Engstrom, Donald Papers

Span Dates: 1974-2015
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 3.75 linear feet


The Donald Engstrom Papers contain a range of gay men's and Pagan periodicals from 1974 to 2015. A lifelong Radical Faerie, this collection demonstrates the communities and networks prevalant to Engstrom's life at the intersection of gay and Pagan culture. The bulk of this collection is a nearly complete run of RFD: A Country Journal for Gay Men Everywhere from the second issue in Winter of 1974 through the Summer issue of 2015. * For some of the publications in this collection there are only two or three issues, offering a snapshot of Radical Faerie content in their historical context. * The first issue of RFD: A Country Journal for Gay Men Everywhere, Fall 1974, can be found in the Iowa Women's Archives, Jo Rabenold Papers, Box 3, series: Organizations, Gay Liberation Front, 1972-1974, 1977.

Hist/Bio Note

Donald Engstrom-Reese was born and raised in Polk City, Iowa. A graduate of North Polk High School, he started to attend the University of Iowa in the Fall of 1969, majoring in Art. Following studies at the university at the undergraduate and graduate level, Engstrom-Reese moved to Kindor Farm the earliest known collective of "self-identified fags" in Iowa, just outside of Iowa City. Engstrom-Reese was one of the founders of RFD Magazine with Stewart Scofield. RFD: A Country Journal for Gay Men Everywhere was first published out of Grinnell, Iowa in the Fall of 1974 and printed by the Iowa City Women's Press in Iowa City, Iowa.

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available.


This collection is held at the Special Collections Library of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.


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