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
From lesbian activism to archive and memory activism: reflections on a generation gap
“As the lesbian – feminist community in Israel grew and became an organized community in the late 80’s and early 90’s (of the last century) questions of keeping our history and memory activism were not on the agenda. We were involved at what we had perceived as the most daring activism available. Combining the struggle for lesbian rights with the struggle against the occupation of Palestinian lands by Israel became the core activism of many lesbian feminists at that time. We were busy organizing and demanding the attention of the public to the cause of liberation. Now, almost 30 years later, we are creating a feminist research center out of the boxes of material of that period. How do we make sense of this shift? What is our duty as keepers of the history to the continuous struggles of communities under oppression?”
Hannah Safran, a lesbian, peace and feminist activist. Turned to research after years of working at the Haifa Feminist Center – Isha L’Isha. Her research work on the Jewish suffrage movement in 1920 and the feminist movement in Israel in the 70’s was published in 2006. She is involved in research and teaching Gender and Women’s studies. Active in the anti-occupation movement, she has been demonstrating every Friday as part of Women in Black since 1988 and was founding member of the Women’s coalition for peace. Her article, with co-authors, on lesbian activism since the 80’s in Israel was published recently.
Haifa Feminist Institute
The Haifa Feminist Institute (HFI) is part of Isha L’Isha the Haifa Feminist Center. It is based on a growing network of local feminist scholars and activists from diverse ethnic, national, class and sexual backgrounds who work in various fields, inside and at the margins of academic institutions. We are Palestinians and Jewish citizens of Israel, who are working together to collect/preserve and maintain our her-stories. Based on the archives of feminist and lesbian activities in the last 40 years, we are currently building a foundation for a feminist research institute that will encourage research about and with our communities.
Hannah will be speaking on day 3 of the conference
Generations of Collecting
“AIDS activism was an intense focus when I started shaping Cornell’s collection in the late 1980s. The AIDS activists who survived that era are at a different time in their lives now, nearing retirement age. What is important to document now?
After 25 years, New York’s state-wide LGBT rights organization announced its work is done, and in 2016 it sent Cornell the rest of its archives. Advances in securing certain LGBT rights prompt a new look at what issues are urgent, controversial and important now.
LGBT archiving is mature enough to look at the generations of activists and issues now documented and accessible in our reading rooms. What have we documented well, and what is still missing? I will bring up the topics of porn and economic and racial justice.”
Brenda J. Marston
Founded by Cornell University in 1988, the Human Sexuality Collection has sought to preserve and make accessible primary sources that document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality internationally, with a focus on U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the politics of pornography. The initial gifts and vision came from Bruce Voeller and the Mariposa Education and Research Foundation and from David B. Goodstein, publisher of The Advocate.
Speaking of Sex http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/speakingofsex/
25 Years of Political Influence: The Records of the HRC http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/HRC/
Brenda 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
Documenting Lesbian Lives
“I will focus on the use of oral history as a key method in the recovery of women’s lives, particularly those with marginalized sexual identities, and the archival labor and resources required to implement this important documentation tool. I will highlight the Documenting Lesbian Lives collection at Smith College, reflecting on the challenges of archiving queer oral history as well as the activist and community-building potential inherent in a cross-generational project that documents lesbian elders.”
I have been an oral historian in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College for 13 years. I am a faculty member in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and teach courses in women’s history, queer studies, and oral history. I am also the Director of our Archives Concentration.
Kelly is part of the ‘Collecting and promoting LGBT history’ roundtable on day 3 of the conference
Archives Activism: An Army of Lovers
“An Army of Lovers is an international art project that rebroadcasts protest slogans, manifestos, and photographs from LGBTQ+ liberation movements of the 20th century. Drawing from LGBTQ+ archives within the US and beyond, we reactivate historical texts and images, putting them back into circulation. The project advocates for equality and the preservation of LGBTQ+ culture, in the face of injustice and assimilation.
Taking inspiration from grassroots activist movements, An Army of Lovers disseminates its messages through democratic means, including stickers, cards, posters, protest songs, and social media. Since its inception in 2014, the project has been deployed in New York City, Brooklyn, Dallas, Austin, Oakland, Mexico City, and online. Follow the project at: armyoflovers.com.”
Kate Jarboe is an artist whose work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Providence, Dallas, and Mexico City, and has been collected by the Allen Ginsberg Estate, the National Museum of American History Library, and the special collections of James Madison University.
M. Wright is a book designer who has been recognized by the New York Book Show, the Type Director’s Club, and the Association of American Museums. Her work has been featured in Print magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Chicago magazine.
AK/OK is Kate Jarboe and M. Wright, an art/design collective based in Austin, Texas. They investigate archives, collections, and social histories in order to revive and reconstruct lost narratives. Their work takes the form of installations, video and sound pieces, photographs, artist’s books, and other printed ephemera. Their artists’ books are distributed by Printed Matter in New York.
Kate and M will be speaking on day 3 of the conference
Partnership in the Preservation of Rustbelt Queer History
“I’ll be talking about my work with a collection of records and artifacts associated with the LGBTQ community within and around South Bend, Indiana from the 1970s to the present day. The collection includes a large collection of paper documents accumulated throughout the era by a local gay businessman. In addition to paper records, the archive also includes an ever-increasing number of oral histories gathered from members of the LGBTQ community who lived during a period that included the AIDS crisis and the rise of gay political activism.”
Alison Stankrauff has served as the Campus Archivist at the Indiana University South Bend campus since 2004. Previous to her current position, she served as a Reference Archivist at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati from 2002 to 2004. From 2000 to 2002 she served as a technician at the Reuther Labor Archives at Wayne State University in Detroit. She graduated with her Masters in Library Science with Archival Administration concentration in 2002 from Wayne State University, and she has a Bachelors degree in history from Antioch College.
Alison is part of the ‘Collecting and promoting LGBT history’ roundtable on day 3 of the conference
Queer collecting at the Schlesinger Library
“The Schlesinger Library has rich holdings of US lesbians: papers of activists, musicians, poets, ministers, teachers; records of publishing collectives, motorcycle clubs, magazines, advocacy groups, and health organizations. We are actively collecting trans* materials and exploring ways to make more materials about sexuality available online. How do we build on our long experience as collectors of women’s history as the gender binary crumbles?”
Jenny Gotwals is a lead archivist at the Schlesinger Library. Before joining the Library in 2007, she worked at the New-York Historical Society and the Woody Guthrie Archives. She is an active organizer of Wikipedia editathons focused on women.
The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Radcliffe Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society. The Library holds the papers of suffrage activists, writers and poets, pioneering feminists, and everyday women. It also collects records of women’s rights groups, as well as books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials.
Jenny 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
Politics, Privacy, and Trust: Promoting Queer Collections in New England
“Historically our institution has avoided being “too political” as we promoted archival collections, which has meant that LGBTQ materials have not been made fully visible. While the political climate has changed, we still contend with the culture of privacy that drew many to live in Maine. Women could (and did) build lives together in rural communities without much fuss as long as they were good citizens and kept to themselves. Because of the code of keeping the personal behind closed doors, relationships remain veiled in the historical record. The challenge of telling these women’s stories is one that is worth the reward.”
Cathleen Miller serves as the Curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England. Miller has worked as an archivist at numerous cultural institutions, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives in Philadelphia. She received her MLS from Drexel University and her MA in creative writing from Temple University.
The Maine Women Writers Collection is a permanently endowed special collection of published and unpublished literary, cultural, and social history sources by and about Maine women. Among its goals are to honor and celebrate the work of new, established, and historical women writers, as well as to foster archives-based scholarly work in women’s and gender studies.
Cathleen is part of the ‘Collecting and promoting LGBT history’ roundtable on day 3 of the conference
Accessing the Inaccessible? How National Museums Liverpool is uncovering their LGBTQ Collections
“This case study showcases the work being carried out at National Museums Liverpool as part of their Pride and Prejudice project attempting to uncover existing, but not necessarily documented LGBTQ material within their social history collections.
Researching existing collections has been portrayed as difficult, time consuming, ineffective, and at times simply impossible but our extensive research; undertaken with local LGBTQ communities has unearthed a range of objects which tell stories from Liverpool’s LGBTQ communities from the 1950s to the present.
This case study will show how National Museums Liverpool is using different research methods to produce a framework from which targeted searches of the collection are being undertaken. It will also show how once LGBTQ material has been uncovered how this research is incorporated in to documentation, labels and descriptions so as to permanently place the material within its LGBTQ context and be made available to the wider public.”
Matthew has worked at the Museum of Liverpool since it opened in 2011, in the Education team and then as part of the team of curatorial team involved in creating the museum. Since June 2015 he has worked on National Museums Liverpool’s Pride and Prejudice project which aims to better research, uncover, and publish material within the Museum of Liverpool’s collection relating to the story of Liverpool’s LGBTQ communities.
Matthew studied his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Liverpool, developing a deep and keen interest in local history especially in the telling of stories of people, communities, and organisations that have been long neglected by the wider heritage sector.
Museum of Liverpool
The Museum of Liverpool is one of the country’s most visited museums outside of London. It is the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century, demonstrating Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world. The first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, it showcases popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. It has attracted more than three million visitors since opening in July 2011. The prestigious Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013 was awarded to the Museum for its commitment to human rights as well as its work with children and families from all backgrounds.
Matt is speaking on day 3 of the conference
The Homosaurus as a Linked Data Vocabulary
“The Homosaurus, an international thesaurus of LGBTI index terms developed by IHLIA LGBT Heritage (Amsterdam), offers a standardized vocabulary for describing LGBTI materials. In order to allow more institutions to make use of this resource, Homosaurus’ compiler, Jack van der Wel, has teamed up with K.J. Rawson, director of the Digital Transgender Archive (U.S.A.) to transform the Homosaurus into an online linked vocabulary. I will discuss how the Homosaurus was developed, for what purposes, and some of its features. Then I will present a text by K.J. Rawson about the benefits of a linked data vocabulary and how others can utilize this resource. Finally, I will discuss how the project will proceed and the role of the international editorial board that is in the process of convening.”
Jack van der Wel
Jack van der Wel is head of collections and information services of IHLIA LGBT Heritage, located at the Amsterdam Public Library. He was one of the compilers of the original Dutch Homosaurus and worked with Ellen Greenblatt on developing a global version. He was also co-organizer of the 2012 ALMS LGBT Conference in Amsterdam.
K.J. Rawson is an Assistant Professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, and is the Director of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA). DTA is creating the linked data environment for the Homosaurus.
IHLIA is a LGBT heritage organization and owns a socially relevant and indispensable international collection. IHLIA is continuously involved in collecting information about the LGBT communities in the world and making it accessible.
The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.
Jack will be speaking on day 3 of the conference