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Sidney Morris papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2013-070

Scope and Contents

Essays, poetry, prose, and scripts written or collected by Sidney Morris; playbills, posters, fliers, reviews, clippings, contracts, photographs, audio recordings, and video recordings from Morris' theater productions; and correspondence, photographs, awards, medical records, biographical information, and personal papers documenting Morris and his lovers, friends, family, and work with the intellectually disabled, circa 1910-2004.

Dates

  • circa 1910-2004

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biography

Sidney Morris Fineberg, known as Sidney Morris, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1929. He first garnered notice in the theater world in 1963 with his New York production of A Gallery of Characters. Morris would write roughly 50 plays, over half of which were produced, including If This Isn't Love in 1982, his most popular work. Morris wrote poetry and essays, and published articles on HIV/AIDS. He helped support himself by teaching special education classes and drama therapy workshops. He volunteered his time to Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE) and Cabrini Hospital, and was a member of the Dramatist's Guild, Poetry Society, Holocaust Generation After, and Eulenspiegel Society. Morris died after a years-long battle with AIDS in 2002. He was survived by his longtime partner, Bert Coffman.

Extent

7.6 Linear Feet (2 archive boxes + 2 archive cartons + 3 archive binders + 1 archive flat box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Essays, poetry, prose, scripts, playbills, posters, fliers, reviews, clippings, contracts, photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, correspondence, biographical information, and personal papers documenting Sidney Morris and his lovers, friends, family, theater productions, and work with the intellectually disabled, 1910-2004. Morris was a playright of roughly 50 plays, including If This Isn't Love in 1982. Morris also wrote poetry and essays, and published articles on HIV/AIDS.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Literature, 1982-2002, undated

Series 2. Personal and professional papers, 1934-2004

Series 3. Photographs and audiovisual materials, circa 1910-2004

Acquisition

Deed of gift dated, December 20, 2002.

Separated Materials

Separated to the ONE periodical collection



Cruise, v.8, no.36.



The James White Review, Spring/Summer 2002.



Michael's Thing, v.12, no.15, April 12, 1992.



PWA Coalition Newsline, February 1990.



Summer at SAGE, July-August 1993.



Topman, v.3, no.8, June 7, 1982.



Separated to the ONE poster collection



Danny Grossman Dance Company featuring a new work by Danny Grossman. Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto. March 19-23, 1996.



Danny Grossman Dance Company photographic exhibition, 20th anniversary party. Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto. March 25 - April 5, 1997.



A Queer Stand-Up Comedy Extravaganza featuring Mimi Gonzalez. Women in Music Productions. Best Western Primrose Hotel, Toronto. October 18, 1997.



Separated to the ONE audiovisual collection



April interview with Sydney Morris. (6 audiocassettes)



Daniel H. Conner poetry reading regarding living with AIDS and being a gay man. (VHS)



"The Effects of the Aging Process on the Treatment of 60+ Year Old Persons with HIV/AIDS." James Lomax moderator. SAGE's Second National Conference on Aging, New York City, May 5-6, 2000. (audiocassette)



Sydney Morris interview, time 1:29:31. (VHS)



Separated to the ONE button collection



"sage" printed in gold on a black round pin.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Katrina Sire and Kyle Morgan, 2014.
Title
Finding Aid to the Sidney Morris Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Kyle Morgan
Date
(c) 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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