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Finding aid of the David M. Lindahl Papers

Finding aid prepared by Michael C. Oliveira, © 2006

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Lindahl, David M., 1957-1994
Title
David M. Lindahl papers
Collection no.
Coll2006.006
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1980-1989
Date [inclusive]
1971-1994 (bulk 1980-1989)
Extent
5.2 linear feet.
Language
English
Abstract
Journals, performance pieces, poetry, prose, and plays, primarily 1980-1989, relating to the life, literary and artistic careers of David M. Lindahl (1957-1994), author, AIDS activist, graphic and performance artist, and assistant editor of The James White Review.

Preferred Citation

David M. Lindahl papers, Coll2006-006, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Biography

David M. Lindahl was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on February 15, 1957, and was raised in Ledyard, Connecticut. He earned a B.A. in Landscape Architecture in 1979 from the University of West Virginia, where he also pursued an interest in writing. He then moved to Minneapolis, where he continued his literary pursuits, frequenting the Loft writing center and joining the Writers Support Group for Men. When The James White Review (TJWR) was founded in 1983, members of the Support Group formed the core of original contributors, and the first issue, published in October 1983, included poetry and graphics by Lindahl. He served as an editor of  TJWR from 1985-1989, and toured to promote the  TJWR and poetry. He also contributed prose, poetry, and graphics to  Streamlines, Evergreen Chronicles, Hungry Mind Review, and  Equal Time. As a performance artist, Lindahl wrote and performed his own works, including benefits for various community AIDS organizations. Additionally, he served on the staff of the Minnesota AIDS Interfaith Council and was a co-founder the Radical Faerie HIV Action Group. Lindahl died on August 26, 1994, in Minneapolis.

Sources:

Lindahl, David. Voices Over the River: Poems and Illustrations. Minneapolis, Minn.: Daisy Publications, 1993.

Willkie, Phil. "From the Publisher," James White Review, 11 no. 5 (Fall 1994): 2.

Weaver, Read. "Some of a Kind: Publications of Special Interest: Gay Publications." Utne Reader, July/August 1987, 115.

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Scope and Content of Collection

Lindahl's personal journals form the bulk of the collection. The journals are composed of traditional entries, interspersed with drafts of poetry and correspondence. Other materials include plays, poetry, prose, and reviews of the writings of others, in various stages of development. The materials are arranged by genre: journals, performance pieces, plays, poetry anthologies and poetry drafts, prose, and reviews. The journals are arranged chronologically by the first dated entry; however, they do not run consecutively, and there is some overlap between various volumes. The other materials within each genre category are arranged alphabetically by final title, when known. Stage directions, works, flyers, and reviews document his performance pieces. Lindahl re-worked pieces over time, and early drafts of some his pieces can be found in the "Homework" folders, which also contain Lindahl's schoolwork, primarily from his high school and college writing classes. The arrangement of the untitled works reflects the order in which they were found.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2006
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Access

The collection is open to researchers when ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives is open, and at other times by appointment. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Custodial History

Upon Lindahl's death in 1994, his papers, together with those of Tom Young, which he had inherited upon the latter's death in 1989, passed to Philip H. Willkie.

Acquisition Information

Gift, together with the James L. White Papers, James White Review Association Records, and the Tom Young Papers, of Philip H. Willkie, March 21, 2004.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, November 09, 2006.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Related Materials

Related Material

James L. White Papers, Coll2006-003, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

James White Review Association Records, Coll2006-004, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Tom Young Papers, Coll2006-005, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • James White Review Association

Genre(s)

  • Gay men's writings, American
  • Gays' writings
  • Performance art--United States

Subject(s)

  • Gays in literature
  • Poets, American--20th century

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Collection Inventory

 Journals 

Box Folder

  August 1979 

1 1

  January-February 1980 

1 2

  February 1980 

1 3

  April-October 1980 

1 4

  October 1980 

1 5

  December 1980 

1 6

  December 1980-January 1981 

1 7

  January-February 1981 

1 8

  February-March 1981 

2 1

  March-April 1981 

2 2

  May 1981 

2 3

  May-July 1981 

2 4

  July 1981 

2 5

  July-August 1981 

2 6

  September 1981 

2 7

  September 1981-March 1982 

2 8

  September-October 1981 

3 1

 "Therapy" October-December 1981 

3 2

 "Holiday Fun Log Book" August-October 1982 

3 3

  August-October 1982 

3 4

  September 1982 

3 5

  October 1982-March 1983 

3 6

  March-April 1983 

3 7

  March-June 1983 

3 8

  July-September 1983 

3 9

  October-December 1983 

3 10
Box

  October 1983-August 1984   [oversized]

4
Box Folder

  Circa 1983 

5 1

 On the Other Ocean July 1986 

5 2

  March-July 1987 

5 3

  August 1987-November 1989 

5 4

  February-June 1988 

5 5

  July 1988 

5 6

  September-November 1988 

5 7

  October-December 1988 

5 8

  April-June 1989 

6 1

  February-March 1990 

6 2

  October-November 1990 

6 3

  May 1991-April 1992 

6 4

  January-February 1993 

6 5

  Undated 

6 6

 "WVU" undated 

6 7

 "Graphic Living" April-May 

7 1

  Undated 

7 2

  Undated 

7 3

  Undated 

7 4

  "March & January" 

7 5

  Undated 

7 6

  Undated 

7 7

 Performance Pieces 

Box Folder

 Fashion Show 1984-1985 

8 1

 Taboo and Other Poems 1986-1987 

7 5

 Survival Symptoms 1987 

8 3

 Miscellaneous performance pieces 1987 

8 4

 Plays 

Box Folder

 Fried on Freud and  Plato on Pluto drafts Undated 

8 1

 Poetry, Anthologies, and Drafts 

Box Folder

 Published works 1983-1989 

8 1

 This Fleshy Earth by Lindahl and Tom Young 1984 

8 7

 Save Everything 1987-1988 

8 8

 Voices Over the River 1992-1993 

8 9

 Poetry drafts 1981-1982 

8 10-16

 Prose 

Box Folder

 Ben notes undated 

9 1

 Ben undated 

9 2-6

 Brother and Sister-  Jesus Car undated 

9 7

 No Girls Allowed undated 

9 8-9

 No Girls Allowed criticism 1980 

9 10

 One Little Mistake 1981 

10 1

 A Sense of Fortune undated 

9 8-9

 Sylvia-  Young Woman in the Shower undated 

10 3

 "Misc" undated 

10 4

 Untitled undated 

10 5-7

 Reviews 

Box Folder

 Reviews by Lindahl Circa 1990 

11 1
Box Folder

 Correspondence 1977-1992 

11 8
Box Folder

 Cortona study abroad program 1978 

11 7

 Personal 

Box Folder

 Homework 1970-1981 

11 2-6

 Landscape design 1977 

12 1

 Personal 1979-1992 

12 2

 Sketchbook undated 

12 3

 Photographs 

Box Folder

 Photographs 1970-1981 

13 1-3

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