This collection comprises materials by and of artist and writer Michael Goodwin, dating 1919-2006. It includes journals, artwork, videocassettes, audiocassettes, correspondence, photographs, photo albums, legal documents, financial documents, posters, theatre programs, and other material. The collection is divided into eight series: (1) Journals, (2) Artwork, (3) Writings, (4) Goodjac Productions files, (5) Audiovisual, (6) Family and personal, (7) Photographs, and (8) Memorabilia and ephemera.
The Journal series consists of personal journals kept by Michael Goodwin. The bulk of this series comprises journals numbered and titled by Michael Goodwin. There are also many unnumbered, untitled journals, as well as loose papers that were found in or near journals. Some journals were kept under the pseudonyms Michael Lawrence or Fiasco. Included in this series are poems, prose, sketches, drawings, photographs, memorabilia, clippings, obituaries, video production notes, telephone numbers and addresses, advertisements, flyers, receipts, and playing cards.
The bulk of the Artwork series consists of Michael Goodwin’s architectural drawings of Victorian buildings in Los Angeles. This series also includes some artwork under the pseudonyms Michael Lawrence or Fiasco. Many of the unpublished drawings are done in black pen on paper, poster board, or matte board. This collection also includes flyers and invitations to art exhibits; as well as artwork by other artists, including Jean Boullet and Darick Gross. There are also several posters in this series.
The Writings series includes copies of published and unpublished works by Michael Goodwin. The bulk of this series consists of writing done under the name of Michael Lawrence. This includes copies of "Dance You Fool," "the Floor's on Fire," "The Weekend with Narcissus and Infidelity," and other manuscripts. This series also includes Stallion Magazine interviews, and many unpublished works that include poetry, prose, and a proposal for "In the Eyes of the Beholder, a Century of Male Erotica."
The Goodjac Productions Files series consists of contracts, business cards, catalog drafts, correspondence, order forms, flyers, model releases, reviews, advertisements, color slides, and VHS box covers from Michael Goodwin's video series. The bulk of the color slides include photographs taken during the production of the Goodjac Chronicles films, as well as photographs of Michael Goodwin. This series also includes posters of "Michael Goodwin presents the Goodjac Chronicles" and "Master the Art of Safe Sex Erotica."
The Audiovisual series consists of videocassettes of many of the Goodjac Chronicles titles as well as other erotica videos produced by Michael Goodwin. This series also includes videocassette copies of various Michael Goodwin interviews, gay pride parades in New York and San Francisco, Folsom Street Fair, and other similar events. This series also includes personal videocassettes documenting a friend's gay wedding. Other videocassettes are copies of various mainstream films and television programs, the First Annual Erotic Film Awards, gay softball game, sex clubs of San Francisco, and others. There are also audiocassettes in this series that include telephone messages, recorded phone calls between Michael and his friends, organ music played by his mother Myrtle, music mixes, Michael discussing his father, and Michael reading a poem or prose.
The Family and Personal series consists of legal and personal documents, including Harry H. Goodwin, Sr.'s Will, memorial cards from the funerals of Harry H. Goodwin, Sr. and Myrtle Goodwin, correspondence, Michael Goodwin's birth certificate, business cards, school report cards, telephone and address books, financial papers, medical papers, a medical journal written by Michael Goodwin, index cards cataloguing Goodwin's movie collection, and other papers.
The Photographs series consists of photo albums documenting Michael Goodwin's family and his childhood, as well as photographs from his personal life as an adult. This series also includes oversized photographs and photo collages that may have been given to or created by Michael Goodwin.
The Memorabilia and Ephemera series includes trophies given to Michael Goodwin, and his father, Harry H. Goodwin, Sr., clippings, greeting cards, postcards, vinyl records, posters, a scrapbook from Goodwin's adolescent and young adult years, and theatre programs. The clippings include adult entertainment, news about friends and family, obituaries, and news articles about Harry Goodwin, Jr, and Michael Goodwin.