An exhibition of materials connected to the conference themes and, especially, the life of Samuel Steward will be on display in the Ohio State Thompson Library Gallery, 1858 Neil Avenue, for the month of May. This exhibit will be of special interest to those attending the Archives and Special Collections roundtable discussion on Saturday, May 19, 1:00-2:15, in the Buckeye Reading Room (2nd floor) of the Thompson Library, since the panelists have worked with and/or donated many of the materials on display. The exhibit includes displays related to Sam Steward’s time at OSU, his art of tattooing (conducted under the pseudonym Phil Sparrow), his gay erotica (written under the pen name Phil Andros), the places he lived, his literary writing, the sometimes conflicting worlds in which he lived, and his practice of collecting artifacts and other memorabilia. It also includes two special displays on the conference themes of queer places, practices, and lives, one prepared by the Cartoon Library and the other prepared by the Theatre Research Institute.
In addition, the exhibit showcases recent donations made to the OSU library by Mel Ankeny, a former OSU librarian and correspondent of Sam Steward; Brett Shingledecker, former co-owner of People Like Us, the only gay bookstore in Chicago during the 1990s; and Michael Williams, friend of Sam Steward’s. Their donated collections are available to OSU students, faculty, and staff, and other scholars who have been granted permission by the library to use them. We express deep thanks to Mel, Brett, and Michael for their generous donations and their assistance in gathering and preparing materials for the exhibit.