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Finding Aid to the William Reilly and Edward King Papers, 1938-1995

Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
King, Edward J., (Edward James Raleigh-King)
Creator - Creator
Reilly, William F.
Title
William Reilly and Edward King papers
Collection no.
Coll2013.040
Date [inclusive]
1938-1995
Extent
2.6 linear foot., 1 archive box + 1 flat box
Language
English
Abstract
Papers of longtime partners William Reilly and Edward King, 1938-1995, including contracts, deeds, correspondence, tax forms, William Reilly's medical records as he dealt with AIDS-related complications, and book and short story manuscripts written by Edward King.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] William Reilly and Edward King Papers, Coll2013-040, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

William F. Reilly and Edward James Raleigh-King, known as Edward J. King, were partners from approximately the 1950s until their deaths in the 1990s. William J. Reilly was born in England on May 11, 1926, and served in the Royal Air Force in World War II. Edward King was born in Warwickshire, England (date unknown), and served as a captain in the Royal Sussex Regiment In World War II. King and Reilly emigrated to Toronto, Canada, and then to Los Angeles where they eventually settled. Reilly died of AIDS-related complications on April 24, 1995, while King died circa 1994 of undisclosed causes.

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Scope and Contents

Papers of longtime partners William Reilly and Edward King, 1938-1995, including contracts, deeds, correspondence, tax forms, William Reilly's medical records as he dealt with AIDS-related complications, and book and short story manuscripts written by Edward King.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

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.

Acquisition

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Formerly boxes 103-150 and 103-251. Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Taylor, Sharon. The Complete Registry of the Reillys in America. Halbert's Inc, 1985.

Townend, Peter, ed. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, eighteenth edition. London: Burke's Peerage Limited, 1969.

The World Book of Reillys. Halbert's Family Heritage, 1991

Half a box (.5 linear foot) of AIDS-related newspaper clippings was integrated into the ONE subject files collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • AIDS (Disease)--Patients
  • Gay men
  • Gay men--Fiction
  • Gays' writings

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  William Reilly and Edward King papers 1938-1994 

Box

 Award, plaque, William Reilly 

Scope and Contents note

"Congratulations / William F. Reilly / 20 years of dedicated service / The UCL gang!"

2
Box Folder

 Medical records, William Reilly 1990-1995   [8 folders]

Scope and Contents

The records primarily document Reilly's Medicare payments, insurance coverage, and home care for his AIDS-related medical issues.

1 1-8
Box

 Photograph album, William Reilly 1938-1961 

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographic prints of Reilly's family, friends, leisure activities, World War II military service, and theater work. Includes newspaper clippings regarding his Shakespeare performances with the Earle Grey Festival Company in 1955.

2
Box Folder

 Personal papers, William Reilly and Edward King 1947-1994   [6 folders]

Scope and Contents

Includes military records, leases, contracts, wills, correspondence, notes, short stories, an address book, and early photographs of William Reilly and Edward King.

1 9-14

 Manuscripts by Edward King 

Box Folder

 L.A. Diaries circa 1994   [loose, 248 pages]

Scope and Contents

Includes two short works not included in the page count entitled "What's Wrong with History" and "The Shepherd."

1 15-16

 The Los Angeles Diaries undated   [spiral-bound, 248 pages]

1 17

 The Boy Soldier undated   [hard cover, 220 pages]

1 18

 Conscience and Cowards undated   [hard cover, 15 pages]

1 19

 Maximum Risk undated   [hard cover, 232 pages]

1 20
Box Folder

 Erotic scrapbook album, sample pages, Edward King undated   [2 folders]

1 21-22

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