LGBT History Project

About LGBT History Project Resources

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 the greater Central Pennsylvania region. This site contains oral histories that have been recorded for the LGBT History Project, as well as fully accessible digital versions of documents, images, and artifacts that have been donated to the project.

This is a quickly growing collection, and not all items are available through this website. Please contact Malinda Triller-Doran at archives@dickinson.edu for information about how to access all of the resources of the LGBT History Project, as well as how to donate additional materials.

Generous support to make these unique resources accessible has been provided by the Schlegel Deibler Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

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TransCentral PA Logo

Date: 2007 - 2019

TransCentral PA is a nonprofit 501c3 organization which serves the transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming community in central Pennsylvania. It was originally formed in 1989 as the Lower Susquehanna Valley chapter of the national trans...

Collection: LGBT-088 - TransCentral PA

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Pennsmen 7th Anniversary Pin - 1984

Date: 1984

Gold Pennsmen Inc. 7th Anniversary Pin.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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The Archives Staff Short Sleeve Shirt (cream) - 1983

Date: 1983

Staff T-shirt for the Harrisburg, PA gay bar and resturant, The Archives.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Shadows Bar Sign - 1980

Date: 1980

Electric bar sign of Shadows, a prominent gay bar in Harrisburg, PA.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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NAGVA Nationals Tournament 4 Chicago Plaque - 1986

Date: 1986

NAGVA Nationals Tournament 4 (Chicago, IL) plaque.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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''NAVGA Nationals Tournament 4 Chicago,'' Short Sleeve Shirt (grey) - 1986

Date: 1986

NAGVA Nationals Tournament 4 (Chicago, IL) grey, short sleeve shirt.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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The Archives Restaurant Napkins - 1983

Date: 1983

Six napkins from The Archives, a prominent gay bar and restaurant in Harrisburg, PA.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Shadows Matchbook - circa 1980

Date: circa 1980

Matchbook from Harrisburg, PA gay bar Shadows.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Shadows Bar, Short Sleeve Shirt (tan with brown collar) - circa 1980

Date: circa 1980

T-shirt for the Harrisburg, PA gay bar Shadows.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Charm City Invitational Volleyball Tournament Plaque - October 8 - 9, 1988

Date: October 8 -9, 1988

Charm City (PA) invitational volleyball tournament plaque.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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NAGVA III International Tournament Plaque - May 24 - 27, 1985

Date: May 24 - 27, 1985

NAGVA III international tournament plaque won by the Harrisburg Hustlers.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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Harrisburg Hustlers HBG #16, Long Sleeve Shirt (yellow and black) - circa 1980

Date: circa 1980

Harrisburg Hustlers HBG #16 yellow and black, long sleeve shirt.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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Harrisburg Hustlers #3, Short Sleeve Captain Shirt (yellow and black) - circa 1980

Date: circa 1980

Harrisburg Hustlers #3 yellow and black, short sleeve Captain shirt.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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Harrisburg Hustlers #3 Captain, Long Sleeve Shirt (maroon and white) - circa 1980

Date: circa 1980

Harrisburg Hustlers #3 maroon and white long sleeve captian shirt.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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Harrisburg Hustlers #3, Long Sleeve Shirt (red) - circa 1980

Date: circa 1980

Harrisburg Hustlers #3 red, long sleeve shirt.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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''NAGAVA Nationals Tournament 4 Chicago '86'', Long Sleeve Shirt (white) - 1986

Date: 1986

NAGVA Nationals Tournament 4 (Chicago, IL) white, long sleeve shirt.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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Various Publications in LGBT-060 Jan Brittan Collection

Date: 1971 - 1994

Jan Brittan graduated from Dickinson College in 1971. This collection contains LGBTQ+ periodicals and articles. Brittan also donated books, which are listed in a separate PDF Appendix.

Collection: LGBT-064 - Brittan

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Date: 2016 - 2017

The Carlisle Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, also known as the Borough of Carlisle Human Relations Ordinance, was passed in December 2016. This ordinance established a Human Relations Commission and protection of LGBTQ+ community in the Borough,...

Collection: LGBT-060 - Carlisle Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

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Richard Schlegel with large group of men in front of building - circa 1964

Date: circa 1964

Richard Schlegel (front, fourth from the left) with large group of men in front of building. Possibly PA Department of Highway staff.

Collection: LGBT-081 - Deibler

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Richard Schlegel at dinner event - circa 1964

Date: circa 1964

Richard Schlegel at dinner event (right). 

Collection: LGBT-081 - Deibler

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Richard Schlegel at event for PA Department of Highways - circa 1964

Date: circa 1964

PA Department of Highways event. Richard Schlegel (back left), Department of Highways Deputy Secretary Wilbur Webb (center), Secretary Henry Harral (right of Webb), and Joe Micco (far right).

Collection: LGBT-081 - Deibler

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Richard Schlegel at desk - circa 1964

Date: circa 1964

Richard Schlegel at a desk in the PA Department of Highways. 

Collection: LGBT-081 - Deibler

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Richard Schlegel at the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association dinner - March 11, 1964

Date: March 11, 1964

Pennsylvania Highway Information Association dinner at the Scranton Holiday Inn. Left to right: Ken Larson, James E. Krick, Max Frey, and Richard Schlegel, unidentified man.

Collection: LGBT-081 - Deibler

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Organizations: PA Department of Highways

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Richard Schlegel at the Bucknell University Seminar for Highway Executives - August 1963

Date: August 1963

Bucknell University seminar for highway executives, left to right: Ken Larson, Dr. George McManmon (standing), James Mifflin, and Richard Schlegel.

Collection: LGBT-081 - Deibler

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Organizations: PA Department of Highways

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PA Rural Gay Caucus at Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade, photo 2 - 1976

Date: 1976

Photograph of members of PA Rural Gay Caucus with their banner at the 1976 Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade. Identified members from left to right: Aaron Spicher (with the Dignity Banner), Joe Burns, Richard Hoffman (with GCS Berks Banner), Sam...

Collection: LGBT-029 - Leshner

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, Dignity/Central PA, Gay Coordinating Society of Berks County, Reading (GCS Berks)

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