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American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers , published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. The archive is a unique and important collection providing a significant resource for the study of literary America in the late twentieth century. A detailed biography of Robert Giard and his career appeared in the online Yale Bulletin and Calendar . More information about the photographer and his work can be found at The Robert Giard Foundation . Robert Giard's archive complements the Beinecke's expanding collection of resources related to contemporary gay and lesbian literature, which includes the papers of James Purdy , Edmund White , David Leavitt , Christopher Cox , George Whitmore , and Ethan Mordden , in addition to correspondence of such figures as Edward Albee and Christopher Isherwood contained in other archives. The archive was acquired from Jonathan Silin, Robert Giard's life partner. Photographs by Robert Giard are used with permission of the copyright holder, Jonathan G. Silin; permission is required to publish Giard photographs in any format. To learn more, contact the Curator, Yale Collection of American Literature. Cite as: Robert Giard Papers. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Call Number: Uncat MSS 765
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