The David Wojnarowicz Papers


Fales logo The David Wojnarowicz Papers can be found in The Downtown Collection of The Fales Library & Special Collections at New York University.

Select materials— David’s journals from 1971-1991 and contact sheets dated 1984-1991—are digitized and available online. While other materials— correspondence, manuscripts, contact sheets, video and film, and more—are viewable by appointment.

The Downtown Collection was founded in 1994. The collection documents the downtown arts scene that evolved in SoHo and the Lower East Side during the 1970s and through the early 1990s.

The collection includes the personal papers of artists, filmmakers, writers and performers; archives of art galleries, theater groups, literary agents and art collectives; and collections relating to AIDS activism, music, and off-off Broadway theater. 

Other collections relevant to David include:  Artists Space Archive 1973-2009; Between C & D Archive 1983-1990; John Hall Papers 1977-1978, Ira Silverberg Papers; and the David Wojnarowicz Papers 1954-1992 among others.

The goal of the Downtown Collection is to comprehensively collect the full range of artistic practices and output of the Downtown scene, regardless of format or media—literature, music, theater, performance, film, activism, dance, photography, video and other art practices.