Scope and arrangement
Gay ephemera collected by Martin Phillip Michel (1919-1993) of New York. (Michel used the pseudonyms "Phil Michaels" as author of the homoerotic paperback Whip Song, and "Mike Phillips" for receiving some mail-order items.) The collection includes marketing mail for clothes, photographs, art, and sex toys; booksellers' catalogues from Elysian Fields, A Different Light and Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore; booklets and gay guidebooks; privately published stories; and one button. Twenty-three books received with the collection have been transferred to the IGIC book collection (also in the Manuscripts and Archives Section).
An itemized list of the collection prepared by the donor is attached.
The Martin Michel collection is arranged in four series: