Donald Vining Diaries, 1926-1982

Overview of the Collection

Vining, Donald, 1917-1998.
Donald Vining Diaries
1926-1982 (inclusive)
2.25 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Collection Number
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
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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Additional Information

Finding aid available in repository.


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.

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Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

Donald Vining's earlier unedited diaries are at Yale University.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

Processing Note

Processing Information

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Subordinate Component # 1Return to Top

The American Heritage Center is in the process of converting its older container lists to a more accessible format. This link is to an older version of a container list.


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Diarists.
  • Gay authors.
  • Gay men -- United States -- Diaries.

Geographical Names

  • New York (N.Y.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Diaries.