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James Anctil papers, circa 1930-1997
Overview of the Collection
- Anctil, James, 1943-1997
- James Anctil papers
- circa 1930-1997 (inclusive)19301997
- 5 cubic feet, (11 document cases, 1 oversize folder)
- Collection Number
- Mss 2988-8
- 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.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public.
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.
James Anctil papers, Mss 2988-8, Oregon Historical Society Davies Family Research Library
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The collection is arranged in the following series:
- Series A: Biographical Materials
- Series B: Finances
- Series C: Clippings
- Series D: Portland area culture and politics
- Series E: Men's movement
- Series F: Miscellany
- Series G: Photographs
The collection came to the Oregon Historical Society via the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN)
Acquired 1997. Includes Library Accession 23248.
Art work of James Anctil was donated to the Washington State Historical Society.
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
1990 Middlebury College Reunion (25th Anniversary)
Contains extensive autobiography and poll responses written by Anctil for inclusion in the reunion yearbook
1962 Middlebury College Yearbook
1963 Middlebury College Yearbook
1964 Middlebury College Yearbook
Diploma (M.A.), New York University
Contains applications for fellowships and grants, artists' biography, lease for art studio, artists' statements, and inventories of Anctil's visual artworks.
Correspondence with Father
Letters to and from father, A.F. Anctil
TMO & AMORC Certificates
Contains Anctil's written works published in "Just Out", "The EAGLE Newsmagazine", "The Oregonian" as well as drafts and revisions.
Miscellaneous Correspondence & Sketches
Psychic Notebook and Blueprint for Success
Clark College Panel
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.
Directive to Physicians
Materials from James Anctil's memorial service
My Diary of My Entire Life
Contains some diary-related entries.
Calendars 1985-1986; 1996
Series B: Finances, 1981-1997Return to Top
Video Order Receipts
Credit Union Material
Expense Records 1982-1983
1981 Income Tax
1982 Income Tax
1983 Income Tax
Charitable Expenses 1980-1982
Apartment Rental 1981-1982
Auto Expenses 1982
Medical Expenses 1982
Trip Expenses 1982
Entertainment Expenses 1982
Art Supplies Expenses 1982
Office Expenses 1982
Special Business Account
Series C: Clippings, undatedReturn to Top
Miscellaneous Spiritual Information
Series D: Portland Area Culture and Politics, 1984-1994Return to Top
Hands Off Washington
Idaho Ballot Measure
Portland Gay Men's Chorus
Series E: Men's Movement, 1989-1996Return to Top
Miscellaneous Men's Flyers and Articles
21st Annual Men & Masculinity Conference
Earth & Spirit
Series F: Miscellaneous, 1984-1995Return to Top
Miscellaneous Language Notes
Music Projects Part I
Music Projects Part II
Series G: Photographs, circa 1930-1998Return to Top
Includes family and friends
Album 2--"Students of J. Anctil"
Includes photographs by Paul Dahlquist
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Artists--Washington (State)
- Gays--Washington (State)
- Anctil, James, 1943-1997--Archives
- Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest
- Anctil family
- Portland (Or.)--Social life and customs
- Vancouver (Wash.)
Form or Genre Terms
- Letters (correspondence)