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Guide to the Joe Campbell Collection of Dorothy Dean Letters
1964-1987
 MSS 222 MSS.222

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Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Joe Campbell Collection of Dorothy Dean Letters contains 46 letters written to Joe Campbell. Of the 46, 42 were written by Dorothy Dean; the other four were written by various friends of Campbell after Dean's death in 1987, regarding her funeral, obituaries, and a memorial reception held in New York. The letters written by Dean range from 1964 to 1986. The latest letter by Dean dates approximately eight months prior to her death.

A number of the letters contain newspaper clippings, dealing with a range of topics from downtown musicians such as Lou Reed to pivotal moments in the gay rights movement. One letter contains a manuscript of the first issue of Dean's film review, which she called the "All-Lavender Cinema Courier." Evincing her creative and erudite linguistic control, the prose and content of the letters vividly represent Dean's literary wit and personality.

Arrangement

The collection consists of 46 folders, each containing one letter.

The letters are arranged in chronological order.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: The Joe Campbell Collection of Dorothy Dean Letters