Skip to main content

Bruce Grimes and Geoffrey Kaiser Journal Collection

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-284

Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal journal volumes (1971-1999) as well as personal correspondence (1986, 1988-1989) and addenda (1977-2000). The former chronicle the life of Bruce Grimes, beginning with his move to San Francisco in 1971, and concluding with his departure from Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (FLGC) in 1996. During this 25 year period, Bruce met Geoffrey Kaiser and the two collaborated on a second journal detailing their lives together, both as gay men and Friends. There are typescript and manuscript versions of both journals; the typescript includes further commentary written by Bruce after the fact, as well as more detailed personal anecdotes. Their association with Unami Meeting and the debates surrounding same-sex Friends and marriage are of particular interest in this collection.


  • Creation: 1971-1999


Language of Materials

All materials in English

Conditions Governing Access

"Private journal to be read only by permission according to policy of historical collection;" apply to Curator of Friends Historical Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce items in this collection beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the copyright holder or their heirs/assigns. See

Biographical / Historical

Bruce Grimes and Geoffrey D. Kaiser were members of Unami Meeting of Friends and married under its care in 1987. The couple moved to California after 2005. They have been involved in Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (FLGC, now FLGBTQC). Bruce served as Editor of the FLGC Newsleter until 1995.


0.5 linear ft. (1 box)


Bruce Grimes and Geoffrey Kaiser are Quakers and were involved in Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns from its beginning in the early 1970s. The collection contains their manuscript and typescript journals entitled Gay Quakers in the Late Twentieth Century; it also includes personal correspondence and addenda.


Organized in five series:

  1. Ser.1 Journals
  2. Ser.2 Correspondence

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bruce Grimes, 2002.

An Inventory of the Bruce Grimes and Geoffrey Kaiser Journal Collection
FHL staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Find It at the Library

Most of the materials in this catalog are not digitized and can only be accessed in person. Please see our website for more information about visiting or requesting repoductions from Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library

500 College Avenue
Swarthmore Pennsylvania 19081 USA