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Heller, Deborah


Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Deborah Heller (Class of 1961) interviewed by Bethy Williams, 2011 May 21

Scope and Contents

In this oral history, Deborah Heller discusses adjusting to Smith from Brooklyn, issues of diversity, the social pressures and her life after Smith, including her marriage, divorce, and coming out process, her involvement within the LGBT community, and her current work to establish an LGBTQQ alum affinity group.

Dates of Materials: 2011 May 21

Deborah Heller interviewed by Kayla Ginsburg, 2012 April 7 and 8

Scope and Contents In this oral history, Deborah Heller discusses her childhood in Brooklyn, New York and her transition to Smith College. She describes Smith in the late 1950s and goes on to talk about her decision to go to the Smith School of Social Work. She discusses her time in Puerto Rico in the Peace Corps and her work in Boston before divorcing her husband. She talks about her academic interest in gender and sexuality in graduate school occurring before and simultaneous to her coming out. She focuses...
Dates of Materials: 2012 April 7 and 8

Documenting Lesbian Lives Oral History Project oral histories

Identifier: SSC-MS-00661
Abstract Documenting Lesbian Lives is a collection of life histories with people who consider themselves to be (presently or at one time) lesbian, queer or bisexual. The project provides a complex and nuanced collective story of American lesbian history and experience. Narrators include grassroots activists and political organizers; educators and academics; musicians, writers, and artists; as well as community and religious leaders. They come from a variety of class, ethnic, racial, social, and...
Dates of Materials: 2010-2020