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Charley Shively papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1546

Content Description

The papers consist of writings, correspondence, research files, notebooks, printed material, photographs, family papers, and other papers documenting the life and work of Charley Shively. Writings, correspondence, and research files document both Shively's academic work as a historian and his work as a gay rights activist and publisher. Documentation of Shively's work as a publisher includes extensive materials related to the Boston-area gay newspaper Fag Rag, which Shively co-founded, including submissions, correspondence, and business records. Printed materials include many publications concerning the gay community and activism.


  • 1900 - 2013
  • Majority of material found within 1942 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Some materials in this collection were damaged by cat urine prior to receipt. Use caution when handling.

Boxes 94, 96, 113 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 92-93, 112 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Charley Shively Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Charley Shively on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2013.

July 2015 Acquisition: Purchased from Elysium Press on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2015.


Organized into two groupings: July 2013 Acquisition, July 2015 Acquisition.


97.28 Linear Feet ((111 boxes) + 1 broadside)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Charley Shively

Charley Shively (1937-2017) was an American historian, publisher, poet, and gay rights activist.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Materials previously in Boxes 95 and 97 were deaccessioned in 2019. Boxes 95 and 97 no longer exist.

Some materials in this collection were damaged by cat urine prior to receipt. All materials were rehoused into new boxes, as well as folders when appropriate.
Guide to the Charley Shively Papers
by Beinecke staff
November 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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