Finding aid of the Frank Robinson papers

Josué Hurtado
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
657 Mission Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, California 94105
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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Finding aid of the Frank Robinson papers

Collection number: 2000-16

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

San Francisco, California
Processed by:
Josué Hurtado
Date Completed:
April 2005
Encoded by:
Rebekah Kim
© 2007 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Frank Robinson papers
Dates: 1929-1989
Collection number: 2000-16
Creator: Robinson, Frank
Collection Size: 14 Linear Feet
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: This is Robinson's collection of fully arranged clippings related to AIDS.
Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

Frank Robinson papers, 2000-16, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Frank Robinson on March 21, 2000.

Biography

Frank M. Robinson, born in 1926 in Chicago, is a novelist and former journalist. He was also a good friend of Harvey Milk. During his teen years, Robinson worked as a copyboy for the International News Service, later he became an office boy for Ziff-Davis, a science fiction publisher. He indulged his interest in comic books, particularly science fiction-themed comic books, while working there.
Robinson was drafted into the Navy in late 1943. Once out of the service he went to college and majored in physics, graduatin cum laude. His first story was published in Astounding the year he graduated.
He reenlisted in the Navy during the Korean War. He continued to write while in the service and once he left the Navy he went to graduate school in journalism. Upon graduating he worked on a Chicago-based Sunday supplement before moving to Science Digest.
During these years, Robinson wrote his first novel, The Power. He then became an editor at Rogue Magazine, where the editorial staff included Lenny Bruce. When Rogue Magazine folded, Robinson moved to Los Angeles, where he was an editor for Gallery. A year later Gallery was sold and Robinson moved to San Francisco where, he "became an overage quasi-hippie." He eventually moved back to Chicago to work for Playboy as an advice columnist.
After three years in Chicago Robinson moved back to San Francisco, where he collaborated with the late Tom Scortia on The Glass Inferno, which was made into the film The Towering Inferno. Robinson then went on to publish several more books, including a mystery, a political thriller and several techno-thrillers. He then returned to science fiction with The Dark Beyond the Stars, for which he won a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Science Fiction in 1991. Robinson then published Waiting, and two coffee table books - Pulp Culture and Science Fiction of the 20th Century. His novel, The Donor, was published in 2004.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection consists entirely of Robinson???s clippings related to AIDS/HIV, GLBT rights, activism and healthcare, as well as various other causes in which Robinson participated. The collection is organized alphabetically into one series, Clippings. The order of the materials reflects Robinson???s original order as it was donated to the archive. Researchers will find these materials and their categories and arrangement useful as a source for understanding how a person who has lived in San Francisco for the past 30 years has perceived the important issues of the day, particular those relating to the development of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Among the materials found in this series are newspaper clippings, academic and magazine articles, brochures, flyers, correspondence and various ephemera. Robinson's original order and headings have been preserved.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
AIDS (Disease)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Persons With AIDS
AIDS Activists


Collection Contents

 

Clippings 1961-1989

Physical Description: 18 Boxes

Series Description

This series consists entirely of Robinson's alphabetically organized and annotated collection of clippings related to HIV/AIDS. Among the materials found in this series are newspaper clippings, academic and magazine articles, brochures, flyers, correspondence and various ephemera. Robinson's original order and headings have been preserved.
Box: Folder 1: 1

Acyclovir 1982-1984

Box: Folder 1: 2

Addicts 1985-1986

Box: Folder 1: 3

Africa 1985-1987

Box: Folder 1: 4

AIDS Dementia 1986

Box: Folder 1: 6

AIDS 1982-1987

Box: Folder 1: 7

AIDS 1981-1984

Box: Folder 1: 8

AIDS ID Card 1985-1986

Box: Folder 2: 1

AIDS Test 1984-1988

Box: Folder 2: 2

AIDS Vigil 1985-1986

Box: Folder 2: 3

AL-721 1985

Box: Folder 2: 4

"Alice" 1983-1984

Box: Folder 2: 5

Anal Risks 1974-1986

Box: Folder 2: 6

Animals 1983-1987

Box: Folder 2: 7

Anxiety Undated

Box: Folder 2: 8

ARC 1985-1987

Box: Folder 2: 9

Atlanta Conference 1985

Box: Folder 2: 10

ATP 1982-1983

Box: Folder 2: 11

Attitudes 1968-1988

Box: Folder 2: 12

AZT 1985-1987

Box: Folder 3: 1

Baphron 1983-1987

Box: Folder 3: 2 - 3

Bathhouses 1977-1988

Box: Folder 3: 4

Blacks 1985

Box: Folder 3: 5

Benefits 1985-1988

Box: Folder 3: 6

Bibliographies 1982-1986

Box: Folder 3: 7

Bisexuals 1984

Box: Folder 3: 8

Blood 1983-1987

Box: Folder 4: 1

Blood 1982-1983

Box: Folder 4: 2

Bone Marrow Transplants 1983-1984

Box: Folder 4: 3

Books 1983-1986

Box: Folder 4: 4

Brain 1985-1986

Box: Folder 4: 5

Burkitt's Lymphoma 1982-1983

Box: Folder 4: 6

Canada 1985

Box: Folder 4: 7

Cancer 1983-1985

Box: Folder 4: 8

Cases/forms 1983

Box: Folder 4: 9

Case Control Studies 1982-1983

Box: Folder 4: 10

Case Studies 1982-1985

Box: Folder 4: 11

Case Tracing 1985

Box: Folder 4: 12

Casual Contact 1985

Box: Folder 4: 13

CDC 1976-1987

Box: Folder 4: 14

Charts 1983

Box: Folder 4: 15

Children 1982-1987

Box: Folder 5: 1

Civil Rights 1984-1987

Box: Folder 5: 2

Conferences 1982-1987

Box: Folder 5: 3

Correspondence 1982-1983

Box: Folder 5: 4

Chlamydia 1977-1984

Box: Folder 5: 5

Clusters 1984

Box: Folder 5: 6

Comparisons 1980-1984

Box: Folder 5: 7

Confidentiality 1983-1985

Box: Folder 5: 8

Congressmen 1983

Box: Folder 5: 9

Cotton Wool Patches 1982-1989

Box: Folder 5: 10

Crypto 1981-1984

Box: Folder 5: 11

Cures/Vaccine 1985-1986

Box: Folder 5: 12

Cytomegalovirus 1981-1985

Box: Folder 5: 13

Drugs 1985-1986

Box: Folder 5: 14

Dumping 1983-1985

Box: Folder 5: 15

Economics 1985-1987

Box: Folder 5: 16

Editorials 1969-1987

Box: Folder 5: 17

Education 1985-1987

Box: Folder 6: 1

Epidemiology 1979-1987

Box: Folder 6: 2

Epstein-Barr Virus 1981-1986

Box: Folder 6: 3

Fisting 1982

Box: Folder 6: 4

Focus Groups 1984-1985

Box: Folder 6: 5

Foundations 1983-1987

Box: Folder 6: 6

Funding 1980-1987

Box: Folder 6: 7

Dr. Gallo 1984-1985

Box: Folder 6: 8

Gay Vote 1983-1984

Box: Folder 6: 9

Gay Liberation Notes 1970

Box: Folder 6: 10

Gay Writers 1983-1984

Box: Folder 6: 11

Genetic Engineering 1985

Box: Folder 6: 12

GMHC 1984-1986

Box: Folder 7: 1

Haitians 1982-1987

Box: Folder 7: 2

Hepatitis 1971-1986

Box: Folder 7: 3

Hepatitis Cohort 1985

Box: Folder 7: 4

Herpes Simplex 1980-1986

Box: Folder 7: 5

Homosexuals 1929-1987

Box: Folder 8: 1

Hormones 1983-1985

Box: Folder 8: 2

Hospice 1983-1986

Box: Folder 8: 3

"Hot" Articles 1980-1986

Box: Folder 8: 4

Houston 1983-1985

Box: Folder 8: 5

Hysteria 1983-1987

Box: Folder 8: 6 - 7

Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus 1981-1986

Box: Folder 8: 8

IMREG 1984

Box: Folder 8: 9

Immunology T-cells 1982-1988

Box: Folder 9: 1

Information Network 1982-1983

Box: Folder 9: 2

KPFA Bathhouses 1984

Box: Folder 9: 3

Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality Undated

Box: Folder 9: 4

Insurance 1985-1987

Box: Folder 9: 5

Interferon 1983-1986

Box: Folder 9: 6

Interleuken-2 1983-1986

Box: Folder 9: 7

International 1979-1988

Box: Folder 9: 8

International Conference on AIDS 1985

Box: Folder 9: 10

Isoprnisine 1983

Box: Folder 9: 11

Jokes 1984-1986

Box: Folder 9: 12

Journal of Homosexuality 1977-1979

Box: Folder 9: 13

Kaposi Sarcoma 1971-1986

Box: Folder 10: 1

Legal 1983-1987

Box: Folder 10: 2

Legionnaires Disease 1976-1978

Box: Folder 10: 3

Lesbians 1980-1986

Box: Folder 10: 4

Lifestyles 1983-1986

Box: Folder 10: 5

Larry Littlejohn 1983-1984

Box: Folder 10: 6

MAI 1983-1985

Box: Folder 10: 7

Mariposa 1983-1987

Box: Folder 10: 8

Lymphadenopathy 1982-1984

Box: Folder 10: 9

Mayor 1983

Box: Folder 10: 10

McKusick Survey 1984-1985

Box: Folder 10: 11

Media 1983-1987

Box: Folder 10: 12

Meetings 1982-1983

Box: Folder 10: 13

Mental Health 1983

Box: Folder 10: 14

Military 1985-1987

Box: Folder 10: 15

Minorities 1985-1987

Box: Folder 11: 1

Miscellaneous 1984-1986

Box: Folder 11: 2 - 12: 1

Miscellaneous Non-AIDS (4 folders) 1969-1987

Box: Folder 12: 2

Moral Majority 1983-1986

Box: Folder 12: 3

Mutations 1985

Box: Folder 12: 4

Neurology 1982

Box: Folder 12: 5

New Drugs 1985-1987

Box: Folder 12: 6 - 7

Newsletters 1982-1987

Box: Folder 13: 1

New York 1985

Box: Folder 13: 2

New York Native Articles 1985-1988

Box: Folder 13: 3

Nitrites 1977-1987

Box: Folder 13: 4

Numbers 1982-1988

Box: Folder 13: 5

Obituaries 1983-1988

Box: Folder 13: 5

Origins 1985-1987

Box: Folder 13: 6

Others 1982-1986

Box: Folder 13: 7

Parades 1983-1987

Box: Folder 13: 8

Paranoia 1983-1987

Box: Folder 13: 9

Parasites 1968-1983

Box: Folder 13: 10

Patient Care 1975-1987

Box: Folder 14: 1

Patient Attitudes 1982-1986

Box: Folder 14: 2

PCP 1961-1984

Box: Folder 14: 3

Physician's Attitudes 1967-1987

Box: Folder 14: 4

People With AIDS 1985

Box: Folder 14: 5

Playboy Sex Survey 1982

Box: Folder 14: 6 - 7

Political 1972-1987

Box: Folder 14: 8

Pornography 1985-1986

Box: Folder 14: 9

Precautions 1982-1988

Box: Folder 15: 1

Press Releases 1983-1986

Box: Folder 15: 2

Prisoners 1983-1987

Box: Folder 15: 3

Pro-Promiscuity 1982-1986

Box: Folder 15: 4

Prostitutes 1985-1987

Box: Folder 15: 5

Psychiatric 1969-1983

Box: Folder 15: 6

Psychology 1983-1985

Box: Folder 15: 7

Quackery 1983-1987

Box: Folder 15: 8

Quarantine 1985

Box: Folder 15: 9

Religion 1983-1987

Box: Folder 15: 10

Research 1983-1988

Box: Folder 15: 11

Risk Factors 1982-1987

Box: Folder 15: 12

Rock Hudson 1985

Box: Folder 16: 1 - 2

San Francisco Department of Public Health 1977-1987

Box: Folder 16: 3

San Francisco General Hospital 1983-1986

Box: Folder 16: 4

Schools 1985-1986

Box: Folder 16: 5

Sexual Techniques 1983-1986

Box: Folder 16: 6

Shanti 1983-1987

Box: Folder 16: 7

Signs/Symptoms 1982-1985

Box: Folder 16: 8

Sperm/Semen 1976-1985

Box: Folder 16: 9

Spontaneous Remission 1985

Box: Folder 16: 10

STDs 1960-1988

Box: Folder 17: 1 - 2

Straights 1983-1987

Box: Folder 17: 3

Stress 1980-1987

Box: Folder 17: 4

Suicides 1983-1986

Box: Folder 17: 5

Supreme Court 1983-1987

Box: Folder 17: 6

Swine Fever 1986

Box: Folder 17: 7 - 18: 1

Task Force 1983-1986

Box: Folder 18: 1

Task Force 1983-1986

Box: Folder 18: 2

T.V. Shows 1983

Box: Folder 18: 3

Theories/Clues 1981-1987

Box: Folder 18: 4

Toxoplasmosis 1983-1984

Box: Folder 18: 5

Tuberculosis 1979-1985

Box: Folder 18: 6

UCSF 1983

Box: Folder 18: 7

Vaccines 1985-1988

Box: Folder 18: 8

Violence 1983-1986

Box: Folder 18: 9

Viruses 1985-1987

Box: Folder 18: 10

Warts 1971-1983

Box: Folder 18: 11

Waxman Hearings 1981-1982

Box: Folder 18: 12

Welfare/Medi-Cal 1983-1986

Box: Folder 18: 13

Women 1974-1986