John Quinn's Memorial Books


John Quinn's Memorial Books




This collection was originally titled the John Quinn AIDS Memorial Books, by the compiler Robert John Quinn. As The History Project began digitizing the obituaries, we realized John Quinn's methodology in collecting the obituaries was unknown, nor could it be verified. We have tried several times to locate John Quinn, but have been unsuccessful in our efforts.

Many of the obituaries and memorials in this collection of scrapbooks specify that individuals died of AIDS or AIDS-related illnesses. However, there are obituaries included in these scrapbooks for victims of hate crimes, of individuals who died of other illnesses or accidents, and some obituaries where the cause of death is not included. Sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV/AIDS status, if not clearly stated, should not be assumed or implied of anyone in this collection.

In order to maintain this collection in its entirety as John Quinn had intended, and to honor all of the individuals included, we have changed the name to the John Quinn's Memorial Books.

If for any reason you find an obituary that you wish to have removed from this digital collection, please contact The History Project at with the person's name and reason for removal. 

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Quinn, Robert John


Papadopoulos, Cole; Holden, William


The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston


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Items in the John Quinn's Memorial Books Collection


Quinn, Robert John 1988-1999

Quinn, Robert John 1988-1996

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