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Collection Overview
Title:John C. Graves papers
Dates:1971-1996 (bulk 1975-1980)
Location: 68/4
Call Number:M83
Volume:1 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection was amassed by John C. Graves, a gay activist, educator, and counselor in Boston. The collection documents gay and lesbian community groups in Boston from the early 1970s through the 1990s. A large portion of the collection is related to the Homophile Community Health Service, and includes the mission statement, organizational charts, budgets, and reports. Organizational materials concerning the Gay Academic Union of New England and New York are also found in this collection. Also of interest are materials pertaining to religious organizations in Boston that served the gay community, including the Metropolitan Community Church, Dignity, and the Greater Boston Lesbian/Gay Interfaith Coalition.
Biographical Abstract: John C. Graves was an activist involved in the gay liberation movement in Boston in the 1970s. Graves was born in 1938 and raised in New York City. Between 1964 and 1974, he was a philosophy professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After coming out in 1972, he became actively involved in mental health, educational, and spiritual assistance programs for Boston's gay community. He was also active in student organizations and founded the Gay Academic Union of New England in 1974. In 1974, he left MIT and became a psychotherapist at the Homophile Community Health Service in Boston. An opera singer with the Boston Concert Opera, Graves was also a member of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus in the late 1980s. In addition, he was involved with the formation of the Boston Center for Lesbians and Gay Men, serving as a steering and board member between 1987 and 1988. Graves moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1990.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Graves, John Cowperthwaite.

  • Homophile Community Health Service (Boston, Mass.).
  • Gay Academic Union of New England
  • Gay Academic Union of New York

  • Gay activists -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Gay liberation movement -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Gay college students -- Massachusetts
  • Gays -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Services for
  • Gays -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Societies and clubs
  • Gays -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Mental health services

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Rachel Sandoval, January 2003

Scope and Content Note

This collection was amassed by John C. Graves, a Boston-area gay activist, educator, psychotherapist, and opera singer. The collection documents gay and lesbian community groups in Boston from the early 1970s through the 1990s. A large portion of the collection is related to the Homophile Community Health Service, and includes the mission statement, organizational charts, budgets, and reports. Organizational materials concerning the Gay Academic Union of New England and New York are also found in this collection. Also of interest are materials pertaining to religious organizations in Boston that served the gay community, including the Metropolitan Community Church, Dignity, and the Greater Boston Lesbian/Gay Interfaith Coalition.

Biographical Note

John C. Graves was an activist involved in the gay liberation movement in Boston in the 1970s. He was born in 1938 and raised in New York City. He received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Princeton University. Between 1964 and 1974, he was a philosophy professor at MIT. After coming out of the closet in 1972, he became actively involved in mental health, educational, and spiritual assistance programs for Boston's gay community. He was also active in student organizations and founded the Gay Academic Union of New England in 1974. In that same year, Graves developed and taught the first Gay Studies course at MIT.

In 1974, he left MIT and became a psychotherapist at the Homophile Community Health Service in Boston, which served Boston's gay community with affirmative, rather than change-oriented, counseling. The Homophile Community Health Service provided services and educational programs to meet the mental health needs of the New England lesbian and gay community. During Graves' involvement, Homophile Community Health Service evolved from a volunteer, peer counseling service to a licensed and professionally staffed community mental health clinic. The Homophile Community Health Service was affiliated with the Boston University Mental Health Treatment, Training, and Research Center. The Institute of Homophile Studies (an educational division of the Homophile Community Health Service) offered college-level courses on homosexuality in literature, history, and contemporary society. The Boston Gay Hotline, a branch of Homophile Community Health Service, offered counseling, information, referrals and crisis intervention for the gay community, their relatives, friends and associates. Graves left the Homophile Community Health Service in 1980. Homophile Community Health Service became known as the Gay and Lesbian Counseling Services in 1983.

Graves was also involved in the formation of the Boston Center for Lesbians and Gay Men, serving as a steering and board member between 1987 and 1988. The Center closed in 1992. An opera singer with the Boston Concert Opera, he was also a member of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus in the late 1980s.

Graves moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1990.

Bibliography

Graves, John C. "Many Road Traveled: The Autobiography of John C. Graves." S.l. : Economy Printing, 2000. HQ 75.8 .G73 A3 2000.
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BoxTitleDate
1African Americans Newspaper Clippings1976-1977
1AIDS 1984, 1986
1AIDS Action Committee1985
1Baths Newspaper Clippings1975-1976
1Bars Newspaper Clippings1976-1977
1Boston Gay and Lesbian Archives1990
1Boston Advocates Human Rights1977
1Boston/Boise Committee1977-1978
1Boston Chapter of the Gay Olympics1982, 1994
1Boston Gay Men's Chorus1983-1986
1Boston Human Rights Commission1984-1989
1Boston Lesbian and Gay Community Center 1989-1990
1Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance 1983-1988
1Boston Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee1989-1990
1Boston Living Center1989
1Boston Public Library Arrest1978
1Boston University Symposium: The Gay Science1985
1Canfield, Bill1989, 1994
1Center for Democratic Renewal1990
1Chilten Mountain Clubsc. 1981
1Committee to Fight Bigotry in all its Formsn.d.
1Community Health Services Inc. 1990
1Correspondence1989, 1994-1995
1Dignity Boston1977-1987
1Dorchester Women's Committee1995
1Dreizehn (Thirteen)1983-1988
1Dyke March Stickers1995
1Exodus Center 1980-1984
1Esplanade News Clipping1977
1Fabulous Queer Nation: Stonewall Sisters Working Groupn.d.
1Freedom Trail Band1988
Gay Academic Union
1New England1975-1980
1New York1973-1978
1Gay Community Newsletter1977
1Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders1980, 1984-1989
1Gay and Lesbian Counseling Servicen.d.
1Gay/Lesbian Irish of Boston St. Patrick's Day Paraden.d.
1Gay Community News1977
1Gay Media Actionn.d.
1Gay Media Center1975-1977
1Gay Pride Week1992
1Gay Recreational Activities Committee1975, 1980
1Girlfriends: Organization of Lesbian and Bisexual Women of African Descent1977
1Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth: Shared Heart1996
1Greater Boston Lesbian/Gay Interfaith Coalition1983-1986
1Guidebooks for Gays and Lesbians in New England and Boston (2 folders)1972-1978, 1985-1996
1Harvard Divinity School Lesbian and Gay Caucus1979
1The History Project1977-1980
Homophile Community Health Service
1Board 1978-1980
1Boston Gay Hotline1970s
1Budget1977-1979
1Bylaws ca. 1970
1Client Forms1975-1980
1Client Statistics1973-1978
1Correspondence1977-1980
1Education Division1973-1975
1Fees1977-1980
1Gay and Lesbian Counseling Services1981-1984
1Historyca. 1970-1979
1Homophile Alcoholism Treatment Serviceca. 1970-1979
1Minutes1975-1978
1Newsletter1979
1Newspaper Clippings1971, 1976
1Personnelc. 1978
1Reports1976, 1977
1Human Achievement Foundation Gay Community Chaptern.d.
1Human Rights Campaign: New England Chapter1982-1990
1Integrity Boston1977-1979
1Kikel, Rudy: Lasting Relations (signed book)1984
1Kyper, John 1993
1Lavender Rhino Shirt Order Formn.d.
1Liberation Newsletter1970
1Living with AIDS Theatre Project1989
1Manford, Marty: Correspondence1974
1Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus1983-1988
1Metropolitan Community Church1973-1981
1Ministry to the Homeless1986
1The Missioner: The Covenanting of Lesbian and Gay Relationships1989
1North American Man/Boy Love Association Bulletin1986
1National Gay and Lesbian Task Forcen.d.
1National Leather Association New England Chapter1993
1National March on Bostonn.d.
1New England Gay Conference 1974-1977
1New England Lesbian and Gay Conference1981
1Noble, Elaine1974
1Otherfundn.d.
1The Pink Patroln.d.
1Pride Parade Photographs1990
1Queer Progressive Organizing School1977
1Salerno, Rosarion.d.
1Scondras, David1986
1Spirit of Stonewall1994
1Short Mountain Sanctuary1993
1Student Homophile League1972, 1974
1Theatre Offensive1994-1996
1Triangle Theatre1987-1992