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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Copies of Lavender Letter Newsletter

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT-022 - Kujawa

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-022 Lorraine Kujawa Collection

Various Documents from LGBT-021

Date: 1990 - present

The LGBT Center of Central PA, housed in Harrisburg, PA, provides services, programs, and community space for the LGBT community in the region. These materials represent these initiatives, including the Common Roads program for youth and young...

Collection: LGBT-021 - LGBT Center of Central PA

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Organizations: Common Roads, Bi, Gay, Lesbian Youth Association of Harrisburg (Bi-GLYAH), LGBT Center of Central PA

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-021 LGBT Center of Central PA Collection

Dignity/Central PA Mass of Thanksgiving Program

Date: 1974 - 2015

This collection is comprised primarily of newspaper clippings from a wide variety of publications, not limited to Central PA, addressing issues related to marriage, clergy, politics, discrimination, and the military. This collection also contains...

Collection: LGBT-015 - Barns

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Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-015 John Barns Collection

LGBT Activism Pins

Date: 1978 - 2012

The bulk of the collection consists of buttons, ribbons, and t-shirts from LGBT events. It also contains documentation of the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg and Dignity of Central PA. Several of the items in this collection relate the...

Collection: LGBT-014 - Loveland

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg, Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-014 Barry Loveland Collection

Lily White & Company T-shirt and Coloring Book

Date: 1996 - 1997

This collection reflects Eric Selvey’s involvement with the Crossroads Magazine as editor and publisher, and with the Lily White and Company drag troupe, based in Harrisburg, PA.

Collection: LGBT-013 - Selvey

Topics: Crossroads Magazine

Organizations: Lily White & Company

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-013 Eric Selvey Collection

Various paper items from collection

Date: 1991 - 2009

This collection was donated anonymously by an individual associated with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of the Spirit in Harrisburg, PA. The collection is composed primarily of newspapers clippings that document issues such as same–sex...

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Topics: Lancaster City Ordinance

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, The Pride Festival of Central PA

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-012 Collection

Buttons from LGBT-050 Marlene Kanuck Collection

Date: 1970s to present

These images represent a cross section of the types of materials included in the LGBT Center of Central PA's History Project, which is housed in the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections....

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Archives and Shadows Memorabilia and Harrisburg Hustler's Volleyball Team Trophies

Date: 1972 - 2013

These materials document several gay bars that operated in the Harrisburg, PA area, namely The Archives Nightclub and Restaurant (1983), La Rose Rouge,(1978-1992), Neptune’s Lounge (1972), Paper Moon, and the Shadows bar (1980-1984). These items...

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team, Pennsmen Inc.

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-010 Larry Wilson Collection

Lavender Letter Header

Date: 1995 - 2006

This collection contains approximately 10 years worth of issues (1995-2006) of the Lavender Letter, a lesbian newsletter published in Harrisburg, PA. It also contains a small amount of documentation from the 1996 Central PA Pride Festival.

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT-009 Lavender Letter Collection

LGBT History Project: LGBT-006 Collection

Date: 1995 - 2005

This collection contains material related to the establishment of the LGBT Center of Central PA and the activities of the AIDS Community Alliance. It also includes a 1995-1996 Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg directory, a flyer for the...

Collection: LGBT-006 Collection

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Organizations: LGBT Center of Central PA, AIDS Community Alliance

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-006 Collection

LGBT History Project: LGBT-002 Lancaster, PA Activism Collection

Date: 1975, 1981 - 2001, 2013

This collection documents LGBT activism in Lancaster County, PA. The materials date from 1975 to 2013. They include publicity materials from events sponsored by local groups such as the Pink Triangle Coalition, promotional materials for March on...

Collection: LGBT-002 - Lancaster, PA Activism

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Organizations: Pink Triangle Coalition (PTC)

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-002 Lancaster, PA Activism Collection

MCC Freedom Newsletter - April 1984

Date: April 1984

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - April 1984

MCC Freedom Newsletter - March 1984

Date: March 1984

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Lancaster, MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - March 1984

MCC Freedom Newsletter - January 1984

Date: January 1984

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster, MCC Williamsport

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - January 1984

MCC Freedom Newsletter - December 1983

Date: December 1983

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster, MCC Williamsport

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - December 1983

MCC Freedom Newsletter - June 1983

Date: June 1983

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Gay Pride

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - June 1983

MCC Freedom Newsletter - April 1983

Date: March 1983

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Harrisburg Ordinance #8

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster

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MCC Freedom Newsletter - March 1983

Date: March 1983

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster, MCC Williamsport

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - March 1983

MCC Freedom Newsletter - February 1983

Date: February 1983

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - February 1983

MCC Freedom Newsletter - January 1983

Date: January 1983

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Lancaster, MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - January 1983

MCC Freedom Newsletter - December 1982

Date: December 1982

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - December 1982

MCC Freedom Newsletter - November 1982

Date: November 1982

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - November 1982

MCC Freedom Newsletter - October 1982

Date: October 1982

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Lancaster, MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - October 1982

MCC Freedom Newsletter - September 1982

Date: September 1982

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - September 1982

MCC Freedom Newsletter - August 1982

Date: August 1982

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed MCC Vision of Hope)...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster

View Item: PDF icon MCC Freedom Newsletter - August 1982

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