Graves, John C. Papers

Span Dates: 1971-1996
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 1 cu. ft.


The John C. Graves Papers document gay and lesbian community groups in Boston from the early 1970s through the 1990s. A large portion of the collection is related to the Homophile Community Health Service, but there are many materials pertaining to religious organizations in Boston that served the gay community, including the Metropolitan Community Church, Dignity, and the Greater Boston Lesbian/Gay Interfaith Coalition. See the biography of Rev. Dr. Don McGraw, founder of the Homophile Community Health Service, in the Profile Gallery.

Hist/Bio Note

John C. Graves, activist, professor, and psychotherapist, was involved in the gay liberation movement in Boston in the 1970s. Born in 1938 and raised in New York City, he taught philosophy at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology between 1964 and 1974. After coming out in 1972, became a psychotherapist at the Homophile Community Health Service in Boston. Graves also was actively involved in founding the Gay Academic Union of New England and the Boston Center for Lesbians and Gay Men. Graves sang with the Boston Concert Opera and Boston Gay Men's Chorus. He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1990.

Finding Aid

There is an excellent online finding aid at the following web address. This site links to extended biographical and collection information.


This collection is located in the Archives and Special Collections Department of Snell Library at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachussetts.


MCC | Dignity | Gay Liberation Movement | Boston | Massachusetts