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GLBT Archives Seeks Donations

| Jan 9, 2008
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The Williams-Nichols Archive and Library for GLBT Studies at the University of Louisville is one of the largest collections of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender materials in the country. Located in the Special Collections division of Ekstrom Library on the university’s main campus just south of downtown, it’s open to students, professors, researchers, as well as the general public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

The collection could not exist without the diligent efforts of the GLBT community in Louisville and Kentucky as well as nationally. Thanks to generous donations from individuals and organizations through the years, the Williams-Nichols collection has become a noted resource center nationally.

Focus of the collection is the history of the Kentucky and Indiana GLBT communities from the 1950s forward, but it contains print publications from around the country as well as international. Currently the collection has over 5,000 books; over 2,000 print titles, or about 30,000 print publications such as journals, newspapers, magazines; 500 videotapes, record albums, CDs, audiotapes, and DVDs; about 200 t-shirts and numerous other items of clothing; theatrical programs and posters; organizational papers; and such interesting ephemera as buttons, bumperstickers, matchbook covers, bar glasses, etc.

Monetary contributions may be made to Williams-Nichols Institute, Inc., 1464 S. Second St., Louisville, KY 40208. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

The Archive is always looking for donations of books, magazines, and other items to add to its collection. In particular, they are currently looking for back issues of the following magazines. Please inquire first by email before sending any items.

Any newsletters from community groups nationwide with an emphasis on the Upper South and the Midwest
Any newspapers from Indiana, Ohio or Tennessee, particularly pre-1990
Any feminist publications, particularly before 1985
Any early “physique” magazines (1940s-1960s)
Any “lesbian pulp fiction” novels (1940s-1970s)
The Advocate (pre-1972 only)
Bay Area Reporter (pre-1984 and anything after 2000)
Bay Times (San Francisco)
Bay Windows (Boston)
Cybersocket (various issues)
Dare (Nashville)
Diseased Pariah News (Issue #9 only)
Drum (Philadelphia; various issues, 1960s)
Echo (Phoenix)
Equal Time (Minneapolis)
Etc. (Atlanta)
Fag Rag (Boston)
The Front Page (North Carolina)
Frontiers (Hollywood/San Francisco)
Gay Community News (Boston)
Gay People’s Chronicle (Cleveland)
GenderPAC National News
The Guide (Boston)
The Ladder (various issues, 1950s-70s)
The Leather Journal
Lesbian Connection (pre-1978)
Mattachine Review (various issues, 1950s-60s)
National NOW Times
New York Native
One Magazine (various issues, 1950s-70s)
Out & About (Nashville)
Outlines (Chicago)
Outlines (Indianapolis)
Outlook News (Columbus, Ohio)
Query (Nashville)
Sentinel (San Francisco)
Southern Voice (Atlanta)
Vector (various issues, 1960s-70s)
Washington Blade (mostly pre-1985)White Crane
Windy City Times (Chicago)
The Word (all editions)
Xenogeny (Nashville)
XY Magazine (#44, 46, and 47 only)

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    About the Author ()

    Angela Gardner is a founding member of The Renaissance Transgender Assoc., Inc., former editor of its newsletter and magazine, Transgender Community News. She was the Diva of Dish for TGF in the late 1990s and Editor of LadyLike magazine until its untimely demise. She has appeared in film and television shows portraying TG characters, as well as representing Renaissance on numerous talk shows.

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