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Guide to the Felice Picano Collection on SeaHorse Press and Gay Presses of New York MSS.444

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Creator: Picano, Felice, 1944-
Title: Felice Picano Collection on Sea Horse Press and The Gay Presses of New York
Dates [inclusive]: 1975-2003
Abstract: Felice Picano (1944-) is an American author, editor, playwright, and activist, was a key figure of the Greenwich Village literary community from the mid-1970s through the 1990s, particularly through his involvement with the literary salon the Violet Quill. In 1977, Picano founded Sea Horse Press, the country's first expressly gay-oriented publishing house; in 1981, Picano became editor-in-chief of The Gay Presses of New York; and in 1982 became Books Editor of the New York Native. The Felice Picano Collection on Sea Horse Press and the Gay Presses of New York consists of materials created or collected by Picano in the course of his editorial engagement concerning gay literature and publishing in New York City in the late 20th century. Materials in this collection include correspondence, memoranda, press releases, financial records photographs, published books, and other ephemera documenting the activities and operations of the Gay Presses of New York (GPNY) and its affiliated publishers: Sea Horse Press, Calamus Books, and the JH Press. The collection also includes art layout boards, photographs taken by Mark Ivin and Jacob Burckhardt, text and reproductions used for the exhibit "Early Gay Presses of New York, 1977-1995," and copies of works published by GPNY. The collection documents not only Picano’s role as editor-in-chief, but also his larger role in the publishing of literature by or about gay men in the late 20th century.
Quantity: 3.25 Linear Feet in 1 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 2 half manuscript boxes, and 2 flat boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.444