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*SOCI 3356 Queer Identities: Archives

From the AJC Photographic Archives

Jay Shoemake leading group of marchers in the annual Gay Pride celebrations and parade, Atlanta, Georgia, June 27, 1993.

AJCP278-021a, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.

From the AJC Photographic Archives

Woman at microphone, 1980 gay pride celebration, Atlanta, Georgia, June 21, 1980.

AJCNS1980-06-21j, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.

About the Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project

The Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project was established in 2011, and forms part of the Archives for Research on Women and Gender. It aims to document LGBTQ history in Atlanta, Georgia and the South through interviews with activists and leaders in grassroots movements as well as estalished organizations and public ofiices.


Franklin Abbott Oral History (W101) AUDIO / VIDEO AVAILABLE
Linda Bryant Oral History (W071) TRANSCRIPT / AUDIO AVAILABLE
Jennifer Carroll Oral History (W071) AUDIO AVAILABLE
Lorraine Fontana Oral History (W101) AUDIO AVAILABLE
Sonia Johnson Oral History (W008) AUDIO AVAILABLE
Gus Kaufman Oral History (W101) AUDIO / VIDEO AVAILABLE
Elizabeth Knowlton Oral History (W008) TRANSCRIPT / AUDIO AVAILABLE
Amy Ray Oral History (W071) AUDIO / VIDEO AVAILABLE
Emily Saliers Oral History (W071) AUDIO / VIDEO AVAILABLE
Margo Smith Oral History (W071) AUDIO / VIDEO AVAILABLE
Charles Stephens Oral History (W101) AUDIO AVAILABLE
Touching Up Our Roots Oral History Collection NOT PROCESSED: Contact Archivist for access.

Manuscript Collections at GSU

  • Jim Allen Papers
  • Franklin Abbott Papers
    Poet, psychotherapist, activist, and original member of the Radical Faeries, Abbott's papers include extensive personal correspondence, conference proceedings, printed and audio-visual items, and materials related to his published works. In process.

    Selected materials from the Franklin Abbott Papers have been digitized for preservation and educational puropses. They can be found here.
  • Ken Anderson Papers
    Ken Anderson is a novelist, poet and playright from Atlanta, Georgia. He is especially known for his works The Intense Lover, Someone Bought the House on the Island, Hasty Hearts, and the play Mattie Cushman: A Psychodrama. He also served as a professor of English at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
  • Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Center Records
    Founded in 1976, the Atlanta Gay Center was a community center that served the gay community in Atlanta, GA. It has since closed and been replaced by the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Community Center. The center published a bi-weekly newspaper, and operated the Gay Helpline for the Atlanta area. The center was the meeting place for several support groups including those for teens, interracial couples, older couples, and P-FLAG. During the early 1980s, in the early days of HIV/AIDS awareness, the Atlanta Gay Center offered free testing and support groups.
  • Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus Records
    The Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus (AFWC) performed in Atlanta, the Southeast and the United States from 1981-2009. The AFWC records document the formation and life of the group as well as its interaction with Atlanta and the LGBTQ community. Records include office files, photographs, audio and video recordings, textiles, and artifacts.
  • Gayle Austin Papers
    Coordinator and literacy manager for the Women's Project in New York City before becoming a professor of Communication at Georgia State University, Gayle Austin's papers reflect her scholarly interest in gender and performance, dramaturgy, and interdisciplinary forms of performance. Included are research and course materials as well as records related to theatrical productions and performances.
  • M. Charlene Ball Papers
    M. Charlene Ball worked as the Administrative Coordinator of the Women's Studies Institute at Georgia State University. She writes about feminist revisionist archetypal theory, revisionist Jungian theory, lesbian writing, and the writing of borderland authors. She also studies feminist utopian writing. Her papers reflect her work in the Women’s Studies Institute at GSU and her participation in the Atlanta Feminist Women’s Chorus and Atlanta’s lesbian music scene. Unprocessed.
  • Hugo Berston Papers
    The Hugo Berston papers consist of gay pin up calendars and catalogues, adult literature, advertisements, flyers and gay vacation planners and fans, 1975-2008. The papers include publications and ephemera related to many events organized by and for the gay community in Atlanta, Georgia, including Atlanta Pride Festivals.
  • Terry Bird Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing Records
    Terry Bird is a retired attorney who served as secretary of the Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. The Terry Bird Collection of Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing, Inc. records, 1981-1999 (bulk 1988-1995), consist of inventories and artifact lists, exhibition materials, artifact loan agreements, corporate records, contact lists, correspondence, event flyers, financial records, fundraising materials, meeting agendas and minutes, handwritten notes, newsletters, news clippings, and materials from other gay and lesbian organizations.
  • Carol Brown Papers
    The papers provide a thorough documentation of Cobb County anti-gay activities and the response to those activities  in the 1990's. Included are an extensive news clipping collection, records, videos and artifacts.
  • Jim Blythe Buffalo Chips Records
    The Buffalo Chips were an all-male gay clogging group that performed at the World’s Fair in 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and at the International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago.

    Selected materials from the Jim Blyth Buffalo Chips Records have been digitized for preservation and educational puropses. They can be found here.
  • Candy Carson Artifact Collection
    Collection includes t-shirts and buttons relating to LGBTQ issues, and includes materials from Atlanta's gay bars.
  • Thomas H. Crim, Jr. Papers
    Thomas H. Crim, Jr. (1918-2000) lived in Evans, Georgia, from around 1935. From 1984-1993, he wrote to the Augusta Chronicle to defend both gay rights and smokers' rights to columnists, most notably Dartmouth College professor Jeffrey Hart. The majority of his papers consist of editorials, articles, and letters to the editor from the Augusta Chronicle.

    Selected materials from the Thomas H. Crim Jr. Papers have been digitized for preservation and educational puropses. They can be found here.
  • Maria Helena Dolan Papers
  • Jim Elledge Papers
    The Jim Elledge papers, 1827 to 2015 [bulk 1971-2006] include Elledge's personal and research materials as an English-poetry professor, and document his prolific writing career as a novelist and as a poet, reflecting the publishing process through editorial correspondence and forms.
  • EstroFest Production Records
    Active between 1999 and 2003, EstroFest Productions, Inc. produced and sponsored programs that promoted and affirmed the creative talents and technical skills of women in the visual, performing and fine arts. The records contain administrative records, documentation of EstroFest performances, and reference files.
  • Lorraine Fontana Papers
    Lesbian and civil rights activist Lorraine Fontana's papers relate to her participation in the Atlanta Lesbian-Feminist Alliance (ALFA), Gay Pride, and a variety of social justice issues. In process.
  • Gay Spirit Visions Records
    Established as an all-volunteer group of men in 1989, Gay Spirit Visions is committed to creating safe, sacred space that is open to all spiritual paths, wherein men who love men may explore and strengthen spiritual identity.  Every year GSV holds retreats and conferences that are attended by men from all over the United States. Embracing the consensus-based approach of the Radical Faeries, Gay Spirit Visions originally had no officers or titles. In 1996, they incorporated, and established the Council of Gay Spirit Visions to oversee the conference planning. As time passed, further administrative positions were established, reflecting the increasingly complex activities of the organization.

    Selected materials from the Gay Spirit Visions Records have been digitized for preservation and educational puropses. They can be found here.
  • Gender and Sexuality Periodicals
    The Gender and Sexuality Periodicals collection is an artificial collection of serial publications for and about the LGBTQ communities in Atlanta, the United States and various countries around the world. Materials are usually received by Special Collections along with donated manuscript collections.
  • Jimmy Gray Papers
  • Dave Hayward Papers
    A core member of Atlanta's 1972 Gay Pride committee, Dave Hayward is one of the first openly gay journalists in Atlanta and Georgia. He has written for LGBT publications, including The Advocate, OUT Magazine, and Frontiers, as well as mainstream publications such as People and Backstage Magazine. Working with gay activist Berl Boykin, Hayward co-founded Touching Up Our Roots, Inc., Georgia's LGBT History Project. Working with Touching Up Our Roots' administrator, Fred Brazzell, he has interviewed many LGBT activists in the state. Hayward currently serves on the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Global Advisory Board. In process.
  • Leather Lifestyle Erotica
  • Mike Maloney Out TV Video Collection
  • Carl Owens Collection on Cracker Barrel Restaurants
    A member of Queer Nation in Atlanta, Carl Owens actively campaigned against Cracker Barrel when, in the early 1990s, the company fired a lesbian employee. His "Buy One" campaign urged gays, lesbians, and friends of LGBT to buy a single share of Cracker Barrel stock, in order to pressure management to change their discriminatory policies. The collection is comprised of news articles, correspondence, press releases, financial reports, and one photograph, related to the "Buy One" campaign.
  • Richard Rhodes Papers
    Richard Rhodes was the first openly gay delegate to the Democratic National Convention (1988), and also served as a delegate in 1992. In 1993, he made history as the first openly gay Chairman of the DeKalb Democratic Party.  Rhodes helped found the SAGE organization for older LGBT residents in Atlanta, and is also active with Atlanta Prime Timers, a social organization that provides older gay and bisexual men the opportunity to enrich their lives. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for his pioneering work.
  • Gil Robison Papers
  • Ed Scruggs Papers
    Ed Scruggs (1929-2009) was a gay and civil rights activist from Atlanta, Georgia who was active in the coalition to change the Georgia state flag. He graduated from Buford High School in 1948 and attended Emory University before serving in the US. Army during the Koeran War. Scruggs was also a retired violinist with the Atlanta Symphony and he was a member of the LGBT Veterans Organization, American Verterans for Equal Rights. The papers are comprised of  newspaper  clippings, photographs, correspondence, certificates and awards, comemorative materials from president Bill Clinton and information pertaining to the campaign to get the 1994 Olympics out of Cobb county.
  • John Speaks Book Collection
    An instructor of English as a Second Language at Georgia Perimeter College, John Thomas Speaks, Jr., was actively involved in the Atlanta community as a member of numerous progressive political groups. He was dedicated to equal rights for all people regardless of race, gender, class, religion or sexual orientation. The book collection reflects Speaks' interest in gender and sexuality. Currently being cataloged.
  • Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, Inc. Records
    The Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, Inc. ("Stonewall") is a professional association of attorneys, judges, law students, paralegals and other legal professionals who support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and who oppose discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Bob Strain Papers
    The Bob Strain papers include correspondence, newsletters, poems, and photographs related to Bob Strain's involvement with the organizations he served, including the Gay Spirit Visions (GSV) and the Atlanta Radical Faeries Circle.
  • Steve Warren Papers
  • Terri Wilder Papers
    HIV/AIDS activist, Terri Wilder's Papers include
    printed materials, fliers, pamphlets, reports, artifacts and one DVD about ACT-UP, the Global Campaign for Microbicides, and the Hope Clinic at Emory University.
  • Andrew P. Wood Papers
    Graphic designer and gay activist, Andrew Wood has been a longtime member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and was a founding member of the Atlanta chapter of ACT UP. The Andrew P. Wood papers, 1987-2014 (bulk 1988-1990) consist of flyers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, t-shirts, bumper stickers, as well as extensive materials relating to the Atlanta chapter of ACT-UP. Most of the materials cover protests to highlight the plight of the gay community during the height of the AIDS crisis.

    Materials from the Andrew P. Wood Papers have been digitized for preservation and educational puropses. They can be found here.