The Clark Taylor papers document three decades of Taylor’s professional career as an anthropologist and sexologist. Major
topics in the collection include the relationship between LGBT politics, the social sciences, and HIV/AIDS. The bulk of these
materials relate to San Francisco, but the small amount of material on Mexico and Latin America is significant.
Dr. Clark Louis Taylor, Jr., Ph.D., Ed.D. (1937-2004) was a scholar and activist who worked in San Francisco. With joint appointments
at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and the Institute of Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS), Taylor taught sex
education and anthropology courses. Taylor’s work as a professional anthropologist included founding the Anthropology Research
Group on Homosexuality (ARGOH), a group for anthropologists that later became an official group for LGBT members within the
American Anthropological Association (AAA).
Born in Texas in 1937, Taylor moved to California to study at UCLA. He began his teaching career as a tenured associate professor
at Sacramento State University, where he also headed a federal project on Mexican-American education. Facing charges for protesting
marijuana laws, Taylor fled to Mexico, where he lived as a fugitive from 1970-1973. Upon his return, he studied for a Ph.D
at UC Berkeley. His thesis on gay communities in Mexico, El Ambiente, detailed how LGBT communities are culturally specific.
Taylor received a second doctorate in sexology at IASHS in 1985. As a faculty member at IASHS, Taylor co-founded the Sexologists
Sexual Health Project as part of his widespread efforts to address the AIDS epidemic through safer sex workshops and health
worker programs. At City College of San Francisco (CCSF), Taylor helped design, teach, and find funding for a sexual health
worker training programs. He was Resource Instructor/Coordinator of the AIDS Education Office at CCSF. He was also a mentor
for safer sex and anti-homophobia programs nationally, both through the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Taylor founded ARGOH, the American Association of Queer Anthropology, in 1970. He was officially recognized for his safer
sex teaching, winning the Puckett Award from the Stop AIDS Project of San Francisco in 2000, and an AACC award for extraordinary
community health engagement, from 1996-2000. Taylor died of AIDS on October 7th, 2004.