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Karl Allquist diary

Collection number: ahc.MSS842f

Scope and Content

This collection contains a diary kept by Karl Allquist during the final years of his life in which he recorded his dreams, emotions, and his struggle with HIV. He wrote about the decision to tell his family and friends of the diagnosis, growing tensions between him and his partner, plans to go to Key West, and doctors' visits. He also documents the presence of HIV/AIDS in the media, treatments he received, and developing Kaposi’s Sarcoma.


  • 1989-1991


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Karl Richard Allquist (1937-1992) was the long term partner of William S. Penn III (1941- ). They lived together in Atlanta, Georgia, where Karl worked for a computer company and William worked for JC Penney and Belk. In 2015, Penn participated in the Atlanta History Center's "Atlanta's Unspoken Past" oral history project, in which he discussed his relationship with Allquist. Additional biographical information about Allquist has not been determined.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2004

Related Archival Materials

Visual material has been separated from this collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Karl Allquist diary
Hallie Lonial
April 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305