Getting to tell your own story is a gift, but it means that you have to contend with other people’s stories, and I guess that can mean arguing, maybe for 50 years straight. And that’s O.K. – Who Threw the First Brick at Stonewall? Let’s Argue About It
The RBML’s archival, manuscript, oral history and University Archives are full of materials from people who were out and proud, recently revealed queer collections and likely materials and people still somewhat closeted by historical forces and past archival practices rooted in homophobia.
You’re invite during PRIDE month, and every other month, to explore the collections we have on offer that begin to demonstrate the range of LGBTQIA people, voices and experiences. Some materials to start with include, but aren’t limited to:
- ephemera related to the LGBT movement in Croatia,
- the Alexander Gumby papers,
- the Ben Duncan and Dick Chapman papers,
- the John D. Cannon papers,
- the oral histories of Bayard Rustin, Harry Hay, Rosalyn Baxandall,
- the Columbia LGBT Records, 1961-2013,
- and the Robert L. Wilbur Protest Literature Collection.
And, by all means, if you come across items in our collections that show evidence of LGBTQIA histories, let us know so that we can update our records accurately.