Archive | January, 2012

Progress Report

27 Jan

We are into the beginning of the second year of the grant, and a lot has happened.  So far we have surveyed over 400 collections, about 1,300 linear feet, and have processed over 200 collections, which is over 350 linear feet.  Marjorie was very busy this past year!

With the survey Marjorie was able to dig into every box, and she collected information that we will end up using to update our collections catalog.  In our previous catalog we didn’t have consistent guidelines or standards, so the quality of the descriptions varied. We were recently able to locate an unpublished biography of Advocate publisher and gay rights advocate, David B. Goodstein, called “King of the Gays” for a patron. The manuscript was found in the Konstantin Berlandt Papers, and was only accessible because the description was enhanced during the survey.

Description before the survey:
Manuscripts of Berlandt and others, and scattered personal files.

Description after the survey:
This collection contains materials related to journalist and gay liberation activist, Konstantin Berlandt. Freelance journalist Berlandt was editor-in-chief of UC-Berkeley’s student newspaper, the “Daily Californian,” and author of the 1965 series on sexual minorities at Cal. The collection includes biographical materials; his high school yearbook; a diary; journalism and other writings by Berlandt;  typescripts of writings by other authors; and materials related to the estate and Trust of Morgan Pinney (Berlandt was one of three trustees). The Trust gave money to various LGBT causes. Pinney was an advocate of LGBT media and a former treasurer of the Gay and Lesbian Press Association. Included in Berlandt’s papers are a wealth of materials related to Pinney’s unpublished biography of “Advocate” publisher and gay rights advocate, David B. Goodstein, called “David: King of the Gays.”

Below are photos of Marjorie hard at work!

Ginny Knuth

19 Jan

Ginny Knuth (1934-1997) volunteered at Education TV Channel (ETVC), now known as TransGender SF. Her husband Don’s alter-ego was Nancy Ann Martine, and Knuth wrote a long-running column in the ETVC Newsletter, “Ginny’s Tales from the Other Side.” Knuth was so dedicated that TransGender SF renamed their annual volunteer award after her. The Ginny Knuth papers (1999-46) include oral histories; awards Knuth and Nancy Ann received; and photographs.

Nurse, Cosmetologist, Uncle, Lover, Friend, Part 1

11 Jan

Enrique Hermosillo (1952-1997) was a nurse and cosmetologist who lived in San Francisco off and on from the mid-1970s until his death. He was a close friend and one-time lover of one of the Historical Society’s founder’s, Willie Walker. His papers (1998-10) document his personal and professional life and include some great illustrated correspondence from his nieces and nephews, journals and wonderful photographs of family and friends, including the one of two women and one car we shared in our first post. Here are more glimpses into Hermosillo’s life. We look forward to publishing more photos from Hermosillo’s collection in the coming months.