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Jesse Deane papers and photographs

Call Number: GEN MSS 1588

Scope and Contents

The Jesse Deane papers and photographs contains correspondence, photographs, negatives, film, videocassettes, printed material, personal papers, artwork and other material by or relating to physique model, photographer, and gay pornographic actor Jesse Deane. Of note is a photographic album and slides that document Fire Island, N.Y. in the 1960s.


  • 1940 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 30-37 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Jesse Dean papers and photographs 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 Bolerium Books on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2013.


Organized into five series: I. Photographs, circa 1940s-2000s. II. Audiovisual, 1958-1992. III. Correspondence, 1951 - 2009. IV. Personal papers, 1961-2001. V. Printed material, 1950 - 2013.


23.75 Linear Feet (50 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Jesse Deane

Jesse Deane (born Richmond, Virginia, 1938) was born Robert Allen Reed and grew up in Starksville, Missouri. Deane was a physique model, photographer, and gay pornographic actor. Deane studied acting at the James Dean Memorial School of Fine Arts in Fairmont, Indiana before moving to New York City, where from 1956-1960 he appeared in off-Broadways productions, including a role in Eddie Fay, directed by Nils L. Cruz at the New Village Theatre. In 1965, he was both a photographer and model for Butch magazine, an early gay publication. Deane starred in the 1970 film Sticks and Stones, which provides a representation of gay culture on Fire Island in the 1960s. Deane died on January 6, 2014.

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 or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Jesse Deane Papers and Photographs
by Jessica Tai
March 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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