Larry Mitchell Papers,1954-2005.

Collection Number: 7820

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Larry Mitchell papers, 1954-2005.
Collection Number:
7820
Creator:
Mitchell, Larry.
Quantity:
Approximately 6 cubic feet.
Forms of Material:
Diaries, publications.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Mitchell's publications, drafts of his and other people's writings (including a draft of a Harvey Fierstein piece), interviews, reviews and awards for his writing and the work of Calamus Books, and personal and family papers, including journals and diaries.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

American author and publisher, born in Muncie, Indiana in 1938. Mitchell was the founder of Calamus Books, an early small press devoted to gay male literature, and a cofounder of Gay Presses of New York in 1981. Mitchell also wrote fiction dealing with the gay male experience in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s, including the book of short stories My life as a mole (1989) and the novel The terminal bar (1982). The feature film Acid snow (1998) is based on Mitchell's novel of the same name. He died in Ithaca, New York in 2012.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Mitchell's publications, drafts of his and other people's writings (including a draft of a Harvey Fierstein piece), video recording of Marsha P. Johnson, an African American drag queen who was a prominent participant in the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City and was an outspoken advocate for gay rights. Also includes interviews, reviews and awards for his writing (including the Lambda Literary Award) and the work of Calamus Books, as well as personal and family papers, including journals and diaries and a copy of Mitchell's baby book.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Mitchell, Larry.
Mitchell, Larry.
Johnson, Marsha.

Subjects:
Publishers and publishing -- United States.
Gays' writings, American.
Gay men -- New York (State) -- New York

Form and Genre Terms:
Manuscripts for publication.


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Cite As:
Larry Mitchell Papers, #7820. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Diary Entry
March 1953
Box 1 Folder 2
Liberace Signed Program
October 22, 1953
Box 1 Folder 3
Literary Lapses - Student Compositions from the High School of Burris Lab School at Ball State Teachers College
1954-1956
Box 1 Folder 4
Burris High School 25th Reunion
Box 1 Folder 5
Burris High School Junior Plays Program
Box 1 Folder 6
Burris High School Diploma and Commencement Program
1956
Box 1 Folder 7
Burris High School Yearbook
1955
Box 1 Folder 8
Burris High School Notebooks
Box 1 Folder 9
Burris High School Report Cards
Box 1 Folder 10
Beta Chi of Colby College
Box 1 Folder 11
Colby College Diploma and Commencement Program
1960
Box 1 Folder 12
Colby College Yearbook
1960
Box 1 Folder 13
Colby 2000 Certificate
Box 1 Folder 14
Columbia Dissertation: "Failure and Success - The American Theatre and its Playwrights"
Box 1 Folder 15
Columbia Transcripts
Box 1 Folder 16
"Thoughts on Dostoyevsky" by Larry Mitchell
Box 1 Folder 17
"Why Straight Men Hate Queer Men" and "All Those Years Wasted Sliiping [sic] With the Wrong Men"
Box 1 Folder 18
Journal with Extra Notes
Box 1 Folder 19
Acid Snow Publicity
Box 1 Folder 20
Acid Snow Reviews
Box 1 Folder 21
Acid Snow Production Packet and Offering Document
Box 1 Folder 22
Acid Snow Screenplay First Draft
November 12, 1994
Box 1 Folder 23
Acid Snow Screenplay First Draft Large Font
November 12, 1994
Box 1 Folder 24
Acid Snow Screenplay Second Draft Reading
April 15, 1995
Box 1 Folder 25
Acid Snow Screenplay Second Draft
December 20, 1994
Box 1 Folder 26
Acid Snow Screenplay Final Draft
June 5, 1995
Box 1 Folder 27
Acid Snow Miscellany
Box 1 Folder 28
Gaze Magazine - Interview with Larry Mitchell and Joel Itman
December 27, 1994
Box 1 Folder 29
ISBN Logs
Box 1 Folder 30
"Single People" - Story by Larry Mitchell
July 1985
Box 1 Folder 31
Lambda Awards and Book Report
Box 1 Folder 32-33
Gay Press Miscellany: Clippings, Correspondence, Photos, etc.
Box 1 Folder 34
Queer Associated Press
Box 1 Folder 35
My Life as a Mole Posters - Reading by Neal Wach
Box 1 Folder 36
"The Story of Orchard" by Eugene Salandra - Adapted from Larry Mitchell
September 6, 1994
Box 1 Folder 37
Eugene Salandra Correspondence
September 1993
Box 1 Folder 38-39
Pink Satin Bombers - "An Evening of Faggot Theatre"
1978
Box 1 Folder 40
Pink Satin Bombers - Miscellany
Box 2 Folder 1
"Get It While You Can" - Play by Larry Mitchell
Box 2 Folder 2-3
"Get It While You Can" - Draft and Revisions
Box 2 Folder 4
"Get It While You Can" - Theater for the New City
Box 2 Folder 5
Personal Correspondence - Ron Schreiber and others
Box 2 Folder 6
Personal Correspondence - Dorotha and Ray Mitchel
Box 2 Folder 7
Garden of Memory Funeral Home
Box 2 Folder 8
Dorotha Mitchell Death Record
Box 2 Folder 9
Letters to Dorotha Mitchell from Cecil
Box 2 Folder 10
Baby Books and Birth Certificates
Box 2 Folder 11
Ray Mitchell Diploma
Box 2 Folder 12
Ray Mitchell Diploma
Box 2 Folder 13
Family Genealogy
Box 2 Folder 14-15
Misc. Legal Papers
Box 2 Folder 16
Passports, Bank Book, Health Insurance Card, Faculty ID Card
Box 2 Folder 17
Final Grades
1988-1993
Box 2 Folder 18
Class Notes
February 1974-April 1974
Box 2 Folder 19
Course Outlines and Sociology of Men Transcripts
Box 2 Folder 20
Newspaper Clippings
Box 2 Folder 21
Scrapbook Contents
Box 2 Folder 22
Cat Drawing and Weave Wallet
Box 2 Folder 23
Gaycon and Miscellany
Box 2 Folder 24
Jokes
Box 2 Folder 25
"Going to Camp: A Meditation About Aids, Quarantine, Exile, and Personal Loss" Art Book
Box 2 Folder 26
Homohomo Phobia - Notes With Mike
October 11, 1994
Box 2 Folder 27
Programs: NY Gay Film Festival (1990), Double Edge: Edmund Nieman and Nurit Tilles, Duo-Pianists
Box 2 Folder 28-30
"Clara the Pigeon with Cement Shoes" - By Larry Mitchell, Illustrated by Frances Lyshak
Box 2 Folder 31
"Cold Shoulder" - Second Draft
Box 2 Folder 32
"Freaky Pussy" - Play by Harvey Fierstein Manuscript and Letter
1974
Box 2 Folder 33
Four Partial Manuscripts
Box 2 Folder 34
"Art Books," "Bad Parties"
Box 2 Folder 35
"Sex Histories" - Boyd McDonald Manuscript
Box 3 Folder 1
Calamus Books Business Mail
Box 3 Folder 2
Unidentified Play Manuscript, Pages 18-195 (Pages 1-17 missing)
Box 3 Folder 3
Unidentified Play Manuscript, Pages 196-361
Box 3 Folder 4
Unidentified Play Manuscript, Pages 362-437
Box 3 Folder 5
Unidentified Play Manuscript, Misc. Unnumbered Pages and Papers
Box 3 Folder 6
Unidentified Manuscript
Box 3 Folder 7
Unidentified Play Manuscript
Box 3 Folder 8
Unidentified Manuscript
Box 3 Folder 9
Unidentified Art History Manuscript
September 14, 2000
Box 3 Folder 10
Unlabeled Play
Box 3 Folder 11
"Dad is Dead" - Story
Box 3 Folder 12
Three Plays by Robert Patrick: "Michelangelo's Models," "Angel, Honey, Baby, Darling, Dear," "Orpheus and Amerika"
1981
Box 3 Folder 13
"Tulips and Cadavers" - by Jimmy Camicia, Theater for the New City
Box 3 Folder 14
"Three Small Men" - A Play in One Act by Jimmy Camicia
Box 3 Folder 15
Misc. Jimmy Camicia Plays
Box 3 Folder 16
"The Disappeared"
Box 3 Folder 17
"The Parade" - by Frank McLaughlin, Manuscript and Letter to Larry Mitchell
Box 3 Folder 18
"Liberation and Trauma at Terminal Bar," Interviews with Brad Ellis, John Lurie, Lavinia Co-Op, Evan Lurie
2013
Box 3 Folder 19
"Sin: A Virtue" - by Lawrence Goldman, Manuscript and Letter
Box 3 Folder 20
"Soundzimpossible" - by Ulla, Manuscript and Letter
May 13, 2002
Box 3 Folder 21
"Consenting Adulterers" - by Valdeen
Box 3 Folder 22
"The Brain Eaters" - by Gary Indiana (Missing Last Pages)
1982
Box 3 Folder 23-24
Misc. Gary Indiana Plays
Box 3 Folder 25
"Poems from Before I Shaved My Mustache" - by Elmer L. Kline
Box 3 Folder 26
"Night Sweat" - Play by Robert Chesley
Box 3 Folder 27
"Night Sweat" Reviews
Box 3 Folder 28
"Like A Christmas Tree" - Play by Etel Adnan
Box 3 Folder 29
"Dominion" by Emme Edmunds
Box 3 Folder 30-32
"Filth: An S.T.H. Chap-book"
Box 3 Folder 33
"The Secret" - Written and Illustrated by Francie Lyshak
Box 3 Folder 34
"Public Haiku"
Box 3 Folder 35
"Marginality" - by Edgar Z. Friedenberg
Box 3 Folder 36
"Cruising the Movies" - by Boyd McDonald
Box 3 Folder 37
"Blue is for Boys" - Robert Patrick
Box 3 Folder 38
"Looking for a New Last Name"
Box 3 Folder 39
Steven J. Powsner Query Letter and First Chapter
Photographs
Box 4 Folder 1
Scrapbook Photos
1930s
Box 4 Folder 2
Misc. Photos
Box 4
Misc. Family Photos
Box 4
Gatlinburg
October 1982
Box 4
Apt 1-101
Box 4
Bardstown - Dinner, Train, Show, Etc.
June 10-14, 1992
Box 4
Dorotha Mitchell
Box 4
Pontotoc
Box 4
Bridge Parties
Box 4
Ray Mitchell and Family
Box 4
Gulf Shores
Box 4
Cecil's Family
Box 4
Nancy Lineback's Family
Box 4
Pink Satin Bombers
Box 4
Straight to Hell
Box 4
Historic Family Photos
1910s-1930s
Box 4
Negatives, Cards, and Other Photos
Notebooks
Box 4
Diary
1955
Box 4
"The Genealogy of a Dickey Family" by Homer B. Dickey
Box 4
Address Book
Box 4
Cape House Guest Books
1976-1999
Box 4
Travel Journal
Box 4
Journal
July 1975
Box 4
Unlabeled, undated Journals
Box 4
III 118-232
August 2, 1980
Box 4
Sociology 220 Marriage and Family
1983
Box 4
The Modern Family
Box 4
January pp 1-135
Box 4
January: The Winter Book. pp 136-226
Box 4
January III: pp 227-317
Box 4
January IV: pp 318-457
Box 4
DD 1-50
Box 4
DD 51-89
Box 4
DD 90-
Box 4
Revisions: Draft #2
Box 4
"The Disappeared" P. 71-90
Box 4
Practiced by Love, Horney for Love [sic]
Other Items
Box 4
Rolodex Containers
Box 4 MU-1462
1992 Lambda Literary Award
Box 5
Scrapbook: Our Vacation: Japan, Hong Kong, San Francisco
1978
Box 5
Photo Scrapbooks
Box 5
Misc. Travel Scrapbooks
Box 6
Oversized Papers
Newspaper clippings, Acid Snow and other book proofs, oversized photographs, Dorotha Mitchell diploma
Media
Box 7 FD-68
"Acid Snow" - Screenplay Safety Copy
Box 7 FD-69
Playtran.mac
Box 7 tr-10645
"Unknown Singer" Magnetic Tape
Box 7 tr-10646
Unlabeled Magnetic Tape
Box 7 tr-10647
Larry Mitchell Interview, January 17, 2009, New York City
Box 7 tr-10648
Sociology of Men - Gabrielle Daniels, Spring 1983
Box 7 tr-10649
Bud (?) Message to 3 St
Box 7 tr-10650
Bill Rice / Beginning Rose
Box 7 tr-10651
Day After - Sass - All Ballads
Box 7 tr-10652
Duke Ellington Big Band / Mr. B
Box 7 tr-10653
Louie and Oscar Peterson
Box 7 tr-10654
Thelonius Solo
Box 7 tr-10655-tr-10656
Unlabeled Cassette Tape
Box 7 tr-10657-tr-10658
Unlabeled Message Cassettes
Box 7 tr-10659
Living Letters: M. Resnik
November, 1965
Box 7 tr-10660
Living Letters: Duberman
December 30, 1965
Box 7 tr-10661
Living Letters: R. Rebman, Reel #1
January 3, 1966
Box 7 tr-10662
Living Letters: William Hanley
April 5, 1966
Box 7 tr-10663
Living Letters: Roger Herson, Reel #1
April 6, 1966
Box 7 tr-10664
Living Letters: Speigelglass, Reel #1
April 16, 1966
Box 7 tr-10665
Living Letters: Speigelglass, Reel #2
April 16, 1966
Box 7 tr-10666
Living Letters: Jim Herlichy
April 19, 1966
Box 7 tr-10667
Living Letters: Joe Margenstern
April 26, 1966
Box 7 tr-10668
Living Letters: Arthur Laurents
May 17, 1966
Box 7 tr-10669
Living Letters: Howard Teichman
May 25, 1966
Box 7 tr-10670
Living Letters: Frevoeli
June 6, 1966
Box 7 tr-10671
Living Letters: Dan Schary
June 8, 1966
Box 7 tr-10672
Living Letters: Joseph Kramer, Reel #2
June 22, 1966
Box 7 tr-10673
Living Letters: Jack Gelber, Reel #1
June 24, 1966
Box 7 tr-10674
Living Letters: Jack Gelber, Reel #2
June 24, 1966
Box 7 V-8932
"Acid Snow"
Box 7 V-8933
"Acid Snow" Promo
Box 7 V-8934
"Acid Snow" Cy's Loops, Reels 1-5A
Box 7 V-8935
"Acid Snow" Demo
Box 7 V-8936
"Acid Snow" (With Temp Tracks)
Box 7 V-8937
"Acid Snow" Promo
Box 7 V-8938
"Acid Snow" Trailer
Box 7 V-8939
"Where Little Demons Dwell" by Alex Steyermark
Box 7 V-8940
Cape Cod - Bill, Larry, Eddie
1992
Box 7 V-8941
"Undercurrent Incorporated" - Jim Neu
Box 7 V-8942
"Something Borc02 level="item"ed… Something New" by Joel Itman
Box 7 V-8943
Joel Itman Demo
Box 7 V-8944
"PSA," "Carmel," "Purple Grapes," "Something Borrowed," "Globo Night," "The Following" - Joel Itman
Box 7 V-8945
"Bloolips" by Michael Kasino, PAL Format [Due to fragility and potential degradation, please use the DVD copy of this video in same box - DVD-1496]
Box 7 V-8946
"Marsha" [Due to fragility and potential degradation, please use the DVD copy of this video in same box - DVD-1497]
Box 7 V-8947
"Bloolips" by Michael Kasino, Master Betacam [Due to fragility and potential degradation, please use the DVD copy of this video in same box - DVD-1496
Box 7 V-8948
"Bloolips" by Michael Kasino [Due to fragility and potential degradation, please use the DVD copy of this video in same box - DVD-1496
Box 7 V-8949
Richard George Murray Reading at Ulla Dydo's VHS-C

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