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Gaver's work, including "Daddy!," an audiocassette of him reading some of his works in 1978; "Summer Beach Talk," self-published, 1980; "A Book of One Performance," a poetry chapbook, 1980; "From Now Till Doomsday," 1980; and a script for "Standing in the Shadows of Love," performed at the National Theatre, February 2, 1981. Also press materials and articles about him and his work, and announcements of his performances. His 1978 grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities may have been the first grant the Commission awarded to an openly gay artist incorporating gay themes in his artwork.

Also, Chasen Gaver memorial service documents; 13 videos of Gaver's performance poetry; photographs, certificates, audiotapes, publications in which Gaver's work appeared, an autobiographical assemblage of various genres documenting his life and work, letters, and publicity photographs. Family photographs and correspondence, personal correspondence, a diary called "Fever Journal," notebooks meticulously charting Gaver's health, and a shadowbox puppet theater used for recitations of Gaver's poem "The Ugly Side of Pretty." Includes correspondence with Paul Bowles.

Includes correspondence to Gregory Ford after Chasen's death, including statements affirming and celebrating Chasen's life. Also, information commemorating him at the College of Wooster (Ohio); "Outline for discussion with Millie Cravedi and Pam Layng re: 'Death' 5/29/88" (a planned discussion of death with several friends). Also, poems, a literary resume, and photographs of Gaver and friends.

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