Grimes, Bruce and Geoffrey Kaiser Journal Collection
Span Dates: 1971-1999
Volume: .5 linear feet
The collection contains personal journal volumes (1971-1999) as well as personal correspondence (1986, 1988-1989) and addenda (1977-2000). The former chronicle the life of Bruce Grimes, beginning with his move to San Francisco in 1971, and concluding with his departure from Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (FLGC) in 1996. During this 25 year period, Bruce met Geoffrey Kaiser and the two collaborated on a second journal detailing their lives together, both as gay men and Friends. There are typescript and manuscript versions of both journals; the typescript includes further commentary written by Bruce after the fact, as well as more detailed personal anecdotes. Their association with Unami Meeting and the debates surrounding same-sex Friends and marriage are of particular interest in this collection.
Bruce Grimes and Geoffrey D. Kaiser were members of Unami Meeting of Friends and married under its care in 1987. The couple moved to California after 2005. They have been involved in Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (FLGC, now FLGBTQC). Bruce served as Editor of the FLGC newsleter until 1995.
The finding aid is available online.
The collection is located at Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College.
Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns,
Gays -- Religious Life,
Church work with gays -- Philadelphia,
Committee of Concern for Homosexuals,