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-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.

LGBT-041 artifact
1961-2015

These materials include photographs, artifacts, and documents regarding the life and activism of Sam Edmiston. Of note in this collection is a banner made for the Susquehanna Valley Gays United organization founded in Sunbury, PA.   

LGBT-043 documents
1982-2008

The Paul Foltz Collection contains material dating from 1982-2008 and focuses primarily on the activities and performances of Lily White and Company, a local group of performers and female impersonators that raised money for HIV/AIDS programming. 

LGBT-076 quilt
1992-1997

This collection documents the involvement of David Klinepeter and his wife Gloria in the AIDS Memorial Quilt Names Project and the overall AIDS crisis. After their son Daniel died from AIDS, David and his wife worked with the Names Project to create panels for their son and others who suffered from the disease. This collection includes two quilt panels for Daniel, a...

LGBT-077 documents
2018

The Keystone Conference is a program for transgender individuals and their allies that has been held annually in Pennsylvania since 2009. The items in this collection include publicity material distributed during the 2018 conference at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel.

Location: LGBT-077

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera

Time Period: 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: LGBT-077 Collection Inventory

LGBT History Project Logo
1993

This collection contains citizen correspondence requesting that the inclusion of “sexual orientation” in the City of York’s non-discrimination ordinance be put on the ballot for a public referendum. The correspondence dates from February 1993 and is composed in large part of form letters. The City of York passed an anti-discrimination ordinance protecting sexual...

LGBT-082 poster
1987

National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights poster - October 11, 1987

Location: LGBT-082

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: LGBT-082 Collection Inventory

LGBT History Project Logo
1991-2018

These documents relate to Cindy Mitzel’s involvement in York Area Lambda, originally known as York Support. The collection consists primarily of news clippings related to efforts to hold a Gay Pride Week celebration in York, Pa in summer 1991.

Location: LGBT-083

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1980-1999, 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: LGBT-083 Collection Inventory

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