The LGBT History Project, housed at Dickinson College’s Archives & Special Collections, has been awarded a $10,000 Historical & Archival Records Care Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and a matching grant for $15,000 from the Schlegel-Deibler Charitable Foundation
The funds will be used to finance a one-year archivist position to organize, catalog and digitize significant portions of the LGBT History Project collection.
The LGBT History Project began in 2012 and is a collaborative community archives effort to preserve the stories and history of LGBTQ+ people and activism in central Pennsylvania. In 2014, the LGBT Center of Central PA in Harrisburg and Dickinson’s Archives & Special Collections established a partnership in the initiative. The project is the fastest-growing collection housed at Dickinson and one of the most frequently used. It currently includes approximately 150 video interviews and historical materials contributed by more than 80 donors.
The documents include written accounts, photographs and artifacts, with items dating from the early 1970s through the early 2000s and addressing political activism, discrimination, religious life, the local response to HIV/AIDS, gay bar life and transgender advocacy. Cataloging and digitizing these materials will improve the visibility, discoverability, and use of the collection, and make these records of historically marginalized people and communities from Pennsylvania available to a broader audience.
In 2014, the LGBT History Project won the prestigious J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award from the Society of American Archivists. More information is available at the LGBT Center of Central PA’s website or the Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections' website.