Coll. 074: Charles Shively Collection Finding Aid


Coll. 074: Charles Shively Collection Finding Aid


1960 - 2008


Charles Shively was born in 1937. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard in 1959, and his PhD in 1969. He began teaching at Boston State College in 1965. In 1982 when BSC closed their doors, UMass Boston agreed to take seven of their thirty history professors. Shively, while in the top running was thought of as having abandoned history for Gay Liberation and too radical for UMass. With the help and support of his friends, Charlie did manage to get hired by UMass where he was placed in a much small and less known program of Law and Justice. He later transferred to American Studies.

In 1971, Charley Shively along with John Mitzel, and Larry Martin formed the Fag Rag Collective and began publishing the Boston Gay Newspaper, Fag Rag, which ran until the early 1980's. During it's run Fag Rag became an important vehicle for incarcerated men to connect with one another. Charlie Shively along with Mike Riegle began a prison correspondence program. The collection consists of 9 boxes that have been arranged topically based on Charlie Shively's organizational techniques and divided into fourteen series. The Shively collection contains a variety of printed media including newspaper articles, (original and photocopied,) poetry magazines, serials, and books. The collection also consists of academic course materials including employment reviews, teaching evaluations, and business correspondence. Personal correspondence, speeches, and press releases from many of Boston's poetry readings are also part of his collection.

Some items from Series I of this collection have been digitized and are available here:

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Shively, Charles


Shively, Charles, 1937-


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Shively, Charles, “Coll. 074: Charles Shively Collection Finding Aid,” Documented | Digital Collections of The History Project, accessed May 18, 2022,