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Bob Strain papers

 Collection
Identifier: Q165

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Bob Strain papers include correspondence, newsletters, poems, and photographs related to Bob Strain’s involvement with the organizations he served, including the Gay Spirit Visions (GSV) and the Atlanta Radical Faeries Circle. Of interest are photographs from GSV conferences, which include members such as Franklin Abbott and Andrew Ramer. There are published poems by Bob Strain and collected poetry from Shamanic Dances workshops. The papers also contain letters from GSV members.

Dates

  • 1994-2014

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Biography of Bob Strain

Classically trained pianist Bob Strain was born in Colorado City, Texas, in 1950. The oldest of six children, Strain started piano lessons at age five and learned to play the flute, clarinet, and guitar.

In 1997, Strain earned his Bachelors degree in Music from Shepherd University and his Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from Shenandoah University, in Winchester, Virginia. As a professor, he taught piano and theory at Shenandoah University for 10 years. Strain performed extensively in the Washington, D.C. area, with engagements at Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Gaylord National Hotel at the National Harbor, Maryland, and Friends Piano Bars at Dupont Circle and Georgetown. He specializes in Jazz and the American songbook of standards.

Strain served as a council member of the Gay Spirit Visions (GSV), an organization that organizes gatherings for gay men to explore their spirituality and identity in a safe, nurturing, and sacred environment. He learned of the organization after attending a Body Electric Retreat in California. Strain is also a member of the Atlanta Radical Faeries Circle, a group that emphasizes questioning social structure, while honoring one's own individuality.

Extent

0.8 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Classically trained pianist Bob Strain served as a council member of the Gay Spirit Visions (GSV), an organization that organizes gatherings for gay men to explore their spirituality and identity in a safe, nurturing, and sacred environment. His papers, 1994-2014, undated, include correspondence, newsletters, poems, and photographs related to Bob Strain's involvement with the organizations he served, including Gay Spirit Visions (GSV) and the Atlanta Radical Faeries Circle.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Bob Strain via Cal Gough, July 2015.

Related Materials Note

Related Materials in this Repository

  1. Gay Spirit Visions records, 1978-2010 (Q127)
  2. Gay Spirit Visions Oral History Project
  3. Franklin Abbott papers, 1907-1910, 1933, 1942, 1950-2014 (Q108)

Related Materials in Georgia State University's Digital Collections

Collection Transfer Note

This collection was previously designated W165, but was assigned collection number Q165 with the formation of the Gender and Sexuality Collection in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Felicia D. Render at the file level, June 23, 2016.

Creator

Title
Bob Strain:
Subtitle
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
June 23, 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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