Category: day 3

Exhibition: Speak Out London



On day 3 of the conference will be an opportunity to see the exhibition Speak Out London: Diversity City, which is part of a Heritage Lottery Funded LGBTQ oral history exhibition. Members of the curatorial team will be on hand to answer questions. In the Mediatheque, delegates will be able to listen to more clips from the oral history and to see some of the huge collections of LGBTQ material held at the London Metropolitan Archives.

The opening times for LMA are as follows:

Monday 9.30am – 4.45pm (closed bank holidays)
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am – 7.30pm*
Friday closed


Speaker spotlight: Chris Hartman

Tales from the City, Appalachia, and Beyond: The Kentucky LGBT Heritage Initiative

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“As part of the Fairness Campaign’s 25th anniversary, the Kentucky LGBT Heritage Initiative has collected LGBT history from all across our commonwealth—including rural Appalachia—to yield the first-ever statewide LGBT Historic Context narrative in the U.S. Based on that narrative, at least two historic LGBT sites in Kentucky are being nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

The Kentucky LGBT Heritage Initiative is a collaborative partnership between the Fairness Campaign—a quarter-century-old LGBT advocacy group in the American South—the University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the Williams-Nichols LGBT Collection housed in the University of Louisville’s Special Collections, the Kentucky Heritage Council, State Historic Preservation Office, and Preservation Louisville. The initiative is made possible by a grant from the National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior.”

Chris Hartman

CH - Hartman Headshot 2015Chris Hartman is the first director of Kentucky’s Fairness Campaign. Recently, he has helped nearly triple the number of Kentucky cities with LGBT anti-discrimination Fairness Ordinances, from three to eight, including the state capital Frankfort and Appalachian coal town of Vicco. Previously Chris served as Congressman John Yarmuth’s campaign press secretary, an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) in St. Louis, and director of the Democratic National Committee’s open-air Grassroots Campaigns in Philadelphia for the 2004 presidential election. He is a Louisville Metro Landmarks Commissioner and serves on the board of the national Equality Federation and Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance.

The Fairness Campaign

CH - 2012 Rainbow LogoFounded in 1991, the Fairness Campaign is Kentucky’s broad-based community effort dedicated to equal rights for lesbian gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Its primary goal is comprehensive civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and to dismantle systemic racism. The organization helps lead the Fairness Coalition, a collaborative partnership between the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY), the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, and Lexington Fairness. Together, these organizations coordinate state and local public education and legislative strategy for LG
BT rights.

Twitter: @FairnessCamp

Chris will be speaking on day 3 of the conference

Speakers spotlight: Albert Knoll and Christine Schäfer

The History of Munich Gays and Lesbians needs to be preserved

“We will take you on the long way of gay and lesbian history from the foundation of the Munich branch of “Wissenschaftlich humanitäres Komitee” in 1902 and of the activities of Anita Augspurg at the same time. The journey through time will go along the Nazi-persecution to the growth of the gay and lesbian movement in the postwar-period, the first pride parade in 1980, to the development of the Rosa Liste, the first gay-lesbian political party in Germany and finally to the actual progress of the Munich scene. We give an insight in our wide collection of documents and photographs. We also introduce you into the various activities of the Forum homosexuality and of the increase of our archives and the website.”



Albert Knoll

Albert Knoll, born in 1958, is an archivist of the Dachau concentration camp memorial site. In 1999 he founded the forum homosexualität in Munich and acts as its chairman. He leads gay tours through the city, manages the finances, does interviews and publishes scientific articles.

Christine Schäfer

Christine Schäfer, born 1944, is a teacher, feminist culture worker and history researcher. In 2000 she set up the first lesbian group in the forum homosexualität, and is chairwoman since. Additionally she organizes lectures, interviews lesbian women of contemporary history, writes about it and leads tours about lesbian life in Munich.

munchenForum homosexualität münchen e.v. – Lesben und Schwule in Geschichte und Kultur promotes research and documentation of lesbian, gay and transsexual life. It is supported by the Culture Department of the City of Munich. We organize events where we interview lesbian and gay people about their life and coming out experiences, lectures, exhibitions and city tours about lesbian and gay life in Munich. The Forum is a meeting point for LGBTIQ people of all generations. We have a gay and lesbian archive and collect estates from people of Munich and the surrounding area. Our archives and library are open to scientific research.


Albert and Christine will be speaking on day 3 of the conference

Speaker spotlight: Kelly Besser

Herstory Belongs To Everybody or The Miracle: A Queer Mobile Memory Project

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“This presentation will discuss the history and future of an archival and artistic queer memory project known as The Miracle Bookmobile. The Miracle is a community-based bookmobile which has involved dozens of volunteers, hundreds of donors, and thousands of readers over its decade of operation at community events and spaces in Los Angeles and Oakland. By collecting and redistributing free literature, The Miracle reclaims public space, nurtures an anti-capitalist gifting culture, and makes radical queer and feminist literature accessible to communities across our Golden State.

The Miracle’s intervention turns public places into ad hoc community spaces to commemorate loss, erasure, and absence due to political and economic exploitation (e.g., gentrification, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, transexclusionary policies).The second major theme of The Miracle’s work is “distribution/redistribution.” While this idea does not pertain only to books, it holds that all members of the community deserve access to information, literature, culture, and space.”

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Kelly Besser

Kelly Besser works as a processing archivist and provides reference services for UCLA Library Special Collections. In addition to UCLA, Besser has processed collections for the African American Firefighter Museum, the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, the Yosemite National Park Service Archives, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Tom of Finland Foundation. In 2006, she co-founded The Miracle Bookmobile, a donation-driven community-based project that redistributes free literature in Los Angeles and Oakland. Besser holds an MLIS with an Archival Studies specialization from UCLA.

The Miracle

The Miracle is a community-based bookmobile which has redistributed thousands of zines, books, and comics over the last decade at community events and spaces in Los Angeles and Oakland. By collecting and redistributing free literature, The Miracle reclaims public space, nurtures an anti-capital gifting culture, and makes radical queer and feminist literature accessible to communities across the Golden State.

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Kelly will be speaking on day 3 of the conference

Speaker spotlight: Amy K. Levin

Not in the textbook: training professionals for inclusivity

“I will outline a postgraduate museum course focusing exclusively on intersections of race, class, and gender. Course case studies have included the Leather Museum and Archives in Chicago and exhibits on “third” gender individuals in several cultures. Taken by practitioners and prospective museum employees, as well as by future public historians, academics, anthropologists, and others, this course provides institutions with employees trained to recognize heterosexual privilege, ask difficult questions about margins, and break down borders. Published research by former students has also led existing institutions to alter their practices, rendering sites more welcoming to staff and members of the public who identify as LGBTQI. While such courses are valuable for public, private, and academic institutions, the topics offer engaging material for public education programs in grassroots settings as well.”

amylevinAmy K. Levin

Amy Levin researches and teaches on race, class, and gender in museums. Her books include Global Mobilities: Refugees, Exiles, and Immigrants in Museums and Archives (forthcoming, 2016); Gender, Sexuality, and Museums (2010), and Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America’s Changing Communities (2007). Before becoming Chair of English in 2012, she directed the Women’s Studies Program and coordinated Museum Studies at Northern Illinois University. In 2013, Levin served as the first US Fulbright Scholar at a Myanmar public university in over thirty years. Levin began a new career as an independent scholar in January 2016.

Northern Illinois University is a mid-sized public institution about 60 miles from Chicago. We have a small museum studies program as well as a public history program, both on the postgraduate level. Our work in gender studies is more extensive.

Amy will be speaking on day 3 of the conference

Speaker spotlight: Graham Willett

Border-crossing: Big organisations and small, and how they can work together

“For 37 years now, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) has been engaged in collecting, preserving and celebrating Australia’s very queer history. It is a self-funded, volunteer-run, community-based organisation. I would like to draw upon ALGA’s experience of working with other kinds of organisations – in particular large, funded institutions. The relationship with such institutions has presented many challenges. Challenges from which we have learned a great deal. In particular, I would like to focus on one of our more successful collaborations – the ‘Digital Dilemmas’ project, in which academics from Monash University have been working with us to explore the relationship between new and emerging digital technologies and small community-based organisations such as ALGA. By recognising and meeting each other’s needs we have generated answers to long-standing questions regarding the possibility of an online catalogue and online exhibitions – and insights into how such organisations can work fruitfully together.”

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Graham Willett is a historian who has been researching and writing on Australian lesbian and gay (and more recently, queer) history since 1979. He is the author of Living Out Loud, a history of gay and lesbian activism in Australia, and many other articles. He is currently researching the international impact of the Wolfenden Report, and (with colleagues) an LGBTI history of the Australian Defence Force since 1945. He is President of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, having been involved since 1994.

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Since 1978, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives has been engaged in collecting, preserving and celebrating Australia’s very queer history. It is a self-funded, volunteer-run, community-based organisation. It aims to collect, preserve and celebrate lives and experiences of Australian lesbians and gay men, and those Australians who identify with the ever-increasing range of sexualities and gender and sex identities that have emerged since the establishment of the Archives in 1978, including trans, bisexual, intersex and queer people, sistergirls and brotherboys.


Graham will be speaking on day 3 of the conference

Speaker spotlight: Lisa Vecoli

tretterlogo largeWhat We Have, What Is Missing and Filling the Gaps

“Even as we critique mainstream collections for lacking GLBT material (as we should!), our own collections are often heavily weighted towards small parts of our community. To more fully reflect the GLBT experience, we need to be aware both of the specific dynamics that have shaped our individual collections and the broader forces that make inclusion of diverse voices challenging. During my time as curator of the Tretter Collection, I have focused on understanding what we have, what is missing and how we could begin to fill the gaps. I will talk about some of the strategies I have used to add materials especially focused on the “B,” the “T,” and people of color. I am also interested in hearing from others about how they have added missing voices to their collections.”

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Lisa Vecoli is the curator of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries. In her previous careers she has worked in shelters for battered women and in the political system. Her first involvement with the Tretter Collection was as a board member, solicited in the hope that her +4,000 book library might one day join the archive. Hired as staff in 2012, her goals are to preserve GLBT history, diversify the voices in the archive and add to her personal collection of Lesbian Pulp novels.

The Tretter Collection grew from the personal collection of Jean-Nickolaus Tretter which outgrew his apartment and was donated to the University of Minnesota Libraries in 2000 with Tretter as the staff person. The Tretter Collection, partnering with Quatrefoil Library, organized and hosted the first GLBT ALMS Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2006. In 2016, we were awarded the Newlen-Symons Award by the American Library Association for excellence in service to the GLBT Community. We have +3,200 linear feet of material from around the world including items in 58 languages. The Tretter Collection is open to all, free of charge.


Lisa will be part of the “This Moment of Collecting in the USA: Identifying and Addressing Gaps in the Archives” roundtable on day 3 of the conference

Speaker spotlight: Gerard Koskovich

Collecting Queer in Northern California

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“An overview of the holdings gathered by the GLBT Historical Society during the three decades since it was founded, with a focus on evolving strategies for defining collections development, identifying and addressing gaps in the archives, and imagining future directions for acquisition.

The talk will highlight how the society’s position as a community-based institution creates distinctive opportunites for collecting LGBTQ historical materials and for supporting innovative uses of those materials and how exhibitions and programs at the society’s GLBT History Museum create a vital space for intersectional dialogue and representation.”

Gerard Koskovich

Koskovich_Castro_History_Tour_2016Gerard Koskovich is a San Francisco–based historian, curator, writer and book dealer. A found­ing member of the GLBT Historical Society, he has worked with the institution in a variety of capacities over the past 31 years. He is currently serving as curator of an exhibition about Magnus Hirschfeld for the society’s GLBT History Museum.

Koskovich’s articles on LGBTQ history have been published in the United States and Eu­rope, and he has given talks on queer history, archives and museums, and historic preser­vation around the U.S. and in England, France and Germany. As a book dealer, he has helped numerous research libraries develop their LGBTQ holdings.

Founded in 1985, the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco advances respect for sexual and gender diversity by supporting the production and transmission of historical knowledge about LGBTQ individuals, their communities and the cultures they create. Internatiionally recognized for its initiatives in the field of LGBTQ public history, the society maintains one of the largest collections of LGBTQ archival materials in the United States and operates the GLBT History Museum in the Castro District.

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Twitter: @GLBTHistorySF
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Gerard will be part of the “This Moment of Collecting in the USA: Identifying and Addressing Gaps in the Archives” roundtable on day 3 of the conference

Roundtable: Legacy, Trust, and Legitimacy: Challenges in Developing and Promoting LGBTQ Collections in Small Repositories

Legacy, Trust, and Legitimacy: Challenges in Developing and Promoting LGBTQ Collections in Small Repositories, a roundtable discussion

“This abstract is for a roundtable discussion between the audience and panelists. The panelists are archivists from small archives at colleges & universities that are actively collecting LGBTQ material and actively promoting those collections. Each archivist will have 5-7 minutes to share their work. This will be followed by opening the discussion up to the audience to learn what strategies and projects they are working on. Barriers to collecting LGBTQ materials remain and range from institutional homophobia and transphobia to limited resources and staff. By offering opportunities for people building and promoting LGBTQ collections to meet and share their experiences, our community can build new strategies and work to insure that challenges faced can be overcome and ideally new outlooks on LGBTQ history created at mainstream institutions.”

Speakers include: Deborah A. Richards (Special Collections Archivist, Mount Holyoke College, MA), Nancy Liliana Godoy-Powell (Archivist & Librarian, Chicano/a Research Collection, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ), Linda J. Long (Manuscripts Librarian, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR), Cathleen Miller (Curator, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, ME), Alison Stankrauff (Archivist and Associate Librarian, Indiana University, South Bend, IN), Kelly Anderson (Oral Historian and Lecturer, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College)

The roundtable will take place on day 3 of the conference

Speaker spotlight: Christer Edeholt

The Rainbow Library at Umeå Public Library and Swedish Library Association – Network for LGBTQ Issues at Libraries
“Umeå Public Library started The Rainbow Library in 2012 as a mean in our ambition to include LGBTQ people and fight discrimination and homo- and transphobia.

Highlighting the queer broadens the perspective and therefore provides a higher quality of our library. The Rainbow Library is a concept that includes a web page, a Facebook page, program activities and The Rainbow Bookshelf. We also started the national network for LGBTQ issues in Swedish Library Association in 2012.”

CE - Christer Edeholt, photographer Elisabeth Ohlson WallinChrister Edeholt (Librarian at Umeå Public Library)

Initiator of The Rainbow Library, The Rainbow Bookshelf and the network for LGBTQ issues in Swedish Library Association in Sweden.

Umeå Public Library is Umeå City’s main library placed in the cultural centre – Väven. Umeå is one of Sweden’s fastest growing cities. The average age of the 116 900 people who live in Umeå is 38. The city offers world-class art, drama, films, industries, music and research. Umeå was European Capital of Culture 2014.


Christer will be speaking on day 3 of the conference