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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center Records
Scope and Contents
- Majority of material found within 1989 -- 2007
- 1972 -- 2020
- Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (Organization)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
In 1992, with support from students, faculty and staff, Dean B. Knable established the first Lesbian Gay and Bisexual (LGB) Resource Center at Tufts in Lewis Hall and Heather Wishik replaced Donna Penn as administrator. After the holding of the first Pride on the Hill event in November 1992, the Center underwent a number of staff changes in the mid-1990s. This included the hiring of the first full-time director, Judith Brown in 1997.
In September 1998, the Tufts Rainbow House was established to provide safe housing for LGBT people on campus in light of the high number of bias incidents that occurred in residence halls. In January 2003 Dona Yarbrough was hired as the LGBT Center Director and began to push for a housing policy that would accommodate transgender students at Tufts. In the fall of 2004, Yarbrough’s Transgender Housing Policy was adopted by Residential Life and the Center also began organizing its Queer Peer mentoring program. Upon the suggestion of Yarbrough, the administration accepted a revision to Tufts University non-discrimination policy by adding gender identity and expression in the fall of 2005. From 1997 until the present, the LGBT Center has organized annual and statewide Safe Colleges Conferences, originally called "Sound Mind, Sound Body, Sound Off." The conferences include a keynote speaker and workshops created by staff and organizations, both from campus and off-campus.
Under the umbrella of the Dean of Students, the LGBT Center is part of the Group of Six, which includes: Women’s Center, Africana Center, Latino Center, Asian American Center, and the International Center.
13.65 Linear Feet (12 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
25 Digital Object(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Web sites were crawled by Archive-It. Web crawl information updated in finding aid annually.
As of March 2014, all digital material in the collection is awaiting processing because DCA is currently writing processing policies for using Bagit. The material will become series three.
A CD by the International Center regarding International Host Advisor Training was moved to UA088 (International Center records). Physical discs (largely CD-Rs and CD-RWs) were removed from the collection, preserved for two years following stabilization in the Records Archivist office and then destroyed.
Photographs in old photo albums were removed and rehoused in folders, original labels were maintained. Some generic rally and promotional posters, a banner, were returned to the Center. A large poster board for the Safe Colleges Conference depicting various LGBT services and activism at Tufts was photographed; items were pulled off the board, put in folders, labeled and included in series two. Then the poster board was discarded. The collection includes slides copyrighted by photographer Keitaro Yoshioka which therefore remain restricted and unprocessed.
Processing of the 2018 accessions was completed by Leah Edelman and Jady Zhang in 2018-2019. Materials were placed in archival boxes if the original housing was damaged, and loose materials were placed in folders where needed. Received order was maintained. A file-level inventory and series-level description were created and the finding aid was updated at the time of processing.
- Anti-LGBT bias
- Ballou Hall
- Discrimination in higher education
- Gay and lesbian rights
- Gay people
- Health and Safety
- Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Resource Center
- Lewis Hall
- Queer Peers mentoring program
- Safe Colleges Conference
- Student Affairs and Services
- Student activism
- Student activities
- Student life
- Transgender people
- Transgender people--identity
- Language of description
- Script of description