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Collections of college and personal papers, as well as a select number of individual documents, have been briefly described in entries available for browsing and searching on this site. All collection descriptions contain a representative image and a summary of the contents. Collection descriptions also include links to an inventory detailing the contents of the collection.

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Science notebook, 1863-1864 (Box 1, folder 4)
1859-1864

John B. Hood was an educator and writer from Mount Airy, Maryland. He graduated from Dickinson College in 1864, and earned a master's degree from that institution in 1867. The John B. Hood Collection is housed in one document box and contains...

Newsletter, 1991 (Folder 3.5.3.2)
1968-present

This international society was founded in Europe in 1961 and a North American chapter followed ten years later. Dedicated to the study of civilizations, the ISCSC holds annual meetings, usually in an American university setting, in which papers...

Letter, 1785 (Box 1, folder 5)
1785-1811

This collection contains the papers of William Irvine, a physician during the American Revolution, and his family; the papers are housed in one document box and have been arranged into two sections: Correspondence, and Legal and Financial Papers...

Notice of sale, 1868 (Oversized, folder 1)
1852-1868

The Herman Merrills Johnson papers consist primarily of financial records, bound and unbound, maintained by Johnson during his tenure as president of Dickinson College. The collection also contains correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and the bill...

Herman Merrills Johnson - President, 1860-1868
1860-1868

The records contained in the President Herman Merrills Johnson record group pertain only to his time and affairs as president of Dickinson College. As such, no personal papers or papers pertaining to Johnson’s tenure as a faculty member are...

Scrapbook page, c1860-c1890 (Box 1, folder 1)
c.1860-1890

This Herman Merrills Johnson collection consists of a scrapbook believed to have been kept by the former college president Herman Merrills Johnson throughout his lifetime and continued by his son Theodore. The collection is housed in one document...

Essay instructions, c.1979 (Box 1, folder 2)
1979-1984

Julius "Steve" Kassovic taught in the Sociology-Anthropology Department at Dickinson from 1979 to 1984. This collection contains assignments from his popular Introduction to Folklore course, during which students gathered jokes, stories, myths,...

Press release, 1964 (Box 3, folder 5)
1946-1977

Charles Flint Kellogg was a member of Dickinson's history department from 1946 to 1975. His scholarship focused on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Kellogg helped to establish black studies courses at the...

Kerry Shawn Keys
1963-2012

This collection consists of correspondence, journals, photographs, and other personal papers of Kerry Shawn Keys, poet, editor, translator, and cultural liaison. He has authored more than 40 books of poetry and prose and translated more than a...

Journal, 1854 (Box 2, folder 6)
1854-1933

Horatio Collins King was the son of Postmaster General Horatio King and the nephew of Dickinson College President Charles Collins. A graduate of Dickinson College, class of 1858, King was admitted to the bar in 1861 and saw active service in the...

William Wilcox Edel, 1946
1956-1961

These records contain materials related to the termination of Dr. Laurent R. LaVallee, assistant professor of economics.  In 1956, the Dickinson Board of Trustees voted unanimously to dismiss LaVallee as a result of his failure to answer...

Report, 1981 (Box 1, folder 23)
1972-1988

The Jane Lee collection consists of the various papers, court dockets, government documents, and newspaper clippings collected by Lee in the years following the accident at Three Mile Island. Jane Lee, a farmer from Etters, Pennsylvania, became...

Newsclipping, 1984 (Box 1, folder 8)
1981-1984

Steven G. Leventhal graduated from Dickinson College in 1984. This collection documents his efforts to gain an honorary degree from Dickinson for Soviet refusenik Dr. Yuri Medvedkov, an effort in which he was not successful. It also contains...

Mattachine Society Letter
1969-1996

Joseph W. Burns donated these materials in 2013 as the first contribution of historical documents to the LGBT Center of Central PA History Project. These materials reflect his involvement in gay rights activism in rural Pennsylvania, beginning...

Pink Triangle Coalition
1975-2013

This collection documents LGBT activism in Lancaster County, PA.  The materials date from 1975 to 2013. They include publicity materials from events sponsored by local groups such as the Pink Triangle Coalition, promotional materials for March on...

LGBT-003 document
2011-2012

This collection contains a campaign poster from John Campbell’s run for Harrisburg City treasurer as an openly gay candidate in 2011-2012.

Location: LGBT-003

Subject: LGBT History, Politics and Government

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: PDF icon LGBT-003 Collection Inventory

LGBT-004 documents
2013

This collection contains campaign materials from Chris Dietz's run for PA State Representative in 2012, including flyers, a campaign poster, and a campaign button. 

SCANN Annual Report, January 1995
1990-1995

Selected newsletters and annual report of South Central AIDS Assistance Network, 1990-1995.

Location: LGBT-005

Subject: Health and Medicine, LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Reports

Time Period: 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: PDF icon LGBT-005 Collection Inventory

LGBT-006 documents
1995-2005

This collection contains material related to the establishment of the LGBT Center of Central PA and the activities of the AIDS Community Alliance.  It also includes a 1995-1996 Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg directory, a flyer for the...

Location: LGBT-006

Subject: Health and Medicine, LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format:

Time Period: 1980-1999, 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: PDF icon LGBT-006 Collection Inventory

LGBT-007 documents
2013

Dan Miller ran for mayor of Harrisburg, PA in 2013.  While he was not successful in that election, he has held numerous positions of leadership.  At the time of the mayoral campaign, he was the Harrisburg City Controller and Harrisburg’s first...

Here's How Newsletters, 1977
1978-1980

This collection contains issues of the Here's How newsletter from 1978 to 1980. This newsletter was distributed by the Homophiles of Williamsport organization. Dan Maneval, cofounder of the organization, donated these newsletters in 2013. The...

Location: LGBT-008

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1960-1979, 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: PDF icon LGBT-008 Collection Inventory

Lavender Letter Masthead
1995-2006

 This collection contains approximately 10 years worth of issues (1995-2006) of the Lavender Letter,  a lesbian newsletter published in Harrisburg, PA.   It also contains a small amount of documentation from the 1996 Central PA Pride...

Location: LGBT-009

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1980-1999, 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: PDF icon LGBT-009 Collection Inventory

LGBT-010 documents
1972-2013

These materials document several gay bars that operated in the Harrisburg, PA area, namely The Archives Nightclub and Restaurant (1983), La Rose Rouge,(1978-1992), Neptune’s Lounge (1972), Paper Moon, and the Shadows bar (1980-1984).  These items...

Sam Deetz with Pink Triangle pin, 1976
1975-1976

These materials were donated by Sam Deetz, founder of Susquehanna Valley Gays United in Northumberland, PA in 1976. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings documenting gay rights issues and activism primarily in the Sunbury, PA area from 1975-...

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