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Arnold H. Rosenberg letters

Identifier: Ms-Coll-50

Arnold H. Rosenberg (July 12, 1935-September 12, 2007) was an openly gay baker, entrepreneur, attorney, and administrator. In these letters addressed to his daughter Amy Rosenberg, Arnold Rosenberg describes his attempts to grow his small pastry business, his relationship with Joel Prybutok and Joel's daughter Sonya, and his everyday life as a wealthy resident of Center City, Philadelphia, and later San Francisco, going to dinners and enjoying films and museum trips.

Dates: 1977 - 1988

Bill Way collection

Identifier: Ms-Coll-16
Abstract William Way (1942-1988) worked as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and as an advocate for the Philadelphia LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. The Bill Way collection, 1942-2004, is comprised of scrapbooks compiled by Way documenting his life, the LGBT community in Philadelphia, and City of Philadelphia redevelopment in the 1970s and 1980s. There are also materials relating to Way donated by various individuals, notably an oral history...
Dates: 1942 - 2004; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1987

"Box of vintage gay zines" and "Queer elders project" collection

Identifier: Ms-Coll-69

This collection began as a box of LGBT magazines, chapbooks, and other material that was left on the side of the road for trash collection in Burlington, Vermont in November of 2018 and subsequently went on to be the subject of a successful gallery exhibit and Instagram account. This collection is made up of three series: Series I includes the contents of the found box, Series II includes the preserved Instagram account, and Series III includes materials related to the exhibit.

Dates: 1969-1991, 2019

Charles Allyn Weeks letters and photographs

Identifier: Ms-Coll-49

While abroad for work in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in the early 1960s, American Charles Allyn Weeks began a romantic relationship with a Dutch university student several years his junior. The Weeks collection is comprised of 11 letters sent from the Dutchman in Amsterdam to Weeks in Philadelphia, plus 15 black and white photographs of the pair with their poodle Parké taken in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Dates: 1963-1964, undated

Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Philadelphia records

Identifier: Ms-Coll-47

The Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Philadelphia operated at a series of locations in the city from 1973 to 1998. It aimed to provide information, counseling, and referrals to the gay and lesbian community via a call-in phone line. The Switchboard records are comprised of a range of business-related organizational materials dating from the mid 1970s through the late 1990s.

Dates: mid 1970s-1998

Jack Van Alstyne collection

Identifier: Ms-Coll-28
Abstract Jack Van Alstyne, born ca. 1938, known to his gay friends as "Cheezit," was the son of Howard C. Van Alstyne and Marion G. Fox Van Alstyne. He lived in Camden, NJ for much of his life. His collection includes a scrapbook of Philadelphia and New Jersey gay life of the 1960s through 1980s; grouping of ca. 75 photographs of Philadelphia and New Jersey drag queens and gay men, owned by John Brown, known as Marilyn; photographs taken by Alstyne of gay men in Rittenhouse Square, summer of 1953;...
Dates: 1950s-2016

Kiyoshi Kuromiya papers on HIV/AIDS research and organizations

Identifier: Ms-Coll-18
Abstract Kiyoshi Kuromiya (1943-2000) was a Philadelphia-based activist who worked to better the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. He created the Critical Path AIDS Project to provide free internet access and information on HIV/AIDS treatment. The bulk of the Kiyoshi Kuromiya papers on HIV/AIDS research and organizations, 1990-2002, is comprised of newspaper clippings, scientific articles, conference materials, and flyers collected by Kuromiya on HIV/AIDS treatments, topics, and organizations....
Dates: 1990 - 2002

LGBT calendars

Identifier: Ms-Coll-59

Decorative calendars have a long and varied history. Those marketed to the LGBT community began to flourish in the 1970s with the advent of the gay liberation movement. The LGBT calendar collection contains various sorts of historic calendars with an LGBT theme including those aimed at gay men which feature nude or nearly nude male models, and those that celebrate or commemorate other aspects the LGBT community.

Dates: 1971 - 2017

LGBT poetry, prose, music, and photography chapbooks

Identifier: Ms-Coll-58

This collection is made up of LGBT-related poetry, prose, music, and photography chapboooks produced from the 1960s through the current day, most from the 1970s and 1980s. The majority of the materials are in the poetic genre, but literature including short stories and plays are included, as well as books of lyrics and musical notation, and books of photography, especially those which include creative texts alongside the graphics material.

Dates: 1965 - 2017

LGBT pulp fiction collection, 1928-1989

Identifier: Ms-Coll-54
Scope and Contents

The LGBT pulp fiction collection is comprised of over 550 paperback books containing homoerotic stories published from the 1920s to the late 1980s in the United States. The materials are primarily gay men's pulp fiction but lesbian pulp fiction is also included as well as pseudo-scientific case studies analyzing sexual behavior. Writers such as Richard Amory, Ann Aldrich and Truman Capote are represented and the books feature both beautiful and salacious cover art.

Dates: 1928-1989

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