Allen Young Papers, 1962-2000

Summary Information

Title: Allen Young Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1962-2000

  • Young, Allen, 1941-
Call Number: Mss 520; Tape 1390A; PH Mss 520

Quantity: 8.8 c.f. (22 archives boxes), 7 tape recordings, 59 photographs, and 5 negatives

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Allen Young, a New Left journalist and prominent gay liberation writer and activist. Young wrote extensively on the social action movement and radical activities in the late 1960s and wrote and edited a handful of pioneering books about gays and lesbians in the 1970s. These include his 1971 gay manifesto “Out of the Closet,” “Lavender Culture: Vision of Lesbians and Gay Men,” and “The Gay Report,” by Young and Karla Jay. The bulk of the collection consists of incoming correspondence and a small amount of outgoing correspondence from 1963 to 2000. The letters illuminate his fellow activists' thoughts on social and political issues ranging from the impact of AIDS on the gay community in the 1980s and 1990s to the persecution of gays in Communist Cuba. Other topics covered include environmental activism, communal living, and the natural landscape of western Massachusetts. Also included are article drafts, manuscripts, reviews, subject files, and other materials relating to Young's books and his career as a writer. In addition there are taped interviews with writer Allen Ginsberg and California gay liberation activist Mother Boats.


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Language: English

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