Larry Kramer papers
Scope and Contents
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 37, 58, 178-181, 202-205, 228, 260-261 (electronic materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 29-30, 151-152, 184-186, 189, 207, 229, 233, 262-263 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
November 2016 Acquisition: purchased from Larry Kramer on the Donald Windham-Sandy Campbell Collection Endowment Fund, 2016.
July 2019 Acquisition: purchased from Larry Kramer on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2019.
Material within this collection has been organized by acquisition reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time.
Researchers should note that material within each acquisition overlaps with and/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. For instance, writings, correspondence, and material relating to AIDS activism can be found in most, if not all, of the groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section.
Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each acquisition, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the library.
217.26 Linear Feet ((255 boxes) + 2 rolls, 5 broadsides, 2 record album storage.)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
Larry Kramer (1935-2020)
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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, titled according to month and year of acquisition.
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.
Box 153 is unused. Original videocassettes are now housed in box 233. Restricted fragile material.
- ACT UP (Organization)
- AIDS (Disease) -- Patients -- Drama
- AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- United States
- AIDS activists -- United States
- American drama -- 20th Century
- American literature -- 20th century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Born digital
- Dramatists, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Fauci, Anthony S., 1940-
- Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc
- Gay activists -- United States
- Gay men -- United States -- Drama
- Gay men -- United States -- Fiction
- Koch, Ed, 1924-2013
- Kramer, Larry
- Kushner, Tony
- LGBTQ resource
- Mantello, Joe
- McFarlane, Rodger
- Murphy, Ryan, 1965-
- Phonograph records
- Guide to the Larry Kramer Papers
- by Beinecke Staff and Nora Soto
- 2007. Revised: June 2021
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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