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Larry Kramer papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 722
Scope and Contents

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 Unleash Power (ACT UP) in particular, and to the AIDS movement in general. Correspondents include Anthony Fauci, Ed Koch, Rodger McFarlane, Joe Mantello, and Ryan Murphy.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

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

The Larry Kramer Papers are 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

Gift of Larry Kramer, 2003-2016.

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.


The collection is organized into eight groupings: July 2003 Acquisition (Uncat MSS 520), July 2003 Acquisition (Uncat MSS 785), August 2007 Acquisition (Uncat MSS 975), and October 2008 Acquisition (Uncat MSS 1071), July 2011 Acquisition, February 2016 Acquisition, November 2016 Acquisition, and July 2019 Acquisition.

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.)
Related Names
Kramer, Larry
Language of Materials