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Donald Vining Diaries, 1926-1982
- Vining, Donald, 1917-1998.
- Donald Vining Diaries
- 1926-1982 (inclusive)19261982
- 2.25 cubic feet (5 boxes)
- Collection Number
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
- Access Restrictions
There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.
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Historical NoteReturn to Top
Donald Vining was born in 1917. He became interested in writing and studied to be a playwright at Yale. He wrote some plays and scripts for radio shows but he became most well-known for the publications of his diaries and the writings he did commenting on his homosexual lifestyle in New York City. His diaries, published under the name "A Gay Diary", and his book of essays "How Can You Come Out If You've Never Been In?" are his most well-known works, but he also edited a collection of American World War II diaries.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Donald Vining diary collection contains edited and original diaries from the years 1926 through 1982. The diaries outline his experiences as a gay man throughout most of the 20th century. This collection contains the original, unedited diaries from 1959-1970. The remainder of the diaries in this collection are edited for publication.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Gay authors.
- Gay men -- United States -- Diaries.
- New York (N.Y.)
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