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Larry Tate papers

Identifier: MSS 549 large

Scope and Contents

The Larry Tate papers contain clippings on MSU Student activism and "The Paper," Tate family photographs, published writings, numerous journals written by Tate while living within the Gay community of San Francisco, California, and eulogies by Tate's friends.


  • Creation: 1939 - 2008


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Laurence ("Larry") A. Tate (April 2, 1945-March 26, 2008) earned a B. A. in English from Michigan State University where he was co-founder and assistant editor for the weekly student publication, "The Paper." The Paper helped found the Underground Press Syndicate (UPS) and often locked horns with MSU President Hannah and University Secretary Jack Breslin's administration. After graduation, Tate became known early in his writing career for his film criticism and anti-war essays. He moved to the San Francisco area in the 1970s and was involved in the Gay Men's Collective of the Berkeley Free Clinic and managed San Francisco's HIV/AIDs hotline service, Project Inform, from 1989-1993. He later moved to Washington DC as the manager of grants for the National HIV/AIDS Prevention Program at the U. S. Conference of Mayors. As quoted by longtime friend Andrew Mollison, "Larry turned his grief at the death of so many of his friends in the Bay Area into two decades of trying to help people who were threatened by HIV and AIDS." (Rosen, Zack, Washington Blade obituary, April 18, 2008)

Charlene ("Char") Jolles was a classmate of Tate at Michigan State University who also was involved with the UPS and who later married fellow journalist Andrew Mollison.


1.4 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Char Mollison in June 2016.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2017.

Finding Aid for the Larry Tate papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA