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Tom Mosmiller papers

Identifier: MSS 683

Scope and Contents

The Tom Mosmiller papers consist of personal and professional records created and collected by Mosmiller, including correspondence, reports, promotional material, research material, and photographs. There are extrensive records and memorabilia from men's movement organizations such as National Men & Masculinity Conferences, Changing Men, National Organization for Men Against Sexism, California Men's Gatherins, and California Anti-Sexism Men's Political Caucus. Mosmiller's biographical papers include detailed coverage from Mosmiller's childhood and family roots, education, professional positions in public health and friendships.


  • Creation: 1978 - 2019

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research with the exception of drivers licenses and passports, which have been restricted for donor identity protection a folder of correspondence with Joseph Pleck, which has been separated from the collection and is restricted until 2050.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 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

Thomas E. Mosmiller (born 1947) was instrumental in organizing the pro-feminist men's movement. Raised Catholic, Mosmiller was a Conscientious Objector during the Vietnam War and briefly entered a Jesuit seminary. From a Jesuit training program in Chicago, he learned how to be a Community Organizer, an approach he used throughout his subsequent career in Baltimore and in public health roles in California, leading efforts for ending domestic violence and HIV/AIDS treatment and care. He was involved with the South East Community Organization, Agape Foundation, Marin Abused Women's Services, and, during the AIDS epidemic, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco General Hospital and the Alameda County Public Health Department.


21 Linear Feet (21 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Tom Mosmiller in 2019 with a second accrual of six linear feet in 2020.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2019-2021. The "Outwards" interview transcript was heavily used to craft the biographical note of this finding aid. Tom Mosmiller extensively arranged and described his collection in preparation for transfer for Michigan State University and provided detailed inventories of his donations, which have been incorporated into this finding aid with gratitude.

Finding Aid for the Tom Mosmiller papers
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Lydia Tang
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Repository Details

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

MSU Libraries
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East Lansing MI 48823 USA