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The Resource Peter Adair Papers

Peter Adair Papers

Label
Peter Adair Papers, 1973-1986
Title
Peter Adair Papers
Inclusive dates
1973-1986
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
The collection contains correspondence, administrative files, transcripts, clippings and ephemera, film and sound footage, and videotapes. The bulk of the collection centers on the documentary film Word Is Out: stories of some of our lives (1977), a ground-breaking exploration of the lives of 26 gay men and women. A small portion of the collection concerns The AIDS Show: artists involved with death and survival (1986)
Biographical or historical data
Peter Adair was a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker. He is best known for Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives: Conversations with 26 Gay Men and Women. This film was made by Adair with the Mariposa Film Group over several years from 1974-1977. The Mariposa Film Group was Peter Adair, Nancy Adair, Robert Epstein, Veronica Selver, Andrew Brown, and Lucy Massie Phenix. In 1978 Nancy Adair, Peter's younger sister, co-authored Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives with their mother Casey. In 1986 Peter Adair and Rob Epstein co-produced and co-directed The AIDS show: Artists Involved with Death and Survival. This 57 minute film deals with the impact of AIDS on the gay community, and presents excerpts from Theatre Rhinoceros' production of The AIDS Show, which dramatizes the emotional effect of the disease on patients, their lovers, friends and families. The film includes interviews with the show's creators and performers. In 1988, Peter Adair tested positive for AIDS. He died of complications due to AIDS on June 27, 1996.
Cataloging source
SFR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Adair, Peter
Language note
Collection materials are in English
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Adair, Peter
  • Adair, Casey
  • Adair, Nancy
  • Epstein, Robert P
  • Selver, Veronica
  • Brown, Andrew
  • Phenix, Lucy Massie
  • Adair Films
  • Mariposa Film Group
  • Theatre Rhinoceros (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • AIDS (Disease)
  • AIDS (Disease)
  • Documentary films
  • Gay men
  • Gays
  • Gays
  • Homosexuality
  • Lesbians
Label
Peter Adair Papers
Link
Instantiates
Note
Processing Information: During processing, the entire collection was re-foldered and re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Some metal staples remain. The pre-interview videotapes were transferred from 1/2-inch open reels to VHS and 3/4-inch masters in 1991. Significant portions of the original film and sound elements were restored from 2007-2009 by UCLA Film & Television Archives in collaboration with the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation. Restoration funded by the David Bohnett Foundation with support from The Andrew J. Kuehn, Jr. Foundation and the members of Outfest. The restored version and many original film and sound elements are at UCLA
Arrangement
The material is arranged into 4 series: Series 1. Word Is Out Files; Series 2. Word is Out Pre-interviews (VHS/master copies); Series 3. Word Is Out Original Film and Sound Elements; and, Series 4. The AIDS Show.
Extent
110.0 cubic feet
Governing access note
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Significant portions of the original film and sound footage found in Series 3 were restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archives, and are still maintained there. The library does not have equipment to review original film and sound footage. As these materials must be reviewed outside the library, access requires the approval of the City Archivist
Immediate source of acquisition
The Peter Adair Papers were bequeathed to The San Francisco Public Library by Peter Adair in 1996. 3 boxes of additional material were received in 1999.
System control number
(OCoLC)888067153
Terms governing use
Copyright interest in Word Is Out is held by The San Francisco Public Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Type of unit
(79 cubic foot boxes, 31 boxes of various sizes (max. 16-in. x 16-in. x 3-in.))
Label
Peter Adair Papers
Link
Note
Processing Information: During processing, the entire collection was re-foldered and re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Some metal staples remain. The pre-interview videotapes were transferred from 1/2-inch open reels to VHS and 3/4-inch masters in 1991. Significant portions of the original film and sound elements were restored from 2007-2009 by UCLA Film & Television Archives in collaboration with the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation. Restoration funded by the David Bohnett Foundation with support from The Andrew J. Kuehn, Jr. Foundation and the members of Outfest. The restored version and many original film and sound elements are at UCLA
Arrangement
The material is arranged into 4 series: Series 1. Word Is Out Files; Series 2. Word is Out Pre-interviews (VHS/master copies); Series 3. Word Is Out Original Film and Sound Elements; and, Series 4. The AIDS Show.
Extent
110.0 cubic feet
Governing access note
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Significant portions of the original film and sound footage found in Series 3 were restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archives, and are still maintained there. The library does not have equipment to review original film and sound footage. As these materials must be reviewed outside the library, access requires the approval of the City Archivist
Immediate source of acquisition
The Peter Adair Papers were bequeathed to The San Francisco Public Library by Peter Adair in 1996. 3 boxes of additional material were received in 1999.
System control number
(OCoLC)888067153
Terms governing use
Copyright interest in Word Is Out is held by The San Francisco Public Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Type of unit
(79 cubic foot boxes, 31 boxes of various sizes (max. 16-in. x 16-in. x 3-in.))

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