Archief SC651 - Red Jordan Arobateau fonds

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Red Jordan Arobateau fonds

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  • 1958 - 2021 (Vervaardig)
    Arobateau, Red Jordan

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7.3 m of textual records and other materials.

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Red Jordan Arobateau (1943-2021) was an American author, poet, playwright, visual artist, and trans man.
Arobateau was born on November 15, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. His father was Honduran and mother was African American. He began writing stories at the age of 13 as a form of self-expression, during what he has described as a turbulent childhood. During his adolescence, Arobateau began frequenting gay bars at a time when it was illegal to engage in same-sex relationships. In 1967, after briefly living in New York City, Arobateau moved to San Francisco.

In San Francisco, Arobateau wrote extensively. He began producing a large body of street lit, erotica, and autobiographical works. Arobateau had difficulties finding a publisher for his writing, and took to self-publishing, including hand-making and distributing his work in lesbian bars, women’s bookstores, and on the street. He funded his writing mostly by working various jobs, including as a karate teacher, cashier, office clerk, and a housekeeper.

Over the years, Arobateau began to receive more attention in lesbian and feminist literary circles and his writing began to be picked up by small publishers. Additionally, his short stories and poetry have been included in anthologies such as, Out from Under: Sober Dykes & Our Friends (1978), True to Life Adventure Stories (1978), Daughters of Africa (1992), and Off the Rag: Lesbians Writing on Menopause (1996). He has also appeared in documentaries such as Before Stonewall (1984), Nobody’s People: Portrait of a Christian Pornographer (1992), as well as Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic in the Tenderloin (2012).

In 2019, Arobateau became the first person to move into the Marcy Adelman and Jeanette Gurevitch Community, an LGBTQ+ friendly senior housing initiative.

By the end of his life, Arobateau had produced over 60 paintings and 80 literary works.

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Bereik en inhoud

The fonds primarily consists of records related to Red Jordan Arobateau’s life as an author, poet, and playwright. These include early and late drafts of written works. The fonds also contains some personal papers, photographs, audio-visual materials, and several artefacts.


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Sections of the fonds have been lightly soiled by dirt and liquids.

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Gift of the Estate of Red Jordan Arobateau, February 2022.


The archivist maintained the original order of the fonds; however, completed manuscripts (Subseries 1.1) have been re-ordered by work. Original file titles, where available, have also been retained. If a file title was not included, the Archivist assigned a title in square brackets according to the contents.

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Some files contain personal information for which researchers will be required to sign a research agreement in order to access. These files are identified at the file level, as well as in their individual AtoM entries.

Research agreement is required to access following files: 10.4, 20.1, 21.13, 21.21, 21.26, 22.5, 22.8, 22.9, 24.1, 24.2, 24.3.

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Copyright retained (by estate) but permission given to digitize.


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Additional Red Jordan Arobateau archives are held at UC Berkeley Library/ University Archives. Collections can be located by searching their library catalogue.

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The donation also contained a significant number of Red Jordan Arobateau's published, and self-published books.

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Part of the Transgender Archive.

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Includes [ca. 25] prints : col; b&w;
22 negatives;
15 videocassettes;
2 audio cassettes;
87 floppy disks;
3 audio reels : 7";
6 compact discs;
2 audio tapes;
14.6 GB of digital files;
4 artefacts : license plates, pen, watch.

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Created, April 18, 2023.
Revised, May 29, 2023.

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