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Kramer, Larry



  • Existence: 1935-06-25 - 2020-05-27


Larry Kramer (1935-2020) was an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and gay rights activist. He graduated from Yale University in 1957 with a B.A. in English, and is the author of several novels, including Faggots (1978), and plays, including The Normal Heart (1985) and Destiny of Me (1992), which explore themes related to gay life and the AIDS crisis. He was an outspoken advocate for gay rights and the fight against AIDS. He was a co-founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis in the early 1980s, and later founded the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in 1987. Kramer was also the author of several motion picture screenplays, including an adaptation of Women in Love, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award in 1969.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Robert Ferro papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 322
Abstract: The Robert Ferro Papers consist of personal correspondence and material related to his published and unpublished writings, with a few files of academic and personal papers. The bulk of the collection concerns Ferro's writings, particularly his four novels, which with their semi-autobiographical themes of homosexuality, family, and illness, tell much about his community in the 1970s and 1980s. His earlier writings often refer to his experiences of living in Italy. Ferro also wrote critical...
Dates: 1963-1988

Larry Kramer papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 722
Abstract: The collection documents the career of Larry Kramer as a playwright and author, an advocate for gay rights, and an activist in the fight against AIDS. The collection consists of writings, including manuscripts and drafts of plays, books, screenplays, and articles; AIDS-related material; diaries; correspondence; photographs; printed material; audiovisual material; and other papers. There is also substantial material relating to the founding of Gay Men's Health Crisis and the AIDS Coalition to...
Dates: 1920-2019

Sean Strub papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1781

The collection consists of direct mail samples, printed material, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia and ephemera, writings, and computer and audiovisual media documenting the work and life of gay rights activist, publisher, and entrepreneur Sean Strub.

Dates: 1908-2015, bulk 1986-2000

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AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- United States 2
AIDS activists -- United States 2
Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives 2
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Gay men's writings, American 2