Collection Info

Hay, Harry Papers 1867-2002

Span Dates: 1867-2002

Bulk Dates: 1950-1990

Volume: 9.9 linear feet


Manuscripts, notes, published research sources, correspondence, interviews, clippings, financial and employment records, legal papers, photographs, posters, original and reproduced graphic material, flyers, memorabilia and other material documenting the life of Harry Hay. Hay conceptualized and was a co-founder of the Mattachine Society (1950), the first organization to advocate defense of the civil rights of gays and lesbians on the grounds that they were an oppressed minority. He would remain active in the gay movement as a writer and speaker throughout his life.The collection documents Hay's writing and research related to gay history and identity, his engagement with left and progressive politics dating from the mid-1930s, his involvement in the 1970s and 1980s with researchers exploring the roots of the gay liberation movement, his personal finances and work history, and his personal relationships.

Hist/Bio Note

A biographical statement can be found at this link.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available online at this link.


This collection is located at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, California.

Index Terms

Radical FaeriesHay, HarryGay spiritualityGay liberation movement -- Religious aspectsGays -- United States -- History -- 20th Century -- SourcesLos Angeles [CA]Kepner, Jim