John R. (Jack) Collins Papers
Owning Institution: San Francisco Public Library
About this CollectionJack Collins was a literature professor at City College of San Francisco, the department chair of the gay and lesbian studies program at CCSF, and an antiquarian book cataloger with John Howell Books (San Francisco). He also wrote many journal articles on literature and teaching. For several years he was the caregiver to a partner dying of AIDS. The collection documents the courses Collins taught at City College of San Francisco, and the establishment of the gay and lesbian studies department there. There are also catalogs from his work at John Howell Books, an antiquarian book dealer. The papers also includes his thesis and academic journal articles. A significant portion of the collection is the correspondence between Collins and writer James Purdy, and copies of Purdy's books and original writing. A poignant journal details the care that Collins tendered to his partner who died of AIDS. James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center collection number GLC 134.
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