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Creator: Gay Academic Union of New England.
Title:Gay Academic Union of New England records
Dates:1969-1980 (bulk 1975-1980)
Call Number:M110
Volume:1 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection primarily documents the internal organization of the New England chapter of the Gay Academic Union (GAU). It includes minutes, correspondence, and organizational materials pertaining to GAU and its members. The collection also documents gay and lesbian community organizations in Cambridge, Boston, and on college campuses throughout New England during the late 1970s. It includes newsletters, flyers, announcements, invitations, calendars, surveys, brochures, political endorsements, and correspondence. The organizations represented in this collection were involved with broad issues of the gay and lesbian communities in Cambridge, the greater Boston area, the academic institutions of New England, and throughout the U.S. Among the topics covered are gay activism, pro-gay legislation, community outreach, and the beginning of gay studies as an academic discipline. Organizations documented include ClearSpace, a Cambridge community center for gays and lesbians which offered social and athletic events, discussions, and support groups; the Cambridge Gay Political Caucus; the Homophile Community Health Center; and the Massachusetts Caucus for Gay Legislation. Documents pertaining to several regional gay organizations in other states are also included in this collection.
Historical Abstract:The Gay Academic Union (GAU) was founded in 1973 in New York City, New York, for the purpose of institutionalizing GLBT studies and activism at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Among the other aims of the organization were support for early feminist activism, the creation of a support and communication network for gays and lesbians, and active opposition of anti-gay discrimination. The GAU's national office held an annual conference; regional chapters held monthly meetings at which speakers were frequently made presentations on various issues in gay studies. The organization also published a newsletter until 1980, which included letters from members, original articles, and reprints of articles originally published elsewhere. The GAU was one of the first organizations of its kind and one of the key components of the gay liberation movement in the U.S. during the early 1970's. The organization's national office was located in New York until 1978, when it was moved to Los Angeles. Regional chapters included those in New England, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The organization was disbanded in 1984.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Gay Academic Union of New England
  • Gay Academic Union of New York

  • Gay activists -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Gay liberation movement -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Gay college students -- Massachusetts
  • Gays -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Services for
  • Gays -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Societies and clubs
  • Gays -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Mental health services

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
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John C. Graves papers

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Nicholas Edwards, December 2005