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Documenting Lesbian Lives, 2019 March-April

Identifier: Accession 2019-S-0016

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

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 geographic backgrounds. Interviews cover childhood and growing up experiences; education and employment; activism and politics; family, identity, relationships and community.

Dates of Materials

  • 2019 March-April

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

Some of the oral histories in this collection have restrictions on access. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for information about restrictions that apply to it.

Additionally, some interviews in this collection have the restriction that they "may not be placed on the Internet or listed or described on the Special Collections website or other digital discovery platforms affiliated with Special Collections." These interviews are not listed in this finding aid and are available by specific request or an in-person visit only.


0.625 linear feet (1 Letter document box, 1 half letter document box)

1800 Gigabytes (70 digital files)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This accession contains materials received in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Processing Information

The digital files were received on portable hard drives and have been copied to networked storage by Special Collections staff for preservation and access.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063