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Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance Records, 1976-2003
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

Abstract:
Student organization. The records of the Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance document the organization's history, maintenance, goals, and obstacles met while trying to attain those goals. The records also provide an insight into the social issues surrounding lesbianism and how they've changed since the organization's inception, while at the same time providing a look at the lifecycle and campus perception of the LBTA. Types of materials include correspondence, surveys, campus flyers, photographs, and newspaper articles.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to researchers according to the regulations of the College Archives, with the exception of five linear inches of restricted student surveys.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission is required for publication beyond "fair use."

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

The Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance grew out of several significant events in the 1970s. In 1973, the newly formed Women's Resource Center hosted Smith College's first "Women's Weekend", at which a workshop on lesbianism was held. From this workshop, an underground organization called Sophia's Sisters, was founded. This organization was denied chartering and funding, and being unable to create a visible campus presence, was forced to disband in 1975. The Lesbian Alliance (LBA) was founded the following year (and chartered in 1977) by Jennet Inglis and Liza McKinley, both Class of 1978. Despite frequent hostility and funding difficulties, the organization grew. In 1984, the college administration closed Hover House, a predominantly lesbian resident house. However, by this time, the LBA had a strong foothold on campus, and was gaining widespread acceptance. In 1988, as bisexual women gained more visibility and the lesbian/gay rights movements expanded, the Lesbian Alliance officially changed its name to the Lesbian Bisexual Alliance. The organization changed its name to the Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LBTA) sometime between 1999 and 2002 (exact date is unknown).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance consist mainly of administrative material that document the organization's history and maintenance. There is also a large component of correspondence to and from campus administrators, outlining the organization's goals, and examining the obstacles met while trying to attain those goals. This is a collection that may be useful to anyone researching the lifecycle and campus perception of student organizations. These records also provide an insightful look into the social issues surrounding lesbianism and how they've changed over the decades since the organization's inception. Types of materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, budget proposals, surveys, campus flyers, photographs, and newspaper articles. Material is arranged chronologically.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to researchers according to the regulations of the College Archives, with the exception of five linear inches of restricted student surveys.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission is required for publication beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance Records, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The records of the Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.

Processing Information

Processed by Anne Lozier.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives

Language
English.