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Finding Aid to the Mike Weiss Double Play Collection, 1961-2011 SFH 34
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Conservation Note
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Mike Weiss Double Play Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1961-2011
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1978-1983)
    Collection Identifier: SFH 34
    Creator: Weiss, Mike, 1942-
    Physical Description: 4 boxes + 1 oversized flat box (4.5 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: The collection contains the research material Weiss collected for his book Double Play: the San Francisco City Hall Killings. The book recounts the events surrounding Dan White's assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978, and White’s trial in 1979.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Access

    The collection is open for research. Please call the San Francisco History Center for hours and information at 415-557-4567.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright and literary rights retained by Mike Weiss.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mike Weiss Double Play Collection (SFH 34), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    The Mike Weiss Double Play Collection was loaned to The San Francisco Public Library by Mike Weiss in 1990, with ownership legally deeded to the library in December 2009. Tom Carey created an inventory of the collection in 1990. The Dan White trial transcripts were donated in April 2011. In November 2011, Vince Emery donated a folder labeled "Sources," 1 audio CD, 1 DVD, the advance reading copy of the 2nd edition of Double Play, and a poster for an author appearance sponsored by Books, Inc.

    Conservation Note

    The four audiocassette tapes in Series 4 were duplicated by SFPL Media Services in 2000.

    Biographical note

    Mike Weiss is a newspaper journalist and author. He was raised in New York City and educated at Knox College and Johns Hopkins University. He has been a staff writer at The Baltimore Evening Sun, The San Jose Mercury News and The San Francisco Chronicle, and has written for numerous magazines in the United States and abroad, including Rolling Stone, Esquire, the Village Voice, Mother Jones and The Sunday Correspondent of London. He is the author of the Ben Henry mystery novels as well as three works of non-fiction, Living Together, Double Play and A Very Good Year.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains the research material Weiss collected for his book Double Play: the San Francisco City Hall Killings (Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1984). There are interview notes, copies of San Francisco Police department documents, newspapers, correspondence, and audiotapes relating to Dan White's assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978, and White's trial in 1979.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in 5 series: Series 1: Interview Notes; Series 2: Research Files; Series 3: Book Files; Series 4: Audiovisual Materials; and Series 5: Newspapers. Photographs were separated and are stored with the San Francisco Historical Photographs collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Milk, Harvey
    Moscone, George, d. 1978
    White, Dan
    Murder victims--California--San Francisco--Biography.
    Murder--California--San Francisco--Case studies.
    Murderers--California--San Francisco--Biography.