Daniel C. Tsang Papers (TAM pending)

Dan Tsang (b. 1949-) is a librarian, Fulbright Scholar, and activist in the gay liberation, academic labor, and anti-surveillance movements of the 1970s and 80s. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Tsang immigrated to the United States to attend the University of Redlands. After receiving his bachelor’s degree he earned two master’s degrees from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; one in political science and the other in library science. In 1975, Tsang published “Gay Awareness”, known as the first gay Asian manifesto, in Bridge magazine. Two years later, he co-founded the Midwest Gay Academic Journal which he later renamed Gay Insurgent: A Gay Left Journal. In 1979,Tsang helped organize the Asian contingent at the first Lesbian & Gay March on Washington with Don Kao (co-founder of GAPIMNY). Tsang has also worked as a librarian at Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, and spent thirty years as a bibliographer and data librarian at University of California, Irvine before retiring in 2016 as Distinguished Librarian Emeritus. He has helped found the Lavender Archives, Alliance Working for Asian Rights & Empowerment, and Asian Americans United. In addition to personal papers, photos, and correspondence, his archive includes articles, publications, posters, and pamphlets pertaining to Queer and Left movements in the US and around the world.

The Daniel C. Tsang Papers are in transfer to the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. A finding aid for the collection is in process.