Collection Info

Hay, Harry. Papers

Span Dates: 1885-2004

Bulk Dates: 1920-2002

Volume: 80 cubic feet


The collection documents the personal and professional interests of Harry Hay and his partner John Burnside. Of particular note are the materials on the Mattachine Society, the Radical Faeries, anti-draft activities, berdache and Native American culture, music, and California Kaleidoscopes. In addition, the series of writings and speeches includes work by Hay, Burnside and Will Roscoe, among others.

Hist/Bio Note

Harry Hay founded the Radical Faeries, a nation-wide movement devoted to spiritual truth and "gay-centered" ecology. He also donated the records of Nomenus, a Radical Faeries Land Trust.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available through the Online Archives of California.


The Harry Hays Papers are available in the San Francisco Public Library History Center.

Index Terms

Neo-PaganRadical FaeriesNomenusHay, HarryCaliforniaGay spiritualitySan Francisco [CA]Gay liberation movement -- Religious aspectsGays -- Religious LifeGays -- United States -- History -- 20th Century -- Sources