This collection was assembled and created by William J. Canfield II. It documents
homophile groups (most notably the Homophile Union of Boston and Student Homophile
League), services, and publications (such as Esplanade, Fag Rag, and Gay Community
News) in Boston from the late 1960s through the mid–1980s (Series 1 and Series
3). There is also collected material relating to gay organizations from around the
country (Series 2), including materials gathered by Canfield while he lived in
Vermont (Series 6).
In addition, the collection includes planning documentation for the Gay Liberation
Reunion of 1990 and the Boston Gay Reunion of 1999 (Series 4). Five rolls of
microfilm (Series 5) preserve selections from the second Boston Gay Archives,
including portions of this collection and the John C. Graves papers (M83), as well
as articles on gay topics. Other contributors to the microfilm include John Mitzell,
Craig Thiersch, Stan Tillotson, Rich Braun, Lois Johnson, and Jim McCassie.
Canfield extensively documented his own life, and his personal papers (Series 6)
include correspondence, schoolwork mainly from his time at Suffolk University during
the early years of gay liberation, and records pertaining to Falinge Farm, his