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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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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Bari Weaver (left), Sam Deetz (middle), and Joseph W. Burns (right) at dinner - circa 1988

Date: circa 1988

Bari Weaver (left), Sam Deetz (middle), and Joe Burns (right), memebers of the PA Rural Gay Caucus, reunited at dinner circa Christmas 1988.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

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Civils Rights March in Harrisburg, PA - circa 1977

Date: circa 1977

Civil Rights March in Harrisburg, PA, late 1970s. Photo by Bari Weaver.

Collection: LGBT-041 - Edmiston

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Organizations: Susquehanna Valley Gays United (SVGU)

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Reverend Wallace E. Sawdy of Dignity/Central PA - circa 1985

Date: circa 1985

The Reverend Wallace E. Sawdy preparing to offer mass for members of Dignity/Central PA at the Society of Friends Meeting House in Harrisburg, PA.

Collection: LGBT-029 - Leshner

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Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

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PA Rural Gay Caucus Meeting, State College, PA - May 1976

Date: May 1976

Members at a PA Rural Gay Caucus Meeting in State College, PA. Members left to right: Pam Erdly, Sam Deetz, Jonathan Smith-Cousins, Tony Silvestre. Photo by Bari Weaver.

Collection: LGBT-074 - Silvestre

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

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Members of Dignity/Central PA with Speaker Quentin Crisp at 10th Anniversary Celebration - 1985

Date: 1985

Members of Dignity/Central PA gathering in 1985 at the organization's 10th anniversary celebration, with invited speaker and entertainer Quentin Crisp. Left to right: Jerry Brennan (founder); Richard Hause; Quentin Crisp;William Clifford.

Collection: LGBT-029 - Leshner

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Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

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PA Rural Gay Caucus Meeting, Wilkes Barre, PA - April 10, 1976

Date: April 10, 1976

Members at a PA Rural Gay Caucus Meeting in Wilkes Barre, PA. Photo by Thomas F. Schmidt of Fay L. Broody Studies.

Collection: LGBT-011 - Deetz

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

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Jude Sharp (Left) and Lorraine Kujawa (right) at the First Community Recognition Banquet - circa 1992

Date: circa 1992

Jude Sharp (Left) and Lorraine Kujawa (right) at the First Community Recognition Banquet hosted at Miss Garbo's Tea Room in Carlisle, PA.

Collection: LGBT-007 - Miller

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Mary Nancarrow at the First Community Recognition Banquet - circa 1992

Date: circa 1992

Mary Nancarrow at the First Community Recognition Banquet hosted at Miss Garbo's Tea Room in Carlisle, PA.

Collection: LGBT-007 - Miller

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Thurman Grossnickle (left) and Barry Loveland (right) at the First Community Recognition Banquet - circa 1992

Date: circa 1992

Thurman Grossnickle (left) and Barry Loveland (right) at the First Community Recognition Banquet hosted at Miss Garbo's Tea Room in Carlisle, PA.

Collection: LGBT-007 - Miller

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Janet Cooper (left) and Sam Deetz (right) - circa 1976

Date: circa 1976

Janet Cooper (left) and Sam Deetz (right), members of the PA Rural Gay Caucus, in  late 1975 or early 1976.

Collection: LGBT-011 - Deetz

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

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Sam Deetz, Gay Education Day - March 1976

Date: March 1976

Sam Deetz at Gay Education Day, also known as Gay Lobby Day, organized by the PA Rural Gay Caucus and in Harrisburg, PA during March 1976. Photo taken by Bari Weaver.

Collection: LGBT-011 - Deetz

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

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Steering Committee Meeting Minutes - March 4, 1977

Date: March 4, 1977

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities, National Gay Task Force (NGTF)

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Steering Committee Meeting Minutes - June 25, 1976

Date: June 25, 1976

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Steering Committee Meeting Minutes - June 25, 1976

State Employment Committee Meeting Minutes - May 7, 1976

Date: May 7, 1976

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon State Employment Committee Meeting Minutes - May 7, 1976

Speakers Bureau Brochure - circa 1978

Date: circa 1978

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Speaker's Bureau

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Speakers Bureau Brochure - circa 1978

Report of Pennsylvania Council for Sexual Minorities - March 1977

Date: March 1977

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Report of Pennsylvania Council for Sexual Minorities - March 1977

Pride '78 Handmade Poster - 1978

Date: 1978

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

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Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Press Release - circa 1977

Date: circa 1977

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Press Release - circa 1977

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities ''Past Progress, Future Plans'' Draft - April 23, 1980

Date: April 23, 1980

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities ''Past Progress, Future Plans'' Draft - April 23, 1980

Notes on Alcoholism - circa 1978

Date: circa 1978

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Alcoholism

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Notes on Alcoholism - circa 1978

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Unidentified Minutes, page 3 - undated

Date: undated

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Transgender Education, Sodomy Laws

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Unidentified Minutes, page 3 - undated

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Minutes - September 8, 1980

Date: September 8, 1980

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Minutes - September 8, 1980

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Minutes - June 3, 1980

Date: June 3, 1980

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Sodomy Laws

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Minutes - June 3, 1980

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