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Finding Aid to the William A. Koelsch Papers, 1942-2014 Coll2014.009
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Description
Articles, manuscripts, correspondence, transcripts, clippings, programs, fliers, press releases, guides, biographical information, and photographs documenting the writings, projects, activities, and personal interests and history of William Koelsch, 1942-2014. Koelsch was a Boston gay rights activist best known for his column series in Gay Community News, Esplanade, Integrity Forum, and Bay Windows, written under the pseudonym A. Nolder Gay.
Background
William A. Koelsch was born in 1933. He received a bachelor's degree at Bucknell University in 1955 and a master's degree at Clark University in 1959. Koelsch graduated from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in American history in 1966. He was hired as an assistant professor of history and geography at Clark University in 1967 and soon became a tenured professor. During a sabbatical in 1973, he rented an apartment in Boston and became involved in the burgeoning gay movement. Under the pseudonym A. Nolder Gay, Koelsch wrote a column for the newly published newspaper Gay Community News (GCN). The first column appeared in issue #13 on September 15th, 1973, and would continue, in different guises and for different publications, for the next fifteen years.
Extent
1.6 linear feet. 1 archive box + 1 archive carton
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.