Roscoe, Will and Bradley Rose Papers

Span Dates: 1894-2009
Bulk Dates: 1975-2000
Volume: 9 cubic feet


The Papers contain the research material and drafts for Will Roscoe's book "The Zuni Man-Woman" and "Changing Ones: third and fourth gender in Native North America," research on Crow and Navajo two-spirit people, Indian Rights Association materials, (1894-1924), some writings by Bradley Rose, Radical Fairy materials, audiovisual materials with interviews, slide shows, photographs, and digital files.

Hist/Bio Note

Will Roscoe is an activist, scholar, and author based in San Francisco, California. He was born on February 8, 1955 and grew up in Missoula, Montana. He is the author of "The Zuni Man-Woman" (1991) and "Changing Ones: third and fourth gender in Native North America" (1998). Both books deal with two-spirit people in Native American culture. Roscoe has also been involved in the Radical Fairies and Nomenus organizations. Roscoe edited several books including "Radically Gay" with writings by Harry Hay. Bradley Rose was Roscoe's partner of 16 years. Rose was also a member of the Radical Fairies, and a founding director of Nomenus. He published "Radical Fairy's Seedbed," among other works, and the journal "Vortex" (1980-1981) with Roscoe. Rose passed away from AIDS on June 11, 1996; he was 38.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available through the Online Archives of California.


The collection is located in the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at the San Francisco Public Library.


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