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LGBTQIA Archival & Oral Histories Project

LGBTQIA Archival & Oral Histories Project

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement, in partnership with the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, is collecting archival resources and oral histories from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA), and ally communities.

Over summer and fall 2021, the Office will be collecting oral history interviews from LGBTQIA alumni, current and former faculty and staff members, and Lubbock community members. If you are interested in participating in an interview, fill out the LGBTQIA Oral Histories Archive Interest Form.

Individuals interested in submitting physical archival materials or asking questions about the project may contact Office administrator Stephen Chao.

Access the LGBTQIA Oral Histories Archive!

Project Goals:

1) Collecting and preserving the rich history of social progress relative to LGBTQIA people at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, and throughout west Texas

2) Creating a collection of accessible materials that capture the past and benefit the present

3) Establishing a program to highlight the lived insights and knowledge of LGBTQIA people and allies

Interested in learning more about what oral histories are?

Listen to a clip from our archive! In this excerpt, longtime Lubbock activist Grace Rogers talks about attempts to make a Gay Straight Alliance in local high schools (transcript available): 

Learn more about oral histories online: Baylor University Institute for Oral History (2012)

What types of materials are considered archival resources for this collection? 

Letters, photographs, newspapers and magazines, diaries, audio-visual materials, organizational records, posters, and flyers.


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Project Contacts

Stephen Chao, B.A., they/them/theirs or he/him/his
Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement

 Jody Randall, M.S., she/her/hers
Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement

Elissa Stroman, Ph.D., she/her/hers
Unit Manager, Audio Visual Department
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library 

B. Lynn Whitfield, M.A., she/her/hers
University Archivist 
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library