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James Anctil papers, circa 1930-1997

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Anctil, James, 1943-1997
Title
James Anctil papers
Dates
circa 1930-1997 (inclusive)
1961-1998 (bulk)
Quantity
5 cubic feet, (11 document cases, 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
Mss 2988-8
Summary
Personal papers of James Anctil (1943-1997), a Portland-area gay activist, educator, and artist. Includes extensive personal diaries, correspondence, subject files, and files on gay organizations.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James Anctil, 1943-1997, was a resident of the Portland (OR)/Vancouver (WA) area from December 1981 until his death from suicide in July 1997. A translator and Slavic language expert by profession, Anctil was also a published writer, diarist, vocalist, dancer, and visual artist and active in the gay & lesbian community of the Pacific Northwest.

Born in Nashua, NH (March 26, 1943), Anctil graduated from Middlebury College (VT) in 1965 before moving to New York City. Anctil received his Master's Degree in Slavic Languages from New York University and eventually moved to Portland, OR in 1981. In Portland, Anctil taught English as a second language at 5 different area colleges. He was a frequent contributor to gay publications including "Just Out" and "The EAGLE Newsmagazine," and active in gay organizations including the Portland Gay Men's Chorus (PGMC) and Rosetown Ramblers (an LGBT square dancing club.) Anctil was a choral translator for the Portland Opera and the Oregon Symphony, as well as a prolific visual artist.

Anctil's extensive diaries attest to his perspectives on homosexuality, politics, depression, love, art, and daily life over a span of 25 years. The Anctil collection documents his interests in spirituality, the men's movement, and gay & lesbian issues.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes: personal papers, correspondence, yearbooks, financial records, sketches, artists' inventories, clippings, periodicals. Also included are materials related to gay issues, men's movement, languages, square dancing, and politics. Of special note are Anctil's personal diaries, which contain detailed and introspective entries

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

James Anctil papers, Mss 2988-8, Oregon Historical Society Davies Family Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  Biographical materials, 1961-1996Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Transcripts
1961-1996
1/2
1990 Middlebury College Reunion (25th Anniversary)
Contains extensive autobiography and poll responses written by Anctil for inclusion in the reunion yearbook
1990
1/3
1962 Middlebury College Yearbook
1962
1/4
1963 Middlebury College Yearbook
1963
1/5
1964 Middlebury College Yearbook
1964
Oversize folder
Diploma (M.A.), New York University
1968
1/6
Art Projects
Contains applications for fellowships and grants, artists' biography, lease for art studio, artists' statements, and inventories of Anctil's visual artworks.
circa 1989-1990
1/7
Correspondence with Father
Letters to and from father, A.F. Anctil
circa 1990-1992
2/1
TMO & AMORC Certificates
1973-1975
2/2
Published Writing
Contains Anctil's written works published in "Just Out", "The EAGLE Newsmagazine", "The Oregonian" as well as drafts and revisions.
1985-1989
2/3
Miscellaneous Correspondence & Sketches
1978-1995
2/4
Psychic Notebook and Blueprint for Success
circa 1976
2/5
Men's Work
circa 1990-1992
2/6
Miscellaneous Writings
1976-1985
2/7
Clark College Panel
1994
2/8
Poetry
1987-1992
2/9
Suicide Folder
Contains materials that Anctil had with him when he committed suicide in a hotel room in Cannon Beach on July 1, 1997. Last will and testament; list of artworks donated to State of WA, DNR documents, open letters to friends and family.
1997
2/10
Directive to Physicians
1995
2/11
Materials from James Anctil's memorial service
1997
3/1
My Diary of My Entire Life
1977
3/2
Diary 1972-1975
1972-1975
3/3
Diary 1976-1987
1976-1987
3/4
Diary 1978-1979
1978-1979
3/5
Diary 1982-1983
1982-1983
3/6
Diary 1983-1992
1983-1992
4/1
Diary 1992-1997
1992-1997
4/2
Hiking Notes
Contains some diary-related entries.
1982-1994
4/3
Calendars 1981-1983
1981-1983
4/4
Calendars 1985-1986; 1996
1985-1996

Series B:  Finances, 1981-1997Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/5
Video Order Receipts
1996-1997
4/6
Credit Union Material
1996-1997
4/7
Expense Records 1982-1983
1982-1983
4/8
1981 Income Tax
1981
4/9
1982 Income Tax
1982
4/10
1983 Income Tax
1983
5/1
Charitable Expenses 1980-1982
1980-1982
5/2
Apartment Rental 1981-1982
1981-1982
5/3
Auto Expenses 1982
1982
5/4
Medical Expenses 1982
1982
5/5
Trip Expenses 1982
1982
5/6
Entertainment Expenses 1982
1982
5/7
Art Supplies Expenses 1982
1982
5/8
Office Expenses 1982
1982
5/9
Special Business Account
1982
5/10
Pay Stubs
1982
5/11
Teaching Expenses
1982
5/12
Personal Account
1982
5/13
Storage Expenses
1982
5/14
Miscellaneous Expenses
1982

Series C:  Clippings, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/15
Japan
undated
5/16
Japanese Art
undated
5/17
Nature
undated
5/18
Computer Design
undated
5/19
Mystic Occult
undated
5/20
Writers
1978-1981
6/1
Fantasy
undated
6/2
Readings
undated
6/3
Spiritual
undated
6/4
Spirituality
undated
6/5
Miscellaneous Spiritual Information
undated

Series D:  Portland Area Culture and Politics, 1984-1994Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7/1
Readers Theatre
1986
7/2
Theatre Programs
circa 1992
7/3
Hands Off Washington
1993-1994
7/4
SHB 1443
1993-1994
7/5
Idaho Ballot Measure
1993
7/6
Portland Gay Men's Chorus
1984-1992
7/7
Portland Opera
1987-1991

Series E:  Men's Movement, 1989-1996Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7/8
MENTOR
1989-1996
7/9
Miscellaneous Men's Flyers and Articles
undated
8/1
Wingspan
1990-1993
8/2
Seattle M.E.N.
1992-1996
8/3
Merge
1992
8/4
M&M Packet
21st Annual Men & Masculinity Conference
1996
8/5
Earth & Spirit
1992-1994

Series F:  Miscellaneous, 1984-1995Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8/6
Miscellaneous Inspirational
undated
8/7
Teaching/Learning Materials
undated
8/8
Finnegan's Wake
1995
8/9
Rilke Translations
undated
8/10
Miscellaneous Language Notes
undated
9/1
Music Projects Part I
circa 1990
9/2
Music Projects Part II
circa 1990
9/3
Square Dancing
circa 1984

Series G:  Photographs, circa 1930-1998Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
10/1
Birthday photos
1997
10/2-10/98
Album 1
Includes family and friends
circa 1930-1998
11/1
Album 2--"Students of J. Anctil"
undated
11/2
Nihonga photographs
circa 1986
11/3
Miscellaneous photographs
Includes photographs by Paul Dahlquist
1980-1992