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Yale acquires LGBTQ archives

A leading gay rights organization has chosen Yale as the new home for its historical documents.

The Family Equality Council, an advocacy group for LGBTQ parents and their children, announced earlier this month that it will donate its collection of archival materials to Yale University Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Department. Composed of documents ranging from meeting minutes to financial reports that chronicle the organization’s 30-year history, the donation represents one of the largest transfers of materials between a gay rights organization and Yale, according to history and American Studies Professor George Chauncey ’77 GRD ’89. The papers, which will arrive in early 2014, will contribute to Yale’s expanding collection of primary source materials about LGBTQ history.

Gabriel Blau, executive director of the Family Equality Council, emphasized the papers’ comprehensive nature. He cited the institution’s examples ranging from detailed accounts of the process of passing anti-discrimination laws in Missouri, as well as to records of the organization’s more high-profile involvement in the Supreme Court’s overruling of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

Read the full article by David Blumenthal in the Yale News: