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LGBTQ+ Columbia University oral history collection, 2016-2017

Project: LGBTQ+ Columbia University oral history collection,
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :Transcripts: 324 pages 31.1 Gigabytes, 80 digital files
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

The LGBTQ+ Columbia University oral history project was a collaboration between Columbia University's LGBTQ Faculty Diversity Initiative and the Columbia Center for Oral History Research at INCITE. During 2016-2017, a six-interview pilot was undertaken to document LGBTQ history at Columbia University through life histories.

Scope and Contents

This six-interview collection documents the life experiences of LGBTQ individuals who are alumni of Columbia University or are otherwise affiliated with the university. Experiences discussed are quite broad, as narrators include professors, university administrators, health professionals, a playwright, and a minister. Some common themes addressed include LGBTQ student activism and experience at Columbia, the 1968 student unrest at Columbia University, LGBTQ health issues, HIV/AIDS, family members' reactions to sexuality, and LGBTQ culture on campus and more broadly. Narrators also reflect on impact of gender and sexual orientation on a personal level and LGBTQ issues in society over time. The collection is comprised of audio and video digital files and digital and paper-based transcripts. Interviewees are John D'Emilio, Ann Kansfield, Roberta Kaplan, Tony Kushner, Dennis Mitchell, and Laura Pinsky.


Access Conditions

Copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 2016-2017.

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