Perry Brass papers, 1968-2004.
Collection Number: 7329

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


Perry Brass papers, 1968-2004.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
The Perry Brass papers consist of handwritten and typescript drafts of letters, articles, prose pieces, theatrical writings, diaries, poems, and essays, as well as photographs, publicity and promotional materials, scripts, letters to Brass from friends and family, and printed versions of articles as they appeared in various gay magazines. Most of the material in the collection is concerned with gay themes and the relationship between the gay and straight cultures; the correspondence also most often pertains to gay society, relations, or theatrical and literary milieus.
Brass, Perry.
4.4 cubic feet.
Collection material in English


Perry Brass was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1947. He graduated from New York University in 1974, having studied art education. As a gay playwright, writer, and essayist, Brass' most successful work was the theater piece "All Men" which was produced in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, in 1987 and 1988.


Manuscript versions of Brass' plays, stories, novels, and articles, mostly with gay male themes, including stage directions, programs, press releases and other promotional material for some of the plays, notably "All Men"; typescript of unpublished novel; original screenplay This is All of US, 1970; copies of COME OUT!, which Brass wrote for and published; professional and gay movement correspondence; course materials; and miscellaneous professional papers. Personal papers include a 1968 journal; student papers from NYU, 1971-1973; photographs; and personal and family correspondence.


The collection was received from Perry Brass in multiple installments in 1989 and 1992.
Series I. Personal Boxes 1, 3
Series II. Correspondence Boxes 1, 2, 4, 5
Series III. Works Boxes 1-5
Series IV. Miscellany, including photographs Boxes 1-5


Cite As:

Perry Brass papers, #7329. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

The collection was received from Perry Brass in multiple installments in 1989 and 1992.


New York University -- : Students.
Gays\' writings, American.
Homosexuality, Male.
Homosexuality and art.
Gay men -- Drama.
Form and Genre Terms:

Series I. Personal
Box 1 Folder 4
Diary, 29 Apr. 1968 to 12 Nov. 1968
Box 1 Folder 6
Brass vita; "12 Musical Figures for Christmas"; Young/Brass change of address note; "5 Gay Plays by Perry Brass"
Box 3 Folder 17
Diary, 1969-1972
Box 3 Folder 18-23
Diary notebooks
Box 1 Folder 58
Perry Brass' original descriptive notes of material
Series II. Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 1-3
Letters to Perry Brass, from Rick Paul, Will Inman, Louise Landy, George Michell, Betty Deal, Christopher Hewitt, and others, 1987-1989
Box 2 Folder 17-22
Letters from George Michell, 1975-1977
Box 2 Folder 23
Professional letters and miscellany, mid 1970s
Box 2 Folder 26-27
Gay Movement and Professional Letters, 1970s
Box 2 Folder 28
Assorted Boyfriend and Personal Letters, 1970-1990
Box 2 Folder 29-31
Personal and Family Letters and Papers, 1969-1974
Box 2 Folder 42
Correspondence 1969-1971; Ian Young
Box 2 Folder 43
Correspondence 1972-1974
Box 2 Folder 44
Correspondence 1975-1978
Box 2 Folder 45
Correspondence Feb - Apr 1980
Box 2 Folder 46
Correspondence May 1980 - Feb 1982
Box 2 Folder 47
Correspondence 1992
Box 2 Folder 48
Correspondence, undated
Box 2 Folder 49
Correspondence, Clippings, and typescript of "Men Keep House" 1987
Box 2 Folder 50
Correspondence Jan - Jun 1988
Box 2 Folder 51
Correspondence Jul - Dec 1988
Box 2 Folder 52
Correspondence 1987
Box 2 Folder 53
Correspondence Jan - Jun 1990
Box 2 Folder 54
Correspondence Jul - Dec 1990
Box 2 Folder 55
Correspondence 1991 and undated
Box 4 Folder 1-7
Correspondence with Tom Kohn, 1977-1978
Box 4 Folder 8
Correspondence with Perry Brass' mother, 1969-1973
Box 5 Folder 1
Correspondence, Jan - Mar 1980
Box 5 Folder 2
Correspondence, 1983-1988
Box 5 Folder 3
Correspondence, photographs, poems, notes, and invoices, undated
Box 5 Folder 19
Correspondence, 1985-1987
Box 5 Folder 20
Correspondence Jan - Jun 1987
Box 5 Folder 21
Correspondence Jul - Aug 1987
Box 5 Folder 22
Correspondence Sep 1987
Box 5 Folder 23
Correspondence Oct - Dec 1987
Box 5 Folder 24
Correspondence, undated
Series III. Works
Box 1 Folder 7
Varied-Subject Pad, including drafts of letters, lists, synopsis of "The Chinese Monkey Feast," versions of "At Death's Door," "PCP," a poem inspired by Tom Finley, and other writings
Box 1 Folder 8-9
"All Men" stage notes, program, and notes
Box 1 Folder 10
"All Men" script for publication
Box 1 Folder 11-12
"All Men" material: Flyers, biographical note, press release, programs, flyers, posters, Christin Bjorn photograph, publicity and promotional material, notes, and reviews, and an interview of Stan Leventhal and Perry Brass
Box 1 Folder 13-19
Manuscript of Jimmie, an unpublished novel
Box 1 Folder 20
"Night Chills" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 21-22
"Night Chills" typescript
Box 1 Folder 23
"Gay Success" manuscript and printed version in Advocate Men
Box 1 Folder 24
"The Platinum Ring" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 25
"The Platinum Ring" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 26
"Taste" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 27
"The Voice Within the Idol" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 28
"At Death's Door" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 29
"On Being Bullied" manuscript and printed version in Torso
Box 1 Folder 30
"Notes from a Gay Playwright: manuscript and typescript
Box 1 Folder 31
"A Blow Job is for Real" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 32
"Smoky George Talks" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 33
Drafts of letters
Box 1 Folder 34
Varied-Subject Pad, including articles for Stan Leventhal, letters, "Southern Sissy Boy," "Men and Manners" and other writings
Box 1 Folder 35
Varied-Subject Pad, including "The Golden Pavilion" manuscript (later called "Spies in the Golden Pavilion"

), drafts of letters, and a list ("New in the 60's")
Box 1 Folder 36
"The Death of My Friend Tom" manuscript; "Summer on Christopher Street" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 37
"A Regular June" typescript
Box 1 Folder 38
"Spies in the Golden Pavilion" typescript
Box 1 Folder 39
Cover (only) of "Survival Kit - A complete Guidance Manual for Gay Men Everywhere" edited by Perry Brass and Lou Thomas
Box 1 Folder 40
"Sex Stick" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 41
Draft of a letter to the New York Transit Authority, and list of stories
Box 1 Folder 42
"Dark Mouth" manuscript
Box 1 Folder 43
Lists of venues, poems, bus instructions, and a "Statement of Purpose"
Box 1 Folder 44
"The Cold" manuscript, with printed version in Advocate Men
Box 1 Folder 45-46
"Disco" manuscript and typescript
Box 1 Folder 47-48
"Bargello" and "Souffle" (two interlinked, one-act plays), manuscript and typescript
Box 1 Folder 49
"Unmasking Straight Men" printed version in Torso
Box 1 Folder 50
"Meaningless Relationships" printed version in Torso
Box 1 Folder 51
"Threesomes" printed version in "Torso"
Box 1 Folder 52
"Disco" Manuscript
Box 1 Folder 53
"Social Climbing" Manuscript
Box 1 Folder 54
"Gay Anxiety" and "Men Keep House" manuscripts; draft of a letter to Greg Baysans of "The James White Review" and others; preparation notes
Box 1 Folder 55
"Straight Men" manuscript (later "Unmasking Straight Men")
Box 1 Folder 56
Miscellaneous pieces: draft of a letter to the editor; aphorisms, riddles, and short written pieces on cards; printed version of "The Cincinnati Connection Ballet Comes Alive!"; "Five Gay Plays"; mosaic promotional page for "Urban Fables and Verses"; "Osiris, the Dog Star"; and "The Enticing Lane" by Christopher Hewitt
Box 1 Folder 57
Wings Theatre Company broadside and poster for "All Men"
Box 2 Folder 1-3
Typescript of "Unforgettable is Paris"
Box 2 Folder 4-12
Schoolpapers from NYU, 1971-1973
Box 2 Folder 13-15
Copies of "Come Out!"
Box 2 Folder 24
Typescript of "This Is All Of Us"
Box 2 Folder 25
Untitled early stories, 1966-1967
Box 2 Folder 32-37
Early draft of Jimmie
Box 2 Folder 38
Professional papers, course description, 1980s
Box 2 Folder 39
Mirage and publicity material
Box 2 Folder 40
Sex Charge
Box 2 Folder 41
"Sleep" woodcut, 1971
Box 2 Folder 56-57
Mirage third draft typescript
Box 2 Folder 58-60
Red-bound spiral drawing tablets, some with homoerotic drawings, 1972-1973
Box 3 Folder 1-3
Final Disconnect typescript
Box 3 Folder 4
Prescription for Love by "Nancy Gwendolyn Bell" typescript
Box 3 Folder 5
"Homosexual Politics" typescript
Box 3 Folder 6
Drafts of short stories, correspondence, miscellany, c.1966-1967
Box 3 Folder 7
"Salonica" an original screenplay typescript
Box 3 Folder 8-10
Draft manuscripts, typescripts, poems, and miscellaneous writings
Box 3 Folder 12
Box 3 Folder 13
"Pet Palmistry"
Box 3 Folder 14
Short stories
Box 3 Folder 15
"Homosexual Politics" draft typescript
Box 3 Folder 16
Box 3 Folder 24
"Here, There, and Yonder," a trilogy of one act plays
Box 3 Folder 25
Box 3 Folder 26
Sex Charge
Box 3 Folder 27
"Daddy and the Eskimos"
Box 3 Folder 28
"Bar None"
Box 3 Folder 29
"Bargello" and "Souffle"
Box 3 Folder 30
"Sex Charge" typescript
Box 3 Folder 31
"Another Temporary Assignment" draft typescript
Box 3 Folder 32
"Night Chills"
Box 3 Folder 33
"The Chinese Monkey Feast"
Box 3 Folder 34
"The Secret Gate"
Box 3 Folder 35
Box 3 Folder 36
"The Most Beautiful Man in the World"
Box 4 Folder 9
"Men Living With Each Other"
Box 4 Folder 10
Mirage holograph
Box 4 Folder 11-12
"The Rat Man" holograph
Box 4 Folder 13
"Secret Gate" holograph
Box 5 Folder 8-10
"Works" second draft
Box 5 Folder 11-15
"Mirage" second draft
Box 5 Folder 16-17
Published pieces in "The Connection"
Box 5 Folder 18
"Works" paperback
Box 5 Folder 26-30
Notebooks of draft prose fictions, including "Book Talks - Maugham," "Movers and Shakers," "Mother's Boys," "Take it Slow," "The Freighter Story," "Night Chills," and "The Most Beautiful Man in the World"
Box 5 Folder 31-35
Notebooks of drafts of "The Seventeenth Summer"
Box 5 Folder 36-39
Notebooks of "Set" poem, "The Boathouse," "The Self-Expression Factor," "Bargello," "Poetry Education," and "The Body Queens"
Box 5 Folder 40
"The Wounded Angel"
Series IV. Miscellany, including photographs
Box 1 Folder 5
Photographs of Brass, friends and lovers
Box 2 Folder 16
Photographs, Germany, by Tom Kohn
Box 3 Folder 11
Clippings, pornography magazines
Box 4 Folder 14
Miscellany, including theatre programs, broadside, poem, letter from the Netherlands, photographs, and woodcut
Box 4 Folder 15
Miscellany, including photographs, negatives
Box 4 Folder 16
Miscellany, including passport, slides, negatives, and photographs
Box 5 Folder 4
"Esquire" July 1964
Box 5 Folder 5
"Vogue" December 1968
Box 5 Folder 6
Theatre and musical programs
Box 5 Folder 7
Anion Enzyme Educational Conference Center Workbook, 1983
Box 5 Folder 25
Box 5 Folder 41
Publicity for Brass publications and readings, 1997-1998
Box 5 Folder 42
2004 Publicity