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Finding Aid for the
STEVEN F. DANSKY
PAPERS, 1968-2006
(APAP-289)

For reference queries contact M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Reference staff

Finding Aid Compiled by
Kayla Misner
Amy C. Schindler
September 2006



 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME: .5 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by Steven F. Dansky in August 2006 and January 2007.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder List:


Steven F. Dansky
Biographical Sketch

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Steven F. Dansky, a long-time political activist and writer, was a founder of the modern gay liberation movement in 1969. His writing spans more than three decades and has been cited in nearly every early book on gay liberation. As a committed profeminist, his writing has been reviewed in The New York Times by Martin Duberman and the Village Voice by Jill Johnston. He has written for Come out!, The New York Free Press, I-Kon, Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism, SoHo Weekly News, Basta, and Faggotry. As a poet, he has read at the Hunter College Gallery, Matrix Theater, I-Kon Bookstore, and A Different Drummer.

He had private psychotherapy practices in New York and Albany. He is the author of two books on HIV, Now Dare Everything: Tales of HIV-Related Psychotherapy (Haworth Press, 1994) and Nobody’s Children: Orphans of the HIV Epidemic (Haworth Press 1997). He has been involved during the HIV/AIDS pandemic since the early 1980’s, practicing in diverse settings in the undeserved communities of New York City- Harlem; South Bronx; Jamaica; Queens; Sunset Park and East New York, Brooklyn. He has lectured on AIDS throughout the country, including POZ Life Expo, NY; Lesbian and Gay Health Conference, Atlanta, GA; and the V International Conference on AIDS, Montreal, Canada. His work on healthcare was published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice; Research Letter, Beth Israel Medical Center, NY; Canadian Family Physician; and GMHC Training Manual.

He is a graduate of the City University of New York, Hunter College School of Social Work and received additional training at the Institute for Human Identity, New York. He was an Instructor of Pediatrics, Albany Medical College and a guest lecturer at the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, SUNY.

As a photographer, he is a member of the Columbia Berkshire Craft Guild and, as a writer, the Berkshire Writers Room. Several book projects are in preparation, including a political memoir. He is on the Board of Directors of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.


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1. The contents of the Biographical Sketch are taken nearly verbatim with only minor editing from the brochure, The Works of Steven F. Dansky, Box 1 Folder 22.


Steven F. Dansky
Scope & Content Note

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The collection includes magazines, correspondence, photographs, and unpublished writings from Steven Dansky's work with the effeminist and gay liberation movement. The majority of the material is from the 1970s-1990s. Additional information about the contents of each folder is provided in the box and folder list created by Dansky before the collection was transferred to the Department of Special Collections and Archives. The collection was rehoused and the biographical sketch and box and folder list was transcribed in September 2006.

Related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found at the subject pages for Human Sexuality and Gender Identity and Women.


Steven F. Dansky
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Magazines, 1972-2006

Box 1
Folder

1. The Flaming Faggots, 1972, Early Male antisexist journal by the members of the Effeminist Movement
2. Faggotry, 1972, manually mimeographed magazine edited by Steven Dansky, containing the article, “God, Freud, Daddy, and Us Faggots,” which was reviewed by Jill Johnston, “Their Inappropriate Manhood,” The Village Voice, 1972
3. Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism, No. 1, Summer 1972, 1972, First issue of the Effeminist Movement magazine-an early attempt by men to be profeminist; Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism, No. 2, Winter/Spring, 1973, 1973, Effeminist Manifesto, signed in issue by coauthors, Steven Dansky, John Knoebel, and Kenneth Pitchford; Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism, No. 3, Winter, 1975-1976, 1976, Third edition of antisexist magazine, featuring poetry; Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism, No. 5, Summer 1976*, 1976, Fourth and Final edition of antisexist magazine
4. Out Week, No. 1, 26 June 1989, Iconographic photograph by Peter Hujar, Dansky in stripped shirt.

Box 2
Folder

1. Gertrude, 2006, "Broken Gender" by Steven F. Dansky


Steven F. Dansky
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Series 2: Newspapers, 1968-2004

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

5. Peace/La Paz, Issues No. 1-8, 1968-1969, manually mimeographed newsletter distributed on New York’s Lower East Side, edited and produced by Steven Dansky.
6. Basta/Enough, 1969, Renamed and offset printed Peace/ La Paz distributed on New York’s Lower East Side, edited by Steven Dansky.
7. Come Out!, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1970, Earliest modern gay liberation newspaper, published by Gay Liberation Front, New York, contains Steven Dansky’s article, “Hey Man.”
8. Gay, Vol. 2, Issue 40, 07 December 1970, Cover photo in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral demonstration
9. SoHo Weekly News, Vol. 2, No. 38, 26 June 1975, Article, “Strange Bedfellows: The Right and Left against Jane Alpert;” SoHo Weekly, Vol. 2, No. 40, 17 July 1975, Article, “Motherhood, Monogamy, and Love;” SoHo Weekly News, Vol. 2, No. 49, 11 September 1975, Article “Alice Crimmins vs. The Brotherhood”

Box 2 (continued)
Folder

2. Community, September 2004, "Our Critical Direction" by Steven F. Dansky


Steven F. Dansky
Box and Folder List

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Series 3: Correspondence, 1974-1982

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

10. Jane Alpert, Correspondence from Jane Alpert during her incarceration after being underground. She emerged as a feminist from the Male Left association with the Weatherman and her partner Sam Melville who was killed during the Attica uprising; 01 June 1975, 13 July 1975, 16 October 1975, 11 February 1976, 18 January 1976
11. Kenneth Pitchford, 23 February 1972, Letter from Kenneth Pitchford, cofounder of Effeminist Movement and ex-husband of Robin Morgan; The Contraband Poems, Kenneth Pitchford, Templar Press, 1976.
12. Adrienne Rich, 18 March 1974, Letter and signed poem from famous American poet and feminist.
13. Erica Zimetbaum, 30 November 1982, College entrance autobiography acknowledging childcare influence.


Steven F. Dansky
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Series 4: Photographs, 1970-1997

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

14. Blake Morgan and Steven Dansky, 1973, Musician Blake Morgan (son of Robin Morgan, author and major feminist) and Steven Dansky in photo booth series.
Steven Dansky, Michael O’Hara, and Blake Morgan, 1972, Childcare scene with Blake Morgan.
Steven Dansky and Kenneth Pitchford, 1970, Founders of the Effeminist Movement.
John Knoebel and Steven Dansky, 1976, In SF founders of the Effeminist Movement.

Electronic Records
Available in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives
Come Out! Poster, Photograph by Peter Hujar, 1970
Come Out! Poster, redesigned by Sue Negrin, Times Change Press, 1970
Come Out!: Selections from the Radical Gay Liberation Newspaper, book cover, Times Change Press, 1970, Peter Hujar Photograph
Mandela, Suzanne Bevier, Come Out!, newspaper
RAT newspaper, women’s issue, May 1970, “Hey Man” in this issue
Come Out!, 1970, “Hey Man” in this issue
“Hey Man,” Come Out!, 1970
Photograph of the 95 th Street Collective, Ellen Bedoz (Shumsky), Come Out!, 1970
Gay Liberation Front (GLF) meeting in Church of the Holy Apostle, NYC, photograph by Diana Davies, (Steven Dansky forefront in stripped shirt)
Come Out!, 1970, Pre-gay liberation photograph of Steven Dansky in drag, photograph by Jerry Hirsch
Woodcut (artist unknown), Faggotry cover, Steven Dansky, editor, 1971
First Gay Pride March, The New York Times, 1970 (Back of Steven Dansky’s head, right foreground, stripped shirt)
“On Our Own: Gay Men in Consciousness Raising,” position paper cover, (artist unknown), 1971
Gay newspaper, demonstration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 1971, photographer unknown, Steven Dansky (right) and Ron Auerbach
Gay newspaper, demonstration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 1971, photographer unknown, Steven Dansky (right) and Ron Auerbach
Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism cover, 1973
Signing of the Effeminist Manifesto, photography by Robin Morgan, Kenneth Pitchford, Steven Dansky, John Knoebel, 1973
“Effeminist Revolution,” Roy Eddy, enamel pin, 1973
Photo Booth, composite, Photograph by Steven F. Dansky, Blake Morgan and Steven Dansky, 1973
Photo Booth, #1, Photograph by Steven F. Dansky, Blake Morgan and Steven Dansky, 1973
Photo Booth, #2, Photograph by Steven F. Dansky, Blake Morgan and Steven Dansky, 1973
Photo Booth, #3, Photograph by Steven F. Dansky, Blake Morgan and Steven Dansky, 1973
Photo Booth, #4, Photograph by Steven F. Dansky, Blake Morgan and Steven Dansky, 1973
Steven Dansky, working on Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism, photographer unknown
Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism cover, 1975
Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism cover, 1976
Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism cover, 1975-1976
“Kitchen, 41 East First Street,” photograph by John Knoebel, Steven Dansky and Blake Morgan, 1973
Cardboard Playhouse, 109 Third Avenue, Kiehl’s Pharmacy Building, Steven Dansky, Michael O’Hara, Blake Morgan, photograph by Kenneth Pitchford, 1973
Christmas, 41 East First Street, Photograph by John Knoebel, Steven Dansky, 1975
Gay Male Group, Christmas, 41 East First Street, Photograph by Nancy Lewis, Norman Lubowsky, John Knoebel, Jim Clifford, Steven Dansky, Tim Elliott 1975
Out Week magazine, photograph by Peter Hujar, 1989
Now Dare Everything: Tales of HIV-Related Psychotherapy, book cover, Haworth Press, 1994
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Jim Clifford, John Knoebel, Steven Dansky, 1996, photographer unknown
Nobody’s Children: Orphans of the HIV Epidemic, book cover, Haworth Press, 1997


Steven F. Dansky
Box and Folder List

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Series 5: Manuscript and Other Publications, 1970-2006

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

15. The Effeminist Papers: The Making of a Male Profeminist, 2006, Unpublished manuscript that includes all the works of effeminism.
16. Announcement of First Gay Liberation March, 1970, March to Central Park marking the “first birthday of gay liberation.”
17. “Hey Man”, 1971, Reprint of controversial article that first appeared in Come Out! and RAT in 1970.
18. “On Our Own, Gay Men in Consciousness-Raising Groups”, 1970, First position paper on gay men using the feminist technique of consciousness-raising. Anthologized in “Out of the Closets,” Allen Young, Karla Jay
19. “Notes on Gay Males in Consciousness Raising”, 1971, “On Our Own,” revised and retitled.
20. “Help Us Close Down This Play”, 1970, Flyer for early male antisexist protest.
21. Press Release on 25 th Anniversary of Stonewall Rebellion, 25 April 1994, Gay activist reunite for 25 th Anniversary of Stonewall Rebellion.
22. The Work of Steven F. Dansky, Brochure, circa 2006


Steven F. Dansky
Box and Folder List

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Series 6: Personal and Biographical, 2004

Box 2 (continued)
Folder

3. Marriage, 2004; Dansky and Barry Safran were the first same-sex couple to be married in Berkshire County on the first day it was legal in Massachusetts, May 17, 2004; includes a copy of the marriage certificate and news clippings from The Berkshire Eagle and the North Adams Record.


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