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Finding Aid to the Aaron Fricke Papers
GLC 24  
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  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Aaron Fricke Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1980-1993
    Collection Identifier: GLC 24
    Creator: Fricke, Aaron
    Physical Description: 1 carton (1.0 cubic ft.)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94102
    (415) 557-4400
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    Abstract: The collection contains correspondence, subject files, and notes and drafts for Fricke's works, including Reflections of a Rock Lobster and Sudden Strangers.

    Access

    The collection is open for research. 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], Aaron Fricke Papers (GLC 24), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    The Aaron Fricke Papers were donated to The San Francisco Public Library by Aaron Fricke in 1994.

    Biographical Note

    Aaron Fricke was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on January 25, 1962. His father, Walter, was a ship captain, and his mother, Loretta Donahue Fricke, a homemaker. Aaron has written two autobiographical books: Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story about Growing up Gay (Boston: Alyson, 1981) and Sudden Strangers: The Story of a Gay Son and His Father (New York: St. Martin’s, 1991). Sudden Strangers was co-authored with his father Walter. Aaron received his A.A. in 1994 from City College of San Francisco.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains correspondence, subject files, and notes and drafts for Fricke's works, including Reflections of a Rock Lobster and Sudden Strangers. Reflections tells the story of Fricke's desire to take a male date to his high school prom, and details the reactions by his family, the school, and the media. Sudden Strangers, written with his father Walter, describes the changes in their relationship following Aaron's coming out.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in three series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Subject Files; and Series 3: Works.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Fricke, Aaron -- Archives
    Fricke, Walter
    Coming out (Gay men)
    Coming out (Sexual orientation)--United States.
    Fathers and sons--United States
    Gay men--Family relationships
    Gay men--United States--Biography