Collaborative LGBTQIA+ History Exhibit

UH Libraries Special Collections, in collaboration with institutional partners, has co-curated an exhibit featuring materials from regional LGBTQIA+ history collections.

Coming Out Together to Share our History: LGBTQIA+ Collections in College Station, Houston, and Beyond will be hosted at Texas A&M Cushing Library through December 16, 2021.

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Title page of Wildwood Friends by Royal Dixon, illustrated by Chester Snowden (1931). Author and naturalist Royal Dixon and artist Chester Snowden often collaborated on Dixon’s published works. UH Libraries Special Collections.

Among the posters, photos, books, magazines, and newsletters that are on display, notable materials from partner collections include selections from The Banner Project, a bar top and a decorated chair commemorating the community and history of Mary’s… Naturally in Houston, and memorabilia from the 1993 March on Washington. UH Special Collections, in addition to contributing materials from the LGBT History Research Collection, facilitated oral histories with exhibit partners. The recorded interviews are shown on a monitor in the second-floor exhibition gallery of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.

The exhibit was created through collaboration between Texas A&M University Libraries Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, UH Libraries LGBT History Research Collection, Charles Law Community Archive at The African American Library at the Gregory School/Houston Public Library, The Banner Project, Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender History, Inc. (GCAM), Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin, The JD Doyle Archives, Rice University Fondren Library Woodson Research Center, and The Botts Collection of LGBT History.

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Women’s Gay and Straight Rap Group Party flier. Botts Collection of LGBT History (1974).
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Town Meeting I. Participant workbook for Houston’s first weeklong celebration of Pride, one of the first LGBT grass roots political events in the US (1978). Botts Collection of LGBT History.