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Franklin Abbott:

A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303
404-413-2880
archives@gsu.edu

October 2013



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-12-08T11:11-0500
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: Abbott, Franklin
Title: Franklin Abbott papers
Dates: 1907-1910; 1933; 1942; 1950-2014 [bulk, 1960-2010]
Quantity: 31.06 Linear feet (in 74 boxes)
Abstract:Franklin Abbott, who has practiced psychotherapy in Atlanta since 1979, is a writer, poet, artist, and gay activist. His papers, 1907-1910, 1933, 1942, 1950-2014 [bulk, 1960-2010], include correspondence, writings and poetry, printed material, photographs, audio-visual recordings, and sound recordings that relate to Abbott's friendships and family, his creative works and his relationships with other artists, his exploration of spirituality, leadership in the Atlanta gay community, work as a psychotherapist, and activism.
Identification: W108
Language: English

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Franklin Abbott papers, 1907-1910, 1933, 1942, 1950-2014 [bulk, 1960-2010], include correspondence, writings and poetry, printed material, photographs, audio-visual recordings, and sound recordings. Primarily consisting of correspondence, the papers relate to Abbott's friendships and family, his creative works and his relationships with other artists, his exploration of spirituality, leadership in the Atlanta gay community, work as a psychotherapist, and activism. The papers are organized in 7 series: I. Correspondence, 1907-1910, 1951-1952, 1969-2014, undated [bulk, 1970-2012]; II. Writings and Publishing, 1968-1972, 1980-2011; III. Gay Community, 1978-2014; IV. Psychotherapy, 1973-2008; V. Personal, 1950-2014; VI. Events, 1961-1962, 1984-2014; VII. Publications, 1933, 1942, 1950-1956, 1962-1998, 2007-2014; VIII. Separated Materials.


Biography of Franklin Abbott

Franklin Abbott is a psychotherapist, writer, poet, artist, and gay activist. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1950, Abbott earned an undergraduate degree at Mercer University and his Master of Social Work at the University of Georgia. Since 1979, he has practiced psychotherapy in Atlanta. Abbott was an original member of the Radical Faeries and has explored numerous aspects of spirituality. He has facilitated many self-help and healing workshops on gay identity and other issues. A leading organizer in the Atlanta gay community, he co-founded the Atlanta Circle of Healing and established the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival. Abbott has corresponded with gay men, poets, and radicals from all over the world including Harry Hay, James Broughton, and Assotto Saint, and was a pioneer in the pro-feminist men's movement. The author of two books of poetry, Mortal Love: Selected Poems, 1971-1998 and Pink Zinnia (2009), he also edited three anthologies on men and gender: New Men, New Minds: Breaking Male Tradition (1987), Men and Intimacy: Personal Accounts of the Dilemmas of Modern Male Sexuality (1990), and Boyhood, Growing Up Male: A Multicultural Anthology (1993).


Index Terms

Broughton, James, 1913-1999
Gay Spirit Visions
National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights
Saint, Assotto, 1957-1994
Wolfdancer, Raven, 1946-1993
Authors, American
Gay men--Societies, etc.
Poets, American
Psychotherapists
Radical Faeries (New Age movement)
Atlanta (Ga.)
correspondence

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access to portions of this collection is restricted to protect third-party privacy. Consult archivist.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], [series title], Franklin Abbott papers, W108, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Franklin Abbott, 2011-2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Chelsey Cashwell, 2013-2014. Finding aid revised by Harold Victor Hansen, Jr., 2014-2015.


Related Material

Related Materials in This Repository
Franklin Abbott oral history interview, September 30, 2011. Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project (W101)
Gay Spirit Visions records, 1978-2010 (W127)

Related Materials in Georgia State University's Digital Collections
In Digital Collections' Franklin Abbott Collection: Books Franklin Abbott authored (Mortal Love and Pink Zinnia) and edited (New Men, New Minds; Men and Intimacy; and Boyhood, Growing Up Male)
In Digital Collections' Franklin Abbott Collection: Photocopies from the James Broughton Papers (Special Collections and Archives, Kent State University)
In Digital Collections' LGBTQ Collection: Cal Gough Papers
Digital Collections' Franklin Abbott Collection also contains selected correspondence and writings from the Abbott papers.


Separated Material

Separated to the Gender and Sexuality Periodical Collection
After Dark. New York, N.Y.: Danad Publishing, Vol. 6, No. 1 May 1973
After Dark. New York, N.Y.: Danad Publishing, Vol. 6, No. 3 July 1973
After Dark. New York, N.Y.: Danad Publishing, Vol. 6, No. 8 December 1973
Amethyst: A Journal for Lesbians and Gay Men. Atlanta Ga: Southeastern Arts, Media & Education Project, No. 12, Fall/Winter 1994
Changing Men: Issues in Gender, Sex and Politics. Madison WI: University YMCA Community Center, Issue 17, Winter 1986
Eurospirit. Albuquerque, NM: Julian Spalding, Vol. 3, No. 6, June 1988
The Gay Traveler. RSVP Travel Productions, 1991
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Winter 1984-1985
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Summer 1985
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Spring 1986
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Spring 1987
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Summer 1987
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Spring 1988
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Summer 1988
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Spring 1991
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Summer 1991
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Summer 1995
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Spring 1996
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Spring 2000
Short Mountain Goatzette, Short Mountain Tennessee, Spring 2002
Spartacus Travel Journal. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Spartacus, Number 8
Spartacus Travel Journal. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Spartacus, Number 10
Spartacus Travel Journal. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Spartacus, Number 11
Spartacus Travel Journal. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Spartacus, Number 12
Spartacus Travel Journal. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Spartacus, Number 13

Numerous monographs and books have been transferred to the Special Collections Book holdings. Please see GIL for access.

Separated to the Popular Culture Comic Book Collection
Edgar Rice Burroughs' TARZAN (Dell Publishing Co., Inc.), Vol. 1, Issue 96
Peanuts (Dell Publishing Co., Inc.), issue 11
No Time For Sergeants (Dell Publishing Co., Inc.), Issue 914
Dennis the Menace (Hallden Division of Fawcett Publications, Inc.), issue 61
Archie (Archie Comic Publications, Inc.), issue 149
Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott, Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 2
Robin Hood, Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 7
Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 11
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 18
The Man Without a Country, by Edward Everett Hale Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 63
The Lady of the Lake, by Sir Walter Scott, Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 75
Macbeth, by William Shakespeare Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 128
The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 133
Waterloo, by Erchmann-Chatrian Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 135
A Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 138
With Fire and Sword, by Henryk Sienkiewicz Classics Illustrated (Gilberton Company, Inc.), Issue 146
Thumbelina, by Hans Christian Anderson, Classics Illustrated Junior (Famous Authors, LTD.), Issue 520
The Tinder Box, by Hans Christian Anderson, Classics Illustrated Junior (Famous Authors, LTD.), Issue 540


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