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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LGBT History Project

Citizens Concerned for a Better Community (CCBC) Newsletter

Date: 1977 to 1978

This collection documents the earliest known organizational history of the LGBTQ+ community in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley region. Lehigh Valley Citizens Concerned for a Better Community (CCBC, later Lehigh Valley Citizens Concerned for the Gay...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: Lehigh Valley Citizens Concerned for a Better Community (CCBC)

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Pennsylvania Lesbian/Gay Support Network Brochure

Date: 1970s to 1980s

This collection documents the earliest known organizational history of the LGBTQ+ community in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley region. The Pennsylvania Lesbian and Gay Support Network (PALGSN) was established in 1978 after the first Pride Conference...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Lesbian/Gay Support Network (PALGSN)

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Adler Health Services Advertisements

Date: 2013

Originally called AIDS Community Alliance, Adler Health Services aims to improve the health and wellness of individuals living with HIV/AIDS as well the larger LGBTQ+ communities in South Central PA. This collection contains advertisement...

Collection: LGBT-091 - Adler Health Services

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-091 Adler Health Services Collection

PFLAG Brochure and Newsletter

Date: 2013

Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the first and largest support organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies through peer support, education, and advocacy. This collection contains material...

Collection: LGBT-020 - Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Central PA

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Organizations: Parents, Families, and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG)

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-020 Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Central PA Collection

Documents from collection

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: LGBT Center of Central PA, Bi, Gay, Lesbian Youth Association of Harrisburg (Bi-GLYAH), Common Roads, Equity for Gays and Lesbians (EGAL)

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

LGBT History Project Logo

Date: circa 2018

This collection contains materials on Jess King, a gay-friendly candidate for the US Congress in Pennsylvania 11th District during the 2018 Congressional Election.

Collection: LGBT-087 - Royer

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-087 Curtis Royer Collection

LGBT History Project Logo

Date: 1991, 1993, 2018

Cindy Lou Mitzel was born in April 1942 in York County, PA. Growing up Mitzel knew that she felt attraction towards women, however she married a man after graduating from high school and they had three children. Mitzel has been involved in the...

Collection: LGBT-083 - Mitzel

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-083 Cindy Mitzel Collection

March on Washington Poster

Date: 1987

This collection contains a poster for the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, October 11, 1987.

Collection: LGBT-082 - Meiser

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-082 Sally Meiser Collection

Daniel Klinepeter AIDS Memorial Quilt Piece

Date: 1993 - 1997

David Klinepeter was born April 26, 1926 in the Harrisburg, PA area. He married Gloria Klinepeter in 1949 and with whom he had four children. His youngest son, Daniel, was diagnosed with HIV and later died of AIDS-¬related complications in May of...

Collection: LGBT-076 - Klinepeter

Topics: AIDS Memorial Quilt, HIV/AIDs

Organizations: The Names Project

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-076 David Klinepeter Collection

La Rose Rogue T-Shirt

Date: circa 1978

This collection contains a t-shirt from La Rose Rogue, an LGBTQ+ bar in Harrisburg, PA. La Rose Rogue was the final LGBTQ+ bar iteration at the 400 North 2nd Street location in Harrisburg, opened in 1978 by John Koch, and was open until 1990.

Collection: LGBT-079 - Taylor

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-079 Frank Taylor Collection

LGBT History Project Logo

Date: 1993

This collection contains citizen correspondence requesting that the inclusion of “sexual orientation” in the City of York’s non-discrimination ordinance be put on the ballot for a public referendum. The correspondence dates from February 1993 and...

Collection: LGBT-078 - York City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Topics: York Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-078 York City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Collection

Gay Trivia Game

Date: circa 1985, 1991

This collection contains a 1991 Gay and Lesbian Guide to Central PA from the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg (GLSH) and a Gay Trivia Game. O’Leary also donated a run of The Advocate magazine, from 1985 – 1991, which is housed...

Collection: LGBT-016 - O'Leary

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Organizations: Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-016 Gary O'Leary Collection

Dignity/Central PA program

Date: 1946, 1970 - 2017

John Barns was born in Perry County, PA. He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1960 and then joined the Pennsylvania National Guard during the Vietnam War, where he was in the armored tank division. After discharging from the military, Barns...

Collection: LGBT-015 - Barns

Topics: HIV/AIDs

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

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

Allegro Bar Passes

Date: circa 1980

This collection contains two bar passes to The Allegro Bar that was located in Baltimore, MD.

Collection: LGBT-073 - Zinicola

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-073 Stephen Zinicola Collection

Transcript of Presidential Proclamation

Date: 2011

This collection contains the Presidential Proclamation for Pride Month 2011 by Barack Obama.

Collection: LGBT-072 - Anonymous

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-072 Anonymous Collection

AIDSWalk T-shirts

Date: 2000 - 2001

This collection contains two AIDSWalk T-shirts from 2000 and 2001.

Collection: LGBT-070 - Bookwalter Jr.

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-070 John H. Bookwalter Jr. Collection

Lily White & Company Coloring Book and T-shirt

Date: 1996 - 1997, undated

Dr. Eric Selvey was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. He attended optometry school in Philadelphia and returned to the Harrisburg area after graduating.

Selvey was a member of Lily White and Company drag troupe, which raised thousands of...

Collection: LGBT-013 - Selvey

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Organizations: Lily White & Company, Crossroads Magazine

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

Various paper items from collection

Date: 1991 - 2003

This collection was donated anonymously by an individual associated with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of the Spirit in Harrisburg, PA.

The Newspapers Clippings series documents issues such as same–sex marriage, the relationship...

Collection: LGBT-012 - Anonymous

Topics: Lancaster Antidiscrimination Law

Organizations: MCC of the Spirit

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

Memorabilia from Larry Wilson

Date: 1972 - 2013

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

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Pennsmen Inc., The Jewel Box Revue, Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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

Lavender Letter header

Date: 1983 - 2006

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. The newsletter...

Collection: LGBT-009 - Lavender Letter

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-009 Lavender Letter Collection

HBG Hustlers #3, Tank Top (white) - circa 1985

Date: circa 1985

HBG (Harrisburg) Hustlers #3 white tank top.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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Harrisburg Hustlers Captain #3, Short Sleeve Shirt (silver and black striped) - circa 1985

Date: circa 1985

Harrisburg Hustlers Captain #3 silver and black stripe t-Shirt.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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Charm City Invitational '86, Long Sleeved Shirt (white) - 1986

Date: 1986

Long sleeved shirt from volleyball competition Charm City Invitational '86.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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Organizations: Harrisburg Hustlers Volleyball Team

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The Archives Matchbook

Date: 1983

The Archives Nightclub and Resturant matchbook.

Collection: LGBT-010 - Wilson

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