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Thomas N. Painter Collection

[Thomas Painter photograph, taken by William Dellenback]

The collection of Thomas N. Painter (1905-1978) gay activist, writer and Kinsey collaborator, consists of 61 bound volumes and 99 archival folders (28 ft. total) of correspondence (1943-1973), personal documents (1928-1974), drawings and sketches (1944-1966), personal and family photographs (1932-1961), his unpublished autobiography, manuscripts, both fiction (1944-1970) and non-fiction (1941-1974), including two book-length unpublished manuscripts on homosexuality and male prostitutes (1941). Much of the collection reflects Painter's research, including his Index of Persons, notes, clippings, documents, maps, diaries, correspondence, manuscripts, date books and over 2700 photographs and photographic negatives from and about more than 400 individuals (approximately 1940's-1960's). The collection also includes a privately printed autobiography (1836) by one of Painter's ancestors with Painter's family history (to 1914), manuscripts and documents (1925-1934), and notes on individuals (from 1861) that Painter incorporated into his own work.

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