Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archives

The Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archives exists to collect, preserve, and provide access to the rich LGBT community history of the Lehigh Valley. The archive is a program of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center offered to the community in partnership with Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College. This collection documents local and regional LGBT life and activism. It includes publications, organizational records, personal papers, oral histories, and artifacts.

lehiho_library.jpgToday the archive includes 17 collections

  • Above Ground Magazine
  • Diamond Nite Club and Restaurant Collection
  • Candida's Bar Collection
  • Records of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley
  • Records of FACT Lehigh Valley
  • Panzee Press
  • Gaydar Magazine and papers of its publisher Stephen Libby
  • The Charles Versaggi Campaign collection
  • The Le Hi Ho library
  • Pennsylvania Gay & Lesbian Alliance records
  • Pennsylvania Diversity Network records
  • Valley Free Press / Valley Gay Press
  • Records of A Chorus Celebrating Women (ACCO)
  • Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center records
  • Adrian Shanker Papers
  • Records of Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley Valley
  • The Harold and Roberta Kreider Collection
  • Papers of Frank A. Whalen and Bob Whitman

 

For access to the archives, please contact Special Collections and Archives at trexlerarchives@muhlenberg.edu. If you are interested in donating materials to the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive, please contact the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center at Adrian@bradburysullivancenter.org, or Special Collections and Archives at trexlerarchives@muhlenberg.edu


Collection Development Projects

 

Oral History Collection

In partnership with Lehigh University and Muhlenberg College, and with a grant from the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is collecting oral histories from LGBT older adult activists in the Lehigh Valley. This initial grant makes it possible for the center to collect ten oral histories.

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Made possible by a generous individual donor and a Mountaintop Grant from Lehigh University, the archives are working to digitize print material to make materials available for online access for researchers, students, and community members.

40 Years of Public Health: HIV/AIDS to COVID-19 Collection Development

The COVID-19 pandemic makes it clear that it is important to collect stories about how the LGBT community in the Lehigh Valley is experiencing life during this crisis. We are also utilizing this moment to collect stories from Lehigh Valley community members who can speak to LGBT community experiences in the early years of HIV. These stories help to narrate 40 years of LGBT public health in the Lehigh Valley. An exhibit that weaves these stories together will be presented in the Fall of 2020. 

We invite LGBT community members to share your story of how this pandemic has affected you. Your story may take whatever form you choose. It could be a submission in response to the prompts in our google form, an uploaded audio or video diary, or a recorded zoom call with a member of our project team. Please be sure to read the Informed Consent before submitting your story. You may submit your story/files using this Google Form, which is designed to accept all file formats. If you have questions about your submission, or difficulties using the form, please contact Susan Falciani Maldonado. If you would like to schedule a recorded zoom call, please email liz@bradburysullivancenter.org

This project is sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Exhibits

 

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Pride Guides and the Early Years of Lehigh Valley Pride

For more than two decades, Pride festivals in the Lehigh Valley gathered community members together to celebrate LGBT culture, history, and visibility to advocate for LGBt regional and national policy changers; and to honor the ongoing work of local LGBT organizations and leaders. The exhibition Pride Guides and the Early Years of Lehigh Valley Pride looks at the first eleven years of Lehigh Valley's pride festivals (1994-2004) from the lens of the printed pride guide publications. 

This exhibit was organized by Mary Foltz, Malaika Gutekunst, Mel Kitchen, Robin Lee, Maggie Tarmey, and Alysse Weinberg and was sponsored by Lehigh University's Office of Creative Inquiry and Southside Initiative, Muhlenberg College's Trexler Library, and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.