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Craig Rodwell papers

Craig Rodwell papers, 1940-1993, bulk (1962-1993)
Rodwell, Craig, 1940-1993.
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7 linear feet (21 boxes)
  • Banners.
  • Buttons (information artifacts)
  • Photographic prints.
  • Posters.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Slides (photographs)
  • Sound recordings.
  • T-shirts.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
  • requires advance notice.
Source (note)
  • Rodwell, Craig; Marion Rodwell Kastman
Biography (note)
  • Craig Rodwell (1940-1993) was an American gay rights activist.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 2606
Rodwell, Craig, 1940-1993.
Craig Rodwell papers, 1940-1993, bulk (1962-1993)
Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, printed matter, artifacts, and other items documenting Rodwell's work as an activist and proprietor of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop. Correspondence is mainly incoming letters from friends and colleagues, and writings, ca. early 1970s, are on gay-related topics. Rodwell's files contain clippings, flyers, correspondence and other materials all pertaining to aspects of gay and lesbian politics and culture. Other papers include printed matter, Martin Duberman's interview with Rodwell, and materials from Rodwell's childhood and youth. Also, photographs and slides; artifacts such as political buttons, banner, T-shirts, and puzzle; and two sound recordings. (Sixteen commercial sound recordings were transferred to the International Gay Information Center Archives.)
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Use of sound recordings requires advance notice.
Craig Rodwell (1940-1993) was an American gay rights activist. He was active in the Mattachine Society in New York City and in 1967 founded the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop, the first bookstore devoted to serious writing by gay authors. A participant in the Stonewall riots in 1969, Rodwell figured prominently in the gay liberation movement of the 1970s and 1980s.
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Barker, Elver A.
Brown, Rita Mae.
Duberman, Martin B.
Gittings, Barbara.
Gunnison, Foster.
Leitsch, Dick.
Rechy, John.
Tobin, Kay.
Wicker, Randy.
Research Call Number
MssCol 2606
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