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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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LGBT-012 documents
1991-2009

This collection was donated anonymously by an individual associated with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of the Spirit in Harrisburg, PA.  The collection is composed primarily of newspapers clippings that...

LGBT-013 documents
circa 1996-1997

This collection reflects Eric Selvey’s involvement with the Crossroads Magazine as editor and publisher, and with the Lily White and Company drag troupe, based in Harrisburg, PA.  

Buttons
1978-2012

These materials were donated by Barry Loveland in 2014. The bulk of the collection consists of buttons, ribbons, and t-shirts from events.  It also contains documentation of the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg, as well as theatre and...

LGBT-015 documents
1974-2015

This collection is comprised primarily of newspaper clippings from a wide variety of publications, not limited to Central PA, addressing issues related to marriage, clergy, politics, discrimination, and the military.  This collection also...

LGBT-016 documents
1985-1991

This collection contains a run of the Advocate magazine from April 16, 1985 to May 21, 1991. It also includes a 1991 Gay and Lesbian Switchboard guide to Central PA and a gay trivia game.    

LGBT-017 documents
1990-1992

This collection of material reflects Thomas Pfeiffer’s involvement in the Lily White and Company drag troupe in Harrisburg, PA and The Pennsmen Inc., a group of LGBT people with a common interest in the leather/fetish lifestyle.  The Marie...

1993 March on Washington t-shirt and flag
1993, 2000

This collection contains t-shirts and flags from the 1993 March on Washington and the 2000 Millennium March on Washington. 

Location: LGBT-018

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Artifacts and Objects

Time Period: 1980-1999, 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: PDF icon LGBT_018_Vath,GeraldG.pdf

LGBT-019 document
1978-1985

These materials document the holy union of Nancy Datres and Riitta Lukkari.  They also contain  court documents and a photograph dealing with harassment Datres and Lukkari experienced from their neighbors. 

LGBT-021 documents
1990-present

The LGBT Center of Central PA, housed in Harrisburg, PA, provides services, programs, and community space for the LGBT community in the region.  These materials represent these initiatives, including the Common Roads program for youth and young...

LGBT-022 documents
1983-1995

This collection contains issues of the Lavender Letter newsletter from 1983-1995.  Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others began publishing the Lavender Letter newsletter in 1983 as a way of creating...

Location: LGBT-022

Subject: LGBT History

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: PDF icon LGBT-022 Collection Inventory

LGBT-023 document
1996-2007

These materials document LGBT programs and events in Central PA, such as Pride Festivals, the annual FAB Fall Achievement Benefit, and Lily White and Company performances.  It also includes items from Pennsylvania bars.     

LGBT-028 artifacts
1980s

These items were acquired by Richard Twaddle during his approximately 12 years of membership in The Pennsmen, a group of LGBT people with a common interest in the leather/fetish lifestyle.

Location: LGBT-028

Subject: LGBT History

Format: Artifacts and Objects

Time Period: 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: PDF icon LGBT-028 Collection Inventory

LGBT-030 artifacts
1970s, undated

This collection contains an assortment of buttons documenting LGBT events and issues. It also includes monthly newsletters produced by the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg in 1981.

Location: LGBT-030

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Artifacts and Objects

Time Period: 1960-1979, 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: PDF icon LGBT-030 Collection Inventory

LGBT-031 button
Undated

This collection contains buttons reflecting activism in support of marriage equality in Pennsylvania.  

Location: LGBT-031

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Artifacts and Objects

Time Period:

Collection Inventory: PDF icon LGBT-031 Collection Inventory

LGBT-032 documents
2007-2014

This collection contains materials related to STUDS Magazine: Handsomely Beautiful Women, a Harrisburg, PA area magazine that was published, written, and designed by Lindsay Snowden and Shaashawn Dial-Snowden, with contributions from...

LGBT-033 items
undated, 1992, 1996, 2015

This collection contains newspaper clippings, posters, buttons, and gay bar matchbook covers. The news clippings document coverage of issues related to LGBT rights and activism in the LNP (Lancaster) newspaper...

LGBT-039 Documents
1998-2004

This collection contains newsletters published between 1998 and 2004 by the Lower Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Renaissance Education Association, Inc., a non-profit transgender support organization.   These...

LGBT-040 documents
circa 2000

These materials primarily pertain to the Bi-GLYAH and Common Roads organizations for LGBT youth. The collection contains t-shirts, an EQUALITY bracelet, and promotional materials from around 2000.

LGBT-041 artifact
1961-2015

These materials include photographs, artifacts, and documents regarding the life and activism of Sam Edmiston. Of note in this collection is a banner made for the Susquehanna Valley Gays United organization founded in...

LGBT-043 documents
1982-2008

The Paul Foltz Collection contains material dating from 1982-2008 and focuses primarily on the activities and performances of Lily White and Company, a local group of performers and female impersonators that raised money for HIV/AIDS programming...

Certificate, 1861 (Box 1, folder 24)
1802-1890

The collection consists of correspondence, genealogical materials, legal materials, printed and scrapbook materials relating to George Burt Lincoln. Correspondents include Abner Doubleday, Horace Greeley, Julia Ward Howe, and Elizabeth Cady...

Photograph, 1887 (Photographs, folder 17)
circa 1860-1952

Zatae Longsdorff Straw (1866-1955) was the first woman graduate of Dickinson College as a member of the class of 1887; she went on to a successful career as a doctor and politician. The collection of her papers includes correspondence, printed...

Cup & saucer, c.1900 (Artifacts box 2, item 6)
c.1890-1895

The Elizabeth Anna Low collection contains fine china, glass plate positive photographs and other items donated by Elizabeth Anna Low, class of 1891.

Location: MC 2002.8

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Visual and Performing Arts

Format: Artifacts and Objects, Photographs

Time Period: 1880-1899

Collection Inventory: PDF icon mc2002.08.pdf

Minute book, 1832 (Box 1, folder 5)
1816-1838

George Armstrong Lyon was a Carlisle lawyer, bank president, Presbyterian elder, and a trustee of Dickinson College. Church affairs are the central concern of these papers, which include accounts of Lyon's hostile view of the Rev. George Duffield...

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