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LGBTQ Collection

Title:LGBTQ Collection
Inclusive Dates:1972, 1976, 1981-2014
Extent of Materials:6 Hollinger boxes, 1 flat box (20.5"x16"), oversized materials (3.5 linear feet)
Location:NC Room and Map Case 2, Drawer 13 [Miscellaenous collections]
Date of Accession:2010-2014
Donor:Joanne Abel, Carol Anderson, Nancy Blood, Meredith Emmett, Joseph Fedrowitz, Amy Glaser, Lucy Harris, Luke Hirst, Collin Lee (on behalf of the Queer Coalition), Carol Place, Kym Register, Cris Rivera, Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University, Steve Schewel, and Allan Troxler
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR
Processor:Cale McCammon; additions by Kristen Merryman
Description:
Subject Headings:Gay communities--North Carolina--Durham--History--20th century.
Gay liberation movement.
Gulley, Wilbur.
Hate crimes--North Carolina.
Photographs.
Protest movements.
Same-sex marriage--Law and legislation.
Scrapbooks.
Abstract:
Scope and Content:The LGBT Collection is an artificial collection consisting of materials from the following donors: Joanne Abel, Carol Anderson, Meredith Emmett, Joseph Fedrowitz, Lucy Harris, Luke Hirst, Collin Lee (on behalf of the Queer Coalition), Carol Place, Kym Register, Cris Rivera, Steve Schewel, and Allan Troxler. The materials reflect the activism of the LGBTQ community of Durham and the Triangle area and concern primarily the following areas: the April 12, 1981, Little River beatings and aftermath, the 1986-1988 Gay Pride marches, the 1986 push to recall Mayor Wilbur "Wib" Gulley for proclaiming a week dedicated to anti-discrimination and the LGBTQ community's campaign against the recall, and the 2012 protests against Amendment One, which proposed to make same-sex marriage unconstitutional in North Carolina. They consist of newspaper clippings from such publications as the Durham Morning Herald, The New York Times, The Independent Weekly, The Front Page, and Indy Week; photographs; VHS tapes; meeting files; flyers; scrapbooks; and posters.
Materials donated by Joanne Abel consist of a scrapbook that compiles newspaper clippings, photographs, and articles documenting the events of 1986, including the Durham County Library's controversial Gay Pride display, the 1986 Gay Pride march, and the Gulley recall. Abel also donated seasonal issues, price listings, and updates of the women's music catalog Ladyslipper.
Materials donated by Carol Anderson consist of newspaper clippings and petitions concerning the Gulley recall.
Materials donated by Meredith Emmett consist of a scrapbook, flyers, photographs, and VHS tapes documenting the 1986 to 1988 Durham Gay Pride marches. They also include newspaper clippings concerning the Gay Pride marches and the Gulley recall, as well as Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance meetings notes and files concerning the planning of the marches.
Materials donated by Joseph Fedrowitz consist of two oversized posters that advertize the Raleigh Gay Pride marches of 1987 and 1989.
Materials donated by Lucy Harris consist of event flyers, programs, and newspaper clippings that announce LGBTQ musical and theatrical performances.
Materials donated by Luke Hirst consist of a CD version of Meredith Emmett's VHS tapes documenting the 1986 Gay Pride March, pamphlets directed toward Spanish speakers in the LGBTQ community, Bull City SONG materials, Durham Unstalled promotional materials, Amendment One protest buttons and posters written to CD, Cuntry Kings materials, oral histories, and periodicals.
Materials donated by Carol Place consist of the Travis Place catalogs, which feature women's cotton underwear. Place, Ginger Travis, and Georgann Eubanks founded the mail order company in 1983.
Materials donated by Collin Lee on behalf of the Queer Coalition consist of notes, posters, and pamphlets of the Queer Coalition's meetings and social events.
Materials donated by Kym Register consist of promotional posters for concerts the Duke Coffeehouse and, most notably, the Pinhook where a concert was held in protest of Amendment One.
Materials donated by Cris Rivera document the protests against Amendment One through flyers, pamphlets, stickers, and newspaper clippings.
Materials donated by Steve Schewel consist of newspaper clippings and organizational records that concern the planning behind and the events surrounding the campaign against the Gulley recall.
Materials donated by Allan Troxler consist of photographs and newspaper clippings that document the LGBTQ protests in response to the Little River beatings. They also include newspaper clippings, buttons, and posters concerning Durham Gay Pride marches during the 1980s, the protests against Amendment One, and various musical performances. Troxler designed many of the posters and buttons himself.
Materials donated by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University donated issues of The Front Page from 1992 and The Newsletter 1990-1995.
Related Materials:
Restrictions:The collection is open for research.
Biographical/Historical Note:The Little River beatings occurred on April 12, 1981, when a group of men assaulted sunbathers on the Little River who they believed to be homosexual, resulting in one death.

Wilbur "Wib" Gulley was elected mayor of Durham in 1985. His service was characterized by infrastructure, cultural, and environmental initiatives. In 1986, he drew tremendous backlash for issuing a proclamation to dedicate a week to anti-discrimination and for endorsing a Gay Pride march. Those who opposed the motion called for his recall, but his opponents failed to gather enough signatures.

Ladyslipper began in 1976 as a comprehensive guide to women's recordings, named Creatrix . In 1996, the catalog went from print to online. Ladyslipper also operates as a small independent record label. As of 2013, the catalog contains listings for approximately 15,000 artists.
Condition Notes:
Organization of Collection:1. Joanne Abel, Carol Anderson, and Meredith Emmett Materials
2. Lucy Harris, Luke Hirst, Carol Place, Queer Coalition, Kym Register, Cris Rivera, Steve Schewel, and Allan Troxler Materials
3. Items Separated - Joanne Abel, Creatrix , 1976, Ladyslipper Catalogs, 1988-1996
4. Items Separated - Joanne Abel, Ladyslipper Catalogs, 1997-2002
5. Items Separated - Meredith Emmett, Luke Hirst, Queer Coalition, and Allan Troxler Materials
6. Items Separated - Amy Glaser and Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
7. Oversized Materials
8. Oversized Map Case Materials
Container List
Box 1
Joanne Abel
1. Loose Scrapbook Materials: Articles Concerning Durham County Library Gay Pride Month Display1972, 1986
2. Loose Scrapbook Materials: Flyers and Invitations1986
3. Loose Scrapbook Materials: Letters1986
4. Loose Scrapbook Materials: Meeting Notes1986
5. Loose Scrapbook Materials: Newspaper Clippings1986
6. Photographscirca 1986
Carol Anderson
7. Campaign against the Recall of Mayor Gulley Petition1986
8. Miscellaneous Materials Concerning Gulley Recall1986
9. Newspaper Clippings Concerning Gulley Recall1986
Meredith Emmett
10. 1986 Gay Pride March: Ads and Flyers1986
11. 1986 Gay Pride March: Durham Citizens for Responsible Leadership Statement1986
12. 1986 Gay Pride March: Triangle Lesbian and Gay Committee Materials1986
13. 1987 Gay Pride March: Ads and Flyers1987
14. 1987 Gay Pride March: Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance Meeting Files1987
15. 1988 Gay Pride March: Ads and Flyers1988
16. Durham Citizens for Responsible Leadership Notes and Drafts Concerning Citizens for Traditional Moral Government1986
17. Gay Pride March Scrapbook1986-1987
18. Little River Beatings Protest Negatives and Composite Sheets1981
19. Little River Beatings Protest Photograph1981
20. Newspaper Clippings Concerning Gay Pride Marches1986-1989
21. Newspaper Clippings Concerning Gulley Recall1986
22. Newspaper Clippings: Miscellaneous1982, 1986-1988
23. Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance Letters1986-1988
23. Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance Miscellaneous Ads and Flyers1986-1988
24. Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance Press Release1987
25. Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance: Testimony before the Human Relations Committee on Violence and Discrimination1988
26. Report of the Resolution Committee, Durham County Democratic Party1986
27. Southeastern Lesbian and Gay Conference Keynote Address1988
28. "What's Wrong with North Carolina's 'Crime against Nature Law?'" Handoutcirca 1986
Box 2
Lucy Harris
1. Event Flyers and Programs1996
2. The Newsletter1989-1991
3. Newspaper Clippings Concerning LGBTQ Musiclate 1980s-1999
4. Safe Sex Brochure1992
Luke Hirst
5. Amendment One Homemade Protest Signs CD2012
44 JPEG photographs of homemade signs protesting Amendment One around Durham.
6. Articles and Periodicals1988, 2001, 2011, 2013
Includes photocopy of Ian K. Lekus' article "Health Care, the AIDS Crisis, and the Politics of Community: The North Carolina Lesbian andGay Health Project, 1982-1996" from Modern American Queer History , found in Box 3.1986
7. Spanish-Speaking Community Pamphletscirca 2012
Carol Place
9. Travis Place Catalogs1985-1993
Queer Coalition
10. Event Posters and Pamphlets2009-2011
11. Meeting Notes2009
Kym Register
12. Go! Magazine: The Music Issue2008
13. Promotional Concert Materialscirca 2008
Cris Rivera
14. Campaign against Amendment One Flyers and Pamphlets2012
15. Campaign against Amendment One Stickers2012
16. Coalition to Protect NC Families Donations2012
17. Liberty Newsletter of the ACLU2012
18. Newspaper Clippings Concerning Amendment One2012
Steve Schewel
19. Campaign against the Recall of Mayor Gulley Solicitation1986
20. Campaign against the Recall of Mayor Gulley: Various Orgainzational Records and Mailing Lists1986
21. Citizens for Traditional Moral Government Report of Contributions1986
22. Newspaper Clippings Concerning Gulley Recall1986
23. Press Releases Concerning Gulley Recall and Editorials1986
Allan Troxler
24. Directory of Progressive Organizations in Durham1989
25. Gay Pride March Letters1981, 2010
26. Gay Pride March Posters and Flyers1981-1987
27. "A Lovely Walk" Booklet2012
28. Newspaper Clippings Concerning Gay Pride Marches1981, 1986-1987
29. Newspaper Clippings Concerning Little River Beatings1981
30. Photographs of Little River Beatings Protests and Marches1981
31. Press Statements Concerning Little River Beatings1981
Box 3 - Items Separated: Joanne Abel, Ladyslipper Catalogs
Seasonal price lists, updates, and issues of the women's music catalog Ladyslipper
1. 1976, Creatix Catalog
2. 1988-1990
3. 1991-1992
4. 1992-1993
5. 1994-1995
6. 1995-1996
Box 4 - Items Separated: Joanne Abel, Ladyslipper Catalogs
Seasonal price lists, updates, and issues of the women's music catalog Ladyslipper
1. 1996-1997
2. 1997-1998
3. 1998-1999
4. 1999-2000
5. 2001
6. 2002
Box 5 - Items Separated
Meredith Emmett
Gay Pride March VHS Tapescirca 1986
Gay Pride March Video on CD
Digital versions of Meredith Emmett's VHS tapes documenting the 1986 Gay Pride March
Luke Hirst
1. Amendment One Protest Buttons2012
2. Modern American Queer History2001
Photocopy of Ian K. Lekus' article "Health care, the AIDS Crisis, and the Politics of Community: The North Carolina Lesbian andGay Health Project, 1982-1996" placed in Articles and Periodicals folder of Box 2
3. Oral histories with Lucy Harris, Neeve Neevel, Amy Glaser, Beth Bruch, and Vaness Fixmer-Oraiz2011-2014
3. Cuntry Kings2005
4. Bull City SONG2010
5. Durham Unstalled2010-2011
6. Forum: "Diferentes estilos de vida"2013
7. LGBTQ Center of Durham steering committee2014
Queer Coalition
"Queerzilla" Labelscirca 2009
Humorous labels that may have been used to decorate a poster or as labels in a party setting.
Allan Troxler
3. Gay Pride March and Recall Buttonscirca 1986
Box 6 -Items separated
Amy Glaser
1. iNSIDEoUT/Upsidedown promtional materials2012-2014
2. Backwords issues2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014
Nancy Blood
1. Feminary notes2013
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture- Duke University
1. The Newsletter (2 folders)1990-1995
Box 7 - Oversized
Joanne Abel
1. Scrapbook1986
2. Loose Scrapbook Pages 1-61986
3. Loose Scrapbook Pages 7-121986
Oversized Ladyslipper Issues
Fall-Winter, 1983-1984
Fall-Winter, 1990-1991
Spring 1991 Update
Fall-Winter, 1991-1992
Fall-Winter, 1992-1993
Spring 1993 Update
Meredith Emmett
4. National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights Postercirca 1987
Kym Register
5. Concert Posters2007-2012
Cris Rivera
6. Campaign against Amendment One Display2012
Allan Troxler
7. Oversized Photographs of Little River Beatings Protests1981
8. Oversized Posters1981, 2012
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture - Duke University
The Front Page1992
Map Case 2, Drawer 13 - Oversized
Joseph Fedrowitz
Gay Pride March Posters1987, 1989
Queer Coalition
Event Posters and Meetings Notes2009