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Tuesday, February 7 • 11:30am - 1:00pm

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Bring a snack as we delve into queer history by means of rich presentations put on by the New Orleans LGBTQ+ Archive and the Tulane LGBT Archives! We will also participate in a discussion surrounding GLBTQ topics and issues.

Grab-and-go snacks and meals are conveniently available on the hotel's second level at the River Blends Cafe (2nd Level, Main Building) and Marketplace (2nd Level, Riverside Building). For more information, please see the complete list of hotel dining options here.


February 7, 2017

New Orleans, LA

I. Welcome (Vaughan Hennen)

  • Who Am I - new coordinator


II. Introductions

  • Introduce yourself!
  • Use the handle #arlisSIGs or #arlisLGBTQ to follow the conversation on Twitter

III. Speakers:

1.  Frank Perez and Chloe Raub from the LGBT+ Archives

The LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana is a community organization whose purpose is to:

  • Educate the community on the importance of ensuring that LGBT+ historical materials are archived and made available for future generations to access, research, & study.
  • Promote the proper maintenance and preservation of historical LGBT+ materials.
  • Provide an information directory of archival resources where LGBT+ historical materials may be deposited or accessed for research and study.
  • Index, publish, and maintain a current list of locations of archived historical LGBT+ materials.
  • Develop financial resources to assist in the preservation and availability of certain LGBT+ collections.

The Archive is unique because it not a repository and since its founding has helped to place several collections with local repositories, including the Stewart Butler papers and Alan Robinson papers with the Louisiana Research Collection, and the Opal Masters Carnival collection with the Louisiana State Museum.


2. Leon Miller from the Tulane LGBT

Leon C. Miller (Lee) is head of the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University (LaRC). Lee is a past president and past regent of the Academy of Certified Archivists, a past council member and a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, a past president of the Society of Southwest Archivists, and a past president of the Greater New Orleans Archivists. He has received Distinguished Service Awards from all four organizations and has received two awards for historical writing. He has spoken nationally on a range of topics with a special emphasis on ethics, intellectual freedom, mentoring, and outreach. He is a founding member of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana.

LaRC’s first acquisition was in 1889. Since then it has acquired almost four linear miles of books, maps, ephemera, and archives about Louisiana, including the papers of Louisiana Governors, Members of Congress, Mayors of the City of New Orleans, Civil War generals, southern writers, the records of women’s organizations, LGBTQ organizations, church records, and much, much more. LaRC also preserves one of the finest nineteenth-century Louisiana libraries extant, an excellent map collection, and the largest collection of pre-WWII original Carnival float and costume designs.

LaRC has a special mission to preserve the LGBTQ heritage of New Orleans. It has been collecting flyers, menus, invitations, sample ballots, newsletters, membership forms, Carnival designs, and other LGBTQ materials for more than thirty years. Among its more prominent LGBTQ holdings are the papers of Civil Rights activists Stewart Butler, Skip Ward, Rich Magill, Glenn Ducote, Alan Robinson, LGBT Carnival leader Mickey Gil, and more. LaRC also serves as the official archives of the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans, the Knights d’Orleans, and other LGBTQ organizations.


IV: Discussion (possible topics)

  1. How to be effective LGBTQ librarians in 2017 and beyond
  2. ARLIS/NA statement affirming diversity


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Vaughan Hennen

Digital Design and Access Librarian, Dakota State University

Tuesday February 7, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm CST
Norwich Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130