Diary of Joyce A. Fortune, 1987-1988
Diary of bisexual college student Joyce A. Fortune (then known as Joyce Adams) recounting her experiences in Spain and other parts of Europe.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
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Copyright. Copyright in the diary created by Joyce A. Fortune may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns..
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Collection consists of Joyce A. Fortune's diary in which she recorded her observations of gay, lesbian, and bisexual life in Spain and other parts of Europe. The diary begins with a note that the "book" is intended for activist and historian Gerard Koskovich. She describes visits to nightclubs, a "communist gay group," and personal encounters, including sexual encounters. She also describes a conversation with two teenage boys who told her they "didn't understand how anyone could be a lesbian," though they did not seem particularly bothered by the idea. Another entry describes seeing a "transvestite" on the Madrid subway, noting "From behind he was fine, but from the front he was pretty bad." She also writes of spotting a double woman symbol spray-painted on a wall and grinning for half an hour afterwards.
Joyce Adams (later known as Joyce Fortune) was a student at Stanford University in the late 1980s. While volunteering at the Stanford Lesbian and Gay Archives Project, Adams learned the importance of documenting current LGBTQ history. She spent her junior year studying in Spain and kept a diary in which she declared her intention to note down "what I have found and will find in Spain in 1987-88 that is gay or bisexual and to put down my personal thoughts and experiences here."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2020-M84
The diary of Joyce A. Fortune was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Gerard Koskovich in September 2020.
Processed: October 2020
By: Susan Earle
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- Processing of this collection was made possible by the Radcliffe Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.
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