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Queer History Research Collection, 1980-2022

By Vanessa Vanderzee

Collection Overview

Title: Queer History Research Collection, 1980-2022

Predominant Dates: 2009-2016


Primary Creator: Fernández, Natalia, 1985-

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Queer History Research Collection (QHRC) is arranged by subject, in alphabetical order.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2017

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Queer History Research Collection (QHRC) is an artificial collection containing items of interest about LGBTQ+ communities within Oregon State University and to a lesser extent, the city of Corvallis, and the state of Oregon.

Scope and Content Notes

The Queer History Research Collection pertains to LGBTQ+ communities both at Oregon State University and across Oregon. The collection contains, but is not limited to, information on the following: LGBTQ+ campus events, OSU Pride Center and other campus cultural resource centers, student movements, offices and committees dedicated to diversity and LGBTQ+ issues on campus, building information, and student groups and associations.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Queer History Research Collection is a part of the OSU Queer Archives (OSQA). The mission of OSQA is to preserve and share the stories, histories, and experiences of LGBTQ+ people within the Oregon State University and Corvallis communities. OSQA was established in the Fall of 2014. OSQA's mission is rooted in three central commitments: (1) fostering intersectional community activism, (2) resisting erasure of queer and trans narratives, and (3) positioning the collection as a space to imagine alternative futures for LGBTQ+ communities and people.

Author: Natalia Fernández

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to the collection are expected.

More Extent Information: 3 boxes, including 1 oversize box, and 32MB

Statement on Access: This collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: This collection was created by Natalia Fernández, curator and archivist of the OSU Queer Archives. The bulk of the materials were originally in the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection. They were removed in 2017 to create the QHRC, with additional materials collected and added by Fernández.

Related Materials: This collection is a part of the OSU Queer Archives (OSQA). Other collections related to LGBTQ+ history include the Pride Center Records (RG 236)Thomas Kraemer Speech and Blog (MSS Kraemer), Queer Studies Program Records (RG 278), and the OSU Queer Archives Oral History Collection. Other related oral history interviews include Brenda McComb and Brent Lawrence from the Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection (OH 26).

Preferred Citation: Queer History Research Collection (MSS QHRC), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Fernández, Natalia, 1985-

People, Places, and Topics

Bisexual college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Bisexual college students--Oregon.
Gay college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Gay college students--Oregon.
Gay rights.
Lesbian college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Lesbian college students--Oregon.
Transsexual college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Transsexual college students--Oregon.
University History

Forms of Material

Born digital.
Local historiies

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Queer History Research Files, 1980-2022
The Queer History Research Files contain, but are not limited to, information on the following: LGBTQ+ campus events, such as Lavender Graduation, the OSU Drag Show, a 2016 vigil for the tradegy in Orlando, Florida; OSU Pride Center and other campus cultural resource centers; student movements; offices and committees dedicated to diversity and LGBTQ+ issues on campus; building information, including a map of gender-inclusive restrooms on campus; and student groups and associations, such as the Rainbow Continuum and Circle of Friends. The QHRC also includes a copy of the book The Vice Clique: Portland's Great Sex Scandal by George Painter. Also included is the artwork created as part of OSQA's annual Glitter in the Archives event, which began in 2016.
Box-Folder 1.1: Administrative Documents: Pride Center and Rainbow Continuum, 2009-2017
Email communications, planning documents, maps.
Box-Folder 1.2: Circle of Friends, 2002
Email correspondence, a constitution, a flyer.
Box-Folder 1.3: Glitter in the Archives, 2016
Collages, poetry, drawings.
Box-Folder 1.4: Glitter in the Archives, 2017
Box-Folder 3.1: Glitter in the Archives (oversize), 2016-2018
Collages, poetry, drawings. 2018 includes a zine of the artwork.
Box-Folder 3.2: Glitter in the Archives (oversize), 2019
Box-Folder 1.5: Mementos, 2005-2016
Magazine and newspaper clippings, photos, event programs and tickets, guestbooks.
Digital File 1: Orlando Vigil, 2016
On June 15, 2016 students, staff, faculty, and community members gathered at Oregon State University’s Student Experience Center to pay tribute to the 49 people killed in an Orlando, Florida LGBTQ+ night club. Attendees were invited to share their thoughts and reflections to add to the altar that remained in the space for the days that followed. The vigil was hosted by Diversity and Cultural Engagement. A digital file, which includes an image of the vigil - an altar - as well as images of all the individual pieces of the altar, is available for researchers in the Reading Room.
Extent: 1 digital file; 27 MB

Box-Folder 2.1: Posters, Flyers, Handouts, 2015-2018
Posters, flyers, handouts, social media promotional materials.
Box-Folder 3.3: Posters, Flyers, Handouts (oversize), 2013-2016
Large scale event posters.
Box-Folder 2.2: Press and Communications, 1993-2018
Newspapers, online articles (printed), internal email communications (predominant dates 2003-2017).
Box-Folder 3.4: Press and Communications (Oversize), 2014-2017
Articles from OSU's The Barometer, as well as The Advocate.
Box-Folder 2.3: Scholarship, 1980-2015
The publication Prism, Winter 1980 "Gays at OSU", the 1991 article "A Legal History: University recognition of homosexual organizations" by Loren J. Rullman, the book The Vice Clique: Portland's Great Sex Scandal by George Painter, and the 2015 honors thesis "OSU LGBTQ+ Community Film" by Kiah McConnell.
Digital Folder 1: Trans Story Circles at OSU, 2020-2022
Advertisements for nine Trans Story Circles at OSU as well as one OSU Two-Spirit Stories of Resilience event. Note: there are recordings of some Trans Story Circles available through the OSU Queer Archives Oral History Collection.
Extent: 9 files; 5 MB

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