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,
Integrity Forum, and
Bay Windows, written under the pseudonym A. Nolder Gay.
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.
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