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 specify that the individuals died of AIDS or AIDS related illnesses. However, there are obituaries included in these pages for victims of hate crimes, others who died unexpectedly in accidents, and some, where the cause of death is not mention. Sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV/AIDS status cannot be assumed or implied of anyone in this collection.

Therefore, in order to maintain this collection in its entirety as John Quinn had intended, and to honor all of the individuals, we have changed the name to the John Quinn Memorial Books, so that we may remember, preserve, and make available these small but important pieces of a person's life.

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.

The digitization and preservation of John Quinn's Memorial Books was made possible, in part, by a grant from Mass Humanities.


Quinn, Robert John


The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston


Papadopoulos, Cole; Holden, William


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Items in the John Quinn's Memorial Books Collection