The George Whitmore Papers consists of the literary papers of the poet, playwright, critic, novelist, and freelance writer George Davis Whitmore. The collection primarily contains his writings and supporting research files, although there is a small amount of professional correspondence and a few personal papers present. Whitmore's writings span his academic years through his career as a freelance journalist, but nearly half of the collection contains his creative writings, many of which were not published during his lifetime. Whitmore was a member of the Violet Quill group of gay male writers, and most of his literary works reflect his close connection with contemporary gay culture in tone and subject, particularly his AIDS-related writings.
With the exception of one letter from the author to his sister and one to his friend James Ross (Jay) Smith, the collection does not contain personal or family correspondence, health or financial files, daily planners, or any information related to Whitmore's successful human rights lawsuit against the Northern Dispensary. Therefore, the small group of journal entries in Series I are noteworthy for providing the collection's only window on Whitmore's daily activities and inner thoughts.
Among his literary contributions were extensive published interviews with authors William S. Burroughs, Martin Duberman, Tennessee Williams, and Edmund White, and the singing group Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash), in addition to AIDS patients and care givers. In his fiction and non-fiction work, Whitmore covered topics of relevance to the gay community, and the papers reveal his working methods and resources for his success in both genres.