Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Stephan D. Michael papers
Bulk Dates: 1990-1994
Collection number: Coll2008-045
Michael, Stephan D., 1960-1994
Collection Size: 3 archive cartons + 2 oversize
flat archive cartons. 3.6 linear feet.
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, legal papers, medical
records, financial records, textiles, memorabilia, audiotapes, scrapbooks,
photographs, notes and miscellaneous typescripts of Stephan D. Michael, who
documented the last years of his life before dying of AIDS in 1994, at the age
of 34. The materials document Michael's childhood in Japan; his relationship
with his estranged family as well as past lovers; his financial troubles
relating to his medical bills; and his final years attending the University of
Washington while dealing with the circumstances of his HIV-positive
Languages: Languages represented in
the collection: English
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in
writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner.
Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in
the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant
copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for
all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).
Box #, folder #, Stephan D. Michael Papers, Coll2008-045, ONE National
Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Gift of Jane May, April 7, 1994.
Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama,
June 27, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the
National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Stephen Michael Emily was born in Missouri on June 25, 1960; the son of
Donald, a Lutheran missionary, and Jean Emily. In the early 1960s, the family
moved to Japan, where Stephen was raised until the age of 14. The family
returned to the United States and lived in San Francisco, where Stephen
eventually attended San Francisco State University and the Academy of Art
College. By the 1980s, Stephen's relationship with his family was strained, and
he legally changed his name to Stephan Michael in 1981. He continued to live in
San Francisco where he worked in various retail jobs.
By the 1990s, Stephan Michael contracted the HIV virus. Having never
earned a college degree, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he attended the
University of Washington and lived with his partner, Eric Phillips. Throughout
the rest of his life--with the support of Phillips and a woman named Jane May
(whom he refers to as "Aunt")--he attended college classes while living with
the circumstances of his HIV-positive status. In December 1993, he received his
Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. Less than a year later,
Stephan Michael died of AIDS on November 2, 1994 in Seattle.
Scope and Content of Collection
This collection contains diaries, scrapbooks, correspondence, legal
papers, financial records, medical records, textiles, memorabilia, audiotapes
and miscellaneous material from Stephan D. Michael. The bulk of the material
documents the final five years of his life (1989 - 1994), during which he
attended the University of Washington while living with the effects of his
HIV-positive status. The collection is divided into two series: (1) Personal
Papers and (2) Memorabilia, Textiles and Miscellaneous Material.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Michael, Stephan D.,
The following book has been transferred to the ONE National Gay &
Lesbian Archive library collection: Tony Kushner,
Angels in America, 1993.