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Creator: Graves, John Cowperthwaite.
Title:John C. Graves papers
Dates:1971-1996 (bulk 1975-1980)
Call Number:M83
Location: 68/4
Volume:1 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection was amassed by John C. Graves, a gay activist, educator, and counselor in Boston. The collection documents gay and lesbian community groups in Boston from the early 1970s through the 1990s. A large portion of the collection is related to the Homophile Community Health Service, and includes the mission statement, organizational charts, budgets, and reports. Organizational materials concerning the Gay Academic Union of New England and New York are also found in this collection. Also of interest are materials pertaining to religious organizations in Boston that served the gay community, including the Metropolitan Community Church, Dignity, and the Greater Boston Lesbian/Gay Interfaith Coalition.
Biographical Abstract: John C. Graves was an activist involved in the gay liberation movement in Boston in the 1970s. Graves was born in 1938 and raised in New York City. Between 1964 and 1974, he was a philosophy professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After coming out in 1972, he became actively involved in mental health, educational, and spiritual assistance programs for Boston's gay community. He was also active in student organizations and founded the Gay Academic Union of New England in 1974. In 1974, he left MIT and became a psychotherapist at the Homophile Community Health Service in Boston. An opera singer with the Boston Concert Opera, Graves was also a member of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus in the late 1980s. In addition, he was involved with the formation of the Boston Center for Lesbians and Gay Men, serving as a steering and board member between 1987 and 1988. Graves moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1990.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Graves, John Cowperthwaite

  • Homophile Community Health Service (Boston, Mass.)
  • Gay Academic Union of New England
  • Gay Academic Union of New York

  • Gay activists -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Gay liberation movement -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Gay college students -- Massachusetts
  • Gays -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Services for
  • Gays -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Societies and clubs
  • Gays -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Mental health services

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Rachel Sandoval, January 2003