Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History 8
Olive Casareno, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
Caitlin McCarthy, The LGBT Community Center
Colette Montoya-Sloan, Adelphi University-Manhattan Center
Stephen Petrus, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, LaGuardia Community College
Red Washburn, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York
All of our speakers are engaged with questions of community-building, accessibility, resource-sharing, and sustainability in LGBTQ archives. Red Washburn and Colette Montoya-Sloan (sharing a time slot) will discuss their work with the Lesbian Herstory Archives, emphasizing the continuing relevance of lesbian/queer space, grassroots archival practice, and intergenerational community. They will center their focus on Lez Create: The Dyke Arts Workshop and the Spoken Word Project/Audio Collection. Cheryl Beredo will present on LGBTQ materials at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, especially detailing the In the Life Archive, a rich collection of Black LGBTQ individuals, organizations, and culture. Archives at the Schomburg bring forth the intersections of Black and LGBTQ experiences. The next speakers will present on collections that reflect more newly developed archival locations and practices. Caitlin McCarthy, the first staff archivist at The LGBT Center of New York City, will discuss the organization’s move toward formalizing its collections, which center on gay liberation and HIV/AIDS. She will highlight partnerships and practices that aim to strengthen The Center Archive’s inclusion of lesbian, bisexual, trans, and people of color experiences. Finally, Stephen Petrus and Olive Casareno (sharing a time slot) will discuss the growing Queens LGBT Collection at the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, held in Long Island City at LaGuardia Community College. Petrus will focus on the Daniel Dromm Collection (donated by a Queens public school teacher and a founder of the Queens Pride Parade and Festival), the AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC) Collection, and the role of public programming in the Archives’ work.
The roundtable will be chaired by Jason Baumann, coordinator of the LGBTQ Initiative of the New York Public Library. Baumann’s position in a relatively well-supported archive of LGBTQ material offers a basis for analyzing the social locations, structures, and pressures that shape the growth, availability of, and access to LGBTQ archives.