance to the private event. When denied admittance, the police arrested several people. Much like New York’s Stonewall riots, this event unified the gay and lesbian groups in San Francisco. (Donated by Paul Gabriel for Evander Smith 2002).
Nancy Stockwell Papers ([1956?]-2006, bulk 1975-1998). 2.5 cu. ft. (in 4 boxes), finding aid available.
Stockwell was one of the founding mothers of Plexus, a San Francisco bay area feminist publication, though she is perhaps best known for her autobiographical Out Somewhere and Back Again: the Kansas Stories. The collection contains correspondence, subject files, photographs, diaries, and draft and printed copies of Stockwell’s writings. (Donated by Deanna L. Nikodym for the Estate of Nancy Stockwell in May 2000 and April 2010).
Atlas Savings & Loan Collection (1979-1990). 1 cu. ft., finding aid available.
The collection contains a small amount of business correspondence and records including bylaws, publicity, promotional materials and mailings to shareholders. There is good press coverage of Atlas through the years especially its opening in 1981 and its financial difficulties in 1985 and 1986. In addition there is a lot of memorabilia and giveaways with the Atlas logo. (The bulk of the collection was donated by Lester Bruno in 1997. Jim Van Buskirk donated a bank book, Roy Johnson donated a $1 bill signed by Atlas board members and 2 T-shirts were added courtesy of the San Francisco Gay, Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Historical Society of Northern California).
(1916, 1950s-2000, bulk 1950s-2000). 6 cu. ft. + 3 oversized folders, finding aid available.
This collection contains materials that Cliff Anchor, a prominent activist for gays in the military, authored or kept in his private possession from 1959 to 2000. These documents include speeches, correspondence, papers related to military service, materials related to Leonard Matlovich’s memorial, documents related to radio station KRJB and American Legion Alexander Hamilton Post #448, clippings, photographs, VHS videos, and artifacts. (Donated by Robert Booth, 2000).
Jean Swallow Papers (1961-1996). 5 cubic feet + 1 oversized box open for research, finding aid available (PDF).
Swallow wrote poetry and fiction; her first novel 'Leave a Light on for Me' was published in 1983. She is best known for her edited anthologies 'Out from Under' and 'The Next Step'; both works address lesbians in recovery from substance abuse. The Papers document her work. These materials include: correspondence with authors and publishers; drafts of poems, stories, books, and talks; research files on various subjects; and copies of published pieces. The collection includes drafts of 'Making Love Visible' co-authored with Geoff Manasse. (Donated by Betsy Walker and Marian Michener, 1998).
Gary Fisher Papers (1973-1995, bulk 1980-1994). 4 cubic feet open for research, finding aid available (PDF).
The collection contains notebooks, journals, drafts of poems and stories, drawings, and a small amount of photographs and correspondence. His journal entries detail his experience as a gay African-American man, and, later, his experience living with AIDS. The Fisher Papers also include the files created by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick as she edited Fisher's work for the publication of 'Gary in Your Pocket.' (Donated by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 1998).
Daniel Curzon Papers (1960-1996). 24 cubic feet open for research, inventory available (PDF).
The collection contains draft manuscripts for books and articles by Daniel Curzon (pseudonym of Daniel Brown); personal and professional correspondence; mailing lists and clippings related to the management of IGNA (International Gay News Agency); draft and final manuscripts of Brown’s academic work; class notes and material for courses taught by Brown; and realia.
Annemarie Madison Papers (1985-2007). 4.5 cubic feet, finding aid available.
The collection contains correspondence and photographs of the many "boys" hospitalized with AIDS for whom Madison cared. The collection also includes posters, and audio- and videotape on the subject of AIDS in the United States and abroad, including some lectures by Madison. (Donated by Annemarie Madison, March 2004).
David Cameron Strachan Intersex Audio-Visual Materials, 1997-2012. 2 sound cassettes, 25 videocassettes, 12 videodiscs, 1 poster, finding aid available.
David Cameron Strachan's life experience living with XXY sex chromosomes has helped him educate others about body type variations and difference. The collection documents gender and intersex issues addressed on talk shows, at San Francisco government meetings, and in motion pictures.
David Lourea Papers (1971-1992, bulk 1982-1990). 2 cu. ft., inventory available.
The collection contains correspondence, articles, magazines, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and other ephemera on bisexuality and on the San Francisco Bisexual Center. It also includes articles relating to AIDS education in the bisexual community. (Donated by Margo Rila, 1996).
Robert Oaks Papers (1977-1987). 1 cubic foot, finding aid available.
The collection contains letters from other gay historians, research notes for articles on homosexuality in 17th and 18th century America, photocopies of relevant articles of other historians, and some general material related to gay causes in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Correspondence includes letters from Jonathan Katz, Lou Crompton, Sal Licata, and others. (Donated by Robert Oaks, August 2004).
Paul Reed Papers (1958-2002, bulk 1984-2002). 4 cu. ft., finding aid available.
The collection contains correspondence, manuscript drafts of books and articles by Reed, and copies of books authored or edited by him. There is also a small collection of chap books that he produced. Reed wrote Facing It: a novel of AIDS, Longing and The Savage Garden: a journal among others. Of particular interest is his correspondence with May Sarton. (Donated by Paul Reed, 1995, and Matt Flynn, 2004).
Trannyshack Collection (1996-2008). 14 folders, finding aid available.
The club Trannyshack was founded in February 1996 by Steven Grygelko, known by the professional moniker Heklina. Trannyshack was a drag show staged every Tuesday at the Stud, a South of Market gay bar in San Francisco, California. The Tuesday night shows ran for over 12 years until August 2008. The Trannyshack Collection contains posters, press releases, photographs, DVDs, and a series of "Historical Bulletins."
Verasphere Archive (1995-2009), 2 boxes, finding aid available
The archive contains newspaper clippings, oral histories, videorecordings, and photographs that document the costumes, appearances, and photographs of Mrs. Vera, a drag persona, and her circle of friends. (Donated by Michael Johnstone and David Faulk, December 12, 2008.)
Gregory Grosh Yonkers Production Company Slides (1972-1973) 6.0 folders (405 slides, 1 folder, 1 oversized folder), finding aid available
Yonkers Production Company was a San Francisco, California theater company in the 1970s. It specialized in all-male productions of popular musicals such as Dames at Sea, The Boy Friend, and Hello, Dolly! Yonkers was on off-shoot of SIR Productions and involved many of the same people. The Society for Individual Rights (SIR), was a homophile organization based in San Francisco. The collection contains slides of three Yonkers productions and the Golden Awards, and includes a few reviews and one program.
Leonard Laton Collection of Anthony (Tony) J. Sansone Photographs (1935, 1955). 2 folders, inventory available (PDF).
The collection contains 20 photographs and the book Rhythm which feature male physique model Tony Sansone. Some photographs were taken by Edwin Townsend. (Anonymous donation, July 2009).
Lynn Ludwig Photographs Collection (1988-1998), 41 scrapbooks + circa 200 encapsulated photographs, finding aid available
Portraits and informal photographs of gay bears, gay bear events, Ludwig family and events, holidays, Northern California scenery and locations. There are some flyers included in the albums, as well as attendance name badges.
Grace Miller Papers (1926-1979, bulk 1941-1965), 2 document cases + flat box, finding aid available
The collection documents the life of Grace Miller through correspondence, subject files, photographs and negatives, and a scrapbook. Miller was a co-owner and bartender at two lesbian bars in San Francisco. As a result of serving underage patrons, she was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 1955. The scrapbook contains the newspaper coverage of her arrest and trial.
Peter Adair Papers (1973-1986, bulk 1974-1979). 79 cu. ft. boxes + 31 boxes of various sizes, Peter Adair Papers finding aid available.
The collection contains correspondence, administrative files, transcripts, clippings and ephemera, film and sound footage, and videotapes. The majority of the collection centers on the documentary film Word Is Out: stories of some of our lives (1977), a ground-breaking exploration of the lives of 26 gay men and women. A much smaller portion of the collection concerns The AIDS Show: artists involved with death and survival (1986), a production of Peter Adair and Rob Epstein’s with Theatre Rhinoceros. (Bequeathed to the library by Peter Adair, 1996).
Scott Wirth Operation Concern Collection (1974-1980), 29 folders, finding aid available
Founded in 1974, Operation Concern was the first counseling service established by gay and lesbian individuals to serve the San Francisco Bay area's underserved gay and lesbian people and their families. Scott Wirth was a staff member with Operation Concern from 1975-1980. The collection contains correspondence, subject files, ephemera, publications, reports, grant proposals, fliers, brochures, notes, correspondence, and minutes.
(Donated to The San Francisco Public Library by Scott Wirth on May 27, 2011.)
Lawrence Berner vs. John Briggs Collection (1940-2004) 2 cartons (2 cubic ft.), finding aid available
The collection documents the legal suit brought by homosexual school teacher Lawrence Berner against California State Senator John Briggs for defamation of character. Briggs had sponsored Proposition 6 which would have prevented gay and lesbian teachers from teaching in California. The Briggs campaign singled out Berner. The case settled in Berner's favor in 1982.
(The collection was donated in three accessions (November 2011, May 2012, and September 2012) by Bernard Niechlanski for the Estate of Rodger Brooks.)
Peter Mintun Cockettes Collection (1970-2009), 2 document cases + 1 oversized box, finding aid available
The collection contains photographs of the Cockettes, especially Sylvester and John Rothermel, flyers, show sequence sheets and some scripts for Cockettes performances, correspondence and contracts, newspaper clippings and published articles about the Cockettes, and some audiorecordings.
(Donated by Peter Mintun, September 1, 2012.)
John Iversen ACT UP/East Bay Collection (1992-2004), 2 boxes + 4 oversized folders, finding aid available
The collection contains flyers, clippings, brochures, and publications related to protests and other actions organized by ACT UP/East Bay, an organization based in the San Francisco bay area.
(Donated by John Iversen, August 2004.)
The unmistakable odor of gunpowder (The Dan White Case), 1984. 1 folder (222 pages), OPAC link only
An account of Dan White's assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978, and of the trial that took place in May 1979.
(Donated by author, July 6, 2004.)
Pat Parker Poems (undated), 1 folder (4 leaves), OPAC link only
There are three poems by Pat Parker. The first lines and/or titles are: "mold yourself..." (2 leaves), "To Lynda" (1 leaf), and "from my bedroom window..." (1 leaf).
(Donated by Lynda Koolish.)
Christopher Isherwood letters to William Upton, 1967, 1974, OPAC link only
There are five postcards and one letter regarding Isherwood's visits to San Francisco, mutual friends, and various projects. Isherwood mentions Don Bachardy, Tony Richardson, and Glenn Porter.
(The postcards and letter were found in a copy of Isherwood's Exhumations which was donated to the library.)
Theological virtues and other stories (undated), 1 folder, OPAC record only
Dark night of the singing nun, 1994. 1 folder (14 leaves), OPAC link only
(Donated by author, 1994.)
Sexual revolution and the politics of gay identity (first draft), March 1985. 1 folder (62 leaves), OPAC link only
(Donated by Thomas Plageman.)
Legions working bibliography, January 1, 1993, OPAC link only
The bibliography focuses on self-reflected lesbian lives with lesbian, bisexual, or "variant" content. Entries cover the years 1650 - 1992 and are English language titles only. The folder includes a cover letter to Jim Van Buskirk describing the bibliography, and "Introduction to the 'Pulp' Paperback, 1952-1966" by MacCowan.
(Donated by MacCowan September 28, 1993.)
Donald Allen correspondence regarding Eros, 1983, OPAC link only
Letters from Pat Califia, Samuel R. Delany, Richard Hall, Michael Rumaker, and Samuel Steward, for Don Allen's book project on Eros. Letters arranged in alphabetical order by last name.
(Donated by Donald M. Allen, 1999.)
Clinton Seiter Short Stories (1984, undated), 6 folders, finding aid available
Seiter sent photocopies of his short stories to Donald Allen, the publisher of Grey Fox Press, for critical feedback and for possible publication. According to Allen, Seiter "vanished suddenly" in 1984.
(Donated by Donald Allen, 1999.)
James Broughton Collection (1975-1993) 15 folders, finding aid available
The collection contains an interview, and excerpts from a poem and several diaries by poet and filmmaker James Broughton. It also includes newspaper clippings, flyers, and student papers about his work.
(Donated by Broughton, 1993-1994. Excerpts from Broughton's diaries were donated by his partner Joel Singer, 2000.)