LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #78: October 7, 2010

This month's news:

  1. New Profiles on Web Site
  2. Papers for ALMS Conference 2011
  3. Where to Preserve Your Records?
  4. December 1 Deadline for Religious History Award
  5. Is LGBT-RAN's work really important?

1.  New Profiles on Web Site

Biographical sketches for these four leaders of LGBT religious movements have been added to the Profiles Gallery this month:

  • Stan C. Kimer; openly gay president-elect of North Carolina Council of Churches;
  • Michael Mank; charter member of MCC San Francisco and first lay Elder in MCC;
  • James Stoll, Unitarian Universalist clergy who came out publicly in 1969;
  • Howard Wells; founding pastor of MCC San Francisco and long-time MCC pastor.

In addition to these new postings to the Profiles Gallery, several existing profiles have been updated in recent weeks. You can assist in preserving LGBT religious history both by suggesting additional persons for the Gallery, as well as providing updates to your profile or those of colleagues.  Contact LGBT-RAN staff with this info.

2.  Papers for ALMS Conference 2011

The third international conference of LGBT Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections is being hosted by the June Mazer Lesbian Archives in West Hollywood, California, on May 12-14, 2011. The conference organizers have issued a call for papers for presentations at the conference. These presentations can be in one of four formats: 1) individual papers; 2) panels; 3) roundtables; or 4) posters.  Submission deadline is November 19, 2010. You can find details about this call for papers as well as registration information about the conference at this link.  

3.  Where to Preserve Your Records?

You--or your organization--have affirmed that "history is written from the perspective of those who preserve their records" so you are planning to preserve your records and papers. One of the critical steps is then to decide where to preserve your records. Large institutions may have the resources to develop their own archives. But most of us donate records to a repository--a university library, a community archives or an LGBT library/archives.
There are many factors to consider in selecting a repository, including:

  • stability of the archives (will likely exist decades from now);
  • track record on receiving LGBT-related collections;
  • geographical location vis-a-vis those who are likely to use your records/papers;
  • resources the repository has to process your collection and make it available;
  • and others.     

A professional archivist can help you sort through these questions to select a repository. Contact LGBT-RAN if you need assistance in this process.
The LGBT-RAN web site has a Repository Roster . This is a list of 25 repositories around the world that currently hold LGBT religious collections or have told us that they would receive LGBT religious collections. You can search a more comprehensive list of LGBT archives and repositories, Lavendar Legacies, compiled by the Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable.

4.  December 1 Deadline for Religious History Award

LGBT-RAN's Religious History Award is the only scholarly award given for outstanding reseach and writing in the area of LGBT religious history.  LGBT-RAN is now inviting submissions for the 2010-11 LGBT Religious History Award.  Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2010. Submission guidelines are provided here.  This is the sixth year of this award.

5.  Is LGBT-RAN's work really important?

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