Thanks to a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation, the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries have digitized a number of early recordings of LGBTQ activists from the 1950s and 1960s. Many are now available via the USC Digital Library. Keep reading for a recording of pioneering psychiatrist Blanche Baker speaking at the ONE Inc. Midwinter Institute in 1955. Baker broke with her colleagues in American Psychiatry Association who considered homosexuality to be a mental illness until 1973.
In the past year, archivists at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries cataloged 95 collections that document the lives of many pioneering figures in the struggle for LGBTQ equality. Thanks to the NHPRC-supported project, researchers can now access a number of previously hidden archival collections, including A Different Light Bookstore Records, the Antonio Reyes Papers, the Esther Herbert Papers and Photographs, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE), and the Molly McKay & Davina Kotulski Scrapbooks. Keep reading for more details and photographs from the newly processed collections.
Nine travel narratives written by women and from the USC Libraries' Special Collections are now on display on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library. Titled Women of the World: A Travel Perspective, the exhibit features nine rare books published between 1789 and 1889. Stop by the Special Collections display case on Doheny Library's second floor to see the exhibit.
The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives recently processed 59 collections as part of a project that received a $133,577 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The project includes many diverse collections that document the beginnings of the LGBT civil rights movement in the United States and the daily lives of prominent artists, activists, and writers. The newly processed collections include photographs dating to 1850 and the records of organizations such as the Lambda Literary Foundation and LGBT running clubs. Another highlight is the papers of intersex activist Lynn Edward Harris. Keep reading for a complete list of the newly processed collections.
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recently awarded $203,200 to Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archive Cataloging Project, a collaborative effort to process rare archival materials held by the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives and the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. Included in the project are 111 archival collections featuring a wealth of rare materials, ranging from the suit worn by Harvey Milk when he was assassinated to early gay and lesbian wedding photos, matchbooks from 1950s gay bars, and memorabilia from José Sarria’s 1961 campaign for San Francisco city supervisor. Keep reading for photos and details about the project.
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 a number of prominent artists, activists, and writers. Keep reading for photos from several collections that will be made available through this project.
The Los Angeles Times' Culture Monster blog recently highlighted Queer Worldmaking, the USC Libraries' exhibition in Doheny Memorial Library's Treasure Room. Keep reading to learn more about the exhibition, drawn from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, and ONE's Cruising the Archive series, which the Times' Sharon Mizota describes as "inspiring in its depth and vibrancy."
The symbiotic relationship between meticulous research and good writing was celebrated at the recent Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheon as USC Professor Lois Banner discussed her latest book, MM—Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe. Keep reading to learn more about the luncheon and about Banner's research.
Authors Lois Banner and Adrienne Sharp will be the featured speakers at the next two Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheons, scheduled for October 27 and November 17. Keep reading to learn more about Banner, Sharp, and the Literary Luncheon series.
Ninety-one years ago this August 26, U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified that the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution had been duly ratified, guaranteeing women the right to vote within the United States. A new exhibit curated by archivist Katherine Richardson, Celebrating the 91st Anniversary of Women's Suffrage, features materials from the USC Libraries' Special Collections related to the struggle for women's voting rights. Among the items on display are placards from the libraries' Amy C. Ransome Collection on Women's Suffrage, rare books, letters, and photographic prints. The exhibit also addresses the debate over women's suffrage; among the items is a pamphlet by George S. Patton, Sr. (father of the famous World War II general) titled "Why Women Should Not Be Given the Vote." Stop by the Special Collections display case on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library to see the exhibit.