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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Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - January 1996

Date: January 1996

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) - January 1996

PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter from the Editor - October 1976

Date: October 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.”

In this letter, Joseph Burns tells...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, Lehigh Valley Homophile Organization (Le-Hi-Ho), PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter from the Editor - October 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - April 2, 1977

Date: April 2, 1977

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.”

In this letter, the Caucus is writing...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Human Rights Ordinance

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, Lehigh Valley Homophile Organization (Le-Hi-Ho)

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - April 2, 1977

PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - February 1, 1977

Date: February 1, 1977

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.”

In this letter, it is told that...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, Lehigh Valley Homophile Organization (Le-Hi-Ho)

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - February 1, 1977

PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislative Committee Letter - November 1976

Date: November 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.”

In this letter, Joseph W. Burns...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

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

PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - circa October 1976

Date: circa October 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.”

In this letter, Lehigh Valley...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Lehigh Valley Homophile Organization (Le-Hi-Ho), PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - circa October 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - September 20, 1976

Date: September 20, 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.”

In this letter, Barry Lace encourages...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Sodomy Laws

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - September 20, 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislative Committee Letter - August 11, 1976

Date: August 11, 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.”

This letter was written by Barry Lace...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislative Committee Letter - August 11, 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - July 22, 1976

Date: July 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.”

In this letter, the Caucus informs...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - July 22, 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - May 10, 1976

Date: May 10, 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."

In this letter, the Rural Gay Caucus...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Sodomy Repeal Bill, Sodomy Laws

Organizations: Homophiles of Penn State (HOPS)

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Letter - May 10, 1976

Identifying the Rural Gay Caucus - June 5, 1976

Date: June 5, 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.”

In this flier, the Rural Gay Caucus...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Identifying the Rural Gay Caucus - June 5, 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Feedback Form - August 11, 1976

Date: August 11, 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.”

Feedback form created to get...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Feedback Form - August 11, 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Event Flyer: Picnic and Garage Sale - April 11, 1976

Date: April 11, 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.”

This is an event flyer promoting a...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Lancaster, PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Event Flyer: Picnic and Garage Sale - April 11, 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislator Visit Evaluation Sheet - 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.”

This a form used to evaluate...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislator Visit Evaluation Sheet - 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Chart - 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."

Flow chart of how information spreads...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Chart - 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislative Committee and Governor’s Council on Sexual Minorities Joint Meeting Minutes - June 12, 1976

Date: June 12, 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.”

In this report, the PA Rural Gay...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Sodomy Repeal Bill

Organizations:

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Legislative Committee and Governor’s Council on Sexual Minorities Joint Meeting Minutes - June 12, 1976

PA Rural Gay Caucus Education Committee Minutes - March 31, circa 1976

Date: March 31, circa 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.”

In these meeting minutes, the...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations:

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Education Committee Minutes - March 31, circa 1976

John Campbell Campaign Poster

Date: 2011

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

Collection: LGBT-003 - Campbell

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-003 John Campbell Collection

LGBT History Project: LGBT-074 Anthony Silvestre Collection

Date: 1973 - 1985

Anthony Silvestre was born in 1946 in the Bronx in New York. He finished his final year of college at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and then attended Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) as a graduate student.

Silvestre was...

Collection: LGBT-074 - Silvestre

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities, Homophiles of Penn State (HOPS)

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-074 Anthony Silvestre Collection

Anthony Silvestre

Date: September 16, 2016

Anthony Silvestre was born in 1946 in the Bronx in New York. He grew up in a working-class, Italian neighborhood and is familiar with stigma. He began identifying as gay in the sixth grade, but went through school still in the closet. After high...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: Homophiles of Penn State (HOPS), PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities, PA Rural Gay Caucus, Eromin Center (Philadelphia)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 107: Anthony Silvestre

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - December 1995

Date: December 1995

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

Topics: HIV/AIDs, AIDS Memorial Quilt

Organizations: The Names Project, York Area LAMBDA

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - December 1995

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - October 1995

Date: October 1995

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: The Flirtations & Suede

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - October 1995

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - September 1995

Date: September 1995

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) - September 1995

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - July 1995

Date: July 1995

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:

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - July 1995

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - June 1995

Date: June 1995

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: Womongathering

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - June 1995

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