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Pride Center Records, 1973-2013

By Finding aid prepared by Samuel Shelton.

Collection Overview

Title: Pride Center Records, 1973-2013

Predominant Dates: 1995-2011

ID: RG 236

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Pride Center

Extent: 2.25 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Series 1: Administration (1998-2009), Series 2: Community Outreach and Engagement (1990-2010), Series 3: Educational Materials and Resources (1973-2013), Series 4: Events (1988-2013), Series 5: Photographs and Videos (circa 1998-2005), Series 6: Publications and Press (1975-2011), Series 7: Scrapbooks (1997-2013)

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Pride Center Records document the establishment of the Queer Resource Center (later known as the Pride Center) at Oregon State University and the programs and activities of this resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members of the OSU community and their allies. The collection includes administrative records, publications, educational materials, posters, photographs, and digital copies of scrapbook.

Items from this colleciton have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Scope and Content Notes

The Pride Center Records document the cultural center’s educational, research, and advocacy roles at Oregon State University. This collection consists of materials created and assembled by the Pride Center, including educational materials, brochures, flyers, meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, posters, ticket stubs, and a recording of the 2005 Lavender Graduation ceremony. Also included in the collection is a series of digital scrapbooks containing images of various events, 1997-2013. These records provide information on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: identities, experiences, and social perceptions of gender and sexuality; allyship, activism, and discrimination; health, especially related to mental health, sexual health, and HIV/AIDS; and existing social instiutions, such as marriage and the military.

The collection also contains documentation for the administrative responsibilities and engagements of the Pride Center, such as records of Advisory Boards for the Queer Resource Center and Pride Center as well as building selection and expansion plans. Also included are materials related to the functioning of the Pride Center, such as staff manuals and calendars, and historical materials from its founding and early years. Of note is a student-made documentary about the Pride Center’s history, as well as a student activist project concerning the use of gender-inclusive forms at OSU. Program evaluation, assessments of community need, and training materials are also represented in the collection.

Photographs include digital files and photographic prints, which document Pride Center events and forms of community engagement. Events include promotional materials, planning forms, and artifacts from the actual events. Publications, such as a 1993 guide to safe zones for the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community in Corvallis prepared by the OSU Office of Affirmative Action, are also featured in this collection.

Items from this colleciton have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Pride Center serves as Oregon State University's resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members of the OSU community and their allies. In addition to its roles in outreach and education, the center provides a safe space for anyone in the community to "explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere." The Queer Resource Center was founded in 2001 and was initially housed in Benton Annex with the OSU Women's Center. In 2004, the Queer Resource Center (QRC) moved to a permanent location on the south edge of campus at 1553 SW "A" Avenue. In that same year, the QRC was re-named the OSU Pride Center. The Pride Center works closely with the OSU Rainbow Continuum, SOL (LGBTQQIA People of Color Support Group), and the ASOSU Queer Affairs Task Force. Previously, the Pride Center was administered by the Office of Intercultural Student Services of the Division of Student Affairs. It is currently administered by Diversity and Cultural Engagement.

Author: Samuel Shelton

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to the collection are expected.

More Extent Information: 140 photographs; 3 boxes, including 1 oversize box; 1.31 GB

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were transferred from the Pride Center in various accessions, 2008-2013. The scrapbooks were scanned and made accessible online in 2016.

Related Materials: This collection is a part of the OSU Queer Archives. Related collections include: the Diversity Development Office Records (RG 228) which include the Pride Center vision statement and charter commitment, the Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) Records (RG 011), Office of Multicultural Affairs Records (RG 225), Student Club and Organization Records (RG 276), Thomas Kraemer Speech and Blog (MSS Kraemer), and the Queer History Research Collection, as well as the Queer Studies Program Records (RG 278).

Preferred Citation: Pride Center Records (RG 236), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid created in 2009 has been updated and expanded in 2018 to incorporate additions to the collection.


Oregon State University. Pride Center

People, Places, and Topics

Bisexual college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
Gay college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Lesbian college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State University--Students.
Oregon State University. Pride Center
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Transsexual college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Born digital.
Film negatives.
Photographic prints.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Administration, 1998-2009
The files in this series consist of the Pride Center’s administrative documents, which include but are not limited to: general administration, such as desk calendar pages, correspondence, and weekly office logs; notes and materials from various advisory boards; and materials related to employment at the Pride Center, such as search committee documents, training materials, and staff manuals.
Box-Folder 1.01: Advisory Board: Pride Center, 2005
Box-Folder 1.02: Advisory Board: Queer Resource Center, 2001-2004
Box-Folder 1.03: Advisory Board: Queer Resource Center, 2003-2005
Box-Folder 1.04: Advisory Board: Student Involvement, 2004-2005
Box-Folder 1.05: Building Proposal, Plans, and Related Documents, 2000-2004
Box-Folder 1.06: Certificates and Awards, 2003-2004
Box-Folder 1.07: Cultural Resource Centers Coordinator Training and Related Documents, 2009
Box-Folder 1.08: Desk Calendar Pages and Weekly Office Logs, 2002-2004
Box-Folder 1.09: Diversity Development Training, 2008-2009
Box-Folder 1.10: General Correspondence, circa 2006-2011
Box-Folder 1.11: Grants and Proposals, 2000-2003
Box-Folder 1.12: LGBT Programs and Services Self-Assessment Guide & Report, 2002
Box-Folder 1.13: Models for Program Development, 2001-2003
Box-Folder 1.14: Search Committees, Position Announcements, and Related Documents, 2000-2005
Box-Folder 1.15: Staff Manual, 2007-2008
Box-Folder 1.16: Staff Manual, 2008-2009
Box-Folder 1.17: Templates for Job Descriptions, 1998-2007
Box-Folder 1.18: Volunteer Information Packet, 2001
Series 2: Community Outreach and Engagement, 1990-2010
The files in this series consist of community outreach efforts and student engagement, which includes but is not limited to: community needs assessments; information about and correspondence with campus speakers; scholarship information; and materials relating to student groups and on-campus organizations.
Box-Folder 1.19: Community Needs Assessments, circa 2001-2006
Box-Folder 1.20: Gender Inclusive Forms, circa 2005
Box-Folder 1.21: Historical Documents, 1990-2011
Box-Folder 1.22: Invited Speakers: Information and Correspondence, 1991-2004
Box-Folder 1.23: Scholarships, 2002-2004
Box-Folder 1.24: Student Groups and Campus Organizations, circa 2004-2005
Series 3: Educational Materials and Resources, 1973-2013
The files in this series consist of educational materials and resources relating to a range of topics, including but not limited to: queer health and wellness; queer identities, experiences, and relationships; and topical information, such as marriage, the military, and religion. This series also includes several published academic works relating to queer identities, lives, and politics as well as many addressing teaching in multicultural environments.
Box-Folder 1.25: Allies, 1985-2013
Box-Folder 1.26: Bisexual, Lesbian, and Intersex Resources, 1995-2004
Box-Folder 2.01: Coming Out, 1984-2004
Box-Folder 2.02: Discrimination, 1990-2001
Box-Folder 2.03: Estate Planning, 2000-2001
Box-Folder 2.04: Gay Activism History, circa 2010
Box-Folder 2.05: General Health, 1989-2006
Box-Folder 2.06: HIV/AIDS: General, 1988-2004
Box-Folder 2.07: HIV/AIDS: Newspaper and Magazine Publications, 1990
Box-Folder 2.08: Identity and Identity Formation, 1979-1993
Box-Folder 2.09: Marriage, 1996-2004
Box-Folder 2.10: Mental Health, Including a Copy of The Lavender Couch by Dr. Marny Hall, 1985-1997
Box-Folder 2.11: Military, 1989-1993
Box-Folder 2.12: Organizations and Political Parties, 1995-2001
Box-Folder 2.13: Published Works, 1973-1987
Box-Folder 2.14: Published Works, 1990-1992
Box-Folder 2.15: Published Works, 1993-1998
Box-Folder 2.16: Reading Lists and Queer Resource Center Library Materials, 2002-2003
Box-Folder 2.17: Religion, circa 1996
Box-Folder 2.18: Sex-Related Articles, circa 1998
Box-Folder 2.19: Sexual and Domestic Violence, circa 1995-2004
Box-Folder 2.20: Sexual Health, 1992-2002
Box-Folder 2.21: Substance Abuse, 1979-2001
Box-Folder 2.22: Symbols, 1997-2004
Box-Folder 2.23: Teaching and Learning, 1988-2006
Box-Folder 2.24: Transgender Lives and Issues, 1999-2004
Series 4: Events, 1988-2013
The files in this series consist of event flyers, ticket stubs, program planning sheets and evaluations, and other related items.
Box-Folder 2.25: AIDS Quilt Showing, 2002-2003
Box-Folder 2.26: All Cultural Center Events, 2004
Box-Folder 2.27: Career Services, 2004
Box-Folder 2.28: Community Forum, 2003
Box-Folder 2.29: Day of Silence, 2003
Box-Folder 2.30: Disco Café, 2003
Box-Folder 2.31: Drag Pageant, 2003
Box-Folder 2.32: Ice Cream Social, 2002-2005
Box-Folder 2.33: Lavender Graduation, 2003-2005
Box-Folder 2.34: Lavender Graduation, 2007-2011
Box-Folder 2.35: Queer History Month, 2002-2003
Box-Folder 2.36: Queer Pride Week, 2002-2004
Box-Folder 2.37: Speaker’s Bureau, 1988-2004
Box-Folder 2.38: Transgender Day of Remembrance, 2002
Box-Folder 2.39: Various Event Programming, 2003-2004
Box-Folder 2.40: Various Event Flyers and Ticket Stubs, 2000-2011
Box-Folder 3.01: Various Event Posters (oversize), 2008-2013
Series 5: Photographs and Videos, circa 1998-2005
The files in this series consist of about 140 physical photographs, and 470 digital photos, taken at the Pride Center and events across campus, including but not limited to: the Circle of Friends booth; Lavender Graduation, Pride Week 2005, as well as images of students and staff in the Pride Center. Of note, is a folder containing several “Who am I” collages, each of which have a name, picture, and a little bit of information about someone that has been involved with the Pride Center (13 total). Also included are video recordings: a 47 minute video of the 2005 Lavendar Graduation and a DVD titled "The Empowerment of a Community", a student created documentary detailing the founding of the Pride Center; it consists of two recordings, a 34 minute film and 105 minute hearing. Born-digital materials are available to researchers in the reading room.
Box-Folder 2.41: Circle of Friends Booth, circa 2000
Box-Folder 2.42: Lavendar Graduation Ceremonies, circa 2004
Digital File 1: Lavendar Graduation video recording, 2005
Extent: 1 digital file; 514 MB

Digital File 2: Pride Week - Drag Racing, 2005
Extent: 105 digital files; 105 MB

Digital File 3: Pride Week - Drag Show, 2005
Extent: 208 digital files; 395 MB

Digital File 4: Pride Week - Erin O'Brien, 2005
Extent: 35 digital files; 35 MB

Digital File 5: Pride Week - Fun in the Sun for Kids, 2005
Extent: 28 digital files; 28 MB

Digital File 6: Pride Week - Kick Off BBQ, 2005
Extent: 4 digital files; 4 MB

Digital File 7: Pride Week - Lube Wrestling and Condom Olympics, 2005
Extent: 90 digital files; 90 MB

Box-Folder 2.43: Queer Resource Center/Pride Center Offices, circa 2004
Box-Folder 2.44: Various Students and Unidentified Events, 1998-1999
Box-Folder 2.45: "Who Am I" Photographs, undated
Box-Folder 2.46: Video (DVD) Documentary "The Empowerment of a Community", circa 2005
Series 6: Publications and Press, 1975-2011
The files in this series consist of various newspaper clippings covering queer issues in Corvallis, publications from the Pride Center, and resource guides for queer students at OSU.
Box-Folder 2.47: Newspaper Clippings, 2001-2011
Box-Folder 2.48: Press Coverage of LGBTQ Issues, 1975-2003
Box-Folder 2.49: Publications, 1980-2011
Box-Folder 2.50: Resource Guides, 1993
Box-Folder 3.02: Resources for Sight Impaired People (oversize), undated
Box-Folder 3.03: Newspapers (oversize), 2011
Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1997-2013
The files in this series are all electronic copies of the orginals. The series includes 10 scrapbooks that represent over 15 years of the Pride Center’s history. All of the albums have been digitized and are available online. The physical albums remain at the Pride Center.
Digital File 01: OSU Pride Center Scrapbook, 1997
The OSU Pride Center Scrapbook 1997 includes flyers, photos, and news clippings about Queer Pride in The Daily Barometer; a dog wash fundraiser event; Pride Week 1997; Ka’ahumanu lecture on racial and bisexual issues; Evangelical Perv Association booth; Lesbian Avengers Performance; Queer Ball; Community News on Pride at OSU; “Did You See Ellen?” screening on her coming out; Asian Cultural newsletter; screening of “The Wedding Banquet” for Queer Pride and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; Queer Pride week itinerary; screening of “Transsexual Menace." Available online.
Digital File 02: OSU Pride Center Scrapbook, 1999-2000
The OSU Pride Center Scrapbook 1999-2000 includes news clippings about the Rainbow Continuum in The Daily Barometer 1999-2000; Oregon State University Pride, 2000 The Newqueer Family Pamphlet; and Drag Show 2000 Poster. Available online.
Digital File 03: OSU Pride Center Scrapbook, 1999-2003
The OSU Pride Center Scrapbook 1999-2003 includes a call for Queer Resource Center; AIDs Debates; Military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Controversy; Letters to the Editor of The Daily Barometer; numerous articles regarding queer involvement in The Daily Barometer; information on the death of former Justice Thurgood Marshal; Campus Republican Community vs. the Campus Queer Community; funnies and comics in response to Queer happenings on campus and in the nation; Defeat of Measure 9 celebration; Pride Week 2001 schedule; QRC funds controversy; National Coming-Out Day itineraries 2001-2003; American Red Cross Blood Drive homophobic controversy; Greek and Queer Groups connect; article “Military Dismisses 6 Gay Arabic Linguists Amid Translator Shortage”; “Queer Like Me” The Daily Barometer series by Katie Willson; Pride Week 2003 posters. Available online.
Digital File 04: OSU Pride Center Scrapbook, 2001-2002
The OSU Pride Center Scrapbook 2001-2002 includes news clippings regarding a call for the Queer Resource Center; proceedings of how the Queer Resource Center began and the progression of the center; the article “QRC Passes Unanimously as Fifth Cultural Resource Center”; the controversy over the proposed QRC budget and the inclusion of the Center at all; Ice Cream Social event; Coming Out Day celebration, 2001; Queer Resource Center lunch-in; Drag Show, 2002; “Ask the Sexpert” event with Kathy Greaves; Greek Hate from QRC Hoax; Cultural Centers’ End of the Year Reception; Queer Pride Week, 2002; Healthy Queer Relationships Informational; QRC’s First Birthday Celebration; Greek and Queer Communities Work Together in the Wake of Firework/Beer Bottle Attack at QRC Camp-Out; Intersections of Race/Ethnicity and Sexuality Informational; Free Bowling with Cultural Centers Event. Available online.
Digital File 05: OSU Pride Center Scrapbook, 2003-2004
The OSU Pride Center Scrapbook 2003-2004 includes photos and news clippings of advertisements to promote the three Queer Organizations on Campus (Rainbow Continuum, Queer Resource Center, Queer Affairs Taskforce); events of Queer History Month; National Coming Out Day, 2003; QRC Open House and Barbeque; “Outlines” the QRC’s Newsletter; the blood drive controversy in regards to AIDs; Trans Day of Remembrance; QRC Ice Cream Social; HIV in the Queer Community Informational; QRC and Rainbow Continuum Pamphlets; Lavender Graduation, 2004. News clippings include information on the equal marriage controversy and community responses; LGBTQ Terms; Queer Support and Milestones in other States; Drag Competition, 2003; Being Queer in a Native American Community; political comics and articles discussing sex education; FDA discrimination in regards to blood drives; Jeanette Jackson’s purchase of S&M clothing for a performance, and the comparison of homosexuals to predators; article on the Day of Purity; San Francisco Legalizing Equal Marriage and Ignoring Discriminatory Laws to Ink over 1,000 Marriage Licenses in four days; and George Bush Jr. denies support of same sex marriage. Available online.
Digital File 06: OSU Pride Center Scrapbook, 2005-2006
The OSU Pride Center Scrapbook 2005-2006 includes information on the Pride Center Covenant Signing Ceremony, Event Sponsor list, Event Guest Book; Drag Competition, 2005; Drag Clothing Swap; news clippings of Oregon Governor attempting to end discrimination; March 2006 Supreme Court ruling on military recruiting in universities; “Yeas and Nays” on the Brokeback Mountain premiere; Moonlight Breakfast with NAL, APCC, BCC, PC, and CCCC; poster for Pride Center’s brown bag lunch classes; political comics depicting George Bush Jr.; news clippings of gay student being dismissed from OSU; news clippings on Pride Center being vandalized; Drag Show, 2006; Queer Agenda Rainbow Continuum poster; Pride Week, 2006 Itinerary; Lube Olympics, 2006. Available online.
Digital File 07: OSU Pride Center Scrapbook, 2008-2009
The OSU Pride Center Scrapbook 2008-2009 includes photos of the Pride Center; profile pages on Pride Center staff; Connect Week, 2008; Ice Cream Social; news clippings on Cultural Centers’ Open House; National Coming Out Week; Equality U Premiere film screening; Faculty and Staff On Campus support list; panel on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Athletes, Speaker Estra Tuaolo news clippings; The Laramie Project screening and Candlelight Vigil, October 14, 2008; One Voice Recited by External Coordinator of SOL, Renee Roman-Nose; Sex Party with SHS; Transgender Awareness Week; World AIDs Day; Polyamory/Non-Monogamy & Relationship Diversity event; First Annual Cultural Wellness Stride; “Paris is Burning” film screening; Drag Show, 2009; various news clippings of Pride Center mentions in local newspapers. Available online.
Digital File 08: OSU Pride Center Scrapbook, 2009-2010
The OSU Pride Center Scrapbook 2009-2010 includes profile pages of Pride Center staff; Staff favorites page; Welcome Week Barbeque; Connect Week, 2009; Hot Coco Chanel Social, October, 2009; Progressive Feast; Queer Health Awareness Month; Tea at the Pride Center; Queer Sex 101; Puppet Plays for Trans Awareness Week; Gender Your Cookie Event; Queer Tree of Life Drawing; Pride Center Pamphlet Q-Connect. Available online.
Digital File 09: OSU Pride Center Scrapbook, 2010-2011
The OSU Pride Center Scrapbook 2010-2011 includes profile pages of Pride Center staff; Connect Week, 2010; Queer History Month; National Coming Out Day October 11th; staff retreat to Seaside, OR; Pride Center 10th Birthday Celebration 2011 in Women’s Center; Pride Week, 2011, Keynote Speaker Dan Savage, It Gets Better Project; Drag Show, 2011. Available online.
Digital File 10: OSU Pride Center Scrapbook, 2012-2013
The OSU Pride Center Scrapbook 2012-2013 includes profile pages of Pride Center staff. Available online.

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