Developing the Lesbian Land Collections in Oregon
“Linda will talk about her efforts to develop the extensive Oregon lesbian land/intentional community collections at the University of Oregon; these collections reflect the historic lesbian separatist movement in the United States, starting in the 1970s. Her comments will focus on donor relations, particularly the process to develop trust among the women. She will also speak to the importance of consistent advocacy on the part of archivists in developing LGBTQ collections. Finally, Linda is also now working to develop trans* collections to document an important movement, but also to meet a clear scholarly demand. She will speak briefly about that effort.”
Linda Long is the manuscripts librarian in the Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Oregon Libraries. She has curatorial responsibility for developing, managing, and providing access to these collections. Linda started her career at Consumers Union, Inc. in New York, then worked at Stanford University Special Collections and University Archives, first as an assistant archivist, and then as head of public services. Linda holds a B.A. in History from Seattle University, an M.A. in History and Archives Administration from Case Western University, and an M.L.S. from Brigham Young University.
The University of Oregon is a public university in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Western United States. The Special Collections and University Archives includes manuscripts, books, photographs, ephemera, and video and audio materials. Much of the material focuses on Oregon’s history, politics, and culture.
Linda is part of the ‘Collecting and promoting LGBT history’ roundtable on day 3 of the conference