Family Diversity Projects records
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
- Creation: 1993-2010
- Family Diversity Projects (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
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.
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.
13.751 linear feet (13 containers)
Language of Materials
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Genre / Form
- Business cards
- Computer media
- Electronic mail
- Forms (documents)
- Mailing lists
- Civil rights (LGBTQ)
- Depression, Mental
- Disability studies
- Electronic records
- Lesbian community
- Lesbianism -- United States
- Lesbians -- Photographs
- Lesbians -- United States
- Lesbians -- United States
- Mental health services -- United States -- 20th century
- Race awareness -- United States
- Transgender people -- United States -- Social conditions
- Finding aid to the Family Diversity Projects records
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Madison White
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 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.
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