Further Reading


David Matias speaking at Harvard University at an AIDS seminar led by Visiting Professor D. Greg Miller in 1995.

If you would like to read more about Matias's work or about the modern LGBTQ+ history in the United States, the history of AIDS and AIDS activism in the 1980s and 1990s, or the history of Provincetown, the books, articles, and web resources below provide an excellent starting point. The students in HIST 3468 conducted extensive research while working on this exhibit, and found the background in these sources essential as they drafted their texts. 

Bell, Jonathan. “Between Private and Public: AIDS, Health Care Capitalism, and the Politics of Respectability in 1980s America.” Journal of American Studies 54, no. 1 (September 2018): 159–83.

Bergman, David. The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the Making of Gay Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.

Berry, William, and Michele Wolfson. “Provincetown: An Experience of Place and Identity for Gay Men.” Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research 14, no. 1 (Fall 2019): 1–11.

Braham, Jeanne, and Pamela Peterson. Starry, Starry Night : Provincetown’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic. Lumen Editions, 1998.

Brier, Jennifer. Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Bronski, Michael. A Queer History of the United States. Beacon Press Boston, 2011.

Carpenter, Dale. Flagrant Conduct : The Story of Lawrence v. Texas : How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2012.

Centers for Disease Control. "HIV." Accessed May 9, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/statistics.html.

Cleninden, Dudley, and Adam Nagourney. Out for Good: The Sturggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America. Simon and Schuster, 1999.

Faiman-Silva, Sandra L. The Courage to Connect: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Community in Provincetown. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

France, David. How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS. NY: Vintage Books, 2017.

Gilder, Eric. "The Process of Political Praxis: Efforts of the Gay Community to Transform the Social Signification of AIDS." Communication Quarterly 37, no. 1 (1989): 27-38.

Goh, Kian. “Safe Cities and Queer Spaces: The Urban Politics of Radical LGBT Activism.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Vol. 108 Issue 2 (March 2018).

Groff, David, and Philip Clark. Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS. New York: Alyson, 2009.

Haight, Cristopher. “The Silence Is Killing Us: Hate Crimes, Criminal Justice, and the Gay Rights Movement in Texas, 1990-1995.” The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 120, no. 1 (July 2016): 20-40.

Klein, Michael, and Richard McCann. Things Shaped in Passing: More "Poets for Life" Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. New York: Persea Books, 1997.

Krahulik, Karen Christel. “Cape Queer? A Case Study of Provincetown, Massachusetts.” Journal of Homosexuality 52, no. 1 (2006): 185-212.

Martin, Robert K. The Homosexual Tradition in American Poetry. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1998.

Matias, David. Nova Niño. Provincetown: Provincetown Theatre Company, 1989. Available from: http://www.provincetownhistoryproject.com/archives/5427

Provincetown Artist Registry. "David Matias." Accessed May 9, 2020. http://provincetownartistregistry.com/M/matias_david.html

Provincetown History Preservation Project. "Provincetown Theater Collection." Accessed May 10, 2020. http://provincetownhistoryproject.com/browse/view?browseCollection=25

Rodriguez, Rev. Matias Garcia. "Oral History Interview with Reverend Matias Garcia Rodriguez." By William Rector. January 16, 1998. Kerr County Historical Commission. Rescuing Texas History, 2015 collection. The Portal to Texas History. Available from: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth795526/.

Román, David. Acts of Intervention: Performance, Gay Culture, and AIDS. In Indiana University Press, 1998.

Sontag, Susan. Aids and Its Metaphors. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988.

Wright, Joe. “Only Your Calamity: The Beginnings of Activism by and for People With AIDS.” American Journal of Public Health 103, no. 10 (October 1, 2013).

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