LGBT Center of Central PA History Project Collections

The LGBT Center of Central PA and the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections have partnered to document the stories and history of LGBT life and activism in Central PA. Below are guides to the collections of documents, images, and artifacts that have been donated to the LGBT History Project as part of this effort.

Research assistance is available by e-mail (archives@dickinson.edu), telephone (717-245-1399), and on-site. Visitors are welcome Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, and on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm when classes are in session. Malinda Triller Doran, Special Collections Librarian, is Dickinson’s liaison to this project. It is recommended that you contact Malinda in advance of a site visit.

Members of the Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus with their hand-made banner at the Philadelphia gay pride parade circa 1976. Photo by Bari Lee Weaver. Sam Deetz on Gay Education Day in Harrisburg, wearing Pink Triangle button, March 1976.  Photo by Bari Lee Weaver. Fan button for the Harrisburg Hustlers volleyball team. Issues of the Lavender Letter newsletter (Harrisburg, PA) from 1998. Shadows bar (Harrisburg, PA) t-shirt. Letter sent to Joe Burns in 1969 from the Mattachine Society of New York in an attempt to establish a gay activist organization in the Lehigh Valley area.  Materials documenting activism in Lancaster, PA.
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 community for lesbians in the Harrisburg, PA area.  The newsletter was distributed monthly until the mid-2000s.  Additional issues of the Lavender...

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 others.  In addition to containing issues of the magazine, this collection includes wall calendars, a trophy, a t-shirt, and a DVD of an evening of...

LGBT-033 items
undated, 1992, 1996, 2015

This collection contains newspaper clippings, posters, buttons, and gay bar matchbook covers. The news clippings document coverage of issues related to LGBT rights and activism in the LNP (Lancaster) newspaper in summer 2015.  The posters address civil rights and the ban on military service for gays and lesbians. The buttons feature various advocacy efforts...

LGBT-039 Documents
1998-2004

This collection contains newsletters published between 1998 and 2004 by the Lower Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Renaissance Education Association, Inc., a non-profit transgender support organization.   These materials also include programs from Miss Stallions and Miss Gay Harrisburg events from 1999 and 2001. 

LGBT-040 documents
circa 2000

These materials primarily pertain to the Bi-GLYAH and Common Roads organizations for LGBT youth. The collection contains t-shirts, an EQUALITY bracelet, and promotional materials from around 2000.

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