Series I. Personal,
Boxes 1, 4, 6, 7, 12, 17
Chasen Gaver's personal papers include a scrapbook compiled by Gregory Ford, Chasen's lover and donor of his papers, literary resumes, publicity for his performances, an ink drawing of him by Judy Byron, a passport, award certificates, an address book, an Alcoholic Anonymous coin, a will, obituaries, and programs and statements from "A Darker Pair of Glasses," a posthumous tribute to Gaver by his friends and lovers.
Series II. Correspondence
Boxes 1, 17, 19, 20
Gaver's correspondence dates from 1974-1989 and includes letters to and from friends and family, and business letters concerning his work. Clippings and personal writings filed amongst the correspondence have been retained as have Gaver's original folder titles. Prominently featured in this series are letters from Judy Byron, an artist with whom Gaver collaborated; Gaver's "muse," official photographer, and long time friend Emillie (Millie, Drag, Paco Caliente) Cravedi whom Gaver met in 1976; and Paul Bowles for whom Gaver performed a poem in Tangier, Morocco in 1982. Gaver also received a picture of the designer Halston, autographed by Andy Warhol.
Series III. Writings
Boxes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9-11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
This series includes unpublished manuscripts, published poetry anthologies, poetry drafts, journals, book reviews, short stories, screenplays, poetry/video scripts and privately printed chapbooks of Gaver's poetry. Gaver occasionally wrote under the pseudonym Gloria de la Calle and this is reflected in several anthologies. He was also affiliated with
Dirt and Rats magazine to which he often contributed material. Notable is Gaver's "Fire Book," a thirteen-year journal which traces the evolution of the gay liberation/ women's movements of the 1970's in conjunction with Gaver's performance career. His "Fever Journal" and medical notebooks are found in this series.
Series IV. Photographs
Boxes 7, 8, 13, 15, 17, 20
This series documents Gaver's life in the 1970's, through the height of his performance career in the 1980's, to his untimely death in early March 1989. Gaver's friends from the 1970's and 1980's and his performances (documented by Emillie Cravedi and Ken Goggin) figure prominently. Also included are family photographs from the 1960's, and individual photographs of Gaver with Bella Abzug, Effie Barry, and the members of Black Artists/White Artists as well as slides from Gaver's memorial service and photographs of Gaver's AIDS quilt panel.
Series V. Miscellany
Boxes 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 14, 15, 20
This series includes files Gaver kept on varied topics such as Black Artists/White Artists, the National Theatre, Young Audiences, grant proposals, and cassette tape production. Also included is a poetry anthology which contains work by Mecca Rylance an admirer of Gaver, duplicates of photographs and other printed material, and two props used in conjunction with Gaver's performances.
This series includes cassette and video recordings of Gaver's poetry readings and performances. Descriptive notes for audio tapes tr6945a-tr6947a, tr6962a, and tr6979a can be found in Box 2, folder 23. Please see the attached audio/video description list for additional information.