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Finding aid to the Grace Miller Papers, 1926-1979 (bulk 1941-1965)
GLC 69  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Materials Transferred
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement note

  • Title: Grace Miller Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1926-1979
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1941-1965)
    Collection Identifier: GLC 69
    Creator: Miller, Grace
    Physical Description: 2 document cases + 1 flat box (1.5 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: The collection documents the life of Grace Miller through correspondence, subject files, photographs and negatives, and a scrapbook. Miller was a co-owner and bartender at two lesbian bars in San Francisco. As a result of serving underage patrons, she was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 1955. The scrapbook contains the newspaper coverage of her arrest and trial.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Access

    The collection is open for research. Photographs are available for research during the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection hours. Please call the San Francisco History Center for hours and information at 415-557-4567.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Grace Miller Papers (GLC 69), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    Purchased from Bolerium Books, December 29, 2011.

    Materials Transferred

    Photographs have been transferred to the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection.

    Biographical note

    Grace Marie Miller was born in Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana on November 1, 1918. She was the first child of Anthony Iven [Ivan] Miller (9/28/1892-9/15/1959) and Norma Portman. The family moved to San Francisco in the early 1920s. Grace worked several jobs but was best known as a co-owner and bartender at 12 Adler Place and Tommy's Place, both lesbian bars.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection documents the life of Grace Miller through correspondence, subject files, photographs and negatives, and a scrapbook. Miller was a co-owner and bartender at two lesbian bars in San Francisco, Tommy's Place and 12 Adler Place. Of particular note are lesbian club announcements from the 1950s-1960s, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings (1954-1955) that document a police raid on Tommy's Place and Miller's arrest and trial for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The photographs span the years from Miller's childhood through middle age. Some of the images from the 1950s are of bars where Grace Miller worked, possibly Tommy's Place, and a club with singers and accompanists. There are many house party photos from the late 1950s and 1960s; they include images of butch and femme lesbians, some men (presumably gay), and many cats.

    Arrangement note

    The material is in four series: Series 1. Correspondence; Series 2. Subject Files; Series 3. Photographs and Negatives; and Series 4. Scrapbook.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Miller, Grace -- Archives
    van de Veer, Joyce
    Lesbian bars-California-San Francisco
    Lesbians--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century.
    Lesbians--Social life and customs