Two years ago, a graduate student at the College of Charleston approached Harlan Greene at the Special Collections desk to request materials concerning Charleston’s LGBTQ history. Greene, who is gay, was taken aback.
“It’s happened,” he thought. “A student has walked in and assumed the collection library would have such materials. The student was not gay. It’s just a topic of study.”
It was a watershed moment for Greene, and it provided welcomed encouragement, he said. He had been quietly collecting papers, photographs, books, objects and more for a few years, starting an LGBTQ collection unprompted and unfunded. And now that work was paying off.
The LGBTQ archive project just got an enormous boost in the form of a $200,000 Dorothy and Gaylord Donnelley Foundation grant, the largest awarded this period. The project is receiving support from the college’s library dean, John White, and is modeled after the school’s enviable Jewish Heritage Collection and African-American archives, both of which the college has funded.
New LGBTQ Archive at College of Charleston Receives Grant to Help Document Neglected Era Of History
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