Thanks to a generous grant from The GRAMMY Foundation®, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries recently preserved and digitized nearly 200 hours of audio recordings from early LGBTQ activists, researchers, and other pioneers. The recordings are now available via the USC Digital Library. Keep reading for more details about the project and links to the recordings.
The Getty Foundation recently awarded ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries a research grant to develop a retrospective exhibition on the Mexican-American artist Edmundo “Mundo” Meza as part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions, LA/LA aims to take a fresh look at vital and vibrant traditions in Latino and Latin America art. Keep reading for more details about the exhibition.
Two undergraduate students utilizing testimonies from the USC Shoah Visual History Archive earned the top prizes for papers submitted to the first-annual USC Libraries Research Award competition, which encourages the use of primary source materials in student research.
International Relations major Nitya Ramanathan took the first prize with her paper entitled How Do We Put Ourselves Back Together? An Analytical Comparison between Transitional Justice in Rwanda and South Africa. History major Diem-Tran Nguyen took second place with The Paradoxical Treatment of Male Homosexual Prisoners During the Holocaust. Both papers were submitted as part of Professor Wolf Gruner's course.
ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and the GLBT Historical Society are continuing to process collections as part of the CLIR-funded project, Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archive Cataloging Project. Keep reading for an update from ONE archivist Kyle Morgan about the latest collections uncovered by this 2-year project.
A new exhibition and screening series from the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives explores the history of EZTV, a pioneering video space founded in West Hollywood in 1978. EZTV: Video Transfer opened March 15 and is on display at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum in West Hollywood through June 1. To learn more, see this preview from the Huffington Post.
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.
As part of its LGBT Heritage Month Celebration, the city of Los Angeles honored the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives for its role in preserving L.A.'s LGBT history. In a special ceremony on Friday, May 31, inside the Los Angeles City Council chambers, councilmember Bill Rosendahl and his colleagues presented ONE Archives Director Joseph Hawkins with an award for the organization's service to the community. The USC Libraries have been home to the ONE Archives' research collection since 2010.
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 GRAMMY Foundation announced a $10,000 grant to support the preservation of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives' rich audio collections. The grant will fund the digital preservation of one-of-a-kind recordings of early LGBT activists dating back to the 1950s. The recordings capture the voices of early activists like Ivy Bottini, Morris Kight, and Phyllis Lyon as well as their views on topics ranging from military service, marriage equality, and the struggle for many basic legal protections taken for granted in our democracy. Keep reading for more details.