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Guide to the Michelangelo Signorile Papers
ca. 1985-2000
 MSS 131

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Signorile, Michelangelo, 1960-
Title: Michelangelo Signorile Papers
Dates: ca. 1985-2000
Abstract: This collection follows the development of Michelangelo Signorile’s writing career from its early stages through the publishing of his most recent book, Life Outside, and his magazine articles of the late 1990s. From his days at  Outweek magazine forward, the archive documents the life cycle of each of his books and columnist jobs, from initial reporting and research to publicity and fan letters in response to the published work. As an extensive account of Signorile’s career in the late 1980s through the end of the 1990s, the collection serves as an informative chronicle of the gay movement and its increasing recognition and visibility in the United States.
Quantity: 16.0 linear feet (13 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS 131

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Historical/Biographical Note

In 1988, at the age of 27, Michelangelo Signorile was a gossip columnist covering the wild nightclub scene of the 1980s, searching out the scene of the moment-whether it was Area, the Limelight, or the Palladium-in hopes of the hottest celebrity tidbit. Political activism may have been the farthest thing from his mind as he jotted down every juicy detail, but one night-as he describes in his first book, Queer in America-he was enticed into conversation by a pair of attractive, muscled members of ACT UP. Weeks later, he joined a group of activists at St. Peter's Church in midtown Manhattan for a protest of a speech by Cardinal Josef Ratzinger. Although he had joined them somewhat apprehensively, the harsh words of the vocally anti-gay leader soon drove him to wave his fists and shout to the shocked cathedral that Ratzinger was "no man of God." The afternoon ended with the Signorile and five others in handcuffs.

As Signorile explains, the experience at St. Peter's proved to be a pivotal one. "My nightclub life almost completely stopped… It seemed pointless to go to these plastic affairs and have dull, irrelevant conversations after spending all day on ACT UP… I was feeling powerful about being gay." His new focus on gay activism sent his writing career on a political, and often controversial direction. By the summer of 1989, Signorile had become one of the founding editors of Outweek, a weekly gay magazine, where his all-cap diatribes against the right-wing and the gay closet would soon help fuel a national controversy on the ethics of "outing." In the process, it would also firmly establish his career.

A New York resident for the majority of his life thus far, Signorile was born to an Italian-American family in 1960, spending his youth in Brooklyn and Staten Island. He was educated at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Staten Island. His work as a publicist for an entertainment PR firm eventually led to his nightclub-circuit gossip column in Nightlife magazine. At  Outweek, Signorile penned a weekly column called GossipWatch, wherein, amidst other topics, he would demand that gay and lesbian celebrities stand up for their community by publicly declaring their homosexuality.

The outing debate hit the national media via Outweek's pages with the posthumous outing of Malcolm Forbes, the renowned publishing tycoon. Signorile felt that the media's praise of Forbes as an American success story was consciously leaving out an important aspect of his life-that he was gay. The  Outweek exposé sparked a debate on the ethics of outing and raised the question of whether there was a double standard in the way the media approached individual privacy. After the abrupt closure of  Outweek in 1991, Signorile joined  The Advocate as a columnist, where he gained further notoriety by outing Pete Williams, lead spokesman for the Pentagon during the Gulf War. He pointed out an apparent hypocrisy in Dick Cheney and the Pentagon's tacitly accepting Williams' homosexuality while they simultaneously led a military that banned all gays and lesbians.

Signorile's politically-charged writing at Outweek and  The Advocate eventually drove the creation of his first book,  Queer in America, a part-autobiography, part-reporting work published in 1993. In the book, he confronted institutionalized closets in the media, Hollywood, and the United States government-"the Trinity of the closet"-and examined how damaging closets could be for individuals in power and for the American society they affected.

Two years later, the press suggested that Signorile had softened his image after he published his second book, Outing Yourself, which described 14 steps towards coming out of the closet. Throughout the remainder of the 1990s, he worked as a columnist for  Out magazine, and later returned to  The Advocate as an editor-at-large. At  Out, columns on topics such as pro-life gays, animal rights, gay marriage, and bareback sex continued his knack for controversy. In a 1994 column, "Unsafe Like Me," he sparked an important debate on unsafe sex amongst gay men by admitting that he himself had recently had unprotected sex. His third book,  Life Outside,  published in 1997, continued his analysis of gay behavior in the 90s with an investigation of the gay circuit-party scene, its emphasis on body image and drugs, and the search for life outside of it.

As of 2003, at 42 years old, Signorile was writing "The Gist" published weekly in New York Press and on www.signorile.com , where he tackled a spectrum of national issues, often returning to the unfinished battles of gay activism. He planned to publish a book on Italian-Americans on Staten Island in 2003.

Sources:

  • Queer in America, New York, NY: Random House, 1993.
  • Outing Yourself, New York, NY: Random House, 1995.
  • Life Outside: The Signorile Report on Gay Men: Sex, Drugs, Muscles and the Passages of Life, New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1997.

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Scope and Content Note

The Michelangelo Signorile Papers follow the development of Signorile's writing career from its early stages through the publishing of his most recent book, Life Outside, and his magazine articles of the late 1990s. From his days at  Outweek forward, the collection documents the life cycle of each of his books and columnist jobs, from initial reporting and research to fan letters in response to the published articles.

An extensive account of Signorile's career in the late 1980s through the end of the 1990s, the archive serves as an informative chronicle of the gay movement towards further recognition and visibility in America. It also offers evidence on how the American media operates today-the ethical debate on outing, of which Signorile was a prominent figure, was a battle fought, in many ways, through the media.

Significant moments of Signorile's writing work highlighted here include the Malcolm Forbes outing at Outweek, the fall of  Outweek, the outing of Pete Williams at  The Advocate and the issue of gays in the military, the activist fight against homophobia in Hollywood and elsewhere, the publishing of  Queer in America, his often-controversial columns written at  Out magazine, and the publishing of  Outing Yourself in 1995 and  Life Outside in 1997.

Over a third of the collection is made up of research materials gathered during Signorile's reporting for articles and books, made up of clippings, interviews, activist literature, etc., which are found in Series II. Some original manuscripts are included in Series III, particularly two complete drafts of Queer in America. Also a thorough collection of publicity-profiles, interviews, reviews, and quotes, as well as many folders of reader letters-records the impact his writing had on Americans, both gay and straight, and the American media itself.

Original format for most materials.

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE

Subseries A: Colleagues consists of incoming and outgoing letters organized alphabetically by colleague or publication name. These include letters to and from fellow writers and activists, as well as to various publications. Some incoming letters were addressed to Signorile's editors.

Subseries B: Readers includes primarily fan and appreciation letters from readers arranged by publication date of the Signorile magazine or book to which the correspondent is responding. (The letters are generally grouped by the Signorile publication (magazine or book) to which readers respond, and are sometimes grouped by a particular magazine column).

SERIES II: RESEARCH

Series II is the broadest series in the collection, made up of various materials compiled as research and content for books and articles. The series covers subject matter that Signorile wrote about, subjects that he may also have been personally involved in, such as ACT UP, Queer Nation and Outweek magazine.

Subseries A: Personalities includes collected research on various individuals, organized alphabetically by last name. Materials consist of magazine and newspaper clippings, interview notes, flyers, and books. Access to this subseries is currently restricted.

Subseries B: General is made up of similar types of materials, organized alphabetically by general subject. Materials here also consist of complete issues of gay publications, activist press releases and flyers, and reporter notebooks. Prominent subjects include AIDS, Hollywood, gays in the military, and research specific to his books, Queer in America and  Life Outside.

SERIES III: MANUSCRIPTS

Series III is made up of drafts of books and articles, often marked with editor or author edits. Two copy-editing drafts of each chapter of Queer in America are included, as well as original proposals for  QIA and  Outing Yourself.

SERIES IV: PUBLISHED WORK

Subseries A: Articles is comprised of magazine and newspaper writing from the mid-to-late 1980s through the end of the 1990s. Published work includes a portfolio of Signorile's nightclub-scene gossip columns, letters printed in various newspapers, and many complete issues of Outweek,  The Advocate, and  Out magazines that featured Signorile columns or articles.

Subseries B: Books is made up of six books-five paperback editions (including British and Japanese editions) of Queer in America, in addition to David Drake's play,  The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, for which Signorile wrote the foreword.

SERIES V: PUBLICITY & MARKETING

All media coverage outside of the published work itself has been arranged under the category of Publicity & Marketing. These materials are organized by approximate date and range from marketing materials prepared by the publisher, such as press releases and book catalogs, to newspaper articles reporting on public appearances by Signorile and reviews of his books and magazine columns. Profiles, interviews, book award nominations, ads, and various articles in which Signorile is quoted are also found here.

In some cases this series' material will relate closely to related topics in Series II. For instance, media coverage on the subject of outing which quotes or cites Signorile is included here while additional information on outing (that Signorile may not have been personally involved in) is found in Series II.

SERIES VI: LEGAL

This series consists of legal materials which include, primarily, paperwork from the editorial review of Queer in America and  The Advocate article outing Pete Williams, which were meticulously carried out in concern for legal repercussions of the publishing of private information.  Access to this series is currently restricted.

SERIES VII: MEDIA

The final series is comprised of all media materials in the collection. Media materials here come in three formats-video tapes, audio tapes, and computer disks. The six video tapes feature Signorile interviews, TV coverage, and a documentary on gay activism. The audio tapes include mostly reporter interviews ranging from Outweek to  Out. Video and audio materials are organized in the series by approximate date. Computer disks include research articles compiled from electronic research services.

Arrangement

The archive has been split into series based primarily on the types or uses of the materials, such as Correspondence or Manuscripts. Within the seven series, the folders have been ordered chronologically by date (approximate dates when necessary), with the exception of Colleague Correspondence (Series IA) and Research (Series II A & B), which have been ordered alphabetically by individual name or subject. Folders are marked with the name of the relevant publication—be it book or periodical—or by high-level subject heading, to facilitate usage of the material. Much of the original archive (particularly in Series II—Research) was split into folders by the author under broad headings such as AIDS, Hollywood, Miscellaneous, etc. These subject headings have been maintained, and other material has been grouped under additional general subject headings whenever conducive and appropriate. Original folders with notations by the author have been kept within the corresponding archive folder.

The files are grouped into 7 series:

  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Series II: Research
  3. Series III: Manuscripts
  4. Series IV: Published Work
  5. Series V: Publicity & Marketing
  6. Series VI: Legal
  7. Series VII: Media

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Blotcher, Jay
  • Bush, George, Sr.
  • Clinton, Bill, 1946-
  • Diller, Barry
  • Forbes, Malcolm S.
  • Foster, Jodie
  • Frank, Barney, 1940-
  • Geffen, David
  • Griffin, Merv, 1925-2007
  • Hatfield, Mark
  • Musto, Michael, 1955-
  • Radice, Anne-Imelda
  • Reed, Robert
  • Smith, Liz
  • Sullivan, Andrew, 1963-
  • Travolta, John, 1954-
  • Williams, Pete

Document Type

  • Appointment books.
  • Audiotapes.
  • Books.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Floppy disks.
  • Magazines (periodicals)
  • Notes.
  • Posters.
  • Press releases.
  • Videotapes.

Subject Organizations

  • ACT UP (Organization).
  • Advocate magazine.
  • New York Times Company.
  • OutWeek magazine.

Subject Topics

  • Catholic Church.
  • Legislative bodies -- United States.

Subject Places

  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Italy.
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Oregon.
  • Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States |x Politics and Government.
  • Washington (D.C.)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Michelangelo Signorile Papers were purchased from Bolerium Books in 2002.

Access Restrictions

Most materials are open for research without restrictions, except for Series II, suberies A which contains confidential information about individuals, and Series IV: Legal. Appointments are required to view archival and manuscripts materials at the Fales Library.

Use Restrictions

Collection use is subject to all copyright laws. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of Fales Library and Special Collections. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu. or call 212 998 2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Michelangelo Signorile Paper; MSS 131; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Fales Library and Special Collections

Alan Klein Papers

David Wojnarowicz Papers

Jay Blotcher Papers

Separated Material

Three hard-bound volumes of Out magazine, spanning publishing years 1992 through 1995 have been separated from the archive and can be found in the Downtown Periodicals Collection.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence

Subseries A: Colleagues

Scope and Contents note

Incoming and outgoing correspondence with colleagues, organized alphabetically by individual or publication name.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bawer, Bruce: Outgoing Letter
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Clinton, Bill: Letter to QIA Editor
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Frank, Barney: Letter to Out Editor
1997
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Frankel, Max: Outgoing Letter
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Ledbetter, James: Incoming Letter
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Miscellaneous Colleague Letters: E. Lynn Harris, Frank Bruni, others
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Miscellaneous Colleague Letters: Tony Kushner, Dale Peck, others
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 New Republic: Outgoing Letter
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Outweek: Correspondence
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Petrelis, Michael: Incoming Letter
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Rouilard, Richard: Faxed Incoming Letter
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Smith, Liz: Correspondence
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Washington Blade: Outgoing Letter
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Williams, Pete: Letter
1994

Subseries B: Reader Letters

Scope and Contents note

Fan and appreciation letters from readers, grouped by relevant publication and ordered chronologically

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Outweek: readers, "sources"
1990-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Outweek: readers, "sources"
1990-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Advocate,  Queer in America,  Out, others
1992-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Queer in America, others
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Queer in America, others
1993-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Queer in America
1993-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Anne Russo (mother of Vito Russo), others
1993-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Out
1993-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Out, "Post-Stonewall Generation" column
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Outing Yourself, Survey Responses
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Out, "Unsafe Like Me" column
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Out
1994-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Out, "Negative Pride" column
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Out, "Bareback and Reckless" column
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Out, "Out of the Pro-Life Closet" column
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Out, "Animal Rights and Wrongs" column
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Out,  Life Outside
1996-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Life Outside
1997
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Out,  Life Outside
1997-1998
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Out, SexPanic! column
1998

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Series II: Research

Subseries A: Personalities - Restricted

Scope and Contents note

These files are restricted as they contain confidential information about individuals. Folder titles have been removed from the finding aid.

Subseries B: General

Scope and Contents note

Research materials organized alphabetically by general subject, comprised of clippings, interview notes, magazine issues, activist releases and flyers, other

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 33 ACT UP: Publicity, Clips, Press Releases
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Advocate: 3 Issues - 3/4/97, 4/4/97, 3/17/98
1997-1998
Box: 2 Folder : 35 AIDS; Gay Rights; Anti-Semitism
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 36 AIDS
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 37 AIDS: Poz column on living with disease
Sep 1997
Box: 2 Folder : 38 AIDS
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 39 AIDS; Miscellaneous
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 40 Artists Confronting AIDS: Letter on Hollywood Charity Event
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Concerned Queers for a Better New York: Open Letter to Mario Cuomo
1991
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Early Gay Rights: Article on Privacy & the closet
1982
Box: 2 Folder : 43 Early Gay Rights: "Gays in America" tabloid
1979
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Early Gay Rights: 3 Periodicals, Gay Liberator,  Come Out!, Blueboy
1970s
Box: 2 Folder : 45 Early Gay Rights: Stonewall Coverage
1969
Box: 3 Folder : 46 Gay Youth
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 47 Gay Youth
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 48 Gays in the Military: Draft of Op-Ed that never ran by MS
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 49 Gays in the Military; Miscellaneous
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 50 Gays in the Military
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 51 Hawaii: clips, notes, business Cards
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 52 Hawaii: event flyer with MS notes
1993
Box: 3 Folder : 53 HIV Prevention: summit informational packet
1994
Box: 3 Folder : 54 Hollywood: 1992 Oscar protests, Geffen, other topics
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 55 Hollywood: Robert Reed, other topics
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 56 Hollywood
1991-1992
Box: 3 Folder : 57 Hollywood
1991-1992
Box: 3 Folder : 58 Hollywood; Miscellaneous
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 59 Hollywood: homophobia protests, Murphy  Brown, others
1991-1992
Box: 3 Folder : 60 Hollywood
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 61 Hollywood: 2 Advocate, 2  Out Issues 11/95, 7/96, 6/24/97, 3/2/99
1995-1999
Box: 3 Folder : 62 Institute for Gay & Lesbian Strategic Studies: Proposal
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 63 Italy Murders: notebooks, MS interview, gay guides, other
1997
Box: 3 Folder : 64 Italy Murders: articles, interview transcripts, MS letters, other
1997
Box: 3 Folder : 65 Jenny Jones Murder: articles, press releases
1995
Box: 3 Folder : 66 Life Outside
1997-1998
Box: 3 Folder : 67 Life Outside
1996
Box: 4 Folder : 68 Life Outside: Chapter 1—Cult of MasculinityChapter 2—Origins of the Cult
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 69 Life Outside: Chapter 3—Evangelical Churchof the Circuit
1996-1997
Box: 4 Folder : 70 Life Outside: Chapter 3—Evangelical Churchof the Circuit
1996
Box: 4 Folder : 71 Life Outside: Chapter 4—Happiness in a Vial
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 72 Life Outside: Chapter 4—Happiness in a Vial
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 73 Life Outside: Chapter 5—Deurbanization ofHomosexuality
1996-1997
Box: 4 Folder : 74 Life Outside: Chapter 6—Postmodern Monogamy
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 75 Life Outside: Chapter 7—Death of the LonelyOld Queer
1995-1996
Box: 4 Folder : 76 Media
1993
Box: 4 Folder : 77 Miscellaneous: Clips, Research, Gay Rights
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 78 Miscellaneous: Clips, Research, Gay Rights
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 79 Miscellaneous: Clips, Research, Gay Rights
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 80 Miscellaneous: Clips, Research, Gay Rights
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 81 Miscellaneous: Clips, Research, Gay Rights
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 82 New York Times: Antigay articleunder editor Abe Rosenthal
written1963
Box: 4 Folder : 83 New York Times: Interview with Rosenthal
1992
Box: 4 Folder : 84 Oregon: Interview with Ed Cauduro on Mark Hatfield
1990
Box: 4 Folder : 85 Oregon: Mark Hatfield, Oregon Citizens Alliance, ACT UP, others
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 86 Oregon: Hatfield, Citizens Alliance, ACT UP brochures, others
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 87 Oregon: Citizens Alliance, Hatfield, Gerry Frank (Hatfield aide), others
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 88 Oregon: Citizens Alliance, Hatfield, Frank, others
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 89 Oregon: Hatfield, Citizens Alliance, outing, others
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 90 Outing: Australia, Sydney Star Observer
Aug 1991 , May-92
Box: 5 Folder : 91 Outing: Book Draft, The Contested Closet by Larry Gross
1991
Box: 5 Folder : 92 Outing: Britain
1995
Box: 5 Folder : 93 Outing
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 94 Outing: Jack Anderson column outing Spiro Agnew’s son
1970
Box: 5 Folder : 95 Outing
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 96 Outing: ACT UP, Capitol outing, Steve Gunderson, Hollywood, others
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 97 Outing: Press & Privacy, others
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 98 Outing: Village Voice, "Naming Gay Names"
1982
Box: 5 Folder : 99 Outing: Essay, "With Downcast Gays"
1979
Box: 5 Folder : 100 Outing Yourself: Sample Questionnaires
1994
Box: 5 Folder : 101 Outweek: fall of magazine
1991-1992
Box: 5 Folder : 102 Poz: one issue
Nov 1996
Box: 5 Folder : 103 Presidential Campaign ‘92
1992-1993
Box: 5 Folder : 104 Queer in America: Interview with Tim Donohoe, congressional staffer
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 105 Queer in America: Interview with Vic Basile
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 106 Queer in America: Notebook
1992
Box: 5 Folder : 107 Queer in America: Notebooks (3) & Datebook
1992
Box: 5 Folder : 108 Queer Nation: Letter to Arsenio Hall
1990
Box: 5 Folder : 109 Queer Nation: Postcards to Ann Landers
1991
Box: 5 Folder : 110 Queer Nation: Press Release, Flyer outing Radice, NEA chair
1992
Box: 5 Folder : 111 Queer Nation: USA Today article and List of alleged gays and lesbians
1991
Box: 5 Folder : 112 Religious Right: Bible Review; miscellaneous
1993-1994
Box: 5 Folder : 113 Religious Right; Gay Rights Activism
1992-1993
Box: 5 Folder : 114 Religious Right: Catholic church, evangelism, others
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 115 Religious Right: Catholic church, evangelism, others
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 116 Safe Sex: Australian campaign
1994
Box: 5 Folder : 117 Safe Sex: article and essay
1997
Box: 5 Folder : 118 Safe Sex & Drugs:Sex Panic!, others
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 119 Safe Sex & Drugs: HIV Prevention conference, magazines, articles
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 120 Sex Panic!
1997
Box: 5 Folder : 121 Sex Panic!: Flyer alleging sex crackdown
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 122 Trophy Boys: New York article
1997
Box: 13 Folder : 123 Outweek: 4 "Absolutely Queer" celebrity(Flat) outing posters
undated

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Series III: Manuscripts

Scope and Contents note

Drafts of various articles and books, organized by approximate

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Outweek, Malcolm Forbes story draft
1990
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Advocate, "Absolutely Queer" columndrafts (2)
1992
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Queer in America: original proposal
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Queer in America:  Advocate excerpt, draftswith edit notes (2)
1993
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Queer in America: Preface, Introduction—legal & copy-edit drafts
1993
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Queer in America: Preface, Contents, Intro-duction—proof copy & draft
1993
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Queer in America: 2 drafts with editsChapter 1—Lights, Cameras, ACT UP
Chapter 2—A Queer’s Own Story

1993
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Queer in America: 2 drafts with edits
Chapter 3—Hype Anxiety
Chapter 4—Out of the Closets and Into the Streets
Chapter 5—Outing, Part I

1993
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Queer in America: 2 drafts with edits
Chapter 6—Operation Out-the-Pentagon
Chapter 7—Inning the Outing

1993
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Queer in America: 2 drafts with editsChapter 8—Outing, Part II
Chapter 9—All the Presidents’ Queers

1993
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Queer in America: 2 drafts with edits
Chapter 10—The Crucifixion of Zelda Gilroy
Chapter 11—From McCarthy to Medved
Chapter 12—Smashing the Celluloid Closet

1993
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Queer in America: 2 drafts with editsChapter 13—Outing, Part III
Chapter 14—Resurrection of Sheila Kuehl

1993
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Queer in America: 2 drafts with editsChapter 15—The Oregon Nightmare
Chapter 16—The Silicon Solution

1993
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Queer in America: "Queer Manifesto" draft
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Queer in America: Preface to British edition,draft
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Queer in America: Afterword to paperbackedition, multiple drafts with edits
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Inside the Christian Closet: 2 drafts with edits
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Outing Yourself: original proposal
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Out: column drafts (3)
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 20 Out: Interview Transcript, MS interviewsUrvashi Vaid & Rich Tafel
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 21 Out: "Bareback & Reckless" draft
1996
Box: 6 Folder : 22 Life Outside: Acknowledgements, Introductiondraft with edits
1997
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Life Outside: draft with editsChapter 3—Evangelical Church of the Circuit
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Life Outside: draft with editsChapter 4—Happiness in a Vial
undated

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Series IV: Published Work

Subseries A: Articles

Scope and Contents note

Work published in magazines and newspapers by date, including an early portfolio and complete magazine issues

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Pre-ACT UP Writing: Portfolio— Nightlife,  Daily News Record, others
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Pre-ACT UP Writing: Daily News,  Daily News  Record
1987-1988
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Pre-ACT UP Writing: The Face, 2 issues
Dec 1997 , Jan 1988
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Pre-ACT UP Writing: People,  The Face (3)
1987-1988
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Miscellaneous Articles: NY Times,  NY Post,  NY Observer,  Outweek, others
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Outweek: Malcolm Forbes outing issue
Mar 1990
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Outweek: New Clone/ Old Clone issue
Nov 1990
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Outweek: 2 issues
Apr 1991 , May 1991
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Village Voice: MS Letter responding to decisionnot to publish Pete Williams story
1991
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Advocate: Pete Williams outing issue
Aug 1991
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Advocate: "Absolutely Queer" columns, 2issues & loose
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Advocate: Columns & Articles, 5 issues
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 13 USA Today: Op-ed on outing
Mar 1992
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Advocate: "Out at the  New York Times", 2 issues
May 1992
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Advocate: "Absolutely Queer" column
Jun 1992
Box: 7 Folder : 16 New York Times: Op-ed on Oregon
Sep 1992
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Village Voice: 2 MS letters
1992 , 1997
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Advocate: Columns & Articles, 5 issues
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Out: "Signorile in America" columns, 3 issues
1995-1996
Box: 7 Folder : 20 Out: "Signorile in America" columns, 3 issues
1996
Box: 7 Folder : 21 Out: "Signorile in America" columns, 3 issues
1996
Box: 7 Folder : 22 Out: "Signorile in America" columns, 3 issues
1997
Box: 7 Folder : 23 Out: "Signorile in America (Italy)" columns,3 issues
1997-1998
Box: 7 Folder : 24 Advocate: MS Letter on sex clubs
Oct 1997
Box: 7 Folder : 25 Out: "Signorile in America (Italy)" columns,3 issues
1998
Box: 7 Folder : 26 Out: "Signorile in America" columns, 2 issues
1998

Subseries B: Books

Scope and Contents note

Published books consisting primarily of various paperback editions of Queer in America

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 27 Queer in America: Bound Galley
1993
Box: 8 Folder : 28 Queer in America: Bound Galley, with notefrom editor inserted
1993
Box: 8 Folder : 29 Queer in America: British paperback edition
1994
Box: 8 Folder : 30 Queer in America: American paperback edition
1994
Box: 8 Folder : 31 The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, by DavidDrake, foreword by MS
1994
Box: 8 Folder : 32 Queer in America: Japanese paperback edition
1997

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Series V: Publicity & Marketing

Scope and Contents note

Various media coverage comprising publisher marketing, interviews, profiles, book reviews, other, by approx. date

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Press Trip to Carnaval in Rio, Details article by Stephen Saban
May 1988
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Gay Rights Activism
1988-1992
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Miscellaneous: Profile, Interview, others
1988-1992
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Outweek: Malcolm Forbes Outing,  USA Today mention
Mar 1990
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Outweek: Profile of MS in  Exposure mag
Sep 1990
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Miscellaneous: profile & quote
1990 , 1991
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Outweek: Forbes, Williams, other
1990-1991
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Outing: coverage of outing debate
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Outweek: 2 articles on fall of magazine
Jun 1991
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Pete Williams Outing
1991
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Pete Williams Outing; Miscellaneous
1991 , 1994
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Pete Williams Outing
1991
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Advocate:  Voice ad announcing MS column
Nov 1991
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Outing; Queer in America: speeches, profile, others
1991-1994
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Advocate: Lavender Enlightenment at the  NY Times, coverage on article
Apr 1992
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Geraldo appearance: coverage
Apr 1992
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Newsweek, "Cultural Elite 100":  NYT ad
Sep 1992
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Newsweek, "Cultural Elite 100": issue
Oct 1992
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Miscellaneous: MS speech; Sandra Bernhard
1992
Box: 8 Folder : 20 Interviews, other
1992-1993
Box: 8 Folder : 21 Gay Journalists: 3 articles
1992-1993
Box: 8 Folder : 22 Interviews (2)
1992 , 1994
Box: 8 Folder : 23 Interview: transcript from British documentary
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 24 Speaking Engagements; Festivals: correspondence, conference info, other
1993-1998
Box: 9 Folder : 25 Queer in America: Random House marketing,literature, correspondence
1993
Box: 9 Folder : 26 Queer in America: reviews, excerpts, pre-publicity
1993
Box: 9 Folder : 27 Queer in America: reviews, interviews, other
1993
Box: 9 Folder : 28 Queer in America: reviews, interviews, other
1993
Box: 9 Folder : 29 Queer in America: British trade write-up
1994
Box: 9 Folder : 30 Queer in America: ads, bestseller listing
1993
Box: 9 Folder : 31 Queer in America: interview
Jun 1993
Box: 9 Folder : 32 Queer in America: reviews, interviews, other
1991 , 1993
Box: 9 Folder : 33 Queer in America: reviews, appearances
1993
Box: 9 Folder : 34 Queer in America: book listing
1994
Box: 9 Folder : 35 Queer in America: coverage on outing ofunnamed ‘Legislator’
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 36 Queer in America: Queer Nation releaseouting unnamed ‘Legislator’
Jul 1993
Box: 9 Folder : 37 Queer in America: Anchor Books authorquestionnaire
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 38 Queer in America: Anchor Books catalogue
Sep 1994
Box: 9 Folder : 39 Key West International Gay Arts Festival: invite, festival info
Jun 1994
Box: 9 Folder : 40 Out: Press release announcing MS hiring
1994
Box: 9 Folder : 41 Out: "Unsafe Like Me" coverage, relatedarticles
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 42 Outing Yourself: speech, interview, other
1995
Box: 9 Folder : 43 Outing Yourself: reviews
1995
Box: 9 Folder : 44 Outing Yourself: interviews, reviews,appearances
1995
Box: 9 Folder : 45 Outing Yourself: Random House memowith review
1995
Box: 9 Folder : 46 Miscellaneous: Interviews, quote, other
1994-1995
Box: 9 Folder : 47 Miscellaneous: Out coverage, quotes
1996
Box: 9 Folder : 48 Life Outside: HarperCollins catalogue
1997
Box: 9 Folder : 49 Life Outside: HarperCollins marketing, adsfor author appearances
1997
Box: 9 Folder : 50 Life Outside: Promotional postcard, invite
1997
Box: 9 Folder : 51 Life Outside: Reviews, listings, interview
1997
Box: 9 Folder : 52 Life Outside: Review
1997
Box: 9 Folder : 53 Life Outside: Reviews, coverage
1997
Box: 9 Folder : 54 Life Outside: Reviews, interviews
1997
Box: 9 Folder : 55 Life Outside: Appearances, coverage
1997
Box: 9 Folder : 56 Life Outside: #1 Book listing
Oct 1997
Box: 9 Folder : 57 Life Outside: #1 Book listing
Aug 1998
Box: 9 Folder : 58 Life Outside: NY Public Library awardnomination, correspondence
1998
Box: 9 Folder : 59 Miscellaneous: reviews, quotes, appearances
1997-1998
Box: 9 Folder : 60 Genre magazine: "100 Men We Love of theCentury"
Jan 2000

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Series VI: Legal

Scope and Contents note

Access to this series is restricted.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : — Queer in America Legal Review: largedocument case containing source info used during extensive Random House legal review
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Advocate, Pete Williams story: Letter accepting story for publication; copy of confidential source notes required by editor prior to publishing
1991
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Queer in America Legal Review: portion of Random House review with queries on book’s claims & MS responses to queries
1992
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Queer in America: sample release contract
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Life Outside: interview release contract
undated

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Series VII: Media

Scope and Contents note

All media materials of the collection including videos of TV programs and documentaries & audio tapes of reporter interviews

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Videocassette: Testing the Limits Collective PBS documentary on ACT UP & AIDS, VHS Sony T-120
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Videocassette: "Larry King Live," MS, Randy Shilts, Robert Bauman on outing, VHS Scotch T-120
1990
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Videocassette: "Arsenio Hall," Harvey Fierstein discusses outing, MS mentioned, VHS Ampex T-120
Apr 1991
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Videocassette: San Francisco TV coverage of Pete Williams outing, VHS Sony T-30
Aug 1991
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Videocassette: PBS Freedom Foundation, MS interview on outing, VHS 3M T-30, 28:46 mins.
Jan 1996
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Videocassette: "Leeza," MS interview on coming out
Apr 1996
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Audiocassette: Outweek, Malcolm Forbes story, telephone interviews, Fuji DR-I 90
1990
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Audiocassettes (2): NLGJA conference, MS & Randy Shilts speeches
Sep 1991
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Audio microcassette: Interview with ACT UP Portland (OR) leaders on Mark Hatfield, TDK MC-60
Jan 1992
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Audio microcassette: Advocate: interview with Ron Reagan, Jr., Sony MC-60
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Audio microcassette: Advocate, "Out at the  NY Times," interview with reporter Jeff Schmaltz, TDK MC-60
Jan 1992
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Audio microcassette: Queer in America: interview with actor Michael Kearns, Memorex MC-60
Mar 1992
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Audio microcassette: Queer in America, interview with Mattachine Society founder Frank Kameny, Sony MC-30
1992
Box: 11 Folder : 14 Audio microcassette: 2 Interviews—NGLTF’s Urvashi Vaid (Side A), Marvin Leibman (side B), Sony MC-60
1992
Box: 11 Folder : 15 Audio microcassettes (2): Queer in America, interview with David Burns, hustler, on Geffen & Diller, Sony MC-60
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 16 Audio microcassette: Queer in America, interview with Jonathan Rotenberg, Silicon Valley CEO, Panasonic MC-60
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 17 Audio microcassette: Queer in America, interview with Paul Barressi, porn star on John Travolta, Memorex MC-60
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 18 Audio microcassette: Queer in America, interviews with Dick Sargent & gay rights pioneer Morris Knight, Sony MC-60
undated
Box: 12 Folder : 19 Audiocassette: Queer in America, MS interviewed by David Gold on Dallas radio, Sony 60
May 1993
Box: 12 Folder : 20 Audiocassette: Queer in America, interview of MS on San Francisco radio
Jun 1993
Box: 12 Folder : 21 Audio microcassettes (7): Out, Hawaii gay marriage story, interviews, Sony/Panasonic MC-60
1994
Box: 12 Folder : 22 Audio microcassette: Out, interview with Urvashi Vaid & Rich Tafel, TDK MC-60
undated
Box: 12 Folder : 23 Audio microcassettes (5): Out, Republican convention, interviews & events, Sony/ Memorex MC-60
1996
Box: 12 Folder : 24 Audio microcassette: Out, Miami murder story, interviews, Maxell MC-60
undated
Box: 12 Folder : 25 Audio microcassette: Out, interview with Leslie Feinberg, transgender activist, TDK MC-60
undated
Box: 12 Folder : 26 Audio microcassette: Out, interview with Ricki Ann Wilchins, transgender activist, TDK MC-60
undated
Box: 12 Folder : 27 Audio microcassettes (5): Out, Italy murders, various interviews, Sony/TDK MC-60
undated
Box: 12 Folder : 28 Audio microcassette: Life Outside: interview with Marvin Leibman, TDK MC-60
undated
Box: 12 Folder : 29 Audio microcassette: Republican convention, interviews, TDK MC-60
undated
Box: 12 Folder : 30 Computer Disks (3): Queer in America, research articles
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