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Felice Picano papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 761

Scope and Contents

The Felice Picano Papers contain writings, journals and diaries, and correspondence with his publishers and his colleague Andrew Holleran.


  • 1970-1991


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Felice Picano 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 Felice Picano, 1993.


Organized into four series: I. Writings, 1982-1987. II. Journals and Notebooks, 1970-1989. III. Correspondence and Financial Records, 1973-1989. IV. Other Papers, 1975-1991.


11.63 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The papers contain Felice Picano's writings, journals and diaries, and correspondence with his publishers and his friends, including American author Andrew Holleran.

Felice Picano (1944- )

Felice Picano, American author, editor, playwright, and activist, was born in New York in 1944; he graduated from Queens College in 1964.

Picano was affiliated with a literary group known as the Violet Quill, whose seven members, as men writing for men, are regarded as one of the strongest collective voices of the gay male experience in the post-Stonewall era. Authors Christopher Cox, Robert Ferro, Michael Grumley, Andrew Holleran, Edmund White, George Whitmore, and Picano met several times in 1979, 1980, and 1981 to read aloud from their works in progress. Also on the agenda were discussions of how they could work together to promote recognition, acceptance, and publication of gay literature beyond the boundaries of their own community. Of the VQ writers, Michael Grumley and Robert Ferro were the first to die from AIDS-related complications, both at age 46 in 1988, Grumley on April 28 and Ferro on July 11; they were followed by Whitmore in 1989 and Cox in 1990.

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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.

Former call number: Uncat Za MS 282

Felice Picano Papers
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