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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Sam Deetz

Date: October 27, 2013

Samuel Deetz was born in Quakertown (Pennsylvania), in 1951, on April 21 and was one of eight children. Sam’s father became a minister, which allowed his family to move from place to place over Sam’s young life. Sam’s family...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, Susquehanna Valley Gays United (SVGU)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 025: Sam Deetz

Ray Davis

Date: April 15, 2015

Ray Davis was born on April 30th, 1954 in Bethlehem, PA. After attending Catholic school, Ray went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. After moving to...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: South Central Aids Assistance Network (SCAAN)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 022: Ray Davis

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Date: June 26, 2013

Bobbi Carmitchell was born in Willow Street, Pennsylvania.  She spent most of her professional career as a full-time musician, but currently has added contracting work in stained glass and woodworking art. Bobbi describes her...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Feminism

Organizations: Women's Circle

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 013: Bobbi Carmitchell

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Date: March 8, 2107

This is a story circle with Barry Loveland, Richard Hause, and Stephen Leshner discussing the life and work of Jerry Brennan. They begin with the discussion of Jerry’s childhood religion and his attendance of St. Bernard’s...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 011: Jerry Brennan

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Date: October 13, 2014

James “Jim” Bortzfield was born in Lancaster, PA in 1934. He received his undergraduate degree from Elizabethtown College as a business major. Upon graduation, Jim moved to Harrisburg to work as a buyer for Pomeroy’s, but after several years he...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 010: James ''Jim'' Bortzfield

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - December 1997

Date: December 1997

Created by Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others in 1983, the Lavender Letter Newsletter was a calendar of events for, by, and about lesbian women to create community in the Central Pennsylvania area...

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter

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View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - December 1997

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - October 1997

Date: October 1997

Created by Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others in 1983, the Lavender Letter Newsletter was a calendar of events for, by, and about lesbian women to create community in the Central Pennsylvania area...

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter

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Organizations: Central PA Womyn's Chorus

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - October 1997

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - August 1997

Date: August 1997

Created by Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others in 1983, the Lavender Letter Newsletter was a calendar of events for, by, and about lesbian women to create community in the Central Pennsylvania area...

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter

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View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - August 1997

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - July 1997

Date: July 1997

Created by Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others in 1983, the Lavender Letter Newsletter was a calendar of events for, by, and about lesbian women to create community in the Central Pennsylvania area...

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter

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View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - July 1997

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - April 1997

Date: April 1997

Created by Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others in 1983, the Lavender Letter Newsletter was a calendar of events for, by, and about lesbian women to create community in the Central Pennsylvania area...

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter

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Organizations: Her Story Bookstore

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - April 1997

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - March 1997

Date: March 1997

Created by Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others in 1983, the Lavender Letter Newsletter was a calendar of events for, by, and about lesbian women to create community in the Central Pennsylvania area...

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter

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Organizations: Central PA Womyn's Chorus

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - March 1997

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - February 1997

Date: February 1997

Created by Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others in 1983, the Lavender Letter Newsletter was a calendar of events for, by, and about lesbian women to create community in the Central Pennsylvania area...

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter

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Organizations: Faculty, Staff, and Administrators (FASA), Pink Triangle Coalition (PTC)

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - February 1997

Nancy Datres

Date: August 7, 2014

Nancy Datres was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1948 and first moved to Harrisburg to pursue computer science after becoming blacklisted by the Altoona Police Department when she was just 27 years old. Thereafter, Nancy moved through several...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 020B: Nancy Datres

Barbara Darkes

Date: March 26, 2015

Growing up in the conservative Lebanon County of central PA, Barbara Darkes attended grade school through the beginning of her pre-law college career without experiencing any attraction to women. It was at her summer job at the local YMCA during...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: LGBT Center of Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 019: Barbara Darkes

Joe Christ

Date: August 8, 2017

Joe Christ was born in 1927 with Klinefelter syndrome and assigned male at birth. The seventh of eight children, Christ was placed into an orphanage during the Great Depression where they stayed until age 18. Two weeks later, Christ was drafted...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Intersex

Organizations:

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 017: Joe Christ

Joanne Carroll

Date: November 18, 2016

Joanne Carrol was born in Alberta Canada in 1940 as John Carroll. She spent the first 60 years of her life as a man, marrying twice and having two children. She worked a number of jobs throughout the country, primarily in the Air Force but also...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Transgender Experiences, Coming Out

Organizations: TransCentral PA

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 014: Joanne Carroll

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - January 1997

Date: January 1977

Created by Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others in 1983, the Lavender Letter Newsletter was a calendar of events for, by, and about lesbian women to create community in the Central Pennsylvania area...

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter

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Organizations: Freedom to Marry Coalition

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - January 1997

John Barns

Date: December 16, 2015

John Barns was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania. He comes from a family of farmers and is Pennsylvania Dutch. He grew up on a farm, joined the military during Vietnam, and then worked for the Pennsylvania government for 30...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 005: John Barns

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Date: November 19, 2015

In this oral history, Anonymous_001 starts off discussing his family life. He states that his family life was not the best but not the worst, however after his mother left and his father developed borderline personality disorder, he decided to...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Addiction

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 001: Anonymous

PA Rural Gay Caucus Statistics Report - June 1976

Date: June 1976

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.” The report was used as a type of newsletter...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Statistics Report - June 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Reasons for Repeal of Sodomy Statute - 1976

Date: 1976

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.” The report was used as a...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Sodomy Laws

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Reasons for Repeal of Sodomy Statute - 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislation Report - May 25, 1976

Date: May 25, 1976

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.” The report was used as a...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: PA Senate Bill 743, Sodomy Repeal Bill

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislation Report - May 25, 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Liaison Committee Report - May 22, 1976

Date: May 22, 1976

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.” The report was used as a...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Liaison Committee Report - May 22, 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislative Committee Report - 1976

Date: 1976

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.” The report was used as a...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: US House Resolution 166, US House Resolution 5452

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislative Committee Report - 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Pride '78 Brochure - January 20, 1978

Date: January 20, 1978

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.” The report was used as a...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Pride '78 Brochure - January 20, 1978

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