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Collections of college and personal papers, as well as a select number of individual documents, have been briefly described in entries available for browsing and searching on this site. All collection descriptions contain a representative image and a summary of the contents. Collection descriptions also include links to an inventory detailing the contents of the collection.

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LGBT-003 document
2011-2012

This collection contains a campaign poster from John Campbell’s run for Harrisburg City treasurer as an openly gay candidate in 2011-2012.

Location: LGBT-003

Subject: LGBT History, Politics and Government

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: LGBT-003 Collection Inventory

LGBT-004 documents
2013

This collection contains campaign materials from Chris Dietz's run for PA State Representative in 2012, including flyers, a campaign poster, and a campaign button. 

SCANN Annual Report, January 1995
1990-1995

Selected newsletters and annual report of South Central AIDS Assistance Network, 1990-1995.

Location: LGBT-005

Subject: Health and Medicine, LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Reports

Time Period: 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: LGBT-005 Collection Inventory

LGBT-006 documents
1995-2005

This collection contains material related to the establishment of the LGBT Center of Central PA and the activities of the AIDS Community Alliance.  It also includes a 1995-1996 Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg directory, a flyer for the...

Location: LGBT-006

Subject: Health and Medicine, LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format:

Time Period: 1980-1999, 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: LGBT-006 Collection Inventory

LGBT-007 documents
2013

Dan Miller ran for mayor of Harrisburg, PA in 2013.  While he was not successful in that election, he has held numerous positions of leadership.  At the time of the mayoral campaign, he was the Harrisburg City Controller and Harrisburg’s first...

Here's How Newsletters, 1977
1978-1980

This collection contains issues of the Here's How newsletter from 1978 to 1980. This newsletter was distributed by the Homophiles of Williamsport organization. Dan Maneval, cofounder of the organization, donated these newsletters in 2013. The...

Location: LGBT-008

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1960-1979, 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: LGBT-008 Collection Inventory

Lavender Letter Masthead
1995-2006

 This collection contains approximately 10 years worth of issues (1995-2006) of the Lavender Letter,  a lesbian newsletter published in Harrisburg, PA.   It also contains a small amount of documentation from the 1996 Central PA Pride...

Location: LGBT-009

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1980-1999, 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: LGBT-009 Collection Inventory

LGBT-010 documents
1972-2013

These materials document several gay bars that operated in the Harrisburg, PA area, namely The Archives Nightclub and Restaurant (1983), La Rose Rouge,(1978-1992), Neptune’s Lounge (1972), Paper Moon, and the Shadows bar (1980-1984).  These items...

Sam Deetz with Pink Triangle pin, 1976
1975-1976

These materials were donated by Sam Deetz, founder of Susquehanna Valley Gays United in Northumberland, PA in 1976. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings documenting gay rights issues and activism primarily in the Sunbury, PA area from 1975-...

LGBT-012 documents
1991-2009

This collection was donated anonymously by an individual associated with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of the Spirit in Harrisburg, PA.  The collection is composed primarily of newspapers clippings that...

LGBT-013 documents
circa 1996-1997

This collection reflects Eric Selvey’s involvement with the Crossroads Magazine as editor and publisher, and with the Lily White and Company drag troupe, based in Harrisburg, PA.  

Buttons
1978-2012

These materials were donated by Barry Loveland in 2014. The bulk of the collection consists of buttons, ribbons, and t-shirts from events.  It also contains documentation of the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg, as well as theatre and...

LGBT-015 documents
1974-2015

This collection is comprised primarily of newspaper clippings from a wide variety of publications, not limited to Central PA, addressing issues related to marriage, clergy, politics, discrimination, and the military.  This collection also...

LGBT-016 documents
1985-1991

This collection contains a run of the Advocate magazine from April 16, 1985 to May 21, 1991. It also includes a 1991 Gay and Lesbian Switchboard guide to Central PA and a gay trivia game.    

LGBT-017 documents
1990-1992

This collection of material reflects Thomas Pfeiffer’s involvement in the Lily White and Company drag troupe in Harrisburg, PA and The Pennsmen Inc., a group of LGBT people with a common interest in the leather/fetish lifestyle.  The Marie...

1993 March on Washington t-shirt and flag
1993, 2000

This collection contains t-shirts and flags from the 1993 March on Washington and the 2000 Millennium March on Washington. 

Location: LGBT-018

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Artifacts and Objects

Time Period: 1980-1999, 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: LGBT_018_Vath,GeraldG.pdf

LGBT-019 document
1978-1985

These materials document the holy union of Nancy Datres and Riitta Lukkari.  They also contain  court documents and a photograph dealing with harassment Datres and Lukkari experienced from their neighbors. 

LGBT-021 documents
1990-present

The LGBT Center of Central PA, housed in Harrisburg, PA, provides services, programs, and community space for the LGBT community in the region.  These materials represent these initiatives, including the Common Roads program for youth and young...

LGBT-022 documents
1983-1995

This collection contains issues of the Lavender Letter newsletter from 1983-1995.  Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others began publishing the Lavender Letter newsletter in 1983 as a way of creating...

Location: LGBT-022

Subject: LGBT History

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: LGBT-022 Collection Inventory

LGBT-023 document
1996-2007

These materials document LGBT programs and events in Central PA, such as Pride Festivals, the annual FAB Fall Achievement Benefit, and Lily White and Company performances.  It also includes items from Pennsylvania bars.     

LGBT-028 artifacts
1980s

These items were acquired by Richard Twaddle during his approximately 12 years of membership in The Pennsmen, a group of LGBT people with a common interest in the leather/fetish lifestyle.

Location: LGBT-028

Subject: LGBT History

Format: Artifacts and Objects

Time Period: 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: LGBT-028 Collection Inventory

LGBT-030 artifacts
1970s, undated

This collection contains an assortment of buttons documenting LGBT events and issues. It also includes monthly newsletters produced by the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg in 1981.

Location: LGBT-030

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Artifacts and Objects

Time Period: 1960-1979, 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: LGBT-030 Collection Inventory

LGBT-031 button
Undated

This collection contains buttons reflecting activism in support of marriage equality in Pennsylvania.  

Location: LGBT-031

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Artifacts and Objects

Time Period:

Collection Inventory: LGBT-031 Collection Inventory

LGBT-032 documents
2007-2014

This collection contains materials related to STUDS Magazine: Handsomely Beautiful Women, a Harrisburg, PA area magazine that was published, written, and designed by Lindsay Snowden and Shaashawn Dial-Snowden, with contributions from...

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