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Family Diversity Projects records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00698

Scope and Contents

The Family Diversity Projects records date from 1993 to 2010 and document the organization's work in designing exhibits and authoring books that portray gay and lesbian families, multiracial families, families suffering from mental illnesses, people with disabilities, and transgender people. The collection includes the organization's correspondence, invoices, press about the exhibits, interview transcripts and audiotapes, exhibit text and photographs, and a wealth of background material and resources on topics related to the exhibits and books. This latter category includes brochures and business cards of other organizations and professionals, mailing lists, resource guides, newspaper and magazine articles, conferences, and newsletters.

Dates of Materials

  • 1993-2010

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Access agreements must be signed by researchers. Digital content is closed until it can be processed.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that it owns copyright, Family Diversity Projects has assigned the copyright in its works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Family Diversity Projects, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Family Diversity Projects is a nonprofit educational organization based in Amherst, Massachusetts, founded in 1993 by Peggy Gillespie, who graduated from Smith College in 1969, and Gigi Kaeser. The organization designs traveling photo-text exhibits that cover a wide range of diversity-related topics, including people with disabilities; multiracial families; families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered members; and families with members who suffer from mental illness. The organization also publishes books based on these exhibits, including"Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents and Their Families"(1999);"Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family"(2002); and"Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families"(1997). Family Diversity Projects' exhibits have appeared in numerous venues across North America, and have received multiple awards. In 2012, the office was closed but the operation continues out of Gillespie's home.

Extent

11 linear feet (11 boxes. Other materials in the collection: newspaper articles, interview transcripts, posters.)

0.00186 Gigabytes

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Family Diversity Projects records date from 1993 to 2010 and document the organization's work in designing exhibits and authoring books that portray gay and lesbian families, multiracial families, families suffering from mental illnesses, people with disabilities, and transgender people.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email specialcollections@smith.edu to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Peggy Gillespie in 2012.

Related Materials

Homosexuality/LGBT Collection, Carmen Vázquez Papers, Lesbian Calendar Records, Joan Laird Papers, Froma Walsh Papers, Linda Stout Papers, Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz Papers, Marianne Walsh Papers, Dyke TV Records, Elaine Pinderhughes Papers

Processing Information

The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created. Some floppy disks were unable to be copied.

Creator

Source

Title
Finding aid to the Family Diversity Projects records
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Madison White
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-15: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2020-03-31: Added boxes 1-11
  • 2020-04-30: Description added for born-digital content.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
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