NHPRC-Funded Project Underway at ONE Archives

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Thanks to a $133,577 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives launched a project that will make its archival holdings on LGBT activism and history dramatically more accessible to researchers. The collections selected for the project document the beginnings of the LGBT civil rights movement in the United States and the daily lives of prominent artists, activists, and writers.

The LGBT Civil Rights and Social Equity Movement: Activists, Artists, and Organizations Cataloging Project will make available hundreds of previously hidden archival collections that document the contributions of LGBT civil rights activists to democracy in the United States, the long history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. armed forces, and countless other topics. Collections will provide insight into the daily lives of early LGBT activists and writers and the histories of LGBT organizations representing many diverse points of view. The collections include the Christopher Street West Records, the Michael Grace and Henry Grace Collection, the Lynn Edward Harris Collection, the Esther Herbert Collection, the Richard Silverthorn Collection, and the Patricia Nell Warren Papers.

Several of the newly created finding aids are available online:

Sidney Bronstein Papers

Southern California Women for Understanding Records

Lynn Edward Harris Papers and Photographs

Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA) Records

Black and White Men Together Records

Beth Chayim Chadashim Records

The ONE Archives project team includes archivists Michael Oliveira, Loni Shibuyama, and Greg Williams, who is vice president of the ONE 501(c)(3) board and director of the university archives at Cal State Dominguez Hills. By the end of 2014, they anticipate making the entirety of ONE's archival collections available to scholars thanks to support from NHPRC, CLIR, and Wells Fargo totaling nearly $500,000.

Here is a selection of photographs from collections selected by ONE archivists for inclusion in The LGBT Civil Rights and Social Equity Movement:

Lead banner in the 1982 Christopher Street West pride parade from the Christopher Street West Collection


The Rochester Gay Liberation Front protests at the University at Albany, New York, in 1971 from the collection of author Richard Silverthorn


A couple, possibly students from the University of Rochester, shares a drink in 1971--also from the Richard Silverthorn collection


1943 photograph of members of a Women's Army Corps brigade from the Esther Herbert collection


Esther Herbert with other members of the WAC at Lake Arrowhead in 1944

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