Manuscripts, notes, published research sources, correspondence, interviews, clippings, financial and employment records, legal
papers, photographs, posters, original and reproduced graphic material, flyers, memorabilia and other material documenting
the life of Harry Hay. Hay conceptualized and was a co-founder of the Mattachine Society (1950), the first organization to
advocate defense of the civil rights of gays and lesbians on the grounds that they were an oppressed minority. He would remain
active in the gay movement as a writer and speaker throughout his life.The collection documents Hay's writing and research
related to gay history and identity, his engagement with left and progressive politics dating from the mid-1930s, his involvement
in the 1970s and 1980s with researchers exploring the roots of the gay liberation movement, his personal finances and work
history, and his personal relationships.
Henry (Harry) Hay Jr. was born in 1912 in Worthing, England, to American parents; his father, Henry Hay Sr., managed mining
interests in South Africa, then in Chile. When an accident in 1916 ended the elder Hay's career, the affuent family moved
to Los Angeles, where Harry Hay spent his youth. Hay attended Stanford University for two years, then dropped out in 1932
and sought work as an actor and screenwriter in Depression-era Los Angeles. Hay was drawn to the cooperative ideals and political
activism of the communist party at this time, but distanced by its prohibition of homosexuality among members. In 1938 he
married friend and party member Anita Platky in an effort to adapt to the social conditions of party membership; the couple
moved to New York a year later. When the United States entered the Second World War they returned to Los Angeles, where Hay
found work as an industrial engineer (materials manager) in the war-time aircraft industry.
9.9 Linear Feet
2 archive boxes,
10 flat boxes,
1 clamshell binder,
1 archive carton,
1 envelope, and
2 mapcase drawers
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