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Bruce Grimes and Geoffrey D. Kaiser were members of Unami Meeting of Friends and married under its care in 1987. The couple moved to California after 2005. They have been involved in Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (FLGC, now FLGBTQC). Bruce served as Editor of the FLGC Newsleter until 1995.
The collection contains personal journal volumes (1971-1999) as well as personal correspondence (1986, 1988-1989) and addenda (1977-2000). The former chronicle the life of Bruce Grimes, beginning with his move to San Francisco in 1971, and concluding with his departure from Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (FLGC) in 1996. During this 25 year period, Bruce met Geoffrey Kaiser and the two collaborated on a second journal detailing their lives together, both as gay men and Friends. There are typescript and manuscript versions of both journals; the typescript includes further commentary written by Bruce after the fact, as well as more detailed personal anecdotes. Their association with Unami Meeting and the debates surrounding same-sex Friends and marriage are of particular interest in this collection.
Organized in five series:
- Ser.1 Journals
- Ser.2 Correspondence
Gift of Bruce Grimes, 2002.
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"Private journal to be read only by permission according to policy of historical collection;" apply to Curator of Friends Historical Library.
- Use Restrictions
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Contains accounts similar to those found in the typescript versions, however, there are fewer personal anecdotes.Physical Description
Contains accounts of Bruce's life in San Francisco, his introduction to Quaker Meetings, as well as other personal anecdotes.Physical Description
Contains accounts of Bruce's application of membership to Unami Meeting, Quaker conferences, the controversy surrounding the Gathering of Friends in Berea, KY (June 27-July 4, 1981), personal anecdotes, Quaker business proceedings, and additional commentary (1988, 1996-1999).Physical Description
Contains accounts of Bruce and Geoffrey's presentations on homosexuality at various meetings, the wedding of Bruce and Geoffrey under the care of Unami Monthly Meeting at Gwynedd Meetinghouse, personal anecdotes, Bruce's position as editor of FLGC newsletter, Geoffrey's Quaker history lectures, Quaker business proceedings, as well as additional commentary (1996-1999).Physical Description
Miscellaneous correspondence between Geoffrey or Bruce and others concerning a variety of topics.Physical Description